Warning over homophobic attacks being organised by ‘catfish’ gang
A WARNING has been issued to members of the gay community using online dating after it emerged a homophobic gang was using it to lure victims.
The warning was issued after a man in Cork arranged a date online and was met by a gang of men.
Louise O’Donnell put the warning on Facebook after her friend was the victim of an attempted attack, and it was spread around social media.
“Unfortunately there is a group of groups of young people in Cork carrying out organised beatings against members of this community.
“Posing as young men and women on different sires including Tinder, Plenty of Fish and Grindr, they aim to get young gay and lesbians alone in secluded areas of the city to carry out vicious assaults”, she said.
I would really appreciate if you’d spread the message, look out for one another and stay safe! Never agree to meet someone late at night, in a secluded area or alone,” she added.
She told the Irish Examiner that when her friend arrived for the meeting, he was set upon by a gang of four men who jumped out of a van – however he managed to escape.
She added that since she issued the warning, she has been contacted by others informing them of similar incidents.
Creating a fake online identity for the purposes of meeting someone is known as ‘catfishing’.
` The ‘catfish’ will use stolen pictures in order to lure their victim into chatting and meeting them.