out of 5
Many scams, a few actual peopleFebruary 15, 2010
So I was getting a divorce, was kinda lonely, and decided to give AFF a try. Of course, their ""free"" membership has so many restrictions as to almost be worthless, so I figured I'd plop down a few bucks and sign up for the ""Gold"" membership. Worth a try, right? Whoopee, now I can view everyone, send bunches of e-mail messages, and all kinda of other stuff. My observations: 1) At least 95% of the profiles on there are completely fake (at least if you're a guy looking for women). If you send out 20 messages, you'll hear back from about 3 of 'em, and 2 of them will have the exact same (hardly changing) auto-response, telling you Whew, the week flew by! They're looking forward to the weekend, to email them at [someusername] that's at hot mail. It's connected to their phone so they can respond often. They look forward to hearing what you wanna do, and what you wanna do afterward. Blah blah. It sounds really neat until you read the same message for the 5th time from the 5th different user. If you respond to them all they want you to do is sign up for some other ""paid"" site where you can finally talk to them. No thanks. 2) Of the few that do give you original responses, at least 2 of the 3 are still trying to con you. I was exchanging e-mails for most the weekend with one nice lady (getting to know each other), she was telling me all about this business trip she was on in England (and couldn't wait to get back so she could meet me). Then she tells me she's all-of-a-sudden stranded there, her purse was stolen and she needs me to wire her $600 to get home. She'll pay me back (she trusts me so much and thinks I'm such a sweetheart!) when she gets home and we finally meet. I told her to call her own bank back at home (right?), and she sent me another e-mail... ignoring my suggestions... asking for $300 instead. I checked the full headers of the e-mails we'd been exchanging, and every one of her messages originated from various Yahoo! servers in Sunnyvale, CA. I instantly put ""her"" (if it was even a woman) on permanent ignore. What a waste of time. 3) All (and I mean ALL) of the photos and video clips of hot women on the homepage that you see--from your hometown--are fake. Every one of 'em. Their usernames (if you do a search for 'em) don't even exist. 4) All that being said, there are a few real people on there, and they're not all dogs (although most of 'em are). I did actually hook up in person a couple times, and had a good time of it. So it wasn't a complete loss for me, I guess. But it was a lot more time wasted than it was worth, I think. It'd be nice if such a site existed where the website itself wasn't trying to rip you off in every way possible. My suggestion if you wanna try 'em out anyway... use a PayPal ""one-time"" CC number to sign up (so they can't keep recharging it), create a new e-mail address, and use a completely fake name, DON'T GIVE ANY PERSONAL INFO TO ANYONE THERE. If you do get lucky enough to meet someone in person, then tell 'em your real first name and have a good time of it. Best of luck to you.
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