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.

  • Dany Lynen

    What is going on with skype all these girls supposedly looking for a guy, love etc. i don’t even have my picture on my skype what gives? any suggestions guys!!!

  • Dany Lynen

    getting lots of skype calls from girls wanting and searching for love. So far the girl i am chatting with says she is from cornwall england, i sent her an email and it opens in redmond washington. she is lying so what is her purpose so far i am playing the game and never would i use my cc. so what gives! help guys!!! please

  • Cristi

    Oh god… When i sing up they said … can.t check my card or something like this… you ? You can connect on your stupid site ? sry for my bad eglish. Pls answer if u see this .

    • James H

      LOL

      It was at that moment
      Cristi knew
      He fucked up

  • Aramí R

    I don’t know if the people are still here, but here’s a woman that just wrote me on Skype, she doesn’t have any pic there so I asked for one. She send me a link and I opened it and there was a live cam (I suposed) called “camplayground” and there was a pic of a girl showing his bobs. Then I asked her “are you serious?” And she said “we can see live there no needs for pictures” I don’t really know what to do and I am kinda scared. I don’t even speak English, she’s from United States and I am from Spain. She’s 25 years old. Please help .

    • Teddy

      If it were me, I would go along with it and if it asked me for a credit card and the person asks if I can see them, then I would ask for more.

    • Teddy

      I did it, and the person hasn’t replied for a few weeks.

  • Teddy

    I am currently talking to one right now, and I don’t even have a credit card to steal.
    Whats with this stuff

  • Bobby Gobby

    MALE 25 for cam chat skype id bobby.gobby

  • Ingomar Mayrhuber

    I have the same experience since a few days

  • Teddy

    I have two, Leah Jarvis and Kaya STEWART

  • Howie Welden

    This happened to me in 1 month, 3 different girls, same thing, all started with “Hey!, I don’t remember how I got you’re username but I broke up with my Boyfriend and I’m hitting up on guys and I thought you were hot” or “I got you’re name from the profile directory here on Skype cuz I was bored….”, and all had the same outcome…..a site for ‘people’….., and I said the same thing to all, How old are you, they say there either in there 20’s and never said anything else when I said “I’m 13, why me?”

    • Teddy

      I hate to break it to you, but I would set my contact list to only allow people in your contact list to send you anything.

  • AlienNinja

    nice article. very helpful

  • AlienNinja

    hah! nice!

  • Tots Shane

    I get these requests on a daily basis. But they all stop at the credit card. These are automated responses and I have loads of them, sometimes I just get bored and feel like trolling. The funny thing is, the same people use the same responses over and over again without even changing the words.

  • Bogdan Ievzhyk

    guys, i had the same, only the name “Jenn Love”

  • archie_lowe29

    omg this happened to me and I thought they were real!
    thanks, I was gonna give them my details!

  • Paulo Henrique Fernandes

    I will send this photo http://i.imgur.com/drsj2HK.jpg

    • SuperSpartan312

      A bot that tried to trick me sent me the exact same picture along two more. I don’t have credit card so… even if I believed it “she” would have failed. I’m going to have some fun of it.

    • Tapanuth Termboonvanich

      Same image, I got. This is hilarious.

  • Dlclownin

    Thanks for the info just got hit on Skype by some bot named Stephanie Calvert. I read this after it kept ignoring tough questions and then I did a track on Stephanie and it took me to Nigeria. Lol oh those poor bastard living in there squaller, how I smile when I think of them sweaty, dirty, and aids ridden. I just want to go out and buy blood diamonds, so I can have the sale rep tell me the horrible way they died and the tortures they endured. While we drink champagne and laugh. Oh the fucking Nigerians I hope we find a resource there so I get the chance to bring peace to the area. Wink wink… like we are in the Middle East

  • Quách Phát Thắng

    Me too! How to avoid this?

  • Emani Bossman

    im going to do this right now lmfaooo

  • Aaron Osborne

    Hey Evan, I have recently put this up on my blog http://tgwmblog.blogspot.com.au under the name of
    Merry Christmas, now Skype bots can scam you over.

  • Netherkid0708

    I used a visa gift card that was empty

  • ViableNutria

    I almost fell into one of these scams just now!!! Thank god I don’t have a credit card yet!!!!

  • Jaromir NuKe

    I am 13 and a maybe chat-bot (offers to be 24) wants me to come into a chatroom with card numb

    er I said I haven`t got one -It didn`t anwer…

  • Isaac Schaff

    I believe this has happened to me, but luckily, all i had was a VISA Gift Card with only $4 dollars on it. I knew that this person scammed me this way in the first place. This article has basically saved my life :). Thank u guys. (This happened on January 12, 2015.)

  • SlyAvacado

    i’m actually talking to one right now, i’m trying to have a conversation about Poke’mon and all i get in return is her telling me what she is wearing “Bitch, i don’t care what you’re wearing, i wanna know what type of Poke’mon is your favourite” bots these days……

  • Bill Steinman

    I had something similar happen to me, it went by the name sweetluvin cutieeshortcake, this one was oddly smart, when I suggested to use Skype call instead it said ok lemme get my outfit on

  • Bill Steinman

    If I don’t submit my info, does it gain access to my credit card, I clicked on the registration and put in some info but nothing on my credit card and I didn’t submit the info I put in

  • Krakmilo

    -Skype Scam- 22/01/2016

    Same to me, behind the name of “girly endlesssjoy” (The skype nickname).

    Here are the messages that I recived (these are all the messages in the order that I recived):

    1. well, before i tell you exactly who I am..I want to show you, will u watch my cam show?? I think you’ll be very surprised at what your about to see lol

    2. heyy, thx for adding me…i had your username saved from a while ago, are you on any dating sites?

    3. cant really remember how i got ur username.. but recently i got out of a relationship and i was hitting up guys i thought were cute lol…so u single?

    4. yes I am finally single!! its great!

    5. well either way its ok with me ;) BUT, you must be into blonde girls..are you?

    6. lol every guy is c’mon :p http://i.imgur.com/drsj2HK.jpg heres a pic i uploaded last night, you like? :)

    7. pics are old skool hehe, i like to do cam 2 cam :) i’m online right now http://kkqha8F5hud.xlocalcams.com/?invite=1bd9fdc5 im the main girl u see there, type to me on the right hand side of my video

    -Then, be aware, because this is a fake. They try to scam you.Don’t fall in this trap.

  • Arvydas Šimkus

    Yea one of those bots invited me nick Baby buckley… But these bots are so stupid and lame that only retard ppl or 5 years old can be scamed… Very liner poor scripted chats…

  • David Pendleton

    I notice this thread is like 2 yrs old, but just a warning…this scam is still going on today……just had one try to phish me onto the site camplayground…

  • Renee C.

    I also just had a bot talk to me which was the “dating site” one, and it was funny because 1. I kept blocking the bot repeatedly. 2. I messed around with it. 3. I’ve used my darkest sarcasm to see how they would react. 4. I might’ve been too mean to it. But it’s just brilliant at how they seem like a real person. I wonder if the scammers might’ve been looking through comments, and to be reconsidering with what I wrote. But they’re not a real person. :)

  • Renee C.

    Another funny thing: I sent in this huge letter, being so insulting to this one bot, and blocked it before she (energy.girl cupcake) even got to those “slutty” questions. XDD

  • Tapanuth Termboonvanich

    I got one and it sent nude to me. WTF

  • divadop

    ## – commentaries

    [Me]: ..?

    [Her]: i got ure name from the member directory here on skype cuz i was bored and lookin for new people to talk to. lol

    25/f here u?

    [Me]: Sorry, what? ## I didn’t google it. Damn it.

    [Her]: so what r ya doin?

    [Me]: I’m just playing some M&B ## Typical gamer :D

    [Her]: i’m just enjoying my summer break from school, i’m still in college right now so i’ve been really lookin forward to it ya know

    [Me]: Hey, wait, but It’s winter ## I thought she was 25 years old, tho…

    [Her]: lol, welll i have an idea if ure up for a lil fun

    [Me]: So? ## Thought she would ask me to play Mount and Blade with her :D

    [Her]: i was actually going to be getting to my “job” here shortly. my one friend was working online and i kept askin her about it so she showed me what she was doing when we got back to school after xmas break

    [Her]: Lol i thought she was out of her mind at first, but its pretty cool actually. we work online doing private webcam shows which sounded odd at first believe me. but i freakin luv it!!!

    [Me]: Wait, wait, “webcam shows”? ## I think I’m starting to get it.

    [Her]: well what i was going to say is i have some free passes and i usually just do a private show before i get started to “warm up” lol. no one is online though so i was going to give u one of the passes if u wanted but u have to give me a really good rating so i can get more if u do tho k?

    *suspected something*

    *searched her name in google*

    *found something*

    *started interrogation*

    [Me]: How old are you? ## ’cause I’m still confused if it’s a bot or a phisher.

    [Her]: dont u worry tho… ill earn it lol. k its [PHISHING SITE] and u should see a lil button to accept my invite and create your profile. u just click on that.

    [Me]: Are you a bot? ## Bad interrogator, bad interrogator…

    [Her]: then you just make ure own username or w/e and u can cumm into my private chat for the 2 of us and type to me and tell me what you want me to do

    [Her]: lol no i’m not a bot silly

    [Me]: I’m a programmer, and a hacker, y’a know ## Aaaand a gamer..

    [Me]: And I’m not clicking on that kind of links

    [Me]: Oh, btw ## Finally some slang used by me!

    [Me]: [LINK TO THE COMMUNITY SITE]

    [Me]: You type pretty fast, tho

    [Me]: I’m just interested if you’re a spambot, or just a hacker

    [Me]: So what? Are you a phisher, or a bot? ## Forever alone :(

    [Me]: Well, a scambot. If you were a real person, I wouldn’t report you. ## Of course I would :D

    [Me]: Bye bye.

    *reported and blocked*

    NAILED IT

  • Lemexo

    U guys just need to do !shutdown, it s just a simple command

  • I have been receiving these kind of messages from two bots I suppose. Very strange. I am not sure who they are? I have decided to ignore them

  • Muhammad Adnan Fauzan

    Very well thankyou , ah i see that’s scam for find some CC and they will got the money with weird way ( carding )
    Someone try to do it. Looks like a real girl but i’m sure that’s a bot lol

  • Bender 20 (Bender the bending

    Wow I never talked to these chat bot s but there trying to scam a hacker wow bad news but I’m scamming them quite easy

  • Blk Jack

    and it still is going on …. git my call this morning

  • Laos

    I just received a contact from Skype. It is the same ms on the picture.
    Thank you for helping me out of this crazy scam.

  • Spectrun Xd

    What happens if someone put an credit card false in the cam site ? Will the people be searched by police?

  • Dana Hattie

    Thank you for the article. I have run into a few of these now. I will link this to Skype customer service when I go to complain. Hopefully Microsoft will decide it worth preventing these scam bots.

  • Kean Chin

    i had one the other day and i thought it was strange the fact that i asked her the first question – who the **** are you but she just ignored it. so from then i got suspicious and went onto the site and it requested credit card then that when it hit me. i confronted her then today shes no where to be seen now in my list of friends. Her named was lexie flaunt

  • DrCroland

    I nearly fell for it yesterday. A picture of a cute girl standing naked in her kitchen popped up on my tablet, asking me would I like to chat with her on Skype, accept or reject. Being rather gullible, I was sweating, but passed on it because I was worried both about whether it was for real, and who might come into the room.

  • Egledson Alves

    Acabei de ter contato com este site pelo Skype. ai fui procurar saber o que se tratava esse site e bom que achei seu artigo. pra divulgar a outros que possam receber o contato. Jamais digitaria os meus dados de conta ou cartão de credito. E eles cometeram um erro logo no começo perguntei onde conseguiram o meu contato? e a bela moça falou que em outro sites de namoro. Nunca precisei de Sites pra arrumar namorada. Ai já vi logo de cara que era fraude. Belo artigo. Apesar de esta em inglês eu traduzi e foi muito útil.

  • macemajor1

    i sent a nude
    it did not send bake
    i hate bots

  • James H

    lol these chatbots are hilarious. I wish there was a way to wreak havoc on the source somehow.

  • Robert Doyon

    i had to get a new cedit card from cams play ground they charge 39 dallers when it says free Xd im like cancel that shit

  • Robert Doyon

    didnt get there money and the banks going to arrest them XD u cant fuck with federal banks XD

  • Michael Thomasson

    thx this just happend to me and thank you so much