FriendScout24 Review

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According to Online Personals Watch, FriendScout24 is the leading dating site in Germany, Italy and Spain, and is an emerging leader in other European countries. Want to learn more about the dating site before signing up? Read on.

History of FriendScout24

Initially created in 1997 using the name People United, FriendScout24 was purchased by the Scout24 group and renamed FriendScout24 at that time. The Deutsche Telekom Group purchased the entire Scout24 company network in 2003, including FriendScout24, and has owned it since.

Where Can You Find FriendScout24?

FriendScout24 offers its dating site services to users in Germany, Spain, Holland, Italy, France Switzerland, and Austria, and all are offered in their native languages only - meaning, there is no English FriendScout24.

User Experiences with FriendScout24

As the site uses surprisingly sophisticated technology to ensure IP addresses only come from the countries they provide services to, I had a hard time accessing any of the variations to review the site properly. Here's what I did discover, however, with a little help from some of my European friends, clients, and a six-month sojourn in Europe.

FriendScout24 is not the biggest, or most well-used dating site in many of the countries they service. They do, however, have a strong marketing team that really knows how to get users to sign up. Most people that I spoke with use Finya, if they even use online dating at all.

Like many users over at Match.com, users of FriendScout also report many fake profiles where the users either don't exist at all, are staff members, or the profiles disappear as soon as you log in. As well, members complained of emails getting randomly deleted, not being able to delete certain emails, and no one on the service wanting to meet.

I couldn't locate one female user, myself, that would actually talk to me either about their experiences.

Membership Costs

Most people told me that the site was free, yet, a handful of males told me they couldn't actually message anyone without paying for "Premium" access. Could I find actual numbers, however? No. 

I did, however, discover a few details that you'll want to review before signing up - most notably their automatic billing practices. This is standard in many online dating circles (read: Dating Site Fine Print for more details), but in a nutshell: if you sign up and pay, you'll get automatically billed at the end of your term for the same term, again. Oh yes, and zero refunds. 

I've contacted several people who have threatened legal action to get their money back, in cases where they either cancelled their account yet still got charged, or asked for a refund. No one was successful at the time we spoke, however, one had received a refund by complaining through PayPal, the method they used for payment. 

Have You Used FriendScout24?

Since FriendScout24 uses specialized technology to ensure its users are authenticated and live in the area they sign up for, I've found it difficult to review this dating site.

However, if you have used FriendScout24, and want to share your experiences with other readers, please message me on Twitter or Facebook.

The Bottom Line

No, no, and again, no. Just don't do it. 

I think this is the only review, out of close to a thousand in about a decade, where I've both given a one-star, and, told users to avoid the site at all costs. 

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