Searchmate has now offered Aileen a full refund of £1,295.
The site explained that this was down to most of the gentlemen who were active within her area “going on hold”, meaning they could no longer be contacted.
It offered her “unlimited personal introductions” to men serious about finding a relationship.
Aileen was promised support from Searchmate’s highly experienced team of matchmakers, and a guaranteed minimum of 15 recommendations.
Most people on these dating websites are just looking for a bit of fun, but I find that all a bit seedy.
I didn’t want to put myself through all that.” The man, 54, from the North East, came across Elite Singles and thought it looked like a better bet for meeting someone more serious about finding a long-term partner.