“Hey, is this Charles? its Amanda,,, we chatted on tndr before when I came up to visit my aunt but we never met in person.. I’m back in town rn if you wanted 2 actually go out this time, r you free?” If that slick opening line sounds familiar, you’re not alone—my roommate, a handful of acquaintances I follow on Instagram, and literally hundreds of other people have been subjected to a virtually identical out-of-the-blue text message from an unknown number. 

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Responding to “Amanda” elicits a few compliments and a photo of a blonde white woman wearing glasses who apparently thinks “snapping pictures” is “sohot,” a scenario that’s obviously geared towards something more than a friendly conversation. So what’s up with this “girl,” and how did this many guys give her the wrong number—or, rather, what kind of scam is being run here? 

OK, this clearly isn’t real. So what’s going on?

If your BS radar is going off, you’ve got…

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