A new viral trend is leading many female Tinder users to scam desperate men out of $5 to “see what happens.”
The tactic starts with the female user uploading a seductive picture to the online dating app, along with a bio description that simply states: “Send me $5, see what happens.”
After the male sends the user $5, or sometimes even more, they are swiftly unmatched.
The best possible use for tinder pic.twitter.com/bYs49yEds6
— Maggie (@maggiearch3r) March 22, 2017
The scam was popularized this week by Twitter user Maggie Archer, who revealed her tactics along with proof of men who had fallen victim to her trick.
“The money making scheme reportedly started as a joke. Archer’s friend apparently told her to use the $5 line in her Tinder bio. When it worked and she started making some money, Archer decided to stick with it,” reported Yahoo News. “Speaking to Buzzfeed News, Archer explained that ‘it’s really a foolproof plan because I’m not actually promising anything. I just say ‘see what happens.'”
“She also revealed that on average about one in five men who ask her about the $5 offer actually send the money, with more than 20 sending money in the span of the week,” they continued.
Since Archer’s tweet went viral, numerous other users have attempted the scam themselves, including a writer for The Tab’s Babe, Caroline Phinney, who tested out the trick and reported “the money came pouring in.”
Every single girl's Tinder says "send me $5, see what happens" and now I had to take out a second mortgage because I keep falling for it.
— Russ (@russellking4l) March 27, 2017
“Horny men are desperate,” Phinney declared in her article. “It’s honestly hard to feel bad for taking money from them when they’re just so darn stupid, so I got over the guilt pretty quickly. If we have to deal with it all day every day we might as well capitalize upon it, right?”
THIS DUDE ON TINDER STRAIGHT UP JUST SENT ME $5 IT WORKS
— Bad and Baljeet👅 (@bad_boy_blues_) March 28, 2017
“So far, in two days, I’ve made $55.00,” she continued. “To you that may not sound like a ton, but the average American makes $211.36 in a work day, and all I did was sit in my bed on a Sunday eating Cheetos and swiping right.”
— Brøøke Røgers ™ (@Brooke_R13) March 26, 2017
“A few guys got really mad. Some got upset when they realized this was all — shock! horror! — a scam to get them to give me the money I deserve and then un-match them,” concluded Phinney. “I will definitely not be stopping anytime soon. Idiots.”
Despite the success of some users with the scam, others have reported their accounts being closed down by the service in response.
Tried to troll like that viral post so I made a tinder and made my bio "send $5 and see what happens" well guess the joke was on me pic.twitter.com/Uq6YvyRNva
— Stacy Mathews (@xosm95) March 28, 2017
Arrrrrr I tried that £5 thing on tinder to fuck up some gender norms and now my accounts banned pic.twitter.com/RBN50q5iIu
— Oll (@Oll_Wood) March 28, 2017