Tinder literally refers to a flammable material; a dry substance ready to burn.
That name couldn't be more appropriate for a dating app with a problem that could leave users steaming.
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Once a user contacts them, a spambot sends enticing programmed messages, tempting to you to join a private session with a live feed of the person undressing.
Back in late May, Satnam Narang, a single, 31-year-old security response manager at Symantec (a cybersecurity firm that owns Norton anti-virus) was flipping through Tinder in his Santa Monica apartment.
And they ruse is easy to fall for, because it plays into our desire for easy flirtation.
And here's where the scam really happens: At the top of the page it says your credit card is needed — just to make sure you're over 18. But it's not: On the bottom of the page, in tiny print, details say you're really being charged as much as a month by a company called
Attempts at finding out more from the contact number on the csapprove site led to a terse exchange with a Florida-based customer service agent and manager who said they couldn't talk unless I had an account and was charged.
But since he worked in web security, he was curious to follow the trail.
If you fall for the ploy, you are sent a shortened URL that leads to a site asking for your credit card information to verify your age and begin the cam session.
The landing page invite features a picture of a smiling brunette; if you click to accept the invite you're redirected to a sign-up page requesting your personal information.