Suit Claims Majority Of Match.com Profiles Are Fake

Former Employees Back Up Claims

Are those profiles you see in online dating sites real? One lawsuit against a popular dating site claims that Match.com is packed with phonies.

"I see women all day long. That's all I talk to. It was hard to meet people," said hairstylist Miranda Martin.

So a year ago Martin signed up for Match.com.

"Right when you log in it's just asking you who you are, what you're looking for, an age group and a zip code. (There are) 10 pages of guys just within my zip code," explained Martin.

There was no shortage of prospects.

"There was one guy, he loves to work out, he loves to go out to dinner, he loves to go the beach, he was a lawyer, he was too good to be true. It was almost like he didn't exist. The people that I was pursuing, turned out, I don't think anyone was there," said Martin.

That's exactly what a federal lawsuit is claiming. The plaintiffs say that more than half of the profiles listed on Match.com are fakes, scammers or inactive so legitimate subscribers can't reach the majority of profiles posted.

The lawsuit says former Match.com employees back up the claims.

Martin canceled her Match.com subscription a year ago.

"But it says that I have ... that my profile has been viewed 384 times," Martin pointed out.

Martin signed up with another dating website where she met her current boyfriend. Since then, she has been in a six-month committed relationship. Martin said she's excited to spend her first Valentine's Day with her current boyfriend.

7NEWS contacted Match.com.

“The claims have no merit and Match will defend the lawsuit vigorously," Match.com said in a statement released by spokeswoman Jaklin Kaden.

None of the plaintiff's suing Match.com are from Colorado, but 7NEWS checked with the State Attorney General's Office. We found that multiple complaints have been filed against the dating website.

It's not the only dating website Coloradans have had issues with. Two complaints were filed against eHarmony.com, according to the attorney general's office.

The Better Business Bureau has given three Colorado-based dating websites an "F" rating; Cupid.com and two Aurora-based companies with similar sounding names -- Fun for Singles and Fun 4 Singles. Customers complained about billing and contract issues.

Before you sign a contract with an online dating site, do your homework before you click "accept."

Read the entire complaint against Match.com .