Scammers targeting popular dating app

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If you have been using the popular dating app Tinder, be careful, the people you have matched with may not be who they say they are.

According to NBC News, Kristin Shotwell, 21, was walking home from class when her friend told her that he had seen her profile pop up on Tinder while visiting the University of Georgia in Athens.

Shotwell, who had never signed up for Tinder, shrugged it off, until her friends sent her a screen shot of a girl named “Kim.”

“That is when it hit home, when I saw my face on a bio that had nothing to do with me,” Shotwell told NBC News.

The images her friends saw on Tinder were images she had posted to her Facebook page, which she has since made private.

According to Satnam Narang, security response manager at Symantec, scammers have targeted Tinder, “Because there are so many people using the app, it’s a ripe target for scammers.”

NBC News says scammers often use bots to initiate contact with people looking for a date.

Asking questions like, “What is 2+2?” is a good way to tell if the person you are talking to is real or not.

Tinder says they are “aware of the accounts in question and are taking the necessary steps to remove them.”