Fluttr aims to eliminate all unacceptable behaviour, including scams, through our creation of a safe online dating environment that has both mandatory full digital ID verification and a team of committed moderators. But we also believe if there’s a way to be even safer, we should always take it, which is why we’ve detailed common types of scamming below.
Blackmail / Sextortion:
In cases of blackmail / sextortion, the scammer will bond with the victim to the point of getting them to share personal intimate content (e.g. a nude photo of themselves) and then threaten to circulate said content unless the victim sends money. Possible signs include chat that turns romantic far too prematurely and being asked outright for such content.
Fake security app registration:
This is when the scammer requests that, for their safety, the victim register with a (fake) security app to verify themselves prior to meeting up. The intention here is to steal the victim’s entered personal and financial information. As a general rule of thumb, do not visit recommended third party apps or websites, or direct links to them. And remember, in the case of Fluttr, everyone is already verified to the fullest extent!
Money flipping scam:
In the context of online dating, the scammer will most likely claim to want to gift free money without any obligations on the part of the victim. The scammer will send the victim small amounts of money from a stolen credit card, which they will usually link up to an app such as Cash App.
Once they’ve built up the victim’s trust, they’ll ‘accidentally’ send you too much and ask for some of it to be sent back to them. By this point, they’ll have deleted the stolen card and replaced it with their own personal card, which is where the returned money will go.
Later, if the stolen card is reported, all money sent to the victim will be returned, meaning they’ve sent a portion of their own money to the scammer and have lost all of the supposedly free money. Treat all money-related propositions with extreme suspicion.
The scammer agrees to meet with the victim, but with a financial pre-requisite: the victim must first send them money (e.g. to cover babysitting or transport expenses). The scammer will then simply agree to a time and place, and not turn up.
Read our phishing help file here [hyperlink to existing written help file on Phishing].
Here, the scammer promises intimate photos of themselves in exchange for the victim’s contact details. This is done in the hopes of obtaining personal data as a means of committing financial fraud.
Sob story scam:
The scammer will concoct a story about being in a sad or tragic situation (e.g. they cannot afford to pay for an operation; or veterinary bills; or they’ve lost their job and are unable to pay the rent). The scammer’s ideal victim in this particular scam is someone who is emotionally vulnerable and more likely to send them the money that they desire. Never send anyone money. Also beware anyone who wants to take quickly take the conversation off Fluttr, as they know you’ll be less protected and that they’ll face no repercussions.