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He adds that the bots are currently only affecting U. Common on dating sites, Tinder has had bot problems since 2013, including those that have flirted with users to direct them to webcam sites as well as install games, like knock-off versions of “Clash of Clans.” In other cases, spammers moved to SMS-based attacks after Tinder increased its security measures.
“What makes this particular spam operation unique is that it’s not trying to drive users directly to an adult webcam or dating site overtly, but it’s using the premise of the safety element to convince a user that he should be verified first before they meet,” says Narang.
These fake verification sites collect users’ personal information and payment card details, and proceed to sign up victims for subscription-based memberships to adult video and webcam sites that total nearly $120 per month in fees.
Verification is a much-desired feature on many social media services today.
While on Twitter and Facebook, verification lets people know that someone is who they say they are, on Tinder the promise of verification taps into users’ desire to eliminate the safety concerns that come with online dating.
And when a female (bot) asks the male (victim) if he’s verified, he may be more interested in following through to do so, because it could lead to a date.On any given profile, users can tap the ‘3 dots’ icon and select ‘Report’.From here, Tinder evaluates, takes the necessary action, and removes the inappropriate profile.A new bot scam on Tinder is tapping into users’ desire to become “verified” on the popular dating service – a process that people believe would allow them to confirm their identity, and legitimize their account for the purposes of trust and safety.According a recent report from security researchers at Symantec, scammers are now using verification as a lure to sign up people to fake “safe dating” websites.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.