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Model sues Match.com for $1.5B over fake profiles

| Dating Scam News | November 23, 2013

A Florida model on Friday slapped Match.com with a $1.5 billion class-action lawsuit accusing the Internet-dating giant and affiliated websites of posting thousands of fake profiles – including many by Hollywood celebrities and other hotties – to defraud lonely hearts seeking a special someone.

The trademark-infringement suit was filed in Manhattan federal court by Yuliana Avalos, who claims photos of her have been used without consent in at least 200 fake profiles posted on Match.com and other websites run by co-defendant IAC/InterActiveCorp of Manhattan.

“Not a day goes by when someone doesn’t tell me that they saw my pictures posted on Match.com or another web site,” said the sexy Avalos, a Florida-based mother and part-time model.

The suit alleges that an “extensive investigation” of complaints by hundreds of potential class-action members showed the websites’ subscribers are routinely being “scammed” out of user fees by “criminals” working out of Internet cafes overseas in Nigeria, Ghana and Russia. It claims thousands – if not millions – of photos pirated off the Internet are being posted as false ads in the form of fake profiles.

Match.com, for example, charges users $35.99 monthly for standard service.

“The tragedy of this case is two-fold as the American victims of internet fraud on defendants’ sites, (estimated to be at least thousands), mostly widows, widowers, and divorcees age 50 and over, have been defrauded out of as much as hundreds of millions of dollars over the past six-plus years through fraudulent dating profiles on the defendants’ sites, and those of its competitors,” the suit says.

“In addition to the financial and emotional toll, these scams destroy relationships, families, and result in suicides, abductions and murder of victims in foreign countries.”

The fake profiles – include “Hollywood celebrities” and photographs “pirated from Facebook and modeling agencies, as well as photographs of military serviceman and women.”

None of the “celebrities” are identified in the suit – except by user names for accounts that are no longer active. Avalos’ lawyer Evan Spencer declined to name the celebs but confirmed he hasn’t reached out to any of them about potentially joining the suit.

Martha Stewart and Joan Rivers are among the celebrities who’ve reportedly tried Match.com. A-list knockout Halle Berry has also turned to dating websites for Mr. Right.

Previous consumer claims in California and Texas against Match.com and IAC have been tossed in California and Texas courts due to “terms of use” agreements that members of the sites signed on to. However, Spencer said this case is different because Avalos, the celebrities, models and others featured in fraudulent profiles never were members of the websites.

The suit seeks $1 billion in punitive damages and $500 million in compensatory damages for non-members whose photographs were wrongly used by the dating sites. It also seeks a court order mandating the sites screen international IP addresses from posting domestic profiles in the United States.

Messages left with representatives of IAC and Match.com were not immediately returned.

IAC and its 25 dating websites gross about $350 million yearly, the suit says.

Source: Nypost.com



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5 Responses to “Model sues Match.com for $1.5B over fake profiles”

  1. Online dating site should be held accountable for allowing scammers onto their site. If we pay to be on a site, we pay knowing that the people we communicate with are real, if the site provides a bunch of unrealistic personalities and/or scammers then, yes, they should be held 100% accountable.


  2. Everyone be aware…. I recently reported to Match.com several fake profiles (scammers) posted 1 photo that was apparently stolen from some members’ profiles. Match.com did remove the said profiles in the beginning. As I continued to report additional profiles featured stolen photos, Match sent me messages telling me that I have already reported the concerns, in other words, “mind your own business”. Today I found out Match.com has blocked me from viewing members’ profiles out of the area I live!!! We all thought they’re scammers but in reality it could be the greedy mega-company who created fake profiles out of innocent people…..


  3. I was scammed too by a member on match.com. They had failed to check a member called Nancy Edward ,,She said she lived in Richmond Calif. but really lives in Ghana Accura. I was taken for 35000.If match .com had checked her out ,this would have not happened.I live near richmond calif. and could have seen her personally.


    • Penny730216@gmail.com on August 1, 2015 @ 11:40 am

      Why would you want to even send somebody money that you had never even met before. sorry for your loss but you can not blame all of this on the dating site.


      • Spend your money on yourself! Anyone soliciting money online from a stranger is up to no good. I don’t care what sob story they give you, it’s all a big con game used to fleece lonely people of their money. They don’t give a rats petutty about you. When you are requested money via Western Union money Gram, it’s a CONJOB. Don’t you dare send a dime. Delete delete, and delete again. Meet someone in your house of worship, face to face in a familiar place. Believe me there are plenty of people out there who want to meet you. But it has to be got the right reason.
        A lady I dated years ago came away from our first meeting wanting to know a little more about me. Get this…her first question, “Do I have life insurance!” “But of course, my Dear. A very large policy. Problem is I don’t have a beneficiary picked out yet!”…What a world.


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