This College Student Was Banned From Tinder For Scamming Money Off A Bunch Of Men

A spokesperson for Tinder told BuzzFeed News that anyone requesting money on the app would be banned.

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Like many people, Maggie Archer, a 20-year-old from St. Louis, Missouri, is on Tinder. Except she's found possibly the best use for it — scamming money off men by indirectly asking them to "send her $5 and see what happens."

"It's really a foolproof plan, because I'm not actually promising anything, I just say 'see what happens,'" Archer told BuzzFeed News, adding that "a surprising amount of men take the bait."

Twitter: @maggiearch3r

Archer said her friend actually suggested the idea of including the line in her Tinder profile to her, and she decided to try it mostly as a joke but stuck with it when it started working almost immediately.

Archer actually provided BuzzFeed News with screenshots of her recent Paypal activity as proof of how well it's been working.

Archer said that out of the guys who do ask her about her bio, around 1 in 5 actually send her money, and that she has received money from more than 20 matches in less than a week.

Maggie Archer

She said the most she has gotten from one match was $10.

"Some men get creepy and assume if they offer a lot more, like hundreds, something will actually happen, which of course it doesn't," she said.

People are comparing Archer to a particularly iconic scammer.

Archer said she didn't expect her tweet to get this much attention but has received mostly positive reactions from women.

"Some people are definitely upset about what I'm doing," she said. "Mostly men."

UPDATE

A spokesperson for Tinder told BuzzFeed News that "requesting money from other Tinder users violates our terms of service." The spokesperson said that any users doing so would be removed from the platform.

Archer told BuzzFeed News that she received an email from Tinder saying that her account had been shut down. She said that she had, however, deleted the app a couple of days ago "because the whole purpose for doing this was defeated," and that she hasn't re-downloaded the app to check.

Kassy Cho is a reporter with BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Kassy Cho at kassy.cho@buzzfeed.com.

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