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.

    • Oldmonkey Stargrabber

      I am currently chatting with one too, trying to get any piece of human interaction to tell the user that law enforcement is always being contacted on them.

  • 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 http://J4HJXFHit.protectedwebcams.com 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 minors..you 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: http://www.scamadviser.com/is-eilja29e9jq.protectedwebcams.com-safe.html

    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..

    • Emojevbe_J

      LOL ! Most HIGHlarious conversation ever ! THANKS SO MUCH for posting this !

      BEST REGARDS !

  • 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://pastebin.com/cV6JcRc7

  • 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…

  • Kirby Kline

    Lol!

  • 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
    http://i.imgur.com/m4mwevU.jpg
    http://i.imgur.com/oPxamLC.jpg
    http://i.imgur.com/CtJtMjX.jpg
    http://i.imgur.com/VVe11j6.jpg

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

    • TomasEdwardChristian

      This person looks really skinny. Wonder why the bot uses their pictures.

  • 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?

  • Makayla Ross

    The same fucking thing happened to me. I was on skype chatting with my friends, but on may 25, a few weeks ago i got a friend request from Desiree Parker. Me, being the naive teenage girl i am, was like “who are you” no answer. 2 days later, silly me, accepted it. Then she kept asked me stuff, and telling me stuff which was like: im 25/f. You? and i told my friend and she didnt think much of it either. she said “TELL HER YOUR 5/F LOL” and i did. She didnt even answer me, and continued talking about that webcam crap. She gave me a link. I clicked it. I saw a slutty girl, on the front page. Once again, i thought nothing of it.Ah. How ignorant i am. I told my friend “OMFG SHE LOOKS LIKE A SLUT LOL!” and gave her the link. My friend has sense. “It could be a virus.. Send me a pic of it instead.” So i showed her a pic throught lightshot. After that i told the bot, not knowing its a bot that i had to go, giving it an excuse. She ignored. I thought it was odd. I never did join that chat though, or put in my credit card in. I thought i’d get another virus, if i didnt get one already. My friend gave me a link, about how the same person got it, and i discovered it was a bot a week ago. Now, i decided to do some research, and thats how i came across this. Ty. Even tho i know it was a bot, i didnt know it was a scam, and i blocked her and deleted her a couple months ago so she can stop fcking bugging me. Ty for this article. I will never be naive or ignorant online again. :)

    • TomasEdwardChristian

      Damn.

  • The_Diddler

    Thank you so much for posting this! I’m such a ponce, I nearly fell for this. I started getting suspicious when the scammer (ashley stanley) sent me the link, and it was a Bit.ly link. then i knew that something was up when after i asked her if i’d be able to cancel the account and she responded with a completely unrelated response. i found this article just in the nick of time, and instantly blocked her when i saw that your conversation (picture 1) and mine were nearly identical in the scammer’s responses. Thanks a shit-ton dude!

  • Jack Russell

    It must be difficult for people who are not regular to these type of instances or who don’t have experience of talking to cam girls online. It;s real easy to find out if you talk to them about personal things and tell them about your feelings. The replies you get will be best for judgement also, talking on webcam would be best rather than just chatting. Although, the conversation in chat can also show you if the girl you are talking to is real or a bot. You can read about what to look for in a private cam chat over here, I hope it will answer some of your questions. If you see repeated messages, like you see on omegle then definitely, it’s a bot. I prefer mygirlfund.com because it’s a vast community and I have even met girls personally after talking to them. It started as a virtual hookup but soon I met her and find out how real she was in her life.

  • Skippy

    How do I get them to stop? I seem to get one like every month or so and it’s soo darn annoying…..

  • Luigi

    Hey, i’m a victim… but my name and surname aren’t true, they can use my card anyway?

    • Ustasha

      If you gave them Credit card information, i think they can.

      • travelsonic

        Hehe, that’s why I always have a near-empty visa gift card handy to test the waters of what might be scam – usable as a credit card, but if they charge, will fail due to the lack of funds on it.

  • Luigi

    Pls can someone answer me or give me the customer support email???

  • Павел Дружинин

    mihkittyz84 is their profile

    hey
    [1:15:19 PM] Pavel Druzhinin: hey
    [1:15:59 PM] mihkittyz84: Yay! someone to talk to ! lol I’m a little forgetful lol, have we chatted before? ;)
    [1:16:53 PM] Pavel Druzhinin: Are you bot?
    [1:17:15 PM] mihkittyz84: i dont think so
    [1:17:58 PM] Pavel Druzhinin: Tell me about yourself
    [1:18:32 PM] mihkittyz84: hmm ok. Your username seemed familiar. lol its ok I was looking for somebody to talk with, I hope you wanna chat with a bored single 23/f lol so you single?
    [1:20:20 PM] Pavel Druzhinin: I’m single. What about your hobbies?
    [1:21:17 PM] mihkittyz84: Yes!! I’m FREE!!
    [1:22:11 PM] Pavel Druzhinin: Ok. What about your work&
    [1:22:59 PM] mihkittyz84: what kind of girls are you into? you like nerdy girls?
    [1:24:26 PM] Pavel Druzhinin: Ok, you didn’t answer on my questions.
    [1:25:01 PM] Pavel Druzhinin: therefore you are bot&
    [1:25:25 PM] mihkittyz84: lol you should know nerdy girls and redheads are the biggest freaks! ;-) I have some free time now my roommate went out…i love to tease ;-) Wanna see? its up to u…im in the mood lol
    [1:26:01 PM] Pavel Druzhinin: lalala
    [1:26:56 PM] mihkittyz84: Ok… let me set my cam up and I’ll show u my sexy little outfit and maybe what’s under it lol ..Just promise you won’t share my profile with anyone else or take pictures of me naked ok? lol
    [1:27:30 PM] Pavel Druzhinin: let’s go
    [1:28:40 PM] mihkittyz84: ok my profile is http://0icjQza2.camsplayground.com once you accept the invite let me know what username you make on there so that I can add you and then we can cam eachother :)
    [1:30:00 PM] Pavel Druzhinin: ljljkjl
    [1:30:59 PM] mihkittyz84: oh its probably gonna ask you for a credit card to sign up for the app but its free babe, its just to keep kids out. Im wearing almost nothing and I dont want any kids watching me lol.. im gonna show u more than just my sexy outfit I promise lol I like to tease but I love to deliver even more haha. Are u almost in?
    [1:31:44 PM] Pavel Druzhinin: dfgkjhjkh
    [1:32:30 PM] mihkittyz84: k… Let me know when you’re in sweetie , you should see my cam or I can send u the link again if u need. sorry to rush you but u got me so horny !! I need to release some stress ;) are u almost in lol ?
    [1:33:14 PM] Pavel Druzhinin: kkjhggfgljkhklk
    [1:34:01 PM] mihkittyz84: hmmm my pussy is so wet lol ok I see u connecting, I’m gonna put on my outfit now , Just type here or in the chat when u can see me undressing ;)
    [1:34:21 PM] Pavel Druzhinin: uykjfglkh;kj;ll
    [1:35:03 PM] mihkittyz84: k.. xoxo :)~

    • Gabriel

      Oh crap, I got the EXACT same thing! except the username was rewnella28 :D

  • ♨InfernoFox♨

    did it say something like “i think i got ur username from a dating webisite, do you like blond girls, etc?

    • flackoP

      mine said ” i think i got ur username from a dating website,do u like redhead girls?” and she asked twice

    • Emojevbe_J

      Here’s what mine said, “hmm ok. Your username seemed familiar. haha it’s ok I was looking for someone to chat with, I hope you wanna chat with a bored single 23/f lol so you single?”

      BEST REGARDS !

  • ♨InfernoFox♨

    did it say something like “i think i got ur username from a dating webisite, do you like blond girls, etc??

  • Ramon Lewanna

    ty so much for save me .. fucking jenny

    J: let me set my cam up and I’ll show u my sexy little outfit and maybe what’s under it lol ..Just promise you won’t share my profile with anyone else or take pictures of me naked ok? lol

    ME : Yes

    J: ok my profile is http://7qy7bRkB.camplaygrounds.com once you accept the invite let me know what username you make on there so that I can add you and then we can cam eachother.

    ME: ok wait

    J: oh its probably gonna ask you for a credit card to sign up for the app but its free babe, its just to keep kids out. Im wearing almost nothing and I dont want any kids watching me lol.. im gonna show u more than just my sexy outfit I promise lol I like to tease but I love to deliver even more haha. Are u almost in?

    ME: http://blog.emsisoft.com/2013/04/25/new-skype-scam-uses-chat-bots-fake-webcam-girls-want-your-credit-card-information/

    J: no i’m not scamming u

    ME : camplayground is not recommended.

    J: k… Let me know when you’re in sweetie , you should see my cam or I can send u the link again if u need. sorry to rush you but u got me so horny !! I need to release some stress ;) are u almost in lol ?

    ME: FUCKYOU

  • Amber Lee

    Loll so I just got messages similar to this last night and I told the so called female that I wasn’t into girls and of course she was like check me out on this video cam for free just to give her a rating and I said okay as a friend I will . She made it seem like she was in college and doing it for money lol. I got on the site and of course I asked her why are they asking me for money and she said to make sure your not underage lol. So I used my DEBIT CARD but, I use the one with no money on it at all because im not stupid and it didn’t go through because they wanted me to put money on it loll. My bank called me this morning and told me they tried to take 40 bucks but of course I had no money on that account. So I canceled my card and I’m getting a new one.

  • BattleMasta

    I got two of them in one day one named cutdream42 and Katie Baldwin I tried to tell them I am 12 but they never said anything about that

  • None

    I talked to her , and i was dumb. I wasan´t aweare of her but i was a bit clever. All my info was false even an CC was taken from the internet. They didin´t get nothing but i realy belived. Dont gonna fall again.

  • http://kiwidayn.comicgenesis.com ColdFusion

    Aw that’s not fair, some people are old. And horny. The whole internet feels strange and suspicious to them.
    I think we need to spend just a little money on tracking these people down and punishing them in a public and memorable fashion that will discourage the rest. That and shut down these websites that charge money since they’re all breaking various laws.

  • Joseph

    One just almost happened to me I think, but the link won’t work

    • Xander Flores

      you have to copy and paste but don’t bother its noth worth it

  • Zaua Zote

    Just got the same chat too..her name was Natalie Palmer. She told me that they would need my Credit Card details to prove that I was over 18 years of age. I knew something was definitely wrong then I found this blog. It was hugely helpful. Thank you for this vital information.

  • MARIAHATA

    looks like you fucked up.

  • MARIAHATA

    This has happened to me also, but they were much less convincing. and by they I mean that this has happened more than once.
    dovie.dimples26
    purtygurl_deanna3705
    grisell.trujillo1
    latoyia.fogal

    so fed up!!

  • jbx189

    Got this scam tonight. I didn’t even realize that it was a bot! I was
    playing a game and answering all 15mn, She spoke about c.c but i didn’t
    paid attention.

    She told it’s free and for her rating so I said
    ok and was on the link. I just entered a Username / Pass and an e-mail
    which isn’t really important to me and after that i was front of all the
    credit card and name stuff. I said too here that I don’t give it for
    those things and I wish her a good night and having fun… to a bot lol.

    Just a question : If we have given a Usrname / Pass and e-mail. Nothing can happen ? I was already feeling dumb when I saw that credit card are asked in the next page,,,

  • jbx189

    Good to know. Was pretty sure that was a scam when I came on the second page.

    I was playing a game and answering all 10 mn so i didnt realize it was a bot. I even wish a good evening. That’s why I miss the part who she spoke about credit card.

    I just have a question : If I did the “Verification Process” so giving a Usrname / Pass n e-mail. And I closed the windows when I saw what was asked on the next page c.c, name etc, Nothing can happen ?

    Just to be sure.

  • sai

    I helps a lot there are two bots in my account who say me to have cyber sex with them

  • http://fubar.com/prettydimples832 Pretty Dimples 832

    LOL your replies were Hilarious! Great catch and comeback on her virgin comment ;)

  • http://i.imgur.com/O9mwWpJ.jpg Thomas Squidgewell

    You retards who fall for this shit are so gullible it’s sad. I bet you would also give an east indian telemarketer scammer your credit card info too. You deserve to get scammed if you’re that stupid.

  • TomasEdwardChristian

    Who is stupid enough to leave Skype to see someone do a camshow, isn’t that what Skype does?

    It’s like “Hi, you are on Goggle? Oh, can you put in a bunch of information so you can come use Bing?”

    You know that if you were a real person, you could just get naked in front of Skype right?