This Tinder scam promises to verify your account, but actually sells porn

Automated bots on Tinder have been telling real users to get 'verified'

Tinder users beware. The popular dating app generally doesn’t verify most user accounts, but that hasn’t stopped spammers from pretending to offer the service.

In recent weeks, automated bots masquerading as Tinder profiles have been telling real users to get “verified,” as part of a clever scam to sell them porn, security firm Symantec said on Thursday.

The spam bots first send off flirty messages, like “Wanna eat cookie dough together some time?” only to then ask whether Tinder has verified the user.

It’s a free service, the spam bot will claim, and done “to verify the person you wanna meet isn’t a serial killer lol.”

The spam bot will then send a link to a site called “Tinder Safe Dating.” But in reality, the service aims to trick users into giving up their payment data, Symantec said.

tinder scam 3 Symantec

The scam redirects you to this site

It does this by asking for credit card information, claiming this will verify the user’s age.

“If the user isn’t careful, they might miss important details in the fine print,” Symantec added. The service actually subscribes the user to free trials of online porn.

Unless the free trials are canceled, the user will be later charged US$118.76 per month.  

The scammers are probably taking a commission for each referral made, Symantec said. The security firm has found 13  “Tinder Safe Dating” websites and reported them to the domain name registrar.

Tinder does offer verified badges, but only to some public figures, celebrities, and brands. Users wanting to confirm their authenticity should link their Tinder account to Instagram, the app’s developers have said.

Spam bots, however, have been a problem on the app for years. Past scams have tried to redirect users to mobile games and adult webcam sites.

Tinder warns users to avoid messages that contain links to third-party websites or ask for money or an address.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Michael Kan

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?