I’m all for using Snapchat style apps and sites. In fact, I use them almost daily. However, I always proceed with caution when doing so. Reason being, there are so many different types of scams that take place on Snapchat today it’s not even funny. Here’s what you need to know before adventuring into the Snapchat world.
I’ve done the research. Now I’m sharing the facts with you. Here’s what you need to know…
Snapchat Scams To Be Aware Of In 2018
Here’s what you need to know when it comes to the most common Snapchat scams
Let’s Kick It Off With Some Snapchat Stats
According to recent analytics, Snapchat has 173 million users each and every day. With that many people sending three billion snaps, finding someone with ill intent is pretty much a given. In order to keep yourself safe and secure from the people trying to take advantage of you, it’s important to know what you’re going to run into. The more you know about their tactics, the more likely you’ll be to identify and avoid them.
People Lie About Who They Are
The most obvious things that you’ll come across are people lying about who they are. You know that I’ve got to talk about this one here: getting catfished. Any forty-five-year-old man can claim to be an eighteen-year-old girl and get you into trouble. When the hot girl that you think you’re talking to says she’s in trouble, nothing is going to stop you from trying to help her. It’s just human nature, but in reality, you’re just being scammed.
If you didn’t know, catfishing is the natural evolution of this kind of scam. It’s the most common of all Snapchat scams today. When you have married people looking for a little bit of fun in their lives, lying about their availability becomes second nature. They can convince you to send them nudes all day long with the promise that you’ll meet up, but that never happens. They just take your pictures and think about them while they’re not having sex with their spouses.
Snaps For Cash
Next up are people who snap you for money to meet up. Maybe they need cab money or cash to fix their cars. Of course, it’s the only way that they’ll be able to come face to face with you, and you’ve been sharing nude pics for months. Always understand that this never works out. They don’t need money to meet you; they just need money. They’re going to keep it and disappear. Not only will you never meet them, you won’t be able to afford to meet anyone else.
Other people like to lie about where they live. They’ll say that they’re close by, but they can really be anywhere in the world. Snapchat never restricts itself to certain countries, and no one needs to honest when they fill out their information. The person who’s talking to you could be on the other side of the globe with no intention of ever getting on a plane.
Seriously, even baby Drake knows the deal. Of course, there’s never going to be any shortage of fake users on Snapchat. For every real person on it, there are probably two fakes. These are people who create totally fictional humans in order to sell you something you don’t want or take something that they need. The second someone starts asking for something, walk away.
Escorts Asking For Money
Finally, we get to the alleged prostitutes. According to some investigative journalism, you’ll see ads for people looking to meet up for sex. Once you contact them, you’ll be told you need the premium service to get your carrot wet. Don’t bother. The person you’re talking to is a bot and you’re only throwing your money away. There’s always someone on Snapchat trying to take advantage of you. Don’t get yourself into trouble with empty promises.
I’ll give you the full rundown of how they do it right now. First, they send you a snap that’s of them taking a selfie. Then they will send you an iNotes snap asking if you want to subscribe to her private snaps. Once they’ve roped you in for that, they hit you with the typical, “I need $50 now to know you’re serious about it.” Then, at a later date, they will send you snaps asking for more and more money. If you want to meet in person, FORGET IT. That’s going to cost you hundreds, maybe thousands. However, when the time comes and you’ve paid, they disappear and the meet up doesn’t even happen.
I’ll be adding more content to this page as it’s going to hold all of the Snapchat scams that I’ve ever come across throughout my life. So keep coming back for more updates!
Disclosure: The Snapchat scams research has been completed by me, Todd, and there’s no one else you can thank for sharing the facts. If you’re interested in learning more about the various Snapchat style apps out there, my advice to you is to read the main page of this site and you’ll learn all you need to know.