Does Tinder Create Fake Profiles?

Tinder is one of the most popular dating apps right now. It has around 50 million registered profiles worldwide with around 10 million daily active users. The app was created in 2012 and is currently the property of Match Group (along with, OKCupid and Plenty of Fish).

Like any other free-to-use social platform, dating sites are prone to problems with fake accounts, spamming bots, and malicious users. Recently, some users have started voicing their concerns that Tinder may be behind some scams.


Like any other social platform of this size, Tinder has had its fair share of fake profiles. Some of them were created by real people, while others were made and operated by spam and hacking bots. Despite significant improvements in security, Tinder has not been able to remove all fake profiles from the platform.

Recently, a new type of profile allegedly fake has crawled Tinder. These profiles had zero activity and never responded when they were busy. According to statistics, Tinder had around 68% male users and only 32% female users in 2015. Interestingly, the majority of these profiles were women. This has led some users to suspect that Tinder is trying to artificially change the app’s demographics and increase profits.

What Do These Profiles Look Like?

Allegations that Tinder is using this new type of “non-malicious” fraud to increase its female population has caused a stir in the online community. Proponents of this idea even identified the main features of such profiles.

One of the most obvious signs that a particular profile is Tinder’s own fake is different behavioral patterns—or rather, a lack thereof. According to several users, the owners of these accounts will not try to sell you anything or lure you to a dangerous site. Apart from that, there are a few other common features shared by fake accounts allegedly created by Tinder.

  1. They don’t match. Alleged Tinder’s own fakes never match anyone.
  2. No explanation. These profiles usually do not contain information and descriptions.
  3. Location mismatch. According to users, a fake profile will always tell you that your locations are much closer than the real distance.
  4. Wrong photos. Typically, the photos will not match the location specified in the profile. For example, UK-based profiles often contain photos taken somewhere in the US.
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Why Would Tinder Do This?

Some users think that Tinder is using these new types of fake profiles to artificially increase its female population. This, in turn, allows male users to actively swipe and spend their likes and swipes. As a result, male users will have to resort to Tinder Plus for additional swipes and likes, thereby increasing Tinder’s revenue. Of course, this is all just speculation. There was no official response from Tinder.


With zero evidence and only theories available to support the claims, it’s safe to assume that Tinder is not involved in any kind of foul play.

Stay safe

Tinder-made or not, you should always keep an eye out for fake profiles. Here are some of the easiest ways to detect a fraud.

  1. Profiles that look too good. If a profile you match has a photo that looks professionally photoshopped and has nothing (or almost nothing) next to it, it’s most likely fake. These profiles may also contain photos of celebrities instead of real users.
  2. Users trying to remove the chat from Tinder immediately. Typically, at the very beginning of the conversation, they will try to do it right off the bat. Most likely, they will tell you that they hate Tinder or that they are leaving the app. They may ask you to give them your phone number or join another social platform. These users are most likely after your personal data.
  3. They respond very quickly or give meaningless answers. Another indicator that you are dealing with a fake account is their response speed. If they text you right after they’ve matched or their reply doesn’t make any sense, it’s probably a fake account.
  4. Information is missing from their profile. When browsing a profile you’re matched with, check out the bio. If it’s empty, you’re most likely dealing with a fake.


Like other free social networks, Tinder is prone to fake profiles and spam/hack bot issues. Follow the tips you find in this article to make sure you are safe and avoid fake profiles.

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