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Updated: 7/19/2010 6:57 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A local company wants to do background checks on people who post profiles on dating websites so you don't get scammed.

Online dating sites are exploding in popularity. In fact, online dating magazine says more than 20-million people log-on to a dating website at least once a month, but mixed in with those looking for love are people who are looking for potential victims. Now a local company wants to put you back in control.

Wymoo International wants to do background checks on the people who post profiles on sites like Match.com or Eharmony. A company spokesman tells me they see so many people getting scammed looking for love.

The dating websites promise you'll meet your soul mate. Some couples even give testimonials. When you scroll down the page, how do you know the person behind the picture is the same one trying to connect with you. That's why Haley Pope is skeptical. "You never know who someone is on the computer," said Haley Pope.

That's why a local company wants to help sites like match.com and eharmony keep people safe while they look for their prince or princess.

Wymoo International already does background checks for companies. And Now it wants to be able to tell singles the person they're interested in is legit. Couples like Drew and Carrie Sanftner think it might help those still on the hunt.

"You don't know who you're meeting could be crazy people that you don't want to meet," said Carrie Sanftner. "I had a friend who used it and I gave him a hard time, but he got married to a girl he found on there," said Drew Sanftner.

Wymoo International is still working out the details with a lot of these dating websites. They hope to be able to do the checks for the websites very soon.  
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