Most people meet their significant others through their social circles or work/school functions. In the search for a potential date, more and more people are switching to less traditional methods. With the rise and rise of apps like Tinder (and the various copycat models) who could blame them.If you want to think about dating as a numbers game (and apparently many people do), you could probably swipe left/right between 10 – 100 times in the span of time that it would take you to interact with one potential date in ‘real-life’."You have tons and tons of strangers sharing all sorts of details, intimate, sending pictures, sending private information, and it's all available to strangers, with very little proof of you being who you are or what your real intentions are," said Powers.Our online dating expert Chris Powers agreed to be a decoy in an undercover operation Crime Watch Daily set up to find how many young women would throw caution to the wind for a blind date with a guy they know nothing about, except that he's good looking and charming.Crime Watch Daily investigates: Would you go into a Vegas hotel room alone with a stranger you just met on a dating app?Millions of single people are looking for a relationship using dating sites and apps.Way too trusting for their own safety, according to online dating crime statistics that show Internet predators are committing more than 16,000 abductions, 100 murders and thousands of rapes each year across America.And here's one more disturbing statistic: a staggering 10 percent of all known sex offenders use online dating services as their private hunting ground.
But as we discovered there's a dark side to it that's putting women in peril."Yesterday we got matched, started texting today, but the whole plan all along was, hey, come up to the room, we'll have a couple of drinks, then go out," said Powers. Like Vera, Hazel is shocked to find cameras waiting for her, but is fine speaking with us. " "I mean, I've done it before, not with a complete stranger, someone I've seen over Facetime, so it wasn't that big a deal," said Hazel. "Do you have a message for other girls who'd be considering doing this kind of thing? "He said he was moving here so I would never meet up with someone who was from out of town.Doran: "What you've done is walk into a room with a complete stranger that you've never seen. Just staying for a couple of nights." Even Powers couldn't believe he'd talked Hazel into coming straight to his room. But there's a dark side to online hookups that may be putting men and women in peril.
Matt Doran went to Las Vegas for a scary social experiment in a Crime Watch Daily investigation.
We set up hidden cameras with microphones stretching from the hotel lobby to the elevator, the hallway leading to the suite, and inside the suite itself.