Anyone who has been on Tinder for even just a short while will realise there are some dodgy spam artists out there. What they hope to gain from being fake, and matching with you – I have no idea, but I seem to be able to spot them from a mile away! Although, I must say they are becoming a lot more smart about their cover!
What to look out for:
- Most of the spam tinder accounts have only 1 profile picture. Last year I came across some real stupid spam artists who were using profile pictures of lesser known movie stars. Nowadays they are using people’s profile pictures from either Facebook or the internet.
- Their conversations / stories are mostly the same. And exceptionally disjointed. Have some fun with them and throw in a complete bizarre question and receive the oddest reply!
A real case spam situation:
So this spamster was really clever! 5 pictures in total – and I mean the tattoo is pretty well placed on all the pictures. Another thing to note, is that I had already matched with “Paul” and had him in my match list, and yet here he came up again as a second match. Of course this gave me the distinct feeling it was a spamster, so here is how my conversation with him went:
Me: Hey Paul! I’ve matched with you before… But on a different profile?
Paul: Delete the old profile tinder is giving me endless problems too many bugs
Me: Ok. Never heard of that before. Didn’t even know you could have two profiles
Paul: Yeah tinder bugs. Let me know when u deleted it
Me: Tinder clearly doesn’t want you on here. Can I ask – are you seriously a gynie?
Paul: Yes I am
Me: I’d be way too intimidated to come to you for such intimate consultations. You’ve obviously competed in body building?
Paul: Lol the women love me to examine them. I’m extra careful
Me: Sorry if this convo is mundane. I’m trying to suss out whether you are real or not.
Paul: No worries. Yes, but now I’m an ambassador no time
Me: In which area are you practicing?
Me: All right.. last mundane question. Why on tinder? What you looking for?
Paul: Just testing this app out. Heard a lot about. Won so much awards.
Me: I didn’t know it won any awards
Paul: You must do your research
Me: I have just realised that the app now says you are over 1000km away? You were only 24 km away earlier?
Paul: The tinder app is mad. Read online google… tinder lot of problems
Me: ummmm… I’ll Google.
Paul: Thank u
Me: I’ll also google your pic and see if you exist for real. You know how many scamsters there are?
AND I WAS PROMPTLY UNMATCHED. LOL