Saturday, September 5, 2009

Dating agency breaking hearts

PEOPLE are being warned against joining a NSW dating service following reports victims were fleeced of thousands of dollars in their quest for love.

Fair Trading Minister Virginia Judge said the government had uncovered a series of complaints from consumers and was taking steps to ban TLC Consulting Services.

She said a Fair Trading investigation found the Tweed Heads company had used misleading and deceptive tactics to induce people to sign expensive contracts for dating services, life coaching and grooming packages.

Some victims reported paying up to $35,000 and $110,000 but received nothing in return

Evidence also existed that the company had preyed on emotionally vulnerable people struggling to find a partner because they had a disability or lived in remote areas, Ms Judge said.

"This company will not find you true love but will leave you with a broken heart and an empty wallet," she said.

"The conduct of this company is unconscionable.

"It is important we stop the unscrupulous operators from breaking any more hearts."

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