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“My Danish friend paid off his debt by becoming a gay prostitute,” reads an October 2012 headline on The Billfold, above a story about a man who used a promiscuous European hook-up site to pay off ,000 of debt.“I begged her to let me come in and sit in the corner and watch the process,” Kalyck wrote, “but she told me I’d have to pay.” In a statement to The Post, Tinder said it actively polices both spam and illegal activity on the app — and that a major technical update the company rolled out last week should help cut spam down.But the service declined to say how many real users it had deleted on suspicion of prostitution.The Symantec report, which came out Tuesday, documented a number of scams that many Tinder users have probably swiped-left by before: enticements to chat on sketchy platforms with names like “Slut Roulette,” provocative photos promising dirty acronyms for cash, short-URL advertisements for webcam sites and services that cost absurd amounts of money.In most cases, Symantec reports, the hoax is a simple one: When users click through to say, blamcams.com, and then sign up for an overpriced membership, blamcams pays the spammer a kind of head-hunting fee. “My brother who works in Manhattan was matched with a fellow New Yorker and chatted with her for a few days when she asked to meet up with him,” Katherine Wolfgang wrote about Tinder in Elon University’s student newspaper last year.Keywords like “pay to play,” “escort” and “sugar daddy” turn up hundreds of users on Ok Cupid and its less-cool corollary, Plenty of Fish.(One indicative profile: “NO sniching [sic] and reporting s*** over here … $$$$$$$$$.”) In 2012, the now-defunct blog Annals of Online Dating compiled half a dozen solicitations from users of online-dating sites.
Fake sex workers are everywhere on Tinder, according to a new report by the security firm Symantec.
What the report doesn’t mention: Real sex workers aren’t unheard of on dating sites, either.