FTC officials said the messages were almost always from fake, computer-generated profiles designed to closely mimic the profiles of real people.The fake profiles were indicated with a small "v" that indicates these were virtual profiles, but most users did not notice or understand this, according to the agency.That promising statement, along with the company's salespeople, got Gray's attention."Everyone came to the door, 'Oh my gosh, you're so beautiful. We have so many men in the database that fits your criteria, and look at you, my gosh why don't you already have someone?
"Adding insult to injury, users were charged automatically to renew their subscriptions—often without their consent." The websites failed to tell subscribers that their subscriptions would be renewed automatically and that they would continue to be charged until they canceled.
The company agreed to pay 6,165 in refunds and to stop the practice of using phony user profiles.
According to the FTC, the websites offered a free plan that allowed users to set up a profile with personal information and photos.
As far as dating is concerned, she turned to a Scottsdale company called Phoenix Singles in hopes of finding a man she could spend time with."They assured me that had men in their database that fit the criteria that I was looking for," Gray said.
The website for Phoenix Singles says it has the most highly qualified relationship singles in the area.