Hook-Up Horror: 12 Scary Stories From Dating Apps

There is a dilemma within online dating. You have to make yourself available or else it won’t lead to anything. No one messages incognito profiles with no bio and no personal statistics. But making yo

There is a dilemma within online dating. You have to make yourself available or else it won’t lead to anything. No one messages incognito profiles with no bio and no personal statistics. But making yourself too available, or sometimes available at all, can have negative consequences.

Oftentimes, professors of literature will encourage their students to scrutinize every aspect of a text: there is no paragraph, no word, no line break that is there involuntarily. Therefore, the choice of meter is as much a part of Hamlet as his famous ambivalent soliloquies.

This is also true of online dating. Ostensibly candid chit-chat is backspaced over and over. Photos are curated. With a lack of body language or subconscious ‘aura-reading,’ this is all you have to judge a person by. Back to the opening dilemma: are you to remain in the safety of your house, never knowing what this scintillating chit-chat could lead to, or do you go out and meet at a bar, hoping that the person won’t end up stealing your wallet?

The following twelve people picked option number two and lived (occasionally…) to regret it. Although we think online dating is a lot of fun and don’t mean this as a PSA against its dangers, always keep your eye on the emergency exit.

12 Charming Man Is Murderous Liar


Among other things, Minh Nguyen told "Crystal" that he was 28 years old and that he had co-founded the profitable startup Plaxo. Crystal eventually found out both those things were untrue. The man was actually a decade older and had never worked at the company (but another man named Minh Nguyen had.)

11 Woman Jumps Out of Window To Escape Man

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The scary thing about Tinder meetups is that there are only two people there (sometimes… we’ll get to it.) If something happens, it’s your word against theirs. This is the case with Gable Tostee and Warriena Wright. After meeting up with Tostee in his Gold Coast apartment, Wright flung herself from the 14th floor balcony.

10 Happy Hookup Becomes Violent 


Fernando Rosales and Sean Crescentini met on Grindr, the gay version of Tinder (absolutely no cutesy peek-a-boo function). After a month of chatting, the two men decided to hookup in real life. Very quickly, things escalated to violence.

9 Trusted Man Betrays His Date


We tend to think of sexual assault as something that happens randomly and between strangers. But often it happens between people where a pittance of trust has been established.

8 Woman Abducted And Attacked

After a few chats with a charming man on Tinder, a 30-year-old Irish woman agreed to meet her online interlocutor one night for coffee. What happened next she didn’t expect. Her date forced her into his car and drove around relentlessly until he found a secluded spot and assaulted her. After her abduction, he drove her home and sped off.

7 Hustler Steals Identity on Tinder


Kristin Shotwell of North Carolina at first thought it was funny when she found out “Kim” was using her pictures on Tinder. “Of course, I laughed because the initial thought of the someone stealing your pictures online is kind of funny, right?”

6 Underage Crime from Tinder


5 Psycho Tinder Attack


4 Crazy Stalker Chick From Tinder


3 Sexy Thief Seduces Man

2 Slaughter in Seattle


1 Tinder Date Turns Gang Assault

A 28-year-old New Zealand woman agreed to meet a man off of Tinder at a restaurant in Sydney, Australia. After dinner, they went for drinks at another location, where they met up with the man’s friends. Police say that at the second place, she began to feel dizzy, in other words too dizzy to just be drunk. She came to at a private property in the Botany area. There, she was assaulted by her date and all of his friends, as they exploited the unconsciousness they had inflicted upon her. Unfortunately, those are all the available details because the woman’s memory of the events is so spotty.


Sources: DailyMail, The Advocate, Mirror, NYDailyNews, Cosmpolitan

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