“The federal government is accusing dating website Match.com of catfishing its own users.
“The Federal Trade Commission is suing Match Group, which owns Match.com (as well as Tinder, OKCupid and PlentyOfFish), for allegedly using fake love interest ads to persuade consumers to pay for subscriptions.
“Match.com lets people create profiles for free, but requires a subscription to be able to respond to messages. Match sent emails to non-subscribers telling them they had received a response on the site. But millions of emails referred to notices that came from accounts already flagged as likely fake, the FTC said Wednesday.”
I spotted this FTC case after I started investigating Match myself. Why investigate? Because I found all sorts of interesting women on Match, but very few of them answered my emails.
But I did get an email from one Janet. She told me that she had been on Match for 6 months and that she was getting off in five days. So we traded emails. Supposedly, she went off on December 9. But by December 27 her profile was still posted, with Match stating that she was “Still Active Yesterday.” Yes, her profile was posted, but she couldn’t respond to any emails from Match members through the Match site.
I don’t know how many profiles fall into that category, but I’m betting there are a lot of them. So a lot of people (such as I) are wasting time and money on Match trying to attract “zombies” to like us. All pretty dumb.
I hope that FTC (or a class action) knocks Match down a few notches.