Report: #142721

Complaint Review: Intimate Dating, Gammahost, encounters, single Sites

  • Submitted: Sat, May 14, 2005
  • Updated: Wed, February 18, 2009
  • Reported By: x Pennsylvania
  • Intimate Dating, Gammahost, encounters, single Sites

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Mate1 .com is a scam and so is I was searching the internet for home based employment. You know the type of employment where you dont have to lay down a few hundred dollars or even 20.00 dollars to get a job working from home.

In my search I found, Intimate Dating Service. It said something like, Earn a extra 100.00 a week being a online Ambassador just answering e-mails from the comfort of your home.

I thought ok I can do that and the add said it would take only a few hours a day. Hmmmm. 2 hours a day for a hundred a week ok I'll do that.

This is how I thought it was suppose to work, Guys see my profile, send me mail. I reply within 48 hrs and I get paid 100.00 A week. This is how it was explained to me. Below is the actual letter I recieved from mate 1

Congratulations! You've been chosen out of several hundred applicants for the position of Online Ambassador. If you are genuinely interested in the position, please read the attached agreement, sign it and fax it to the number mentioned in the letter. As well, we will need your
mailing address in order to send checks to you. If you prefer to be paid by paypal, we will need the appropriate information. You can provide that information simply by replying to this email. Payment details are in the attached letter. Please specify how you would like to be paid and don't forget to include your full first and last name.

Your job as Online Ambassador is as straight forward as it gets: to reply to all emails that you receive in your Mate1 inbox within 48 hours. You should not mention your Online Ambassador status unless you are asked.

Instead, simply reply in a friendly manner. Your role is simply to make people feel at home on the site and make light conversation via email, What you write is up to your good judgment, and you should be yourself. There are more details in the attached letter, which you should read
carefully before signing it and faxing it to 514-393-1231.

If possible, we'd like you to start May 13th for a 4 week period. Because the positions fill up fast, please resond as soon as possible if interested.

If you have any questions at all, feel free to contact me.

Yours truly,

Tina Kissavos

Online Ambassador Guidelines
Last updated 12/15/04

Here's a quick guide to properly handling situations that may arisewhile you are responding to email from Mate 1 members. Please read them carefully.

1. We do not recommend that you mention your Online Ambassador status unless you are asked. However, you must answer honestly if asked.

If someone asks any of the following questions:

Q: Do you work for Mate1?
Q: What does "OA" stand for?
Q: What is an Online Ambassador?

Answer something like this:

I was a member of Mate 1 and they chose me to be an online ambassador (that's what that OA logo on my profile means). I spend a couple of hours online every day emailing other members and making them feel welcome.

2. You are expected to be yourself, natural and casual, in your replies. If someone writes something that offends you, you are free to tell them what you think.

3. If someone asks for your personal email address, your personal instant messenger handle or any other personal contact info off the site, you should tell them that you feel more comfortable corresponding on the site.

4. You are not expected to communicate with anyone by Mate 1 instant messenger, but you are free to do so if you wish.

5. If you receive more than one message from the same member in between times that you log in to respond, you are only responsible for answering their most recent email.

Now what they didnt tell me was that They would send out an email addressed from me to ALL of the males and l*****n females on the site telling them that I liked their profile, That I wanted to correspond with them and to get back with me by of coarse sendind me an email.

LOL... Do you know how many e-mails I got in one day? about 500 Men who were 65 years old were flattered that I, (really Mate 1) had sent them a letter and that I, (really mate 1) wanted to correspond with them. Ya see men have to pay high prices to mate 1 to be a Member.

Mate one gives them a trial and then ropes them in with the, "Online Ambassador girls" The guys think, WOW Im gonna meet this girl, This girl is interested in me and I cant lose contact with her so Id better get a membership.

The online ambassador girls are thinking wow all I have to do is answer emails from guys who are genuinly interested in me and I get paid for it! WRONG!!!

These people are not only scamming guys who are lonely but women too who are trying to make money from home. There is no way that someone can get to all those emails in 48 hours or less NOT unless you live on the computer and Even then I dont think that you can do it. Even if you copy and pasted a generic letter to all 500 in a day you couldnt do it. Why???

Because while you are on the site people can see when you are there and they can instant message you. So you get BOMBARDED with instant mesages, You get BOMBARDED with mail and then the site gets real slow and your computer freezes on the site. so how are you suppose to get to the email??? You have to keep logging off and logging back in which takes even more time. Its a scam guys.

None of these girls want to talk to you. They didnt send you the email. Mate 1 sent it on their (Online Ambassadors) behalf and without them even realizing it. I dont think they even plan to pay people a hundred a week. They just let them anwser as much email as possilbe, let them give up and move on to the next sucker. That way the site is always in supply of fresh pretty faces sending out massive emails to lonely men who think they just got real lucky!

Wow what a bunch of s**+!

Knoxville, Tennessee
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#1 Consumer Suggestion


AUTHOR: Victim Of Fraud - (U.S.A.)


I have been a member (paying member) for 8 months now, paying 49.95 x 8 months and so far I have lost a total of $400.

But I cannot even count how many hours I spent on Mate1 the last 8 months, probably some 100 hours total.

Recently, I decided to not use Mate1 for a month after my membership expired, but when i went back to the site just 5 days ago, I noticed I had 23 new messages. So stupid me I pull out my credit card and pay the 49.95 fee so i can see my messages and reply to them.

When I look at most of the messages, I see very beautiful women, and I can tell they are all fake, because why would a beautiful woman be on a dating website like Mate1? IT NEVER HAPPENS! They would never need or think of using a dating website, because they would not have a problem finding a date where they live. So i know most of the girls are fake.

Another problem, alot of girls that do want to chat online using Mate1, about 95% of them want you to join their WEBCAM site and enter your credit card info. And they send you a link to a website that is NOT secure, and when I research the website they take you to, it is a website that is registered and owned by a company and hosted by a company in Malaysia or another foreign company, so the only purpose of the site is to steal your credit card info.

Does Mate1 do anything about it? No! They will not easily delete users because they need the membership fees to make a huge profit.

I looked at Mate1 on Google, and they have alot of negative complaints about them.

I researched Mate1 on the Better Business Bureau website, and they have a rating of F, which means DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH MATE1.

Do NOT be a customer, and DO NOT be an employee!

I am going to file a $100,000 lawsuit against this company for FRAUD, as I have complete copies of all 75 pages of messages on my account.

I will be hiring a private investigator in New York to serve court papers to the owners of Mate1 company to appear in court in Los Angeles.

This is the owner of the company:

Name: Mate 1
Phone: (514) 393-1414
Address: 334 Cornelia St #354, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Business Category: Dating Service
BBB file opened: February 13, 2006
Primary Contact: Alex Trottier (Customer Support)
Complaint Contact: Alex Trottier (Customer Support)

Additional Locations and Phone Numbers:

210 Ste. Catherine St. East, Suite 201, QC H2X 1L1
4200 Saint-Laurent Blvd, Suite 550, Montreal, QC H2W 2R2
(514) 393-1231 (FAX)


New York State Attorney General
(800) 771-7755
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#2 Consumer Suggestion

not ALL work at home jobs are scams

AUTHOR: Anonymous - (U.S.A.)

I did also come accross this "position" but I tried to apply and immediately said heck with it then they asked me to JOIN.

I have been working at home for over 2 years! SO please dont say you cant work at home

there are MANY companies out there. check out and they both have job lists.

i have also been a chat moderator since september and I am a merchandiser as well.

and on my own scheudle i manage about 3000 a month alone.

so have a good day!!
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#3 Consumer Comment


AUTHOR: Candy - (U.S.A.)

Wow, thank you for compiling this ripoff information. I recently responded to the ad for Mate1 and truly, I did not see much of what was being said. It was made very clearly to me that they would send a introductory email, prepared by me, and that I would receive hundreds of emails. I read the agreement again and still can't find anything that makes me feel they are misleading me. They have made it clear it would take several hours a week, one or two comments to return emails, it states we do not have to initiate contact or participate in chats, they suggest we do not develop romantic or off-site relationships, I have not yet sent my information to become an Online Ambassador. I guess I'm looking for more reports - so far, every thing I've read from Mate1 does not match up to what has been indicated in the scam report. I do agree this is not a quick way to make money but I have about 20 hours a week that I have nothing to do and enjoy typing. Thought this would be great. As far as why a company would not hire on their own - I think it is smart to hire people off-site and pay stipends. No overhead, cost for space or office equipment, etc. Please, I don't want to make a mistake. If anyone has any additional information to report as far as never receiving payment for work performed or if they sent an introductory email that wasn't the one they said they would use - that would be great.
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#4 Consumer Comment

I agree

AUTHOR: Dave - (Virgin Islands (British))

yeah i agree there is no money in internet business. please people keep your money in your pocket and hold on to your dayjob because all the money in internet is already been made by the big boys.

Please stay out and move along

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#5 Consumer Comment


AUTHOR: Steve - (U.S.A.)

Yes your all correct. Women are free on the site. Why is that? Thank god I'm not a full member b/c there would be a charge of $44.95

I told them I hope the site goes to hell.

And Paul from Anaheim your no stranger how are u? I actually agree with you on most of what you wrote.
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#6 Consumer Suggestion

The internet is not the place to start a business. People think it is. They spend a lot of good money to find out the hard truth.

AUTHOR: Paul - (U.S.A.)

People think the internet is the big profit center. What they fail to remember is the dot com failures of the 90's.

Lots of people had all kinds of ideas about making an internet business. They attracted lots of venture capitalists with millions of dollars to put into the business.

But, many of them never were able to make a profit.

And, consider this. Back then, search engine listings were free.

Today it's a whole different story.

One of the biggest problems with retailing on the internet today is getting noticed by your customers. How in the hell is anyone going to find you? There are literally millions upon millions of retailers on the internet.

All of them competing for attention and customer orders.

How can potential customers even find you?

In order to even have a chance of being noticed, you need to do three things. First, buy search engine placement. You see those listing on the right side of google? Those are paid listings. They bought the location. Every time somebody clicks on one, it costs the company money.

Second, you have to advertise in the real world. Spread your web site name far and wide. Newspapers. Magazines. Maybe even a radio ad.

Then, you're still not done. You may have to actually buy traffic from an affiliate.

All this, just to get people to your site! They haven't even bought anything yet.

Now, you have to have a price that's rock bottom. Remember google. They have froogle now. It finds the lowest price on any item. If you're not the lowest, guess who gets the sale? Not you!

And, all this is in addition to your web site. Thinking of a shopping cart? That costs money. A merchant account? More money. Your hosting fees. Your extra fee for going over your bandwidth.

Fun, fun, fun.

Plus, let's not forget what happens when you actually get an order. There's shipping. Packing. Filling orders. Maintaining your stock. Paying taxes. Maintaining your site.

Add it all up. What's your net profit margin? If you're lucky, maybe 10%. That means you'll need to do $40,000 a month in sales to end up with $1000 a week.

Are you prepared to run $40,000 worth of stock through your home every month? That's hell of a lot of boxes you'll have to pack. Let's say the average order is $40. That's 1000 orders. Or 250 a week. Over 30 a day, every day. Can you fill an order every 15 minutes for 8 straight hours?

Sounds like a hell of a lot of work to me.

You see, people THINK the internet is a gold mine. But, when you actually sit down and try to plan a business, you find out just how much digging you'll need to do before you actually see any gold.

Selling an actual product is tough.

Even porn sites aren't the money-makers they once were. You pretty much have to give a lot of content away in order to attract a few measly bucks.

Anybody who can consistently make a buck on the internet has got to be one sharp cookie! That's for sure.
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#7 Consumer Comment

97- 99% work at home offers are scams

AUTHOR: Andria - (U.S.A.)


Thanks for your input. I know your right. There are a few select companies out there that do employ people to work from home. (((REDACTED - Read below why))) is one of them, but just like you said most (like 97- 99%) are scams.

I would love to start a online business but do not hvae the money for that right now. The saying, "You need money to make money." is so true. In my case I dont have it.

It could be worse I could be one of those people who just paid to get a job. Im aware that alot of,"money making opportunities" are infact scams. Not because I have tried them but because they are just "to good to be true"

This position seemed reasonable enough to me because they didnt make outrageous claims. It was just a extra 100.00 a week but I guess you cant even make that on the net without people scheming and scamming.

Thanks again for the input.
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#8 Consumer Suggestion

You're learning, slowly but surely. Have you figured out the work at home scams yet?

AUTHOR: Paul - (U.S.A.)

I hope so, because you sound like you might get taken by one of those too.

The funny part is, you had all the knowledge and skill necessary to see through this dating scam, but you never bothered to use any of it.

Two hours a day for a hundred a week? If that was really the case, they could just hire local workers, right?

If you have a real job, you put a real ad in the local paper. Then, real people come over and apply.

You tell them the job. They decide if they want to do it. You decide if you want to hire them. Simple!

You do not turn to the internet, advertising for strangers. There's no need.

Unless it's a scam.

It's the same with work at home scams.

Anytime you see an ad that says so-and-so will pay you good money to work from home, you're probably looking at a scam.

Now, you can set up a home business where you sell a product or perform a service from your home.

That's different than a job where some company pays you.

With a business, you earn your own money. You pay yourself a portion out of everything you sell.

That's very possible to do.

But, if you keep waiting for some company to offer you a job and pay you to stay home doing it, you are a victim waiting to be scammed.

You want to earn money from home? Start a home business. Set it up yourself.

Don't know how? Learn! Read books with instructions! Library.

Don't know what to sell? Look around. What do people need? You live in Knoxville, for christ's sake.

There's got to be something you can sell or do that people in Knoxville need. Right?

The only questions left are how much you'll need to get started. And, how much you can earn every month.

The rest of the things you'll need to know, like marketing and advertising, and paying taxes, are all covered in books about businesses. Library.

Think something up. You can use the internet for ideas. But, for god's sake, don't even think of buying something off there.

Step one: First choose whether you'll sell something or perform a service.

Read some books. They'll show you the steps to take.

Good luck!
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