Is Ashley Madison a scam?
Ashley Madison is a website for people to cheat on their spouses. That is a horrible thing. What is even worse, is that it looks like someone is using the website to scam its members.
According to the man that reported this, the website works like this. You buy credits that cost a few dollars each depending on how many you buy. You then use those credits every time you do something on the website. To send a message is 5 credits (about $3).
This is where the scam comes in. Female profiles on Ashley Madison send out collect messages that use up more of a paying members credits. When the member opens the message it says something like “Want to chat?” They never say anything real or respond to a member’s profile. If the real member replies, the girl never responds again or refers him to the live chat service that requires more credits.
The member that reported this said he was always given generic answers. For example “What is your favorite place to eat in Baltimore?” and she would answer “Mexican, want to live chat?”. Or what do you do for a living. “I work, we should live go on a fantasy date sometime.” The conversation would never get past that and always push a service that costs extra money. Then he realized these women sent him messages without even viewing his profile.
How is it possible to send someone a message without ever going to their profile? It isn’t unless its some kind of scam.
It may be because this is a scam created by the website to use up paying customers credits. Even though he reported several of these fakes, the profiles were never deleted.
So don’t accept collect messages, they are all pretty much a scam to get you to spend more money.
Cheating is bad and you deserve what you get. But it struck us as a bit suspicious that the only one that benefits from this is the Ashley Madison website and we don’t like seeing anyone be scammed.
Our advice, don’t join a website for cheaters. If you do, expect to get cheated.