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The owner of such sites as cupidswand.com, flirtcrowd.com and findmelove.com reportedly allowed consumers to set up free dating profiles with personal information and photos. Users with those free accounts would receive messages from people who appeared to be nearby. But only someone with a paid membership could reply to messages.
But the messages those free account-holders received “were almost always from fake, computer-generated profiles — ‘Virtual Cupids’ — created by the defendants, with photos and information designed to closely mimic the profiles of real people,” according to the FTC. The only indication that such profiles didn’t belong to genuine members was a vanishingly small “VC” icon. And the only explanation of what that tiny icon meant was “buried in a terms and conditions page,” according to the FTC.
People would sign up for accounts that ranged from $10 to $30 a month, only to be disappointed when the “person” whose interest had encouraged them to join suddenly evaporated. (Erik Sherman, Daily Finance)
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