The online dating site FriendsWithBenefits.com.au offers a free registration. Moreover, this portal proposes to be a safe place for online dating and advertises with a large member´s pool. We want to know more about that and open the terms and conditions.
On top of the terms and conditions we read the name of the operator of this site. This platform is operated by the Venntro Media Group Ltd. which is located in Slough, UK. Even if this location is far away from Australia, it does not appear to be untrustworthy. But if you do some research on the internet we will find some negative reports about this operator.
First of all, this company runs a huge network of dating portals. In all, this network includes more than 3.000 different dating sites. Because of that, this operator advertises with a large member´s pool as it shares all profiles on this network. The operator even claims that this would increase your chances of finding a match. As we see it, this is nothing less than misleading information.
Not a good choice
In this network there are all kinds of dating sites and surely a lot of portals for which you would not usually create a profile. But if you register here on this legit appearing site, your profile and all its information will be shown on every other site of the network.
That is a terrible data protection, if you can even call that a protection. But more is to come. Former customers speak of a scam with a fake chat and a subscription trap. The operator does mention that this site is for entertainment only in the terms and conditions. It does not mention that this website uses fictional profiles that are controlled by fake operators. So, we can only assume that former users had the experience of a fake chat.
Costs will appear for a subscription that will extend automatically which does not have to be a scam, but this operator appears untrustworthy enough to us, to agree to a contract with a monthly payment that will be renewed automatically.