After dropping a link to those sites in a Grindr chat, the spambot ceases responding, except to ask why you haven’t joined him yet.
Earlier this year, users of the popular gay hookup and dating app Grindr started seeing a sharp increase in the number of attractive men saying hello to them.
Handsome, muscled, and stripped to the waist, the men introduced themselves with a handful of stock greetings.
Another said the app has become "a travesty." "Filled with bots that can unblock themselves and violate your privacy," the user wrote.
"Makes you wonder what else these illegal bots can do." that it will soon release an update that requires users to verify their accounts by providing a valid email address and creating a password.
In April, fast-growing dating app Tinder began seeing spambots of its own, following a script similar to the Grindr bots.
Meanwhile, the editor of that on some sites, as many as 1 in 10 profiles are operated by scammers.
Joining Grindr requires only downloading the app and opening it up — immediately, the user is greeted with profiles of dozens of nearby men.
Its profiles are essentially disposable, making it attractive to men who are closeted, cheating on their boyfriends, or who simply don’t like filling out profiles.
Spambots are not unique to Grindr; the world of dating apps is filled with scam artists.