No Love Lost in Match.com Class Action

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The lawsuit aggregator brings our attention to this class action filed late last week in Dallas federal court, which accuses Preston Center-based Match.com of breach of contract and negligent representation. It's not the first time Match.com has been accused of deception: In '05 there was that suit claiming the dating service used a female employee as "date bait." And a couple of years ago, a dude in Orlando posted this handy how-to: "How to Spot a Fake Match.com Profile."

This latest suit, brought by a Dallas attorney on behalf of out-of-towners using the matchmaking site, says that Match.com contains "thousands of fake and fraudulent profiles," many of which were "likely placed by third-parties for illegitimate and unlawful purposes," and that the site makes no effort to separate the spam from the pork. Says the suit:
While Match purports to have "millions" of active subscribers, well over half of the profiles on its site belong to inactive members who have cancelled their membership or allowed their subscriptions to lapse and/or are fake and fraudulent profiles posted by scammers and others. To the extent these types of profiles do not belong to the scammers that proliferate the site, the rest are unreachable by legitimate users attempting to avail themselves of the services offered by Match and paid for via subscription fees.
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JNeal11254
JNeal11254

I have been an attorney for about 33 years and a Match member for most of the last 5 years. I have read the complaint and based on my own observations, I would say every word is true. The world of dating is simply filled with rampant fraud.

confused
confused

ok, I'm scared and and exhausted but the whole topic.   What is a nice, slender attractive, friendly, funny 41 year old girl to do?  I signed up for match.com 1.5 months ago and have gotten such a huge response that its overwhelming- and with this info its too scary to even give it a try.  I have been on 5 dates with 3 people...ugh

Jerrai Juel
Jerrai Juel

The oddest thing I've noticed is different ladies in different cities with the same photos. These sites seem to be good ideas,but like everything else,become corrupted. The sites create more negatives than positives and hurt honest people the most. Jerrai Juel

Karensmith
Karensmith

A WARNING ABOUT SITES LIKE MATCH.COM. Match.com allows people who do not live in town, who are of wrong age, who are married or otherwise in relationships to date on its site. So they may not be thieves but they are looking to take ADVANTAGE OF WOMEN.

I have noticed that since 2009 a lot of men who would have actually used prostitutes have moved to sites like Match.com to find sex and they will lie through their teeth to get it. I know one guy who actually put down he is 44 but is actually 51, wants kids but doesn't, doesn't live in the location his profile indicates, has been incarcerated, and generally has a pretty incorrect profile. Also he is in a relationship with another woman in the city he actually lives in. All of this I reported to Match.com...and they will not shut down his profile. They continue to keep it up...knowing that the entire profile is a lie.

I think Match.com specifically has become a magnet for men who were otherwise no longer able to afford prostitutes and now come to the site for the same...only they pay 10th of the price and lie to the women to take advantage of them.

Online dating...especially Match.com are the way of johns.com now. Any decent person who is looking for a real relationship...BEWARE!!!

If the man is an American, I suggest you do a complete background check on Intellus.com site where you can find out the real age, if they are married, if they have a criminal background or otherwise are lying about where they actually live. It costs about $12 and is worth every penny!

Socks Manly
Socks Manly

I'm a pornographer, and it's common knowledge in our industry that *all* dating sites create thousands of fake profiles to lure people in and keep them signed up. They have a team of staff members whose responsibility it is to communicate with their paying customers through the fake profiles, pretending to be other members. Since almost all of the customers are guys, they need the fake profiles so that there will be some "females" to talk to.

It's also well known that the majority of these staff members are gay males, pretending to be females.

Completely unsurprised that this goes on with the mainstream dating sites too. Will be interesting to see if this lawsuit extends past Match.com and goes after other players especially in the adult space.

G. David
G. David

Your link about how to spot a fake profile is broken. Sounded like something I would want to read.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

For some reason it was slow to load. I've replaced with the cached version, which loads a little faster.

Jim Lange
Jim Lange

From the complaint:

At or about the time that a paid member’s subscription is about to expire, Match and/or its agents sends to such members an electronic communication, or “wink,” that advises the member that persons who are active Match members are trying to contact them. In order to respond to the purported request, the member must renew his/her membership. Once such membership is renewed, either the profile of the purportedly interested person disappears or is inactive.

Seems like criminal fraud, if true?What exactly constitutes criminal fraud over civil fraud?

This one ought to be fun to watch.

There is also this recent tidbit:

http://www.businessinsider.com...

Rooster
Rooster

It's online dating. You're not mail ordering a mate. You get what you get, and your screening process should be able to weed the fakes.

Montemalone
Montemalone

Perform this test:

Sign up for an account, fill out a profile, but don't pay to subscribe.You will get daily messages that "someone wants to meet you" and you need to subscribe to see who! This will happen daily. Until you subscribe.Go ahead.I double dog dare ya.

Rooster
Rooster

You've mistaken me for someone without impluse control....

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