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.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.
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.
Online dating has become a boom industry, grossing more than $4 billion a year, making it even an bigger money spinner than porn, with 38 percent of all American singles looking for a relationship using dating sites and apps.
But as we discovered there's a dark side to it that's putting women in peril.
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."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.Of the hundred young women Powers has just met on Tinder, several have given him their addresses and invited him to come over and take them out on a date, and two have actually agreed to come right to his hotel. "And if they do question it for a second, it takes very little to get them to change their mind, and think, 'Oh, I was so silly to think anything bad could happen.'" Powers has gone down to the lobby to meet the first girl of the evening, who's come here to meet him.Our message is the police will take them seriously and deal with them sympathetically." "You can't see a stranger rapist coming; they are going to be charming potentially they are going to be persuasive," he said."If you think you can see one from a distance or even up front, you can't - that's the issue." More than nine million Britons have signed up to dating websites and the NCA is advising users to be more careful.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.