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Tinder Scams

By Scam Awareness | June 20, 2019

Engaging 10 million users daily, the app allows a limited amount of your personal data to be accessed through Facebook by other Tinder users. While most members have found romance, some have complained to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) about scams that left them with empty pockets-and broken hearts.

One FTC complaint tells about a woman who met a man on Tinder claiming to be a soldier stationed in Syria. He expressed his love for her quickly and their relationship took off. Eventually she realized it was a scam after he began requesting money. A similar case tells of a woman who sent $3,700 to a love interest via wire transfer, only to have the Tinder user cut off all communication afterward.   There are many ways you can experience fraud through Tinder:

    • Malware is a common way to gather personal information. You might match with someone on Tinder who directs you to a personal website or fake Facebook page filled with spam.
    • Fake verification emails can be sent to Tinder users, leading them to third-party sites requiring them to verify their account by giving away personal information.  
    • Good old-fashioned blackmail works, too. Scammers request nude photos and use them as leverage to get money and personal information from victims.

Using a dating app like Tinder can be fun and convenient, however it's important to look for red flags. Protect yourself by never giving money to someone you've never met face-to-face and report any suspicious activity to the FTC

Stay safe!

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