People always ask me where I got the idea.
Well, I started SafetyPIN because I use the internet just like you do – for just about everything.
And I got burned by a dog sitter.
Honestly, I was way luckier than some. I wasn’t hurt — and Django and Lulu were fine. But it got crazy.
I don’t board my dogs because Django gets pretty anxious. He likes to be at home so I need someone willing to basically “move in” while I’m gone. I found Sarah on Craigslist . We met, she liked the dogs and they liked her, and everything seemed great.
When I got home from my 9-day trip, though, something was wrong. I couldn’t figure it out at first but it was gnawing at me.
Then I saw it… the dogs’ beds were gone! I started looking around more and found a perfectly clean and folded set of sheets in the washer. A FITTED sheet that she had supposedly slept on…folded perfectly after she stripped the bed?!
Clearly she had lied and hadn’t stayed at my place at all. Despite my clear instructions, she had taken the dogs somewhere else. (I still don’t know where they were!)
And this is where it gets good…
Obviously I knew I couldn’t trust Sarah anymore. She had blatantly lied and put the dogs at risk. I had no choice…I had to fire her. But I had paid her in advance to watch them for my next trip, so I asked for the $150 back.
She had a lot of excuses and concerns but finally admitted she had lied and agreed to pay me in a week when she got her next paycheck.
But I would never see that money…
Four days later, she and a friend developed an elaborate scheme to fake her own death.
Yup…that’s right. She faked her DEATH…
I got a dramatic text from her “dad” describing a horrible accident on the Washington beltway, details about the hospital she was taken to, and a request to pray for her. The next day, I got a text that her lung had collapsed. Two days later, another text alerted me that she had slipped into a coma. And finally, a day after that, a text that she died.
If only she had remembered that Google existed, she shouldn’t update her Facebook profile picture, and I had the names and numbers of all her other employers, her crazy Scooby-Doo-style scheme might just have worked.
From that moment on, I decided I was going to dig a lot deeper before I let anyone in my home — or near my dogs.
When I started looking into it, though, I kept coming up short. I found that, while a criminal background check was a good start, it wasn’t enough. A lot of times the data is incomplete, never updated, or never checked again.
That wouldn’t do!
And it isn’t just pet sitters… what about babysitters? Elder care aides? Handymen? Housekeepers? Trainers?
Or the people that want to hire you to come to their house? There’s no site that does background checks on the family hiring you… Just think of all the horror stories about delivery drivers being robbed when they get to a house… Who’s protecting you?
And we can’t forget that guy on Craigslist that wants to buy your sofa…
Or that Tinder date that looks too good to be true…
Just think how many people you meet online that may not be safe for you or your family to meet offline.
So I spent the next year working with retired police officers and professional criminal profilers to isolate the key attributes that make someone potentially dangerous or likely to cheat you.
After months and months of research, we’ve developed a proprietary algorithm that draws on over 10,000 sources of data – and combines behavioral screening — to identify people you can trust the most – and assure them they can trust you, too.
And we’re excited to be making SafetyPINs available to individuals and families all over the US.
Help us spread the word now. Invite your friends, babysitters, dog walkers, housekeeper, handyman, or your clients to sign up for a SafetyPIN today.
And help us make the internet a safer place for all of us.
Keeping you safer from URL to “IRL,”
CEO and Founder
SafetyPIN Technologies, Inc.