You swiped right, and now you're in a conversation with someone you're really interested in. Things are going great... until they ask for nudes. You think about it for a second and decide to send them a picture. But then, a few days later, they blackmail you with that picture, demanding money or else they'll send it to all your contacts.
This is called "Tinder blackmail", and it's becoming more and more common. Here's what you need to know about it and how to report blackmail on Tinder.
Tinder blackmail is when someone tries to extort money from you by threatening to share compromising photos or videos of you that they have obtained through the Tinder app. They may also threaten to share sensitive personal information, such as your full name, address, or workplace.
There are a few different ways that someone can obtain the material they need to blackmail you on Tinder. The most common is by screenshotting conversations or images that you've sent them through the app. They may also use a camera or other recording device to secretly record video chats or live streams. In some cases, they may hack into your Tinder account or other online accounts and access saved messages and images.
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The best way to protect yourself from Tinder blackmail is to never send anyone any compromising photos or videos in the first place. If you're worried that someone may try to blackmail you, it's also a good idea not to share any sensitive personal information — such as your full name, address, or workplace — on the app or your other social media platforms.
If you're already being blackmailed, don't give in to the demands! This will only encourage the blackmailer to come back for more money and allow them to maintain power over you. Instead, report the incident to Tinder's support team and block the person who is blackmailing you.
We recommend making reports to the Tinder platform, your local authorities, and blackmail experts. Making reports to these three will provide you with the best safety measures and can give you relief knowing you have a team working behind you.
To report accounts on Tinder, you can click the three dots on any given profile and select report. To make reports to authorities and experts give them a call or head to their website and explain your situation in great detail.
Here are some tips on what to do if you’re a victim of sextortion on Tinder:
Tinder blackmail is becoming increasingly common, but there are steps you can take to protect yourself from it. Never send anyone any compromising photos or videos on the app, and be careful not to share any sensitive personal information. If you're being blackmailed, don't give in to the demands — report it to Tinder's support team instead and authorities. By following these simple tips, you can help keep yourself safe from Tinder blackmailers.
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