Dating service complaints
Watch for red flags Sameera Sullivan launched the Portland-based matchmaking firmin 2012.
She says her firm is small, only taking about five clients each month.
These criminals—who also troll social media sites and chat rooms in search of romantic victims—usually claim to be Americans traveling or working abroad. While their most common targets are women over 40 who are divorced, widowed, and/or disabled, but every age group and demographic is at risk. You’re contacted online by someone who appears interested in you.
He or she may have a profile you can read or a picture that is e-mailed to you.
Watch out for businesses that show you a bunch of pictures and make a lot of promises. Companies should tell you their prices and fees up front.Luscomb responded at first, Bogh said, but has stopped returning her calls.“When I first tried to get out of my contract I mentioned that I didn’t like it and was just too busy but Brianna said, ‘I don't buy it that your work is too busy, you're 60 years old and retired.’" Bogh said. I’m 54 and not retired.”In an email asking several questions about her business practices, Luscomb said she was unable to comment.“These stories have little to no validity,” said Luscomb, adding that they often tend to come before Valentine’s Day.Luscomb added that she was in a “life-threatening car accident” last year and will not be enrolling any new clients, although her two web sites make no mention that they’re no longer actively taking new clients. Generally, consumer experts and local business owners warn consumers against signing any contract in a hurry.Consumers lodged 11 complaints with the local chapter of the Better Business Bureau, which gave Re Vamp and Pearl District Matchmakers a "D " grade, in part because owner Brianna Luscomb failed to respond to the customer or the BBB.In one complaint, a customer made a similar allegation as Bogh's.“When my profile was created online, I was only exposed to men (I am a straight male). I requested an immediate change and this was not resolved for over a week,” the customer stated to the BBB.“I told the owner that I did not want a refund of money already paid, but that I would like her to stop charging me the monthly.