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The bot will explain, casually, The spam bots then link to a fake verification website that claims to offer background checks or some sort of dating protection.Some of the sites reference “date codes,” which are purportedly codes you can provide your date so they can confirm you’re a verified Tinder user. Symantec said they found 13 different “Tinder Safe Dating” websites in the wild, and reported them.
Then, after a series of messages with the potential victim, the bot will ask the user if they’re verified on Tinder.
The sites used “Tinder” in their domain name and would use Tinder’s logo and font to make them seem official.
be a red flag to the users, but if this method wasn’t successful, it wouldn’t exist…) Upon signing up for verification and providing their personal and payment card data, the fine print alerts the user they’re also agreeing to opt into bonus offers including free trial memberships to erotic video and adult webcam sites, Symantec reports.
It’s not clear how many have actually fallen victim to the scam to date, but the prevalence of sign-up websites seem to indicate its popularity.
“Historically, most links shared by these spam bots would be masked behind short URLs, but in this case, they want users to see the URLs because they include words like Tinder, Protection and Match,” Satnam Narang, Senior Security Response Manager at Symantec, tells Tech Crunch. This is far from the first time that Tinder has been afflicted by spam bots.
Reached for comment, a Tinder spokesperson offered the following statement: Tinder will never ask users to verify through a third party website, download link, or app.