The landing page makes a good first impression, although nothing much is mentioned about how SexyRootRats.com works. The site claims to be “Australia’s new top hit in online contact”. Furthermore, the operator protects the user’s privacy. Before entering the landing page, we receive a notice which we must accept. This is where you can find the first evidence for the fake chat scam on this site. While the notice only seems to be an announcement concerning uncensored and sexually explicit content, there is also another statement worth looking at.
The operator mentions the existence of fictitious profiles
The purpose of this website is to enable (erotic) chat conversations between fictitious profiles and users and contains fictitious profiles. Physical meetings are not possible with these fictitious profiles.
This important fact should have been made more visible. There is a good reason why the operator wants this to remain a secret. The fictitious profiles allow the operator to let employees interact with the users without getting recognized. This trick is further explained in the terms and conditions.
Excerpt from terms and conditions
5.3 Gate Switch Development B.V. explicitly reserves the right to send messages on sexyrootrats.com through self-created profiles. These are fictitious profiles with which no physical agreements are possible.
An easy way to generate money
Sending messages to the other members comes at a cost. On SexyRootRats.com you can purchase virtual “credits” in the shop. For each message you send in the chat you are charged one credit, which can cost you more than 3 AUD. It goes without saying that several entertaining conversations are more expensive than just basic small talk. The employees of the company, functioning as fake chat operators, seduce the users in the chat to make them spend their money. This is basically how every fake chat scam works.
SexyRootRats.com is run by Gate Switch Development BV, a company located in the Dutch city of Deventer. The company from the Netherlands operates a bigger network of scam dating sites which all seem to come with an expensive chat and moderated fake profiles. In fact, we were able to find several negative reviews for the dating sites run by this Dutch operator.