Users of the hugely popular dating app Tinder are being increasingly targeted by spammers.
Members are receiving messages from fake accounts generated by software – or bots – that encourage them to download a game called “Castle Clash”.
At first the fake member initiates a chat with a generic greeting, then claims to be recovering from the previous night by relaxing with a game. However the genuine Tinder member responds, they receive another message with a download link and a vague promise of maybe getting a getting phone number if they download the game and play it with the fake profile.
Whoever is creating the spam is using a download link that begins with tinderverified.com/ in an attempt to make the game appear to be endorsed by Tinder.
The move seems to be targeting male users, who receive the bot message from what appears to be an attractive and friendly female.
This has been going on for around a week now and Tinder are aware of the issue, and are attempting to stop the flow of spam. It may not be an easy task though as the app has a sign-up process that is handled through facebook, which effectively takes control out of their hands.
While you may suspect that the obvious culprit is the manufacturer of the game, it is also possible that they engaged a third party to help “promote” downloads of the game.
You can read more about the issue at techcrunch.