Christian Mingle Scam…Really?

Is Christian Mingle a Scam?”

People can be leery of online dating–and sometimes with good reason. It can be difficult to determine if websites or the dating profiles you’re seeing are legit. Remember Notre Dame player Manti Te’o and how he might have been the victim of a catfish scam? The jury is still out on Te’o’s experience, but regardless, it’s important to do your research. But then, you know that, or you wouldn’t be reading this post right now, would you?

Christian Mingle Scam...Really?

(Side note: “catfishing” is a fairly new term that’s been coined when a fake Internet profile [Facebook, Twitter, online dating] is created to lure and deceive a person.)

But let’s get back to the topic at hand: Christian Mingle and whether or not it can be trusted. Here’s what we know:

Christian Mingle Scam :: Is the site a scam?

There are online dating sites that are run by scam artists, to be sure, but Christian Mingle is not one of those. It is run by a legitimate company, Spark Networks, who owns a multitude of other online dating sites as well as other websites.

Some might call it a scam because it’s not owned by a company that is “Christian,” but Spark Networks has never pretended to be Christian. They’re simply targeting a specific demographic and providing a service for them. We know many people who’ve been perfectly happy with their Christian Mingle experience. A company that provides the service it has advertised is hardly a scam, in our opinion.

Christian Mingle Scam :: Are members running a scam?

It’s highly possible that there are people who are members of Christian Mingle (or any other online dating sites) who are scammers. In fact, it’s not just possible, it’s happening. (See “Manti Te’o” above.) But that’s not solely a Christian Mingle problem. Have you checked your “Other” messages inbox on Facebook lately? Chances are you’ll have a few scammers in there trying to strike up a conversation with you about how attractive you are in an effort to get money from you.

What we’re saying is: It’s all about internet safety, kids. We all need to use caution when getting to know people online. Use the safety confines of the online dating site to get to know the person before you decide to give out more personal information, like your phone number, or agreeing to go on a date.

Christian Mingle Scam :: Use good judgment

Christian Mingle is a legitimate online dating site, which now rivals eHarmony and Match.com for the most members. It’s because of their large database of profiles that many choose them as a good avenue for pursuing online dating; however, it’s also because of their large database that there are certainly people who are trying to scam other members. And to be fair, with millions of members, there’s no way they can police every single profile. But if you use good judgment and don’t rush the process of getting to know someone, it can be a good experience.

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  • Debra

    Christian Mingle keeps renewing you even after you uncheck the box, when you exit it automatically renews your account again and again and they will not give you a refund or delete your profile!

  • Angie

    I cancelled my account with Christian Mingle and they continued to charge my credit card, and refused to give me a refund. Their policy is they don’t give refunds, ever.

  • Barbara

    What a rude awaking for me ….I thought I would enjoy being in a room full of brothers and sisters in Christ….OUCH….be very careful going into the chat rooms….very cliquey and very dangerous for your walk ….

  • Disappointed

    I’m currently a member and I’ve just searched how to cancel auto renewal. I clicked on “Your Account”. This leads you to several options, (none of which say anything about auto renewal). I chose to click on “Manage Services”.

    It then says “Note: Disabling a Premium Service will not turn off the automatic renewal service. If you want to stop automatic renewal, click here.

    Once you click on the “click here”, there is once again no option to stop auto-renewal. There is however, a Big blue button marked “Cancel Subscription”. But there is a warning that if you use this feature, you will be denied all privileges, i.e., messaging, contacting other members etc…, and so, it seems that you are prevented from canceling the ‘auto renewal’ prior to cancelling your entire account.

    This information is consistent with their lengthy legal page of terms which basically says,
    Renewals can be stopped by logging in as a member and clicking on “Your Account” or by going to the Cancel Subscription page. Once your cancellation is submitted, your subscription will not be renewed after the current period, and you will not be eligible for a prorated refund of any of the remaining time you had on the current subscription period.

    This means if you cancel auto renewal you’re cancelling your subscription at that moment, whether you had addition time remaining on your subscription or not. It’s very clever, and a bit devious.

    Basically, there is NO WAY to stop auto renewal unless you cancel your account. Which most people logically wouldn’t do until their subscription period had ended. So, if someone forgets to press their little cancel button, (innocently. and logically assuming that their account would cancel anyway. once the subscription period ended), the company happily sticks it to them, with an ‘auto renewal’ fee of the full subscription rate. This may be legal, but it’s very bad business, and therefore, in my opinion, constitutes a cleverly orchestrated way to scam, or take advantage of, at least a portion of the website’s membership.

    This comes as no surprise realizing that this website is not a Christian site, and I suppose it never claimed to be. It provides services for gays to meet other gays on other sites while providing a medium for God fearing people to do the same, and so they’re simply targeting select demographics for the all might dollar, regardless of the questionable ethics these practices clearly present. There’s a popular saying that pertains to situations such as these, “Buyer Beware”. But, I choose to recall a less popular saying that may be a bit more applicable to the Sparks Corporation, “Money is the root of all evil”.

  • Doug

    In 2012 on OkCupid, Match.com and POF I sent out over 300 messages and never saw 1 reply. On match.com after 6mo when my account was up I did not get 1 message, so they gave me 6mo for free. 6mo of the same thing. I hate Seattle for dating.
    I give up on online dating, does not work at all.

  • WTF is Bornagain?

    Beware!- Be afraid! Christian Mingle has women there who “patrol” and reel you in. I married one of these “born again” chirstian trolls here last year- she moved out after 72 days of marrge- stole (oops- became “entitled”) to money in 2 separate accounts as well as convincing me to put her on 8 vehicle titles– to date it has cost me over $110,000 as she is a Born again Christian–Beware! Some of these Judas are extremely glib- you will pay dearly