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.
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.
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.
The sites used “Tinder” in their domain name and would use Tinder’s logo and font to make them seem official.
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