How to Spot Tinder Scammers


Here is the latest online research on Tinder scammers.

Are there any scammers on Tinder?
Can we actually meet someone on Tinder?
I am using Tinder but I have not met anyone yet.

Then, this article is for you!

By reading this article, you will be able to know the in’s and out’s of Tinder and know more ways on how to increase your chances of getting more matches. A good match can help you meet someone you’ve always wanted to date.

There’s a lot of information on the web about Tinder dating app, many useful things on the popular dating app can be found on Twitter.
It is important to research about the dating service you are using, especially about scammers.

Is Tinder operator Match Group legit?


On 25th of September 2019, The Federal Trade Commission(FTC) sued Match Group, Inc. for using fake accounts to trick consumers into paying for a subscription.

Match Group Inc is one of the biggest online dating operating companies in the world, they also operate Match.com.

The Federal Trade Commission(FTC) accused Match.com of generating targeted messages to its users who were nearly at their end of subscriptions or newly joined. Senders were often very attractive but they were fake. On Match.com, users have to pay a fee to reply to messages so those users paid their fee and replied to those messages. However, they did not get any replies afterwards.

Match Group, Inc is denying this accusation, however, there have been many reports of the same kind.

Who is a scammer? No show? No reply? No exchanging contact info?

There are so many posts online complaining about scammers, most of them are posted by male users. They often post these because they can not actually get a date with a real person.

However, it is premature to say that a person is a scammer, if the person does not reply, give contact details, or want to meet up.

Someone not finding a match can be encountering errors in Tinder’s algorithm. The user can be located in a less desirable area, where more users are male than female. Another one is when interests and personalities don’t match, this generates less interests on one or both parties and matching and communication is less likely to start.


Tinder shows random profiles to users and they match each other.
Because of this reason, a profile can be the most important part on Tinder.

Men usually give the “Like” to women on Tinder but one reason women won’t respond to it is because they are not interested in the Men who want to match with them.

There are scammers on Tinder

It would be troublesome to meet scammers because they would try to sell goods and services.

It is important to know how to find which users are scammers, to be able to avoid them will save you time, money and effort and help you focus on matching with someone.

Tinder used to be viewed as a hookup app and because of this, the dating app though popular, did not have a good reputation and suffered poor image from non-users and those who preferred more traditional meet in-person dating.

Tinder focused on groups who are heavy app users on smartphone and iPhone, generally those in their 20’s to mid-30’s. For some users, especially male, it gives them more chances of meeting and dating women who are usually unavailable to them. I think the same goes for women but to a lesser extent.

Tinder could give someone more chances to meet someone they would usually not meet within their community and network.

Online dating is more acceptable and common now, however online and traditional dating are very different from each other and results may vary which one is better and which one might give you more chances in meeting someone.

Personally, a friend of mine, found a girlfriend who is popular on Instagram using Tinder.
Tinder offers much higher standard female users compared to other online dating services/apps. Tinder has enough attractive female users although they are not easy to actually get in touch with.

The reason why there are scammers on Tinder? Security problems?

Although many females on Tinder are considered quite good looking and Tinder seems to have more female users than other dating apps, reports say that there are security issues on Tinder and this is because of scammers.

How common are scammers on Tinder?

How easy is it to join Tinder?

Anyone with an email, Facebook account and a mobile/cell number, can join Tinder. That’s all you need.

This is common practice for online dating services, so Tinder is not any different.

It’s not only on Tinder, there are organized scammers operating in all online dating services.

Tinder is not the only app with scammers, There is no scammer-free online dating app/service.

There are illegitimate users in any online services because it is impossible to check all users.
There are two different kinds of scammer operators: private and corporate.

Privately funded scammers are easy to join which is the same as normal users.
Corporate funded scammers can also operate by creating Facebook accounts and mobile/cell numbers.
Here are some ways to find out which users are real and which ones might be scammers.

Different kinds of scammers on Tinder


There are three different kinds of organized scammers on Tinder.

Sales representatives of networking services

The most scammers on Tinder would be involved in Pyramid Scheme, multi-level marketing (MLM) or network marketing.

Those people would try to sell investment packages, diet supplements, etc.

They are also members of some sort of organized groups thus you might get invited to join those as well as falling victim to scam.
There are some victims who ended up in debts due to expensive membership fees and buying their own stocks to sell.

Prostitution and Sugar Dating Business operators

There are some organized scammers who are also running their own prostitution businesses and sugar dating services.

Sugar dating is not illegal, but prostitution is illegal.

The average fee of sugar dating via Tinder would be from $100 without sex, with sex would be $300 or more.
Tinder sugar dating is not safe, it might be wise to use a proper sugar dating service.

Sales representatives of illegitimate online sites

There are many reports of getting spam mails and messages once they change their points of contact outside Tinder.
Those spam mails contain links to illegitimate sites and individual affiliate pages.

It is wise to ignore those spam mails with URLs saying;

“please subscribe”

“please buy it” .

How to spot scammers on Tinder using Profiles


Bewear of “sugar dating” or “friends with benefits” on profiles

It is highly likely that users with the above keywords on their profiles are organized scammers on Tinder.

People might think that those users are individuals, but most of the time, they are organized scammers who are relating to some sort of prostitution business.

People can end up meeting one of those scammers but the date would cost $400- $500 because they expect you to pay for the meal and hotel room.

This kind of arrangement can lead to a criminal charge if you get caught, since prostitution is illegal. Moreover, it would be difficult to get good legal advice due to the circumstance.

Spot scammers whose photos are fake modeling /professional shots

Majority of female users with overly photoshopped profile photos are scammers.

Among female Tinder users, it is common to use filtered photos, thus it is hard to see the difference so if you have doubts about a user it is better to refrain from getting in touch.

Also on Tinder, it is wise not to contact a female who would be way out of your league. Learn to spot fakes, photos of celebrities and anything else you are not sure about in a profile or in photos and this would lower your chance of getting scammed.

Profiles with a lot of Photos from oversea trips and eating out

On Tinder, users are able to share many photos.


Profiles with many photos of oversea trips and meals at high end restaurants, they are most likely scammers. They try too hard to pretend to be wealthy.


While I was actually using Tinder, I encountered a female scammer with a profile with a comment of “those oversea trip snaps were from when I was studying abroad”

High possibility with keywords such as interests in investing, side jobs and freedom


Approach with caution to female users with profiles such as

“I am investing”

“I earn a lot from my side job”

“I want to live freely”

Those are mostly from scammers.

Profiles with comments like “I can not drink so let’s meet up for coffee together” those users are also likely scammers.
Female users commonly have very long and detailed profiles. Some can sense the similarity between their wording and those who do network marketing.

How to spot scammers on Tinder using Messages


Immediate response soon after matching

Any females who would send you a message soon after matching, they are most likely scammers.

This would make you feel lucky and uplifting but unfortunately, they are most likely scammers.

Even though they are females, they might have others who are helping them.
Please be vigilant before arranging an actual meeting.

Early request of exchanging contact details

If a female member would ask to exchange personal details in the early stage of messaging, she has a high chance to be a marketing scammer.
Commonly, it is safer for everyone to exchange messages on Tinder.

On Tinder, exchanging messages is free of charge, thus there is no need to exchange personal information.

Set up meeting after only one week of matching

From my personal experience, Tinder users meet each other much faster than other dating services.

However, if a female member asks you to meet in the early stage of exchanging messages, she is likely a scammer.

Moreover, if her profile and wording relate to some points above, it is better to avoid meeting with her.


Messages would be about future dreams

Network marketing scammers are often selling their financial success stories.

Therefore, they often try to listen to your work problems and future goals to seek an opportunity to sell their business.

Thus, you need to be alert when a user tries to persuade you to take some actions while discussing your work and future prospective.

Once scammers decide that you can be scammed they would say things like;

“I know a person you should meet, shall I set up a meeting?”

“my business is so profitable”

At this point, you need to stop communicating even though the user is very attractive.

Summing it up: It’s not easy finding a partner on Tinder


Tinder is very popular and is considered the best dating app/service for people who are looking to meet someone for hookup, dating or relationship.

Tinder is a relatively safe app/service to use, avoid red flags and know how to spot scammers and you’ll be fine.

Tinder is inexpensive, you have more options if you are a member and pay for upgrades but other than this messaging is free when you match with someone. To avoid trouble do not communicate with users you are not sure of.

Tinder is popular around the world. Many users give you more options matching with someone. Tinder is a go to dating app. If you are looking to start using dating apps, Tinder is definitely worth a try.