At first sight, Surfer.dating appeared to be a user-friendly dating service. There is a photo of two attractive surfers on the landing page. We wondered how many real surfers we could actually find on here. We strongly doubt that anyone ever found the perfect match thanks to this platform. Apparently, the members’ area is full of fake profiles. Before we can chat with other members, we are required to upgrade our membership with money. Surfer.dating is a rip-off. A clever subscription trap causes you to lose a lot of your money.
What’s wrong with the other members?
Technically, you don’t have to purchase the expensive VIP membership in order to use this platform. However, basic members can only send messages to certain members. They also can’t read the messages in their inbox. Based on our experience on these kinds of websites, this is a rather bad sign. The more messages the user finds in their inbox, the more tempted they will be to pay for the membership upgrade. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you live. After signing up on Surfer.dating, you will quickly receive plenty of messages from suspicious members.
We have enough reason to believe that the company has employed “fake chat” operators who make use of fictive profiles to manipulate the users. This is a clever way to increase their expenses on the platform. However, we have to admit that there is no ultimate proof for this to be found in the terms and conditions.
An old acquaintance
The company behind this subscription rip-off is Date4Friend AG, which is based in the Swiss town of Zug. In several of our previous reviews, we shared our experience with the operator’s scam dating platforms. All of them come with a VIP subscription that is equipped with a notification period of 14 days. Our main concern is the fact that the Swiss company is known for not even taking the cancellations made in time too seriously.