This Straight Physiotherapist Had His Pics Stolen by a Grindr Catfish

Tuesday June 28, 2022

Dr. Scott Liptzin
Dr. Scott Liptzin  (Source:Instagram)

A scammer took pics from a physiotherapist's Instagram and used them to catfish unsuspecting social media users, according to Vice.

"A '#hungandlegit' physiotherapist posing shirtless with a tub of protein powder appears to be offering naked massage sessions with 'happy endings' on Grindr and Instagram—except it's a scam," Vice said.

"Photos and videos of Dr. Scott Liptzin, a licensed physiotherapist in Hicksville, New York, and straight, married father of three, were stolen from his business Instagram account and used by scammers posing as erotic masseurs, including by a guy called 'Cams' offering 'a body-to-body naked session' that consists of 'rimming,' 'edging,' and 'penetrating' through DMs on Instagram and the gay dating app Grindr."

The Insta account largely consists of PG pics showing Liptzin with clients. But some of the more provocative ones caught the eye of "Cams," like, for example, the one of a shirtless Liptzin holding a nutrient supplement.

"Last month, a screenshot of an Instagram video of Liptzin treating one of his clients for a shoulder injury was used by Cams' Grindr with the message, 'I don't want to make love. i want to rub my soul against yours and watch love make us. My Ultimate goal is to pleasure and satisfy you using my rubbing skill,'" according to Vice.

"Thankfully it doesn't affect the business, and my wife didn't really care," Liptzin told Vice. "It gets me upset that somebody is copying my material for the wrong reasons."

In the past two years, Liptzin has been scammed seven times to his knowledge. "He said some of the Instagram accounts using his pics have more likes and views than his original posts do. "Some had over 7,000 followers and a lot more likes and views," Liptzin said. "It's crazy."

"Liptzin is not the only one who's had his photos ripped off. Grindr and Instagram users across North America, Europe, and Asia have reported being catfished for years by scammers peddling fake appointments for erotic massages using social media content from actual fitness models and physiotherapists," Vice added.

When contacted by Vice News and told of Liptzin's story, Meta (IG's parent company), via a spokesperson, said that "several Instagram accounts were reviewed and disabled for violating the company's authenticity policies."

"We have various systems in place that help us catch and remove suspicious activity before it is reported," the spokesperson said. "It is an ongoing effort that we're committed to continuously improving over time."