Ive been using this site since 2010. Its 100% free to use unless u pay for the optional extra features.
Never been scammed on there.
They even have a section on their for members to organise parties u can sign up to and go for free. But that function isnt working right now due to the covid restrictions.
I went to a few of the meetups. My local 1 was at a bowling ally and all we had to pay for was drinks from the bar or if we wanted to bowl which was at a discount due to being a group booking. But entry to the bowling ally was free.
Also went to a pub in a city not far from me as 1 member was holding a birthday party for himself and it was my birthday the same day. As a group of us were going from the same city we hired a mini bus to take us their and bring as back again. And split the cost between us.
Ive never met anyone on there except at the group meets. But thats cause im too shy to send msgs to the women i like or my matches and wait for them to msg me 1st. But ive never met anyone from any of the dating sites im on.
If u use a pay dating site be prepared to get scammed as only the paid for sites scam u the free ones dont.
Yes u might get members on the sites try to scam u but the free sites do watch out for that and kick them off once reported which the pay to use sites dont.