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Catfishing, phishing and sexy chat-botting: the online dating world can be a confusing place.Now Match and Tinder's parent company is gearing up to sell stocks and shares, so the spotlight is on shady practices hidden in some dating sites' code.
While its main priority is the safety of UK online daters, the trade body advises against chat bots.
Free dating sites fast became an ecosystem for programmers to let loose their bot scripts - luring the sexually curious to malware or "extra" services.
Meeting a robot is an inevitable part of online dating - or owning an email address.
: "There was a reputation a couple of years ago for fake profiles, but we don't believe in conning people to pay subscriptions.
We set up terms on the application saying, we say on every application profile, 'do you understand, no fake profiles'.
But what if the chatbot was created by the company itself?
Take Ashley Madison, which had its entire source code, internal company emails and 37 million customers' personal information dumped onto torrenting sites earlier this year.
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I hope if we get it right in the UK with our ODA members, we can see similar trade bodies set up internationally," adds Kidd.
It’s unlikely that larger dating sites still need to rely on bots to get its user base up, but warning signs are free sites that need to entice you into subscriptions and "adult sites".
On analysis of the code, it became clear engineers had developed female chatbots, which had in turn engaged some of its male userbase.