A New Jersey woman went to a local company offering matchmaking services, she paid $5,495 for membership, only to later discover that she had been victimized by a company who promises one thing and delivers nothing.
Stacey Hollander went to the company "Two of Us" a matchmaking service, with 15 offices, nationwide. The company is using the name New Jersey Singles.
Feb. 1, ABC Action News reports, "Two of Us claims to be a professional dating and matchmaking service that does the homework for you.
However, customers told Action News on Feb. 1, that all this company is really doing is preying on and profiting off our basic desire for companionship."
The matchmaking company claims that it performs background checks on all of its members and employment screenings to confirm gainful, professional employment.
Hollander told Action News, "It just sounded different from anything else. To me it sounded safe," said Hollander.
Another victim of the matchmaking service's Philadelphia office, Jason Snell went looking for something different too.
Both consumers told Action News that they were given a hard-sell approach, using high pressure tactics to secure memberships.
Action News contacted the New Jersey office for a statement without success. The company's attorney contacted Action News with a statement, 'Two of Us' "does not utilize high pressure sales tactics and every member has every right and opportunity to fully read the Membership Agreement prior to signing."
Hollander told Action News that she had three requests for her date mach, "healthy, employed, no cats," she said. Hollander says her first and only date was morbidly obese, unemployed, and the proud owner of a cat. "I was very disappointed, I felt taken," she said.
Snell was given the name and telephone number of a woman by the company. When Snell called the woman and introduced himself, advising the woman that he received her contact information from Two of Us; the woman told Snell, "I told them to stop calling me. I didn't want to have anything to do with them."
Attorney, Nicolas Vritaric, filed a lawsuit against Two of Us on behalf of a California woman. The lawsuit alleges breach of contract, false promise, and intentional and negligent misrepresentation as well as emotional distress.
Vritaric says he knows of many other victims. "Each person, I've talked to more than 30 victims, each person tells me the same story," he said.
The company denies the allegations and maintains that is has thousands of members and the vast majority are satisfied with the service.
Two of Us has almost 125 open complaints against the company, dating back to 2009. A basic review of the company's history, prior to signing a contract, would of uncovered the company's failure to render services. Buyer beware.