Dating services you never have to pay
Mark your calendar so you’ll be sure not to miss any key cancellation deadlines. Whether you’re considering a local matchmaking company or an online dating service that has a wide reach, do a quick online search of the business in question.
That may sound reasonable enough, but watch out: Your membership may be automatically renewed without you realizing it.Officials with the Better Business Bureau say they're regularly bombarded by complaints from hundreds of dissatisfied dating-service customers.Last year the BBB reported a 73 percent jump in complaints.In addition to doing a general Internet search, you can visit this Better Business Bureau site to view a company’s complaint history.You also can check with your state’s attorney general’s office or consumer affairs department. Before joining an online dating service — or a matchmaking service that has a fairly comprehensive presence on the Internet — take the time to read these three sections of the company’s Web site: “These are the places where the consumer can discern the philosophy and business practices for the service,” Cox said.