The tale of a terrifying Tinder date has been listened to almost two million times after a recording of the "scariest story ever" surfaced online.
In the video, a woman explains her friend’s horrifying ordeal after meeting a man on the dating app, going to a restaurant and falling ill.
The clip, posted to Twitter by Cara Paton, from Scotland, on April 24 has been watched 1.94 million times and shared by tens of thousands of social media users.
"This has to be the scariest thing ever, I feel physically sick listening to it," she wrote. "Everyone should be so careful with who they meet."
But not everyone believes the story and many consider it an urban myth.
Similar accounts of the tale, with small details changed, have surfaced in the past.
In the video, the unnamed woman claims her friend met a man online and arranged a date.
She says he picked her up and drove them to a restaurant, where they had a good time.
After dinner, the woman says her friend became unwell; dizzy and nauseous.
"He gave her a lift home and she started to feel better so he came in for a coffee," the woman explains.
"But when they went inside she started to feel sick again so she asked him to leave.
"He said ‘yeah, that’s totally fine, I’ll go’ and left."
The woman says her friend then went to bed, but woke in the night to noises downstairs and called the police.
The story goes that police officers then attended the property to discover the doors locked, but were asked to knock it down by the terrified woman inside who was convinced of a disturbance in her living room.
The woman describes her friend hearing officers pinning someone down before creeping downstairs to discover her all her furniture covered in plastic sheeting and a saw and hammer lined up on the floor.
According to the story, the mysterious man had drugged his date and then taken her house keys with his when he left after she fell unwell.
Thousands of people have shared the story as a warning to people inviting strangers back to their home.
Last year, a similar story emerged. Read below if you are not already put off internet dating for life.
It begins in a classic fashion, with a twenty-something woman moving to Boston to start her graduate program.
Her aunt offers her her house to stay in while she is away in Europe.
Shortly after she moves in, the odd noises start.
The house being old, the young woman assumes the noises are because of that, but still goes in search of some reassurance from her dad.
He agrees the noises probably are not anything sinister, but suggests she calls the police so they can come and check – just in case.
So the woman calls the police, reiterating over and over that the noises are "probably nothing".
The operator asks if she is home alone, to which the woman says yes, and says, while the noises probably are not anything to worry about, a police officer can be with her in 40 minutes, as they’re experiencing a busier night than usual.
They add that they will stay on the line with the woman in case of an emergency.
About three minutes later, several police cars, sirens blaring, speed on to the front lawn. They search the house.
Not only do they find a man in the basement, but he is also equipped with a complex tool set which could easily be used as torture devices or to dismember a body.
What is more, the woman recognises the man as someone she met on Tinder and had a so-so date with. He discovered she was living alone when he dropped her back home.
According to the tale, the operator had heard someone listening in on the line, and had said the police would be there in 40 minutes to take the intruder by surprise, and hopefully prevent him from attacking her.
In a quest to find the woman, Madeleine got in touch with Seventeen magazine, as she was told the victim would be talking about her experience in a first person essay. But the piece has not yet materialised and there is no word from the magazine on when this might happen.
Further searches online for crimes in the Boston area have also yielded nothing, although others claim to have heard the story.
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