Safety Smart

Online Dating Meets SafetyPIN

Ladies (and Gentlemen)... If you’ve been single in the last 10 years, you’ve tried it. Online dating... And that means you probably know how it feels to meet someone and find out their profile pictures were snapped 15 years ago, back when they still had some hair......

What a SafetyPIN does that your background check doesn’t

There's one question I get more than any other...why do I need to ask for a SafetyPIN if the site I'm using does its own background check? I get it. A lot of sites like care.com, Airbnb, and rover.com do background screenings on the people listed on their site. And...

So you want to ask for a SafetyPIN?

Think about the first time you tried to buy beer when you were legal but forgot your ID. "Come on… I swear, I'm 27...I just look younger." Chances are you walked away without the 6-pack. And the person carding you wasn't being a jerk…he was just doing what he was...

What is a SafetyPIN?

Sure…it sounds great…an easy way to trust a complete stranger you met on the internet. But what IS a SafetyPIN? Our goal is to help make it safer for you to meet people offline that you met online. Whether it's a "gig," a date, or a home share, asking for a SafetyPIN...

Online Dating Safety Tips

Dating websites are more popular than ever, but it’s very important to take precautions when you’re looking for love online. Romance scam victims in the United States and Canada have reported losing nearly $1 billion over the last three years, according to a Better...

“I was raped by a man I met on a popular dating app”

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - "We exchanged phone numbers, we went out on a date, we went out on a few dates." It started like any other relationship. Our victim, who we'll call Sarah, says she met a men while using the online dating site, Plenty of Fish. She says the two...

Why do you ask about my firearms?

Why do you ask if I own firearms? It's none of your business. We get it - and we respect it. American have a 2nd Amendment right to own firearms. And it isn't that we want to intrude. But our goal is safety. And the fact is: Some people are just more comfortable...

The Application Process

How do I apply for a SafetyPIN? Is the process hard? We wanted SafetyPIN to be easy to use and accessible for everyone…and that starts with the simplest application process we could design. Applying for your SafetyPIN is even easier than most people think. In fact,...

Where I Got The Idea for SafetyPIN

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...

Help! Someone Doesn’t Have a SafetyPIN. Are They Safe?

So you want to take an online relationship to the real world, but you'd like to double-check that the person behind the other screen is trustworthy. You ask for their SafetyPIN, and offer yours in exchange. They tell you they don't have one. Cue the screeching brakes....

Does SafetyPIN Affect My Credit Score?

When you agree to let someone run a background check, sometimes they'll also ask for your permission to consider your credit history. However, you may have heard that too many credit history inquiries actually lower your credit score, making it harder for you to open...

How Much Do Background Checks Cost?

Everyone wants to feel secure knowing that the freelancer they're considering, the nanny they're interviewing, or the date they're chatting with is who they say they are. And-considering that $3 billion is spent on background checks in the United States every year...