“I like you,” the bot wrote, after complaining about a cheating ex. ” Even that approach may seem simplistic, but spammers wouldn’t keep targeting Tinder users if they weren’t making money, said Narang.They typically include custom referral codes in the links they send and get paid for sending new users to the sites they’re promoting, he said.
And they’ve programmed their bots to try to mimic a normal conversation, hoping to trick users into providing their phone numbers before they realize they’ve been had, security researchers say.
“They’re just average pictures of your average girl that you would encounter on Tinder,” said Narang, “so it’s harder to differentiate, ‘Oh yeah, that’s clearly a bot,’ while you’re swiping through.” The newer bots respond more slowly to messages than older automated accounts, which would often contact new matches and conspicuously send flirtatious messages faster than any human could type, Narang explained.
Some spammers set up accounts for made-up sex workers, posting sultry photos overlaid with explicit price lists, along with fake escort service links actually pointing to porn sites and dubious premium dating services of the “hot girls in your area” variety.
A not-so-suble old style fake prostitute spam account.
But lately, many Tinder spammers’ approaches have grown subtler.