Sterling Becomes an Associate Member of the Online Dating and Discovery Association

April 23rd, 2024

Fraud within the dating and social discovery industry is on the rise, with the number of people falling victim to romance scams increasing by over a fifth year-on-year in 2023, according to Lloyds Bank. As a global leader in background and identity services, Sterling helps to mitigate the risk of hiring fraud for its customers, and now welcomes the opportunity to partner with the Online Dating and Discovery Association (ODDA) to work with those in the online networking space and enhance safety for users.

From digital identity verification to criminal record checks, Sterling provides seamless screening programs for worker communities within some of the UK’s best-known gig platforms and looks forward to applying its best-in-class people, processes, and technology to create similarly robust processes with online dating platforms.

Steve Smith, President of International at Sterling, commented that “Sterling has long been at the heart of creating foundations of trust and safety for major employers around the world. We’re now excited to partner with the ODDA to extend our support to communities beyond the business environment, where it has become ever more important to know that the person you’re connecting with, really is who they say they are.”

Ann Austin, Secretary of the ODDA, said “As an organisation that shares our commitment to exceptional standards and user trust, we are delighted to welcome Sterling as an Associate member of the ODDA. We look forward to seeing the Sterling team share their expertise and insights with our members to help enhance the safety of their service for users”.

About Sterling

Sterling (NASDAQ: STER) is a leading global provider of background and identity services, helping over 50,000 clients create people-first cultures built on a foundation of trust and safety. Sterling’s tech-enabled services help organisations across all industries and regions establish great environments for their workers, partners, and customers. With operations in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, and Latin America, Sterling conducted more than 103 million searches in the twelve months ending December 31, 2023. Visit us at

About the Online Dating and Discovery Association

The ODDA is the trade association recognised as the voice of the online dating and social discovery sector, supported by a membership who believe in trust & safety, honesty & clarity, and privacy; and who believe in creating a positive experience for users; and a technology ecosystem that supports innovation in the sector. Visit

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