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Fraudulent false members and con artists

Im a victim of there subscription fraud £69.00
Manipulation and ConArtists (Membership Id User ID 34009844 - Joey).

WhiteLabelling / GlobalPersonals

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Exposed this website written by Geoff White (THANKS GEOFF FOR EXPOSING THIS SITE)

Fools for love: how an internet dating firm duped clients

 GEOFF WHITE Technology producer

A Channel 4 News investigation reveals one of Britain's largest internet dating firms hired staff to trick customers into handing over more money - abusing their personal details in the process.

Millions of people looking for love sign up for internet dating sites every year. They hand over intimate details about their lives in the expectation they will meet genuine daters. They also expect their personal information will be looked after. However this trust is often abused as our special investigation into one of Britain's biggest internet dating companies has found.

Global Personals is one of the UK's largest internet dating companies. Headquartered in Windsor it makes £40m a year, has 130 staff and runs 7,500 dating sites.

But most of its 2.2m customers have never heard of the company. That is because it runs dating websites on behalf of other companies. For example, if you use the dating section of the Evening Standard or the Independent, it's actually Global Personals you're signing up with.

It's called "white labelling" - a well-known company can launch a dating website with the company's branding all over it, but Global Personals runs the back end. When a customer subscribes to the brand's site, Global Personals takes a share of the money.

Industrial-scale deception

Two former employees of Global Personals have described to Channel 4 News how the company carried out industrial-scale deception to dupe innocent daters into parting with their cash.

Ryan Pitcher and Tom (not his real name - he does not want to be identified) were recruited to join Global Personals' 30-strong team of "pseudos" - a dedicated team of staff whose job it was to set up and run fake profiles on the company's network of sites.

The team members would scour social networking websites and steal people's photos to use on their fake profiles.

Ryan said: "You'd take Helga from Iceland and make her into Helen from Manchester and write a profile. You'd use her features and invent a whole new person."

Each team member would be running as many as 15 different personalities: old and young, male and female. They would use these fake profiles to send flirty messages to innocent users - as many as 400 messages an hour were sent by the team.

Flirtatious messages

Global Personals tried hard to keep the practice a secret. New recruits had no idea what the role would involve until they started work, and were told not to discuss the job with friends or family.

Tom said: "On our first day we were taken into a room and given a pack explaining the role. I had reservations. Morally I didn't think it was acceptable, but I'd just arrived in a new role and I'd worked my notice in my last job so it was get on with it or be unemployed."

Most innocent users had no idea that the flirtatious messages in their inbox came from a fake profile created by Global Personals.

The point of the "pseudo" team was to convince innocent daters to part with cash. A user can register on a Global Personals website for free. But to reply to messages they must pay a subscription - usually around £20 a month. The more messages the pseudo team sent from their fake profiles, the more likely innocent users would be to subscribe, or continue their monthly subscriptions.

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Online dating which is free until you want to send or receive messages (like most).

A dummy profile with nothing in it returned a dozen or so responses from 'people' who wanted to know me, of course, to see these you had to sign up. Having signed up, you pay for a month minimum, but find subscriptions are 'auto-renewed' and to cancel you are required to telephone a number which, according to reviews on Qype, people had a hard time doing. Online cancellation doesn't exist once you've signed up and email cancellation is rejected - initially at least!

I advise anyone NOT to sign up and if they have and don't intend to renew, CANCEL renewal instructions by email or writing to the bank (which is REQUIRED to follow your instructions).

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