Also in 2012 Cupid acquired Uniform Dating, a niche website aimed at uniformed services personnel such as firefighters, nurses, armed forces and police.In February 2013, the company was the subject of BBC Radio 5live Investigates programme.In 2014, Cupid plc suffered heavy losses and was forced to call in part of money owed by Grendall.
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Users told the BBC that they had received many messages from potential dates as free users of the site but that, when they paid for membership to be able to reply, the volume of messages dramatically decreased.
Investigation by Ukrainian newspaper Kyivpost in March 2013 proved usage of fake profiles by the company and confirmed that the company’s ‘social media managers’, whose job was to tempt users, were actually located in Ukraine.
In July 2013, BBC published new investigation, claiming that problem of fake profiles still existed, and the company used real persons’ data without their knowledge.
Such kind of semi-legal activities is a subject to legal prosecution in some countries.
The investigations by BBC and Kyivpost caused a sharp decline in the share prices.
In Summer 2013, the company sold part of it’s ‘casual dating business’ to Grendall Investment Limited, controlled by co-founder and shareholder of Cupid plc Max Polyakov.
On 24 July 2012, Cupid Plc announced that it had acquired the French dating site Assistance Genie Logiciel (AGL) for the sum of €3.7 million.
The deal to buy the 1986-founded company includes French dating sites amour.com, and
Björn and Benjamin Bak, founders of German dating application Lovoo, and twelve members of their staff were arrested and accused of commercial deception because of using similar scheme.