The name of the dating site already lets us know what HookupsFinder.com is all about: This is the place to find hookups with real people. The success stories posted on the landing page are supposed to convince us of all of that. Later, we find out that this is very misleading. Many, if not all, of the other profiles are fake. This means that finding hookups is not as easy as it seems.
The members’ area is full of interesting and good-looking member profiles. We do not even have to search for other members ourselves. We already discover a message in our inbox after finishing the registration. Surprisingly, we receive many more messages within just a few minutes. Since our profile is pretty much empty, this seems rather suspicious to us.
Computer generated messages
The messages sent to us are not real. They are nothing more than template messages automatically sent to every user, to start a conversation. The messages are sent to us by fake profiles which are created by the operator of the dating site. This is also explained in the terms and conditions, where a certain promotional feature is described.
Excerpt from the terms and conditions
We may from time to time offer users the ability to “Promote My Account” through Account Settings. Activating this service will mean that we will automatically broadcast custom messages created by any user, or selected from a default list of template messages, to other users. We reserve the right to select members to use the Promote My Account service.
The real purpose of the promotional feature
The “Promote My Account” feature allows the operator to send fake messages on behalf of members who do not really exist. The cost of using HookupsFinder.com explains this quite well. A paid membership is required to interact with other members in the chat. The operator introduces a trial membership that lasts one day and costs a dollar. This trial membership is what makes this a subscription rip-off. Many users do not realize that the trial membership converts into a regular paid membership when they forget to cancel it.
This scam dating site is operated by Ariemgroup Ltd, who are headquartered in Hong Kong. Since this is not our first experience with the company, we are not surprised to detect a fake chat scam. This company from Asia is responsible for several dating sites which work the same way.