The landing page looks oddly familiar. There is a photo of a good-looking woman in the background. We have seen this photo on the landing page before, as well as everything else. This is also true for the sample of members we are presented with. There is nothing unique about this dating site. It is one of many scam dating sites. The operator in charge did not put a lot of effort into creating something different.
It is free and easy to create an account. In our experience, it is also quite easy to contact the other members. In fact, as a user, you will quickly receive messages. It does not matter if your profile contains anything interesting, you will always receive at least some attention. All of this sounds great, but things are not so easy. You are required to pay money for using the chat.
SecretSheila.com has its own currency
You cannot pay for the site’s services right away. Before you can send chat messages, you need to buy virtual credits in the online shop. There are 5 credit packages to choose from. One message always costs you one credit. The price per message can vary. Those who purchase many credits at once, are rewarded with a discount. One message can cost you up to 2.60 AUD. Interesting conversations consist of various messages. Chatting can become extremely expensive within a short period of time.
There is another reason why you should not spend any time in the chat. The other members are not even real. They are fake chat operators who use fake profiles. Since they work for the operator, they can seduce the users in the chat, and increase their expenditure. The operator even tells us about these fake profiles in the terms and conditions.
Excerpt from the terms and conditions
3.1. secretsheila.com has the goal of allowing users to flirt. secretsheila.com is the platform for users to chat with fictive profiles. The website, service and content are being provided for entertainment purposes only and are not intended to be used for establishing meetings with other users.
Lots and lots of fake profiles
Most users certainly will not look out for a statement like that. This makes the operator’s scam possible in the first place. Fake profiles are marked with a heart icon. Since all the other profiles are marked like that, it is hard to understand the meaning of the icon.
This is not our first experience with a rip-off operated by Gate Switch Development BV. This company is headquartered in Deventer, in the Netherlands. In our previous reviews, we already reported about the operator’s tricks to get hold of the users’ money.