Match.com was introduced to the online dating community in 1995 and today the site claims to have hundreds of thousands single men and women actively using the dating service who are looking for love online. The Dating Cop’s team job is to explore and verify whether dating sites are legitimate or they use conning mechanisms to scam people like you.
In this review we focus on the workings of Match.com and explain how the site works. Continue reading to learn the truth and see whether we recommend the site or not.
What you should know about Match.com?
This is an old dating site that has been on the market for about 20 years, and must be very well aware of the common scamming tactics other dating services use, which are easily detectable. This may be putting the company who owns the site in great advantage because they know what to avoid and prevent their scams from being exposed.
1) They Can Freely Use Your Profile Information
When you sign up on Match.com you are immediately asked to create your profile by filling it up with flattering photographs of yourself, drop a few lines about yourself, your personal interests, hobbies, ect. But, what they don’t tell you is that the very second you post something on the site – Match.com has the exclusive right to take and use these information across other sites in their network and other affiliated sites. This means that the minute you post anything, it is no longer yours and can be freely broadcasted on multiple dating services.
EVIDENCE OF SCAM: “By posting Content on the Website or as part of the Service, you automatically grant to the Company, its affiliates, licensees and successors, an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, fully paid-up, worldwide right and license to (i) use, copy, store, perform, display, reproduce, record, play, adapt, modify and distribute the Content, (ii) prepare derivative works of the Content or incorporate the Content into other works, and (iii) grant and authorize sublicenses of the foregoing in any media now known or hereafter created.”
2) Replicated Member’s Profiles
This fact that the site is freely taking and reusing your personal info makes us wonder whether other dating profiles you see on the home page of Match.com are also created by the site using other people’s personal info. However, there is no way you can tell a real-person’s profile from a false one. Just like you can never be sure where your photos and description of self will end and who will but them, you also cannot know who is real and who is not on Match.com. Moreover, since you are not behind the replicated dating profiles, then who is? And who is running the fabricated dating profiles you encounter on Match.com.
One thing is for sure – it’s not safe to post anything on this site, nor can you know what is genuine or not. Plus, Match.com won’t have the need to import dating profiles from its other websites if there were really hundreds of thousands people using the site.
EVIDENCE OF SCAM: “You acknowledge and agree that Members of Match.com may be part an online community that includes other websites owned by the Company or its affiliates. Therefore, profiles on the Website may be viewable on other such websites and paying subscribers of one website may be able to communicate with other paying subscribers on all websites.”
3) Communications And Test Profiles
In the following excerpt from the term of use document on Match.com we found that they admit to sending you emails created by them, thorough the created members profiles. These messages are usually computer-automated, but they can also be sent by site’s employees whose job is to pretend they are real site members while hiding behind someone else’s profile data.
EVIDENCE OF SCAM: “When you become a Member, you agree and consent to receive email messages from us. From time to time, employees of the Company (or its parent or affiliated companies) may create test dating profiles for the purpose of testing the functionality of our Service and website processes to improve service quality for our Members.”
4) How Much Does Match.com Cost?
Of course you didn’t think for a second that Match.com would go through so much trouble for nothing? The site is costly and moreover, gives no reasons why a regular internet user who is looking for some online fun would doubt its legitimacy. This is how many men and women fail to be careful and fall straight in the hands of Match.com rip offs and scams. Match.com will offer you two types of subscription, each one at three different time periods. Here are your payment options:
- $35 for 1 month of subscription to the site
- $59.97 for 3 months of subscription to the site
- $101.94 for 6 months of subscription to the site
- $191.88 for 12 months of subscription to the site
- $68.97 for 3 months of subscription to the site
- $119.94 for 6 months of subscription to the site
- $197.88 for 12 months of subscription to the site
5) They Will Keep Charging You
Let’s say that you gave the site your credit card info and chose to subscribe to the service for 1 month. Your paid membership won’t expire and end at the end of your initial subscription period. It will, instead get prolonged for the same amount of money and the same time period until you realize that Match.com has been automatically renewing your payment and cancel your paid membership.
EVIDENCE OF SCAM: “After your initial subscription commitment period, and again after any subsequent subscription period, your subscription will automatically continue for an additional equivalent period, at the price you agreed to when subscribing.”
The verdict on Match.com
If you are still wondering if Match.com is a legitimate site, there is only one answer – it’s NOT. After doing this investigation and research on Match.com, we can say with sureness that this site is only aimed at your money. They will not provide you with possible dates, or real communications. There is no way for any further meeting in person with anyone from Match.com.
During our research we also found the information that Match.com was sued by a woman from Florida, who filed a $1.5 billion class action lawsuit against the site because they took, and reused their personal information without notifying and used these info to fabricate dating profiles who were then used to rip people off.
Match.com Scam Questions
If you have anything else you’d like to ask, feel free to post in the comments section below. You can also share a personal experience about Match.com or any of its affiliated sites to warn and help other readers.
Match.com Contact Info
Address: 8300 Douglas Avenue, Suite 800, Dallas, TX 75225
Email Contact: Contact Page
Phone Number: 214-576-9352
Report and File a Complaint
Contact the Better Business Bureau to file a complaint and report the site if you feel you have been deceived, conned or overcharged.