If you continue to engage with the stranger, who is really a chatbot, it tries to trick you into registering for dating or adult websites.

BBB Scam Alert: Dating App Wrong Number Texts Likely Scam Chatbots

ST. GEORGE, UT — A new text message scam has been making the rounds this month, with seemingly innocent content that’s putting your private information at risk. Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to be wary of this tempting scam.

How the scam works

You receive a text that reads something like this: “Hey is this John? It’s Amanda. We chatted on Tinder before when I came to visit my cousin but we never met irl. I’m back in town if you want to meet up this time, are you free?”

If you reply to a text like this, even with a polite, “Sorry, wrong number,” the stranger responds anyway, seemingly ignoring your answer. Usually, you’ll receive a few compliments and some photos of “Amanda,” or another name who appears to be a scantily clad woman. The names, backstory, and photos will follow a similar script, but may be different.

One consumer told BBB Mountain West that he initially felt bad for the girl—in his case, Alyssa—and assumed she had been given a wrong number by the man she was trying to reach, “Dominick.” In his message, the dating app was Bumble, and the relative was an aunt instead of a cousin, but the idea was the same. He became suspicious when a photo of a pretty girl was sent immediately after his response with no…

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