Dating agency ban for breaking hearts
TWEED Heads dating service TLC Consulting Services will be banned by the state government after fleecing victims up to $110,000.
Fair Trading Minister Virginia Judge said an investigation found the company used misleading and deceptive tactics to induce people to sign expensive contracts for dating services, life coaching and grooming packages.
Some victims reported paying up to $35,000 and $110,000 but received nothing in return.
Ms Judge said there was evidence the company had preyed on emotionally vulnerable people struggling to find a partner because they had a disability or lived in remote areas.
“This company will not find you true love but will leave you with a broken heart and an empty wallet,” Ms Judge said.
“The conduct of this company is unconscionable.
“It is important we stop the unscrupulous operators from breaking any more hearts.”
Ms Judge warned people against dealing with the company and its former director Holly Veall.
TLC was placed into external administration on August 4 but it is believed Ms Veall is now working for another introduction agency based in Queensland.
Consumers who have dealt with TLC should contact Fair Trading on 13 32 20.