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fraud and cheating

Complaint Rating:  91 % with 109 votes
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Plenty Of Fish
Vancouver, British Columbia
This site has used an electronic switch tactic in that if you select the 'serious member' option charge of three months, they will bill you for the full year! I wasn't aware of the 'switch' until after they sent me a confirmation message informing me of the amount charged!

I immediately contacted my bank and filed a charge dispute, as there is no way to contact pof directly! I even submitted a 'scam' claim against themselves on their site, to no avail.

I am now championing an effort to post a complaint on every forum they have so the word gets out and I get a response from the site. I updated my profile as well with a warning at the beginning. No doubt the next thing that happens is that my profile will be removed from the site, and I will have no recourse to warn anyone and everyone, except here!
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N  20th of Nov, 2008 by    +2 Votes
They deleted my account without reason and or warning. They will not answer my inquiries
A  21st of Nov, 2008 by     Best Advice +5 Votes
They did the same to me recently. Didn't answer my enquiry either. I'm thinking it's some kind of sin to them if a man wearing blue jeans isn't wearing a shirt... it's okay though for chicks to wear bikinis... I haven't been able to get another profile going either, it lasts a couple hours and it disappears. Does their computer know where the profiles come from?
A  20th of Apr, 2009 by    +4 Votes
They banned me from the forums for no good reason.
N  20th of Apr, 2009 by    +4 Votes
I posted my social event on thier forums and YAYAwhatever baned me until 2010
A  3rd of May, 2009 by    +4 Votes
Plenty of Fish is garbage, the owner gives the impression he is in North America and he is no where near...the site is a complete joke...underage girls/men posing as women/hookers/etc...and he further claims he is uniting millions through the goodness of his own little heart running the system for free because paid services are supposedly ripping people off...meanwhile he makes millions allowing these same services he criticizes to advertise on POF to profit from them and now is trying to suck even more money with his integrity gold seal of approval that is completely worthless.And don't even talk about the Mods in the Forums...pathetic ###s who have no idea how to run a system and don't allow FREEDOM OF SPEECH.Plus all you hear about is the success rate...how about all the men that have been ripped off/women abused/idiots who have been on there for years because they have massive psychological problems...as I said...the site is a joke and if people had any integrity they'd speak up instead of fearing getting banned and go after their civil rights.
N  23rd of Jun, 2009 by    +2 Votes
I have been suspended from the forums by Trappedonbayst because I used dashes to preceed my posts. Thats right, dashes! No where is it written in the Rules of Forums that you cannot use dashes to preceed your forum posts. How stupid. He could have easily asked me to stop using them and I would have, no problem. But no, I am "banned from posting for 3 days" and being forced to "think about it."
Also got chastisted for private images that weren't even nudes.
Total discrimination, and because it is a free site, cannot even complain to the BBB.
Should sue in the small claims court for damages.
A  1st of Jul, 2009 by    +3 Votes
I had similar problems with Plent of Fish.
I'm getting into photography lately, and in my profile I said I'm looking for models, amateur r professional, to build up my portfolio. I even paid for 1 year, as serious member. They deleted my account, and when I asked them they said because I was looking for models. Fine. I created the same account again without the request for models ... deleted again. I created a new account ... different email, deleted again.
They're a site open to the public ... they shouldn't descriminate using arbitrary or NAZI tactics! They should state their rules and only delete someone who breaks them, with an explanation as to why!
My guess is Markus, the guy who owns it doesn't condone these practices, and it's his lackeys, who are the narrow minded, control freaks.
A  5th of Jul, 2009 by    +3 Votes
I was also banned a week ago. My account got banned and I had no idea why. I emailed them with my username and asked them why I was banned and got a general email response. So from that email, I assume my email was banned because:
1) I had a hyperlink in my profile
2) I had a pic with my shirt off (I'm a guy, I gotta flex for the ladies. lol)
3) I took a camera phone pic and the camera covered part of my face.

One or all of these reasons is probably why my account was deleted. So I made a new account with the exact same email address. The account didn't have any of the violations listed above nor any violations from the POF rules. But yet, my new account was gone after like a day! No email, no warning, no explanation as to why my account was deleted. All I have to say is...

A  22nd of Jul, 2009 by    +1 Votes
I was more or less bullied in POF and to add insult to injury trappedonbayst banned me for inane reasons. If you complain about being banned, he will just add more time to your ban. I have learned just to take the slap on the face.

One time he banned me for complimenting a user because I used her user name. He said I should not make personal comments and use the user's name. This is fair enough but he is banning everyone for the same reason. I don't think so.

When some people are allowed to break the rules and others are not, it sends a bad message. For one thing, as I poster you assume it is okay to do such and such because everyone else is.

But it is personal and if he trapped has taken a disliking to you, you have to play by the rules.

I made some comments about a poster's diet who was concerned about his health. My comments were fair, but no I was banned.

POF does forums poorly. I would vote trapped off the island if it were up to me. He has a big ego but I am not sure his brains match his ego size. Most of all, he is just not fair. He sides with the cyber bullies. People get their kicks on POF on one-ups and trapped supports these people.

I am not sure why anyone would want to be a moderator on that site. They say they are not paid. I am skeptical. I think the mods have a few undercover mods. None of them really have a good grasp of what is going on in the forums and so the bans are random.
N  9th of Aug, 2009 by    +2 Votes
I completely agree, not only does Trappeds ego not match his intelligence, it is only further proved by a message he sent me personally...

Now mind you, he has NEVER EVER responded to me for requests for help, assistance or when racist people on the forums were harassing people with their agendas...but the second I told him he was discriminating he sent me THIS message..

(I attached the pic as well.)


(Mind you, what idiot would do such a thing, you are the MODERATOR jesus.)

I attached a screenshot of the message he sent me...
A moderator who tells members to get over themselves, on a site that now takes credit card payments, yet points out in their privacy policy that they can read your info when they want to...


I have no doubt that if trapped doesn't exist he is Markus, a grown man, who lives in an apartment, though he makes 10mill a year? Meh, its an electronic facsimile of power, used to make people feel important.
Think about it, we are discussing how bad they suck...they may not realize it, but they crave the attention.
A  17th of Oct, 2009 by    +2 Votes
I was also banned with no reason. we should boycott that site
N  20th of Oct, 2009 by    +2 Votes
virus on plenty of fish
N  20th of Oct, 2009 by    +1 Votes
had anybody had the same problem with viruses off plenty of fish
N  10th of Nov, 2009 by    +3 Votes
They did the SAME to me, but keep in mind. Marcus says that he is the ONLY person working there. If that is true, with all the stuff he has to do, it's easier for him to cancel us than to deal with our problems. Can someone PLEASE recommend 5 GOOD dating sites ? Also what are some GOOD international ones that include China & Taiwan ? I'm looking for a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese to trade Mandarin lessons for English lessons & good Asian distributors from a growing company that does business in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, & Thailand. It is soon to open up in Vietnam & Laos !!! Get back to me at Manytonguesman@gmail.com if interested. The payout MAY be the best I've seen & definitely the health product !!!
A  15th of Nov, 2009 by    +4 Votes
high time this racist was put out of business
N  21st of Nov, 2009 by    +2 Votes
Our credit card was just frozen as a result of an unauthorized charge to, you guessed it, Plenty of Fish. A $1000 charge, no less!! Jesus H. Christ, thank God our bank thought that was fishy, yes pun intended, and put a fraud alert on our card, disallowed the charge, and filed a fraud alert against them.

N  26th of Nov, 2009 by    +3 Votes
Note to "garybono" - freedom of speech does not apply to private companies. It only applies to government (and then, only the US government) censoring individuals.'

I'm Canadian, and I know your bill of rights better than you. Holy crap.

To the OP - porn sites are rarely "legit". Most of the ones that require you to pay are scams, and are often full to the gills (if you pardon the pun) with viruses just waiting for you to click the wrong ad.

Does that mean you're stuck? No - call up your bank or credit card company, get the charge reversed and get a new card right away. Yes it sucks, but honestly with the amount of FREE PORN on the internet, there is no excuse for buying it anymore.
A  26th of Nov, 2009 by    0 Votes
I get asked by women what I think about Plenty of Fish. Thinking is for the impaired, DEDUCTION is for people with normal IQ.

First of all, as of now, Thursday, November 26, 2009, one's level of education is categorized under "smarts." Smarts are not defined by professional degrees. The smartest people I know are self-educated. An amateur built the Arc. A bunch of guys with diplomas built the Titanic. Even Moliere said "an educated fool is more foolish than an uneducated one."

This does not mean that I am compatible with the pathetic modern day version of the "coffee shop lawyer" --- "the internet debater quack." And I already ran into one of those idiots, thanks to the site's profound calculations.

Secondly, a man who does not know and knows it, is not foolish. A man who does not know and thinks that he knows --- is. You do not know anything about love. Inventing an algorithm to match people, when you do not know anything about love, leads to mismatching them.

Thirdly since when are men not allowed to show nipples? Does your girlfriend make you pee sitting down? How dare they shame men for being men! As Baltasar Gracian said "nothing enhances a man as much as being a man." So it follows that the more you apologize for being male the more repulsive your are.

Fourthly confident men do not try to intimidate people with warnings because you can only push an invertebrate. Spines do not fold like wings. You have to be an invertebrate yourself to project the same behavioral response on someone else.

Put two and two together and we have a sycophant, a conniving moral coward. I do not put people down, I do not even put them in their place, but I am not responsible for lifting them up, so I will not pretend they are anywhere else than where they are. If they do not like where they are they can stick their head in the sand and hope nobody bites their butt.

Saved my profile... I asked them for a refund, don't know yet if they refunded my money when they deleted my "serious" profile mhtml:http://api.ning.com/files/OS5NJWLR74-BMDWcy*N-*dVYufwoRiUIj931PSUg3eI_/PlentyofFishreview.mht will have to check my bank account balance

Remember --- if you will not be the clown you will be the fool
A  26th of Nov, 2009 by    +2 Votes
This was my profile, html:http://api.ning.com/files/OS5NJWLR74-BMDWcy*N-*dVYufwoRiUIj931PSUg3eI_/PlentyofFishreview.mht
A  26th of Nov, 2009 by    -1 Votes
CAT wrote "Note to "garybono" - freedom of speech does not apply to private companies. It only applies to government (and then, only the US government) censoring individuals.'"

It applies to Government because it is a widely recognized human value, and people that do not value freedom of speech are as bad as bad governments.

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