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Why Criminals Love Online Dating Sites

Online dating sites are massively popular not just in the UK but around the world, and there has been a huge increase in signups over lockdown.

Meeting someone online should be fun and exciting. You can chat and take the time to get to know someone without the pressure of being face to face, and it is a great way to meet other singles – especially during these strange times of lockdown. However, there is a darker side to the majority of online dating sites because criminals love them, but why?

The answer is simple. Criminals can be anonymous on most dating sites. They can make a new email address in seconds and use that to sign up. They can hide their true identity. They can hide their criminal past and pretend to be whatever they want to be to dupe their next victim. Married people pretend to be single. Serial domestic abusers and sex offenders pretend to be decent people. The majority of online dating apps give criminals their very own playground which is a very scary thought.

The Online Dating Site Crime Statistics

A recent study showed that online dating related crimes have risen by 382% over the last five years and that’s just the crimes that have been officially linked to online dating. The true figure will be a lot more than this.

Tinder seems to be the worst culprit but it’s not the only one. Our founder met a monster on Plenty of Fish who turned out to be a serial domestic abuser and sex offender and who had actually met multiple victims on there.

Other victims have been in touch to say their attackers are still on Match.com preying on other unsuspecting singles too, and those sites still do nothing at all to prevent this. They happily take your money and the rest is up to you.

Why Criminals Love Dating Sites | Online Dating Related Crimes | Safer Date

How You Can Stay Safe When Using Dating Sites

If you are currently using any of the well-known dating sites or apps, or you’re thinking about signing up, then the harsh truth is that you will have no idea who you’re truly chatting to as they have no safety protocols in place and they do not vet their members. We believe this is wrong and it’s exactly why we created Safer Date.

We carry out a thorough, global criminal background check including cautions and convictions on every single member before they are allowed access to other profiles. We do not let anyone with a serious criminal past join our app.

In addition to this, we also carry out an identity check to make sure they are who they say they are. No other dating company does this and we believe that we are the safest online dating site in the world!

Try Safer Date Today

If safety is important to you, try Safer Date. We’re the UK’s ONLY online dating app to carry out criminal background and ID checks on every person before they’re allowed to join our site. We put your safety before everything else so you can relax and enjoy your online dating experience.

Safer Date Membership

All Inclusive Pricing
£ 49
Per Month
  • Everyone ID Checked
  • Everyone Background Checked
  • No Fake Profiles, Criminals or Catfish
  • No Additional In-App Charges
  • UK Support from Real People

*Please note: You must pass an ID check and background check before your membership will be activated. Please make sure you have a current passport or driving license to hand so you can register. 

Most checks are completed within 3 working days following the successful completion of your ID check. Your online dating membership won’t be activated until you have passed our checks. If you fail our checks, your membership fee will be refunded to you, minus the cost of the ID and background checks.

Got a Question?


General Info

Safer Date is the ONLY dating app which puts your safety first. Everyone must pass our mandatory background and ID checks before they can become a member. Furthermore, non-members cannot browse through online profiles, adding a further layer of security and privacy.

Safer Date provides a safer online dating experience for everyone. It is for good, honest people without a criminal background who want to meet a partner with the same qualities. As long as you fit those criteria, you are welcome to join. Safer Date is for both heterosexuals and the LGBT community.

We have to charge a monthly subscription to cover the cost of the identity and background checks we perform, and your subscription covers the cost of repeating these checks annually. There are no other charges to use Safer Date, and we do not sell your data to anyone, nor are there any advertisements in the app. Overall we believe this offers great value for money compared to so-called ‘free’ apps, that charge you hidden fees to use their best features, and sell your data to advertisers.

Our online dating membership is £49.99 per month including the cost of your thorough background & ID checks.  Don’t forget to follow our Facebook page for details of any competitions and special offers.

No – Safer Date is currently a UK dating site only. 

Background Checks

Safer Date carries out the most comprehensive, global background checks possible. We are proud to partner with an intelligence agency who work closely with the Police, Interpol, the FBI, the National Crime Agency and other intelligence agencies across the world. We also carry out insolvency checks and addicts register checks to add a further layer of security. Please note: None of these checks leave any footprint at all.

Firstly, you will need to complete the real-time ID check within the app. Once this has been done, we will then process your background check. 95% of our checks are returned within 3 working days. We process the checks between the hours of 8am and 5:30pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays).

Unfortunately, the DBS only shows up approximately 6% of the problem as it is based on convictions only. Plus, it only shows crimes committed in the UK. Even if you already have a DBS certificate, you will still need to go through our full checking procedure.

If you fail our checks, we will let you know straight away and you will not be allowed to join Safer Date. We will refund the cost of your membership minus the cost of the ID & background checks.

We will NEVER divulge the reasons for the failure to anyone else.

Yes you can. Traffic offences won’t stop you from joining Safer Date. What will stop you is any offence of abuse or violence, whether physical, psychological or sexual, against adults, children or animals.

In short, if you have a history of toxic traits, you can’t join Safer Date.

We take your privacy and data security very seriously. Only Safer Date managers and background check processing staff will have access to your information which is fully protected and meets the GDPR guidelines. Please see our Privacy Policy for full details.

Safer Date is designed to be a safer online dating platform. We carry out identity checks and thorough, global background checks on every member before they are allowed to join. We have strict entry criteria unlike any other dating site.

We can assure you that we will not allow ANY member to join our site if they have a history of serious criminal offences or if they cannot be identified. However, we cannot account for any crimes that have been spent, for any crimes a member may have committed and not been caught for, for any crimes a person may commit in the future or for any negative personality traits a person may have. We can only use the information provided during the background checks at point of registration. You are always responsible for your own safety and decisions.