Could Your Tinder Match be a Scam Bot?

Don't Get Burned By Your Tinder Match

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The online dating world has been lit ablaze by the app known as Tinder. Tinder is a location-aware mobile dating app that leverages your Facebook profile, likes, friend information, and photos and attempts to match you with other singles that have common interests, friends, or that live near you and meet your search criteria.

Tinder's popularity probably has a lot to do with its ease of use. Tinder presents you with a stack of photos of potential matches.

If you like one, you swipe right, if you don't like them then you swipe left. If someone you swiped right on does the same when they see a picture of you, then a match is made and Tinder alerts you both and allows you to chat with each other. Pretty simple, right?

Enter: Tinderr Scam Bots

As with all good things in the world, scammers and spammers have to ruin them by finding some way to abuse the technology for personal gain.

Tinder has now become a target for scammers attempting to con users out of money, or getting them to install malware on their computers so that the scammers can make money via malware affiliate marketing programs, and other methods.

So how can a Tinder user know whether the photo they are swiping right on is a legitimate person looking for love or a scammer in disguise?

Here Are 5 Signs That Your Tinder "Match" Might be a Scam:

1. They Type Incredibly Fast

The Tinder bots you encounter are just that, bots, not humans.

They have a limited set of responses that they are going to be able to give as a bot. One big tip off is that as soon as you get "matched" to a bot then they are going to message you, likely within microseconds of the match.

Is it possible that it's a real person, who is just really eager to chat with you?

Maybe, but it's more likely that the bot that was triggered by the match and sent it's first message trying to get you on the hook as quickly as possible. While this sign is not conclusive, it's the first thing that will probably clue you in that something is amiss.

As you keep chatting, you'll probably notice that the responses you get back are almost instantaneous, because they have been scripted and are triggered off of your responses.

2. Their Responses Are Generic. They Don't Seem to Be Listening To a Word Your Saying

Unless the bots are using a sophisticated chatterbot-based conversation engine, they will likely only have a few canned responses that they will give in response to your interactions. Once they've dispensed with a few flirty smalltalk remarks such as "I've had a really busy week, my feet hurt, I need a massage" then they will deliver their payload, which usually asks you to visit a link that will either require you to download something (malware) or give them your credit card information.

Since the bots responses are scripted, they won't answer your questions directly. That's not to say that some Tinder scams may have actual live people on the other end who might engage in a real conversation with you before they scam you, but the current batch of Tinder bots won't be able to hold even the most simple of conversations, because their bots.

Once they've delivered their payload, that's probably the last you'll hear from them, they won't likely respond to anymore questions. They are done with you. You either took the bait or you didn't.

3. You Have No Facebook Friends or Interests In Common

Tinder bots have to leverage information from Fake Facebook Profiles in order to be on Tinder. Since they are bots, you probably won't have any Facebook friends in common with them. They may have some generic interests in common with you, but probably not.

4. They Ask You to Visit a Link, or do Something for Them Requiring The Use of a  Credit Card

The honeymoon is over when this message hits you. All those previous flirty messages have been intended to set you up for the con. You may have gotten, 5, 10, maybe even 20 messages, but in the end, they eventually have to cut to the chase and deliver their payload: the message that gets you to download something or pay for something.

Once you get this message, it's best to use Tinder's blocking feature so you can have them removed from your "match" list. After you get this message, it is unlikely you'll receive any further communications from them other than repeated requests to perform the same action that they wanted you to do in the payload message.

5. Their Profile Pictures Are Way Too Hot For Facebook

The scammers know that the odds are probably better for obtaining a match that results in conversation if they use pictures of attractive people, because if you don't swipe right then they won't get to talk to you and subsequently scam you. They'll probably even throw in one or two pics that really up the sexy factor in order to grab your attention and make you more likely to swipe right.

Tinder can be a really fun app for meeting new people, just make sure you recognize the warning signs above and don't fall head over heals for a bot.

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