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Searchmate had so far suggested four – two of whom she’d already seen on rival site Plentyoffish.com, a free site, and who had both already declined to date her.In November she received a letter from a Searchmate adviser saying that her membership was “not progressing as expected”.He claimed to be a high flier in a major American toy firm, but then managed to convince her to give him £200 for medical treatment, encouraging her to take out credit cards.“Getting sucked into this made me feel really stupid,” Aileen said.When the man complained to Elite Singles, it refunded him without a fuss, as it has a 14-day refund policy.When contacted by Telegraph Money, Elite Singles admitted that disappointment over the number of paying members was a “very common” complaint.“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.

In the meantime, she contacted the Citizens Advice Bureau, which provided some information on her consumer rights.But when he paid the money and logged back on, he was crushed to discover that not a single one of the profiles he’d been shown could be contacted.This was because they were “registered” and not “paying” members.After filling in the questionnaire, the man registered for the site and was delighted with the follow-up email he received.It contained several profiles of highly promising matches all “waiting to contact him”.

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