Spotting a real profile on a hookup site

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This variety of bot talks with you on sites such as Tinder and Facebook.

Programmers design chatbots to simulate real conversation long enough to convince you to buy something, click on a link or offer personal information.

In August, a British man was sent to jail after defrauding two women of over £300,000 (5,300) through online dating sites.

He had convinced them that he was a diplomat and that a US marine general had fallen in love with them, causing one woman to pawn jewelry, empty her life savings, sell her car, and take out loans to help this general move to the UK. In 2011, the Internet Crime Complaint Center estimated that the online dating scamming “industry” was worth over million, but it’s likely much higher than that, due to the difficulty of making a good estimate.

Whether it’s online therapy, social media or online dating, everyone deserves to chat with the humans they believe they are connecting with.

We made this guide so people can answer the big question: Bot or not?

One user said he rarely used Grindr but that he had been contacted by a bot each time he had logged on in recent months.

He told Pink News: “It’s not a natural conversation flow – so it seems supicious but equally it its convincing enough to be real.” One Twitter user questioned why, if trying to convince Grindr users a bot was a real man, would they name him Herbert.

Interestingly, the AARP says that men fall victim to these scams more often, but that women are more likely to report the scam.

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.

People are often ashamed to come forward and admit that they’ve been duped.

It’s not a good feeling to have been taken advantage of, and a scheme that’s so obvious in hindsight is even harder to admit to. If you date online, take precautions to protect yourself.

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