Online dating and spam

11 Jul

It's pretty easy to tell: They send the same message over and over, often with the same link.But there's a type of dating site scam that's far trickier to spot, and the people who operate it claim to be making thousands of dollars every month fooling vulnerable men.Tinder may be the hot new dating app for regular folks and beauty queens, but it's not without flaws.Cybersecurity company Symantec revealed in a blog post earlier this month that it had come across fake Tinder profiles, which spam people and direct them to an apparent porn site designed to take their money.What I specifically liked about this app is that it aims to bring back the essence of online dating – in-person interactions – and places the chat into context right from the start of the conversation.

If both people "like" one another they are connected through an in-app chat feature.

The fake profiles show up alongside the other photos of strangers you see once you've signed into Tinder through Facebook via the i Phone app.

For those who haven't used it, on Tinder you fill out a simple profile and post a few photos of yourself.

Business Insider obtained a PDF guide that is sold online for just £2.59.

It details how scammers operate fake dating site profiles in order to con men out of money.