Grindr users are absolutely furious after discovering that the hot guys who they thought were real were actually spambots infecting their phones with sext-ually transmitted diseases.
Several men have reported falling victim to the spambots, which have been preying on users in the U.K. The bots are designed to strike up a conversation. Once they’ve engaged a user by talking about their “really nice dicks,” they try to lure them into clicking on a link to a fake webcam site, which then installs a virus on their device.
“It’s not a natural conversation flow,” one of the victims tells Pink News. “So it seems suspicious, but equally convincing enough to be real.”
Some tell-tale indicators of a spambot are their unusually short height, typically less than three feet, and their inability to carry on a sophisticated conversation. For example, one man tried telling a bot his penis had fallen off, and it responded, “Sweet.”
Here’s a screen shot from that conversation:
A spokesperson for Grindr told PinkNews that the website is “definitely aware of spambot activity” and assured they are working on making security improvements.
“At the end of the day,” the spokesperson said, “education and information remain an important defense against spambots–and Grindr notifies our users with broadcast messages on this topic while actively discouraging users from clicking on spam profiles and links.”