Are you struggling to find the right partner online?
Online Dating has been a popular way of meeting new friends and potential partners but for many, in the light of the recent bad publicity it has attracted, it may well now be considered too risky, too public or just not for you.
One woman who is no stranger to the various pitfalls of dating services is Aileen Edwards, a 61-year-old health worker who cares for dementia sufferers. In her spare time she enjoys theatre, swimming and the great outdoors.
She says she “isn’t looking for a major spark” but is searching for a man with a good sense of humour to share her life with. The first blow was when she fell victim to a scammer on an online dating site.
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Karen Mooney, Vice Chairman of the Association of British Introduction Agencies (ABIA: org.uk) said: 'Dating agencies are the first place that young people think of looking.'When they want to buy a house they go to an estate agent, when they want a car they go to a car dealer, it is the same thing really.'If people are looking for love and romance and they want to meet their perfect partner, dating agencies are the ideal place to do just that.'Do your homework, call a couple of agencies and ask them how many people they have on their books in your area, your age group, and who will suit you.
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.
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.
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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.