Tinder scam could leave your phone full of porn

Users of the dating app beware: someone really is out to get you.

Imagine if Jennifer Lawrence was on Tinder.
Tinder Jennifer Lawrence is not on Tinder. Image Tinder

A leading security firm has urged Tinder users to err on the side of caution after it was revealed that an email scam is targeting users of the popular dating app.

According to Symantec, side-swipers are being contacted with offers to verify their accounts as part of a scam using automated bots masquerading as real-life Tinder users.

Worse still: it’s all part of a scam designed to essentially sell porn.

The scam starts off harmlessly enough with the bot contacting Tinder users with a flirty, seemingly harmless message like “Wanna eat cookie dough together some time?”

So far, so good, right? Wrong.

At this point, the mischievous bot ups the ante by asking whether you are a verified user.

Sean Rad co-founded Tinder.
Rad Times Tinder co-founder Sean Rad at Tech Crunch. Image Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch

Now, at this point, it’s important to point out that Tinder only offers verified badges to public figures, brands and some celebrities. You don’t need to be verified.

But that doesn’t stop this bot from claiming that it is required to “verify the person you wanna meet isn’t a serial killer lol.” Lol indeed.

Users are then sent a link to a site called “Tinder Safe Dating” with the express aim of tricking users into giving up payment data.

They claim they want the credit card information to verify the user’s age but what they actually end up doing is subscribing anyone dumb enough to fall for the trick to free trials of online porn.

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Worse still, fail to cancel these trials and you could rack up over £80 a month in bills.

No man should be made to pay for porn, especially not that much.

It’s thought that the scammers earn money through referrals, though the good news is that Symantec has already taken steps to prevent more users from falling for the trick.

A total of 13 “Tinder Safe Dating” website domains have been reported with more likely to follow.

However, with similar scams likely to emerge on the popular dating site in the next few months, it could be wise to stay vigilant.

Basically, try to think with your brain rather than your… you get the picture.

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Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.

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