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The second type were those promoting a third party – such as bots pushing mobile games like Castle Clash, which last April invaded Tinder, creating a lot of negative media attention for the company.
After users matched with the bots, the “women” would strike up a conversation, quickly ask whether their match had heard of a game, and send them a link – in the case of the Castle Clash bots, containing the URL “Tinderverified”.
Such programs might pay .00 per lead for a successful sign-up, and if a lead becomes a premium member, Symantec’s Satnam Narang said.
Security experts have also noticed that as scammers follow the flock of millions dating on mobile, they also learn to change their tactics quickly, when new security measures are introduced.
With the proliferation of apps like Tinder, a whole new pool of potential victims have surfaced, and these sophisticated criminals have acclimatised to this new dating landscape, and adapted their methods in an attempt to entrap these singles.
Keeping abreast of such developments, and the adapting nature of such scams is a constant battle, but one our industry must fight head on if we want to move forward, and increase trust in online dating.
Simon is the former editor of Global Dating Insights.
Pindrop’s Raj Bandyopadhyay and Valerie Bradford said: “When the security of the online channel is improved, fraudsters switch to the phone channel, which has historically been under-protected.
This lack of security innovation on the phone channel makes the phone a preferred vector for financial attacks.