Study Shows Signs of Possible Dating Scams


Montreal, ON (PRWEB) February 6, 2006

Recent US lawsuits have suggested that some dating sites fish for paid signups from trial members, so we thought wed test some out. One way sites are said to hook free members into paid account upgrades is by sending phony signs of interest. For some, the apparent attention their ad generates is motivation enough to sign up for paid access. We signed up to a handful of popular dating sites to see what kind of response we would get. Although these results are far from conclusive, they are certainly interesting. Keep in mind that each profile was essentially identical. We used a 30-year-old male without a picture, included the same, unremarkable essay text, the same headline (either Ms Right?, Where is Ms Right? or Mr Right for gay sites) and minimal answers to other questions — and then only if required. We only logged in twice over the two-week test period, once on the day we signed up and again on the day we checked to see the results. Heres what we found:



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