Tinder might be a dating app to get two people together, but there are some people who take this to a whole different level. Ever heard of tinder dates leading to loss of your vehicles on a regular basis? Well, meet Franklin Jones.
20-year-old Franklin has been found guilty of been involved in a series of carjacks and car thefts in St Louis County, Missouri. Some of the stolen cars include a 2009 Dodge Charger and a 2006 BMW 325i.
A resident near Blackjack where Jones has been found of luring in his victims said: “Sadly, I have Tinder. I don’t use it that often, but what if that was somebody I met up with?
“I could have been in that same position as the other women.”
“This is very serious and I think meeting up with people at houses or whatever… I don’t like to do that.”
Jones seems to love to play out his dirty schemes and eventually crash out these stolen cars way out of the city. Jones has been charged with robbery, stealing a car, and resisting arrest and has been held on $AU180,000 cash-only bond.
Incidents such as these make you question whether the accessibility that technology has provided is a boon or a bane. While it is a proven fact that technology has improved the life of human being, one can only also look at the cons and the miseries it has got along with it. The idea of virtual communication and basing a significant degree of trust in the same often leads to misdemeanours such as the one mentioned here. But often, these are taken to an entirely different level, and the scamming leads to loss of life as well.
This begs the question of cyber-security filters being implemented within these platforms to serve as an adequate fail-safe. And with the advent of machine learning and artificial intelligence, it doesn’t seem to be too distant a possibility either.