Using Tinder? Beware of These Scams
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Dating apps like Tinder are more common than ever. Unfortunately, that popularity comes with a downside.

Scams targeting Tinder users are also becoming more popular, and more creative. If users aren’t careful, these scams can cause some serious problems for the individuals that fall for them.

It’s a good idea to stay aware of the current scams being used on Tinder users. Then, you’re able to quickly identify and ignore any scams or bots who come your way. This gives you more time to send messages to matches who actually matter, and who aren’t trying to fool you!

1. Account Verification Scam

The account verification scam is one of the most common scams currently on Tinder. The scam works like this:

First, you match with someone. Unfortunately, in this scam your match is actually a bot. They will send the first message, often right away. Then, they will hold a short conversation with you. This conversation will probably be very flirty, and won’t go in-depth into any topic.

After you exchange a few messages, your match will ask if you have verified your Tinder account. They will send you a link to follow, which will take you to a third-party website that features key words like “Tinder Safe Dating.” These sites often look legitimate, and often use Tinder’s trademarked icons.

If you express concern about following a random link, the bot will try to reassure you. Bots will say that Tinder uses the verification service to make sure the person you want to meet is who they say they are.

Tragically, your match is lying to you. If you follow the link to the website (even though you should never follow links from unknown sources Why Swiping Right on Tinder Might Get You More Than a Date Why Swiping Right on Tinder Might Get You More Than a Date Swiping right on Tinder could lead to quite unexpected results. Don't get left in the dark: Here's everything you need to know about the pitfalls of swiping right on Tinder. Read More ), you are asked for personal information. This may include your full name, your e-mail, your birthdate, and your credit card number.

Instead of being used to verify your account, this information is used to register you (and your credit card) for costly subscriptions to adult websites. Users who fell for this scam report that the subscriptions can run up to $120/month and is very difficult to cancel.

How to Avoid This Scam

Tinder recently introduced verification for profiles (see Tinder’s FAQ for more details), but it is a process that runs through the app itself. Tinder does not verify accounts through third-party websites or apps, and you should never follow links from people you don’t trust. Further, unless you are registering for Tinder Plus through the Tinder app itself, you should never have to provide credit card numbers for anything to do with Tinder.

2. Scam Bots

The bots mentioned above are just one type of bot using Tinder. In reality, there are a number of bots that are all trying to lure users in to different schemes.

However, recognizing a bot is more difficult than you might think. Websites use chat bots online for a number of legitimate functions 8 Bots You Should Add to Your Facebook Messenger App 8 Bots You Should Add to Your Facebook Messenger App Facebook Messenger has opened up to chat bots, allowing companies to deliver customer service, news and more directly to you via the app. Here are some of the best ones available. Read More , such as customer support and search queries.

Unfortunately, improvements in chat bot functions make them a lot harder to identify on Tinder. Bots do very well with the kind of conversations you have in online dating — short and direct questions and responses.

Because of this, if you match with a bot, they will hold a conversation with you that makes a lot of sense. They will be flirty and fun, they’ll love your pickup lines 11 Hilarious Tinder Pick-Up Lines You Should Definitely Try 11 Hilarious Tinder Pick-Up Lines You Should Definitely Try Distance yourself from the crowd and send a hilarious Tinder pick-up line that is sure to make your match laugh, which, in my book, is never a bad idea. Here are some great ones. Read More , and things will seem to be going great.

However, after some time passes, the bot will make their move. They will generally promote a website, an app, an online game, or a download to you. Their approach may be more subtle than you’d imagine! The bot may talk about wanting to play the online game with you, suggest downloading a chat app so that you can have a more adult conversation, or recommend the website as a friend.

Unfortunately, all of these recommendations will likely end with you providing personal information in order to register, or downloading a virus to your phone.

How to Recognize a Tinder Bot

The easiest way to avoid the consequences of a Tinder bot is to recognize one as fast as possible. These strategies can help you to identify bots and challenge profiles that make you suspicious.

  1. Be on alert if the profile only has between 1 and 3 very similar photos, has nothing in its bio, or features very suggestive images.
  2. Bots often reply very quickly — sometimes faster than the time it takes to type their message. They are also more likely to message first.
  3. Challenge suspected bots by asking complicated or very specific questions. This could be as simple as asking the bot to explain something in one of their photos or asking a two part question.
  4. Some people also have success identifying bots by using a nonsense word in place of a noun while asking a question. If the bot uses the nonsense word back (instead of asking you what the heck you’re talking about), you know it’s not a real person.
  5. 99% of the real people on Tinder will not ask you to follow a link, download an app, or to play a sketchy online game. If the person you’re talking to asks you to do this, chances are it’s a scam.

3. Human Scammers

The most difficult (and potentially heartbreaking) Tinder scams of all are the scams run by real people Here's What Happens When You Confront An Internet Troll Face To Face Here's What Happens When You Confront An Internet Troll Face To Face When you're just typing words into a machine, it's easy to forget that there are real people reading those words. Unless those people get in touch. Read More . Also known as “catfishing”, these scammers will build a fake persona and lead users to believe that they are romantically interested in them before scamming them in some way, for instance asking for money.

These scammers are difficult to identify, don’t have the tell-tale signs of bots, and are often willing to play a long game in order to lure users in.

Tinder takes some steps to prevent these kinds of scams by linking profiles to Facebook and/or Instagram, but this isn’t always enough. Human scammers generally create fake Facebook profiles with images sourced from online, and will create elaborate stories about their fake lives.

Once you match with a scammer, they will probably be very quick to suggest moving to another chat platform such as Skype. They may even talk to you on the phone and suggest starting a relationship. Inevitably, some sort of disaster will supposedly affect the scammer. After this, they will need money, and you will be the “only one” that they can turn to. By playing to users’ emotions, master scammers can make thousands of dollars using these techniques.

How to Recognize Human Scammers

The emotional and financial effects of human scammers can be horrifying, especially for those who truly believe they have met “the one.” For this reason, it’s incredibly important that you be able to recognize and avoid these scams!

First, the most trustworthy profiles are the profiles that look like they belong to normal people. Tinder profiles that link to Spotify or Instagram, and that display mutual friends and shared interests are by far the most trustworthy!

social catfish

If someone doesn’t have any of the above features, consider using a site like socialcatfish.com. This site’s search engine can help you to verify that images, emails, phone numbers, or usernames aren’t being used with multiple accounts.

Many people running a catfish scam will want to talk on other forms of social media as soon as possible so that their Tinder account doesn’t get flagged as spam. Feel free to put off speaking to someone on WhatsApp, Text, or Skype until you feel that you trust them.

Another great way to avoid being catfished is to meet up with your matches as soon as possible. It’s always reassuring to know that you’ve met the person behind the profile.

Finally, don’t give money to strangers you meet through social media or dating apps Tired of Tinder? Seven Free Alternative Dating Apps Tired of Tinder? Seven Free Alternative Dating Apps Now that Tinder is charging for its services, it might be time to turn to one of the many other dating apps available. Which will you try? Read More . It’s really as simple as that.

Swipe Safely

Tinder’s popularity and simplicity make it an easy and fun way to meet people online 5 Ways to Use Tinder that Aren't Hooking Up 5 Ways to Use Tinder that Aren't Hooking Up Tinder has a reputation as a hook up app, but it actually has non-romantic uses. You can meet new people to hang out with, kill time, or learn a new language. Here's how. Read More . Even though meeting people from the internet is becoming more common, you still need to play it safe!

To recap:

  • Don’t click on links or downloads from people you don’t know!
  • Always meet up with your date for the first time in a public area, and never at your home address.
  • Don’t trust profiles blindly — do some detective work if any alarm bells ring.
  • Report spam profiles so that they can’t lure in people less savvy than you.
  • Don’t give money to people you haven’t met in person.

Have you had a bad experience with a Tinder scam? Any advice for people who might run into the same thing? Let me know about it in the comments!

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  1. Jennie Scott
    August 27, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    On Tinder I met a supposed US Army officer posted in Syria. He claimed to be American but he sounded Eastern European in written language , said his parents were deceased and that he was in love with me and going to make me happy for the rest of my life. Of course I didn't believe him! He asked me almost immediately to join whatsapp and talk to him from there. I googled US Army romance scam which advised me of what I knew, I was going to be scammed. I immediately blocked his number.

    • Kateryna
      September 19, 2018 at 2:30 pm

      Dear Jennie!
      My name is Kateryna. I got the same situation in May this year.
      US officer in Syria...
      What was his name? Did he send you some pics? Because I got a lot of pictures from him. Everything seemed so real...

  2. Andrea
    July 3, 2018 at 5:21 am

    I've been almost scammed twice by humans on Tinder. If you feel something is off, trust your gut. If it seems too good to be true it is!!! Luckily I have a critical mind and did some sleuthing and found the truth each time. Never give anyone money that you've never met or hardly know! I never will.

  3. David Ruppel
    June 23, 2018 at 3:15 am

    Tinder recharged my old credit card $124.19 when I never authorized it. It's been posted, but my credit card company is investigating. I didn't renew my subscription and this has been a shock. I spent 2 hours on the phone, they deny they are responsible, are you kidding me? I intend not to let these criminals do this to me. Stay away from this site.

  4. JS
    June 4, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    I get contacted 10 to 1 by scammers on Tinder and POF. 10 scammers to every legitimate man. It's disheartening and I think the sites should do more to weed them out. I feel like they don't care......the app company is making money either way. Is there any dating site that has a way to protect regular users?? I would be willing to pay more for it!

  5. David Loiselle
    May 21, 2018 at 1:07 am

    Met a beautiful young woman (clue #1) on Tinder (clue #2). Recent loss of boyfriend (clue #3) of her 4yo daughter(clue #4). In the Armed services, out of the country(clue#5). I will not go on. Point being.......watch for the clues. I saw them, identified them as questionable and still proceeded. I Stopped at clue # 56! Be smart. Stop at Clue #2. If its too good to be true? It F-ing is. Your not that unique!

  6. Bernie
    May 6, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    Meet a guy on Tinder goes by the name Michael. Said he works for the UN in New York in the anti-terrorist department and he is leaving to go to Pakastan for work. If it wasn't for my co-workers I may have not picked up on it. He asked me for my email to keep in touch while he was away. I still wasn't sure about him so I created a fake account and gave him that email. I suggested we talk on the phone before he left on his assignment as he called it. Once he called me I knew right away he was not who he said he was. I deleted the fake email account, let him know I knew he was a scammer and I blocked him from my phone. The one good think is I already have a fraud alert on my account due to passed experience.
    From what I was told this happens quite often. Be careful out there. If they start telling you a story that seems to good to be true or so sad you feels sorry for them, chances are they are trying to scam you. I suggest to anyone that if you are going to do online dating. Get some type of fraud alert first. It will be the best money you spend. I would rather spend my money the way I want than have them take me for everything I worked for.

  7. Alina
    May 5, 2018 at 6:13 am

    I’ve been scammed by a tinder profile under the name Justin P.
    Can someone suggest what I can do about it?

    • Andrea
      July 3, 2018 at 5:28 am

      I don't know what you can do about it, but most the time they change names frequently. I've seen the same scammer that tried to scam me on a new profile with a different name. Sorry...

  8. Kuldip S Jandu
    April 8, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    i had a prompt reply from someone claiming to be here from Poland and she lives in Birmingham calling herself Sophie aged 51 asking me to Join a dating site called..........affeden.com and join the Gold account so i can look at her provocative pictures and answer a few questions before we meet up this Wednesday. She gave me her profile name as Sophiee69 also her mobile number as 07538423137 on which she messages via Whatsapp. So i went back onto tinder, having read your article about Bots. She's deleted her interest in me.

  9. Denise
    March 24, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    So far I’ve met four scammers on Tinder and TWO on Instagram. They suck. And the one even texted me. And when I asked him I call...they don’t say a word. And they’re in army and far away and Their English is bad and their stories always change. The one guy looked huge and said he was a lightweight boxer. Etc etc. I’m kind of sick or Tinder now.

  10. Farida
    March 22, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    Met a guy named Ellen David. Claimed from Houston, Texas. Very charming, kind heart person and loving. Dear, honey, baby is the world he called you. I missed you, i love you is his everyday words to you. But beware, after 2 weeks chat, he said his mother falled sick and into coma. Planning to come to my country to buy some goods. After he claimed he reached my country, the tail tales began. Handphone brokes, asked to buy local top up phone so that he can talked to the doctor that treat his mum. But still he can talked to me through whatsapp. And finally, had issue on his travellers cheques and therefore cannot buy his goods. He start asked to bank in money to another account claimed as the owner of the goods company. And later asked to transfer money from his account to mine. And need to pay for transaction tax in my currency money through another account. But he never wants to see me even in my own country! Claimed that i dont want to help him & dont love him.
    Be careful for all ladies out there. I dont know this guy is for real or what. Sometimes his slang is no longer american but african instead especially when he was angry. LOL.
    Need to report to the authority about this scam

  11. Donna
    February 13, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    Hi my name is Donna I met a man on tinder and have been talking to him on viber for 4 weeks now . He has been romantic and just overwhelming with his comments and trapped me with his kindness , his name on tinder is Larry Chris Anthony but I believe he has scammed many women under many names but the same pictures . He says he has a son in France called Peter who is 12 . He says he is an oil engineer and is now on a rig . He then supposedly brought me some items in Doha and sent them in a parcel thru Worldtransitcourier . They then contacted me with airways bill etc and now parcel is supposedly in turkey and they want 2200 from me to release it .
    I will not give him any money and I’m going to the police today ,
    Please everyone beware

    • Laura
      May 20, 2018 at 4:21 pm

      Donna do you have any photos of Larry. I started talking to a guy who fits your description. He has started asking for Itune cards.

  12. Beth
    January 23, 2018 at 3:32 am

    I matched with a man named Fred. He is very good-looking and said he was a commercial airline pilot . He sent me pictures of him in the cockpit so I believed him. So we message each other for a few days . He asked if he could contact me on Kik but I told him I would gave him my cell . I explained to him that if he did not want to give me his cell number I understood . He said no problem. He texted me from his number . On the third day I told him I was going to run errands and he asked me to buy him a rose at the store . I thought maybe was being funny cute . And he immediately changed his mind and asked me to buy an Apple card instead so we could talk on the phone with each other . I Reminded him he had my phone number. But he said his phone doesn’t work and he needed an Apple card so we could talk . I told him I don’t have an Apple phone I have android . He answered me that he will explain everything to me later . I said OK. I was suspicious but went along with him just to see what else he would send me in the text message . He was asking me about what stores are close to me and I told him I could get one at Publix . Of course I had no intention of buying one in the first place . He text me about an hour later asked me what I was doing I told him I was out having dinner . His exact words were , “You ain’t going out anymore?’ I told him I was eating first and he said cool . And hour later I text him and told him I had the card and what should I do . He told me to scratch it off and send a picture of the number on the back to him. Instead I took a picture of a real Apple and an FBI agent and sent it to him. LOL . I told him it was a scam and one of his worst giveaways was using the word AINT. Any educated pilot is not going to use the word “ain’t”. AND any pilot is going to have a phone they can call anywhere usually, especially in the US . So I told him to send me a real picture of him and what does he really look like ? He acted dumb and has not contacted me again . I reported him as spam and now he is gone for my messages still has my cell number but I haven’t heard anything from him .

  13. Julie
    January 22, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    Met an American called Chase living in Leeds, then he was Chase Terry but working in the states this week, then he said Terry will look after you. Moved to Skype very quickly then it was a bad connection and he gave me a foreign number to ring on from my landline which I declined. He has not been in touch for two days so am ready to delete him.
    He also told me he had a daughter his only family age 15 then talked about spending time with his son, when question his son had died. Other stuff checked out when I asked which school she went to in Leeds but Google makes it easy to find info.
    After I didn’t phone he deleted me from Tinder I guess so I couldn’t report him

  14. Susan
    January 21, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    Hi I am in talks with man on Tinder called M.
    He asks to go and chat on WhatsApp
    He is a widow. is an engineer. no family
    I am playing with him now.

    • Anne
      January 27, 2018 at 1:42 pm

      I fell for a scam with a man who claimed to be a petro chemical engineer. Widowed, no family. Alleged to be based on an oil rig in Kuwait. I wasted 3 months trying to help him so we could meet. I involved the Police in the end. He was operating from an email address in Nigeria. It was a scam. I lost a lot of money. Beware !!!!!

  15. Kirk
    January 18, 2018 at 4:21 am

    I recently matched with a gorgeous woman (of course), going by Ada, a Pediatrician who moved here from Israel 3 years ago. The day after we matched and exchanged a few messages she had to fly out to Boston with her 23 son. She said she would message me when she returned in a day or two. Well she returned and said she had bad experiences with meeting the wrong people and that I should go and read her profile on a site called dandyfinder.com. There is no such site.. Clue number one. She gives the profile of Lizale5. So instead of trying to find another way to find this dandy finder site I instead searched the internet for a Lizale5 which is a common scam profile. I recently retired from a small government agency called the NSA. Finding myself bored in retirement, I now have a pet project that I focus on. And average security company does not have the ability to track the catfisher to its real root..... I can..... Lucky Ada!

    • Andrew
      January 22, 2018 at 12:27 am

      I got the exact same scenario, differing names of course and it looks like they've started right around the same time.

      • Colin
        March 11, 2018 at 1:44 am

        Wow - just matched on tinder with "Llana" also from israel with a 20 year old son, similar trip to boston for a few days and then back with a request to look her up on adultfriendfinder with a profile name of lizale5

        • Scott
          March 11, 2018 at 3:25 am

          me too,,,Sheila finalfriendfinder just got back from boston . 6 year old son this time..

    • Lee
      March 18, 2018 at 12:59 am

      This week with Nancy same story but 5 year old moved to Tallahassee Fla from Boston etc etc Pediatrician posted up on profile and reported to tinder..

  16. Lisa james
    January 16, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    H..I recently thought I was chatting to a guy named Steve Adel he said he was half Welsh half American he said he was a human rights lawyer &councillor currently working with the us army in africa but was not allowed to say were .we got chatting after a week he asked me to would I chat on WhatsApp so I gave him my number the last 3 days he started to say he was unwell he was running out of is medication i said if this was a joke then it wasnt funny he said it wasnt the army couldn't get the supply until late next week he tried several time by asking me to try &get $200 for his medication begging me practically. I said to him I have no money I gave him a piece of my mind this morning. And blocked him and then deleted him off tinder I have been so upset over this I have not got any confidence in this site so I have unsubscribed.

    • Kay
      February 22, 2018 at 12:34 pm

      Hi Lisa this has happened to me aswell by a guy named Alex said he was a marine and after 3 days of talking on WhatsApp he asked me for £100 for medical supplies as he is in Nigeria at the moment but as soon as he said he needed money I knew it was a scam

  17. Bob Wilson
    January 10, 2018 at 4:35 am

    Watch out for Alexa 46 on Tinder. She says she’s French and has lovely pictures, but eventually asks you to join Adultfriendfinder where she goes by the Nickname Bidia63. After I confronted her about this she deleted her profile on Tinder. Definitely a bot.

    • Tom
      January 10, 2018 at 4:41 pm

      Also goes by Holly on Tinder and is French and has a daughter. Adult Friend finder name of Lizale5.

    • Andrew
      January 22, 2018 at 12:28 am

      Goes by Tina 46 now lol...

  18. Myra Robertson
    December 21, 2017 at 9:01 am

    I was acanmed out of itune voucher. I reported it to police. It was a fake identity overseas who cashed it. They play on your vulnerability

  19. Kevin
    December 21, 2017 at 3:02 am

    Your information saved me. Thanks for giving info on bots, scam and catfish. I was about to be trapped but my intuition and your info helps me. She is 41, her name Kiela and divorced then she is 46 years, has 17 years old daughter, going to Vancouver to see her family. Came back and asked me to go to website keyfriendfinder.com and check her profile with nickname 4Ella4. It forwarded me to Adult friend finder website. It is a scam.This is a month old website with hidden address and not reliable. Stay away from her.

    • Bob Wilson
      January 10, 2018 at 4:37 am

      Sounds a lot like Alexa 46, only this time going to Boston with her daughter. Also has the nickname of Bidia63 on Adultfriendfinder.

      • David
        January 18, 2018 at 2:53 am

        I just had the same Lizale5 experience on Tinder, this timer username is Lisa. She was french and flying to Boston. lol

        • Andrew
          January 22, 2018 at 12:33 am

          She's going by Tina and just got back from Boston...lol

  20. Mary
    December 19, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Stay away from Iván Alexander. This guy is a scammer. He uses other names as well: Iván Alexander, Iván W. Alexander, Iván J. Alexander, Jefferson Zoltan, Gellert Zoltan, Gellért Jefferson and maybe even more. He has many different profiles on Tinder, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Skype, Linkedin, etc.

    We matched on Tinder, then started chatting on Whatsapp. He has very nice and attractive pictures and uses very charming techniques. All these "my sunshine, my sweetheart, my love", "I miss you so much", I've been thinking of you all day", "your are always on my mind", "I dream of you every night", "I'm looking forward to meeting you", "I need you now more than ever" etc. He's been in contact with me for about two months before started asking for money. I don't help men with money. So, it was useless begging me.

    His typical legend is: originally Hungarian from Baya or Eger (Hungary) or Oregon City, living in Buffalo Grove, IL / Chicago, IL / Joliet, IL, 45-47 y.o., widower with two twin daughters, his Asian wife died in a traffic accident approx. 3 years ago, has parents living in Portland, marine engineer (consulting in blueprint implementation, offshore platforms), frequent business traveler overseas (Turkey or South Africa). Being abroad he will be robbed on the street (passport, wallet, credit cards, working laptop etc.). In couple of days the problems with his contract will appear (broken equipment, revalidation of the contract or something else). There will be problems with his bank accounts in the States as well - no access to his funds. Soon he will start asking for your financial support as you will be his last hope to sort out the problems and come to visit you finally. And if you don't help him, he will lose everything. Be careful!

    • SAcorn
      January 28, 2018 at 6:13 am

      I think my best friend just got scammed by this same person. He gave the name Gavin Craig Hudson. Said he was working in Berlin. She hasn't given me all the details but she admitted that he scammed her for money!

  21. Andrea
    December 11, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Matched with a guy named Davidage 53, claimed to be a deep see diver located on a platform offshore Japan. Divorced, lost his only child to a brain tumor. We continued talking on Viber. Soon after he unmatched or disappeared on Tinder. He told me his story and that was whn I got suspicious.
    I googled his text and found out, he was quoting from a book from a man called David Beckett "the loonliness of a deep sea diver", you can find it on amazon. I confronted him and he called me, we talked, his english was very good and he argumented very subtle. I was just about to give it another try, when I found "him" on Tinder as "Kirk from Austin Texas, 53".
    I confronted him again if this was his twin brother, he stopped writing immediately. If you want a picture, write me

    • Beth
      January 23, 2018 at 3:41 am

      Send his pic please!!

      • Andrea Sander
        January 24, 2018 at 12:37 am

        go to the open instagram Account of James Scott Geras aka barnabysdaddy. He used this guy's pictures and he still does

      • Andrea Sander
        January 24, 2018 at 12:38 am

        Check the instagram Account of James Scott Geras aka barnabysdaddy

  22. Rosy
    December 2, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    I came across a guy called nick. Real name Nicholas Graham originally from Chicago. Works in the US Army deployed to Syria at the moment. Quickly shifted from tinder to kik app. Kept on claiming that due to security reasons he wasn’t allowed to use phone or Skype or other forms of communication. Stupid me fell for all that. Wanted to come and visit me so had me apply for a replacement leave for him. Which at that time seemed genuine as the email I received in reply was signed by higher authorities with the right letterhead and all. They asked for a processing fee which I was dumb enough to send through the bank until they received that and wanted another 6000 usd for transportation and insurance. That’s when I started digging and found out that military leave was earned and not bought and even in war zones soldiers do have access to their funds which he kept on claiming he didn’t have. I’m totally dumbstruck and don’t know where or who to complain to. Left several complaints with tinder but his profile is still there.

    • Pam
      May 7, 2018 at 6:40 pm

      Hey Rosy,

      I think i might be talking to a scammer too.
      How did you get the form? Did you have to talk to a superior?
      Did he ask you for any other info?

      • Rosy
        May 7, 2018 at 8:30 pm

        I was given an email by him
        Which was to the US military to apply for his leave. Once I had sent that I got a reply asking for all my personal info along with passport copy. I was stupid enough to send all that as the emails I received were from the DOD with their logo and were signed by the secretary of defense himself so I thought this was normal procedure. After that I received a claim for some 2600$ as processing fee. I told the guy I didn’t have that much and he told me to ask them if I could pay upto 60% of the amount which they agreed to immediately. I sent some 1400$ and received a confirmation that the money had been deposited to the US army treasury. Even though the account belonged to the government it was still addressed to a person which I found odd but went through with it anyways. After that I received another claim of 6000$ for transportation and insurance costs. That’s when I put my foot down.

    • Kateryna
      September 19, 2018 at 3:00 pm

      Dear Guys and Girls!
      Similar story - Tinder, american officer in Syria, bla-bla-bla. Named Troy Garner, has only sister in Germany, mother died, has the big factory, is not able to use the phone, only hangouts...
      Has sent many pictures of him, him with mom and sister. Usual story.
      I have all the pictures he has sent to me and "information" he gave me...
      If it will help to anyone I will share :)
      Let make them popular everywhere!

      Best regards to all ;)

  23. Kym
    November 16, 2017 at 3:36 am

    Met two different men. One goes by the name James Paige. Says he’s a neurosurgeon and never wanted to meet. Never wanted to talk on the. I knew he was a scammer since there are no drs, in the vegas area with his name. He says he’s from San Degio. Nice pictures. He asked me for money! Bam. Deleted him. He likes using google hangouts.

    Another guy Thomas McCarthy. Traveling to and from the us. Currently in Rome and can’t get home. Not my problem. He can write some charming words, which I never believed. Needs you to buy a plane ticket and pay hotel rooms. He uses google hangouts as well. Deleted him as well. Wife died in a crash, 15 yr daughter named Shellie. She lives in England where he’s from

  24. Kevin
    October 23, 2017 at 3:50 am

    Pretty sure this is a scam.
    The girl talked briefly said she was going out of town, when I texted her a couple days after on tinder.
    She sent a long message about she didn't want to miss lead me and go to adult friend finder and read her profile to see if it was okay. Them she would give me her phone number and meet up.
    I think the scam is to buy a short term subscripts to see profile which if she's real,she gets or it's a bot that gets people to buy in.
    (Alison) tinder name and (Lizale5) is Adult friend name she gave.
    She says she's Danish, and has daughter.

    • Phil
      November 13, 2017 at 11:52 pm

      Had exact same as you but her name was Alexa. She was going to Boston
      It's a Bot.

      Hi Xxxx! How are you today? I'm back home. I want to ask you about one thing before we meet. Please be tactful and take it seriously. It's important for me.
      I have a profile on mainfriendfinder dot com
      My nickname is Lizale5
      Could you please take a look at my page there and read about my intimate preferences? Hopefully you don't get me wrong. I had some bad experience, I don't really want to make a mistake one more time or to mislead you. I'll give you my number after make sure we are OK. Let me know what do you think please. Xx

      • TJ
        November 25, 2017 at 12:05 am

        Phil, exact same scam exact same person. I, like a fool, followed the link and paid $3 to view the profile. 2 minutes later I was unmatched on Tinder.

      • Mark
        December 3, 2017 at 2:20 am

        Alexa contacted me last week saying she lived in DC, originally from France, but was leaving to drive her daughter back to Boston, and would contract me upon her return.
        Now she just left me a Tinder message ... exactly like Phil got, with same wording..... asking me to go to main friend finder.com. I went there and got directed to adult friend finder which made me suspicious immediately.
        Than found This Tinder site and glad I readvPhil’s and others’ similar stories

      • Boise
        December 3, 2017 at 2:38 am

        Thanks, Got the same scam and found your comment by searching for lizale5

      • Bob Wilson
        January 10, 2018 at 4:45 am

        Now she goes by Bidia63 on Adultfriendfinder. Alexa 46 on Tinder.

        • Tom
          January 10, 2018 at 4:36 pm

          She is now using Holly on Tinder and Lizale5 on Adult Friend finder. And the same message to get you to go there.

    • Phil
      November 13, 2017 at 11:53 pm

      Yep it's a bot..

      Hi Phil How are you today? I'm back home. I want to ask you about one thing before we meet. Please be tactful and take it seriously. It's important for me.
      I have a profile on mainfriendfinder dot com
      My nickname is Lizale5
      Could you please take a look at my page there and read about my intimate preferences? Hopefully you don't get me wrong. I had some bad experience, I don't really want to make a mistake one more time or to mislead you. I'll give you my number after make sure we are OK. Let me know what do you think please. Xx

      • Rob
        January 21, 2018 at 6:13 pm

        lol. I just got the same exact message from a French women named Nicole. Her Dandyfinder.com name is Bidia63. Unreal. I laughed, but I imagine some people who are very lonely get sucked in. Hot pics of some blonde woman though on her profile!! lol

    • Matt
      December 24, 2017 at 6:07 am

      Lizale5 might be Alexa on Tinder now.

    • Bob Wilson
      January 10, 2018 at 4:43 am

      Oh now she’s Danish. Last we she was French. Possibly also Canadian. Just moved here from Boston. Her daughter ranges between 17 and 18.

      • Tom
        January 10, 2018 at 4:38 pm

        She was French with me. Tinder name Holly and Adult Friend Finder name is Lizale5.

        • Charles
          January 25, 2018 at 5:20 pm

          I got the same recently, she claims to be pediatrician and her name is Anna, claims that she has recently moved to my city from Boston. Within an hour, she was asking me to get on to Adult Friend Finder to see her profile because she wanted to make sure that I would be okay with her, whatever that means... Thanks to all on here for all of the information, I am new to Tinder and was unaware of this. Glad I found this site. Thank you everyone for the invaluable information. Please be safe out there.

    • J
      July 30, 2018 at 3:16 am

      Ella5524

  25. Thomas Monroe
    October 21, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    I was scared on Tinder by a user of the name Tracy Peace from Kenya poseing as a native of Swedish parents very good hard luck story.
    Chatting for about 2 months then asked the favor of if a friend in the states would send me US money orders and to western union her the money because the friend was partially blind and had a hard time transferring the money.
    Well I did and the US money orders were counterfeit so I am out $4500

  26. Kaayla
    October 14, 2017 at 3:34 am

    Named Jason on Tinder. One picture, no bio.
    Look very decent. Popped onto whatsapp chatting and things just happened to fast. All the "I love you, I miss you", every other minute if we were to chat. How can someone love and miss one so much, without even seeing in person?
    He claimed to be a civil engineering, doing up BEME for upcoming project in turkey. He says he is from New Jersey. Get him to send picture impromtu, but what he managed to provide is way off. Get him to send food with himself, he provided otherwise. The results just doesn't match.
    His phone: +15185049268.
    His contact list has gotten me and another friend of him only. His friend number: +15186559228.

    Everything seems so weird after conversations. Don't feel comfortable.
    Please beware of this person everyone. I believe he is one of the scammer out there.

    • Pia
      October 24, 2017 at 12:48 pm

      Yepp, have encountered a similar story. Why the "darling" before we have even met? Widower, good job, on his way on a job trip abroad (I guess he was going to "lose his wallet" there:))
      Tinder took him off 5 minutes after I reported him

    • heidi
      January 29, 2018 at 1:50 am

      hi Kaayla,
      Do you have a picture of this person Jason. I am chatting with a guy Jason on tinder. he is an engineer and supposedly works in oil and gas industry.

  27. Maria
    September 23, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    Philip Rogers, 36, pretends to be a widower with a daughter, says he works for the government. He said he couldn't tell me exactly what he does, otherwise he would have to "kill me"! Talked to me for three weeks, canceled pur first date bc his daughter was sick, the had to go to London for work for a week. He asked me to get Kik, he didn't think texting would work. Next thing I know he shows me his paycheck... $450,000. Then he says he's having trouble getting on the plane as they are asking him to pay some kind of tax, shows me a pic of the bill... $3,600. He "only" asked for half to help him get home. I told him I didn't have any money and he got upset, saying I don't care about us... I realized what happened and immediately blocked and reported him. I saw some signs but ignored them. Watch out!

    • Sebastian
      September 28, 2017 at 4:30 pm

      Typical romance scam variety Nigerian 419 Advance Fee Fraud.

  28. Amy
    September 23, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Beware of Evans 52. Asked you to go on what's app. Then asks you to help disperse money because he will lose millions. Don't click on engineers or oil and gas men who are thousands of miles a way or men with no age or miles. If the miles are close and jump for no reason there is no good reason. They will say they don't know why. Delete them.

  29. Unknown
    September 18, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    I met some one named Dave gallo on tender asked me to talk in kik app. After a few chats he asked for I tune cards then we chatted for a couple days then he some how broke protocol as a usmc witch he was funded and conveniently couldn't get his funds. Long story I fell for his shit bewear never again will I tust or open my heart.

    • Pia
      October 24, 2017 at 12:51 pm

      I'm so sorry for your loss of trust and money, but don't keep your heart closed in the future, only your purse:)

  30. Unknown
    September 11, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Beware of Michael F .McIntosh 41 Sheffield. Will ask you send ITunes vouchers after pleading his undying love for u

  31. Kandi
    August 22, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    I matched with a guy named Ted, who lives in NYC (like me). He said that he was 34 years old, an architect, and a single father to a 2 year old little girl named lizzy. He had to fly to the U.K. (Where he is originally from) becuse his mother was dying. WE CHATTED via text message (on his NYC phone number) and after 4 weeks of messaging he says that he "needs help" getting him and his daughter back to New York. HE THEN ASKED IF I HAVE A Credit card, and wanted me to get a Best Buy credit card. I immediately deleted and blocked him..

  32. Sasha
    August 13, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Be ware off a Jefferson Zoltan (Gellert) scam will be Romantic will ask for money. Scam young girl in UK for over 12K. Spoke to him for a couple of months too many red flags. Be aware stay away!!!

  33. Tim
    August 13, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Beware of people who don't answer your questions directly, for example, if you ask how they're doing and they say hi, red flag. If the two of you have been chatting back and forth and they haven't called you by your name, red flag. If they offer up their number right away, red flag.

  34. Help please!
    August 10, 2017 at 11:13 am

    a Person who identifies as a girl called Carla or Carlla on Twitter has created a profile using my mobile number. I don't know if the pictures she is using is her own or not. Other than changing my number, I have no idea how to report her or deal with the multitude of what's Apps I'm receiving on a daily basis. Any advice would be much appreciated!

  35. Renee
    July 20, 2017 at 2:57 am

    I have had 3 ask for money or iTunes card one talked to me for a few days before asking for money to help him get out of service to come take care of me, which they all used that line,it states in my profile I am disabled , that's real cool scam a disabled person. Also I had one ask for iTunes card to help him with his business as he was in Belarus for work. Even sent me a copy of contract. Watch out I have learned but not too late as I never sent either

  36. Gail
    June 7, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    be careful ..one guy Marc from long beach CA..put in 4 weeks of chatting before he asked for 1400.00 I tunes card.

  37. Pippa D
    June 7, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Watch out for guy saying called perly young uses friends account then says in US army and tries wooing yum saying loves you only 1 for him and asks for itunes card for past in military update to get to UK

  38. Pippa D
    June 7, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Watch out for guy saying called perly young used friends profile on tinder then tell you he in US army and asks you to send him a itunes card to get pass update to get to UK tries saying he loves you and your one for him only

  39. Bonnie Calle
    March 14, 2017 at 3:36 am

    The mist awful experience in my life a fake profile wrote for about 3 weeks met him tru tinder and continued tru mail box but until he asked for money i knew it was scam

    • Briallyn Smith
      March 22, 2017 at 4:47 pm

      I'm so sorry to hear that you had that experience, Bonnie :( Glad you recognized it was a scam before anything more serious happened, but it's so upsetting that people are out there doing things like that.

  40. Melanie Huggett
    March 2, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    2 people I have spoken to on Tinder have both asked me for money. One working in Nigeria & one in serbia both in the medical profession. I have not given them anything but please be aware they are out their. One does have a Facebook page. It is very scary & puts me off dating sights now.

    • Briallyn Smith
      March 22, 2017 at 4:46 pm

      Oh no! Thanks for sharing your experiences Melanie, but I'm so sorry that that's happened to you. Definitely understand why you're hesitant with the online dating world right now!

      • Vicki
        August 10, 2017 at 8:38 pm

        I run into them a lot. They always want to chat on another form of social media. They are always widowed. I usually will ask about their parents next and they're always deceased. This is setting you up for "you're the only one they can ask for help". I got a message today instantly when we matched. He says he's working offshore for the government. He just gave me the widower line and just told me he lost both parents in a car accident. I haven't told him he's busted yet nor blocked him yet. Suggestions?

        • Amy Wills
          September 23, 2017 at 5:02 pm

          Same experience with a series of widower sob stories. Suddenly they are over seas and can't meet. So much of that on tinder.

    • SerbianGopnik99
      September 21, 2017 at 3:27 pm

      Well im realy sorry to hear that , but on other side i understand that person from serbia because i live there , there are not so much scamers from here but i dont say thay there are none , its realy expensive to live here , these scamers are probably people without school , unemployes that cant work and dont have any suport from countery ... Dont fall for any scams , good luck !