And when a female (bot) asks the male (victim) if he’s verified, he may be more interested in following through to do so, because it could lead to a date.
Adding to the confusion with regard to the Tinder bots, is the fact that Tinder, too, offers a verification process of its own.
“What makes this particular spam operation unique is that it’s not trying to drive users directly to an adult webcam or dating site overtly, but it’s using the premise of the safety element to convince a user that he should be verified first before they meet,” says Narang.
Reached for comment, a Tinder spokesperson offered the following statement: Tinder will never ask users to verify through a third party website, download link, or app.
Reporting a user for spam or inappropriate conduct is straightforward and easy to do.
On any given profile, users can tap the ‘3 dots’ icon and select ‘Report’.