Beware of these Tinder scams and catfish if you use the popular dating app and also learn how to spot them to protect yourself online.
What is Catfishing on Tinder?
On Tinder, you connect your Facebook account to the Tinder app on your Apple or Android device such as an iPhone or Nexus tablet. Once you have your account connected, you can use photos from your Facebook profile to show users on Tinder.
How The Catfishing Scam Works With Tinder
Spammers and scammers create fake Tinder profiles with stolen images from social media influencers and start the process of finding matches. Once there is a match, the user then begins communicating with the user on Tinder. Then three things will usually happen.
Semi-harmless Catfish on Tinder
Other scenarios include someone who has created a fake profile. These are typically looked at as less harmless catfish. They either have confidence issues or maybe they are trying to meet someone online without revealing their identity.
Catfished on Tinder: Know the Signs
- The profile looks like that of a celebrity or famous person.
- The person responds and asks you to click on a link, or the responses don’t sound like an actual person is writing them.
- You’re asked for money.
- They won’t meet you in person.
- They only have a few pictures on their Tinder profile and won’t send you more.
How to Avoid Being Catfished on Tinder
- Make sure you’re aware of the signs of Tinder scams listed above.
- If something doesn’t seem right, usually trust your instincts. Most people that are being catfished typically come to us for help.
- Use our dating background check to run a reverse search; this includes a catfish reverse image search and a reverse username search.
What Tinder Bots Do
Spammers create automated bots for Tinder. These bots send you auto-replies and either try and steal your information (known as phishing) or send you to an external site to try and get you to sign up for services.
Other Tinder Scams You Need to Heed
- The Malware Scam: Tinder users match with scammers that redirect them to third party sites, claiming that they want to communicate outside of Tinder. Once these users click these sites, malware plagues their devices and their personal data is stolen. This personal data can then help scammers perform identity fraud.
- How to Avoid: Don’t click on any external unknown links sent to you by someone you met from Tinder.
- Premium Girls Scam: Either a bot or an actual girl lures a guy on Tinder to exchange inappropriate photos in exchange for fees. Once the guy pays a small fee, the girls send a photo and then demand more money for another photo. This goes on and on until the guy has no money to give.
- How to Avoid: Don’t pay for inappropriate photos from someone on Tinder, because they will most likely scam you and take advantage of you.
- Tinder Blackmail Scams: A Tinder profile lures you in and tells you to send an inappropriate picture of yourself to them. They then take your picture and threaten to post it to the public if you don’t give them money. They then demand more money until you can’t give them anymore. It’s a continuous circle and no matter what you do, they will still threaten to post your photo.
- How to Avoid: Don’t send a stranger on Tinder an inappropriate photo of yourself because you never know where it will end up.
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