They typically include custom referral codes in the links they send and get paid for sending new users to the sites they’re promoting, he said.“If you can convince the person to actually sign up with a credit card for a premium service, that’s how you get the big bucks,” with some sites offering up to per new registration, he said.
“It won’t happen for about 50 minutes, 45 minutes, then [you’ll] get the message.” And rather than sending explicit messages and advertising links through Tinder itself, the new generation of bots will open with a quick compliment or attempt at flirtatious banter, then send a phone number or Kik username and ask would-be suitors to send them a text, according to Narang.
“If you message them through SMS, that’s when they’ll actually go through their scripted conversation, talking about how they want to go on an adult webcam site,” he said.
And since the proprietary protocol that connects Tinder’s i Phone and Android apps to its servers has been widely documented—tech entrepreneur Yuri de Souza published code last summer that he used to automatically swipe right on all of his potential matches—spammers can build bots from open source code mimicking Tinder’s internal interface or buy various commercial bots advertised online.Image: Tind Bot case study Take Tind Bot.
Available for $95, “Tind Bot can be used by individuals wanting to meet more people, nightlife promoters trying to message a bunch of people in an area or businesses who want to communicate with young locals,” according to the product's website. And on various less-than-savory internet marketing forums, spammers trade tips for steering clear of Tinder’s spam detection systems and not raising users’ suspicions.
Valerie Bradford, a Pindrop product marketing manager who contributed to that blog post, said one trend they do see with heightened online security, but that isn’t necessarily exclusive to online dating hubs, is that “a lot of scammers will take the same scams to the phone channel.” While Pindrop’s post cites a user report of an obvious bot sending its phone number in the first message, many do take a more measured approach.
In one interaction posted to the Tinder subreddit just before the Super Bowl, a bot opened with a seemingly reasonable icebreaker, asking “Patriots or Seahawks?
“It’s usually, ‘Hey, if you want to talk further, go to this link on this website, and you can see all my pictures there,’” Satnam Narang, a senior security response manager at Symantec who’s written about the phenomenon, told me.
Some spammers set up accounts for made-up sex workers, posting sultry photos overlaid with explicit price lists, along with fake escort service links actually pointing to porn sites and dubious premium dating services of the “hot girls in your area” variety.
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“Dont respond to msgs [sic] all at once or immediately; you will get busted pretty quick,” wrote one forum user named cygon, who also advised spammers to flesh out their bots’ accounts with photos and written profiles.