EXPOSED: The seedy underbelly of hook-up apps

George Michael takes a photo of himself and posts it on dating website ‘Grindr’. Picture: Grindr

An attack on a Sydney man has raised questions about the safety of online dating and mobile hook-up services.

The man was attacked by another man he’d met through a dating app. He was bound and gagged in his apartment while the other man and a third party robbed him. It could have been much worse – he escaped with minor injuries.

Two of the most popular hook-up apps used in Australia are Grindr and Blendr. Grindr is used exclusively by the gay community while Blendr is its “straight” partner application.

Will, a Grindr user in Sydney, said the recent attack would make him more wary of using hook-up apps in future.

“It’s something that’s always in the back of my mind, so it’s good to hear this kind of story as a reminder to be more careful,” he told

“It also makes me think it would be safer to meet in a public place first and then go from there, rather than just to meet at someone’s house and get straight to it.”

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