But what if the chatbot was created by the company itself?Take Ashley Madison, which had its entire source code, internal company emails and 37 million customers' personal information dumped onto torrenting sites earlier this year.The thing is: if the monthly fee is only a month, the dating site needs to keep customers using their services (meaning: unmatched and looking for love) for at least six months, just to break even.
They won’t admit it, but I have personally seen some of the smaller or more obscure dating sites ‘pad’ the website with fake profiles and even go so far as to send a message to their members from this ‘fake’ person in the hopes of generating more activity on the site.
The larger, more well known dating sites have no reason to do this and generally have employees whose job it is to monitor new accounts and weed out the spammers and the scammers.
Maybe they got really busy, left town on vacation, or decided that online dating is just not their thing.
The important thing here is not to get discouraged. I would recommend trying to send a few messages over the course of a few weeks before deciding to give up entirely.
And love is the tool scammers use to pry open your bank account and strip you of your assets.
By learning how to spot a scammer, you can protect yourself.
A group of 18 online dating sites reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission that prohibits the use of phony profiles or charging users a monthly fee they did not agree to, the FTC said on Wednesday.
The company running the sites was also accused of sending messages from the phony profiles to make new users think someone was interested in them.
"JDI Dating used fake profiles to make people think they were hearing from real love interests and to trick them into upgrading to paid memberships," Jessica Rich, director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a statement.
"Adding insult to injury, users were charged automatically to renew their subscriptions -- often without their consent."JDI Dating and William Mark Thomas, whom the action was taken against, run the 18 sites, which include cupidswand.com, and
But the identity of celebrity cheaters (or your neighbor down the street) isn't the only thing being found.