BBB Offers Tips on Avoiding Romance Scams Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) – whose mission is to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust – is offering tips on how to avoid online romance scams since online dating and social media have made it easier than ever …

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Illinois Internet Dating Safety Act Requiring Disclosure of Background Check Policy Heads to Governor

Legislation in Illinois – Senate Bill 2545 (SB 2545) – that would create the “Internet Dating Safety Act” requiring Internet dating websites offering services in Illinois to disclose if they conduct criminal background checks on all their members or post warnings online that they do not conduct criminal background checks has passed both the House and …

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Internet Dating Safety Act Requiring Online Dating Sites to Disclose Background Check Policy Passes Illinois Senate

The Illinois Senate has passed legislation – Senate Bill 2545 (SB 2545) – that would create the ‘Internet Dating Safety Act’ requiring online dating websites offering services in Illinois to clearly disclose if they perform criminal background checks on members, according to a press release on the website of the bill’s sponsor Senator Ira Silverstein …

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Three Leading Online Dating Websites Agree to Use Background Checks to Protect Members from Sex Offenders

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and three of the nation’s leading online dating websites – eHarmony, Match.com, and Spark Networks – have issued a ‘JOINT STATEMENT OF KEY PRINCIPLES OF ONLINE DATING SITE SAFETY’ that online dating providers should follow to help protect members from sexual predators through background checks, the California Office of …

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Illinois Bill would Require Online Dating Sites to Disclose if They Conduct Criminal Background Checks

Legislation under consideration in Illinois – House Bill 4083 (HB 4083) ‘INTERNET DATING SAFETY ACT’ – would require online dating sites to clearly and conspicuously disclose to all Illinois members if they conduct criminal background checks. Introduced by State Representative Michelle Mussman (D-Schaumburg), HB 4083 would also require Internet dating services to provide a safety awareness notification …

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Popular Online Dating Site Settles Lawsuit by Pledging to Background Check Members for Sex Offenders

Match.com has settled a lawsuit with a woman who sued the popular online dating site after she was raped by a fellow member she was linked up with for a date by pledging to perform background checks on all current and future members in order to screen out sex offenders, the Los Angeles Times reports. The woman’s assailant – …

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Lawsuit against Online Dating Service Calling for Background Checks of Users Goes to Trial Next Week

The President of popular online dating service Match.com will appear in a Los Angeles court next week to testify in the case of a woman who suffered an alleged sexual assault by a man she met on the website, a woman who then called for Match.com to institute background checks on users in a lawsuit, …

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CEO of Bay Area Singles Service Calls on Dating Industry to Adopt Background Checks as Standard Business Practice

In the wake of a recent story about a woman who sued Match.com over an alleged assault by one of its members and the subsequent decision by the popular online dating service to conduct background checks on potential members, the CEO of Matches That Matter – a social introduction service for Bay Area singles over …

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Popular Online Dating Service to Background Check Potential Members using Sex Offender Database

Less than a week after a Los Angeles woman filed a lawsuit against popular online dating service Match.com claiming that she was attacked by a man she met through its website, the company has decided to begin performing background checks on potential members using a national sex offender database, the Los Angeles Times reports. The …

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Woman Sues Popular Online Dating Website over Alleged Sexual Assault and Asks for Background Screening of Members

A woman claiming she was sexually assaulted by a man she met on the popular online dating website Match.com has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court asking that the website start background screening members for sexual offenders since her alleged assailant had a history of sex crimes, according to a story in the …

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