A cursory look at LoveAt50.co.nz, owned by Alpha Internet Services GmbH, Innsbruck, Austria, suggests the user interaction experience it offers may be legitimate. To obtain access to the members’ section, a range of questions has to be answered, a process which lasts perhaps 10 minutes, followed by a 500+ character essay describing the user. Only then can the members’ section be entered, allowing the user to look at blurred pictures, which cannot be viewed fully until a subscription is purchased.
We conducted a search of the internet to see what could be ascertained regarding any complaints against LoveAt50.co.nz and its sister websites and about the user experience they offer. This review has found this site to be a subscription rip-off as well as a fake chat scam and rip-off.
Excerpt from the Terms and Conditions
The user/member is also aware that LoveAt50 uses so-called animators to motivate users/members to communicate interactively. These are real people. However, the user / member is aware that he cannot meet the animators in real life.
The following notice periods apply to the paid services / subscriptions:
- 1-month subscription: 2 weeks before the subscription expires
- 3-month subscription: 4 weeks before the subscription expires
- 6-month subscription: 6 weeks before the subscription expires
LoveAt50.co.nz states it automatically renews all paid service subscriptions unless cancellation requests are faxed to it before the subscription expiry date falls or unless it receives a mailed request for subscription discontinuation sent to Austria from New Zealand. The unavailability of an easier method of discontinuing a subscription could easily lead to the latter being renewed automatically since it then becomes easy for the owner to deny receiving such a request. A one-month subscription requires a two-week prior notification of subscription cancellation.
A delay in mail delivery or the intentional misplacing of a fax could easily cause the subscription to be renewed and the user’s credit card thus being charged again.
In addition to being liable to fall victim to the recurring subscription rip-off, LoveAt50.co.nz users are not properly informed about the website’s use of fake chat. Unless users read the site’s terms and conditions carefully, they are unaware that they are communicating with hired company employees and that real interaction with members with whom dates can be arranged is impossible. Users are thus tricked into paying for expensive membership with a recurring subscription and chatting with fake profiles. The website owner is clearly unethical and preys on users seeking to connect with members genuinely seeking a relationship experience.