He claimed to be a high flier in a major American toy firm, but then managed to convince her to give him £200 for medical treatment, encouraging her to take out credit cards.
“Getting sucked into this made me feel really stupid,” Aileen said.
So in May last year Aileen stumped up £1,295 for membership.
It offered her “unlimited personal introductions” to men serious about finding a relationship.
Plus, things seem to move so fast that every potential relationship is over before I’ve blinked.
But then I reached the first anniversary of my divorce and, much to my surprise, having sworn off men for life, I started to wonder, with the prospect of a great big yawning new year stretching ahead of me, whether there might be someone out there for me and, if so, how on earth am I going to find him?
'You need someone generous,' she said, my husband's name unspoken between us, 'with a bank account, not a piggy bank'.
And so, just before Christmas, I meet Mairead Molloy.
Elite Connections is a matchmaking agency that’s here to stay two decades since it was established in 1994.
An Elite matchmaker will listen to your preferences and introduce you to quality individuals interested in being introduced the old-fashioned way – using fine-tuned instincts and instant access to a carefully screened and interviewed clientele.