A set of Tinder spam bots, masquerading as women to promote the mobile strategy game Castle Clash, drew media attention last spring after spamming users with the unlikely promise to date men who could beat them at the game.
But lately, many Tinder spammers’ approaches have grown subtler.
“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.
Screenshot by the author Occasionally, they’d market more family-friendly products as well.
Pindrop Security, which monitors online reports of phone fraud, said in an October blog post that it had seen increased numbers of Tinder-related text spam complaints, which it suggested might be the result of better spam detection by Tinder itself.