He said: “I wanted to get back on the dating scene but I felt fragile from the split.
Most people on these dating websites are just looking for a bit of fun, but I find that all a bit seedy.
He was also impressed with the advertised fact that 18,000 new members were registering with the site every week – giving the impression that he’d be spoilt for choice of potential dates.
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.
In November she received a letter from a Searchmate adviser saying that her membership was “not progressing as expected”.
But when he paid the money and logged back on, he was crushed to discover that not a single one of the profiles he’d been shown could be contacted.
This was because they were “registered” and not “paying” members.