They are not what they seem, and will ask you to provide a user name, password and email address.
Of course, Mc Kinlay is hardly the first person to attempt to make the system work for him… Amy Webb, a digital strategist with Webbmedia Group employed a similar strategy of data mining, mathematical analysis and matchmaking algorithms to solve her own love issues. You may not be a brilliant mathematician able to write custom code to seek out your perfect – or near perfect – match…
This is how the messages might look: The scam was exposed by anti-virus experts Symantec, who explained more here.
‘It’s a free service tinder put up, to verify the person you wanna meet isn’t a serial killer lol,’ the spammer says, trying to make out that they are taking reasonable precautions.
Naturally, this inspired both wonder – OMG, nerds can break the code and get laid!
– and misaimed anger by people who seem to believe that Mc Kinlay was doing something fiendish and underhanded, a digital pick-up artist who dehumanized women by trying to reduce seduction into numbers and becoming an online Svengali. Mc Kinlay did what many nerds have done before: he attempted to solve a problem by taking his strengths – research, coding and statistical sampling – and applying them to the task at hand.