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POF was once a trusted and wonderful site. In recent years, however the site has become home to plenty of fake and spam accounts. As quickly as you report them, the fakes return fast. POF takes no preventative action whatsoever against these fake accounts. In addition, I was issued a warning for being a "false reporter" of fake accounts when all of my reports were justified.
I have made some contacts and friends on this site. But the vast majority of accounts on the site are spam bots. POF needs to take a more preventative stance against fraud on the site, and also needs to treat reports as being made in "good faith". That includes taking no retaliatory action against reports because doing so discourages reporting of these accounts and also opens POF and its parent company up to legal action and liability.
I agree with everyone who gave it 1 star. The 5 stars must be fake. I can't judge or comment on the people on it. That is out of anyone's control. BUT POF itself has more roadblocks than any other dating site. To name a few... VERY gender discriminatory. Woman can message as many men as they want to all day and night. Men are allowed ONE (1) per 24 hours. You would think they would want you to be on the site as long as possible. But it's one nice message and poof. That's it for the day.
You can ONLY message women within a narrow age range of your own. I'm talking 5 years younger or older. NO other site does that. Let the OTHER person decide if we may be too young or old for them. You can ONLY have photos of yourself. You cannot have pictures of your favorite or most beautiful places on earth to share unless you are IN them. So I have to selfie stick my face in front of El Capitan Yosemite? The search settings are terrible. So many other negatives about POF that I just don't have time to list them all.
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After being on Plenty of Fish for a month or so, I finally paid for 1 month yesterday. The site said I had 130 likes and views, but I couldn't see any until I paid. Of the 40 plus who "liked" me, about 25% were non existing accounts. Even if the like was only a couple of hours old, when I clicked on the person, the account was no longer available. These likes were usually from pretty or desirable women. I think POF uses people whose job it is to send out multiple likes. In that way, we pay just to see all these fake accounts.
I upgraded, complete waste of money, they don't give a monthly option so you have to pay up front minimum $60. Total waste, and it's weird how say if you're 60 and you want to search for younger women, they don't allow it, it cuts you off at like 45 minimum. Um, what if someone older dates younger, or younger dates older? If they are of age, they should have that right, especially if you pay money.... I can't say everything else I'd like to say, but just trust me, go hit the bars, casinos, grocery store, gas station, co workers, this site ain't it. Save your money fellas, I wasted mine.
I have had 2 POF accounts and both times I've had scammers. The story is the same. They come from Ottawa but they are in the military or oil rigs. They insist on download Whatsapp app or Google. Chat. The profile doesn't compare to their story. They put on fake charm. They insist you stay online. It's creepy but if I can figure it out security should be able to.
A funny thing happened when I was trying to login and pay POF.com for a Discount Deal on a One-Year Subscription!!! My login name & password, saved in my username/password software: FAILED! I tried to type it in directly, and that FAILED! I wrote them three times, they NEVER RESPONDED. My Conclusion: do NOT T-R-U-S-T POF.com!!!
The site constantly sends notifications that people are interested in you and then you when you click on them, it says, "Sorry you can't view this person because their preferences are not for you. Find someone else"...lol.
I've been through many dating platforms over the years and POF is honestly the biggest headache-inducing service that I've used. I've been on their platform on 2 different occasions with little-to-no differing experiences. I spent almost 2 1/2 years on there from October 2018 to February 2021 and all I found were either bot accounts or dead silence. I returned to the service this past April and out of all of the accounts that I've had conversations with, only TWO of them were real people. This service is littered with bot accounts and I get contacted by at least one per day.
Some just flat-out message you saying, "I have snap, add me:____" with either a random name or even one that isn't the same that they list in their bio. Those accounts just want to add you on Snapchat to either sell you an OnlyFans subscription or to get money from you through a money-transferring service. Since the platform doesn't have a certified way to verify that a user is an actual human, this issue persists. Even though I've had issues with other services, at least services like Tinder and OkCupid have ways of verifying that a profile belongs to a real person.
One thing that even stands out that makes these profile look suspicious is when the job description of some users just say "job". If they were real people, they'd list what they do for a living rather than just having that answer in their profile. It's easy to tell when someone is using a stolen photo through a reverse image search, but it's impossible to tell who is real without visiting someone's profile first and it's pretty likely that the account you're viewing is a bot.
I honestly don't know who I can trust on the platform due to this rampant bot issue, which the service clearly has no intention of fixing. And if they did fix it, their real user base would drastically drop due to the high percentage of bot accounts that are littering the platform on a daily basis. How are people supposed to trust a dating platform when there's a highly likely chance that you're just going to come into contact with a fake profile? People go to these services to find a significant other, not to be consistently let down like a clickbait YouTube video. Until POF implements a system that forces users to prove that they're human and not a bot, this ongoing bot account dilemma will never subside. If you want an accurate name to give the platform, replace the F with the letter that's 2 keys to the left of that letter on your keyboard.
Dangerous app. Full of scammers/potential kidnappers. No quality control or verification at all. This app is full of bot accounts and catfishers. They all immediately ask to move to Snapchat and then they try to lure you in with either a relationship (this is a dating app, after all) or a sugar daddy/baby type setup. They all inevitably fail to send a picture of themselves with a simple hand gesture, such as this one.
Dishonest company! I did not renew subscription but debited it from my bank account. I received an email October/2022 saying that I would receive the refund in 5 days and so far I have not received it and they do not respond to my email.
POF.com author review by Mark Brooks
POF.com, also know as Plenty of Fish, is the largest completely free online dating site.
No Charge: While there are upgrade options available to further enhance your experience, POF.com is the largest dating site that allows you to have a completely free dating experience.
Profiles may include several photos: Users can provide photos of themselves in various settings as well as both full-length photos and headshots to provide the most accurate information about themselves for potential matches.
Advanced behavioral search algorithm: Along with allowing members to perform basic or detailed searches, POF also reacts to the profiles you choose to click on. In future searches, it will then refine your results by bringing you results that match both what you are asking for and what you are looking at.
Anonymous email network: Users can email potential matches through POF.com's own messaging service, allowing them to keep their identities and contact info private until they are ready to share it.
Profiles are screened before being posted: POF.com staff screens profiles and photos before posting to ensure only appropriate information makes it onto the site.
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