The majority of dating sites don’t run background checks on their users, so this is where the professionals come in.
Millions of Americans visit online dating websites every year hoping to find a companion or even a soulmate.
But as Valentine’s Day gets closer, the FBI wants to warn you that criminals use these sites, too, looking to turn the lonely and vulnerable into fast money through a variety of scams..
“If that means they were in a small news story from 2002 about building a movie theatre in their parents’ home, you get that too.” still want to date the person and thus already know everything about them.
Still, people like the reassurance of knowing they’re not meeting someone dangerous.
“That's also how we can do it so quickly.” Incredibly, 45 per cent of people they’ve investigated were hiding something - nine per cent were married, nine per cent had arrest records, 11 per cent hde conflicting information and 16 per cent were catfishing (pretending to be someone they’re not).
On one memorable occasion, Nashawaty found one of the suspects had been arrested for dating women to molest their children.
It was experiences like this that made Nashawaty realise there was a market for professional background checks before meeting your online dates.
And the stats make for pretty convincing reading too: And that may not just be saying they’re six foot when they’re really five foot eleven.
These criminals—who also troll social media sites and chat rooms in search of romantic victims—usually claim to be Americans traveling or working abroad. While their most common targets are women over 40 who are divorced, widowed, and/or disabled, but every age group and demographic is at risk. You’re contacted online by someone who appears interested in you.