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And that was when she saw it: “This uber cute guy I had a date with IN TWO DAYS had robbed a bank less than a year ago.” But she’s not the only one who’s had close shaves - a few months ago a friend was set to go out with a Tinder date when she googled him and found out he’d nearly gone to prison for glassing someone in a club two years earlier.
It was experiences like this that made Nashawaty realise there was a market for professional background checks before meeting your online dates.
“We’re trained professionals with a proprietary method of doing research on a person,” Nashawaty explains.
“That's also how we can do it so quickly.” Incredibly, 45 per cent of people they’ve investigated were hiding something - nine per cent were married, nine per cent had arrest records, 11 per cent hde conflicting information and 16 per cent were catfishing (pretending to be someone they’re not).
“We instantly connected, texted incessantly, and became Snapchat friends,” she said.
“We had plans for Monday and it couldn’t come soon enough.” But just before they were due to meet in person, Nashawaty decided to give him a quick search online, as the majority of us do when it comes to online dating.
And the stats make for pretty convincing reading too: And that may not just be saying they’re six foot when they’re really five foot eleven.
Stories abound of people running into trouble on dates having not done their research - perhaps you’ve met up and found out your match wasn’t who they said they were, perhaps you’re feeling threatened or perhaps you just want to escape but aren’t sure how.
Julie Nashawaty was a couple of days away from a first date with a man who, according to their online dating profiles, she had a 92 per cent compatibility match with.
And it’s true that Tinder peppers our map from sea to shining sea.
But the unexpected winner of our virtual lonely hearts club?
Of course, if you have enough time and stalking skills, you can find out a lot yourself.
But not all of us feel confident about being able to find all incriminating evidence.
“We deliver social media profiles, sex offender status, major arrests, and then any other mention of your date online.