“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.“Spend some time to make your bot more personal,” cygon wrote. Once a guy gets feels a little emotionally involved he will go above and beyond to get a date.“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.
Initially, their approaches were fairly transparent, using profile photos of scantily clad women and simplistic automated chat bots that immediately mixed dirty talk with links to sleazy subscription sites.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 , “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.” before trying to move the conversation off the platform.“I like you,” the bot wrote, after complaining about a cheating ex. ” Even that approach may seem simplistic, but spammers wouldn’t keep targeting Tinder users if they weren’t making money, said Narang.
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.