May 2, 2010

Dating Scams and Online Dating Go Hand in Hand

Dating websites are growing and there are now hundreds of internet match-making and dating websites to choose from. In addition to popular sites like eHarmony and, millions worldwide are now connected to social networking websites like Facebook. Investigators warn that indviduals met online should be verified to minimize the risk for scams and fraud.

Several international background check services are available and advised for new relationships begun on the internet, especially when the individual involved is not known personally. Without the tools and expertise of a professional investigator or background check firm, it can be very difficult to know if someone is who he or she claims to be, especially when that person lives in a foreign country. Investigators have reported growing demand for background checks as the risk for fraud and dating scams increase, and as more people connect via the internet.

A dating background check is simply a background check or verification process which involves a subject who was met over the Internet, and where the relationship is romantic in nature. If a relationship is progressing and there is a chance for a serious relationship, industry observers emphasize getting a background check early, since many consumers contact private investigators after the damage is done, and the fraud or scam complete.

Most people on social networking websites and dating sites are honest and seeking real relationships. Criminals have taken advantage of this situation, and most dating websites don't provide any verification process for their subscribers. Hence, many scammers are now targeting such websites and targeting consumers online. The criminals pose as the perfect match and work to gain the victim's trust, and later their money or personal information. Scammers are now using sophisticated techniques and distinguising the good from the bad can be difficult.

Red flags include working internationally, a sudden emergency, accident or illness, requests for money or loans, etc. Private investigators warn however that the romance scam and fraud combinations are endless. Online dating is a risk-reward game, and the risk is rising... background checks advised.

All the Best,

S. Birch
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