Law enforcement remind users of potential dating app dangers

Dating app safety. (WLUK)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- Law enforcement are urging caution for dating app users after police say three Milwaukee men used a popular app to meet and rape three women.

Nowadays fewer people are meeting significant others while they're out and about and more people are turning to dating apps like Tinder and even social media.

"I just use them to see who's on campus that I do know or don't know. I primarily use Tinder so I just see if they like me back ,or if I can meet someone new on campus," said UW-Green Bay student Eric Schmidt.

While these apps have the ability to bring strangers together, they're also being used by predators to find their next victim. Just last week three Milwaukee women say they were kidnapped and raped by three men, after meeting them on the dating app 'Tagged.'

"It happens often where someone meets someone and didn't know who they were and something happens. They come in and we fully investigate it, they're treated as a victim,and we try and find that resolution," said Lt. Jim Valley from the Brown County Sheriff's Office.

UW-Green Bay students who spoke with FOX 11 said they use dating apps like Tinder and Bumble pretty often, but none of them have had any bad experiences using the them so far.

"Maybe because I'm a male I don't see the dating violence aspect of it," said Schmidt.

But police say these things can happen to anyone at anytime, so users should always take extra precaution.

"You just don't know who that other person is. If you're going to meet up with someone maybe meet as a group and don't do it alone," said Lt. Valley. "Ask for personal information so you can do a Google search or find out more about them," he said.

The suspects involved in the Milwaukee sexual assault case have all been charged the district attorney says more charges could be coming if there are more victims.


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