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Candy Porbansky, a 52-year-old Oxnard widow and grandmother, paid ,000 to join.
By comparison, Carolyn Sweeney, 49, a single mom from Agoura Hills who had recently been laid off, and Tiffany Ghiselin, 45, a North Hollywood information technology consultant, got a bargain at ,000 and ,500 respectively.
“Instead, I got taken,” says Porbansky, who works as an independent contractor transcribing legal documents.
Law enforcement officials also say that by providing dates and prospective matches, dating services such as Two of Us appear to skirt criminal fraud, leaving civil action as the victims’ only recourse.
Most of the victims confirm that they have been “matched” on at least one date by the company, but almost all complain that Two of Us matchmakers seemed to ignore the requirements of a potential mate that they set out in their written dating requests.
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