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Ebonyflirt.com is All Bots, No Booty

ebonyflirt.com

2.2

Personal Interactions

1.0/10

Online Reputation

1.0/10

Photo Originality

6.0/10

Cost to Upgrade

2.0/10

Features with Free Account

1.0/10

Pros

  • Upgrade charges are lower than other similar sites
  • Site is relatively easy to navigate

Cons

  • Fake profiles/bots
  • Reposting your info to other sites
  • Signing you up for other sites and charging you
  • No responses, even from the bots

Cost: 

  • $2.97 ($0.99 per day) for a 3-day temporary membership.
  • $27.30 ($0.91 per day) for a 1-month membership.
  • $45.90 ($0.51 per day) for an 3-month membership.
  • $73.80 ($0.41 per day) for a 6-month membership.

Features: 

  • Dating: You can let members know you are interested in them “winking” at them… but you can only respond to a wink if you upgrade to a paying membership.
  • Messages: You can send messages to other users, including “regular messages, flirtcasts, and promotion messages”… but only if you upgrade to a paying membership.
  • Alerts: You can choose to receive alerts via your browser window… which inevitably steer you towards upgrading to a paying membership.
  • Upgrades: A premium membership to the site allows you to “enjoy unlimited chats, big photos, ‘looking for’ info, extended search, premium support, and view all users’ videos”. You also get their “Satisfaction Guarantee”, which is a whole other concern.

Overview of ebonyflirt.com

We investigated ebonyflirt.com to see whether they are in fact a legitimate online dating site. After spending some time on the site, it appears to be little more than bots and fake profiles. Everything we tried to do on the site was a funnel to upgrade to a paying membership.

Registration and Features (or lack thereof)

After registering for a free account using an email address and creating a username, messages started to pop up right away from local black women looking for companionship.

ebonyflirt user bar
Almost right away, our inbox started to fill up… with fake messages.

So far, so good… until we tried typing a basic response to the chat message we received from “Keeshawilliams”. After trying to say “Hey, what’s up?”, we were then redirected to upgrade to a paying membership.

fake profile
It looked like me and Keeshwilliams were going to hit it off…

Apparently, non-premium members can send five chat messages per day, but that’s only for chats you initiate, not ones you try and respond to, so it’s a pretty worthless feature. If you try to send a message to a user (which doesn’t seem to be any different than chatting with them), you are immediately asked for your credit card information before you can proceed.

upgrade screen
Remember this screen. You will be seeing it a lot on ebonyflirt.com

We tried “winking” at some members, and amazingly we could do so without upgrading to a paying membership. But considering the high probability that the overwhelming majority of profiles are fake, what does it matter? Winking at a fake profile isn’t going to get you anything more than a fake response.

We were also able to “like” a profile, but there was no indication as to what that actually meant.

Photos

We checked a few of the profile photos as best we could; without a paying membership, you only get pretty small thumbnails of faces. We ran a reverse image search on a couple and they did not appear to be copied from other sites or anywhere else online, but the image size is small (85 x 85 pixels).

female 1 female 2 female 3 female 4

Are The Photos “Borrowed” From Other Sites?

Ebonyflirt.com gets a decent mark here, as we couldn’t find the profile images anywhere else on the web, using a variety of sources.

Google Image Search: NO MATCHES

Bing Image Search: NO MATCHES

Yandex Image Search: NO MATCHES

TinEye Image Search: NO MATCHES

Into the Fine Print

“Creation of duplicate profiles across our Partner Sites”

This is a HUGE red flag. Section 4B(a) of the Privacy Policy, “Creation of duplicate profiles across our Partner Sites”, states:

“When you sign up to any one of our Services we will send you an email shortly afterwards advising that we have created a duplicate profile on our Partner Sites to enhance your chance of finding a suitable match. When we email you about this you will have the option to decline the service, which costs nothing extra.”

For the record, we never received any such email, but the idea itself is ridiculous. They don’t tell you who these “Partner Sites” are, so there is no way of knowing where your profile actually goes. Given the lengthy list of sites run by parent company Northlock Holdings, your info could turn up almost anywhere.

They come right out and admit to creating fake profiles

Right in Paragraph 1 of the Terms of Use, we found out the site freely admits to creating fake profiles under the guise of “properly testing the service” and “research purposes”.

“We may, from time to time, create profiles which are created, maintained and managed by our employees (‘Staff Profiles’).”

Additionally, the Terms of Use further admit that these fake profiles may trigger interactions with users, and also admits your info may be used to create an interaction with another user whether you want to contact them or not. So not only are they using fake profiles, they’re using real profiles as puppets to take fake actions. We had to read it three times to make sure we understood the language, but that’s what it says.

We also apparently agreed to waive any right to join in a class action suit against the provider, which doesn’t even seem legal since the Terms of Service aren’t visible until after you agree to them.

Contact Information:

  • Name: Northlock Holdings Ltd
  • Phone: 1-800-489-6091 or 1-916-445-1254
  • Addresses: P.O. Box 146, Trident Chambers, Road Town, British Virgin Islands
  • Email: [email protected]

Hosting Server Info:

  • Address Of Host: 75 Broad Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY, 10004, US
  • IP Address Of Server: 69.90.61.201
  • Name Servers: ns1.ropot.net, ns2.ropot.net

Satisfaction Policy

The most extraordinary scam on a website filled with scams is the so-called “Satisfaction Policy.” Paying members get the protection of the “Satisfaction Policy”, which says if you aren’t happy with the site, you don’t get your money back, but will give you a complimentary three-day membership to one of their mysterious “Partner Sites”, which then uses your original billing information to renew the subscription to THAT site at the end of the three-day trial period. So instead of offering you any kind of benefit for your dissatisfaction, they actually make the problem worse by signing you up for other sites without your consent. This vicious cycle could cost you a fortune.

Online Reputation

Here are some complaints about ebonyflirt.com from users around the web:

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Final Verdict:

There is no indication that ebonyflirt.com is in any way a legitimate dating site. Every action is about getting you to sign up for a premium membership with no actual proof there are any real people at the end of the rainbow. Even the photos are so small, it’s difficult to really see what anyone looks like. Put all of that together and you see why it’s hard to imagine anyone connecting with a real person under any circumstances.

Like similarly poor sites run by the same company such as maturesforfuck.com, the only thing anyone on this site wants in your pants is your credit card.

If you feel you have been scammed by ebonyflirt.com or a similar site, make sure to file a report with the Better Business Bureau or the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center.

On a scale of 1-10, we give ebonyflirt.com a “2.2”. You may go to the site looking for booty, but you’re only going to find bots.

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