At first sight, the online dating platform FlirtForums.com seems like a great choice. The site offers free registration, more than three million members, and some interesting features. According to the landing page, it only takes a few seconds to find interesting new people for exciting flirts and dating experiences. As always, we search the internet for user reviews and read the terms and conditions. Unfortunately, we quickly find some hints that expose the scam behind this otherwise promising website.
In the terms and conditions, we find the following
flirtforums.com has the goal of allowing users to flirt. flirtforums.com is the platform for users to chat with fictive profiles. The website, service and content are being provided for entertainment purposes only and are not intended to be used for establishing meetings with other users.
In other words, none of the site’s members can be trusted. The website hires fake chat operators, who create several fictional profiles, with which they communicate with the users. Obviously, it is impossible to meet these profiles in real life. Unfortunately, users are not sufficiently informed about the fictional profiles. Hence, they are tricked into costly chat conversations that can never result in a date. All relevant information regarding the fake chat is well hidden, in the fine print and the terms and conditions. This can easily be overlooked by the users.
Expensive and senseless
To send chat messages to other members, users must pay a lot of money. First, so-called “credits” must be purchased. These “credits” are like a virtual currency, with which one can pay for sending messages in the chat. They are offered in several bundles. The bigger the bundle, the lower the price per message. But the fact is, that every sent message only reaches an employed fake chat operator, who is hiding behind a fictional member profile. It is certainly a waste of money and time.
The operator behind this scam is already well-known to us, as they regularly receive negative reviews on the internet for their other scam dating websites. Gate Switch Development BV is based in Deventer, in the Netherlands.