Are Pyramid Schemers Using Tinder to Recruit?

This is a new kind of catfish.

This is a new kind of catfish. Twitter

When Scott and his Tinder match agreed to head back to her apartment after drinks, it seemed things were going really well. When they arrived, however, they weren’t alone. A group of unsuspecting strangers awaited, and Scott thought to himself “Is this going to be an orgy? I’m leaving in that case.”

An orgy wouldn’t be far-fetched for Tinder, but a sales pitch about the perks of a travel club is. The group was prompted to settle around the TV for a presentation on why they should join such a club.

“It was a pyramid scheme. They used Tinder to try and lure people into a pyramid scheme,” Scott texted his friend.

This is the tale told in a recent Imgur post that has been viewed more than 150,000 times. Derploma, the original poster, wrote, “My old housemate went on a Tinder date, things didn’t finish as expected…”

Here is the post:

This isn’t the first time Tinder has been linked to pyramid schemes. In two different 2014 Reddit threads on r/Tinder, a number of users said they’ve encountered such schemes on the app. We’ve reached out to Tinder for comment on this and will update if we hear back.

We have also reached out to the Imgur user who posted the screenshot for more information.

Are Pyramid Schemers Using Tinder to Recruit?