BENGALURU: Users of dating apps, beware. Not only might you be solicited to become an escort via the app, you might also be asked for money in exchange for sex.
Such instances have been reported on online dating apps such as Tinder, TrulyMadly and OkCupid. In most cases, the victims can laugh it off, but this gives rise to issues like how these apps can be misused.
Early last year, 27-year-old Arvind S (name changed) from Chennai got an offer to become a male escort on OkCupid, an online dating app, complete with terms and conditions. The same thing happened to him two more times on two other apps. “The funny thing was it was likely the same person masquerading as different people on all three apps,” he said. The first time he was offered Rs 35,000 for “3-4 hours of services” for a married woman.
The second time, on the app, when the conversation started the same way with the exact same words, albeit with someone different, he got suspicious. He was again made a similar offer. When he confronted her, the person stopped replying.
It wasn’t third time lucky either for Arvind. On Tinder, he was solicited by a Priyanka. This time he found that he was to pay the person he was chatting before he provided his services.
Sumit Sharma (26) (name changed) from Bengaluru had a similar experience on TrulyMadly. The person made this offer — “If you want work for a male escorts then I have a business lady in Bangalore basically from Mumbai she is 32years old she will give you 32000rs fr 2 to 3 hrs (sic).” This person demanded Rs 16,000 as commission.
Bengalurean Sanket Gowda’s (name changed) experience was a step ahead, as he actually met a girl. She turned out to be a different person than
whom he had seen on Tinder. She asked him to either buy her things or to give her Rs 5,000 in exchange for the service.
Sanket says, “I made an excuse that I had forgotten my wallet and came away. The next morning, when she messaged, I blocked her number.”