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.
Chat Tool Founder Robert Brandl offered the following example: Don’t waste your energy outing these guys. Save it for long conversations and “people” you chat with outside of customer service such as those on online dating platforms.
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.
A human would not respond exactly the same way to different questions or comments.
Does Not Speak Naturally Most people don’t chat with a Hemingway level of clarity and brevity.
Quick Note from Talkspace: Because we provide online messaging therapy, we frequently hear from potential clients who want to be sure they are chatting with a therapist, not a chatbot.
All of our therapists are licensed, flesh and blood humans, but we understand the concern.
More advanced bots can use audio and visuals such as animations. Some of them tell you they are bots before you begin chatting.
These are usually customer service chatbots designed to take pressure off customer service reps and substitute for them during off hours and weekends.
Other types include social media chatbots that automatically send a thank you message when you follow someone new.