Users were not likely to see – much less understand – this icon.
The fake profiles and messages caused many users to upgrade to paid subscriptions.
However, users were unable to respond to these messages without upgrading to a paid membership.
Membership plans cost from to per month, with subscriptions generally ranging from one to 12 months.
In addition, the defendants failed to tell subscribers that their subscriptions would be renewed automatically and that they would continue to be charged until they canceled.
To avoid additional charges, members had to cancel at least 48 hours before their subscriptions ended.
The Federal Trade Commission works for consumers to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices and to provide information to help spot, stop, and avoid them.
The complaint and stipulated final order were filed in U. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, on October 27, 2014.
The messages were almost always from fake, computer-generated profiles – “Virtual Cupids” – created by the defendants, with photos and information designed to closely mimic the profiles of real people.
A small “v” encircled by a “C” on the profile page was the only indication that the profiles were fake.
I think it was normally .95 for lifetime membership, one time fee.
Just Hook Up is a “dating” site that isn’t really focused on dating, more like just hooking up.