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.They connected and soon enough, the Syracuse resident was getting little requests for favors— he sent a i Tunes card before finding out that the profile is fake.News Channel 9’s Tammy Palmer reached out to the U. Army, and found out that they get hundreds of complaints every month from people who say they were duped on legitimate dating sites. A Syracuse resident was on a dating site and saw what appeared to be the profile of a soldier in Afghanistan. Army has issued a warning to those who may have ever met a service member on a dating site or social media."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.
To respond to the messages, the user would have to upgrade to a membership plan that costs - per month, the FTC said."The messages were almost always from fake, computer-generated profiles -- 'Virtual Cupids' -- created by the defendants, with photos and information designed to closely mimic the profiles of real people," the FTC said.
It has been reported that thousands and thousands of fake women's profiles filled the Ashley Madison subscriber database.
In a To validate my hypothesis, I connected with a senior consulting programmer who assisted in creating the "compatibility algorithms" at a number of online dating sites.
But the identity of celebrity cheaters (or your neighbor down the street) isn't the only thing being found.
It turns out that of the dating sites using fake profiles, Ashley Madison is a big culprit.