Some are niche-based, so you can meet people with similar interests or backgrounds.Some are targeted at (or have a level of membership exclusively for) professionals.
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.
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's worth coming up with a list of criteria you want from a dating site.
Some offer more sophisticated matching than others, based on psychometric techniques often used in recruitment and off-line agencies.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.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.In the meantime, she contacted the Citizens Advice Bureau, which provided some information on her consumer rights.Searchmate has disputed Aileen’s claims and said it had not received any correspondence from her after the letter was sent in November.It said it made a number of attempts to call her since, but that it had not been able to reach her.