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I have never been on a dating website after being divorced for numerous years. My friends kept telling me to get on this dating site so I did. I have been communicating with a man claiming to be working oil rigs in Alaska but found out today this is a lie. I have been sending him money because he claims he needed money for a rig part, iTunes cards, iPads and other monies for him and his crew. He now has asked me for $5500 to get him and crew home. I have asked the last 4 months to video chat live but he tells me the company he works for are spies and this is not allowed. I have now talked to this company and there is nobody by his name who works there, they do oil rig work in Africa and have never done work in Alaska. The telephone number he provided me is only used for texting and he sends me hang out messages from a email that no longer exist.
His internet/phone is through XO Communications and when speaking with them I was told they require no personal information, the person picks out his own number city and state that he chooses and everything is claimed to be untraceable! I'm a successful business manager and how I ever let my guard down to this level has me feeling foolish and very disappointed in myself. This scammer was great is all I can say, he totally had my heart and I was just waiting for him to come home last Friday which never happened.
This man told me after I offered to fly over and pick him up to go to Texas for pick up of his money told me no. He stated he had to have money for himself and crew in order to leave. He told me when I get paid I can send him the money and to please trust him this last time. The company he claimed to work for stated they would never ask their employees to pay for flights, hotels, food or anything that related to the project site they were working at. This was my first time to ever be on a dating website and WOW what a blow I received for doing so. If anyone is out there and meets a man on any social media claiming to work oil rigs please do not send any money, it's a real SCAM and like me you will be out thousands of dollars for putting your heart out there.
I do not understand why companies like this are able to say to the public that they are free of charge and this is not quite true. This company asks you to put all your data and once you do that you cannot navigate free until you buy tokens. THIS IS A SCAM THAT SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED.
I can honestly say I had a good outcome with Plenty of Fish. I found my fiancé 7 yrs ago on Plenty of Fish. We have 2 kids together and next year we planned to be married in February. My advice is be honest with yourself and your beliefs.
Very bad experience... I have been on POF for one year, just logged in maybe once a month. And the most worst **, sex addicts most of them on the POF. I did not go out or meet no one. These miserable men on POF they blocked me or put my profile on Google and this owner form POF deleted my account. What the hell I DID WRONG... you believed these mentally sick men from POF. I have only 6 pic of normal face image also my dogs. What a garbage site and owners in all the ways... His tactic's so horrible, he can't distinct normal women on POF and prostitutes. Disgusting site... never I will be on this site. The owner Marcus a liar who asked to upgrade right away. So is not free. Garbage website and entrepreneurship.
Markus Frind, Vancouver, Canada own POF. He is a very aggressive person with his site. He loses touch by not listening to genuine customers advice. POF claims to be a leader yet the site is renowned for setting the trend for other dating sites to become scam sites. This is proven with POF's "Upgraded Member" accounts. You sign their compulsory terms for POF to debit $ from your credit card at the end of your POF term, regardless whether you have found a date/partner, regardless that you have deleted your account and left POF, they just keep taking your money. YET... There is nowhere on the payment pages where you can STOP the recurring payments. You give POF open license to keep taking your money. I know because I went through this experience myself on POF and have know personal friends that suffered the same experience. POF still have the same setup today. It is a ripoff.
Another problem with POF is they ask your help to maintain the site's integrity by reporting suspicious accounts and accounts with inappropriate profile pictures. I am an honest and fair guy and I had supported POF on this issue. One day I found a whole network of profiles on POF that were linked to a particular porn site. I spent 90 minutes detailing each fake profile. Two weeks later I reported a number of profiles that had trees, sunsets and multiple people in pictures as a profile's main profile picture. I reported these exactly as per their TOS. My POF account got deleted for helping them.
Moral of the story if you go on to POF do NOT report inappropriate accounts (including ones with ** pics) as you will be the one who gets banned and have your account deleted. Markus Frind and his staff have no qualms in booting the people that help their site. There are reviews all over the Net of others having similar experiences. Another issue POF has is connection. You can be in the middle with having a conversation with someone online and POF will disconnect you indiscriminately. You lose your message and the respondent thinks you just left the conversation without saying goodbye. POF are aware of this issue. It has been happening for many, many years. Yet they have not solved the issue nor warn their customers that this issue exists. This is bad customer service to say the least.
There are many other negative issues with POF. It is a site I do not recommend to friends. Their criteria and search algorithms are poor. You are matched with others who are clearly not your match, including smokers and nonsmokers, members with children either infant or adult children. This really wastes your time and is extremely frustrating. Yet POF drags their feet on these issues. There are far better free dating sites. Give POF a miss and save yourself some grief.
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I'm a Nigerian and I must say POF you are very insane to tag Nigerians as scammers. I wrote personally to their customer support but they chose to ignore me!! Sites like this should be put down 'cause tagging my country as people of scam. You are just been racially directed to us but on tv people caught doing scam mainly are English, Americans as old as 55 claiming to be a Nigerian prince. GOD WILL VISIT YOU ALL.
I signed on and went through all of the hoops, took the stupid tests. I even received an email from the founder of POF. But was never able to log in. I went through all of this crap again and exactly the same thing happened. I don't understand how a dating site exists that you cannot log into.
Plenty of Fish automatically renewed my 6 month membership without notifying me and without my consent. There is no customer service phone number or customer service e-mail to contact them. When I signed up for the 6 month membership there was nothing saying this was going to be an automatic renewal so I had nothing to check or unsubscribe to when I put the order through.
I haven't subscribed to this site, and probably won't because they misrepresent what you can do for free. It is difficult to navigate through, too much going on. I can't receive responses from members paying or non paying I've sent messages to. I've sent messages to POF no response back. Not even sure if these people I've sent messages to are even still a member. OKCupid far better have had better success, get responses back, and now I paid.
This is my review about Plenty of Fish. It's the worst app and site ever made. Your profile gets constantly deleted for absolutely no reason and once your profile is deleted you can never sign back up again. This is what Plenty of Fish state, "POF has 0 tolerance for users who are rude, upload fake pictures, married, use sexual language in their first email, upload nude photos or break our terms of service in any way. Any user caught doing so is deleted. You may also be deleted if you accumulate a high number of blocks. Users who are deleted may not signup to the service again."
Which is a joke just because people block you or say you're married and you just want to find some friends. You can't because your profile gets deleted. What a joke. So let's say I didn't like someone so ill get a bunch of my friends and block them and then their profile will get deleted. What a load of crap and without even doing a google search for their customer service address. They don't even have it displayed on their site and even if you send them a email you won't even get a reply back and also girls can send any picture they like but when it comes to guys they expect us to upgrade just to send pictures sexist mother fuckers so just because I don't have a pussy between my legs I need to upgrade pfft.
I would not spend a cent on this stupid app and yet some hell its 1 of the most popular apps and now they even start advertising on television pfft what a joke if I could give this app a 0 or even a -1. Aould but unfortunately they dont have that option for me so i would give them a 1 this app is run by fucking wankers and I wish it was never made and i cant wait until the day these fucking stupid dumb fucking wankers go bankrupt and out of business DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY TO UPGRADE I REPEAT DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY to upgrade this stupid site cause if you do you will regret it and they dont even refund your money there a joke and a waste just google plenty of fish and see how many bad reviews these idiots have
Met my perfect match on POF. Made 3 trips to Michigan for vacation and stayed with my little tulip each time. We both decided we want to have a relationship with each and this will work. We get along so good and I told her we are it. I moved back to Michigan November 2015 after being gone for 27 years. We're still together and we are happy.
I am a transgender women was the first line of my profile Because POF only list man or women as options. I marked female because that's what I am. I have spoken to a couple of men. One or two were very nice. After speaking to a man yesterday I asked him if he knew I was trans just to make sure. Well he had not read my profile and he ended our conversation... which is fine however POF deleted my account right after. Maybe if POF was to expand the options on the site.
An honest gentleman, spent several hours completing the profile and compatibility tests, and always respectful of women I communicated with, all followed all rules. Still removed without an explanation. Only one thing (in my opinion) that might have caused the removal - discrimination or, in other words, racism because of my color. The service continually presented me with women of my race, though I indicated I was had no racial preferences. Since I choose women of all races as possible matches, my conclusion - they didn't like or respect my preferences.
I was with Plenty of Fish before and the site was ok then. I recently became single and now I have reopened my account again. After I opened it, immediately could not get back into my account and now I even tried with a new email address and still was booted from the website. No one has reached back to me. Very disappointed about the treatment. I feel I'm being targeted and it's upsetting. They need to step it up.
People don't put much effort into creating their profiles, nor do they put much effort into reading the profiles of others. I think it speaks to the larger issue of folks just not paying attention to life in general. We're all too busy looking at our devices and expecting our problems to be fixed in a click and a pill. Real human connection takes time and effort and I can rarely get anyone out from behind their screen in order to meet them in real life.
Over the years, there are less and less features that are free. I also find it very unfair that my account has been frozen/deleted without warning or notice of any kind. Like most online social media it is entirely hostile to the First Amendment or at least biased. Run by petty megalomaniacs.
I have been a member for almost 2 months. I have tried 2 other very well-known sites only to find more scammers and men with broken English. Many of my friends discouraged me on POF but I'm glad I joined. There are many quality men on this site (in my case more mature men), and several degreed individuals. I am now pursuing a relationship with a gentleman of substance.
I am a newly single person getting back into the dating world. Male. I consider myself a pretty honest person. And lonely and trying to use good judgment and integrity as I'm starting to date again. A Friend of mine suggested some other sites but this one popped up as a possibility. Without joining it I started checking out on the free site and lot of people that I might consider dating from my perspective as a newbie again popped up. Of course I couldn't contact them. A friend told me just in general, "You should join and try it out". I have not looked at this Consumers Affairs site beforehand. Wish I had. After I joined within the first day or two I was of course contacted by more than three women. They were said to be my age with one picture. Much younger looking than the age presented. Of course I was intrigued. Quickly realize that these were not real people at all.
After the first day I got that the women who were real and what their sites look like probably wouldn't be a match for me for one reason or another. And the ones that were, were extremely skeptical or untrusting. After reading this ConsumerAffairs I now know why. Lot of these people here on this form are ladies talking of their experiences mostly negative not many of men. I talk to my friend about this site and he said that he had his site passwords stolen and somebody used it in a very scandalous way and his name was soiled on this site. He tried getting his money back and that they would take no responsibility for scams which is BS. The people were unwilling to talk to him. They said, "The money is gone it's ours now." Blah, blah, blah. I after a day wanted to cancel and of course they told me no. The money is theirs.
Since then I took an better notice of the people that might contact me. You can definitely tell the real from the fake and I question whether the webmaster is possibly throwing proverbial bones at me to keep me interested. The people that I would consider are absolutely not real in my view. I told him I want to cancel after the two month. That I unfortunately agreed to. I'm going to call my bank and make sure this card for this service is not used again but I don't know if that's going to make a difference.
I've heard of such sites years ago who told you if somebody had been logged onto this site or how long it's been since they last use the site. You really have no idea how where these people are, how long ago these people were on the site and anybody could use their name and pictures and put down warm-and-fuzzy words to make people interested. Hence I would imagine the webmaster but who would know. Only POF would know. I'm still kind of looking but it with an extreme amount disbelief and probably going to turn it off soon since it's only been a couple days. I highly at this point recommend that whoever looks at this site absolutely should not join.
I have been a longtime user (5+ yrs). Did not have issues until recently. My account has been hacked 3 times in 4 months. Worthless contacting POF because they don’t respond. No notification if acct is deleted due to another member reporting you for SPAM.
50% of the women profiles are inactive. They do not delete inactive accounts so it make them look really huge... FREE is BS... you get what you pay for Match.com is much better and quick to respond to any behavior reported... they pull the bad element off as soon as investigated and reported. Match is worth the fee. I am a man and POF has no idea the some gay guys are logging on as women. Hello... Never pay for the upgrade it is not worth it... I did for 3 months... Save time and money go to the professional sites. Remember the people you contact are not always what they project in profiles.
My first attempt with POF. The first experience my Daughter in law created me a profile last Memorial day weekend for me and the response was ridiculous. Within 20 minutes I had 100 guys messaging and wanting to meet me. I have been out of the dating game for about 9 years and this was a bit overwhelming. It only got worse to the point I had to turn my notification off. I know the goal is to interact with people for possible dating or relationship, but when you have 400 men in one weekend contacting you, it was just too much. When I did take the time to look thru the candidates the first one I felt comfortable enough to exchange numbers, during our first convo within a few minutes he asked me "did you get my pictures?" I asked what pics and he said, "I just sent you some." I checked my phone and it was 3 pics of his penis!!! I immediately blocked his number and deleted my account!! I will stick to being single till God sends my husband.
Over the last 2.5 days, Markus, the racist, woman hating creator of this horrific scam of a site, has kicked me off the site for no reason. I have been cursed at by men, I've been harassed by men, I've received filthy messages from me. I've reported this abuse to Markus and the response is the kick ME from the site. My profile lasts maybe a day and then I receive a message saying "user unknown", "password unknown." So I recreate my account. The site administrator is in no way concerned with protecting his female users. There are abusive, women beaters on the site. There are married men on the site. Each time a woman reports something like this to Markus, he adds a new criteria for men to check on their profiles thus protecting their married statuses. This site needs to be taken down. Too many women are being abused and scammed. Please help us.
This dating site is extremely sexist. I did not violate any standards. I had quite a few horrible and harassing messages from men. My profile was deleted because a man got mad that I didn't want to go out with him and reported it as a scam profile. I had done absolutely nothing wrong. My profile had nothing more than only pictures of my face. There was no inappropriate content or messages. Yet men post nude pictures on their profile and that's fine with this sham of a dating site. They are promoting the harassment and abuse of women on this site. And if a woman doesn't want to date a man or simply doesn't reply to his messages she is deleted. The idiot who reported my profile said it had to be fake because women from WV don't have teeth. POF agreed with him and deleted my profile. Extremely sexist. That's called discrimination. A class action lawsuit needs to be filed.
I contacted 2 persons after reading profile and initiated dialogue only to be met with a barrage of anti female defamatory comments and rudeness which was unwarranted. I immediately deleted this application from my iPad never to return, I’m disgusted. Some members use this avenue to use and abuse women.
I was very open on my profile about dating anyone regardless of color. This apparently invited at least 4 racist men to attack me through messages. Upon placing on my profile to please not to contact me with hate messages concerning any color my account was removed and POF will not respond as to why I can not create or keep a account. I have screenshots of all of the hurtful remarks from others and find it extremely unfair that even when I was NOT the person creating a major problem I was removed from the site. It is my opinion now that it is POF's intentions to promote this type of horrible behavior towards others and kick off anyone who does not agree with their practices.
The site POF has joined a third party vendor 844-221-2543. This is where the scam is happening. Like everyone else, I had a profile for months. While on the account it logged me out and when I attempted to log back in it's saying invalid username and password. I tried reset the password but the email was not coming to me. I opened a new Gmail and opened a new account. I had it for 1 week and it did the same. Logged me out and deleted my account. I called the 844 number at the top to their tech/billing department in India. It's saying MY network has been compromised and in order for them to fix it I need to pay them $149.99. I explained this is the only site I'm having this issue with and I'm not the only one having this issue based off the online complaints.
For my second account I was only logging in from my phone and I was only phone when it logged me out and deleted my account. So it seems POF is the one who has been hacked and their customers info are in jeopardy. So when you call this 3rd party company they will attempt to get remote access to your PC where they will show you the word HACKED first it my email, that was hacked and I told them I just open the gmail account they said oh it must be my network that was hacked. I said I haven't used in on my PC yet only my phone. They wanted to give them remote access to my PC a card for 149.99 in order for them to fix the HACKED problem. POF clearly don't care about the customers and are trying to rob them.
POF took the wrong person off of my dating site. In attempting to get them to rectify their mistake, I was on the phone for over 1 and one half hours. Six people hung up on me because, my computer has been hacked into, and I only have a tablet at my disposal. They were extremely rude, and almost all from India, with accents I could not understand. They are incompetent and their customer service is the worst, I have ever seen!
My account has been hacked and POF will not do anything about it. I've tried to email POF they do not respond. I call the customer service number and they want either access to my computer, or to charge me to remove the hacker. This is frustrating, I don't know how the hacker go into my profile, but why will POF not straighten it out? P.S. I am a woman and the photo on my profile is a man.
I had a very decent account with POF and wrote polite messages. Yet for some reason, the account was suddenly deleted, twice. No reason, no warning. You just cannot log in anymore, your email no longer exists in the system. You cannot contact anyone, the help email on their site does not answer. Many users online complain about the same. The one clue I had was my request for a suspicious scammer to post a picture with a specific object just to see if his pictures really belong to him. I suspect the site is hacked, desired profiles are identified and then stolen. The user is then displaced from the account. POF had been acquired by Match.com but nobody seems to be responsible for the site now. People should be warned and the company investigated.
I signed up for POF after my divorce in 2014. I had several dates from the site, and a 7 month relationship. But I was just about done with online dating, when he messaged me. I honestly thought he seemed like TOO nice of a guy for me. We joined each other’s Facebooks and communicated that way. It took me a couple months before I said yes to a date. And it was the best decision of my life. After being in a rough marriage for so many years, this was such a welcomed change. Things blossomed fast. We moved in together for a year and just got married this past April. My children adore him and he feels the same about them. This was the best thing that could of happened to me. AND him. ;) So, online dating is NOT all that bad. Just have to keep an open mind and just have fun.
POF.com expert 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.
Best for: People looking for long-term relationships, people looking for short-term relationships, and people looking for a large dating pool.
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