If finding love online leaves you with cold feet, get help. That's what a virtual dating assistant is promising.
Max Hartshorn, 24, has mastered online dating.
He knows exactly how to attract a woman's attention and uses his talent to ghostwrite correspondence on behalf of single men who are unwilling, too busy or too inept to find a girl for themselves.
And whenever he gets a woman, his bank balance spirals upwards.
Hartshorn offers online dating service to Virtual Dating Assistants, one of the first full-scale Internet-dating outsourcing companies.
For 600 dollars, Virtual Dating Assistants guarantees clients two dates a month while the "executive service" package, at 1,200 dollars, promises five dates a month.
"I get paid for each woman who writes back positively," the Washington Post quoted Hartshorn, as saying.
He added: "It's very analogous to sales . . . like a cold-caller or a telemarketer.
"I don't care that much if it becomes a date or not."