Across the room dating agency
“My daughters said online dating wasn’t good for me anymore, so I started looking for alternatives.” Aileen then came across Searchmate, a bespoke dating service which featured on the first series of Channel 4's The Undateables.
It claims to offer a “safer and more credible alternative” to dating websites.
So in May last year Aileen stumped up £1,295 for membership.
It offered her “unlimited personal introductions” to men serious about finding a relationship.
He was also impressed with the advertised fact that 18,000 new members were registering with the site every week – giving the impression that he’d be spoilt for choice of potential dates.
Searchmate has disputed Aileen’s claims and said it had not received any correspondence from her after the letter was sent in November.
It said it made a number of attempts to call her since, but that it had not been able to reach her.
Aileen was promised support from Searchmate’s highly experienced team of matchmakers, and a guaranteed minimum of 15 recommendations.
Online dating scams: new tricks that fleece victims of an average '£9,589' But in November last year, Aileen felt a growing sense of disappointment as five months had passed and she had yet to meet any men.In the two years between 20 alone, revenue dropped by £9m from £168m to £159m.