This variety of bot talks with you on sites such as Tinder and Facebook.Programmers design chatbots to simulate real conversation long enough to convince you to buy something, click on a link or offer personal information.
Here are the patterns to look for: Mentions a Product or Service The only product or service that should come up quickly during online chats is the one you are using to facilitate the chat.
It isn’t suspicious for someone to mention Tinder while they are chatting on Tinder.
Responds Suspiciously Quickly Real humans need to sleep and take more than .1 second to type a detailed response.
They won’t be responding instantly and at all hours of the night.
When we message with people on the Internet, we deserve to know they are, well, people.
In a time where bots drive more than 60% of web traffic, it’s reasonable for consumers to be wary of chatbots masquerading as humans.
Other types include social media chatbots that automatically send a thank you message when you follow someone new.
You might also receive bot-like responses that are actually the result of a customer service rep using a tool to save time typing.
Anything that doesn’t grow naturally from the conversation is most likely a disguised sales pitch.
Sends a Link Without You Asking for One Unless the link is directly related to a topic you brought up of your own will, it is most likely spam. Asks for Personal Financial Information Real person or not, receiving a message asking for any personal financial information such as your credit card number means it’s time to say goodbye.
Stresses How Much “He” or “She” Doesn’t Speak Your Language Very Well Starting the conversation with the “sorry excuse my bad English” line is clever because it makes the user more forgiving and less suspicious of some of the aforementioned bot patterns.