New Skype scam uses chat bots: Fake webcam girls want your credit card information

Have you ever received a contact request on Skype from someone you don’t know? 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? To find that out we played along and the following conversation ensued:

skype scam 1

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. 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.

All this makes it obvious that instead of chatting with a real person we are in fact dealing with a chat bot. And this begs the question, why would a chat bot be interested in a human companion? Surely not for an engaging conversation… The answer to that question becomes clear when we look at the link the helpful Eva sent us when she offered her “free passes”. We are asked to sign up to what appears to be an X-rated video chat site:

skype scam 2

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:

skype scam 3

This looks like a standard registration form, so lets complete it and click Continue:

skype scam 4

Now wait a second, our credit card information is required and that’s not what we had agreed to. Why would we need to provide payment details if “today’s charge is $0.00″ anyway? There goes our free date and at the same time this reveals the true aim of this scam: credit card fraud.

“Safe Secure Encrypted” sounds good, but unfortunately we are not convinced of the accuracy of this statement. The site doesn’t even use the HTTP secure protocol (which would give the URL the “https://…” prefix), so our dating adventure ends here.

Its all about the money

While chat bots may have a legitimate purpose (such as leaving an automated message when you are offline), that isn’t the case here. The only purpose of chat bots like the one we encountered, is to trick people into signing up and submitting their credit card details insecurely. Whoever gains access to the requested information (name, card number, CVC/CVV code and so on) can use your credit card on the internet for whatever they want. That’s a chilling thought, as scammers won’t waste any time in getting their hands on your money.

If you have become the victim of a (suspected) credit card scam, it is recommended that you contact your credit card provider (bank or financial institution) as soon as possible. They can block your card immediately and will tell you what steps you need to undertake to regain access to it.

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  • ElliotNess29

    Good article Evan! Very helpful for skype users to be aware of these scams. This is not being done by real adult camgirls. It is the big adult industry webcam website trying to trick customers to their website and stealing their CC info for fraudulent use.They play games with the CC to bring customers to their paid camming sites.They are trying to control their webcam performers from making the full percent of their shows on skype by faking camgirls and ripping off people so to damage the performers possible businesses.These adult webcam sites give the performers only 35% or less for their private shows but on skype the performers can make up to 90% and don’t get their shows recorded by these adult webcam sites who sell them without paying the performers their share. These types of games and CC skimming is fraud and needs to be reported to the FBI for investigation. Real skype camgirls don’t come to you and they always tell you to pay for a one on one show. Stay away from the live adult webcam websites. Want to read about their games and treatment of performers just go to amanda36c’s blog on wordpress, she doesn’t pull punches! .

  • Joe

    I am talking to a skype chat bot at the moment who wants me to go to another website and sign up with my credit card details. It is really quite brilliant. It did initially feel like i was talking to a real person. But then i started repeating questions and they started generating the exactly same response. When I asked why i couldnt just chat with them on video on skype the question was ignored.

  • C Reative Lion

    I faced it yesterday :D
    But i rejected :)

  • Veni Vidi Vici

    One way to quickly know it’s a BOT is too say something in French most don’t have translation software “Yet” most people will say I don’t know any French…Years ago I did this and knew right away I was not talking to a human. But all this stealth advertisement pisses me off because every time I want to commit on a new site I have to type those stupid letters…

  • Tim Clark

    I remember this from before yahoo chat and msn chat. It’s easy to catch if you know the signs.

  • shady_lady

    Today I was added by a chat bot. The answers were really similar to the screenshot in this article. The bot ignores questions and the answers are really suspicious.

  • marshal nazareth

    This is very helpful at all,thank u so much dude!!

  • Ant

    If you do fall for this then there’s an easy way to stop anything happening without cancelling your credit card. If you get an email from the company you can message customer support asking to cancel your membership. You will get a direct customer support message and a cvc message.

  • Matus3303

    lets get together tonight…?
    [21:00:26] gramatYka mY Yde: who are you ?
    [21:00:31] gramatYka mY Yde: :D
    [21:00:49] jacklyn.lockard: Yay someone to talk to :) !! how are u?
    [21:02:39] gramatYka mY Yde: OMG WHO ARE YOU ? i speak slovakia no english and i don t even know you…
    [21:03:06] jacklyn.lockard: I’m great thanks for chattin with me I found your name in the skype members search :) whatcha up to?
    [21:03:47] gramatYka mY Yde: :D are you kidding me ???
    [21:04:19] jacklyn.lockard: I would ask to exchange pics, but I think i’d rather see each other, u can see the real thing on my cam… u want to?
    [21:05:07] gramatYka mY Yde: no,thx
    [21:05:37] jacklyn.lockard: Click it’s a more secure place with my cam u will have to verify your age so I’m not showing my pussy to a minor ;), i had to do it too but dont worry its 100% FREE and its alot of fun once u get in ;)
    [21:06:45] gramatYka mY Yde: wtf ? i am 13years old :D
    [21:07:02] jacklyn.lockard: whats wrong babe? whats the problem?
    [21:07:34] gramatYka mY Yde: nothing :D how old are you ?
    [21:08:02] jacklyn.lockard: u can just watch me if u want, or we can both get on ;) make sure sign up, then it should connect you to my cam
    [21:10:29] gramatYka mY Yde: i think this is a scam or somethink
    [21:10:39] jacklyn.lockard: scam wtf?!?
    [21:13:22] gramatYka mY Yde: or maby i get a virus
    [21:13:35] jacklyn.lockard: virus ?? no LOL
    [21:14:26] gramatYka mY Yde: i don n trust websites with word “protected”
    [21:14:55] jacklyn.lockard: ok, fill out your info,first and last name, make sure you put your correct b-day k? I got something really sexy on for u lol ur gunna like this :)
    [21:17:49] gramatYka mY Yde: this is you ?
    [21:18:04] jacklyn.lockard: Credit card, debit card, or atm is just to verify your age hun, your card will NOT be charged just validated see where it says that? like i said it’s FREE… cant show tits and pussy to know? ;)
    [21:19:43] gramatYka mY Yde: you bitch get the fuck of my face
    [21:19:56] jacklyn.lockard: make me your bitch ;)
    [21:20:43] gramatYka mY Yde: this is a scam i am recording it so if it is a sam it is going to be on YT
    [21:21:06] jacklyn.lockard: I’m inside waiting for you. can u see me yet??
    [21:38:37] gramatYka mY Yde: why is your name jacklyn.lockard ?
    [21:38:45] jacklyn.lockard: Jenny
    [21:38:53] gramatYka mY Yde: ok
    [21:39:05] jacklyn.lockard: k
    [21:40:33] gramatYka mY Yde:

    skype name is : jacklyn.lockard

    • JaneDoe

      I had to deal today with one of these bots too named on skype as corinne.balanger. It used exactly the same words I see in the converstation you pasted.

    • Dalliance

      funniest thing I ever read!

    • Kirby Kline

      That happened to me just today! The Skype name is: angelena.ogen By the way I don’t know for sure if that’s the Skype Name or just her first name and last name she put. I’m new by the way..

  • GlitchyPSI

    I’ve dealt with those before. I have a pattern for those ones, i love playing with bots xD
    Here’s my second one:

  • http://davidlee.watson Robeez

    This is very helpful at all,thank u so much..

  • Kirby Kline

    Omg! I never knew they were scams before! But I finally noticed today. You see when they talk about stuff like their butt or boobies I tell them that I’m a kid and that I’m a FEMALE and I don’t really CARE about stuff I have. Then I noticed it’s a scam. So ya I said: “lol credit cards? this is a scam. omg so really your trying to get “men” their cards so you can spam them and stuff right? well… IM A 14 YEAR OLD FEMALE THAT WILL NOT GO TO BAD SITES JUST TO SEE OTHER GIRLS! HA YOU CANT FOOL ME!” And she said this: “scam wtf?!?” Lol she said a BAD WORD! Sorry I just think that’s funny. So her username is: angelena.ogen And there are 2 others that has happened to me. Yes 2. And I finally started using Skype in Dec of 2014. Now it’s 1/28/2015. The other 2 usernames are: oxnnella8 and cupcake.meow3 By the way those usernames might be like their names they put on.. But if you see anything like that just stay away from them…

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  • calmdownpeople

    This is pretty much common sense. But OK… When people are chatting with these bots they don’t realize somethings off? And they’re asking for your credit card info? C’mon really?… It’s pretty obvious. No chics just going to be like hey want to see me on cam! right out of the blue. Why would you have to go to another website to give your credit card number to see them on a webcam? Its Skype! HELLO. Why wouldn’t they use their webcam with you on there? It’s like Thomas made on his comment. If you fall for something like that you are probably gullible enough to deserve it.

  • FireLeo

    dangit i almost fell for it but before clicking the link i asked about if it was safe ‘n stuff so then i googled if it happeed more, then i saw this ad got real sad because i was hoping for some free webcam sex ;_;

  • Haruglory

    What funny thing here is i asked for some photos and they did send me some. But i know it was a scam i was just playing with them.
    Here’s the link they gave me lol

    Everytime she send me 1 link i kept on asking more until she/the bot gave up lol.

  • Chris

    Does the info go through if it says that “the card was denied”? Is it a trick? Do they already have it now?

  • Chris

    Is it too late if it reads “Credit card declined”? Do the scammers have the info now or is it an actual good thing?