Fraud complaints against dating services on the rise
By Lo Chi and Liu Tzu-hsuan/staff reporter, with a staff writer
Nearly 500 dating service fraud complaints were filed last year, with men accounting for about 91 percent of the alleged victims, according to statistics from the Yuan Consumer Protection Executive Committee.
People between the ages of 23 and 32 represent 50% of complainants. People between the ages of 33 and 42 filed 38% of the complaints and 9% were reported by people between the ages of 43 and 52.
Controversies over services that charge fees to introduce potential dating partners are becoming more common, the committee said.
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Complaints have been filed against dating services offered on company premises and online, according to the data.
Some common complaints relate to selling products or lessons through online dating apps or platforms, or signing unsecured loan agreements to be paid according to installment plans, which burden clients with large debts.
Other schemes include charging fees for dating events, persuading customers to upgrade to VIP accounts with exorbitant costs, charging excessive fees for writing user profiles, or enrolling in courses. video, and to lobby when customers ask to terminate contracts, the committee said.
The committee asked the Home Office to draft regulations and specify appropriate language to be used in dating service contracts to protect consumers.
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