The headquarters of the company were stormed in by police officers, doors smashed, computers, mobile phones confiscated.
There were 13 raids in Dresden and 3 more in Nuremberg and Berlin. (The connection to Eastern Germany’s heritage is uncanny. Think Ukraine, Russia, and its paid correspondence sites, which have a bad name for fake substitute writers — who’s next?)
Brothers Benjamin and Björn Bak, the founders of Lovoo, were arrested, Global Dating Insights reported.
12 more people have been detailed under the allegations of commercial deception.
The website of Lovoo was down for some time but now it’s back online.
The accusations by prosecutors state that the site published fake profiles to lure customers to purchase paid services.
The first accusations about fake profiles surfaced in the media in September 2015, TheLocal.de reported. At this time, it was alleged that the company has been doing it for at least 2 years.
The allegations made stated that an extra income of 1 million euro was obtained by the company through the use of this deceptive tactic.
Lovoo boasts 36 million users in 17 countries. The company disclaimed the allegations in 2015.
The website’s lawyers refused to comment on the ongoing investigation following recent arrests.
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