For some people, Tinder is a money-pit. In between trips to fancy restaurants and myriad rounds of liquid courage, navigating the dating scene can put a dent in your wallet, let alone your heart. But one enterprising young lady has figured out how to monetize the Tinder game, in a stroke of genius that would make Joanne The Scammer blush.
Maggie Archer, a 20-year-old college student from St. Louis, has made a racket out of the dating-platform by asking men to send her $5 to “see what happens.” Men, in all of their brazen foolishness, have followed suit, wiring her little installments over PayPal. From there, it’s quickly evident that Archer’s scheme is a ruse, because she unmatches whatever dude is dumb enough to send her money, and never speaks to them again.
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Archer told Buzzfeed News that “a surprising number of men take the bait,” which actually isn’t surprising, if you’ve ever been friends with a gullible man in the midst of a Tinder rampage. In light of her success -- she apparently had around 20 guys send her small increments of cash in one week -- Archer’s become something of an icon on Twitter:
She's even inspired a copy-cat:
Unfortunately, the jig hasn’t lasted long. Archer’s clever little scam is a clear violation of Tinder’s terms of service -- so she’s been removed the app. Still, the young woman deserves plaudits for getting the most out of Tinder. After all, it isn’t everyday that you get to swipe your way into a profit.
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