Deleting an account on an affairs site is not straightforward for one reader
Saturday, 4th January 2020, 7:01 am
I subscribed to Secret Affairs UK and would like to delete my account. I have Googled how, but can’t find a solution for removing my profile. Any ideas, please? John, Middlesbrough
Secret Affairs describes itself as “Britain’s fastest-growing discreet dating network and adult contacts community for married people”, and while it’s free to join, users need to purchase ‘credits’ in order to exchange messages with other members of the site. This isn’t uncommon on these sort of sites, but similar businesses (such Ashley Madison) have previously admitted to using fake chatbot accounts to lure in new users by engaging them in fake conversation.
Although potential scammers lurk across many kinds of dating sites, and not just ones geared towards extramarital activity, it’s important to be aware of these potential pitfalls before handing over any money – either to the site itself or another user.
The only current way to delete an account on Secret Affairs is under the site’s Customer Support menu, where users are forced to fill out a form asking for their account and profile to be deactivated. A Secret Affairs representative told me user profiles are usually taken down within seven days after deletion was requested, and suggested any users experiencing difficulty call the company’s support number: 03330307165.
While you’re waiting for your profile to be taken down, it’s probably a good idea to remove any identifiable photos of yourself and information from your profile. You’ll be able to do this under the Edit Profile menu.
It goes without saying, but never share any financial information or personal details like your address or full real name in your profile or in messages, as criminals could use the information to extort cash from you. Likewise, don’t be tempted to share any intimate pictures or videos with strangers who may try and use them against you in the future.
If possible, use a separate set of photos for your dating profiles than on your social media accounts: it makes it easier to identify you. Also, check the privacy settings on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media profiles to lower the likelihood of someone being able to find you.