Screenshots of scammer luring victim in ‘reverse catfishing’

The scammer pretends to possess been the target of the bashing that is gay. For “personal security” he insists possible intercourse partners give a police background check via a site he links to. This ‘background check’ is really a phishing operation for bank card details.

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The Feed has detected a phishing scam in the gay relationship software Grindr.

An ACCC representative has verified to your Feed, “The premise the scammer utilizes is the fact that target must register on an internet site to produce they may not be a ‘catfish’ or registered sex offender. The victim is told this requires a nominal charge ($1 to a charity in a single case).

“Once the scammers have the victim’s bank card details, the card is charged a month-to-month fee of just what appears to be USD $39.00 (roughly AUD $59.00).

“It is unclear at this time in the event that details can be used for other purposes.”

This scam just isn’t run by bots. The scammers are charming and charismatic. They normally use handsome but profile that is realistic — like the mind shot of porn performer Griffin Barrows — and deliver nude pictures with their target to create trust.

The scammer then claims to possess been the victim of a bad homosexual bashing and also sends pictures that seem to show their bruised and scarred human body following the bashing. The scammer asks the target to join up to a 3rd party site for the police history check making use of A bing Chrome web web browser. They do say this is certainly to make sure they’re not being put up for the next bashing that is gay.

This back ground check is clearly a phishing web site. Your website seems to be a queer-friendly resource by utilizing acronyms like ‘GEPP’ – ‘Gender Equality Pride Protection for LGBT people that are trying to connect up safely’ or ‘LGBTQI Infinity’.

“Last time in the conference spot 2 dudes drugged and beat me,” one scammer penned. “They took my automobile and cash. Hope you realize. Which was very traumatising for me.”

“Basically i truly want to meet you but could you make that account first before we meet, so we can make certain that we have been both safe to one another if it is okay for you?”

‘Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying your a guy that is bad i only want to clear things away, i am simply requiring this now because final time we came across some guy, 4 guys appeared and overcome me personally for no reason wish you recognize my concern’ one wrote ‘. im perhaps perhaps not right here to waste my time for many shit’

Whenever a person threatened to report a scammer to Grindr, the scammer responded: “foda-se voce” which will be Portuguese for ‘fu*k you’.

The ACCC representative recommends individuals to “always block and report these pages from the dating application to stop other people dropping victim.”

You, simply do an internet search using the names or exact wording of the message to check for references to a scam if you believe someone is trying to defraud. And in case you’ve got fallen prey, be sure to contact your bank or institution that is financial.

The Feed contacted Grindr for remark. No answer ended up being received because of the time of publishing.

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