Spam messages on dating sites

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Romance scams, sometimes called "catfishing," are an unfortunate reality of online dating.

As the, mobile dating app Tinder has grown in popularity, scam artists have targeted its users and refined their approach so they are harder to spot.

In it, the actors magnified people's messages on-screen and played out scenarios of those characters in "real" life.

If you can't make it to the show, currently playing in Chicago, just check your Ok Cupid in-box and you're bound to see similar content and "characters." Below, we asked Bustle readers—women and men alike—to share their most common Ok C messages.

I know several couples who met their now-husbands and wives on it, so no matter how many "questionable" people there seem to be on the site, I swear—with some discerning and good, old-fashioned faith—keep trying.

Once you get the hang of what to say in a first Ok Cupid message, it can be amazing. You may remember a male Reddit user who decided to log into a dating site as a female, using most of his traits as his profile content, and a female friend's picture.

The Oxford Dictionary definition of spam is: “Irrelevant or unsolicited messages sent over the Internet, typically to large numbers of users, for the purposes of advertising, phishing, spreading malware, etc.” Spam is annoying, but it’s harmless.

You are interested in chatting with him/her, so you swipe right to show your interest.

A few minutes later, you get a message from Tinder saying you're a match, meaning that person also liked your profile.

Sometimes details are added to a mailing list that might then be sold to scammers, although most reputable companies don’t sell their marketing lists.

Scammers sometimes guess email address and will send a blanket email to similar address, for example: James [email protected], James [email protected] and so on.

Everything seems to be going great, but once you move your conversation out of Tinder, it changes.

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