ED Magedson – Founder
Maureen Tara Nelson Private MatchmakingMelville, New York USA
Maureen Tara Nelson Private Matchmaking Bait & Switch Melville New York
(Female late 20's) I signed up a few years ago because I saw her ad and had she had been voted "Best of Long Island." I think she is voted that because she is pretty much the only matchmaking service on LI. Oh, and also because when you go to her mixers (which you have to pay extra for) she announces that if you put in your vote online, she will give a voucher for a free drink, so thats how she gets all her clients to vote for her. Talk about buying votes. Wow.
She assured me that she had well over 1,000 success stories and even showed me a huge binder full of attractive single men. All of the pictures were of the men outside, in their house, out to dinner, etc. When she finally started matching me, all of the people she sent me had ONE picture, taken in her office with a VERY BRIEF description of them. When I signed up, I told her I was not very picky, that I just wanted someone that was at least 5'9 (Im 5'9) and that I like to date within my race. I was willing to date a man who was divorced, had children, was a little overweight etc. So she sends me a guy who is not of my race and is 5'7. Are you kidding me? With all her thousands of clients, that's what she comes up with? You would think rule #1 would be to stick with the person's must-haves, have-nots.
She was so excited to sign me up ($800+ for 5 matches) because she said I would be so easily matched. I did get sent one match about once a week. I would say yes to a lot of them and then she would say "sorry he's not interested", "sorry he doesnt like your hair color" (!!!that one was the best LOL) or "well they are new and havent completed the background check yet" Why would you send me a match that isnt ready to be matched? Or match me with a guy who doesnt want to date someone with my hair color??? She would never re-match me once his background check was complete. I would ask her "what happened to that guy" and there would always be some sort of stupid answer "oh, he decided to put his membership on hold". Ughhhh Then she started sending me pictures that were not taken in her office (even though she claims she meets with every client personally - I call BS) I would not be surprised if she gets these pictures off the internet, LOL.
The mixers were a mess. I am not exaggerating when I say that EVERY client of hers that I spoke to at her parties had the SAME complaints. She did not have any ice breakers or anything, which would have been nice. I was always the youngest one there. The average age was probably 50. The best part of the night was exchanging horror stories with the other clients. There was supposed to be one mixer per month but about every other month she would say "since its the holidays (or whatever excuse) and everyone tends to be busy this time of year, we wont be having a party this month." Ridiculous
I went on maybe 3 dates. I finally complained to her and she offered to give me an extra 3 months or something like that. I accepted, hoping for the best, then after more nonsense I told her I am done and want no part of this service and what a waste of time and money it was.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 06/05/2013 08:23 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Maureen-Tara-Nelson-Private-Matchmaking/Melville-New-York/Maureen-Tara-Nelson-Private-Matchmaking-Bait-Switch-Melville-New-York-1056564. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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