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|Reviewed by: Will Peters|
|Number of Reviews: 41|
|Average Score: 72|
Initial review: 3/8/2011The score for Amateur Match is going up slightly this time around, because the design has improved as well as the search options for those not living in the U.S. Still, there continues to be a lot of negative feedback from our surfers, so I would suggest that you take some of what they've said into consideration.
For myself, I immediately see four "buddy requests" from attractive women after creating a new AmateurMatch account. Now, I would have to pay to send any message and I find it fishy to get instant attention like that. I did have to write a bit about me and the person I'm seeking so my profile isn't blank. Still, I have no photo and two of the girls used the same introduction lines in their profiles.
You'll also notice that "live cams" and "live sex" are heavily promoted webcam services that will require you to pay for private chats. Some surfers complain of being pressured by female "members" to sign up to these features. There are also member chat rooms and I can't be sure, but some of the women chatting look like they could be cam performers who might suggest you meet them on the paid cam side of the things.
Encouraged or merely tolerated by the site's operators, it's something you need to guard against. As one surfer mentioned, you need to use common sense. If you get messages supposedly from your local area and then verify the usernames only to find that they don't live anywhere near you that should raise a red flag. However, another surfer contends, he still made some legitimate contacts after sorting through the bogus ones.
One thing that is a definite improvement is that before you could only do local searches by U.S. zip codes, but it is possible to enter a city for other locations, like the U.K. and Canada. You actually just type the name in yourself. A dropdown with standard names for locations would be more effective, because people do make typos or may enter a suburb rather than urban center.
As a free member, you have access to written descriptions, but not to full-sized profile pics. As already explained, adding someone as a buddy is a free way to show interest. Premium members get full access to members' photos, some porn action, including streaming videos, photo galleries and XXX computer games. Premium members also can contact one another using chat, instant messaging and email.
Not to seem glib, but "buyer beware" is my motto on any site. Even seemingly "legitimate" sites send advertising that resembles responses from fellow members. Amateur Match still offers the chance to make genuine connections, if you're smart about verifying profiles before spending any money.
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