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:

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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:

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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:

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

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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.

  • Meloadiara

    Thank you. I have met one right now. Chealse Britt something. I turned her down. :D

  • JImbey

    i just had such a bot writing me, i actually just copied the stuff here and waited till he wrote and posted it just after he did xD so funny.

  • Ali Khan

    I asked are you a bot?
    Reply: uggh no i’m not are u???? lolz

    I am going to just copy paste what it says tom, let’s see how that goes.

  • Allan Nafarous

    ALSO BEWARE OF IDENTITY THEFT.
    Beware of identity theft through fake profiles and computer hacking upon adult entertainment posts and redirected phishing sites. Put another way. Keep your credit card information in your pants boys and avoid funding corruption online

    • Allan Nafarous

      Good post ‘Elise’ upon a hard to explain issue. Beyond that the scam goes into organized cyber crime

  • Abraham Farias

    can they do anything with the email and password i gave them

    • Abraham. If you gave out your email address and password for that email, firstly make sure to change the password immediately. As previous posters have said, identity theft is very dangerous and can exposure your personal files as well as risk financial fraud.

  • BrahmaBullRKO

    I just got done with one, but it was different. I matched with someone on tinder and they had their kik name on their profile so I messaged them on that. To my surprise it was a real person. Responses were directly to what I would say and it generally was too detailed to be a bot. After a while I asked if she wanted to hang out and she agreed. When I started trying to make plans she suddenly became reluctant, and that’s when she said “I will meet if you view my cam.” I knew exactly what was going on here but I went with it anyway. She linked me to the site, and of course, it wanted me to sign up using my credit card. I had an argument with this person for well over an hour and eventually stopped talking.
    So there are still a lot of obvious spam bots out there, but some scammers are now taking it into their own hands to make it as believable as possible. Rule of thumb: if the site requires your card info just to sign up, DO NOT GO THROUGH WITH IT, IT IS A SCAM.

  • TheBananaMan297

    I got one of these and I was like “I have an idea, I’ll buy a prepaid giftcard from ralphs (15 dollars) and use it on overwatch, then put in the debit card info with no money inside, then see what happens”. After I tried that, it auto closed/closed the tab automatically and then the bot said thanks for the money then blocked me. After that I said “good luck with a debit card that has no money lol”