Although few of these proceed further than a Garda interview, they suggest that an increasing number of Tinder dates are turning into threatening or dangerous encounters.
Almost a dozen rape and sexual-assault trials involving people who met via the app are due before the courts shortly.
During the alleged victim’s cross-examination transcripts of Whats App messages between the pair were read to the jury.
Their communication included numerous sexts, or sexually explicit photographs and texts.
Blount appeared to trust Cully, and she quickly develop an attraction to him.
As in the “Tinder rape” case, messages that they exchanged online formed part of the prosecution’s case.
So what is it about social media that leads some people to let their guard down and trust another person so fully and so quickly?
The accused – neither he nor the complainant can be named for legal reasons – was acquitted at the Central Criminal Court on June 2nd.
Tinder can be a great place to meet people, to flirt harmlessly and even to find a life partner.
But you’re still dealing with a stranger, and caution is advisable.
Blount travelled to a hotel room to meet a stranger she had befriended online.
The university student in the “Tinder rape” case got into a stranger’s car and went for a drive into the Dublin Mountains.