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"About 60 percent of time, we find that people aren't telling truth," Alexander claims. Background checks, criminal and civil record checks are important, according to Alexander, because it's easy to be deceived when looking for love online. "You do not have same visual cues about someone as when you are face to face with a person," she says. "Somebody behind a computer screen, can be anything they want to be.
You have no idea who's on other side of that screen. We tell our clients it is important to Be Safe and Be Smart. To take control of your future. Information is key.” A similar check could have helped Wadsworth. For instance, Abney had told Wadsworth that he had never been married, but Alexander found a civil record for a divorce. Alexander says that background and record checks would have revealed that Abney had lied about many personal details, which might have served as a warning to Wadsworth.
"It tells her that man is not telling truth," Alexander asserts. "He's a liar. He has something to hide in his life. I don't know if it tells her that he's going to swing a hammer over her head and that he's going to beat her almost to death, but I think it is enough to say, 'Watch out, red flag, don't let this man in door.'"
These warning come too late for Wadsworth, who is currently taking a break from romance and Internet while she works to recover from physical and emotional wounds she has suffered. "I sleep with light on every night," she says. "It's affected me."
While more and more singles are turning to Internet to meet their mates and many online dating stories do have happy endings, it is important to remember that there are dangers to digital love. Wadsworth hopes that what she went through will help to warn others of those dangers.
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