The Tinder Swindler: This tips will prevent you to fall prey of another ‘Simon Leviev’

The Tinder Swindler

The Tinder Swindler “tells the shocking story of a serial scammer who posed as a billionaire playboy on Tinder and the women who set out to take him down.

There’s always a warning about being careful who you meet on dating apps, and there’s no better example of this going horribly wrong than Netflix’s “The Tinder Swindler“. The worst part is, this is more common than you think.

So, when it comes to online dating, what are the telltale signs to look out for to make sure you’re not being cheated on? This is what the experts have to say.

That’s not a person, it’s a bot

There are several models. In one of them, first of all, the bot approaches the victim and starts a conversation, but before continuing to talk, it can ask the user to verify their account, claiming that it is doing so for security. of the two. For this purpose, it sends you a link that, when you click on it, takes you to a website where your personal or even bank details will be requested.


That is, where you will be a victim of phishing or scam. Remember that to verify a profile on Tinder it is not necessary to follow any link, but it is done through the configuration area of each account. There is no need to leave Tinder, any attempt to take us to another website is clearly a hoax.

Another type of deception is through sending photos or videos using malicious links. In Tinder it is not possible to send attachments, but the scammer could share a link pointing out to the user that clicking on it will allow them to see her photos and videos. This can again lead to a phishing attempt or even the user could lose control over their device and their identity could be stolen.

Catfishing: fake identities

Catfishers are people who lie about their online identity in order to establish a romantic relationship with another person.

This romantic fraud consists of creating an emotional bond and then demanding money based on an invented reality. They often lie about their age, place of residence and even their gender. Anything goes.

Most likely all their photos are also fake, as are the phone numbers and other contact details. They can be very dangerous and end up becoming real stalkers.


In most cases of “sextortion” or sexual blackmail, scammers take the conversation to a platform outside of the one they are using. It is common for them to move the conversation to WhatsApp and then via Skype.

The objective is to manipulate and have sexual encounters in front of the cameras to be able to record everything and then ask for money in return.

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