3 Dating Companies Begin Screening Members

Mar 23, 2012 - This week, 3 major online dating companies announced that they will begin screening members for a history of criminal behavior that includes crimes such as sexual assault and identity theft. This comes after a much publicized case in 2010 when a women who used Match.com ended up being raped by someone she met on the site. The 3 companies that made the announcement were Match.com, eHarmony, and Spark Networks.

inteliusWhile we applaud this move, if you ask us, this type of screening should have been done long ago. But as they say, better late than never. It's great to see that two of the largest online dating companies, Match.com and eHarmony, have taken steps to minimize the likelihood of future incidents such as the one that occured in 2010. This should help make online dating a very safe way to meet people in the future.

As everyone who dates actively knows, there is always some risk in dating, not just to have your heart broken, but to become a victim of a crime as well. This risk exists regardless of whether you meet somebody online or in real life. However, there is also an entire cottage industry based on verifying other people's identities and whether or not they have a criminal record. If you have concerns, then it is always in your best interest to go to a site that allows you to run a background check on someone. Unfortunately, to run such checks, you must pay a bit of money, but it is probably worth it to ensure your safety and get a little peace of mind before going on a date.

If you are not using a dating site that screens its members, here are some sites that allow you to do some screening of your own:

Other options include a mobile app called "date check" which is actually offered by Intelius, one of the companies listed above. However, running a check via mobile phone is not cheap, and will cost you $40.