Some, like Introduction Agency and Singles Club RSVP (for example), offer Singles Events - giving you two ways of meeting people. The ABIA website offers comprehensive information on what's on offer from each agency.See also our advice pages on image coaching and personal coaching.Category one people will find attractive those agencies where volume is on offer - these will tend to be internet-based solutions.

She says she “isn’t looking for a major spark” but is searching for a man with a good sense of humour to share her life with. The first blow was when she fell victim to a scammer on an online dating site.

He claimed to be a high flier in a major American toy firm, but then managed to convince her to give him £200 for medical treatment, encouraging her to take out credit cards.

The difficulty with choosing the dating site for you is getting past the fact that you more or less have to sign up to see what they're like.

Though there are review sites which will give you a feel for what to expect, eg:

It claims to offer a “safer and more credible alternative” to dating websites.

So in May last year Aileen stumped up £1,295 for membership.One other point to keep in mind with off-line agencies is geography.Not every agency can have members in every corner of the UK - the same applies to online sites, too - and most will specialise in an area where they have a reasonable number of members.Online dating scams: new tricks that fleece victims of an average '£9,589' But in November last year, Aileen felt a growing sense of disappointment as five months had passed and she had yet to meet any men.Searchmate had so far suggested four – two of whom she’d already seen on rival site Plentyoffish.com, a free site, and who had both already declined to date her.Either because the service is a way of attracting traffic to a site (eg a radio station or newspaper) or because it's an advertising-based model (where the site-owner generates revenue by selling space on the site or selling your contact details to third party advertisers).