Two concerning cases of dating app scams have surfaced on social media channels, indicating an increase in these incidents. Following their meetings using well-known dating apps, the guys in these situations allege they were forced to pay extravagant restaurant bills.
Case 1: Pune Resident’s Shocking Encounter
A resident of Pune was recently scammed by a dating app scammer after he and a woman matched on Bumble. When an inexperienced man met his date at a neighborhood pub in Pune, he was shocked with an astounding bill. A ₹10,000 hookah, a ₹15,000 wine bottle, and a ₹1,500 wine glass were among the costs, bringing the total to an astounding ₹22,000. If he didn’t pay the amount right away, the woman supposedly threatened to hurt him physically and said that she would make fake allegations of harassment.
Case 2: Delhi Man Scammed of ₹15,000
A 25-year-old guy claimed that he was scammed of nearly ₹15,000 in a similar event that happened in Delhi. They originally met at a pub in Rajouri Garden after making a connection with a woman on Bumble. The inflated bill of ₹15,886 was given to the guy. He had trouble paying with his card at first, but in the end, he paid the bill. He was shocked to learn that the woman had disappeared from the dating app and that no one had returned his calls, indicating that he had been duped.
Activist Responds to Social Media Outrage
Prominent activist Deepika Narayan Bhardwaj alerted people to these frauds on social media. She brought attention to the worrying trend of unwary men being taken advantage of through dating apps by sharing the story of one victim. Others are advised to exercise caution after reading the message.
Safety Procedures and Bumble’s Reaction
Although Bumble has not released a comment to the public on these particular events, the dating app places a strong emphasis on security precautions on its website to guarantee a safe and secure online dating experience. These actions consist of:
Meeting in Public Places
Bumble advises users to always meet in public spaces for their safety.
Users are encouraged to inform a close contact about their whereabouts, including the location and expected duration of the meeting.
Bumble recommends users ask for their match’s last name, conduct online research, and utilize the photo verification feature.
Protecting Personal Information
Users are advised against sharing private information, such as home or office addresses, too early in the interaction.
Bumble suggests taking the time for a pre-screen by offering to have a FaceTime or phone call before the actual date.
Empowering Users to Leave
Bumble encourages users to feel free to politely leave the date if they feel uncomfortable or unsafe.
Recent occurrences have brought attention to the rise in dating app scams, which emphasizes the significance of being cautious and adhering to safety protocols when using online dating services. The accounts of the victims serve as a warning to people in the growing digital dating scene to prioritize their safety and exercise caution. It’s unclear how dating apps will react if awareness of the problem grows on social media to protect their users’ safety and well-being.