The dating landscape has changed rapidly. Online dating has given singles a much easier way to expand their dating pool and meet people they may have never encountered in everyday life. But despite the benefits, meeting people online comes with a risk. With the rise of dating apps, there has also been the rise of the catfish – individuals pretending to be someone else online.
According to a report by YouGov, 50 percent of people do not trust the details on dating profiles are true. The number of people affected by online dating scams has reached a worrying high, with Action Fraud receiving over 350 reports a month in the UK.
Enter DateID – the new US-based dating verification platform giving its users greater transparency about the people they meet online. Aligning closely with our own missions for greater transparency, accountability and safety online, we’re excited to announce our new partnership with DateID.
DateID helps you avoid the hell of rocking up to a first date and meeting a person who has conveyed a very different identity on their dating profile. DateID builds a screening profile of your date, based on publicly available information on the web. This gives users greater confidence that someone hasn’t uploaded fake photos or provided false details, like a different age.
For users wanting to prove to others that their profile is genuine, DateID offers them a number of ways to verify themselves, including linking to their social media profiles and verifying their identity with Yoti. This gives them gold status – the highest level of verification.
Users who’ve completed all verifications will give other daters confidence that they are genuine. This creates a safer community of daters, reducing the risks of identity fraud and catfishing – and not to mention bad dates.
Remy Tennant, Founder and CEO of DateID, said:
“In our survey of more than 450 online daters, we found that 95 percent of users Googled each other before agreeing to meet. The problem is, even the best online sleuthing can’t catch everything.
“DateID gives online daters a fast, easy and effective way to screen each other before agreeing to meet. We’re delighted that Yoti enables us to provide our users with the industry standard in ID verification.”
Our CEO Robin Tombs agrees that verified digital identities are the best way to combat catfishing and fake profiles.
“It’s too easy to be tricked by somebody hiding behind a fake profile,” he said.
“Yoti offers a free, simple and secure way to know exactly who you’re meeting online – helping to prevent false profiles and make digital interactions safer.
“We’re delighted to be working with DateID to give daters greater peace of mind, trust and transparency about who they’re talking to.”
By compiling a true profile of a person based on their social media details and other publicly available information, DateID gives you the right intel to avoid dating hell.