He has victimized others by stealing their trust and their money. Maybe he told you he has money, or claimed he’s a doctor or lawyer. Before you go much further, consider this: He may be an online vulture, one of thousands of con artists and sexual predators stalking Internet dating sites for hopeful romantics just like you.The sites will now check subscribers against national sex offender registries and actively search for fake profiles.The rapid abuse reporting systems will give members access to a website, email address and/or phone number to report suspected criminal activity.Last month, New Jersey became the first state to enact a law requiring the sites to disclose whether they perform background checks.- the only large online dating service that already does such screenings - was elated by its successful lobbying and hopes other states will follow suit."The online dating industry tends to get a real bad rap, because of criminal activity," said True.com's founder and chief executive, Herb Vest.
As announced by California Attorney General Kamala D.
Match.com, one of largest dating services, said it had been assessing online background checks for six years and concluded they offered no extra protection."is disappointed New Jersey has enacted a flawed and unconstitutional law and we will explore opportunities to challenge it," a company statement said.
Even sponsors of the New Jersey bill conceded it was imperfect, but suggested it would at least make online daters more aware of security concerns.
Although many of us like to think the best of people, especially when we're looking for a potential mate, the reality is that you can never be too prepared and it's best to do at least a bit of research beforehand to make sure the person you are meeting is who they say they are.
First thing's first: you may be wondering why it's even necessary to do a background check.