The number of deceitful date background check websites is staggering. The majority of them toy with your safety. They promise to deliver details of someone’s background that simply can’t be obtained through public records.
The newest to provide misinformation is a company that claims to “certify” a person as being safe for dating. Its website is beautiful. It’s obvious that a lot of money was spent on design and marketing. Unfortunately, the site is dangerous. It claims to perform a background check on you, with your permission of course, and allows you to be “safe date certified.” The problem is their background check doesn’t uncover anything.
They may check courts where you live but not those surrounding previous addresses. They don’t even show a history of bankruptcy, which IS a matter of public record. Wouldn’t you want to know if someone you’re dating has a history of financial issues that required filing for bankruptcy? While many times it’s filed due to circumstances beyond the person’s control, there are times when it’s used as a financial tool and sometimes fraudulently.
For example: I asked a relative to join an unnamed site and become “certified” as someone who’s “safe” to date. They found nothing! In fact, he passed the test even though he’d been charged with a felony in his county of residence. Does that sound like a “safe date” to you?
This is just the latest in Internet marketing scams. Others compile online public records, sell them for $9.99 and make you believe you’re doing a background check. In most cases, however, you get don’t get anything.
Many of these deceptive sites claim to check criminal records in all 50 states. That can’t be done by a private investigator. I know. I am one.
The bottom line is these alleged “date background check” sites, for the most part, misrepresent the truth. They’re designed to lull you into a false sense of security when it comes to finding out who that potential date really is.
Before you trust your personal safety to a company that makes false claims, call Dating Backgrounds and speak with a licensed private detective.