Adding to the confusion with regard to the Tinder bots, is the fact that Tinder, too, offers a verification process of its own.
However, it’s not something that’s open to everyone – only celebrities and other notable figures are verified and only because people would otherwise assume their profiles are fake.
The bot will explain, casually, The spam bots then link to a fake verification website that claims to offer background checks or some sort of dating protection.
Some of the sites reference “date codes,” which are purportedly codes you can provide your date so they can confirm you’re a verified Tinder user. Symantec said they found 13 different “Tinder Safe Dating” websites in the wild, and reported them.
On any given profile, users can tap the ‘3 dots’ icon and select ‘Report’.
From here, Tinder evaluates, takes the necessary action, and removes the inappropriate profile.
The sites used “Tinder” in their domain name and would use Tinder’s logo and font to make them seem official.
Profiles and users promoting any type of third-party verification or requesting personal, financial information and/or payment violate our terms of service, and we have a system in place to remove these profiles from the app.
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.
If the user doesn’t cancel the trial, they’ll be charged 8.76 per month.
The scammers earn a commission on the sign-ups, which is the reason the scam exists in the first place.