First, the spam bots initiate conversation with Tinder users with a “flirty or playful” message, such as: “Wanna eat cookie dough together some time? The spam bot then says it is a new free service from Tinder designed to ensure that “the person you wanna meet isn’t a serial killer lol.” As Symantec’s Satnam Narang says, the scammers are cleverly using any mistrust singles might have towards online dating services to help with their scams, saying: “The spammers use this legitimate concern to convince users to verify themselves and trick them into thinking verification will lead to a date.” The fraudsters might also be playing off the fact that Tinder launched “verified” profiles last year for “notable figures” like celebrities and athletes, because although the type of fake verification they are peddling is completely different, users may have heard about “verified” Tinder profiles, therefore making the scam more believable.
Follow @Lisa Vaas Follow @Naked Security I've been writing about technology, careers, science and health since 1995.It is during this step where the scam is executed, as within the small print it says that users are opting in to a free trial to a number of adult video and webcam sites, and if they don’t cancel the subscription within a certain period of time, their card will be charged by three different sites.The researchers said the total amount users would be charged every month is 8.76.There are too many instances of imposters preying on the lovelorn or gullible, such as the guy who posed as Justin Bieber and lured kids into stripping in front of a webcam. We’re still on our own when it comes to sniffing out fraudsters who pose as non-celebrities, such as the 22-year-old Facebook predator charged with posing as a teenager to stalk girls online.As well, romance scam gangs have fleeced thousands of people out of millions of dollars: the FBI and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre have said that in 2014 alone, scammers operating through online dating sites defrauded thousands of people out of more than million in the US and another million in Canada. But for those who are dead-set on dating the likes of Katy Perry, Lindsay Lohan (or at least her brother), Ashton Kutcher, Lily Allen, Made in Chelsea cast members or Hilary Duff, verified accounts might be just your cup of tea.
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