Criminal Background Checks for Online Dating

December 23, 2009

Online criminal checks are readily available these days and a cost that is so affordable it’s ridiculous not to use it – especially for things such as online dating. If you are going to physically meet a complete stranger for the first time that you’ve met online, possibly from a dating service, what possible reason is there NOT to run a criminal check first?

Some women still want to ‘look the other way’ and pretend it couldn’t to happen to them. And unfortunately those women are often part of crime statistics. Don’t be one of them.

It might sound kind of cold and maybe a calculated way of doing things, but you know what: too many people have been burned because of a willingness to trust too quickly.

But what exactly do criminal background checks consist of? If nothing else, knowing what to expect from a criminal background check can help you get a better understanding of the impression you’re likely to make on other people.
Criminal checks typically cover a nationwide search of any arrests or convictions, misdemeanors and felonies, on your record (ie your name and date of birth).

Sometimes driving records and citations are included. If you’re a convicted sex offender, expect that information to be included. Most companies do a sex offender search automatically with a criminal check. In addition, it’s possible to check out someone’s financial background including any bankruptcies or property liens associated with your name.

If you are using an online dating service, it only makes sense to spend $10 bucks and search someone’s criminal background. It’s cheap, fast and nobody will know you are doing it.

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