When in doubt, always assume anything that says free but requires a credit card is a scam.
Nonetheless, there are some semi-legitimate scenarios where giving your credit card information is the right thing to do.
Adding to the confusion with regard to the Tinder bots, is the fact that Tinder, too, offers a verification process of its own.
However, it’s not something that’s open to everyone – only celebrities and other notable figures are verified and only because people would otherwise assume their profiles are fake.
Victims are directed by the criminals to obtain these background checks via an official looking website containing stolen logos from government authorities and official brokers.
In most cases the victim will be requested to pay approximately 0 – 0 to obtain a certificate which claims to issued by local authorities.
A new bot scam on Tinder is tapping into users’ desire to become “verified” on the popular dating service – a process that people believe would allow them to confirm their identity, and legitimize their account for the purposes of trust and safety.
According a recent report from security researchers at Symantec, scammers are now using verification as a lure to sign up people to fake “safe dating” websites.
Fake profiles created by criminals are contacting victims on dating sites and requesting individuals to obtain “Dating ID’s”, “hookup clearance”, “security clearances” or “criminal background checks” prior to meeting or engaging in online based activities.
NEVER, EVER send copies to your Date any of your personal documentation such as drivers licences, passports etc.
UPDATE: The Internet Crime Complaint Center’s (IC3) have recently distributed the following press release: The IC3 has recently received reports regarding a scam that baits individuals into intimate online conversations and then extorting them for financial gain.
Sometimes, you may receive an offer for a free trial period.
I’d expect this to be the most common scenario that matches what you’re talking about.