If you’re dating someone you met online, how can you be sure that person is really who they say they are?
Meeting people online was something that did not exist when I was single. Back then it was the old idea of dating a friend of a friend, or maybe you might meet somebody at work. But whatever it was, you had some idea of their back story. It was the complete opposite of just randomly meeting somebody.
New way to put concerns to rest…or confirm your suspicions
But when you meet somebody online today, the problem is often there are signs that maybe that person is not who you thought they were. So what do you do? People routinely hire private detectives and spend big money to either confirm their suspicions or allay their concerns.
Now there is a website called Trustify.info that’s almost like a referral service to detectives who will check somebody out for you. Trustify.info can handle some of the following scenarios, among others:
- “I’d like to know if the person I’m dating has disturbing skeletons in their closet.”
- “I’d like to know if my partner is cheating on me.”
- “I’d like to know if someone in my life is hiding something.”
- “I’d like to know if my new nanny or babysitter is going to keep my kids safe.”
You get the idea. You go to the site and pay $67 an hour for somebody to check out if that person is who they say they are. That’s actually a pretty cheap fee and it only requires a 1-hour minimum.
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Now, I should say that I saw a Washington Post article and they talked to a detective who says you get what you pay for, and that $67 is too cheap for a competent investigator. But the reality is private detectives are very expensive, easily twice or three times as much as Trustify charges. So think of Trustify as something for a very linear purpose at a very cheap price.
Isn’t it funny that people meet through electronic means and then use electronic means to see if their potential dates are on the up and up?! It sure makes going out with a friend of a friend seem a little safer!