SCAM To trick their victims, criminals first contact them on dating platforms and convince them to install a fake application
An online scam called “CryptoRom” is currently circulating in Western Europe. Computer security experts from Sophos are warning users of dating apps like Tinder, Bumble, Grindr, or Facebook Dating. And for good reason, hackers go through these platforms to try to steal cryptocurrency from Internet users, Phonandroid reported this Friday.
BEWARE: Bumble and Tinder are hunting grounds for cryptocurrency investment scammers. 🎯
CryptoRom #Bitcoin swindlers continue to target vulnerable iPhone and Android users…
— Sophos (@Sophos) March 16, 2022
These scams are well organized
Specialists speak of a well-established scam. First, criminals contact their victims through dating apps or WhatsApp. “We suspect that the scammers obtained the contact details of their targets either through their social media accounts or through compromised websites,” says Sophos researcher Jagadeesh Chandraiah.
Once contact has been established, the scammer will offer his target to earn money quickly thanks to cryptocurrencies. To do this, he will guide her in acquiring cryptocurrencies on a reliable platform. Then, the criminal will ask him to transfer some of these funds to a mobile application. Unfortunately, this scheme does not allow the victims to earn any money. They simply have their cryptocurrencies stolen via this fake application. “These scams are well organized to identify and exploit vulnerable users based on their circumstances, interests, and level of ability,” warns Jagadeesh Chandraiah.