Noonlight Scam: How It Works
If you are a Tinder or Snapchat user, beware of the Noonlight scam. For those of you who don’t know what Noonlight is yet, let’s get a quick overview and then expose the fraud (one of the most common social media scams). Let’s dive in.
What is Noonlight?
Noonlight is a legitimate app/platform. Tinder has partnered with this company to give you back up whenever you meet up with someone new. If you live (got your account) in the United States, you can connect Noonlight to Tinder so that you can:
- Discreetly trigger emergency services if you feel uneasy or in need of help.
- Share where, when, and who you are meeting IRL via Noonlight’s Timeline feature.
- Add a badge to your chat threads, so you let people know Noonlight protects you.
For now, Noonlight is only available in the United States. So, where is the Noonlight scam coming from?
Fake Noonlight Verification
Noonlight says it is not involved in identity or profile verification. If someone you have matched with on Snapchat or Tinder sends you a link to verify your identity or requests a safe code from you, this is a scam. Noonlight officially responded to the complaints
and confirmed that it does not do identity verification and does not require your credit card information.
If another user scams you, you should immediately report him/her and identify information on them to Tinder’s or Snapchat’s customer service team. See how you can do it later on in this article.
Below is a screenshot with an example scam link that is going around these days, www.scnoonlightprotection.org.
Noonlight says that the company is actively working with Tinder’s team to resolve the so-called “Noonlight scam”. On the other hand, many other platforms have Noonlight technology implemented in their systems. Some of these are Canary, Konnected, and TASER.
How To Report a Scammer
Let your family and friends know about the Noonlight Scam by sharing this page on social media. You can officially report criminals and any other suspicious activity to Tinder or the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) using the links below:
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On the same token, educate yourself with some other Tinder fraud-related articles below, so that you know how to stay safe online. Finally, feel free to use the comments section below to expose other crooks.
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