Screenshots of scammer luring target in ‘reverse catfishing’
The scammer pretends to own been the target of a homosexual bashing. For “personal safety” he insists sex that is potential give a police background check via an internet 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 dating that is gay Grindr.
An ACCC representative has verified towards the Feed, “The premise the scammer naviidte to website uses is the fact that the victim must register on an online site to deliver they may not be a ‘catfish’ or registered sex offender. The target is told this calls for a nominal charge ($1 up to a charity in one single instance).
“Once the scammers have the victim’s bank card details, the card is charged a month-to-month cost of exactly what seems to be USD $39.00 (roughly AUD $59.00).
“It is unclear at this time in the event that details can be used for any 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 head shot of porn performer Griffin Barrows — and deliver nude pictures with their target to build trust.
The scammer then claims to possess been the victim of a bad homosexual bashing and also delivers photos that may actually show their bruised and scarred human anatomy following the bashing. The scammer asks the target to join up to a 3rd party site for a police history check utilizing A bing Chrome web browser. They state this is certainly to make certain they may not be being put up for the next bashing that is gay.
This history check is obviously a phishing site. The website seems to be a queer-friendly resource by making use of acronyms like ‘GEPP’ – ‘Gender Equality Pride Protection for LGBT those who are trying to connect up safely’ or ‘LGBTQI Infinity’.
“Last amount of time in the conference spot 2 dudes drugged and beat me,” one scammer published. “They took my automobile and cash. Hope you understand. Which was very traumatising for me personally.”
“Basically i truly like to meet you but can you make that account first so we are able to make sure that we’re both safe to one another if it’s ok for your requirements? before we meet,”
‘Don’t get me personally wrong I’m not saying your a guy that is bad i simply want to clear things away, I will be just requiring this now because final time we met a man, 4 dudes appeared and overcome me personally for no reason hope you recognize my concern’ one wrote ‘. im maybe not right right here to waste my time for a few shit’
Whenever a person threatened to report a scammer to Grindr, the scammer responded: “foda-se voce” that will be Portuguese for ‘fu*k you’.
The ACCC representative suggests individuals to “always block and report these profiles regarding the dating application to stop others falling target.”
If you think some body is attempting to defraud you, simply do a google search utilising the names or precise wording for the message to check on for recommendations to a fraud. And in case you have got fallen victim, be sure to speak to your bank or financial institution instantly.
The Feed contacted Grindr for remark. No response had been gotten by the right time of publishing.