If you’re hesitating about trying online dating because of some horror story you read (argh those scamming catfishers!
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.
Public figures and other celebrities on Facebook and Instagram are offered a blue checkmark alongside their name so you know which accounts are legitimate.
Meanwhile, Twitter finally opened up its verification system to all users, making its coveted checkmark something attainable by the masses, where before it was handled manually and at the company’s discretion, making for a fairly large group of users who felt slighted when requests were ignored.
If the user doesn’t cancel the trial, they’ll be charged $118.76 per month.
The scammers earn a commission on the sign-ups, which is the reason the scam exists in the first place.
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.
Adding to the confusion with regard to the Tinder bots, is the fact that Tinder, too, offers a verification process of its own.