Bumble is a popular online dating app so it is not surprising that scammers use it as a “hook” for scams. Anything popular with the public is fodder for scammers. Recently people have been reporting receiving text messages in which the scammer sends a text message that appears was intended for someone else who the scammer says they met through Bumble. If the targeted scam victim responds to the text message to inform the sender that the message was sent to the wrong number, the scammer responds with a suggestive photo.
If the targeted victim takes the bait and responds to the photo and the message by continuing the conversation, the scam proceeds to a variety of other scams in which they seek payments or personal information that will be used for identity theft. In other circumstances, the scammer prompts the targeted victim to send their own suggestive photo or video which then can be used for blackmail. In other instances, they may lure you into clicking on links in the text messages that will download malware.
This is an easy scam to avoid. Merely don’t respond. Although the temptation may be there at the start to inform the person texting you that they have sent it to the wrong number, even by doing this seemingly innocuous act, you have indicated to the scammer that the number they texted is an active number that can be targeted with other scams.
A good rule to follow is to never click on links or download attachments in emails or text messages unless you have absolutely confirmed that the communication is legitimate and in this case, there is no way you can confirm that it is legitimate so you should never click on a link in this situation.
Similarly you should never provide personal information to anyone in response to a text message, phone call or email unless you have confirmed it is legitimate and, once again, that is impossible in this situation so don’t provide any information in response to the text.
Finally, make sure that your phone and all of your electronic devices are protected by security software and install the latest security updates as soon as they are available.
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