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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 Online Dating Sites

If you are currently using any of the well-known online 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 real-time ID check on every single member before they are allowed access to Safer Date and to other profiles and we offer global criminal background checks including cautions and convictions.

No other dating company does this and we therefore believe that we are the safest online dating site in the world!

Try Safer Date Today

Safer Date is the ONLY dating app to carry out ID checks on every member and offer global criminal background checks for added security. We eliminate fake profiles, catfish and scam accounts from the very start so you can relax and enjoy your online dating experience. Try Safer Date completely free today.

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General Info

Safer Date is the ONLY dating app which puts your safety first. Everyone must pass our mandatory ID checks before they can become a member or even browse through other profiles, which means that we have no fake profiles, catfish or scam accounts on our app!

Unlike any other dating app, we also offer thorough global criminal background checks, insolvency checks and even addicts register checks for added peace of mind.

In addition to our safety features, we have implemented numerous features to provide the best online dating experience possible. We also have virtual video dating, we stop you from being bombarded by unwanted messages, we automatically filter out offensive messages and images, we tackle ghosting and we have UK support!

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 and you are over the age of 18, you are welcome to join. Safer Date is for both heterosexuals and the LGBT community.

You can download Safer Date, sign up and chat to other members completely free (as long as you pass our ID checks).

If you would like access to background checks, unlimited messaging and additional premium features, you will need to upgrade your subscription within the app which is just £14.99 a month.

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.

You can download and use Safer Date for free, but our premium membership gives you access to all of the app features for the full Safer Date experience. Premium membership costs just £14.99 per month and there are no other charges within the app.

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

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 which will only take a few minutes. Once this has been done, you will have access to your free Safer Date account. You can build your profile and start chatting to other members.

If you decide to upgrade to premium to access all of the Safer Date features, you will need to pay the relevant subscription. We will then process your background check and 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 background checking procedure to become a premium member.

If you fail our ID checks, you will be notified within the app and you will be asked to try again. Common reasons for failing an ID check are an out of date ID document, or a poor photograph of your ID document. The image must be clear with no reflections so that we can carry out facial recognition. You will not be able to access Safer Date without a successful ID check.

If you decide to upgrade to premium and we receive notice that there is something of concern during your background checks, we will reject your premium membership and revoke your free account with immediate effect. We will not provide any details of the reason for the rejection to you or anyone else. Possible reasons for membership rejection are detailed in our terms and conditions.

Please note: If you fail the background checks, any membership fee that you have already paid is non-refundable.

Yes you can. Traffic offences won’t stop you from upgrading your Safer Date account. 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 on every member before they are allowed to join. We also offer thorough, global background checks to premium members and make it very clear who has been fully checked and vetted and who has only been identified. 

We can assure you that we will not allow ANY member to join our dating app if they cannot be identified and we will not let any member become a premium member if they have a serious criminal history. 

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. You are always responsible for your own safety and decisions and you need to decide if you are happy chatting online to someone who has not yet completed their full background check.