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.SEE ALSO: 10 Red Flags You're About to Get Spammed Here's how it works: Scammers set up fake profiles with photos of attractive women.
This type of thing happens often in chat services like Twitter and AIM: The trend isn't a total disaster for Tinder, but it's been late in addressing the issue.
And the app doesn't have a streamlined process to fix spam.
In March, Tinder co-founder Sean Rad told the Tinder didn't have problems with fake or spam accounts because users must have Facebook accounts.
"Not only do you know there is a high likelihood that this is a real person because it’s connected to their Facebook profile, Tinder also tells you who your common friends are, which helps solve that legitimacy issue." But an experiment a few months ago by Brigham Young students, who created a dummy account with only a handful of Facebook friends, dispelled Rad's claim.
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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.