Tinder is a dating app that launched in 2012. It is now estimated to have in excess of 50 million users and generates 20 Billion matches each day. Statistics suggest that this results in about 1.6 billion swipes per day.
The online dating industry is clearly booming with both men and women looking for love or at least some enjoyment from using apps like Tinder, Bumble or Grindr and simply swiping left or right. These apps are simple to use and have a powerful algorithm that helps to find compatible matches.
When a user swipes right, they are indicating interest. This often leads to online chats that can become flirtatious and include the exchange of intimate details. This might include information such as occupation, location and phone number. Sometimes is might also include explicit images or videos. This is where the trouble can begin.
One of the perils of online social media accounts is the use of fake profiles. Tinder is no exception, and often these fake profiles are created for the sole purpose of Tinder Extortion / Sextortotion. They entice other users to send intimate photos and then request hundreds and in some cases thousands of dollars form their victims.
If you or someone you know is in this kind of situation, it is good to know that Internet Removals, are at the forefront of crisis management and damage minimisation for victims of this type of extortion and blackmail.
Australian Brendon McAlpine of Internet Removals, is a frequent commentator on the issue and can be found giving advice in the following articles:
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