Alerting about online dating software after previous aggressive criminal activities

Caution of matchmaking app danger

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — internet dating sites are throughout the police radar as a fresh device attackers are using to lure in prospective prey.

About two individuals in Philadelphia were implicated of robbing and in one instance literally assaulting several subjects they found on the web, and both will still be as a whole.

Now police is warning that GPS allowed internet dating applications make it even easier for offenders to determine how close they’re with their next target.

Grindr, Tinder, Tango and Skout are only a few of the apps helping singles meet people centered on one key – place, venue, place.

Elyssa Drucker informs us, “It’s a little creepy because individuals learn where you’re and somebody discover you only without conversing with all of them or understanding all of them.”

The GPS feature on some sites recognizes people that are online as near as a hundred or so base out. Various ticks and strangers can immediately hook-up. with few details, besides an image and an initial name.

That’s how Anthony says he was first introduced to adult friend the man police are looking for – 26-year-old Douglas Spady. “I enjoyed the things I spotted and I just style of, we delivered your my number and target and advised him to satisfy me here in an hour,” the guy stated.

Anthony states Spady posed as a possible prefer interest on the site Grindr, but he promises Spady truly had another intent in mind.

“on the road out the guy turned around and stated now might you spend me personally my personal funds,” Anthony said.

Anthony statements Spady got romantic films of your to use as blackmail. He presumably commanded $200 and literally attacked him. Anthony, like many sufferers, ended up being too embarrassed to submit a police document.

The guy describes, “once I look back, discover factors we ignored, but we grabbed my personal possibilities anyhow.”

About seven days later, security video clip of some other incident was released by Philadelphia authorities. (more…)