The links all point to questionable webcam sites with names like My Passion Pit, My Gay Cam Crush and Gay Slice Crush.
After dropping a link to those sites in a Grindr chat, the spambot ceases responding, except to ask why you haven’t joined him yet.
It’s not clear how many have actually fallen victim to the scam to date, but the prevalence of sign-up websites seem to indicate its popularity.
“Historically, most links shared by these spam bots would be masked behind short URLs, but in this case, they want users to see the URLs because they include words like Tinder, Protection and Match,” Satnam Narang, Senior Security Response Manager at Symantec, tells Tech Crunch. This is far from the first time that Tinder has been afflicted by spam bots.
If a user encounters a profile violating our terms, we encourage them to report it immediately within the app.
Reporting a user for spam or inappropriate conduct is straightforward and easy to do.
We also encourage users to review our safety tips, which can be found on our website and accessed through the app.
According a recent report from security researchers at Symantec, scammers are now using verification as a lure to sign up people to fake “safe dating” websites.Handsome, muscled, and stripped to the waist, the men introduced themselves with a handful of stock greetings."Poke." "Hey buddy." "Hey sexy." Say hello back and they’ll respond with a quick story about how incredibly frisky they are feeling.The sites used “Tinder” in their domain name and would use Tinder’s logo and font to make them seem official.be a red flag to the users, but if this method wasn’t successful, it wouldn’t exist…) Upon signing up for verification and providing their personal and payment card data, the fine print alerts the user they’re also agreeing to opt into bonus offers including free trial memberships to erotic video and adult webcam sites, Symantec reports.