Those who did, the FTC said, weren't told that the subscriptions would auto-renew until canceled.The investigation by Danny Forston was launched after JDI Dating, the British company that owns sites such as as well as 17 other dating sites, was investigated by the US Federal Trade Commission.But even more ridiculous was how many people fell for it, at least for a while. Here’s the deal, there is quirky and then there is nonsensical. Out of principle, if I’m on Tinder, I never swipe right if the guy only has one photo. Either he is too lazy (bad sign) or he can only find the one (worse sign). An incomplete dating profile should be approached with caution and suspicion and your killer instincts. Anything dramatically lower should indicate an impostor/scammer/robot, so keep an eye on those friends and followers. That sucks for real doctoral candidates looking for love, but so it goes. If someone’s profile has a picture of Edward Snowden, it’s probably a fake.
A Singles’ Dating Convention member sent this to me: “I’ve recently joined a different singles’ site and am running into the same issue I’ve had with the previous ones I’ve been involved in.
"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
Those who checked out the sites were offered a free membership, and once they created a profile, messages of interest that appeared to be from someone who lived nearby would show up.
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.
It's the FTC first enforcement action against an online dating service and highlights the tricks employed to lure in customers.