And they’ve programmed their bots to try to mimic a normal conversation, hoping to trick users into providing their phone numbers before they realize they’ve been had, security researchers say.
“They’re just average pictures of your average girl that you would encounter on Tinder,” said Narang, “so it’s harder to differentiate, ‘Oh yeah, that’s clearly a bot,’ while you’re swiping through.” The newer bots respond more slowly to messages than older automated accounts, which would often contact new matches and conspicuously send flirtatious messages faster than any human could type, Narang explained.
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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?
” before trying to move the conversation off the platform.
“Clearly these actors are finding new ways to modify their scripts, changing how quickly they respond to messages,” he said.