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Posted:    George Flanders

Mate1.com online dating fraud

Complaint Rating:  95 % with 87 votes
Mate1.com is the worst kind of fraud. I am a single guy, I own two international businesses and I am a savvy web professionals. I have tried several online dating services and Mate1.com is the most blatant dating fraud I've come across. The MINUTE I registered, I received emails from two attractive young women, stating: "I would like to correspond with you. Please check out my profile and let me know if you are interested." The interesting thing is I hadn't even filled out my profile or added a photo at that time, so they could hardly have been able to say they liked it.

I found this suspicious and did some research online. I discovered scores of detailed complaints and scam alerts. Mate1 apparently hires "online ambassadors" to write to new members, pretending they want to correspond. They entice you to join up and then -- of course -- you never hear from them again. Luckily, I only did the thee-day trial for $1.95 and then canceled after reading so many complaints online. Of course, right after I canceled my membership, I received another email from an attractive woman in Thailand with EXACTLY the same message: "I would like to correspond with you. Please check out my profile and let me know if you are interested."

Do NOT join this service. It is a rip off and a major scam. I hope Mate1 gets investigated by the authorities for fraud. And Fling.com is almost as bad. Many of the profiles on that site are fake.

If you want to try a good online dating service, use Match.com or OkCupid.com. Match is a pay service featuring real profiles; Cupid is free and great fun.

George
Tucson, AZ
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 12th of Apr, 2009 by   Frank 0 Votes
George, please stop spewing these lies and plugging sites which have paid you for your testimonials. The stupidity of your post is astounding. Of course they couldn't get back to you if you canceled your membership. Don't blame Mate1 for your stupidity.

No dating site is perfect but you have to give it an honest shot. It just sounds like you are not ready for online dating.

Anyways, good luck with your endeavors.
 24th of Apr, 2009 by   Berkowitz 0 Votes
While there are some members on this site who are real, Mate1 seems primarily to be a host for "women" who solicit you to see them on porn web cam sites. Many photos are fake. Many are stolen from others. Many of the "women" who write are Ghana scammers.

Ask yourself this -- given the looks of the "women" who are listed as online now/most attractive, why would they need a dating service to find men?
 29th of Mar, 2010 by   matefool 0 Votes
well, i have something to say, i was on the mate 1 site for a month. I kept a log, 57 girls from ghana, so. africa. 35 nurses. 78 web cam girls. And a lot of girls from another country, now i live in So. Calif, how am i going to have "Intimate Dating" from some girl so far away. I totally wasted my time. Guys pay 49.95 a month, girls pay nothing. You decide... I made a mistake there... T
 30th of Apr, 2010 by   BaneBoo 0 Votes
Stupid, Stupid stupid and oh yeah did i say Stupid!!!
 5th of Jul, 2010 by   emaleroland 0 Votes
They're still doing it. They all say they're from Ghana. Ask enough questions and their story falls apart within minutes. I never gave them any money. They invite you to yahoo messenger which shows when they're typing. Sometimes they don't send you anything so you know they're talking to others. When asked, they say they're not and they complain if you tell them you're talking with others. They also wanted me to not go back to Mate1 and commit myself to them after talking about 15 minutes. It's a scam 100%.
 9th of Sep, 2010 by   Mike_James49 0 Votes
Concerning Mate1. I have been there for about a month. I did not even go the 1.95. As soon as i get there, I get requests from women that are listed as being from the US. Once diverted to Yahoo, i received pictures of totally beautiful women. The conversation (which I realize now, is more of a script), reveals that their mum is sick so she is currently in Ghana. I then ask how long they have been in Ghana and they respond with a few months to a year. They don't remember the zip code of Anywhere, USA. They all fall in love within minutes and ramble crap about how a relationship should be. I tell them I totally agree. I also tell them that before I can get involved i need to see them on webcam. It seems that cams are a very rare commodity... lol. They request that I provide "funds" so they can obtain one. (Yeah right). I had one actually turn on a "cam". It was a beautiful woman that match the pic. When I asked her to wave or touch her nose her cam went off. It obviously a vid and poorly looped. Although I have not been on Mate 1 for several weeks I continue to get IM's on Yahoo since it is in my profile. I get about 10 a day. It is at times fun to play with them it does become annoying. I have gotten the same pics from multiple "women". I am imagining a group of people in a boiler room situation. I get very few if any IM's on the weekend.
 9th of Sep, 2010 by   JettieOwens 0 Votes
Mate1 STOLE money from my checking account! I got a text today from my bank, telling me my account had dropped below a certain level. I went immediately to the bank and was told someone called "Mate1" had made a charge for 60 dollars. I've never heard of Mate1, I don't use online dating, and I never, ever signed up for this "service" (reading the above comments, sounds like a mix of prostitution and online scams.) These people are filthy thieves, and I've had to shut down my debit card. I hope I can get the bank to refund me for these fraudulent charges.
 1st of Dec, 2010 by   Jenna100 0 Votes
The first time I ever came across this site is when i received an email with my own home address in the subject heading stating that there are singles living there. A picture of a slut was on the front! How can they be done for doing this to innocent people? About time the pigs woke up and did something about it. Only when a top knob like a superintendent or chief constable has their details stolen are they likely to do something! Coppers are just as bad as these sites.
 6th of Dec, 2011 by   Mate1 Support 0 Votes
We're sorry to hear about any disagreements or issues with our services. Mate1.com is committed to finding a solution for its members and offers some of the best Customer Support available in the online dating industry, including 7-day-a-week toll-free phone support 1-888-688-4760, or 514 907-0015 if you are outside North America), round-the-clock email support – support@mate1.com, as well as a live chat support feature available during normal business hours. Many similar sites offer only limited support options, some lacking even a phone number to get in touch with their staff. We’re even open for most holidays, and we post specific holiday hours directly on our Contact Us page when we’re not.

Please get in touch with our Customer Support team regarding any issues you are experiencing, or any technical difficulties you have encountered and we'll be happy to try and resolve them with you. That's what we're here for!
For your convenience, here is a direct link to our site’s Help/Contact Us page, which contains most of our contact options.

http://www.mate1.com/nw/faq

For additional options, please access our Help/Contact Us page from within your account itself after logging in, which you can do from this link:
http://www.mate1.com/nw/login
 6th of Dec, 2011 by   Mate1 Support 0 Votes
We're sorry to hear about any disagreements or issues with our services. Mate1.com is committed to finding a solution for its members and offers some of the best Customer Support available in the online dating industry, including 7-day-a-week toll-free phone support 1-888-688-4760, or 514 907-0015 if you are outside North America), round-the-clock email support – support@mate1.com, as well as a live chat support feature available during normal business hours. Many similar sites offer only limited support options, some lacking even a phone number to get in touch with their staff. We’re even open for most holidays, and we post specific holiday hours directly on our Contact Us page when we’re not.

Please get in touch with our Customer Support team regarding any issues you are experiencing, or any technical difficulties you have encountered and we'll be happy to try and resolve them with you. That's what we're here for!
For your convenience, here is a direct link to our site’s Help/Contact Us page, which contains most of our contact options.

http://www.mate1.com/nw/faq

For additional options, please access our Help/Contact Us page from within your account itself after logging in, which you can do from this link:
http://www.mate1.com/nw/login
 20th of Dec, 2011 by   jbissac123 0 Votes
i am not getting any were either i am canceling my services too thanks for the information it is a bad service i will never do this again.
 20th of Dec, 2011 by   jbissac123 0 Votes
this is to mate 1 i want to cancel my services with you i am not getting any responses that is getting me any were i am looking for a serious relationship with a good woman they are not responding in what i am looking for so just take me out.
 30th of Sep, 2012 by   becareful674 0 Votes
OK, I am about to finish my month on Mate1. The negative comments continue to be true. Let me say that I signed on to this five years ago, and it was NOT like this. I did meet people. NOW, it is ONLY a den of porn stars, and marriage scams. I found only person that was where they said they were, and most were in Ghana, nigeria or malaysia. If you take one line of the write up and put it into google, you find that very often that same line is associated with many pics on different sites. I blocked 40 people who directed you to porn sites or were clear romance scams. After canceling, I did spend the last few days to see if I could find a real person. Just anyone, even less than desirable. I could not find more than two in a month, one was in Ghana and the other was in Malaysia. They seem nice, although you never know. Again, five years ago, this was a neat site, now it is just horrible. It should be shut down, it is a scam.
 30th of Sep, 2012 by   becareful674 0 Votes
I see now that they do not charge women at all. I watched many of these scammers just change names and show up in my face, again. They should charge a small fee for women if they want to regain a semblance of credibility. When I paid for this from my bank, I got a call, they wondered if someone had accessed my account. That surprised me based on my previous experience. A couple of things, you can tell that they are working girls if the age range is bizarre, for instance it is often 30-90. If they put their email in the profile that is a sign. They do not have to pay, and so, it is not like they are trying to avoid paying by putting their email there. Again, I could not find one person who was in the country, not one. This is just horrible. ( I will remain on here to respond to what are clearly people who troll this in support of this scam site and post the names of the blocked people and other data if necessary. )
 11th of Oct, 2012 by   got2go46 0 Votes
I totally agree with the opinion that this is a scam site. After only a month on this site, I met over 20 women from Ghana or other places outside of the U.S. Many women tried to say they were citizens of the U.S. but after only a few questions, I could quickly tell they had no clue as to our language or the city they claimed to live in. I would not advise anyone to fall for this scam site.
 23rd of Nov, 2012 by   Realistic in San Diego 0 Votes
I registered on Mate1 18 mos. ago and connected with several real, and very attractive women. In one instance with a woman in Prague, Czech Republic, which went on to include so detailed a correspondence that it dispelled any doubt that i was writing to a very nice woman. I lived in Europe galf my life and know very well that she was real. A trained economist, no less. She was not only 100% real, but also a very decent person. We did not carry it further due to the large geographic distance. I then let my subscription expire for a year. A couple of weeks ago I reinstated and already have ongoing conversations with several real women including here in my home town on So. California.

There is no question in my mind that there are plenty of real profiles on Mate1. People should understand that there are plenty of people around who are perfectly attractive and eligible, but who are just not that good at spontaneously connecting with potential mates in their own community.

Having said that, there is also no question but that Mate1 has gone downhill since two years ago. I called and spoke to management in Quebec last week and I understood what was happening better thereafter. These days anyone can log in from West Africa or any place and by using a peer to peer virtual server they can mask their IP address to look like it was generated here in the US or any other location they wish. That leaves Maye1 helpless in screening out subscribers based on IP location.

Therfore what readers here should understand is that Mate1 actually aggressively weeds out and expels scammy profiles. All you have to do is contact Mate1 and explain the profile is fake and they get shut down. Service is excellent and fast. The POINT of this observation is the insight that it's not Mate1 that is scammy - it is that their pages have been infested with scammers which are very difficult for them to screen! When you report someone they take very prompt and harsh action.

Scammers are very bad for Mate1's business - but think about it - how can they suppress them? After a bit of experience I realized it really is not that difficult to spot scammers and time wasters. All you have to do is go through your inbox and use your common sense. For example, 95% or more of all the scam mail I've screened is written in easy to spot pidgin English. Every western industrialised nation citizen has enough education to write at least roughly grammatical English. Even people who are high school dropouts write in a form of English which reveals by it's syntax that they were raised in these developed countries.

The scammers ALL write in broken, patched together, visibly "canned" English. You can spot the West African or Russian or Malaysian scammer mails from a mile away. So in summary, my assessment of Mate1 is that they are a good outfit with a decent website, but they are suffering from an infestation just as though it were fleas. I sent them a mail suggesting that once a year they should just go through the database and firehose the fleas out of the place.

It should not be difficult to write a couple of algorithms that cull 75% or more of all the fake profiles. Seriously - all the scammers communicate with the same strange English. If you remain just a tiny bit alert you can absolutely find many hundreds of women there who are potential friends or mates.

Regarding the OA's or Online Ambassadors - I'm chatting with three at the moment and from the pace of communication with me, and a very careful scrutiny of their English there is no doubt in my mind that these OA's are not only real but they are chatting with me far beyond the call of duty (think about it - if your job is to chat with a "quota" of members weekly yet you are chatting with them nonstop - that woman is chatting with you because she likes you! It rakes a bit of experience there to get these insights naurally.

Some here suggest the OA's spend all that chatting time just to 'chat up' paying subscribers. In my considered opinion, they do their quota but extended conversations with the OA's evidence that's not incariably the case. it matters a lot also, whether YOU have posted a profile which attracts and engages women's attention. Have any of the critics here factored that into their conclusions?

So I think Mate1 is getting some unfair and harsh reviews here. The website was quite good two years ago. But they have an urgent need to figure out some algorithm driven way to sweep through their millions of subscribers and just clump together all the fake profiles and expel them. Based on two years of on and off use of this website I think this is really the only thing they need to do to clean it up.

I have a date here in my home town with a very nice professional woman with a postgraduate education. She's just shy about meeting men, that's all.

OK so this post was just to testify from a long time male participant that Mate1 is getting a harsh verdict here. I am not particularly concerned for my own safety there - I don't respond to all the spam solicitations - but I have well over two thousand mails in my in-box and am in contact with plenty of real women there.

Hope this input can go some way towards creating a more balanced perception.
 30th of Apr, 2013 by   lili green 0 Votes
sorry to hear that, too crazy, I think you should select one professional seller, wagpual is one of top outdoor, airsoft, mask goods 0.01USD freeshipping.they are factory to customer www.wagpual.com, I ordered from there 3 years
 24th of Jul, 2013 by   Geoff Azoulay 0 Votes
I have now been on Mate1 for three days and have been contacted by almost 50 women, strangely im 53 and they were nearly exactly 32/33 years old, nurses, and anything that seems to care for children.
they have nearly all lost their dad, they all tell you there looking for love and honesty,

THERE IS NOTHING HONEST ABOUT ANY OF THEM ... THEY ARE NEARLY ( PROBABLY ALL ) SCAMMERS

THEY WILL WANT TO MARRY YOU TOMORROW AND GET A VISA TO DO IT ... PLEASE SEND 200 DOLLARS OR POUNDS ETC ETC PLAY ALONG BY ALL MEANS BUT DONT SAY YOU HAVENT BEEN WARNED.
wHY DOESNT THE GOVERNMENT BAN THIS LOT
 24th of Jul, 2013 by   Geoff Azoulay 0 Votes
A GREAT WAY OF CHECKING IF THESE GIRLS ARE SCAMMING MOST OF THEIR PHOTOS CAN BE PICKED UP FROM GOOGLE. PICTURES.COM, YOU CANT DO IT FROM A MOBILE, BUUR YOU CAN ON A COMPUTER, CLICK ON THE LITTLE CAMERA ON GOOGLE PICTURES AND UPLOAD YOUR PICTURE AND IN THE MAIN YOULL SEE HOW MANY TIMES THAT PICTURE HAS BEEN USED IN A SCAM ... GRET SERVICE

if SHE LOOKS TOO GOOD FOR YOU AND YOUR ASKING WHY SHE HAS PICKED YOU, ITS BECAUSE SHE WANTS TO FLEECE YOU, LOOK UP SCAM FROM GHANA ETC
 10th of Jan, 2014 by   Marlon Easley 0 Votes
I tried trial offer totally bull crap put two and two together all girls moved to nigeria.Do I look like i fell off a milk truck dammit.I then get billed did not use .I tried numerous times to cancel, We should get together for a class action suit, We are actually funding another country . How freakin american is that .The hell with this site.

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