Apparently, Tinder spam bots simply changed their scripts in order to get users phone numbers instead. They then proceeded to text them the spam links via SMS. Of course, just because Tinder made a technical change then Tinder-related SMS spam increased, that doesnt mean that the change caused the spams increase.
Do bots give out phone numbers?
Some spam bots will give you a phone number early on to build trust. Remember to check it online for legitimacy. Dont give out your phone number until you feel safe, since it can be used to sign you up for spam.
Should I give out my phone number on Tinder?
By giving out your phone number, it feels like youre getting closer, and you can communicate faster. It also seems practical to give someone your number before your first date so you can text them where youll be at the last minute or let them know youre running a few minutes late.
How do spam callers get my number?
Eight Ways Robocallers Get Your Phone NumberDirectly From Your Mobile Carrier. Restaurant Waiting Lists. Charities. Data Aggregation Platforms. Contests & Sweepstakes. Calling 800 or 900 Numbers. Credit Companies. Accepting Terms of Service. •15 Nov 2018
What happens if a scammer gets your phone number?
By having your cell number, a scammer could trick caller ID systems and get into your financial accounts or call financial institutions that use your phone number to identify you. Once the scammer convinces your carrier to port out your number, you may never get it back. Scam porting is a big problem for phone owners.