Online dating has become really popular nowadays. Unfortunately, dating websites and apps are often visited by scammers, criminals, violent abusers, and sexual predators. And the lack of proper identity verification procedure in the dating apps is very surprising. In this article I will explain how dating apps can protect their users.
How To Protect Yourself From Sexual Predators While Online Dating?
How To Make Sure You Are Not Going To Date Underaged
Those apps need to be sure that underaged will not be registered there.
How to stop it? Put some serious age verification for all of the newcomers. There might be as well implementation of biometric face recognition, to make sure that underaged do not use their parent’s account.
Safeguarding Against Scams
Internet scammers are using dating apps to get what they want. Most popular technique that they use is called ‘Catfishing.’ Catfishing is when a user creates a fake identity to trick another person. Of course not every profile with a fake identity is a scam, but the most famous reason to hide your real identity on online dating apps is to fool somebody.
The most common way to trick some other person for money – get the user to fall in love with the scammer via texting on the dating app and then ask some money to cover “the emergency case” or “buy the ticket to fly” and see the victim.
How to avoid those scams? Again, strict and multi-layer identity verification, preferably with the ID document verification.
All the types of fatal cases caused by using online apps have one problem of the origin: a very simple process of registration in the app. Dating apps need to be sure that the new coming customers are not sexual maniacs, underaged children, or fraudsters. In this case, automatic identity verification might help: it will not involve new employees but will check carefully the users to come. This might include ID document verification, biometric login procedures (including facial recognition), liveness check (ask to perform a simple action in front of the camera, like a smile or eyebrow raise), and other measures.
Dating Apps’ owners might be afraid that they will lose some percentage of users because of the complicated registration procedure. But I am sure that the Identity Verification process will help to weed out ill-willed users. Moreover, it will create more safety and trust within other dating apps’ users looking for love.