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Great Expectations / Dating service scam

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This company simply takes your money after a high pressure sales pitch and provides no other services. They claimed that they had a very comparable or even better website to match.com and other on-line dating services. Shame on me for not investigating further because the Atlanta version of their website is early 1990-ish; you can only search on age and weight and the website is so unfriendly and cumbersome to navigate. They do a poor job with posting updates to your profile and let people contact you that do not meet your search criteria. This is definitely the worst purchase that I have ever made in my life. The company was being sued in Pennsylvania, so maybe there is hope for us in other states. Do not, I repeat, do not be scammed into giving them your hard earned money! I don't know how these people sleep at night; probably on very nice bedroom furniture and mattresses purchased from commissions obtained from scamming people.


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A  27th of Jul, 2008 by 
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I joined Great Expectations back in Sept 2004. It cost a little over $2000 for a year and a half membership. They suck you in right away when you walk in the place-the receptionists all look like Playboy playmates, and I was told by a nice-looking saleslady how many dates I would receive, and other bs. They required you pay upfront with a credit card, which I did on a Thursday or Friday. I actually tried to cancel on a Sunday, which they denied, stating Sunday was not a business day. In order to date online, you had to pay an additional twenty or thirty dollars a month, in addition to the outrageous membership fee I mentioned earlier. I did not receive one date-I got to talk to a girl on the phone for a lousy five minutes. This company is a total sham!!! I wish I had known about the class action lawsuit, so I could have gotten my money back! Great Expectations sucks!!!
N  10th of May, 2009 by 
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This dating service should be taken off the market. It is one of the most deceptive services I have dealt with. They don't tell you all the cost up front. Once they get you into their office, they won't let you go. All the sweet talk and bull is nothing but high pressure tactics taught at their Stuart, Florida training office. Please, someone look into shutting this business down in Florida.
N  1st of Jul, 2009 by 
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This dating service takes total advantage of the lonley hearted. I Spent over 4 thousand dollars for a 6 year membership just because I was hearing what I wanted to hear from the center director(Jennifer) giving me all kinds of false hopes.
Jennifer first showed me some pictues of members saying i'm going to have no problems. When she showed me the prices I asked if I could think about it. Jennifer told me that today is the only day for thier sale, after today the prices will go up even higher. I joined may of 2007 so I don't remember the wordes of her sales pitch I just remember she put alot of pressure on me.
Great Expectations needs to be stopped!!!
Here is a picture they took. (pictures cost hundreds more)
Thankyou, Cyndi Helland
N  1st of Jul, 2009 by 
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Sounds like y'all got Pip slapped.
N  18th of Jul, 2009 by 
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Great Expectations - Dating Service
Great Expectations
United States

I visited the GE office in Maitland very recently. Avoid this company unless you are fond of high-powered sales pitches. The "Relationship Expert" conducted the interview - nearly 2 hours long. I was promised just about everything but the moon. Having recently suffered through a relationship break-up, I was quite vulnerable and the "Expert" was quick to pick up on this. The last question she asked before leaving the room to see if I would be approved was: "Which is more important to you - love or money!" When she returned with packages ranging from $4000 to $9000, I knew why she had asked the question. Of course, I couldn't afford to pay that amount of money. With her "kind heart" and saying that she felt I was "special, " she offered to let me use one of her "family and friends employee discounts." I was cautioned to not tell anyone about this. Before I left, the price had gone down to $2, 000. I KNOW that I should have done my homework on this company before visiting their office, but we all make stupid mistakes especially when we are emotionally fragile.
A  23rd of Jul, 2009 by 
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Don't let Great Expectations take advantage of you! Yes they're a "dating service", but they're also money driven sales people! Not unlike a used car salesman, you'll feel dirty and disgusted with yourself 24hours after signing up because you overpaid. What just cost you thousands of dollars could be purchased for hundreds.

At the end of the day, I've taken the bait and I'm learning from my mistakes. Please take my advice and don't do it!

- Good luck!
N  19th of Sep, 2009 by 
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Great Expectations is awful! They take your money after promising you a membership contract "until you are married" and they show you photos of all these attractive people. The only members who have contacted me look NOTHING like the people Carol in Atlanta showed me!!!

Carol touted their service as including professional men and women looking for upscale, educated partners. What a joke!! Do not waste your hard-earned money.

I wish I had found this website before I gave them my money!!
A  1st of Jun, 2011 by 
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I hate to admit it but I too was sucked in. Their claims that the choices are better than on the free dating sites, that they offer these wonderful get togethers for folks in the area, and that they are more selective for you... well don't believe it. First of all, you can't even do a search to see one or two people like you can with a PlentyofFish or Match.com before joining. Second, they reel you in and then try to get you to pay more for your photographs without really going over that . They charge a different amount for people depending on how well you negotiate and then make you sign a document saying you won't tell. Well, I paid a lot less than folks listed above but I also only joined for a year. The photography part was a total rip off. I declined to pay extra. But they won't let you even run a search till your photos & video are live. Once I ran it, I saw the same damn people that were on the other dating sites. We're all suckers. But what one of the previous comments stated about how bad the website is, is absolutely true. Very difficult to search, very little criteria to search on. Overall it SUCKED! I called an had them remove me completely. Yes, one of the worst decisions I've made in the past year.
A  25th of May, 2012 by 
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stay away from this company it is a total scam, they do not tell you your cancellation rights and refuse to refund money, even if you cancel within 72 hours, a very unethical company, all the people scammed by this company should start a class action suit and put them out of business
A  3rd of Jul, 2013 by 
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This company is a total scam. I agree a class action needs to be organized to put them out of business. Don't believe anything they say ...it's all lies. All they want is your money for no service in exchange. Unbelievable that they get away with their sale tactics. They are predators.
N  25th of Jun, 2014 by 
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I wish I would have found this site and now I AM TAKING THEM TO COURT anyone that wants to join contact me.
A  25th of Jun, 2014 by 
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I totally agree. We need a class action lawsuit against them to get our money back and to prevent anybody to fall for their lies.
A  31st of May, 2015 by 
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I was also pushed into this company, at a time in my life when I was vulnerable. It happened in 2007, and I payed almost $7000!!! No dates what so ever through them, and I can't understand how they can still be in business!! If I in any way could stop this business I would do it!!
N  28th of Oct, 2015 by 
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Has a class action been filed on these people? I was also pushed into this company, at a time in my life when I was vulnerable. I cancelled my card after they denied my cancellation. They lied to me about what they were offering me and baited me into a contract that I could not afford. Now, 7 years later they are having people call me and threaten to sue me for $6000. WTH? Can they do that? What do I do?
A  28th of Oct, 2015 by 
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I agree a class action needs to be filed. They lie and force vulnerable people into paying them after promissing things they don't give.
N  21st of Jul, 2016 by 
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Great Expectations - Stay away from this one
Great Expectations
United States

Sherrell is the sales person and the one that lies through her teeth to get you to sign on the dotted line what ever she has to say to get you to sign she will say she doen not care what it is and she has no intention on fofilling any of her promises she makes. It is all about the money and nothing about the people and fixing you up.

Sherrell seeks you out and will not let go until she got you. I was just out of a 17 year relationship and very vulnerable and she took total advantage to me and my emotions and from talking to other members she does this all the time. This service is nothing more that a glorified match.com she actually scared me into signing telling me that women have been killed from using match.com and they have people in high places so no one knows and they keep it a secret! I bought into her garbage being I lived in a BOX and and abusive situation I trusted her what a mistake.

She leads you to beleive she is going to introduce you to these men not so much and she is supposed know these guys not so much. I went through a list of pictures and these guys were from GQ I mean I have never seen so many gorgeous guys but when it came time to put up there were no guys it was as bad a match with the pictures being old or the guys do not even exist. I went to site once and their was not one guy on the site that she showed me pictures to that is false advertising in a big way. She told me she would have men lining up at the dooor for me I have been on 4 dates.

All Sherrell is interested in is getting you to sign so she can get her commission from David oh yea David is the owner who pretends to just be the reseptionest he hides behind Sherrell and when I asked and complained and tried to talk to Sherrell she would not get on the phone with me or return my calls. Apparently this is what she does to everyone after they join and she gets her money! All she cares about is her money and her horses so she needs to keep ripping off people to support her Polo playing lifestyle instead of doing what she says she is going to do.

I don't think it would have been so bad but 4 out of the 4 date said the same thing about her and the service and what she promised them and what she does not do. I don't think they should be allowed to continue over and over, it's not fair they know they have a great contract so that is why they continue to rip people off and I want to see it stopped.

The only time I got any guys was when I call making waves or emailed making waves that is not what the contract said and now it is past my 6 months so I paid $6, 000.00 for 4 dates plus I needed to get the upgraded $300.00 photos because you will get more men with the better photos what a joke. I paid for my photo disc and I have asked for it on 3 occasions the last time I was told it went out 2 but I still have not received it I am not sure wht to do about that.

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