Okay, I've been out of the dating game for a while - as stated in a previous review. I've been using Zoosk for about a month and I have yet to pay for the profile and after last night, I'm probably not going to. Please allow me to clarify:
So I filtered my search results two women between the ages of 24 to 37 in my area in a 20 mile radius.
Within 30 minutes I'd reported five profiles for reasons ranging from they'd been on there forever, seriously, good thing about living in a small community is that you know some of the people that are going to show up in your results, and some of them have been happily married for five or more years. So dead profiles. To catfish accounts, one of which was using a profile picture of Anna Paquin. And finally, the biggest red flag and the point I'm going to talk about the most are three accounts that belonged to minors.
One of these girls is a close friend's younger sister. She's 14 years old and supposedly verified her account via Facebook. She follows me on Facebook. Not only was her profile picture the exact same as her FB Zoosk profiles. Her account flat out says she's in high school. Earlier that day, she was talking about how amped she was to be starting her sophomore year.
So this begs the question, do they actually have somebody monitoring Facebook verification, or is it left up to some random bot?
And here's my biggest qualm: this is a problem that isn't difficult to combat. I mean, for crying out loud there's a good portion of groups on Kik that require you to send a picture of you holding a random object, touching your nose, or holding up a piece of paper with a time stamp and date on it.
Why is this concept so foreign to these dating services?
I'm a single parent, I've had to move around a lot the past few years, and my child is autistic. I can tell you that the sex offenders registry is ever-growing and very real.
So I wonder how a company such a Zoosk would feel knowing they were complicit in a potential assault because they neglected to actually verify a profile.
Honestly, I'm done with this app / website.
I tried to contact them via their customer service email and I was told that I would have to wait two to three days for a response and so I decided to try and get in contact with them via Facebook Messenger, only to have my conversation muted. That's the virtual equivalent of telling me to STFU.
There is no way they're going to be getting any money of mine. I suggest anybody who gets into the service takes a buyer beware approach.