Bait And Switch Escorts

The term 'Bait and Switch' is one that has a long an unfortunate history in the online escort market. It is an aged old scam that is there to fool prospective escort clients into thinking the escort advertised is the actual escort they will meet if they book an incall/outcall with them. The reality is the photos of the escort are fake and it s there to lure unsuspecting escort clients into a scam of some kind.

2020 still sees this harmful practice go continue. Basically a 'bait and switch' is when an escort client books an escort based on their appearance in the pictures on their portfolio. However, the escort that turns up (or the one they visit, if it's an incall) looks completely different to their photo. It basically is a different person. The bait and switch has been reported many times on escort forums and message boards by clientele who are fed up of this practice. It is becoming more and more common by outcall agencies who basically have a range of pictures in their gallery, that bare no resemblance to the escorts they actually showcase in real life. These agencies are counting on the people who booked to just be satisfied with the escort that turns up. On many occasion the client just can't be bothered to argue. However more and more are standing their ground and are refusing the booking.

Reasons why escorts/agencies use bait and switch methods?

  • Identity Protection - Believe it or not some people are not doing this out of intentional malice but of self-preservation of reputation. Bait and switch escorts behavior can in no way, shape or form ever be ever condoned or justified. Some ladies (and guys) who are escorts do not want others knowing that they are an escort. This is to protect their reputation and stop their friends, colleagues and families finding out they are an escort. Sometimes these photos are visually manipulated in a way (cropped, blurred or taken from a certain angle) so it leaves room for doubt; either way.
  • Greed - Escorts and agencies are just plain greedy. They know they can attract much more bookings with fake profiles. Incalls or outcalls, when the client realizes the individual isn't the person in the photo then the escort/agency then can use an excuse to secure the booking.
  • Laziness/Cost Effectiveness- Sometimes escorts/agencies can not be bothered hire a professional photographer to take professional photos. They see it as more cost effective to simply use other people's pictures. The irony is it isn't cost effective if they get sued for copyright infringement.

How to protect yourself from bait and switch escort practices?

There are a number of precautions and things you can do to avoid becoming a victim of this type of scam:

  1. Using Google Image Search - Using the reverse image search function you can search any image to see its usage on the web. This way you can check to see the validity of an image and how many references it has online. You can see if there is a consistency in the authenticity of the picture. For example the same profile has the same escort name on many different escort related websites. The bug give away is when you see the picture on non-related escort sites, with a different name and in worse case scenarios people may use pictures of published models or celebrities. That is the most extreme form of bait and switch.
  2. Research & Reviews - For escort and escort agencies alike there are many escort directories/forums/message boards where people leave reviews. The more reviewed the escort is without receiving warnings about any 'bait and switch' practices; the better. There are agencies out there that have a very poor reputation and are known to operate as a bait and switch agency. So do your best to read reviews and do internet searches with the escorts name or agency name with the words "bait and switch" in speech marks to see what results it brings and if any websites highlight bad reviews highlighting this practice.
  3. Professional websites - If you are booking an independent escort then check to see if they have a professional and personal website. If it has been well designed and they have an extensive online gallery of pictures where it is the same person in it then that is always a good initial sign.

One sign that a possible bait and switch could take place is if the pictures on an agency site rarely change. Or the fact you have seen that picture so many other places as well. Some agencies actually steal pictures from escort directories and other agencies. Just so they can attract clientele, only to bait and switch them into a booking. It is ridiculous that the agencies who operate like this still get bookings. The other sign is a a bit harder to conclude that you are at risk from a bait and switch. It is when you see pictures with the faces blurred or not included. Although there are escorts who do not want their identity to be known for whatever personal reason, the client still has a vague idea of what they actually look like. The perfect setting for a bait and switch to take place. Have you been a victim of such a scenario? Fake escort pictures are the doorway for many problems if you fall victim to booking an escort this way.

Some agencies practice this on the odd occasion, if there is an escort that is not available at the last minute and they just send the best alternative to the client. As a client you have a right to undertake or cancel the booking there and then. Some agencies may argue that they need to be compensated, but the best way to safeguard against that is to state during the booking process, that if the escort isn't the one you have booked that you will refuse the booking. You need to get the agency to agree. Maybe send a e-mail ahead of your date stating that in the event of a bait and switch that you will refuse and that you are not subject to any costs incurred by the agency / escort etc.

More and more is being done to raise the awareness of this. It is not just certain agencies who conduct themselves in this manner. Some independents do also. They adopt the same tactic of partial photos where there face is not in the image or is blurred. Or again they use fake photos that bare no resemblance to how they actually look. It takes a few minutes to sign up to a free escort directory. So they can flood the internet with fake profiles in the hope of using a bait and switch after the fake photos have enticed clients to book their service.

If you are a victim of this scam you should refuse the booking and write a review on the top escort r3eview websites, forums and message boards, warning others.