They typically include custom referral codes in the links they send and get paid for sending new users to the sites they’re promoting, he said.“If you can convince the person to actually sign up with a credit card for a premium service, that’s how you get the big bucks,” with some sites offering up to per new registration, he said.(A bug fix in April appears to have ended that particular problem, at least for now.) Tim Strazzere, lead research and response engineer at Lookout Mobile Security, speculates that spammers are able to spoof their location by opening Grindr in an Android emulator and searching for users in target-rich environments like New York and San Francisco.
“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.
Earlier this year, users of the popular gay hookup and dating app Grindr started seeing a sharp increase in the number of attractive men saying hello to them.
The links all point to questionable webcam sites with names like My Passion Pit, My Gay Cam Crush and Gay Slice Crush.
After dropping a link to those sites in a Grindr chat, the spambot ceases responding, except to ask why you haven’t joined him yet.
“They’re just average pictures of your average girl that you would encounter on Tinder,” said Narang, “so it’s harder to differentiate, ‘Oh yeah, that’s clearly a bot,’ while you’re swiping through.” The newer bots respond more slowly to messages than older automated accounts, which would often contact new matches and conspicuously send flirtatious messages faster than any human could type, Narang explained.