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Once they did so, the FTC says, they would often be greeted by messages from what appeared to be other users of the site.These profiles often included pictures, biographical details, and a location near the target user: That little icon in the upper-right stands for "virtual cupid," and it's the only sign that the profile is not, in fact, a real person.An online dating company has agreed to pay more than 0,000 to settle allegations that it tricked consumers with fake dating profiles.The company operates dating websites such as,, and JDI allowed users to set up profiles on its sites for free, and then sent them fake messages purportedly from people living nearby who wanted to meet, according to the complaint.The users were unable to respond without setting up paid memberships, which cost between and per month, and JDI renewed those memberships in many cases without consent.The Federal Trade Commission argues that the deceptive practice violates federal law.


In addition to paying a 6,165 settlement, which the FTC will try to use to compensate victims, the company has also promised to clearly disclose that not all profiles on the site represent real users.

British playboy: Billy Thomas is said to be behind JDI Dating which was fined in the US for using 'virtual cupids' to lure singles into signing up for paid subscriptions - something the site continues to do Last month the firm paid nearly £400,000 to settle a case in the US brought by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for allegedly using 'virtual Cupids' to encourage internet users to sign up to a website.


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