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The profile had an unfamiliar phone number attached to it, encouraging unknowing strangers to text."Maybe they don't ever intend to actually engage with the person face to face, but they will develop this online romantic relationship,” said Neal Custer, an Investigator and President of Custer Agency.
“Be really, really careful and don’t share personal photos or intimate videos because the pattern we are beginning to see explode is sextortion,” she said.But Johnson wanted to know if her photos were being used in other places.Custer explained that a reverse Google Image search can show if the photo is anywhere else on the web.Reporter Lauren Johnson wasn’t happy to learn her personal photos were being used on a fake dating profile.She learned about it when a stranger sent her link to the fake profile through Facebook.Nicole has written to Tinder to ask for the profile to be taken down, but has not heard back.
She now has a message to the scammers: “If you’re out there and you’re catfishing someone or you’re using my photos, could you please stop.”Nicole’s story is familiar to tech writer Spandas Lui who has been researching the rise of fake profiles on online dating apps, known commonly as ‘Catfishing’.“Catfishing is when someone assumes a fake identity to build a relationship,” Spandas told .Sextortion is when the scammers will blackmail the users with nude pictures or intimate videos that they might have sent during their ‘relationship’.The scammer will threaten to send the photos to every Facebook friend you have if you don’t pay them money.If you are concerned you might be scammed, head to au.Last month we dove into the dark side of internet dating and looked at romance scams and why people keep falling for them.Furthermore a good chunk of the fraudster are part of a bigger scam organization.