I have no idea how they got my name & number, but one evening I was cold-called by a charming girl named Taylor, who made an appointment for me to see Maria in Walnut Creek the following day. There, I filled out what seemed to me (I've got an advanced degree in psychology) a superficial personality & preference test, and answered questions significantly aimed at determining my financial means. Maria's pitch, though she testily denied it, was classic hard-sell, and when it was clear that my answer to which of the 3 plans ($4K, $5K & $8K) I preferred was going to remain "none", she offered me a complementary membership, asking only that I pay a $100 background check fee. Fine.
A few days later, Christina, "my matchmaker", called. I could hear other "matchmakers" in the background: it was a "boiler room". She verified that I had a complementary membership, and asked if I had paid for the background check. Why would she be calling to offer me a match unless she had the results of my clean check in hand? She admitted never having met the woman she had matched me with (and I knew she'd never met me), so all my matchmaker knew about either of us was from a summary she got from the "closer" (Maria, in my case, who she probably also had never met). This is not "personal matchmaking" in any meaningful sense. I pressed her for a copy of the background check, and actually got it by email the next day ? it was a screen capture from publicdata.com, a free sex offender and criminal background checking website.
I got the impression that, in my age range, it's mostly women who are paying the big fees, while men are in effect the commodities sold, and that by accepting an eLove match (which, given their methodology and motivations would likely be a waste of time), I would merely be helping them extract money from these women, which I do not plan to do.
Even a random meeting could possibly work out.
Dishonest, though no doubt legal.
JM Miller does NOT recommend eLove to friends/family