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is a geosocial networking mobile app geared towards gay and bisexual men, designed to help them meet other men in their area. Available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play, Grindr comes in both free and subscription-based versions (the latter called Grindr Xtra).
The app makes use of a mobile device's geolocation, a feature of smart phones and other devices, which allows users to locate other users who are nearby.
One of the most common techniques is to build up trust with the person by messaging for weeks or even months before suddenly having an emergency - the fake person being mugged but their daughter needing urgent surgery, for example - and asking for money.
But then they suddenly need money for rent too, then food, then medical fees, and it can quickly escalate.
The Android version of Grindr has a substantial number of negative reviews stemming from unresolved issues, but has increased to a 3.5 star rating, as of January 2015.
Additionally, both Grindr and Blendr were selected as Official Honorees of the 2012 Webby Awards for award-winning work in the Social (handheld devices) category.
Out of nearly 10,000 entries received from all 50 US states and over 60 countries, the Official Honoree distinction is awarded only to the top 15% of all work entered that exhibits remarkable achievement.
This is accomplished through a user interface that displays a grid of representative photos of men, arranged from nearest to farthest away.
Tapping on a picture will display a brief profile for that user, as well as the option to chat, send pictures, and share one's precise location.
In August 2013, Grindr released an update that requires users to verify their accounts by providing a valid email address and creating a password to resolve user issues.