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    Great Expectations Dating Scam!!!

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    So a few months ago I had unsuspectingly and unknowingly signed up for a dating service that did not advertise itself as Great Expectations or a dating service. A few days after signing up to that initial site (which I would like to keep nameless) I had started receiving calls from a "restricted numbeer". I refuse to answer calls from "Restricted numbers" due to the fact that if they dont want me to know who they are I dont care to know who they are. They had called 3-4 times a day. many times I was at work and have my cell phone on "silent" mode while at work anyways. They called 3-4 times daily (7 days a week) and of course all calls were "restricted". Finally after the 3rd week of this someone had left a message. I have forgetton what her exact words were on the voicemail but it was something to the effect that she wanted to talk to me about the form i had filled out online a month ago. She never stated what company she was with or even a call back number. (How the hell am i suppose to call back if you dont tell me the company your with, and the call back number" as the number was "restricted"

    The fourth week rolls by... I receive a call from an area code of 216 which i did a google search on and came back to a cleveland ohio area code. the phone number 216-642-0587 also came back to google as numbers that have been reported 216-642-0587 - Google Search in any event when they called by that number i was not able to catch the call in time. After doing some research on the number on google I had decided to give it a call. When I called a lady by the name of "Kim" answered stating "Thank you for calling Great expectations this is Kim How May I help you?" I did not say anything and hung up as I now wanted to do research on the company "Great expectations"

    What I found was astounding. I had Typed "Great Expectations" and scam into google and came across the consumer affairs website on Great Expectations Consumer complaints about Great Expectations I begun reading horror stories of victims that suffered greatly from great expectations I read stories about the sales reps preying upon there vulnerabilities of telling them what a great man/woman they are and how they can find someone very special to garner their cash, to checking there credit reports with out the victims approval, to checking there bank accounts to determine how much they should charge said victim. The list goes on and on there are over 37 Pages on consumerAffairs of victims that had suffered the wrath of great expectations and the deceit that they were fed to garner their cash.

    Additionally Great Expectations was sued by the State of Arizona, Arizona Sues Great Expectations and I believe I read within the 37 pages of complaints that they were sued by two additional states but have not been able to find any record of it.

    So after learning all this information about the Great Expectations scam I had called back the number 216-642-0587 I had spoken to a woman who was not Kim but some other woman and advised her that I would like to be taken off whatever list that I was on. She had stated that she would need to transfer me to the cancellation Department. After being on hold for several minutes I was transferred to a woman by the name of "Jennifer" I had told her that I would like to be taken off whatever list I was on. Though I do not know the exact words that were spoken the conversation went something like this from what I remember:


    She had asked why and I had stated that it was not important but that I wanted off the list she then started telling me how she deserved to know why I did not want to at least look into the company I had advised her that I had done some research on the company and was not impressed by all the complaints then she had stated where I had found the complaints. I had told her that it was not important (i didnt want to tell her because I felt like the consumerAffairs Website was a useful tool in warning people aware from Great Expectations... though im sure she knows about the website) She had stated that she did in fact deserve to know what websites I had read. Then she begun to try to prey on my emotions and vulnerabilities. She had started asking me why I did not have a girlfriend and why I am single. What she did not know is that I do in fact have a girlfriend (Remember I had filled out this form not knowing that it was a dating service form or Great Expectations form). Fortunately because I was prepared and had read about the kind of treatment that the reps use to garner our cash from the ConsumerAffairs website I had just hung up stating that if they call me again I will sue. It's been over a month now but have not received anymore restricted calls or calls from that 216 number.

    If you ever come across the Great Expectations Scam-----STAY AWAY!!!!!!! I only say this because If i was indeed single and had not done the research that I did I probably would have fallen for this scam and would have probably wasted thousands upon thousands of dollars like those 37 pages of innocent people who were taken by this scam did. I cant even believe that it is still up and running considering all the victims that were left behind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Subway_Eat Fresh!!! View Post
    So a few months ago I had unsuspectingly and unknowingly signed up for a dating service that did not advertise itself as Great Expectations or a dating service. A few days after signing up to that initial site (which I would like to keep nameless) I had started receiving calls from a "restricted numbeer".
    I'm puzzled how they got your phone number. I take it you gave it to them on that form you initially filled out?

    If so, that's a no-no. You never give out your phone number anymore than you do a credit card number - as you are probably aware of by now.
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    Re: Great Expectations Dating Scam!!!

    Anyways, being a little more serious here than I was in my post above, this truly is a first class scam.

    I did a quick search for the company and all I can say is "Wow!"

    From ConsumerAffairs:

    Great Expectations


    "Great Expectations is in the business of extracting large sums of money from vulnerable people, and they have written up a contract to snare their victims when they have been manipulated into a state of thinking this dating service is going to fulfill a dream. When the lonely person wakes up from the trance, it is too late. They cannot get their money back, no matter what."

    "The most expensive plan was 7500, while the least expensive was at most, 1000 less. The benefits to the 6-year plan so exceeded the limitations of the cheaper one, that few people would have chose the cheaper one. There was no real trial membership, or any opportunities to see anything but the propaganda film about the program before signing a no-refund contract."

    "I paid 7995.00 for this service and now it is costing me more to retrieve my money. Attorney fees are not cheap. I Hope someone will read this before they make the same mistake I made, as did hundreds of others. Please just remember this, it's a scam, and they do discriminate."

    etc. etc.


    Again, "Wow!"

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

    Read more: Consumer complaints about Great Expectations

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    Re: Great Expectations Dating Scam!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Doc Bunkum View Post
    I'm puzzled how they got your phone number. I take it you gave it to them on that form you initially filled out?

    If so, that's a no-no. You never give out your phone number anymore than you do a credit card number - as you are probably aware of by now.

    Anyways, thanks for sharing your experience. Maybe people will be a little more careful now about filing out forms on line.:
    I dont even remember exactly what the form was but I do remembr it had nothing to do with any dating service. As stated before I have a girlfriend and would not sign up to any dating service.


    but I do agree I have learned a valuable lesson here.
    Last edited by GlimDropper; 07-04-2010 at 12:46 PM. Reason: See Note Below

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    Re: Great Expectations Dating Scam!!!

    on Page three "Jennifer" wrote:

    Jenifer of Cincinnati, OH December 1, 2009


    I was hired as Director a branch and resigned only 2 months later after finding myself not being able to sleep at night for being responsible for the unethical and immoral practices of this organization. They baxically charge whatever isw available on one's CC. If there is 1k available, then that so happens to be today's 'special'. If a big fat CC comes in with 5k or 6k available, guress what? Yes, that is what all members pay becasuse it costs what it costs for a reason. It is not meant to be cheap they say. WOW!


    Ironically in May 2010 the one that was at the cancellation department (where I tried to get my name taken off the list) name was also "Jennifer".... I wonder if they use false names considering the irony of it

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    Re: Great Expectations Dating Scam!!!

    If I'm filling out a form online, I NEVER give my real phone number (unless I'm ordering from JCPenney.com or something like that).

    When we switched our phone numbers over a couple years ago after moving my husband was getting similar calls. They were asking him why he was single since he was so awesome, and he told them about a dozen times that he was married before they finally stopped calling.

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    Re: Great Expectations Dating Scam!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa View Post
    If I'm filling out a form online, I NEVER give my real phone number (unless I'm ordering from JCPenney.com or something like that).

    When we switched our phone numbers over a couple years ago after moving my husband was getting similar calls. They were asking him why he was single since he was so awesome, and he told them about a dozen times that he was married before they finally stopped calling.
    Did your husband receive calls from great expectation also?

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    I don't know if that's who it was. When we got our new phone numbers we both got calls regarding the previous owners of the phone numbers we had. Within a couple weeks they usually go away, but I do know they called his phone and thought he was single.

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    About 20 or so years ago, right after my first wife and I split, I looked into Great Expectations too. I don't remember how I came to look at it, they might have sent me some sort of package advertising their services. I know I talked to someone (girl) who recommended I come by their office and see what they were all about. I was also told there was going to be a 'meet and greet' that afternoon, and I'd be welcome to stick around no matter what I decided. Given I had nothing to loose and time to kill, I went. It was a very impressive office filled with beautiful people, all employees of course. I sat with a girl for a while as she showed me how the whole system worked and then, at last, it came to money. At that time I only had a Discover card, which they didn't accept, so it was going to have to be cash or check. Seems the amount they wanted then was like $1500. Since I wasn't in any hurry to fork over that kind of cash, I kept saying "No." I was told things like "When was the last time a girl spent $1500 to meet you?" to which I replied what a stupid loaded question, "You know very well no one has ever spent a bunch of money to meet ME, and this is no exception. If they spend the money they are hoping to meet SOMEONE, but not me personally." In the end, I wasn't spending a dime with them. It's about that time I was shown the door. I said, "What about the meet and greet? I was told I could attend no matter what choice I made." "Oh, no. That's strictly for member’s only." and I was escorted out the door. Never looked back and was glad I held my ground, and cash!!!
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    Re: Great Expectations Dating Scam!!!

    Here's a pretty good link for the lazy people

    Great Expectations Complaints - Dating service scam
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    Re: Great Expectations Dating Scam!!!

    I just checked out the official Great Expectations dating site, checked out the map of their locations and typed the zip code for the nearest location into the 'Quick Start' and received this error message:
    We're Sorry.

    We do not have a location near you. Please click Home to enter a different zip code. Once again we are sorry for the inconvenience.
    I guess either their map is incorrect or that particular location closed and they haven't bothered to update the map. So, I picked another location and typed that zip code and finally received a 'Contact Us' form. That form was asking for the usual name, address, city, state, country, home phone, work/cell phone, email address and best time to call but stuck in the middle was a box asking for 'annual income'. Even without knowing what I do from reading here and other places, that is one big red flag, asking for someone's annual income right from the beginning.

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    [COLOR="#800080"]I just been by one the location of Great expectation, I couldn't believe what the lady told me.
    I went there thinking I was going to be able to find help on finding NOT a perfect person but someone
    that can love me & be there for me I'm 38 years old I'm not getting any younger. This people are a
    bunch of scammers, they told I have to pay $7000.00 to be able to be part of the dating list.
    I reply to the lady & I said you did NOT said anything about any money, I don't want to get my self into
    NO KIND OF DEPT with no one & further more I should be paying for LOVE, love supposed to be something
    sincere, gnawing, unconditional, & Trust worthy, in other words I have to pay for someone to be able to Love me?
    I don't think I should pay $7,000.00 for me to be able be love by someone. This company is NOT looking at the fact
    that they are playing with people feelings, that is NOT RIGHT. We as human need to stop letting this people play with our feelings
    that is NOT the way I want true LOVE... Don't fall for this people anymore & Don't let them...

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    Welcome to REALSCAM.com Ramirez.

    It seems you're not alone in feeling ripped off by Great Expectations Dating.

    Here's just a small sample of the reviews of Great Expectations on Consumer Affairs.com











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    Re: Great Expectations Dating Scam!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Subway_Eat Fresh!!! View Post
    ****Mods, Admins, and Owners if this is not in the appropiate section please feel free to move to appropiate section. Thank you.****

    So a few months ago I had unsuspectingly and unknowingly signed up for a dating service that did not advertise itself as Great Expectations or a dating service. A few days after signing up to that initial site (which I would like to keep nameless) I had started receiving calls from a "restricted numbeer". I refuse to answer calls from "Restricted numbers" due to the fact that if they dont want me to know who they are I dont care to know who they are. They had called 3-4 times a day. many times I was at work and have my cell phone on "silent" mode while at work anyways. They called 3-4 times daily (7 days a week) and of course all calls were "restricted". Finally after the 3rd week of this someone had left a message. I have forgetton what her exact words were on the voicemail but it was something to the effect that she wanted to talk to me about the form i had filled out online a month ago. She never stated what company she was with or even a call back number. (How the hell am i suppose to call back if you dont tell me the company your with, and the call back number" as the number was "restricted"

    The fourth week rolls by... I receive a call from an area code of 216 which i did a google search on and came back to a cleveland ohio area code. the phone number 216-642-0587 also came back to google as numbers that have been reported 216-642-0587 - Google Search in any event when they called by that number i was not able to catch the call in time. After doing some research on the number on google I had decided to give it a call. When I called a lady by the name of "Kim" answered stating "Thank you for calling Great expectations this is Kim How May I help you?" I did not say anything and hung up as I now wanted to do research on the company "Great expectations"

    What I found was astounding. I had Typed "Great Expectations" and scam into google and came across the consumer affairs website on Great Expectations Consumer complaints about Great Expectations I begun reading horror stories of victims that suffered greatly from great expectations I read stories about the sales reps preying upon there vulnerabilities of telling them what a great man/woman they are and how they can find someone very special to garner their cash, to checking there credit reports with out the victims approval, to checking there bank accounts to determine how much they should charge said victim. The list goes on and on there are over 37 Pages on consumerAffairs of victims that had suffered the wrath of great expectations and the deceit that they were fed to garner their cash.

    Additionally Great Expectations was sued by the State of Arizona, Arizona Sues Great Expectations and I believe I read within the 37 pages of complaints that they were sued by two additional states but have not been able to find any record of it.

    So after learning all this information about the Great Expectations scam I had called back the number 216-642-0587 I had spoken to a woman who was not Kim but some other woman and advised her that I would like to be taken off whatever list that I was on. She had stated that she would need to transfer me to the cancellation Department. After being on hold for several minutes I was transferred to a woman by the name of "Jennifer" I had told her that I would like to be taken off whatever list I was on. Though I do not know the exact words that were spoken the conversation went something like this from what I remember:


    She had asked why and I had stated that it was not important but that I wanted off the list she then started telling me how she deserved to know why I did not want to at least look into the company I had advised her that I had done some research on the company and was not impressed by all the complaints then she had stated where I had found the complaints. I had told her that it was not important (i didnt want to tell her because I felt like the consumerAffairs Website was a useful tool in warning people aware from Great Expectations... though im sure she knows about the website) She had stated that she did in fact deserve to know what websites I had read. Then she begun to try to prey on my emotions and vulnerabilities. She had started asking me why I did not have a girlfriend and why I am single. What she did not know is that I do in fact have a girlfriend (Remember I had filled out this form not knowing that it was a dating service form or Great Expectations form). Fortunately because I was prepared and had read about the kind of treatment that the reps use to garner our cash from the ConsumerAffairs website I had just hung up stating that if they call me again I will sue. It's been over a month now but have not received anymore restricted calls or calls from that 216 number.

    If you ever come across the Great Expectations Scam-----STAY AWAY!!!!!!! I only say this because If i was indeed single and had not done the research that I did I probably would have fallen for this scam and would have probably wasted thousands upon thousands of dollars like those 37 pages of innocent people who were taken by this scam did. I cant even believe that it is still up and running considering all the victims that were left behind.
    okay.. so you are claiming this place is a scam, but you were never even a member there, nor do you know anyone personally that used the service? that is completely ignorant. so many reviews of this place are by people that dont really have any room to talk/review. reviews should come from people that were actual members and that actually used the dating service.. they are the only people can say whether or not it was any good. I actually used the service myself and met a great guy through them.
    i read some bad things too, but i checked into it anyway, bc i like to make up my own mind. glad i did.. it wouldve been ignorant on my part to listen to people that dont have any idea whether or not it actually works. it did for me! but i can speak for everyone. guess it's like all the online stuff out there. works for some, not for others. hit and miss.. like everything else out there. mine was a hit tho!


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