The OlderDatingAgency.com is a senior dating agency in Australia for the over 40s, which claims to find you a partner or make new friends. This site for mature singles operates across Australia. You can register for free and search the site anonymously. The portal advertises that OlderDatingAgency is safe, secure and confidential. We start our investigation to find out.
The registration is similar to many other dating portals. First, you have to choose your preference, provide your name, age, and a valid email address. Then you need to agree to the terms and conditions and choose a password and that is all.
The new member will then be redirected to the main page and is asked to fill out their profile. We skip this step and need to confirm our email first, before we can finally activate our account. The main members’ area looks very disappointing. The design and style are totally outdated, and the interface is outmoded as well. The operator Venntro Media Group Ltd., based in Slough, the United Kingdom, has not made much effort here.
To read and reply to messages, the member needs to upgrade their account. The subscription packages are part of the scam. They will not only extend automatically, but they are also hard to terminate. We found hundreds of testimonies from people complaining about the website and their cheeky tricks. Many of them are trying to sue the operator and seeking legal help. The operator is admitting the automatic renewal policy in their terms and conditions.
Automatic subscription renewal
“For your convenience, we will automatically renew your subscription when your current term comes to an end. If you wish to cancel your subscription you can do so at any time. This can be done by logging onto the site and going to "Contact us" and follow the instructions on the website. We will cancel your subscription within 24 hours of your request.”
Here an excerpt of one of the many bad testimonies from former users
“I joined this site for 3 months for a trail..
At end of three months I was charged for a further 3 months which I didn't authorise. They claim as I didn't tick a box it automatically renews. I have now a closed profile which I have paid for and do not wish to use.
DO NOT TRUST THIS SERVICE”
Other people complain about faked profiles and that the operator is using moderators to lure the customers into their subscription traps. We also read about moderated chats. During our research, we could not find real proof for the accusations, but we think something is fishy for sure.
“The Site is an entertainment service” is another excerpt from the terms and conditions. Should a dating portal not be a place, or a service, to connect people and not only be made for entertainment purposes?