Unfortunately, on any online dating site, you are going to come across fake profiles. It’s just a part of being online these days. But before we get into all the details, I just want to tell you, that you really shouldn’t worry too much. If you have your wits about you, read the rest of this article and aren’t the most gullible person in the world, there’s absolutely no reason to be paranoid. With that being said, there are definitely fake profiles out there with malicious intentions trying to take advantage of you. On that note, let’s take a look at the telltale signs of how to spot them so you can avoid any fake Tinder profiles you happen to come across.
Types of Fake Profiles
Bot: Out of all the fake Tinder profiles out there, bots are the most common. A Tinder bot is a computer program used to message you on Tinder trying to trick you into thinking they are a real person. Most of the time they will automatically send a few messages followed by a dangerous link. Sometimes they will try to be a little smarter, using predicted responses based on keywords you’ve used in your messages, to replicate a more back and forth conversation. Bots may be the most common, but they are also by far the easiest to spot.
Human controlled fake profile with an agenda: This one will be a lot harder to catch out because there will be an actual human controlling the messages. This will be someone trying to push a certain agenda, whether that’s a service, product or scam.
Lonely Catfish: This one is a little more on the sad side. Basically, this would be someone who might be lonely, and obviously quite self-conscious, and just wants to chat. It’s not very dangerous in the essence of immediate impact, but if you haven’t seen the show or movie Catfish then you don’t know how these lying people can mess with other people’s lives’!
Dangerous Catfish: This one is the most messed up. I definitely don’t want to scare you away from using Tinder, but it’s important to address. This would be someone pretending to be someone else; trying to plan a meet up with god knows what intentions.
What a Fake Tinder Profile Wants With You
-To push a service, product or business
-Trying to get you to download dangerous malware
-Get your personal details for identity theft
-To mess with you (yep, there are people out there like this)
-To make themselves feel better (lonely Catfish)
How to Tell if a Tinder Profile is Fake
Their profile is missing a bio, occupation, interests and other basic information: if their profile just looks ‘blank’ and lacking that human touch, be cautious.
The conversation doesn’t flow normally and their replies don’t make sense: if you start throwing out some questions and your match just blatantly ignores them or their responses are just complete nonsense and have nothing to do with your last message, you are most likely dealing with a bot.
Keep in mind that you will have matches that might fit one or two of the above criteria. Don’t stress. If you talk to a girl who seems completely normal but doesn’t have a bio, don’t freak out and assume she’s a bot. Use the above as a guideline, but don’t get too paranoid.
Rules to Avoid Being Duped by a Fake Tinder Profile
Never click any random links sent to you: this is how these fake profiles will be able to upload harmful malware onto your device, which could cause irreparable damage.
Don’t ever give money to anyone on any online dating site: no matter how much you might feel you trust this person, or what the reason may be for sending this money, you are not going to be the smooth knight in shining armor, you will be on the receiving end of a scam.
Never give personal details to anyone: I think this is an obvious one, but you’d be surprised. If for whatever reason you’ve ignored my above advice and end up on a website from a link your match has sent, do not enter credit card details (or any details from that matter) anywhere. No matter how legit it might feel, your info could be subject to identity theft, putting you in a world of trouble.
If you have any suspicions, search your matches pictures in Google: These days it’s so easy to search an actual image to see if it has been taken from another location on the web. You can do this in Google images using the icon highlighted below.
How to Verify a Tinder Profile
Ask for their Snapchat: The reason this can easily be a way to verify the identity of your match is that they can send you a picture in real time. It tells you when a photo has been sent from their camera roll rather than taken live.
FaceTime or Skype: If you’re still really unsure, to be pretty much 100% you could ask to FaceTime or Skype. If they appear to be making excuses like their webcam is broken – red flag.
How to Report a Fake Tinder Profile
- Press the red flag in the top right corner
1. Scroll to the bottom of their profile and press ‘report [name]’
- Press ‘feels like spam’
Known Tinder Scams
This scam hasn’t been around for a long time now, but it just gives you an idea of the lengths people go to and the intricate detail that can be involved in these scams.
Good News About Tinder Bots and Fake Profiles
And to be honest guys, if you keep some common sense and trust your gut, you really shouldn’t find yourself getting scammed by anyone. If you are ready to avoid the fake profiles and get some real matches, check out my free list of 5 unknown ways to get more matches.