I can't say I'm unhappy being single, I've got plenty going on in my life to keep me happy, and I'm certainly not lonely, but I thought it would be nice to meet a like-minded guy, with whom I could share a friendship.
I was on a certain social networking site one day when an ad caught my eye, reading along the lines of 'Find love in your 50s'.
So I paid the money with my card and began my search for Mr. It didn't take me long to realise that this wasn't for me. Every day when I opened my email inbox there would be mail from Be2, telling me there was 'new matches' for me.
In the end I got fed up and went back to the site to cancel my membership. Then four weeks ago - to the day, as I write this - I went to the bank to make a withdrawal, where I was told I had insufficient funds. I only checked my account online twenty minutes ago and there was money in there then, The teller went on to tell me that I had used my card at 10.05 (it was now 10.20) and the transaction was for £149.95.
But the link on the site which said 'unsubscribe here' didn't seem to be working. I was actually standing in the queue when the money was taken out, I explained to her. I asked her to tell me who the money had gone to and she couldn't tell me.
Cutting the story short again, it turns out that the money had gone to a company in Luxemburg, who after a bit of digging around, I found to be this dating site - Be2.
Be2 dating is a dating site to be avoided at all costs.
The company is fake and fraudulent, and will steal money from your bank account because they don't give you clear information in their terms and conditions. I know many people who have found their partners through online dating sites. Having said that, a single female work colleague and I had a discussion at work one day, (me being single also) and pondered over whether we could ever find our ideal guys, given the fact that we were always too tired after work to bother going out to meet someone.When one gets to a certain age, it just seems like too much trouble to go out in the hope of finding a suitable male companion. 'Maybe there is something to be said about internet dating.We should give it a go.' I went home and thought about it. Wouldn't it be lovely to share a sunset with someone special?Luckily for me, my bank's fraud prevention department had picked up on it straight away and sent me a text (while I was still in the bank trying to sort it out) and they blocked the payment.I came straight home and e-mailed Be2 and told them that I had not authorised this payment, and if they tried to take it again I would report them to the authorities, that it was theft and I would take legal action against them I received a reply telling me that they did not operate under the law of the UK, and that I was bound to the 'terms and conditions' which I should have read before I joined.After a lot of wrangling and exchanging e-mails with this company, they finally gave in.