It's the dangerous side of online dating -- millions of single women and men swiping left and swiping right on dating apps, such as Tinder, Zoosk, POF and Bumble, never knowing for sure if what you see is what you're going to get."I'm just hoping to meet someone who's honest, true and, you know, their profile matches what they say," said Zari Sue, of Houston.At 24 years old, single and raising a 2-year-old son on her own, Sue has been playing the game for three years now and has been burned several times.There was the jail inmate she said somehow messaged her, asking her for some commissary cash. Says he prefers women that are younger than him," Sue said.
It's called Gatsby, a smartphone dating app that scans millions of publicly available criminal records before you're allowed to post your profile. "I feel like I can open up more." Gatsby is a totally free cyber dating app. Using it is not huge, KPRC 2 is told there are several thousand members at this point."When you sign up, if you have a criminal record, whether it's a sex offender, theft, attempted murder, rape, you cannot use our dating app at all," Penora said. Download the Click2Houston news app in your app store to stay up-to-date with the latest news while you're on the go."We block anyone with a felony or misdemeanor record." Nationally known digital dating expert Julie Spira likes Gatsby. "You need to either walk or bring your own car, or take a ridesharing service," Spira said. Sign up for KPRC 2 newsletters to get breaking news, sports, entertainment, contests and more delivered straight to your email inbox.She's written a book called "The Perils of Cyber Dating" and has three rules users should follow. Copyright 2017 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.This information is made available for purposes of protecting the public, for keeping them informed and for allowing them to take proactive measures to ensure safety in their communities.Use and/or misuse of this information by individuals, groups or entities to commit criminal acts (to include, but not limited to, threats, intimidation, stalking, harassment) against other persons is subject to criminal prosecution.