A spokesman for Global Personals told the Mail: ‘When members subscribe to one of our sites, they are advised in the terms and conditions that their details will be made available to members of different sites on the relevant shared database.‘Our job is to get our members in front of as many other members as possible.There's a smorgasbord of dating apps out there offering an array of different people and dating experiences - everything from true love to no strings sex, and unlike going up to someone in the real world, these dating apps also give us an added layer of protection from a bruised ego (or face).You can like someone without them knowing unless you’ve liked them back.‘Part of me suspected it was too good to be true, but I replied anyway.’ And, surprise surprise, she never heard back.‘I only met most of them once, for a drink,’ she says.‘One, a store manager, had joined a website called Old Flirt. They came from geographical and rock music dating sites. One didn’t even know I had a son, which was the whole point.For better or worse - it's still open to debate, and the answer may be a bit of both really.It’s easier than ever to “meet” people thanks to our mobiles nowadays.
Worryingly, the practice, while misleading, is perfectly legal.
After her marriage broke down, Jenny Beard knew finding love again wouldn’t be easy.
Not only was she 42 and the sole carer of her six-year-old son Will, but her demanding career as an accountant left her with precious little time to socialise.
What she didn’t expect was to find herself posted as a ‘hot date’ on cheesy lads’ magazine sites, and bombarded by spam emails from people who didn’t even exist — or if they did, had anything but a country walk in mind.
Over the course of the four years Jenny has been on the site, not one of the men she met has been a member of where she originally posted her profile. Alarmingly, half were not parents at all and only one had a child the same age as her son.
Global Personals — whose headquarters are in Windsor, Berkshire — makes £40 m a year, employs 130 staff and is believed to take a 40 per cent cut of every membership subscription, with the remainder going to the spin-off company.‘Internet dating seemed the best way of meeting people,’ she says. It’s the last place you would expect to find me and a waste of time and money.