The order requires that, before obtaining consumers’ billing information for a product with a negative-option feature, the defendants must clearly disclose the name of the seller or provider, a product description and its cost, the length of any trial period, the fact that charges will continue unless the consumer cancels, the deadline for canceling, and the mechanism to stop recurring charges.

It accuses a British company, JDI Dating, with using fake messages and computer-generated profiles to trick people into upgrading to paid memberships.

JDI Dating operates 18 dating websites, including cupidswand.com, and

The company's lawyer tells NBC News, JDI Dating has not admitted any wrongdoing, but is pleased to reach a resolution of the allegations.

In its first law enforcement action against an online dating service, the Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement that prohibits JDI Dating Ltd., an England-based company, from using fake, computer-generated profiles to trick users into upgrading to paid memberships and charging these members a recurring monthly fee without their consent.

As soon as a new user set up a free profile, he or she began to receive messages that appeared to be from other members living nearby, expressing romantic interest or a desire to meet.

However, users were unable to respond to these messages without upgrading to a paid membership.

"Adding insult to injury, users were charged automatically to renew their subscriptions often without their consent," said Jessica Rich, director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection.

As part of its settlement with the government, JDI Dating has agreed to change its business practices and refund more than 6,000 to customers.

The settlement also requires the defendants to pay 6,165 in redress.

“JDI Dating used fake profiles to make people think they were hearing from real love interests and to trick them into upgrading to paid memberships,” said Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.

The complaint and stipulated final order were filed in U. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, on October 27, 2014.