Kelleher International matchmaking service claims, on its MeetTheElite.Com website, that it has “set the Gold Standard in upscale, selective, and personalized matchmaking.”
“Armed with the largest private database of accomplished singles in the country,” the site states, “ our ’boutique’ style of matchmaking assigns a matchmaker, client liaison and scout to our clients in order to provide a truly unique and personalized service that has built Kelleher International’s reputation as the most sought after leader in exclusive dating for 27 years.”
However, a multitude of angry consumers, many of whom have spent more than $10,000 with Kelleher International, describe the elite matchmaking service with words like “scam,” “fraud,” and “rip-off.”
Kelly W. writes: “Kelleher & Associates has quite the racket going. They charge thousands of dollars for ‘memberships’ in their ‘upscale’ dating service. Bottom line, they do nothing of what they promise. They are running a con to milk people out of their money.
“They hire high pressure salespeople, mostly attractive women, to convince you to sign up for a year or 18 month membership for upwards of $10,000. Then, they claim that their ‘proprietary’ software will match you up with a similar person. Well, their software looks to be an excel spreadsheet because of the two dates in eight months (well below what they promised) were disasters.
“We had absolutely nothing in common. I was told all of the clients had to pass a rigorous screening process and be looking for marriage. Both of my ‘gentlemen’ had no such ambitions, and one had that typical male mindset that since he was paying for the date, he should get whatever he wants from me. I’m so happy that I paid so much money to feel like a hooker.
“They did not deliver on either quantity or quality. I set up more dates during my membership on my own than they did. The men they set me up with did not match my requirements or personality on ANY level. It is absolutely impossible to believe that anybody even looked at my responses, let alone that a sophisticated computer program ‘matched’ my results with these two bozos.
“This is a scam. It’s a fraud. They are robbing people pure and simple. They con you into joining and then basically play a shell game without a ping pong ball. They will rip you off. They will flat out lie to you.”
Are you familiar with Kelleher International? Please share your experience – good or bad – in the comment section below.
Charles from San Antonio, TX wrote:
I must also voice my concerns with anyone considering joining Kelleher International.
I had a very poor experience with the service and was quite displeased and disappointed with the results. I was promised many qualified matches with qualified and attractive women. After shelling out nearly $10,000 I had very few quality matches and had to contact the representatives of the company frequently to find out what was going on. I even wrote several certified letters advising Kelleher that I would be filing a complaint with the BBB and other organizations if I did not get some results or receive a refund.
In the end nothing came of it and it was my serious regret to have ever become involved with this organization. If you are considering this service, you may want to reconsider!
Kathryn from Dallas, TX wrote:
I was signed up with this company for 2 years. The few men that I was introduced to were a real disappointment. I would not have gone out with any of them for a second time. It was definitely NOT worth the $10,000 and I would never do it again or recommend it to anyone.
H F. from San Francisco, CA wrote:
This was/is one of the biggest rip-offs and scams I’ve ever known. I was told emphatically ‘you are so normal and will be so easy to match”. Yes, I was easy to match as it was done totally randomly. I don’t think they thought at all about what I had said I was looking for, if we had anything in common, or were even logistically compatible.
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Every match I had except one lived over 50 miles away, two in different cities. I’ve had 3 different matchmakers since signing up…never have once met them face to face. I’ve told them on more then one occasion to take me out of their database and I continue to hear from them randomly.
I really thought I would get excellent, one of one service for the amount of money I spent and the quality of the matches would be high. NOT TRUE!! I would go months without hearing from them and when I would query I would get some random match.
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I think they must have a very small base of people to choose from. After signing up I heard from another friend they had briefly been involved with KHA and had a very similar poor experience. I would NOT IN A MILLION years recommend this company to ANYONE. Run, run and run away…do not give them any money. RIP OFF!!!
Jane D. from San Francisco, CA wrote:
This was one of the more expensive mistakes I’ve made and a truly terrible client service experience — I want people to know about it.
Ladies: Do not waste your hard earned money on this…
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They set me up with most of the same men I had already seen through online dating, people I had no interest in going out with! :( They didn’t deliver the level of service they claimed and charged a lot of money for very poorly matched dates.
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A couple of Key Problems with this service: The person who interviews the male party is most often NOT the same person who interviews the female party (they just review notes in a database), therefore there is NO WAY they can truly make a good personality match. In fact, after I signed up I was passed to a few different reps, NONE of whom met me or even asked to meet me. How can they match me well if we have never met and they don’t have a sense of who I am??
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The other major problem is that they refuse to show you photos of the people they are setting you up with. This would save everyone a ton of time by avoiding those you are not at all attracted to, or people you already know. If they showed you photos, you would recognize most of the men from online dating sites. Why pay thousands for what you can do so much better for yourself for around $25 per month??
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…it was a total waste in my experience.
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