19 Nov 2005

online dating agencies sued for fraud

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Match.com , one of the largest online dating sites, has been accused in a California lawsuit of using their staff as date bait. The service, which charges about £17 a month, guarantees you’ll “find someone special within 6 months”. And if not? Well, if match.com really did send staff on dates as the lawsuit alledges, there probably aren’t many users getting refunds in the vicinity of match.com’s headquarters.

But it’s not just Match.com that’s been named in an online dating related lawsuit this week. Our familiar friends Yahoo ( Yahoo Personals ), who have had all sorts of negative press recently, are also being sued in a seperate California lawsuit alledging “breach of contract, fraud and unfair trade practices”.

(Thanks BBC News Online)

Cybersoc by Robin Hamman
With over 13 years of professional experience in the digital and social media industry, and a client portfolio that includes some of the World's most recognisable brands and organisations, I've built a reputation internationally as a leading practitioner in the industry.

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  • By Jack W.Heiny,Jr / 09 Oct 2006 /

    I have twenty five Nigerian and Russian Scammers on paper copies along with their pictures that they have sent me to entice me with their looks. They use Match.Com to make their introduction. Then they entice you to E-Mail them to their personal E-Mail. Then they hook you for money to be paid thru Western Union to pay for their Airline Fairs, Passports, and Visa Travel Cards. Their identical pictures can be found on the Russian Blacklist of Scammers with Pictures.

About Robin Hamman

My website predates Google by three years and I am somewhat nostalgic when I think about the command line entries I had to learn to control my 300 baud modem. For me, the internet, like the peer-to-peer dial-up BBSs that proceeded it, has always been social. We just lost sight of that for a decade or so when most people thought it was all about "internet shopping malls", inexpensive flights and cheap books. In internet years, I've been here a very long time so you'll have to forgive me if I repeat myself from time to time.

With 14 years of professional experience in the digital and social media industry, and a client portfolio that includes some of the World's most recognisable brands and organisations, I've built a reputation internationally as a leading practitioner in the industry.

In January 2014, I joined Fleishman Hillard as Director of Social Business for EMEA. Previously, I've held a variety of roles including Managing Director of Dachis Group Europe, Director of Digital at Edelman, Head of Social Media at Headshift, Acting Editor of the BBC Blogs and Executive Producer at ITV.

I hold a BA in Education, MA in Sociology, MPhil in Communication Studies and a PgDip in Law. I've also been a Non-Residential Fellow at Stanford University Law School and a Visiting Fellow of Journalism at City University, London.

Why cybersoc.com? In 1995, I tried to register, for the purposes of researching "ordinary users", the username Cybersociologist on AOL. They truncated my name and I stuck with it....

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