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How to recognize a fake profile on Tinder

From TECHBOOK | August 07, 2020, 10:00 p.m.

More than two million people in Germany use Tinder. You are looking for a great love. But it's not that easy, despite the large selection. Because there are also many fake accounts hidden between the members - and they can sometimes be dangerous.

The dating app Tinder arranges quick and uncomplicated dates. When looking for the next flirt, the focus is on the profile picture - it influences the user's decision by 90 percent. If a suggested person likes, the user can mark them. "It's a match," they say when she thinks it's good too. Then a contact is established, the two can chat and maybe exchange phone numbers.

However, there is sometimes a big catch: Many profiles are not real at all! Fake accounts are now a problem on many social media platforms and some of these fake profiles are also hidden on Tinder. They mostly have the purpose of excluding the app users. So also currently.

Fake accounts lead to a subscription trap

With often female profiles, criminals try to lure mostly male victims into clicking a link. This should supposedly serve to verify your profile, as reported by the watchlist-internet.at portal. However, the link leads to a paid subscription that costs up to 50 euros per month.

There are no real people behind the profiles, but so-called bots, i.e. robots who first arrange a meeting with the victim in the course of the conversation. Almost casually they mention that they have had bad experiences in the past and ask the interlocutor to verify himself via the link provided.

The link leads to various platforms that advertise free membership. There you will be asked to enter your chat name, password and email address. After clicking the “Start Now” button, you should enter your credit card details. With the subsequent confirmation, however, you conclude various memberships that cost between 37 and 50 euros per month.

Since Tinder already has the option to have your profile verified, you should be skeptical about such inquiries from third parties, it says on watchlist-internet.de. For those who have already fallen into the trap, the portal recommends not to respond to any monetary claims under any circumstances.

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Recognize fake accounts on Tinder and Co.

Therefore, one should carefully check with whom one would like to commit on Tinder. Is my new flirt perhaps too good to be true? Social media expert Bastian Scherbeck from the communications agency Kolle Rebbe GmbH has five tips on how Tinder users can easily identify fake accounts.

Tip 1: The profile is not filled out - you will not find any further information about profession, hobbies and / or interests: Tinder doesn't give its users much space to describe themselves anyway. But if you find NO further information about a user apart from a photo, this is often an indication of a fake profile. If there are still strange links (usually short URLs) in the bio of the profile - preferably with a teaser ("If you want to know more about me, click here") - it means: Stay away!

Tip 2: The profile has only one photo: Only a single photo in the profile - and no information in the bio? Does this one photo look professionally taken or even "photoshopped"? Then you are almost certainly dealing with a fake.

Tip 3: The profile reacts very quickly to messages: You have a match, write a message to it and get an answer very quickly. Dreamlike? Not necessarily. If the answer comes so quickly that one has to wonder how a man / woman can type so quickly, you might be dealing with a bot. He uses the opportunity to get information that you would not otherwise give out. Accordingly: no matter how great the temptation, it is better to break off a conversation too early than too late.

Tip 4: Your match would like to continue the conversation immediately and on a different channel: You hardly got to know your match and it asks for your phone number? Hands off - if you give these out now, you will mainly get spam messages and bot calls. Another alternative: The conversation should be continued directly in another social network that you do not know? Stay away - someone is either trying to get personal information or to advertise another social network.

Tip 5: The profile is too good to be true: At the end of the day, unfortunately, the following often applies: If the profile, from the professional photos to the bio to the job, is absolutely crazy - it sounds like the perfect partner and then too matched with you: be careful! It is definitely worth asking yourself again why the bikini model or the guy with the six-pack is into you right now and, if in doubt, to stop writing messages right away. Sure: a lot is possible - but what is the probability that this is not a fake? So: hands off!

Why are there so many fake accounts?

The motives behind fake accounts are different. Some just take it easy, others have complex personality disorders. But there are also professional rip-offs. The cyber criminals try to lure those willing to flirt with the fake profiles on dubious sites. This is how their scam works:

A profile on Facebook is controlled by a bot (computer program). The profile pictures used are all stolen and only show pretty people. If you slide such a profile to the right on Tinder, the bot automatically starts a conversation in the open chat. After a few insignificant remarks, it quickly gets down to business: the bot invites the person you are talking to to play an online game with him or sends him another link that he should open. If the game or the link is clicked, malware is loaded directly onto the computer, smartphone or tablet.

This is how you can protect your profile

In general, you should never click on links that are sent via Tinder, as they often mean something different from what you might think. If you value anonymity a little, but still want to use the app, you can also create a Facebook profile especially for Tinder, on which only the relevant information is available.

For this you should not create a fake account with invented birth information and names, but a real profile with separated photos and fewer details and no personal likes. As soon as the registration is complete, you should start the registration on Tinder with the newly created profile so that the new Facebook profile can be linked to Tinder.

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