Dating company global personals
When a customer subscribes to the brand’s site, Global Personals takes a share of the money.
Two former employees of Global Personals have described to Channel 4 News how the company carried out industrial-scale deception to dupe innocent daters into parting with their cash.
Ryan said: “You’d take Helga from Iceland and make her into Helen from Manchester and write a profile.
You’d use her features and invent a whole new person.” Each team member would be running as many as 15 different personalities: old and young, male and female.
They also expect their personal information will be looked after.
However this trust is often abused as our special investigation into one of Britain’s biggest internet dating companies has found.
For example, if you use the dating section of the Evening Standard or the Independent, it’s actually Global Personals you’re signing up with.
The team members would scour social networking websites and steal people’s photos to use on their fake profiles.But to reply to messages they must pay a subscription – usually around £20 a month.The more messages the pseudo team sent from their fake profiles, the more likely innocent users would be to subscribe, or continue their monthly subscriptions.Global Personals is one of the UK’s largest internet dating companies.Headquartered in Windsor it makes £40m a year, has 130 staff and runs 7,500 dating sites.