“The My Verified ID process is quite intensive”, Ruby Radar owner Trudy Gilbert said in a statement.
“It’s a more thorough check than users are used to, but I think that acts as a screen for credible applicants.” The FBI has issued statements around the growing threat of online dating scams.
The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center received 5,600 complaints in 2011 from victims of so-called “romance scammers,” reporting collective losses of .4 million.
Interestingly, while Ruby Radar has been using biometrics to stop online dating scammers, online dating site recently revealed plans to use facial recognition to more effectively find matches for premium members based on physical characteristics.
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.