Police have issued a safety warning as they investigate a robbery in Bondi Beach believed to be linked to the dating app Tinder.
According to NSW Police, a 23-year-old man was robbed shortly after midnight on Sunday morning on Wallis Parade, believing he was meeting a woman from the popular dating application.
Instead, the man was allegedly approached and chased by three men, one of whom assaulted him and demanded his wallet.
“The dating profile was set up, obviously falsely, to entice this male to attend a location in the eastern suburbs," Detective Acting Inspector Michael Egan-Hirst told the ABC.
"Three males have approached him and one has chased him and robbed him of his wallet and some cash."
The incident was reported to Eastern Suburbs Local Area Command who began investigations, later arresting three males, aged 17, 18 and 20.
An 18-year-old man was charged with robbery and granted conditional bail to appear before Waverly Local Court next month.
The other two men were released, but police said further charges could be laid.
The incident has prompted a police warning around the use of dating apps and websites.
Police have shared a number of safety tips to protect yourself online and when meeting people you don’t know:
- Do not send a picture of yourself to someone you don’t know and never place a full profile and picture anywhere on the internet.
- Never give out personal information including your name, home address, phone number, private email address, details of where you work or recreational activities.
- Do not activate your webcam to anyone you don’t know personally.
- Use dating, chat room or other meeting sites that have established vetting protocols to verify its members.
- Never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone you have only chatted with on the internet. If you do decide to meet a person, always take a friend and ensure the meeting is in a public place.
- Consider disabling the GPS function on application settings as this lets people know where you are located.
- Never give out your passwords or financial details; and if you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or in danger then discontinue the meeting, contact police or in an emergency situation call Triple Zero (000).