How to Tell If a Tinder Profile Is Fake

1. Yes, Tinder Has Fake Profiles

A fake Tinder profile is one that features either a fake photo, bio, job description or all, together. 

It descends from a fake account that is created to impersonate another user for various reasons. 

It is obvious to spot some while others are not so easily noticeable. 

Tinder has a lot of fake profiles operating for various reasons such as, gathering Instagram followers.

Tinder has some profiles created for its own research. But there are some methods that let us see if someones have a Tinder profile.

These help it to gather data on users all over the world. 

The person would be Browsing Tinder Anonymously

Others may be used to help improve customer experience. 

There are those that are created to make the business look better and more successful. 

There is no certainty on the number of fake Tinder profiles. 

Fake Tinder profiles are still on the rise. 
Fake Tinder profiles are still on the rise. 

However, they are many. 

These operate like Tinder bots. Even when you chat with these profiles, the replies seem auto generated.   

Tinder bot messages just get you confused in the m
Tinder bot messages just get you confused in the middle. 

Tinder bot messages just get you confused in the middle. 

What I know is that, it seems pretty interesting but let us get to know more about it. 

Known Tinder Scams

In 2016 a scam was floating around Tinder asking users to verify their identity, which I find kind of ironic now. A bot would start sending flirty messages and then quite soon into the conversation ask their match to verify their identity by clicking a link.

The bot would send a message along the lines of “verify yourself before I meet you so I know you are who you say lol.” The link would direct the user to a site called “Tinder Safe Dating.”

Long story short, the site would trick the user into giving up their credit card details, and then subsequently use those details to join a series of free trials to porn sites.

Those free trials turned into paid subscriptions if the user didn’t catch on and cancel them before the trial ended, charging their credit card roughly US$120 per month.

This scam hasn’t been around for a long time now, but it just gives you an idea of the lengths people go to and the intricate detail that can be involved in these scams.

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How to Verify a Tinder Profile

Ask to see their social media accounts: If their Instagram is attached to their profile and not private, you don’t even need to ask. Make sure you look at how long they have been active on Instagram and how many followers they have. It might be a little fishy if they have few followers and only started their account a week ago.

With Facebook, most scammers or other profiles probably won’t give it to you. If they say they don’t actually have Facebook, they are full of crap, because you need a Facebook account to set up Tinder. Any avoidance of showing you an established social media account that has been going for more than a month or two should be a major red flag.

Ask for their Snapchat: The reason this can easily be a way to verify the identity of your match is that they can send you a picture in real-time. It tells you when a photo has been sent from their camera roll rather than taken live.

FaceTime or Skype: If you’re still really unsure, to be pretty much 100% you could ask to FaceTime or Skype. If they appear to be making excuses like their webcam is broken – red flag.

How to Fake GPS for Tinder On iOS Device

Many iOS users think they need to jailbreak their device to spoof GPS location on Tinder. However, there’s no such requirement if you decide to use iToolab AnyGo.

AnyGo is a simple tool that allows you to teleport the GPS coordinates of your iPhone to any location you choose in the world. Just click a button.

Plus, the tool gives users the ability to spoof multiple iOS devices simultaneously. If you have a buddy looking to find matches outside of their local community, you can set them up by faking their Tinder GPS location.

With AnyGo, you can see the map on full screen to get a better view of the location you want to see Tinder profiles. And just for fun, you can share a fake location on social media to trick your friends into thinking you’re abroad.

Here are step-by-step instructions to get you running with AnyGo:

1. As a first step, download AnyGo on your Mac or Windows PC. Once done, double-click on it and follow the on-screen instructions for installation. Launch the program after it’s installed on your computer.

2. Next, connect your iPhone to your computer and click “Start” in AnyGo’s main window.

Signs of a fake Tinder profile

Tinder scammers might be difficult to identify, but there are still signs that indicate you’re being catfished or cheated.

  • A profile with limited information in their bio but only a few photos is possibly fake. Tinder allows users to write about their occupation or school and describe their personality. But if you can’t find anything from the bio or if the personal details don’t make sense, chances are the profile is not authentic.
  • Although most users tend to present a perfect Tinder profile, photos that are sexy or perfectly edited should raise your suspicion.
  • Pay attention to profiles that aren’t linked to any social media accounts like Facebook or Instagram. And don’t click the weird links in a user’s bio as they might lead to malware or something worse.
  • They have elaborate stories and seem too good to be true. Catfishers will make up stories to build emotional connection with you quickly, thus luring you into their webs. Besides, they may share everything you like or have such broad interest to match with anybody.
  • They try to move the conversation off Tinder quickly and request your personal details like name, address, or even credit card info.
  • People who avoid meeting in real life or video chat are likely to be involved in a Tinder scam or lying about their identity.
  • Your match that’s responding immediately is probably a bot. They may answer in short or even unrelated responses, making the conversation unnatural, and ask you to follow a link or download an app that’s malicious.

DOES TINDER USE FAKE PROFILES

It’s speculated that Tinder creates fake profiles themselves.

Theorized to inflate the number of accounts to swipe on. Again this is theory and there is no way to actually back up this claim.

It’s possible that when they first started the app, there were fake profiles.

But with the increase in popularity of Tinder & online dating, the theory holds no weight.

Tinder gets new users signing up every second.

No need to use Fake profiles.

HOW TO SPOT A FAKE PROFILE

Here are some tips on how to spot Fake profiles.

NOT VERIFIED

Tinder is still working on pushing out a verification option to all users.

It’s currently testing in a few selected countries.

A user needs to upload a selfie that isn’t shared in their profile to receive verification.

Verified profiles will show a blue checkmark on their account so you know right away that it’s the real deal.

Down in Florida, I’ve only seen a few verified profiles.

It’s from tourists.

LITTLE TO NO BIO

Although not the most reliable way of verifying a real account.

Taking a look at the accounts bio and seeing whether they have a bio will give you a bit of an idea.

Although there are some people who create accounts and may not fill out their bio due to not knowing what to put.

Some bots may have a bio but their bio may say something like: “Looking for partner 123 to do kinky 456 but stuff 7890. Hope you get the message ;)”  

Here’s the thing if it looks too good to be true it most likely is, even more so with anything online.

MESSAGES

As a guy, most girls aren’t going to open you.

They expect you to start the conversation.

Bots will most of the time message you first.

While it’s not uncommon for a girl to send a first message, it’s something to look out for if there are other red flags.

Lookout for an initial message with a phone number, snap, or website URL.

If you receive a general message, it will look something like this.

“Hey cutie, You’re cute ;)”

If you are a guy the bots will message you first, oftentimes giving you a phone number to text. Some may even start the message with

Once you respond to the initial message, the bot will respond with something generic.

Again in the messaging aspect… If it’s too good to be true….

REPLY SUPER FAST

Say you do match with a bot and start messaging.

Oftentimes the bots will have responses queued up that send right away.

Have you used a website that has an automated messenger? It’s like that.

But instead of you filling out the prompts for a response, it’s automatic.

Use your judgement on this one, and gauge the response time.

If it takes less than a few seconds for a response on all the messages, it’s a red flag.

WANT TO TALK ON EXTERIOR SITE

Some fake profiles will often try and lure you to another site to continue the conversation.

Check out their naughty video she made for you…

For safety reasons keep your messaging on Tinder.

If you are certain the user you’re chatting with is the real thing.

Then look to transfer it to Snapchat or other means of messaging.

SPAMMY MESSAGES

If you have spent any time on the internet, spam messages are no strangers to you. 

You receive them in your email, messages on social media.

Tinder is no exception to this. 

Messages with suspicious looking links. 

These will oftentimes be obvious but even some links won’t be so obvious(www.fakesite.co/not-realink). 

Again this is going to be at the discretion of each user, swipe with caution.

Take a look at this conversation I ended up having with a scammer.

The website linked wants me to pay to ensure I’m real.

It tracked my IP to show where I’m located at.

And says the girl’s address will unlock if I pay….

Don’t fall for this

LOW QUALITY PHOTOS

Most fake profiles have pixelated or low resolution photos.

The pictures aren’t even the correct size for Tinder.

Real Tinder users range from  average to above average photo quality.

This is even if they use a cheap or low end smartphone.

If you are afraid of looking like a Fake Profile, check out my article on Tinder Pictures

THEY HAVE 1 PICTURE

Across my time on Tinder, most fake profiles I’ve seen have less than 3 pictures.

They are often of model caliber girls. Be very wary of these accounts as they are rarely a real person.

Oftentimes fake profiles are going to have 1 photo used. Keep this in mind when you are swiping.

VENHOES

The classic, “If you want to see more send a tip to my venmo account”.

It’s not uncommon to find an instagram model online and use her photos to lure guys into sending money.

After getting the money, the scammer will never respond.

Or will send another “pic” asking for more money to see more.

I shouldn’t have to say this but if someone online that you’ve never met is requesting money.

Don’t hand out “tips” and get your hopes up with the likelihood of it going south.

INSTAGRAM FOLLOWERS

Like the Venhoes,

You will come across many accounts that will be advertising social media accounts.

To gain followers.

These are the lesser of two evils as they are not scamming money out of your wallet.

CATFISHES

These are going to be the more difficult accounts to identify as fake accounts.

often times these accounts are going to be ran by someone who is searching for someone who gullible 

They want to build a connection so that they can manipulate you,

Either mentally or to take your money

Conclusion

Tinder is a safe platform, but you need to stay alert while communicating with a stranger. Before you develop a relationship, make sure to do some digging with a professional people search tool like Spokeo or BeenVerified and determine the validity of a person’s Tinder profile. When you feel something fishy, trust your intuition.Remember that it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

By Brinksley Hong

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By Brinksley Hong Brinksley is a content writer for Super Easy. As an online shopping addict, she enjoys discovering deals and coupons to save money and sharing them with more readers. She is also obsessed with reading, traveling and music, and has a particular passion for technology and digital marketing. View all of Brinksley Hong's posts.

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