"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.
A Crime Watch Daily undercover investigation has found that many women are playing a dangerous game of "romantic Russian Roulette" on Internet dating sites and apps like Tinder, Grindr, Bumble, Zoosk, OKCupid and POF.
Doran: "To be honest I really am grappling with the situation these women are walking into.These are intelligent, worldly women who are letting their emotions cloud their judgment. " "No, I've done it before and it's been fine," said Vera.But that is precisely the process these predators are relying on. "You've heard of horror stories of course." "Oh yeah," said Vera. "I told him I was nervous." But not nervous enough.In many ways I am torn because I recognize it would be really confronting to walk into a room full of cameras, but I also feel passionate about demonstrating their decisions could be deadly." As Powers and Vera come through the door, she is obviously surprised to see our cameras, but soon understands our intentions are well-meaning and seems OK about talking to us. You've known Chris for only a few hours and you're prepared to come up to a room with what could have been anyone in this room, right? Powers has a second Tinder date lined up now with "Hazel" [not her real name], who is even more reckless than Vera. "I was who I said I was, that it's going to be a safe situation." So Hazel comes right to the room. " "Probably not, if this was the outcome," said Hazel. If not, don't" "Is there something Chris said to you to convince you to come along? Just didn't seem like he meant a lot of harm," said Hazel."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.
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.
Also in Denver, KDVR reports a man posing as a rock musician named "John" on Tinder turned out to be a thief whose real name was Kenneth David Burrell.
He allegedly robbed the home of a woman he'd met on an online blind date.
"I pretty much just said 'Why don't we go out to eat or something, come over to my hotel, we'll have a couple of drinks in my room and then we'll go out from there,'" said Powers. " "I didn't really reveal anything about myself," said Powers.