If the user doesn’t cancel the trial, they’ll be charged 8.76 per month.
The scammers earn a commission on the sign-ups, which is the reason the scam exists in the first place.
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.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.With the new scam making its rounds on Tinder, bots match with users then begin flirty chats that say things like which is just random enough to sound like a cheesy opening line.
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.
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.
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