Modern dating is hard enough, having to contend with potential scams should not be something you have to contend with as well. Today, we hope to protect you from tinder bots and teach you all you need to know how to spot fake Tinder profiles. Let’s get started.
Fake Tinder Profiles vs. Tinder Bots
These concepts are not the same. A fake Tinder profile is where a person uses a false name, photo, and personal details due to wanting to withhold their true persona for a wide variety of potential reasons. However, a bot is completely managed by software and, therefore, has little to no human input.
It is very hard to tell if an account is managed by a bot, prior to matching with them and initiating conversation. However, these are some of the tell-tale traits of a bot and for actual people who are active on Tinder.
Account profiles come in a wide variety these days, and bots are represented across age and cultural groups. Typically, the profile of a bot would have at least three or more pictures and have generic quotes or ideas as the totality of their profile. Although, it is important not to take this as a hard and fast rule as there are many bots nowadays who have well-developed accounts, with quite detailed stores of information.
Proof of a Bot
A major red flag is if the account has the user’s full Instagram or any other social media handle written out, rather than tagged. This raises suspicion due to the fact that linking social media tags has become commonplace.
One major misconception is that if a person has only one profile photo on Tinder is that they must be either a bot or a false account. This is untrue, as in some cases, it is most likely due to Tinder’s ability to show the photo that is most often swiped right on to increase that person’s chance of matching.
Not Proof of a Real Person
Just because an account shows how much they’re obsessed with the latest Netflix epic or have frequented music festivals in all of their free time, does not guarantee they are real. The creators of bots have leveled up their game and added all kinds of identifying characteristics, such as preferences and prior education.
Finding a Human on the Other Side
By now, you may be thinking it is time to pack up the app and head back out to your local bookstore or bar to try dating the good old’ fashioned way. However, there is hope. There are two main ways that you can validate an account on Tinder. The first being an Instagram profile that links back to an authentic account on the social media platform with a couple of pictures. Following on from there, you can check if they have a Spotify profile with a couple of playlists and favorite artists.
You’ve made it to the other side. You have managed to find a match. Although, by this point, you are wondering whether you have found a legitimate person or unluckily happened on the unfortunate bot-in-the-box. Once you have matched with someone, at some point, the bot will send you a message to start a conversation.
The Simple Spam Bot
The spam bot will begin the conversation with an entry message that contains some form of a link to either a social media platform or a different website. The reasoning behind this is that they do not feel safe on Tinder, and therefore, they would like you to make use of an alternative platform for the foreseeable future.The issue comes in when the new website requires various pieces of information from you, including your contact number and your credit card details.
The Ad Bot
This would consist of a bot sending forth messages containing promotional content for a specific product or service, in the hopes that you would feel inspired to buy them if they came from a person who you deemed to be attractive.
Chatbots are a bit harder to identify because the conversations start in such a normal fashion. You can anticipate the usual “hello”, followed by an inquiry of how you are. If the chatbot were poorly programmed within the first few messages, the style of responses would indicate that you were engaging with a computer, but if it isn’t, then it may take a while. Usually, there is an aim to their conversations centering on sending you a message with some form of a link to a dodgy website.
Common Scams on Tinder
Dating apps seem like the last place to find something as heartless as a scam, and yet, there are quite a few that you may encounter.
The Verification Code Scam
The bot or person will persuade you that you need to authenticate your presence on Tinder. However, they will not verify your profile but send you to a link of a fake website where they will attempt to harvest personal information.
The Link Scam
In effect, this person will send you a message containing a link to some platform where there will be hidden malware that will be deposited on your device once you interact with the site.
The Blackmail Scam
This will be an actual person and not a bot. This person will build a fictitious relationship with you so that they can encourage you to engage in an action that could ruin your life and then proceed to take screenshots to attempt to blackmail you for money.
The Venue Scam
This is where a person builds a relationship with a wide variety of people and tells them all to meet at a theatre, club, or new restaurant and when they arrive, they realize a whole bunch of people are there for the same reason.
The Robbery Scam
A person will engage in conversation with you and then state that they wish to meet with you in the flesh. However, they refuse to meet in a public space. Rather they would want to get together somewhere secluded when you arrive; you get accosted and robbed. Stay safe, stay in public spaces.
The Long Con
Long stands for long-term, in effect, the scammer will build a relationship through Tinder messaging and possibly with physical dates as well. This can take place for several months, while the scammer gathers all sorts of intel on you, with the purpose of them stealing assets and or private information from you.
What to do if You Encounter a Bot?
Report the account immediately and un-match them. To report a bot, head on to their profile and click on the three dots, then select the report.
Is Tinder Safe?
Yes, and no. Proceed with caution, make sure to assess each account carefully and with common sense. Most importantly, don’t give out personal information, send out strange photos, or click on weird links and definitely don’t share your credit card details.
Identifying Tinder Bots
Bots are so much easier to locate than false accounts handled by humans eager to capitalize on the need for love. Please implement the tips and tricks embedded within this article to make your journey to the one you love safer and bot-free. Let us know if you have ever encountered a bot or a scam artist on Tinder and if so, what did you do, how did you handle it?
Frequently Asked Questions About Tinder Bots
Do Tinder Bots Ask for Your Personal Number?
In some cases, such as spambots, they may ask for your cellphone number.
How much of Tinder are Bots?
There are no official statistics, but it can be presumed that the majority of Tinder users are normal people looking for love.
Can You Tell if Someone is on Tinder?
The easiest way to tell if someone is still using Tinder is to check out their location, if the location has updated, then they are active.
How can You Tell if Someone is a Bot on Instagram?
If the account has thousands of followers but almost no photos and if once you have followed, they immediately unfollow you.
Does Tinder Give You Fake Matches?
Not from what current research is showing on the matter. Fake Tinder profiles are where illegitimate people impersonate other humans to build connections with you, and bots also create matches.
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