Tinder Targeted By ‘Castle Clash’ Promoting Bots

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The wildly popular dating app Tinder has been invaded by “Castle Clash” love bots – fake profiles that promote the mobile game.

Lots of Tinder users reported on Twitter that after getting matched with women on the app, following a brief exchange, they were sent messages like “relaxing with a game on my phone, castle clash…have you heard about it?”.

They were then sent a link, which redirects to the URL “Tinderverified.com”.

Despite the assertions of the URL, Tinder are not involved and told TechCrunch they are aware of the bots, say is an isolated incident, and are in the process of removing them.

The fake profiles have obviously led people to think Castle Clash’s developer, I Got Games, is responsible, but nothing has yet been confirmed.

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There is also the possibility that a third party advertiser had the idea to create the bots to promote the game.

TechCrunch’s Sarah Perez said it was unlikely that IGG.com is unaware of a hack:

“The developer has had plenty of time to pull its app from the rogue app promoter’s network, or respond publicly to the many outcries from users who now associate this company and its games with being a scam.”

Tinder has previously had problems with bots offering promo codes for car-rental app Uber, along with cam and porn bots.

Tinder issued a statement to TechCrunch, which said: “We are aware of the accounts in question and are taking the necessary steps to remove them. Ensuring an authentic ecosystem has always been and will continue to be our top priority.”