Three major online dating sites unite to combat scammers and sexual predators
POSTED: Friday, March 23, 2012 - 9:30pm
UPDATED: Friday, March 23, 2012 - 9:34pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Three of the biggest online dating websites have signed an agreement with the California Attorney General to prevent scammers and criminals from using the sites, but questions remain if the agreement will truly provide protection to the 40 million online users looking for love.
Match.com, eHarmony and Sparks Networks (which operates JDate and ChristianMingle) have agreed to start checking subscribers' names against national sex offender registries.
Any convicted sex offender will be banned from using the sites.
Still, that won't necessarily keep all dangerous predators from posting online profiles, according to NBC legal analyst Royal Oakes.
"If they're not on a registered sex offender list, maybe they assaulted somebody; maybe there's some criminal activity in some jurisdiction that the dating service hasn't dug up," Oakes said.
The three companies signing this agreement are also taking steps to protect users from financial scams.