Someone Created Sherry Shroff’s Fake Tinder Profile and Here’s Why It’s Dangerous

With the power of social media also comes the negative and dark side of it where people abuse it on a daily basis. Creating fake profiles has become easy and although India’s cyber police are working to find these faceless trolls and have those fake profiles removed, many profiles still fall through the cracks. We came across such an incident yesterday which happened with Sherry Shroff and it’s shocking to know all the details of the story.

What really happened

Sherry Shroff took it to her Instagram to share screenshots of a fake profile that was using her photos and attempting to impersonate her. The name of the fake profile has been changed to Tanya and from what it looks like the person behind was already matching and talking to people on Tinder through. One thing to keep in mind is that this isn’t the first time that she’s been told of people using her images to create fake profiles on dating apps. She said,

Over the past two years I have received a lot of messages like this saying people are using my photos on dating apps and I laughed about it until last year when I had someone. one that pretended to be me and gave my number online. I was extremely shocked and worried about how someone had my personal number and could WhatsApp me so carelessly!

It’s easier to brush it off when it doesn’t directly affect your personal life, but this time someone also shared her number and as a result she got some disturbing messages. WhatsApp of those who had corresponded and spoken to the fake profile.

Why is this extremely problematic

Now somehow the fake profile also managed to get a verified badge on Tinder and that makes the situation much worse. The whole idea of ​​verifying a social media account is that you know for sure that they are the right person behind that social media / app account. Plus, reporting the profile wasn’t as easy as it ideally should be. She explained the struggle to solve and share this problem,

I have reported this and wrote emails to many platforms but unfortunately nothing came of it. @shubhamcyberexpert Also helped me to try and search for fake ID platforms with my details but unfortunately they don’t just pop up and people are hard to catch. Here’s why…

On most dating apps, only people within a certain radius of the fake profile or account can see it. (So ​​when someone sends me a screenshot, I really can’t find the profile through a search myself.) The option to report a profile only appears to a user when they can. view profile (which makes it very difficult for someone to find this profile and report it later.)

Apps have also started checking for fake profiles. (I’m not sure what the process of verifying a profile is, but it’s extremely disturbing to see a profile using my verified images. Check the last screen recording that was sent to me by the same user who m ‘reported this.)

Why we need to take this seriously and talk about it

The fact that there are so many victims of cat fishing and identity theft who have not gotten any resolution per se shows how scary it is. People shouldn’t be able to get away with this and we need tougher rules to be included in the verification processes. Sherry shared,

I posted a story about this yesterday and posted a lot earlier as well, but unfortunately couldn’t find a way to stop this. Also, a few people responded to my story yesterday saying that they have also been victims of identity theft on dating sites and people have reported the profiles but nothing happened. That’s why I decided to post this and share my experience, in the hope that we can put a stop to this. It can be extremely dangerous and damaging, especially when people’s personal information is disclosed in this way.

Online chatting and identity theft need to be taken more seriously and verification processes need to be stricter. Ask people to login and authenticate their information before they can chat with other plz. PS – I am not on any dating site!

These fake profiles can choose their own stories and distort the conversations they have with strangers to make them believe it’s really them. We need to take a moment and understand the potential of this problem and how it can lead to serious incidents that can be avoided if a better verification process is developed and put in place. Tinder must take note of it and fix this issue to help protect their users, have a hassle-free experience and not get trapped or masquerading as one of them as none of them are a pleasant experience .

Here is the post Sherry shared on her Instagram which includes screenshots of the person texting him WhatsApp as well as a screen recording of his fake “verified” profile on Tinder.

If you or someone you know has been through this as well, be sure to start conversations around it and share your stories. The more people who come forward to talk about it, the more impact it will have on the change if needed.

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