The FTC had alleged that JDI Dating uses Virtual Cupids to induce non-paying users with restricted accounts to upgrade to paid memberships with more options, such as the ability to find out more information about who “winked” at them, send personalized messages, and view full-sized photographs.What they don’t know, the FTC said, is some of the winks that entice them to upgrade their memberships come from the phony profiles.The Federal Trade Commission has issued a fine to the British dating services company JDI Dating, for using computer generated user profiles, referred to as “virtual cupids”.
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Upon creating their profile, the users would receive messages from people who supposedly lived nearby, that wanted to meet; the details would only be revealed once the users updated their subscription.
A total of 18 web sites are included as part of the FTC fine, including Flirt Crowd.com, Cupids Wand.com, and Find Me
According to the FTC, the websites offered a free plan that allowed users to set up a profile with personal information and photos.
But when users set up a free profile, they began to receive messages that appeared to be from other members living nearby, expressing romantic interest.