CWD Investigation: Exploring the dark side of online dating sites and apps

Matt Doran reports.

Crime Observe Daily investigates: Would you go into a Vegas hotel slagroom alone with a stranger you just met on a dating app?

Millions of single people are looking for a relationship using dating sites and apps. But there’s a dark side to online hookups that may be putting dudes and women te peril. Matt Doran went to Samenvoeging Vegas for a scary social proef te a Crime See Daily investigation.

Online dating has become a prosperidad industry, grossing more than $Four billion a year, making it even an fatter money spinner than porn, with 38 procent of all American singles looking for a relationship using dating sites and apps. But spil wij discovered there’s a dark side to it that’s putting women ter peril.

A Crime Observe Daily undercover investigation has found that many women are playing a dangerous spel of &quot,romantic Russian Roulette&quot, on Internet dating sites and apps like Tinder, Grindr, Bumble, Zoosk, OKCupid and POF.

Tinder users can swipe their way through more than 1.6 billion profiles every day. More than 8 billion matches have bot made since Tinder launched three years ago.

Chris Powers, a popular online personality known for his provocative social experiments on YouTube, helped us learn just how reckless some women could be. Way too trusting for their own safety, according to online dating crime statistics that vertoning Internet predators are committing more than 16,000 abductions, 100 murders and thousands of rapes each year across America.

And here’s one more disturbing statistic: a staggering Ten procent of all known hook-up offenders use online dating services spil their private hunting ground.

&quot,The danger is sometimes there is very little conversation taking place and very little background checking,&quot, said Powers.

A case ter point te Gainesville, Florida, where our affiliate station WJXT Jacksonville reports that 27-year-old Gerard Roberts wasgoed charged with raping a youthful woman on a vensterluik date after police had already received stalking complaints about him from women on the mega-popular dating app Tinder.

And there are a lotsbestemming of other creepy guys out there te the world of &quot,cyberdating.&quot,

Te Denver, Colorado, our affiliate station KDVR reports 29-year-old Darren Auger is behind caf, accused of sexually assaulting a 22-year-old woman he’d met on Tinder.

Also ter Denver, KDVR reports a man posing spil a rock musician named &quot,John&quot, on Tinder turned out to be a thief whose vivo name wasgoed Kenneth David Burrell. He allegedly robbed the huis of a woman he’d met on an online vensterluik date.

&quot,You have tons and tons of strangers sharing all sorts of details, intimate, sending pictures, sending private information, and it’s all available to strangers, with very little proof of you being who you are or what your positivo intentions are,&quot, said Powers.

Our online dating accomplished Chris Powers agreed to be a decoy ter an undercover operation Crime Observe Daily set up to find how many youthfull women would throw caution to the wind for a vensterluik date with a stud they know nothing about, except that he’s good looking and charming.

Wij conducted the operation ter Tussenvoegsel Vegas, which poses a higher danger level than most other cities for youthfull female online daters because it attracts a high number of out-of-town guys looking for some activity.

Powers went to work on Tinder looking for locorregional women willing to meet him ter his hotel suite.

Wij set up hidden cameras with microphones opening up from the hotel lounge to the elevator, the hallway leading to the suite, and inwards the suite itself. And Powers has bot hard at work looking for dates on Tinder.

&quot,So far I have 70 matches,&quot, said Powers.

Matt Doran: &quot,Some of thesis women have actually already transferred you out their physical address.&quot,

Chris Powers: &quot,Yeah. One of them dreamed to get together. She said she didn’t want to drive — I said ‘I’ll pick you up,’ and I asked where she lived and she just plane out talent mij the address.&quot,

Now Powers has found the very first youthful woman who is willing to come right to his om.

&quot,I pretty much just said ‘Why don’t wij go out to eat or something, come overheen to my hotel, wij’ll have a duo of drinks te my slagroom and then wij’ll go out from there,’&quot, said Powers.

&quot,But not even much communication?&quot,

&quot,I didn’t indeed expose anything about myself,&quot, said Powers.

Of the hundred youthful women Powers has just met on Tinder, several have given him their addresses and invited him to come overheen and take them out on a date, and two have actually agreed to come right to his hotel.

&quot,They’re not even questioning it,&quot, said Powers. &quot,And if they do question it for a 2nd, it takes very little to get them to switch their mind, and think, ‘Oh, I wasgoed so ditzy to think anything bad could toebijten.’&quot,

Powers has gone down to the lounge to meet the very first damsel of the evening, who’s come here to meet him. They’ve bot talking for just a matter of hours, truly, and she’s fairly convenient. She says she’s glad to come overheen here and come upstairs to his hotel slagroom.

&quot,Ribera&quot, [not hier efectivo name] is right on time. After Powers finds hier and introduces himself, Orilla walks through the lounge with him to take the elevator up to his suite for pre-dinner drinks.

Doran: &quot,Wasgoed there any hesitation? Obviously you were pretty quick to bring hier up to your slagroom here.&quot,

Powers: &quot,No, there wasgoed no hesitation when wij met. I just walked right into the elevator, walked right up.&quot,

Powers could be an ax murder or serial rapist for all Margen knows. And she has no idea what could await hier behind the voort.

Doran: &quot,To be fair I indeed am grappling with the situation thesis women are walking into. Thesis are slim, worldly women who are letting their emotions cloud their judgment. But that is precisely the process thesis predators are relying on. Ter many ways I am ripped because I recognize it would be indeed confronting to walk into a slagroom utter of cameras, but I also feel sultry about demonstrating their decisions could be deadly.&quot,

Spil Powers and Margen come through the vanwege, she is obviously astonished to see our cameras, but soon understands our intentions are well-meaning and seems OK about talking to us.

Doran: &quot,You’ve just taken a big risk. You’ve known Chris for only a few hours and you’re ready to come up to a slagroom with what could have bot anyone ter this slagroom, right?&quot,

&quot,Yeah, I guess so,&quot, said Ribera.

&quot,What wasgoed going through your mind? Wasgoed it a risk you were taking?&quot,

&quot,No, I’ve done it before and it’s bot fine,&quot, said Ribera.

&quot,You’ve heard of horror stories of course.&quot,

&quot,All overheen the world, women are getting robbed, attacked and worse using dating apps like this. It’s not something you worry about on the way here at all?&quot,

&quot,I don’t know,&quot, said Ribera. &quot,I told him I wasgoed jumpy.&quot,

But not jumpy enough.

Powers has a 2nd Tinder date lined up now with &quot,Hazel&quot, [not hier actual name], who is even more reckless than Margen.

&quot,Yesterday wij got matched, commenced texting today, but the entire project all along wasgoed, hey, come up to the slagroom, wij’ll have a duo of drinks, then go out,&quot, said Powers.

No meeting te the lounge necessary this time.

&quot,Didn’t take much to persuade hier,&quot, said Powers. &quot,I wasgoed who I said I wasgoed, that it’s going to be a safe situation.&quot,

So Hazel comes right to the slagroom. Like Margen, Hazel is shocked to find cameras waiting for hier, but is fine speaking with us.

Doran: &quot,What you’ve done is walk into a slagroom with a accomplish stranger that you’ve never seen. What’s your reaction now — were you worried about coming up here?&quot,

&quot,A little bit, yeah,&quot, said Hazel.

&quot,Did you hesitate on the way here? Is it something you would do again?&quot,

&quot,I mean, I’ve done it before, not with a accomplish stranger, someone I’ve seen overheen Facetime, so it wasn’t that big a overeenkomst,&quot, said Hazel.

&quot,So how do you feel about it now? Is it something you would do again?&quot,

&quot,Very likely not, if this wasgoed the outcome,&quot, said Hazel.

&quot,Do you have a message for other women who’d be considering doing this kleintje of thing?&quot,

&quot,Just do it at your own risk,&quot, said Hazel. &quot,If you feel comfy do it. If not, don’t&quot,

&quot,Is there something Chris said to you to woo you to come along?&quot,

&quot,He just seemed like a modest boy. Just didn’t seem like he meant a lotsbestemming of harm,&quot, said Hazel. &quot,He said he wasgoed moving here so I would never meet up with someone who wasgoed from out of town. Just staying for a duo of nights.&quot,

Even Powers couldn’t believe he’d talked Hazel into coming straight to his slagroom.

&quot,She wasgoed very trusting,&quot, said Powers.

Doran: &quot,And for mij that indeed is a scaring illustration of some of the mechanisms thesis predators might use on Tinder and other dating sites.&quot,

So wij can only hope that youthful women watching this story will take it spil a cautionary tale and be very careful out there te the treacherous waters of &quot,cyberdating.&quot,

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