What are the chances a dating
could actually save your life from a violent criminal or
protect you from a sexual predator? Online Dating Magazine's recent estimates
report that more than 20 million people use an online dating service every
month. By sheer numbers alone, chances are that you could run into an unsavory
character along your dating journey. But checking
criminal background records
very well reveal information about individuals that could very well keep you
Online dating provides people with a convenient and extremely diverse world of
new people to meet, but most of these companies that offer the actual match-up
services do very little to protect your safety. If you have tried to sign up for
one of these services, you already know that they might not have run a criminal
check on you or pass your name through a national sex offender registry.
What makes people who are dating online particularly vulnerable is they are
often in a heightened emotional state and their normal filters that might make
then more cautious tend to be lowered. People don't like to be alone and are
often anxious to meet the right person. The whole process can cloud your good
judgment and leave you open to those who would take advantage of you, including
criminals and sexual predators.
Common Sense Tell us to be Prepared
If you want to use an online dating service, first make a plan as to how you
will conduct yourself online, and be sure that includes a dating background
check before you meet someone face-to-face. Also, follow these safety tips:
If you can afford to run a full background check (figure on spending around
$100), then hire a reputable company that has a decent track record in the
At a minimum, these are the things your provider needs to give you:
1. National criminal history and sex offender registry - this a no brainer and
should be your first and minimum step.
2. Positive Identification - that the person is who they say they are. Typically
that entails running a social security search which identifies the person's
address history and aliases (akas). Note: running a SS# search requires
permission from the person you are running the report on.
3. Credit history - if someone doesn't want you looking at their credit, there
is always a good reason for it, and it's never good news.
4. Driving record - this report identifies whether the person has a driving
under the influence (DUI) or traffic violations that could be of concern such as
a hit and run.
5. Marriage/Divorce records - obviously you want to know if your date is
actually married as many online daters are not looking for long-term
6. Financial records - including tax liens, judgments, bankruptcies, property
ownership, UCC filings, air/vehicle ownership, civil suits, etc.
7. Professional Licenses - verify if the person is really a doctor or lawyer as
well as corporate affiliations.
8. Employment history and education verification.
Online dating has expanded our social circles significantly making it possible
to find people with similar interests and desires with very minimal effort. You
can even hire people to do your matchmaking searches for you.
But along with these great opportunities, you must also always keep the risks in
mind. It is distressing to speak with people who still feel uncomfortable
letting the other person know you are checking them out. Just ask yourself, if
they don't have anything to hide, why would they mind? Besides, some searches
can be done completely anonymously. Go to SweetheartChecks.com for a basic
If the online dating companies don't do it for you, then you must do it
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