How to recognize scams like Someone matched with you on Tinder!
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What kind of scam is "Someone matched with you on Tinder!"?
Our team has analyzed this email and found that it is a fake email notification from Tinder claiming that someone has matched with you. It is worth mentioning that Tinder actually sends such notifications to its users. However, this one is sent by scammers who attempt to trick users into opening a deceptive page.
More about the "Someone matched with you on Tinder!" email scam
This fake Tinder email notification offers to find out who matched with you and advises you to turn on push notifications. It contains the "FIND OUT WHO" hyperlink designed to open a website claiming that it is not a dating site. That site warns visitors that visitors need to answer a few questions before seeing a list and photos of women who live near them and are ready to have sex.
There is a high chance that scammers use this email to trick recipients into providing sensitive information. We have analyzed plenty of email scams and found that most of them are used to extract credit card details, login credentials, or other information. Also, scammers use such emails to trick recipients into sending money or even downloading malware.
|Name||Someone Matched With You On Tinder! Email Scam|
|Threat Type||Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud|
|Fake Claim||Someone mathed with you on the Tinder application|
|Detection Names (urflirtyjoy[.]com)||alphaMountain.ai (Suspicious), Fortinet (Phishing), ESET (Suspicious), Forcepoint ThreatSeeker (Suspicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address||220.127.116.11|
|Disguise||Notification from Tinder|
|Symptoms||Unauthorized online purchases, changed online account passwords, identity theft, illegal access of the computer.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive emails, rogue online pop-up ads, search engine poisoning techniques, misspelled domains.|
|Damage||Loss of sensitive private information, monetary loss, identity theft.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Similar scams in general
More examples of email scams are "Binance Email Scam", "Raiffeisen Bank Email Scam", "New Policy Notice Email Scam". Usually, they are disguised as official letters from legitimate entities (companies, banks, government institutions, etc.). As we mentioned in the previous paragraph, emails can be used to distribute malware.
How do spam campaigns infect computers?
How to avoid installation of malware?
Do not click links or open attachments presented in suspicious emails (in irrelevant emails sent from unknown or suspicious addresses). Examine emails before opening their contents. Also, use official websites and platforms as sources for downloading software (or files).
Do not trust files and programs downloaded from unofficial pages, third-party downloaders, P2P networks, etc. Keep the operating system and installed software up to date. Never use third-party tools to update or activate it. It must be done using tools/functions provided by the official software developers.
If you've already opened malicious attachments, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.
Text presented in the "Someone matched with you on Tinder!" email letter:
Subject: It's a Match!
Someone matched with you on Tinder!
FIND OUT WHO
Tip: Turn on push notifications
Turn on push notifications to see your new matches immediately.
Instagram Twitter Facebook
This email was sent by Tinder.
8833 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood 90069
Screenshot of the promoted adult site:
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- What is Someone matched with you on Tinder! scam?
- Types of malicious emails.
- How to spot a malicious email?
- What to do if you fell for an email scam?
Types of malicious emails:
Most commonly, cybercriminals use deceptive emails to trick Internet users into giving away their sensitive private information, for example, login information for various online services, email accounts, or online banking information.
Such attacks are called phishing. In a phishing attack, cybercriminals usually send an email message with some popular service logo (for example, Microsoft, DHL, Amazon, Netflix), create urgency (wrong shipping address, expired password, etc.), and place a link which they hope their potential victims will click on.
After clicking the link presented in such email message, victims are redirected to a fake website that looks identical or extremely similar to the original one. Victims are then asked to enter their password, credit card details, or some other information that gets stolen by cybercriminals.
Emails with Malicious Attachments
Another popular attack vector is email spam with malicious attachments that infect users' computers with malware. Malicious attachments usually carry trojans that are capable of stealing passwords, banking information, and other sensitive information.
In such attacks, cybercriminals' main goal is to trick their potential victims into opening an infected email attachment. To achieve this goal, email messages usually talk about recently received invoices, faxes, or voice messages.
If a potential victim falls for the lure and opens the attachment, their computers get infected, and cybercriminals can collect a lot of sensitive information.
While it's a more complicated method to steal personal information (spam filters and antivirus programs usually detect such attempts), if successful, cybercriminals can get a much wider array of data and can collect information for a long period of time.
This is a type of phishing. In this case, users receive an email claiming that a cybercriminal could access the webcam of the potential victim and has a video recording of one's masturbation.
To get rid of the video, victims are asked to pay a ransom (usually using Bitcoin or another cryptocurrency). Nevertheless, all of these claims are false - users who receive such emails should ignore and delete them.
How to spot a malicious email?
While cyber criminals try to make their lure emails look trustworthy, here are some things that you should look for when trying to spot a phishing email:
- Check the sender's ("from") email address: Hover your mouse over the "from" address and check if it's legitimate. For example, if you received an email from Microsoft, be sure to check if the email address is @microsoft.com and not something suspicious like @m1crosoft.com, @microsfot.com, @account-security-noreply.com, etc.
- Check for generic greetings: If the greeting in the email is "Dear user", "Dear @youremail.com", "Dear valued customer", this should raise suspiciousness. Most commonly, companies call you by your name. Lack of this information could signal a phishing attempt.
- Check the links in the email: Hover your mouse over the link presented in the email, if the link that appears seems suspicious, don't click it. For example, if you received an email from Microsoft and the link in the email shows that it will go to firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0... you shouldn't trust it. It's best not to click any links in the emails but to visit the company website that sent you the email in the first place.
- Don't blindly trust email attachments: Most commonly, legitimate companies will ask you to log in to their website and to view any documents there; if you received an email with an attachment, it's a good idea to scan it with an antivirus application. Infected email attachments are a common attack vector used by cybercriminals.
To minimise the risk of opening phishing and malicious emails we recommend using Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows.
Example of a spam email:
What to do if you fell for an email scam?
- If you clicked on a link in a phishing email and entered your password - be sure to change your password as soon as possible. Usually, cybercriminals collect stolen credentials and then sell them to other groups that use them for malicious purposes. If you change your password in a timely manner, there's a chance that criminals won't have enough time to do any damage.
- If you entered your credit card information - contact your bank as soon as possible and explain the situation. There's a good chance that you will need to cancel your compromised credit card and get a new one.
- If you see any signs of identity theft - you should immediately contact the Federal Trade Commission. This institution will collect information about your situation and create a personal recovery plan.
- If you opened a malicious attachment - your computer is probably infected, you should scan it with a reputable antivirus application. For this purpose, we recommend using Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows.
- Help other Internet users - report phishing emails to Anti-Phishing Working Group, FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, National Fraud Information Center and U.S. Department of Justice.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Why did I receive this email?
There is a high possibility that scammers obtained your email address after a data breach. They have sent this email to all addresses in their database, even to people who do not use Tinder. Simply said, this email is not personal.
I have provided my personal information when tricked by this email, what should I do?
If you have provided account login credentials (username, email address, password, or other credentials), change all passwords immediately. In other cases (if you have provided credit card details, ID card information, or other details of this kind), contact the corresponding authorities.
I have downloaded and opened a file attached to an email used to deliver malware, is my computer infected?
If the file attached to an email was a Microsoft Office document and you opened it but have not enabled macros commands, then your computer is not infected. However, if that was an executable file, your computer is probably infected. It depends on the type of file that was opened.
I have read the email but didn't open the attachment, is my computer infected?
No, an email cannot infect a computer (opening an email is harmless).
Will Combo Cleaner remove malware infections that were present in email attachment?
Yes, Combo Cleaner can detect and remove almost all known malware. It is important to know that high-end malware often hides deep in the operating system. Therefore, a computer infected with malware of this kind has to be scanned using a full scan option.
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