Video Interview with BeenVerified’s CEO

On Growth, Hiring and Learning New Things.

Our CEO and fearless leader Josh Levy recent sat down with MeetAdvisors for a video interview covering a number of topics from BeenVerified’s vast range of customers, how he’s built the BeenVerified team and going from a serial tech entrepreneur in high school to the CEO of one of America’s fastest growing companies.

You can watch the full video here:

Below are some abbreviated excerpts taken from the interview:

On BeenVerified’s mission:

“We built BeenVerified to help people discover, understand and use public data…we started the company with the simple goal of providing more information about the people you interact with online.”

On BeenVerified’s customers:

“There are people who are looking up potential dates, moms who want to know who just moved into the neighborhood, all the way to people who are searching their own identities and want to know what data is out there about themselves.”

On learning:

“We’re learning every day. We’re always amazed at what we know today that we didn’t know two years ago. What I think is awesome is, ‘what am I going to know in a year or two that I don’t know today?’ That excites me.”

Advice to budding entrepreneurs:

“Two pieces of advice. One: don’t stop. You have to take that first step, you have to start…the other is don’t take no for an answer and always be inquisitive about why people are doing things and questioning your own process and practices.”

On hiring:

“We want people who are hungry and want to learn. Secondly, we want people who will do what they say they’ll do. We want to trust that if you say you’re going to do something, you’ll do it and it’s going to be great and we’ll keep moving.”

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How to Avoid Common Online Dating Scams

Over 40 million Americans have online dating profiles, and due to its popularity, online dating scams cause tens of millions of dollars in damages each year. In fact online romance scams have been referred to as “the most costly in existence” by international authorities.

One common online dating scam involves women targeted by con artists posing as a US Army sergeants. According to the official Armed Services newspaper Stars & Stripes, these types of scams are prevalent as they are so easy to set up. The scammer simply steals a photo of the member of the armed forces from their social media profiles to use on unsuspecting women.

We encourage you to read the full story at the link above on how this scam develops, but thought we would reiterate some of the key points for avoiding these type of romance scams, whether they come wrapped in camouflage or not.

Beware impostors pretending to be from the armed services or international businessmen on online dating sites. Photo credit: Stefano Corso
Beware impostors pretending to be from the armed services or international businessmen on online dating sites. Photo credit: Stefano Corso

Military-based romance scams are just one of a number of perennial scams that online daters face. Others involve “emergency” requests for immediate financial assistance or help in clearing customs to move a large amount of money from a foreign country into the US. Crucially, most online dating scams involve a request for money before having met the romance interest in person.

Reminder – How to avoid an online dating scam:

1. When online dating, insist on meeting in person early on before you send too many messages and form a “virtual attachment.” Your first date should always be in a public place and if you have a funny feeling, consider running a background check on your potential date beforehand.

2. Be extra careful if your suitor has reason to be out of the country to avoid a first meeting. International business people and members of the armed services make easy cover stories for scam artists.

3. Never send money early on in a relationship and especially before having met the person. Treat any requests for money as a clear red flag for a scam.

4. If your intuition tells you something is off, check the person out by running a background check. A comprehensive background check service such as BeenVerified will give you information about addresses, aliases, criminal incidents and known associates. All you need is a full name and approximate location to run a search.

As the article states, you can also search RomanceScam.com and RomanceScams.org to search for common profile photos used by con artists.

While the tactics of scam artists are always changing, the above principles remain the same and we hope will help you avoid any trouble on your search for romance.

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BeenVerified on Apple Watch: The Caller ID You Always Wanted

Be honest: your iPhone has a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It likes to remind you of this by ringing from the most inconvenient places: the jacket you left in the closet, from the bottom of your purse, or in your pocket while you’re driving.

The Caller ID app you've always wanted for your iPhone--now on your wrist!
The Caller ID app you’ve always wanted for your iPhone–now on your wrist!

To add insult to injury, after scrambling to fish your phone out of whichever creative hiding place its nestled itself in, you’ve likely missed the call and worse, if not from a contact, likely have no idea if the call was worth picking up in the first place.

If only there was a way to access call information, answer calls and place them hands-free from a device that was always with you, like Apple’s new Watch. Well, good news, now there is!

We’re launching BeenVerified for the Apple Watch. You can get it simply by updating or downloading the latest version of the BeenVerified app in the App store.

Here are three ways it could change your life:

Serious Caller ID—With Images!

One thing we’ve always wanted for our iPhones, well before the launch of the Apple Watch, was a dedicated caller ID system. With our new app you’ll have one in the most convenient place: your wrist. Now within a couple of rings, you’ll know from a photo on your wrist if you’re being called by a telemarketer (decline!), or your friend’s new phone number (answer it!). Not only is it useful, it looks like something from a James Bond film.

Hands-Free Voice Activation

Get our free Watch app now by simply downloading the latest BeenVerified iPhone app in the App store.
Get our free Watch app now by simply downloading the latest BeenVerified iPhone app in the App store.

You already know there are times when it’s inconvenient and even dangerous to dial a phone number the old-fashioned way. Now at the gym, on your bike or in the car you have the option to dial numbers through the sound of your voice. Just speak a name or number into your watch to make a call in seconds.

A New Defense Against Spam/Scams

You don’t have to wonder for weeks or months about that mysterious number calling you. The BeenVerified watch app will tell you in just seconds whether the incoming call is a telemarketer by providing spam scores instantly. And with the government warning about the ongoing use of scam phone calls, particularly from con artists impersonating government agencies, you will now have the confidence to know instantly if callers are who they say they are.

Our mission began in 2007 to make public data easy to access, affordable and usable in your everyday life. Our new free Apple Watch app is the latest example of a useful product we hope will make your life better.

We’re proud that our previous apps have been downloaded over 7,000,000 times and hope to continue to provide America with reliable, accurate and affordable public data products.

See our watch app in action:


Try our iPhone & Apple Watch App here:

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Hillary’s Campaign: Too Similar to Mature Dating Site’s?

 

Hillary Clinton formally announced her run for President over the weekend, via Twitter. Showing social media savvy may be a good way to connect with some her party’s younger voters who turned out in droves for her former campaign rival, Barack Obama, during the 2008 campaign.

Not the brand association Hillary wants.
Not the brand association Hillary wants.

Unfortunately, this opening move might be slightly negated by her team’s choice of campaign slogan, “It’s Your Time.” As The Daily Caller points out, such a slogan, in addition to sounding like a cheesy self-help webinar ad, also echoes the tagline of online dating site OurTime.com, which helps Americans in their 50s and 60s find love.

The similarity is especially unfortunate in this case, as Clinton’s age will likely be made a potential issue should she win the nomination. In fact, as the same article points out, Republican candidates have already started to highlight it in connecting the new Clinton campaign as a relic of a past better forgotten.

Clinton would be the second oldest President to win, after Ronald Reagan, if she were to win it this time around.

What do you think? Is this a non-story that will be the first in many to fill the gaps in what is likely to be a stroll for Hillary to her party’s nomination and potentially back to the White House? Or is the choice of slogan a sign of early sloppiness that may show she hasn’t learned all her lessons from 2008? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

 See also: 10 Compelling Niche Online Dating Sites

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