When asking “Are you a bot” the invariable answer is “lol no i’m not a bot silly.” The contact in our example has listed their birthdate as 1980, but claims to be 25 years old.
That doesn’t add up either and when we ask about it, the question is completely ignored.
This may happen from time to time, particularly if your Skype name is publically searchable.
But what is really behind these contact requests and why do people bother?
All this makes it obvious that instead of chatting with a real person we are in fact dealing with a chat bot.
There goes our free date and at the same time this reveals the true aim of this scam: credit card fraud.To find that out we played along and the following conversation ensued: At first sight it appears to be someone looking for companion.But the dialogue is suspiciously general, questions are never really answered and the responses don’t allow for a meaningful discussion of any kind.We are asked to sign up to what appears to be an X-rated video chat site: It looks like our Eva is in fact Nancy, but who cares about such minor details when it appears we have a free date?
Lets move on to the registration: This looks like a standard registration form, so lets complete it and click Continue: Now wait a second, our credit card information is required and that’s not what we had agreed to.“Safe Secure Encrypted” sounds good, but unfortunately we are not convinced of the accuracy of this statement.