Review: Connections Dating
Austin Gal

Austin, TX

#23 Dec 20, 2010
Ah and now we finally get a copy of this recording after I make this post.

It's such an unending pleasure dealing with Mr. Miess who's only offered to refund my money if I remove negative comments about his business from the internet. I'd rather lose the money than help him hide what he's putting me through and the questionable nature of his business practices. I hope others will learn from my mistake of trusting this business.
Austin Gal

Austin, TX

#24 Dec 20, 2010
Here's another resource for making yourself heard about this business, since their offices and activities are in multiple states, they are of federal interest. Here's the link to the FTC's Consumer Protection website:

https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/

Don't do nothing and don't let them intimidate you into not telling your story and your experience with them.
Richmond Gal

King George, VA

#25 Dec 20, 2010
Austin Gal wrote:
Here's another resource for making yourself heard about this business, since their offices and activities are in multiple states, they are of federal interest. Here's the link to the FTC's Consumer Protection website:
https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/
Don't do nothing and don't let them intimidate you into not telling your story and your experience with them.
Thank you for all the information you have provided. I just filed a complaint with the FTC based on the link you put in your comments. I joined this service about a year ago and realized almost immediately that I had made a big mistake. I ended up contacting my state consumer affairs office and was able to negotiate a $500 refund. They let me remain a member. I am still basically out about $2500. My contract reads that I can keep my membership until I get "married". I'm pretty sure that's not happening, at least not through this service. I have been out with one member since I joined about a year ago.

I know that you are angry about what has happened to you and I can understand your anger as I was there too. I've learned a lesson from this experience. It's such a shame that there are businesses out there that prey on and deceive individuals the way this one does. And you're right about more people needing to step up and tell there stories. I'm sure there are many more persons out there whose stories are left to be told.

Thanks again for telling your story.
Virginia Guy

Highland, NY

#26 Dec 25, 2010
Here is my story.

I saw a couple of little signs on the side of the road that said daterichmond.com . I went to the web site and completed a profile and two days later was called and invited to come to their office in Richmond. I met with one of their representatives who somehow convinced me to sign up for a lifetime membership that cost $2,794. He seemed to be very sincere and promised that he took a personal interest in bringing people together. I expected to be called periodically with suggestions for matches but there were no attempts at this until after I complained. Then, they made several recommendations but all they did was select profiles like I could have done myself. They did not contact the women to suggest that they meet me. These suggested matches either said No, Thanks or never replied.

I the first two months things went fairly well as I went out with three women out of perhaps 8-10 that I had contacted. However, 11 months have passed since I joined and I have not had a date in 9 months despite having attempted to contact about 20 women, some who said No, Thanks, with the majority never replying. I have a feeling that many profiles are those of inactive members.

I sent a letter of complaint to the Virginia Dept of Consumer Affairs and the case worker there was able to convince them to offer me a partial refund. However, it still has cost me over $2,000 for a total of three dates. They agreed to reduce my membership from lifetime to one year and are even adding a couple of extra months to the one year. However, though I still go on the site from time to time and select people I don't expect to obtain any replies. If there are any dissatisfied members from the Richmond, VA office or Washington, DC office that are interested in meeting a 42 year old single man then send me a note.
Virginia Guy

Highland, NY

#27 Dec 25, 2010
Richmond Gal wrote:
<quoted text>
Thank you for all the information you have provided. I just filed a complaint with the FTC based on the link you put in your comments. I joined this service about a year ago and realized almost immediately that I had made a big mistake. I ended up contacting my state consumer affairs office and was able to negotiate a $500 refund. They let me remain a member. I am still basically out about $2500. My contract reads that I can keep my membership until I get "married". I'm pretty sure that's not happening, at least not through this service. I have been out with one member since I joined about a year ago.
I know that you are angry about what has happened to you and I can understand your anger as I was there too. I've learned a lesson from this experience. It's such a shame that there are businesses out there that prey on and deceive individuals the way this one does. And you're right about more people needing to step up and tell there stories. I'm sure there are many more persons out there whose stories are left to be told.
Thanks again for telling your story.
Hi Richmond Gal,

I wonder if you are one of the three woman I actually went on dates with. Virginia Guy.
Austin Gal

Austin, TX

#28 Dec 28, 2010
Good to see more people coming forward. Not saying anything, and not doing anything only benefits the people behind Connections Dating. What these people really don't want is for people like us to speak up, name them by name, and to report them to the right authorities. It's only if enough people come forward with their experiences with this business (ie: FTC, Attorney General's offices) can anything be done about it by those appropriate authorities to prevent them from putting others in the position we find ourselves in, out money for a service that isn't even remotely what we thought it would be when we signed up.
JRC Wilton ct

Westport, CT

#29 Jan 1, 2011
Connections Dating in Stamford is the single biggest ripoff out there. If I can tell anyone do not use this place. 90 percent of the women on the site are unavailable and guarenteed significanly older that your search. It is a sleezy organization. Try match or E Harmony.
texasgal00

United States

#30 Jan 2, 2011
I'm sorry some of you haven't had a good experience with Connections.. I, however, have been treated with the utmost respect and couldnt have asked for better customer service.

I won't lie and say I met my soulmate within the first few months but I know its a process, and that all good things take time. Since I'm new to the area, this has been a great way of meeting people.

I wish you all the best & happy new year :) Hopefully this time next year, we will no longer be single! Just try to remain optimistic and dont give up..
DC Gal

Arlington, VA

#31 Feb 13, 2011
I have to agree with those who are in the DC, MD and VA areas. This "service" is a total rip off. The only thing they are good at is selling and taking your money. Total waste! They kept me there for about 90 minutes telling me that this is a place for serious daters who are looking for more than just a "fling" as compared to some of the dating web sites. The lady told me oh yeah I can think of several men who'd be interested in you and would take you out to a nice dinner.

The one date I did go on, the guy was totally cheap and wanted me to split the check. I'm not averse to paying for a date, but I do have a rule who ever asks, pays.

Avoid the DC/MD office and save yourself the money.
Julie

Greenwich, CT

#32 May 23, 2011
I signed with the Stamford, CT branch of Connections Dating. A total scam with high pressure "successful" sales personel. I am so embarrassed that I fell for their "pitch". They claim that all members are thoroughly checked out. Let it be known that a "separated" man was listed on their site as divorced. He said he was advised to say this by the sales representative whom he met with. Also, people don't have to list their age if they choose not to. I have been on for over a year, have met no one, was contacted by two men both quite senior (20+ yrs) to my age with limited education. I have a Ph.D. and my profile lists clearly I desire an educated man close to my age...and divorced or widowed.

If you wish to thow your money away...then join, but I suggest you stay far far away.

PS I would trust the profiles on Match way before this fraudulent site.
Julie-Stamford CT

Greenwich, CT

#33 May 23, 2011
Please note the above comment lists Carmel, NY. I am in Stamford, CT
Guy

Lorton, VA

#34 May 31, 2011
Agreed. HUGE rip off. It is so much money, and it's all profit. They don't really do anything to help. There's hardly any women at all in the area. There's really no chance to find anyone using this service.
Richmond Gal

Mechanicsville, VA

#35 Jul 18, 2011
Guy wrote:
Agreed. HUGE rip off. It is so much money, and it's all profit. They don't really do anything to help. There's hardly any women at all in the area. There's really no chance to find anyone using this service.
I agree with you. Have you tried to get any of your money back? You may want to try contacting Virginia government Consumer Affairs or the BBB. The only way that there are going to be any consequences for this company is for more people to voice their complaints.
dude

Powhatan, VA

#36 Jul 19, 2011
Is that all you have to do Richmond Gal is sit around and wait for posts so you can put your 2 cents in?

Get real!!

No wonder you can't find a date --
AustinGal

Elgin, TX

#37 Aug 5, 2011
Someone identifying herself as Barbara Klein just made a rambling post on my complaint on Rip Off report, which had no bearing on my original complaint. She identified herself as an employee of Connections Dating and made a lot of lengthy verbal diatribe about how reputable they are, how you can't please everyone and didn't address a single issue from the original complaint.

So be forewarned people, these scumbags are sill lurking out there. If you've been scammed by them, you are not alone. Don't let them intimidate you into silence. Share your story so that others know that they aren't alone and also make a formal complaint to authorities, the BBB can't really do anything but your state Attorney General and the FTC can but they need people to share what happened to them with their agencies. There are links in this thread that can help you make a complaint.
Waste of time

Deep River, CT

#38 Sep 11, 2011
Joined after being told what success service had. Met separate fellow nice guy, but apparently they did not screen very well cause after two months he went back to wife! Man I spent two hours being questioned about being serious and ready to start again! As many already stated, most profiles are inactive, elderly or a little creepy lookin! BIG Waste
Vicky

Monrovia, CA

#39 Sep 29, 2011
SCAM doesn't even begin to tell it. What a ripoff. They do NOTHING for you except take your money.$2500 to be exact. Then they shoot a stupid video and hang you out there to dry. Events? What events? There's NEVER anything posted in the CT area and the one I went to was paired up with another travel group. There were 17 women and 2 men who showed up. They don't match anyone or exert any effort and no return phone calls. You're on your own to go online and find a date. NONE of my emails from ANY of these men has EVER been answered.
TOTAL LYING SCAM.
bmore guy

Cockeysville, MD

#40 Feb 13, 2012
I have also been around and around with this ripoff company. It seems that no matter what I do I can not
get my money back.When I Told them that I wanted to get my money back because the site is a total scam
once you sign up that's it . I tried to stop this when I finally saw the site. All they offered was to redo my pictures and knock off 6 months off the contract. That was it. I plan to file a complaint with the BBB so that other people will stay away from this scam.
almost suckered

Atlanta, GA

#41 Feb 18, 2012
SCAM SCAM! these people are liars and cheats. they tried to rope me into it but i spotted the scam right away. All the horror sorry's are true. They are also using an online reputation management service. if you dont know what it is look it up. Also all the "positive" reviews are from employees (the reps trying to scam you for a commission's). When i realized there game i was expecting maybe 800-1k. when they slapped down an almost 4000 dollar price tag PLUS a monthly subscription of 29 dollars i almost fell out of the chair. then they said oh we will "work with you" so were taking 1000 off just for you.... and every one else... then comes the guilt trip for not taking it when they "went out of there way to help make it affordable for you"...
Austinite

Austin, TX

#42 Feb 19, 2012
My younger brother used to date a woman who worked there, the office was off Mopac here in N Austin. I do not think it is there anymore though. She used to tell how they woudl give hot chicks free or near free membership so as to boost men joining up and that even with that they had bogus profiles of women set up.
I recall it was pretty expensive to join and all but I do nto recall how much it actually was.
This is Austin afterall so if one is in need one need only a few dollars and an hour or so downtown and as many university girls as one can handle will present themselves for the taking.

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