Online dating can be fun but it is also something that you need to be aware is a risk.
There are no requirements whatsoever in the UK for background checks on joiners and that means that unless the companies are doing this voluntarily, then it is probably not happening, meaning that people with convictions for fraud, violence or sex offences are perfectly at liberty to sign up online if they wish.
The past year has seen criticism in the press and in the BBC’s Panorama programme ‘Tainted Love’ of many aspects of the way that online dating have been promoting themselves and selling memberships of their sites.
Basically they highlighted the following:- This linked to the fact that online dating fraud is now running in excess of £35,000,000 per annum and that is just what is reported to the Police, in addition to this there would be a figure for fraud that people have decided to keep quiet about perhaps out of embarrassment and a further figure that is nipped in the bud before it becomes a crime statistic.
The “Peer-led” Safer Dating programme for 16 – 25 year olds has now been running for a year.
Jewish Women’s Aid are looking for an enthusiastic and energetic individual who can continue to grow the programme and build strong relationships with groups across the community.
Sarah Manuel, Safer Dating co-ordinator, said: “Every movement will need to approach this subject in a different way, but the conversation can be had everywhere.
The solutions offered by io Square complement this work and the ODA’s commitment to safer dating.
You can find out more about becoming an ODA Associate here.
The vast majority of people using dating sites are sincere and honest in the information they provide and in their reasons for joining.
However, there are exceptions, and you need to be aware of how to keep yourself - and your bank account and savings - protected while meeting people online.