Discover the tell-tale signs of Kik scams and learn the best ways to protect yourself when you’re using the app.
What is Catfishing on KIK?
KIK Messenger is an instant messaging app for mobile devices. Users need a wifi connection to send messages, pictures, webpages, and other content. Anyone can download the KIK app in the Apple app store or in the Blackberry Windows store and simply have to create an account. Once connected, you can interact with any user once you have their username and you have added them to your account.
How do Kik Scams work?
There are two ways that people scam people on KIK. The first is the use of automated bots. The person typically initiates a conversation with a simple greeting, and then the bots take over. The bots respond to your messages by trying to get you to visit websites and these websites can request many things from you. Some sites request personal info while others require you to subscribe and pay money.
The second are real people who talk to you themselves, but reveal very little about themselves and often ask you to do things for them, usually sending them money, but they also will try to get you to visit websites, similar to the bots, the only thing is that the bots are becoming more popular due to their ability to reach more people at the same time.
Signs you’re being Catfished on kik Messenger!
- The user sends you links to websites without warning
- The users responses seem very plain, as if it’s not a person(bots!)
- They try to get money from you
- Despite your attempts to get to know them better, they never open up to you about their identity
How to avoid being Catfished when using kik
- Know the signs! Always be informed of what internet hackers are using for tricks and stay one step ahead of them
- Trust your gut. If it seems sketchy, it probably is!
- Only converse with people you know. This greatly reduces the risk of adding someone that could be a hacker
- Match their username to other social profiles to make sure it’s really them.
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