Online Dating Industry’s ‘Dirty’ Secret

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  Good sense isn’t always good manners and there is still something of a stigma attached to admitting you know more about a potential paramour than you really should. Curiosity aside, common sense suggest that one needs to pay attention to her or his personal safety when meeting online strangers for the first time. A case of Carole Marking illustrates that very well.

  Carole Markin went on her second date in early 2010 with a man whom she had met on Match.com. After dinner, he drove her home and asked to use her bathroom. Within minutes, she was raped.

  Markin later searched for information about her attacker on Google and found that the man had a history of violence and had been convicted of rape.

  “I believe that my case would have been totally preventable,” if Match had screened him in the first place, Markin tells to Consumer Digest, in one online interview.

  Serious problems like this one, although quite rare, happen because dating services are not obliged to verify the information posted by members in their profiles. The online dating industry’s ‘dirty’ secret is that it leaves to its customers to take care of their own security.

A controversial new website is now revealing the full “scoop” on millions of Americans.

  InstantCheckmate.com aggregates hundreds of millions of publicly available criminal, traffic and arrest records and posts them online so they can easily be searched by anyone.
Have you ever been arrested? Been issued a speeding ticket? Failed to stop at a stop sign? What about your family members? And friends? If you are like most of us, the answer to at least one of those questions is “yes” – the vast majority of us have slipped up at least once or twice.

  One of the most interesting aspects of Instant Checkmate is that it shows not only criminal records, but also more general background information like marriage records, divorce records, various types of licenses (medical, firearm, aviation, etc.), previous addresses, phone numbers, birth dates, estimated income levels and even satellite imagery of known addresses—it’s really pretty scary just how much information is in these reports.

To increase your awareness of safer dating practices, the following is a list of safety measures you should consider when engaging in on-line dating. While this is by no means a comprehensive or definitive list, it should give you an idea of things to consider when using our site:

Anyone who is able to commit identity theft can also falsify a dating profile. There is no substitute for acting with caution when communicating with any stranger who wants to meet you. Here is a short list of a sensible things you should check out:

  • Never include your details: like last name, e-mail address, home address, phone number, place of work, or any other identifying information in your Internet profile or initial e-mail messages.
  • Stop communicating with anyone who pressures you for personal or financial information or attempts in any way to trick you into revealing it.
  • Inform your friends or family: If you choose to have a face-to-face meeting with another member, always tell someone in your family or a friend where you are going and when you will return.
  • Never agree to be picked up at your home: Always provide your own transportation to and from your date and meet in a public place with many people around.

CONCLUSION

  Are there liars in your life? Don’t waste another second being deceived. Click here to run unlimited number of background checks with Instant Checkmate to find out who is telling the truth  –  and who is lying right to your face.

 

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