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Security Alert! POF website reads your emails.

Dec 28, 2006 9:27PM PST website is a free dating website.

Things were going great until I got a email from a moderator that
An email I sent was fake or something or a troll.

The moderator even gave me the subject line of the email I sent to the compatible pof user.

This made me almost beyond livid at the time.
They claimed they are allowed to read emails because it is a private system. trappedonbayst is the moderator that read my emails.

This would be like any tech at AOL or hotmail can read our emails.
There isany any privacy assurances that they don't do this but since he sent the subject line of my email to a different user proves this was interception. Interception by third party moderators and or scripts means the email was read! THAT IS ILLEGAL!

trappedonbayst said they are allowed to read our email within the system because it is a private system. I posted my complaint and since then trappedonbayst deleted my account on pof.

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Their privacy policy seems to allow this.
Dec 28, 2006 9:45PM PST

"you acknowledge that

(a) we cannot ensure the security or privacy of information you provide through the Internet and your email messages, and you release us from any and all liability in connection with the use of such information by other parties; "


"We reserve the right to monitor all advertisements, public postings and messages ..."

Seems nothing's amiss here. But I can see where this would alarm you.

-> My advice? Check those privacy statements before use.


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I never read that.
Dec 28, 2006 9:57PM PST

What email system would implicity imply that they do intently read emails?

By what right would they govern that even if they do have a disclaimer theat they do have a right to read emails?

Why aren't they holding themselves to a higher standard?

What other website implicity state , " Hi everyone we read your emails for any and all purposes." This sounds a bit shady to me.

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You're right. Most never read the privacy policy.
Dec 28, 2006 10:12PM PST

Since you posted, I thought I'd see if they overstepped their privacy policy. It appears they didn't.

Next time...


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All Dating Sites Read Your Email!
Dec 29, 2006 1:43AM PST

All of the dating sites read your email. That's how they pop-up with these folks you never even inquired about but might have viewed just passing through the search or view part of the site. Like on, if you view a certain person that view is traced by their system and matched to you by a "flirt" as they refer to the situation. This is not so much spying as it is match making. Breaking the ice for you, so to speak. does not read your follow-up email but they do track who emails who on their network.

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What email system would implicity imply ..
Dec 29, 2006 2:10AM PST

that they do intently read emails?

Incredimail, for one.

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it is all a big SCAM
Jan 13, 2007 1:42AM PST

Plenty of Fish is scamming his advertisers.. and quite frankly taking advantage of people to make more money... I had a horrible experience on there with his Moderators.. Please check out the link below...

Yes they read your emails,which is very disturbing to say the least.. If you are emailing your phone number to someone, your number is open to the creepy supposedly volunteer Moderators..

There is more to this place than meets the eye.. Be very careful ..

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Feb 11, 2014 8:23AM PST

Thanx for this Bob; was getting freaked out and offended but suspected there was something like this I missed in the fine print. Thanks for reading it for meSilly Met someone really special on there but we both were a little non-plussed when we noticed our spicier messages didn't go through. In Big Brother's house he can legally watch whatever he wants if we come in of our own choice. Think it's probably good for people's safety and state of mind in the long run. Thanks again.

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Stay off POF
Dec 15, 2015 12:51AM PST

I advice any guys to go to another dating site and join the women when getting your private messages then go into an open forum and publish them so they can all make fun of the men on there some of us guys made over 200 reports of the breach of terms and conditions and guess what all ignored and they got to stay along with poor unsuspecting dating users who are using their service to find a girlfriend while all there personal messages are published on and open forum for all the users there to slag I men and humiliate them and the moderater will neither remove it(still up there go and take a look) and worse than that when someone nicely pointed it out he got deleted immediately for daring to .now if that's not blatant mockery and green light for the moderators to allow enforce and encourage this behaviour nothing is! Remember when joining a dating site confidentiality is high on the list it's proved that you don't get that on POF and the moderators protect the women that will post all your personal messages
Be WARNED and choose an ethical dating site where they don't seek to embarrass mock make hateful remarks and publish private messages to its unsuspecting users that are simply on a dating site to meet someone

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