FORBES - Jan 2 - According to a survey published by Statista, 49% of dating app users stated in a January 2019 survey that they were using online dating services," while the same percentage of respondents 18-34 years old had either met a romantic partner online or knew someone who has. According to a Pew Research Center survey, 61% of people believe online dating is easier and more efficient than other ways of meeting people. In 2014, the FBI reported that 6K romance scam complaints were made, with losses totaling $86M. The most common scams involved spam and identity theft. According to a report from Sky News, there was a 382% increase in reported crimes related to online dating in the U.K. between 2011 and 2016.
ID verification would be a smart and innovative solution for verifying legitimate identities and authenticating profiles. Bumble and Wild are great examples, as they require all users to upload a photo of themselves in one of 100 poses to begin interaction. This data is verified manually. If you're looking to implement ID verification, here are some things you'll want to consider:
- Only use official and verified data sources.
- Use multiple sources.
- Verify your provider.