The 32-year-old woman, Samantha DeFazio charged £420 to men who wanted to wine and dine her. In just 18 months, the 32-year-old, from Los Angeles, made more than £3,500 through charging her suitors up to $600 a date.
Her money making really rocketed in July 2015 when she met an entrepreneur for dinner. During the course of the evening she mentioned a burgeoning app she had created and her date was so impressed he invested a whopping $2million.
Prior to that, the single mum to eight-year-old Lorenzo had bad credit and was struggling to keep her head above water.
In November 2014, needing to make more money to survive and provide a better life for her son, she turned to dating site Whatsyourprice.com , where attractive women can charge men for dates.
She says as well as putting food on her table the lure of experienced men with business backgrounds was also a factor as she hoped they could help with her app, Joiride, a luxury taxi service driven by attractive women .
Most of her dates paid her between $100 and $250 – but one 63-year-old writer coughed up $600 for an evening in her company.
While she admits some women would be aghast at the idea of being paid to date, Miss DeFazio believes she should get compensation for her time.
“I don’t view myself as an escort. I view myself as a single mother,” she said. “It makes sense for me to get paid to go on a date because I have to pay for a babysitter, I have to pay for parking and I have to pay for gas.
“Dating is an expense in 2016. You don’t want to spend all that money and you end up across from a guy you can’t stand and you’ve wasted your time and your money.
“I feel sites like this are great because I can cover my expenses and put a bit of cash in my pocket.”
After making a profile on the dating site, Samantha started chatting with a number of potential dates. Once they struck up a conversation, the minted men offered her hundreds of dollars to go out for drinks or dinner. Over cocktails or a decadent meal, she then pitched them her app with varying results.
However, even if they weren’t interested in investing, their business acumen helped her fine-tune her idea.
“I got the app design off of someone I met through the website, and learnt a lot about tax law from someone else” Samantha said “One guy liked the idea so much he wanted to be involved.
“We decided not to date and be professional business partners instead. Last month he gave me the official OK for the two million dollar investment.”
On her dates, Samantha was wooed with lavish gifts, including a Michael Kors watch, purse, lingerie, clothes and make-up. Some of the men would write her a thank-you card for going on the date – with cash enclosed.
Now, not only has she got her business off the ground, but she’s also splashed out on a brand new Fiat car. Men splashed as much as $600 on the dates in swanky Los Angeles restaurants, in addition to her fee and presents.
However, although the men spoilt her rotten, showering her with gifts and spending up to $600 in a single evening, she said that they came across as sensitive and shy.
“Some of the guys seem like if they didn’t have the website, they wouldn’t talk to a lot of women so it allows them to make that approach,” she said. “It’s like an ice-breaker.They give you $150 for the chance to talk to you even though you wouldn’t look at them on the street.”
While Samantha has been on twenty dates, not a single one turned into a romance. And she has never gotten intimate with her potential partners.
She added: “I’m not in a relationship right now but that doesn’t mean I’ve given up hope. I’m still trying and I’m going to keep using the website because it’s a great way to meet people.”
The investor, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: “When I met Samantha on our first date I knew I was in for a wild ride.
“I have never been more excited to start a business venture with someone who is so passionate about making their vision a reality.”