Tinder currently has 75 million monthly users, 10 million subscribers and more than 70 billion “matches” in 10 years of existence, making the platform the most popular of its kind worldwide. This translates into an endless number of people who are exposed to different scams while looking for their next sentimental or sexual partner.
According to the cybersecurity company Eset, When users feel comfortable and safe using an application, cybercriminals take advantage of this to set their traps and steal users’ data and money.
Although any application and social network is likely to be used to commit cybercrimes, on this occasion infobae explains the most common scams in Tinder.
Fake verification code on Tinder
This fraud consists in that after the user matches with a person, this person asks for the favor of receiving a verification code that Tinder requests, the problem starts when the user naively opens the message.
Immediately the offender will have access to the victim’s social networks and even their bank accountsso it is very dangerous to attend to this type of request.
Also, it may happen that the thief writes from a False account both offering and requesting a profile check to make sure you’re talking to someone real.
Since the fake profiles were mentioned in the above theft modality, it is worth exposing the most popular scam case in this application. As would be expected, the thief creates a fictitious profile using photos of very attractive people taken from image banks or profiles of real people, this to increase the chances of matching with potential victims.
Once a first conversation has been established with the user, they will be invited to continue the interaction on WhatsApp or another messaging platform where they will begin to extract personal data that they will then use to continue tricking. It is recommended to be careful with profiles whose photographs are sexually suggestive since it is very possible that they are a cybercriminal.
This form of Internet deception is the best known of all, it even had its own television program in which impostors were unmasked. The authors of this type of lies are not always motivated by money, as they may be people in need of attention and company or even have mental disorders.
Like most cases, the scammer creates a fake tinder account using the photos and personal information of another user on the web, It is usually very attractive people whose photos are stolen from social networks for these purposes.
After having a profile in the application and accounts on messaging platforms and social networks that help support the lie, the impostor will begin to attract unsuspecting users with whom he can maintain a virtual relationship for months or years.
From Eset it is recommended to link the Tinder profile with the Spotify and Instagram accounts, and also only like people who have done the same, with this you will have more data to verify that it is not a scam.
Dating applications have been lent so that some people decide to have virtual sex with those they have matched, sending them suggestive photos, without clothes or doing anything else that attracts the recipient. The inconvenience occurs when the person is threatened and they demand money in exchange for not viralizing the content that has been sent.
Both dating applications and cybersecurity companies recommend not practicing sexting with people who are not completely trustworthy to avoid these situations that can generate a lot of stress and anguish in the victim. Through Tinder you cannot send this type of photos or videos, but outside the application you can, so you must be attentive to the “match” requests.