Dating Apps Introduce New Ways to Crack Down on Romantic Scammers

Let’s face it – scammers exist, and they’re integrated into every aspect of people’s lives. Dating apps are no exception. There are plenty of individuals seeking to prey upon others’ weaknesses. How can one protect themselves from being scammed on online dating apps? Well, Tinder and other platforms are integrating a series of features to crack down on such individuals and stop the practice of romance scamming.

Introducing the Block Users Feature

Dating Apps Introduce New Ways to Crack Down on Romantic Scammers

Tinder executives recently announced adding a new feature to the dating app. As Rozy Kozoll, head of Safety Product Development, puts it, the initiative is designed to make using the app more comfortable for everyone. Hopefully, the feature will also help the app determine which users are scammers and take the appropriate steps to stop them from interacting with others. That’s not the only new feature, either.

Those who wish to file a complaint can now enjoy a hassle-free, simple, and, most importantly, faster complaint-filing process. The feature is called Long Press Reporting, and it’ll allow users to click on a shady message or hurtful comment and report it right away.

Challenges Dating Apps Have to Overcome

Kozoll has also touched upon many of the challenges dating apps have to face, including spam and scams. Tinder is known as one of the many dating apps emphasizing safety and trust during the world’s busiest love holiday – Valentine’s Day.

Hinge is another dating app trying to remove scammers from the game. Recently, the app sent an email to users with various helpful tips on how to sift through the scamming profiles. Tips include avoiding people in desperate need of money or those who offer a get-rich-quickly scheme.

Other companies have adopted AI-powered tools and manual ones to pick up scams by identifying potential problem profiles. Their aim is to determine which accounts are invalid. Previously, some online apps let users upload a picture that could be removed depending on its metadata.

Skepticism Is Due to Spot Scammers

Michael Steinbach, former Executive Assistant Director of the FBI’s NS Branch, says fraud has changed a lot over the last few decades. National security has seen card thefts on the rise, but experts say many scammers get much better rewards when they spend some time getting the trust of their victims. That’s where dating apps come in.

Experts say it’s always advisable to approach online dating with a reasonable amount of skepticism. Looking at statistics, Steinbach advises users to keep all conversations on-platform until actual trust has been established. Moving the conversations to Telegram or other platforms can hide other risks.

Michael B. Jordan Met an Old Classmate at a ‘Creed III’ Event

Michael B. Jordan, 36 years old, was attending a fan screening of his most recent film, Creed III. While there, he saw a former classmate who had bullied him when he was younger, getting ready to interview him on the red carpet.

Michael B. Jordan Met an Old Classmate at a ‘Creed III’ Event

Was Michael B. Jordan a Corny Kid?

In an interview in The Morning Hustle, the actor said that the bully remembered him as being a corny kid, and they go back to Chad Science Academy in Newark. With his comment, Michael B. Jordan referred to an episode of The Undressing Room podcast from 2021. In the episode, podcast hosts Eva Marcille and Dominique da Diva discussed Lore’l’s relationship with model Lory Harvey, referring to him as a “nice, corny guy.”

In the same episode, she also mentioned that they made fun of the star actor because he has the same name as the legendary NBA player Michael Jordan. She said that they attended Chad Science School in Newark together, and they constantly made fun of him because his name was Michael Jordan. In addition, she also said that he would arrive at school with a headshot. They lived in Newark, and this was the hood. While she assured the actor during their red-carpet encounter that she was “misquoted,” adding that Michael B. Jordan was “k*lling it” out there.

Telling a Story in Creed III

In the movie Creed III, Michael B. Jordan reprises his role as Adonis Creed. He also makes his directional debut with this movie. Timing influenced his decision to assume the post of director. During a virtual Q&A back in October, he stated that he finally reached a point in his career where he wanted to tell a story, not just stand in front of a camera and execute someone else’s idea. Having a character he played twice before also helped. He thinks that this telling Adonis’ tale is a privilege.

Maturity also had a role in his choice. At the time, he told reporters that at the age of 35, he had a lot to say as a young guy, about his life experiences and how he could share a bit of himself with the world through these characters and the story of the movie Creed III.

In 2020, Time magazine recognized Jordan as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. In the same year, The New York Times placed him on its list of the top 25 actors of the 21st century, in 15th place overall. Also, Michael B. Jordan is a co-owner of AFC Bournemouth soccer club, which competes in the English Premier League.