Annoyed with the recent surge in fake/spam profiles on Grindr, I decided to help educate ya'll with some tips and tricks to spot the fakes and avoid the bulls*t.
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jUST TO ADD... AGES....LYING ABOUUT AGE !! is it possible to allow members to join with producing an offical ID to prevent scams , fakes & minors ? maybe the new members could go to an outlet store and produce offical ID and get a joining code number. maybe a once off joining fee ? When the memebers join they could still change their age to whatever the like. At least this way it would make dating safer for all as the members would be at least of a legal age when they joined, as they would of have to produce legal offical ID.. These days it's difficult to tell the real age of some youths. I have a nephew who is 15 years old but most people think he looks 20 + with his full grown beard. If I showed you a pic you'd not think he was only 15. we need to make Grindr / dating apps safer. it's not so bad for someone older to lie about being younger than it is a minor pretending to be older, if u get me ? example : . maybe he's really 40 yo saying he's 30 yo !! ok so he's older than his real age. Big deal it was just for some hot fun !! but when a 15 yo boy says he is 18 0r 19 yo . that could land the other person in prison : / big deal ?
Several times I have been messaging somebody on Grindr only to have them say that they are not receiving my replies but they can see that I am typing. Then they suggest that I text them on regular text add a phone number that they provide.if you do this they would then have your phone number.
Grindr will not respond nor do anything! I emailed Grindr about an underage kid sending me messages and nudes. Grindr never responded to my emails! I did alert the police and the police took care of the matter. Caught the kid the next day! Shame Grindr has no problem with underage kids on their app.
all sites like that are ALL the same. NEVER pay for anything on those sites ! really a waste of time, money and energy. you stand a better chance of meeting someone the old fashioned way before the days of craigslist( people got murdered there by the way ) internet dating sites and apps. Since the regulation of CL and backpage who were forced to remove the personals sections it seems like more and more people are turning to places like tinder and grindr( people got killed there too by the way) and other sites to "hopefully" meet someone. Gone are the days of just seeing someone out and about and striking up a conversation. CATFISHING is the new norm now. I tried tinder and out of 200 responses 3 were actually a REAL LIVE PERSON and out of those 3 only 1 person actually showed up and he was NOT the person in the photo but some dirty old man using his grandson's photo to try and meet people ! so PLEASE be safe in meeting people off of those places and I think the tips given here for spotting fake profiles is spot on ! KUDOS to DahrkMezalf !
Something few people point out... there's *no way* your pictures are that blurry these days unless it's some weird fake/internet screenshot. Even the most basic flip-phones these days are capable of taking a decent picture... and that's considering the fact that flip-phones are practically an antique by today's standards. Blurry pic = move on.
Question? Saw this one attractive guy message me and told me to vote for him. Then clicked on his site and showed another pic of him ass naked. Then asked for credit card info. So I was like forget it? Know I know its probaly not legit, but I was wondering if it was a robot to promote someone's his web show or just a scam to take my money?
You forgot the most common fake profiles.. #1 Pic collectors usually old men hiding behind pics of models so they can see more pics of you.. Hince that they never meet.. I'm not sure if that's called catfishing? #2 Also what about the angry ones who sit on there and demand pics so they can hit the block button.. Kinda like some angry idiot who falsely turns down other people because obviously its been done to him and he has to get revenge.. I see more of that on there than I do people trying to lure you into a scam or bot profiles..
Thank you for your comment. This happens to me very often. They go out their way to bring you down and make you feel ugly. One time a guy said "I only find your face semi attractive". So thank you for sharing. Now I know I'm not the only one.
Very good points.
I'm not sure the term for that either, but I hate those folks who try to coax pictures out of you just to block you after - whether they're collecting or just trolling, it's sad. The internet is already full of plenty of material: no need to harass other users.
I.. don't even know how to respond to this.
Granted, people have some pretty biased "prerequisites" on social media, your comment has literally nothing to do with my video on the topic.
Yes, Grinder profiles can be racist/bigoted, ala "no Asians, no fats, no fems" etc... saying that it's a meeting place for the KKK has no legitimate/cultural grounds.
Sadly, it's predominately an app intended for sporadic hookups - however bigoted they may seem, I would hardly define it as a meeting grounds for the KKK, especially when so many people view ethnicity as a kink of sorts.
It's still a shit-show through and through, but I wouldn't call it a meeting place for cross-burning, black-hating supremacists.
After all, it's intended for gay men - if you're using it in guise, that's your own problem. I've seen far too many "straight" guys using Grindr for a hookup with gay/trans men. Talk about mixed signals and a false sense of security.
Interesting fact: Since moving to a big city (Seattle), I've rarely found fake profiles. So I'm pressed to believe this video is pretty pertinent to areas with less guys - seems Grindr opens the doors to fill in the blanks. Heads up, kids. And keep your wits about you.
Every social app has its nightmare trolls, but it seems anything that requires vadidation like an email or facebook link is less likely to be shady. It's too much work to code a program to bypass a lot of security, whereas Grindr is an open range at this point (hell, it's so spotty with security that people speculate if Grindr actually HELPS fake profiles get into the mix).
Scruff does seem much better overall when it comes to real profiles though, yes :P
I find the fakes are usually over 1000 miles away and they usually will have a pattern that you can spot pretty quickly. In Los Angeles, its not unusual for guys to send images right away. It is expected if the profile doesnt have a clear image. I have never seen a bot send images. Usually they just try to get me to send them a text or message them on something. Which they usually do pretty quick and if they were real, you dont want anyone that gives it up that easy. (well maybe you do, I dont)
Wow, you sound bitter, and quite frankly I don't blame you, but you don't make a very good distinction between fake profiles for such things as someone "catfishing" and bot profiles on here. I'm pretty sure the monkey's at Grindr are responsible for a lot of the bots. I reverse engineered a bit of the code from the grindr apk package on android, and found code inside it for generating "random conversations" quite frankly grindr is getting worse and worse every day.
the best safest dating app would be maybe an app center. where new memebers bring offical ID to join and get a long once off code to join. not by email. this would save doubles and fakes. Ther must be another way.
Comically bitter, yes. And my bad - I've never had an issue with "catfishing" (in the sense of lying about who they are vs. being a bot from the start), so it's all fakery to me.
And yikes.. yes, it is. Though since moving to a big city, the amount of fake profiles has dwindled to next to none. So that's interesting. Seems you're right on the coding part - fill out the empty spaces with fake profiles. Shame.
Btw in case you hadn't done that (just found your profile and videos) - can you do one on gay.com - which makes grindr look perfect. HOLY ____ that site is exponentially worse as far as fakes go. I'm SICK of the profiles that say that are in some U.S. city, but when you talk to them they are in reality some other country. I have become GOOD at spotting fakes so I will often reply ONLY to see how far they will take it.
1) Profiles who the guy is 5.10 and 101 lbs, 2) those whose profile talks about finding the perfect man etc etc 3) There have been few recently that were supposed to have lived in my city. We talked back and forth UNTIL i said "so do you know such and such a place" or asked where specifically they are in the city. 4) there was one guy who stated he was in Phoenix. When I said (falsely) OH really i'm going there on business in a few weeks, lets meet up (you can hear the crickets chirp)
I could go on and on and on and on.. but you get the picture
+DeputyDawgAtl Beatrice I can't say I've experienced those. But I have seen my fair share of seemingly innocent conversation, until "are you free to talk" - which turns into an instant spiel about some webcam show and blah blah. It's annoying as hell!
You forgot about this HUGE RED FLAG: Someone messages you say an hour ago but yet their profile says they have not logged in for days. So for giggles I will send something stupid to test. Low and behold, you get an immediate response stating "boy that was quick"
+DeputyDawgAtl Beatrice freaking AMEN. As if a dozen Grindr guys are actually 2'4", you can't possibly send a message within an hour if you've been offline for days. The only reason they thrive is because people must be gullible enough to believe it. *smack*
I had a screw up with my GPS that made Grindr think I was in China (during chinese new year) I was like whats up with all the Asians near me? I knew something was off when I kept seeing Happy New Year. Thought i was losing my mind. Although it took a couple days for some to see my profile distance correctly. It was weird. My phone was showing me correct everywhere else.
my profile picture was abit blurry from the sizing ! but I recently rejoined because a few people mentioned it has become less sexual and more commitment ( stupid for falling for it ) and I had a message from a nice looking guy and we chatted for about a minute ?? so I thought great :D suddenly the sexual part kicked in from him I instantly deleted -_- oh grindr
haha i just started using grindr and a really gorgeous dude texted me named Ted.. and i was like woaah this cant be happening.. and started a normal conversation with me and i was like ok i just hit the lotto.. until he started telling me that he was horny and stuff and he likes to show off.. and he asked me if i wanted to see him jerk off and i bought it until i asked him how i will be able to see him cuz still i have no clue whats really going on on that app.. and then he texted me back.. go here www.fwwbvwbrgves.com... and i got suspicious so i googled "how to spot a fake profile on grindr'' and found out this video... thank god.. i was this close to click on that link xD for a sec i thought that he was indeed going to show off to me.. poor naive me xD forever alone...
I could write a novel based on how predictable and sad fake profiles are. But some are just so outlandish. Most recently "I see good looks must run in your family". That's.. Just creepy to say to a stranger, and makes no sense.
You know my family? Nope.
This app sucks ass. Nothing but a bunch of fake profiles of guys advertizing videos. Maybe the grindr programmers should stop drooling over all the pics they can see and do some damn work to prevent this.
+DahrkMezalf The app has stage 4 cancer now. It's on it's way out unless some miracle cure comes to them. The fix is so easy but they refuse. What I don't know though is...are the fakes a product of them or not.
+Just Aname I couldn't agree more. And it seems like one day every month it resets with a new batch of guys with the same fake messages. I doubt Grindr will be around much longer if they don't do something about the insane amount of spam and fake profiles.
grindr blocked my account and charged me the monthly fee on the same day even after i expressly canceled the subscription. Hooked up three times, but had to get through hundred scammers to find a real guy. They used almost the same script, even same profile pics too. All wanted to TEXT to my phone #. Then sell the live phone mark to telemarketers, no doubt. Only thing it's good for is the CLAP! (no applause, pleeze).
I scouted for hott guys for Adult Entertainment Inc. and the adult industry on grindr. I don't know why they blocked me, sleezy at best.
+Robert Crifasi It's terrifying how abundant and repetitive these fakes are. I seriously hope Grindr fixes these problems; some articles hint that they are working to make people verify profiles, rather than multiple anonymous ones. Thank god.
Only sad insecure people make them. must be hard to think others are better off than you. Grindr should only allow one profile per number or sell their app at a store for a dollar... I dunno some way to prevent other time wasters. It's called Perverted to spy on others.
+C.Mc Mc Agreed. I wish there was a simple way to weed out the fakes (from a developer's standpoint). I want to just sit the head honchos down and write up an angry list like this video and tell them to block the spam. It's getting ridiculous!
I am a mega fan of Catfish so I almost always use google image search and specially on my twitter-LOADS OF FAKES-Its super simple and fast at searching millions of pics with the 1 ur doubting is real or not :)
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