There is not a lot to explore on the landing page of LonelyAussie.com. The reader is invited to join its community with quick and easy registration. The page mentions numerous times that signing up and obtaining unlimited access to thousands of interesting profiles are free of charge. This is not true. The creation of a personal account alone is free; to be able to communicate with other members, however, it's necessary to buy expensive credits.
Credits are virtual items that enable users to exchange messages. Members are required to pay separately for each message or picture they send by using a certain number of credits. This payment method is highly lucrative for the company, which of course has a vested interest in ensuring conversations last as long as possible. As a result of this, the whole experience on LonelyAussie.com can quickly become extremely expensive. Unfortunately, it is also pointless, as the chances of meeting someone in real life are virtually non-existent.
The following note is stated in the Terms and Conditions
In order to enhance your amusement experience, to stimulate you and others to use our Services more extensively, and to generally sprinkle some sparkle and excitement into the Services of LONELYAUSSIE.COM, we may post fictitious profiles, generate or respond to communications by means of automated programs or scripts that simulate or attempt to simulate your intercommunication with another real human being (though none really exists and any dialog is generated by programming), and we may employ or contract for the paid services of real persons who may interact with you as part of their compensated employment.
Only virtual entertainment
A statement in small print on the landing page informs the reader that most profiles are fictitious and that the website is designed only for those interested in fantasy chats. This would be enough to identify it as a scam, since it contradicts everything else advertised on the page. However, we decided to dig a little deeper to find how the rip-off works. The majority of the accounts in the members’ area do not correspond to real people.
These profiles are sometimes controlled by professional operators who follow a script. On other occasions, messages are broadcast by a piece of software designed to simulate a real human conversation. In either case, this is fake chat. Users are led to think they are chatting with someone really available for a hot hookup. But this will of course never happen. We don't even know who is responsible for this scam. The company that runs LonelyAussie.com has chosen to hide its real identity.