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Gladstone man lost money in less than hour to Tinder girl

IT IS the dating app that asks wannabe romantics to swipe left or right, but Tinder has left one Gladstone man slapping himself.

The 30-year-old, who contacted the paper to get a message out but was too embarrassed to be named, said he feels he was scammed on the mobile dating app.

Having joined less than a month ago after his relationship fell apart, he was messaged by a brunette woman calling herself "Andrea", keen to meet up.

But that was only if he signed up to three websites and voted for her photos so she could win $3000. He had some suspicions, but said he felt he was fooled by the user.

"I wasn't thinking properly … I lost $30 because of it and I could've lost $65 more if I signed up to the other site," the man said.

"There was nothing suspicious about her profile."

A Gladstone man was scammed on Tinder by a fake account. Photo Contributed
A Gladstone man was scammed on Tinder by a fake account. Photo Contributed

After messaging her he was sure the profile was a fake.

"I was only talking to her for an hour and that's all it took for me to get hoodwinked," he said.

"It's scary how easy someone can pretend they are someone else. It started out as genuine and then it started getting pushy ... asking me to sign up to these websites.

"Most of the time you can tell if it's a (robot) but I just didn't notice this time."

He recently ended a long-term relationship and joined up hoping to meet someone.

The app, which offers singles a way to meet, allows people to message if they accept each other's account.

A Gladstone man was scammed on Tinder by a fake account. Photo Contributed
A Gladstone man was scammed on Tinder by a fake account. Photo Contributed Contributed

And while there is no real way of knowing if these conversations with "Andrea" were real or fake, they certainly left one man wondering and wanting.

"I just want to put out a warning to all the guys that they should be careful who they talk to on Tinder," he said.

Topics:  catfish, editors picks, online dating, tinder




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