The scammer pretends to possess been the victim of a nasty homosexual bashing. For “personal security” he insists prospective sex lovers offer a police background check via a web site he links to. This ‘background check’ is a phishing procedure for bank card details.
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The Feed has detected a phishing scam from the gay dating application Grindr.
An ACCC representative has verified into the Feed, “The premise the scammer uses is that the target must register on a web site to present they’re not a ‘catfish’ or registered sex offender. The target is told this requires a nominal cost ($1 up to a charity within one situation).
“Once the scammers receive the victim’s credit card details, the card is charged a month-to-month cost of just what seems to be USD $39.00 (roughly AUD $59.00).
“It is not clear during this period in the event that details are used for any other purposes.”
This scam is certainly not run by bots. The scammers are charming and charismatic. They normally use handsome but practical profile pictures — such as the head shot of porn performer Griffin Barrows — and send nude pictures with their victim to construct trust.
The scammer then claims to possess been the target of a bad bashing that is gay also delivers photos that seem to show their bruised and scarred human anatomy following the bashing.