The Better Business Bureau in St. Louis is spreading the word about a local dating service with a number of unresolved complaints against it, that now has the consumer agencies unsatisfactory rating. The company is called St. Louis Singles and runs the websites: stlouissingles.com, maplewoodsingles.com, richmondheightssingles.com and premiersingles.com. The BBB says sales people use high pressure tactics and prey on customers' emotions to convince them to sign up for their online dating service at fees between $1980 and $3980. Looking back, Gene Cote told News 4 that he was probably emotionally vulnerable when the company convinced him to sign a contract without taking it home to think about it first. And after telling them that he was looking for someone who smoked and was not looking for a permanent relationship, all of the profiles of single females provided by the service were non-smokers who were looking to get married. We went to the Clayton office of St. Louis Singles, but no one was there and no one responded to our request for a comment about the complaints.
St. Louis Singles is owned by the Dallas-based company called Ultimate Introductions and Jason Breakey is listed as the company president. News4 Investigates learned that Breakey ran the matchmaking service, Ultimate Singles, which was sued for advertising itself as a Christian dating service, when it wasn't a Christian organization. As a part of the settlement of that lawsuit, Breakey agreed that his company would go out of business. We've also learned that the website stlouissingles.com is registered to Visesh Infotecnics Ltd. of Gujarat, India, according to Better-Whois.com.
The BBB advises singles to avoid dating services that require you to sign up and pay a fee before you can learn more about the company. And that any legitimate company will give you the time to go home and think about the service, before signing a contract.