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Quick Facts
Cost 1 Month £129.75
Very expensive
Popularity 19,000 active users
Very low
Gender make-up More men
(7 to 1)       
Better for women

If you're in a loveless relationship, or simply want to spice up your love live, IllicitEncounters.com is a UK site that offers a confidential online service where you can meet women or men who are seeking a discreet extra-marital relationship.

You'd probably guess from the name that Illicit Encounters is not a typical dating site.


While the likes of Match.com and eHarmony cater to those individuals seeking long-term relationships or marriage, there's a growing alternative online dating community, served by sites like IllicitEncounters and AshleyMadison.com who's members are seeking extra-marital affairs.

While this may be morally questionable, the owners of the site point out that many of the people who use their services are not necessarily looking for a sexual partner.

Instead they are seeking a companion that can offer something that's missing from the existing relationship, such as appreciation, understanding, and respect.

Signing up

While AshleyMadison.com serves the US and International community, IllicitEncounters serves the needs of people in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The site also goes by the name IllicitEncounters.co.uk or simply IE. Joining the site is free, straightforward, and completely anonymous. To register as a new member, one simply completes a four page questionnaire.

You won't be asked for your name or address, and any information you enter, such as your email is kept strictly confidential. On the first page, enter your chosen username, password, your email address, and your country of residence.

Like AshleyMadison.com, it's the men on the site who pay.



On the next page, you can enter details about your physical appearance, while the following page allows you to select from a list of hobbies and interests. Finally you can use your creativity to enter a few words about yourself, your appearance, and exactly what type of person you are hoping to meet.



Moderation

Once you've completed the registration, the site moderators will review your profile and, if approved, you'll receive a welcoming email confirming your membership. Until your profile is approved, it won't be visible to other members. However you can still browse profiles on the site and check out the range of available tools and features. Profiles are typically approved quickly (mine was approved after around 10 minutes) though it can take up to 24 hours.



What you can do for free

After gaining access to the site, the free (standard) membership will allow you to browse profiles and photos, do searches, and send winks and flirts to other members. When doing a search, the most active profiles are shown first, that is profiles of those members who've logged in most recently.

Understandably, on a site like this, most members are reluctant to display photos that are visible to anyone. However, finding dates without displaying a decent photo is challenging. For this reason, members can easily password-protect their photos so that they are in complete control of who sees their pictures.



Finding People

The Matchfinder tool will automatically notify you when a new member, matching your criteria, joins the site. Simply fill in the form, entering your desired age range, and preferred location. Matches will then be sent each day directly to your inbox.

Understandably, on a site like this, most members are reluctant to display photos that are visible to anyone.



Alternatively, you can just click the “Show me my matches” button for an instant heads-up of who's available to meet in your area. Your own personal “Address Book” is automatically updated and shows you members you've been in contact with recently, either through the internal mail, or virtual flirts.



A handy online help system is available, which will tell you how to use the various tools and features on the site. It also has some tips on “not getting caught”. Staying discreet is an important issue for many, and the site discusses steps like using a "throwaway" email address, clearing your browser history, and how to keep your personal details private.

Unrestricted communication with other members, including the use of the instant chat tool will require upgrading to a paid (Gold) membership plan. Like AshleyMadison.com, it's the men on the site who pay. It's free for women to join and use the site.

You can upgrade to Gold membership through the site's secure and discreet billing system. There's no auto-billing, so once your membership lapses, you will automatically revert back to a standard (free) member unless you choose to upgrade.



Is it Worth It?

IllicitEncounters.com has been featured in a number of national media channels, including the BBC and the Independent newspaper, and while many question the morality and motives behind these sites, nobody can deny their popularity and the fact that their services do seem to be in demand.

Recent media attacks, by pro-marriage and religious groups, only seems to have fuelled the interest and popularity of these sites for cheaters.


By Tara Miller

The good

  • Fast and easy to use
  • Good, informative profiles
  • Privacy protection features
  • No auto-billing

The bad

  • It's too expensive
  • Relatively small user base
  • No good if you aren't in the UK
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    WomanofSubstanceMarch 21st, 2011

    Useless

    I joined IE as i was bored at home. My husband only wants sex, there is no cuddling as i love being cuddled and he spends most of his time with his drinking mates. I fell for a 51 year old Indian man. I am a black African who race, colour creed means nothing, but oh my word my choice wasn't great. The man was in a hurry to meet me for sex with numerous partners and even suggested bringing a woman. I am not bisexual, he insisted on meeting at a hotel but told him i would rather meet for coffee, get to know each other and gradually take it from there as was indicated in my profile. The man is so ill tempered, started swearing, would send me messages he does not want to hear from me. Then after a day or two it is a different oh sorry darling blaa. He sent me an email which sees to belong to a businessman in his 60s, he texted many times today, we were virtually communicating. I've sent him my pics as he requested, but he didn't. I asked for more. He does not want to. What makes me suspicious is that many times he sends me messages asking me to write detailed sexual fantasies and enclose pics of my tits, etc. I feel he runs a sex /porn club. So i left IE very depressed, but he still texts and phones me. I feel threatened and regret ever joining IE as I am more frustrated than before.
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