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It took years for the FOX6 Investigators to shut down a local dating service that was lying to consumers and pressuring them into ing expensive contracts. That investigation led to a state lawsuit and a quarter of a million dollars in restitution for victims.
Now, there's a new dating service in town with a sales pitch that sounds eerily familiar. It starts with a telemarketing phone call, and then an invitation to an Elm Grove office building where you're subjected to an invasive, two-hour 'consultation.
a contract on-the-spot or the price goes up big time. It's hard to put a price tag on finding the love of your life. Even harder when you discover you got dating for rich people Florida lot less than what you paid for. FOX6 Investigators hidden cameras expose the questionable tactics used by Wisconsin Singles to sell expensive contracts. But if you're single and have your own credit card, she'd like to spend a couple of hours with you.
She found the place through dating a frenchman Houston distance online ad for 'Milwaukee Singles. But they all lead to the same place. Wisconsin Singles bills itself as a matchmaking service for professionals, primarily in their 40s, 50s and 60s. There are two locations in Milwaukee and Madison, but they're part of a nationwide network known as 'Today's Matchmaker.
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Instead, they take your information and then set you up with a match. In other words, they say, they do all the work. Jorsch accepted an invitation to an Elm Grove office building on Pilgrim Road - just north of Brookfield Square - for a free consultation. It's really a sales pitch that FOX6 caught on speed dating Nashville Tennessee TN events camera.
I saw the price.
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I threw up in the bathroom," Ryan said to Rita, our first undercover volunteer. Not just once, but twice. Instead, she says, her matches were outside even the most basic parameters, like age, height and location. I saw the cost of the service. I threw up," Ryan repeated to Kim, our second undercover volunteer. Diane says she was once a customer, too, and - the story goes speed dating Hoffman Estates IL she ponied up the big bucks and ended up meeting her husband.
She says it happened seven years ago, which is odd, since the company has only been registered to do business in Wisconsin for two years. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Diane is the only person who works in the Milwaukee office, but once the company free women of Peoria your money, you can never talk to her again. You can only talk to your personal matchmaker. And new clients are told not to check in more than once every couple of weeks. Kathy Jorsch says she rarely heard from her 'personal matchmaker' -- a woman she's never even met.
Virginia Pickerell wanted a guy who was tall, asian and Irving TX dating and lived near Madison, but says she was matched Detroit MI dating laws guys who were short, overweight or lived halfway across the state. Wisconsin Singles invites potential customers to a 2-hour 'consultation' inside this office building in Elm Grove.
A woman who asked that she not be identified - we'll call her Nicole - says she didn't want to date a guy with young kids. The first man they matched her with had three kids under the age of five. He was younger than she wanted and lived two hours away. The next match, she says, was too old. If you're wondering how many members Wisconsin Singles actually has, so are we. A lot," Ryan said. Kathy Jorsch ed up in January.
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Her last date was in May. And after weeks of hearing nothing, she finally got a call from her matchmaker in August. I thought I wasn't gonna hear from you guys anymore," Jorsch told her matchmaker Tempe dating black the phone. The matchmaker admitted she doesn't have a lot of guys that fit Kathy's criteria. Nobody at all,"Jorsch said. Wisconsin Singles Spokesman Gerry Gross says they never reveal how many members they have.
Except that she did.
Gross says they have to get to know you first: Your job, your past relationships, and your finances. Diane Ryan asked FOX6's undercover volunteers for their income, rent and car payments, bank information and credit card balances. Gross says that's just to make sure they qualify for the service. After asking our the best Corpus Christi to meet girls singles hours worth of invasive, personal questions, Diane Ryan refused to sit down an answer our questions.
You have to tell them all of that personal information before they'll tell you how much the membership costs. And that's only if you a contract on-the-spot. The company says this is not a high-pressure sales pitch. It's just an incentive to keep single people from procrastinating.
And it works more often than you might think, in part, because on one key selling point. They promise to do a nationwide criminal background check.
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But that's not what the contract says they do. It says they perform a Memphis Tennessee TN looking for white man background screening using public databases available on the internet. Something anyone can do from their home computer for free. Now they want to keep you from making the same mistake. There appear to be several similarities between Wisconsin Singles and Great Expectations, a dating service that fled the state after our investigation in But in a letter to state regulators, Wisconsin Singles says it has no affiliation with Great Expectations and never has.
Company spokesman Gerry Gross tells me they are in business to help people the best Wayne to meet girls he does not believe his sales reps are misleading anyone. For those who've spent thousands and are unhappy with the service, there appears to be no way to get a refund without getting state officials involved. In Wisconsin, you have a three-day right to cancel a dating service contract.
However, new clients of Wisconsin Singles are told not to expect their personal matchmaker to call for at least three days after they up. In other words, before they even start using the service, it's too late to get a refund. FOX6 hidden cameras expose questionable tactics of high-dollar matchmaking service FOX6 hidden cameras expose questionable tactics of high-dollar matchmaking service.
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