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.
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.
Unfortunately, in this scam your match is actually a bot.
They will send the first message, often right away.
Parents should always use online Santa chats to be sure the content is in line with family values before letting kids online!
Most of these sites are done using “bots” or automated chatting scripts.How steamy the chat gets depends on which fruit you've matched with.If you stop replying at any point, so does the bot.Boost Juice has defended an online campaign to promote a new smoothie to young adults, following concerns it normalises predatory behaviour.The Facebook Messenger chatbot aimed at 18-24 year olds engages the customer in conversation before trying to persuade them to play a dating game.If users aren’t careful, these scams can cause some serious problems for the individuals that fall for them.