It said it made a number of attempts to call her since, but that it had not been able to reach her.
Because of this it had suspended her account, even though she had not asked for this to happen.
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.
If you are in London, you will have plenty of agencies to choose from; if you live elsewhere in the UK, your choice will be more limited.
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.
“Getting sucked into this made me feel really stupid,” Aileen said.
“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.The difficulty with choosing the dating site for you is getting past the fact that you more or less have to sign up to see what they're like.Though there are review sites which will give you a feel for what to expect, eg: 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.A few dating sites are members of the ABIA (see below) and there are several benefits to choosing one of these, namely: It's wise to work out your criteria before you begin searching, as the ways offline agencies work can vary.