Background checks when dating

This change in how couples get together makes it easier for people to conceal information about their past history.Therefore, it is becoming more common for people to conduct background checks when dating, especially when one’s suspicions have been raised.

The reason for these safety measures is that a complete stranger on the Internet can pretend to be anything—while actually intending to harass, scam or even hurt their victims.

A staggering 54 percent of survey participants complained that they encountered a person’s profile that was misleading.

Regarding social media websites, a third of women (and 19 percent of men) reported that they had blocked someone for flirting or acting in an inappropriate manner.

In 2011, a client sued the company saying she was raped on a date with a repeat sex offender—who had had at least six prior sex offense convictions—she had met through the site.

To protect online daters, Illinois passed a law last year, the Internet Dating Safety Act, which requires these websites to tell users whether they do or don’t conduct criminal background checks (a handful of other states have similar laws).

“With online dating becoming increasingly popular in the 21st century, it is important to make sure its participants are safe and aware of potential risks,” Governor Pat stated in a news release.Jim Sacia told the AP, as only law enforcement agencies are properly versed in conducting such checks.Drew Hendricks is a professional business and startup blogger that writes for a variety of sites including The Huffington Post, Forbes and Technorati. For example, 20 million people use e and 15 million have a profile on However, many people don’t trust the strangers they meet online.The number of people scoping out potential love interests on social and search engines has more than doubled since 2008.

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