Kik is one of the most popular messaging apps. It’s a great place to chat with friends through text, emoji, GIFs, and videos. However, it is also a popular place for scammers trying to get your attention through a range of different sophisticated methods, from cat trapping to blackmail.
Here’s a quick overview of Kik scams at the moment, including how easy it is to spot if you’ve fallen into a trap.
Kik Bot Scam
Often leading to Kik blackmail scams, Kik is rife with bots that try to imitate real users by tricking you into believing they are authentic. These bots are automated and follow a specific script, but they can be quite complex, so it’s hard to tell what’s real and what’s fake.
The bot starts talking to you and then usually prompts you to go to a questionable website that is either full of malware, or tries to entice you to disclose financial information about yourself, for example, by offering a nude photo in exchange.
The key to avoiding such threats is knowing who you are talking to and looking for unusual ways to express things. Alien danger is an important part of the negotiation of any social messaging app. Listen to your intuition.
Similar to the Kik bot scam, cat catching is a common occurrence on Kik when it comes to real people trying to manipulate information out of you. Do you know how I know I’m being fed? It’s complicated.
As a general rule, these people tend to talk to you, ask a lot of questions, and yet reveal very little about themselves. This is a cunning form of psychological manipulation in which they gradually force you to either provide them with personal information or browse suspicious websites.
When talking to someone you don’t know, be aware of any manipulation that may occur. Don’t play with it if something is wrong.