The most recent scam affecting online daters around the world involves the use of fake background checking websites created by criminals.
Fake profiles created by criminals are contacting victims on dating sites and requesting individuals to obtain “Dating ID’s”, “hookup clearance”, “security clearances” or “criminal background checks” prior to meeting or engaging in online based activities.
More subtle than just sending a link and hoping you click, the trick here is to get the person to ask for more information by saying ‘What’s the code they gave you? But the website they link to is not what it claims to be.
There are at least 13 of these fake websites, Symantec reports.
The lady I spoke with appeared quite helpful, and friendly, and, at my request, cancelled my auto-renewal. The following day, they took a further £39.99 out of my bank account.
I only paid £19.96, just under one month earlier, for a one month membership. Over the last few days, I have sent them several messages via their link, but, apart from auto-responses, they have replied to none of these.
This is how the messages might look: The scam was exposed by anti-virus experts Symantec, who explained more here.
‘It’s a free service tinder put up, to verify the person you wanna meet isn’t a serial killer lol,’ the spammer says, trying to make out that they are taking reasonable precautions.
I was stupid enough to fall for the whole "you need to upgrade to read messages" plot and I regretted it the next day. The one who looks nothing their photos, the power user with swiping set to automatic, or that one who spams your phone for months after your single date saying they just happen to be in the area.But there is a new reason to shut down your phone, or at least to be more savvy about which opening lines you believe. Ironically, it involves playing on people’s fears about Tinder scams, and convincing them there is a way to verify your account so that you can see if people are who they say they are.They are not what they seem, and will ask you to provide a user name, password and email address.Once you’ve invested that much in the process, they ask for your credit card details as ‘secure age verification’. But at the bottom in small print it says a bonus offer of a ‘free trial’ for erotic websites.