Anyone can write about themselves and become beautiful on the Internet.
According to Scientific American, more than 90 percent of people lie in their online dating profiles. Omissions that include anything from 5 inches in height and 20 pounds in weight, having obtained a Masters Degree from an Ivy League institution, to neglecting to post that they served 10 years in prison for assault and attempted rape.
Moreover, the Pew Internet & American Life Project has released a new survey with regards to the growing phenomenon of online dating. Their findings show that online romance is steadily becoming more mainstream, with 31 percent of adult Americans - close to 63 million people - saying they either know someone who has made use of an online dating service, 26 percent saying they know someone who has gone on a date with a person that he or she met through a dating site, and 15 percent saying they know someone who has either been in a long-term relationship or has married someone they met via the Internet. According to the survey, 1 in 10 Internet users responded that they have personally utilized the services of an online dating site at least once.
With these figures comes a fair amount of legitimate concerns. Apprehension about the safety of posting personal information online and the trustworthiness of people encountered online remain near the forefront of user's thoughts regarding online dating. Fully two thirds of those surveyed agreed that online dating could be dangerous due to the fact that it places personal information out on the Internet - the most wary respondents of those surveyed included females, the elderly and low-income Internet users. Distrust also ranked high with some 57 percent of all Internet users feeling that a great majority of the individuals who made use of online dating services lie about their marital status.
So, while Internet dating has become a more socially accepted method to try and find Mr. or Ms. Right, what methods can you employ to better assure yourself that your potential suitor is really who they claim to be? The answer, contact our agency. The Siroff Group's team of investigators will work closely with you in helping you to decide if retaining us to conduct an Internet Dating Due Diligence Investigation (Background Check) is in fact warranted.
The leading questions clients have when contacting us are:
- Is the person that I have been corresponding with married?
- Do they have a criminal record?
- Do they have children?
- Are they a sex offender?
- Are they really the age they claim to be?
- Do they live alone, or are they currently residing in their mother's basement?
- Are they employed?
- Are they financially solvent, or have they ever filed for bankruptcy, or are they currently carrying a large amount of monetary debt?
- Did they really graduate from Harvard, or rather spend half of a semester at a community college after acquiring their GED?
We look forward to providing you with The Information That You Require.