The U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday announced it has sued Match Group, the owner of almost all the dating apps — including Match, Tinder, OkCupid, Hinge, PlentyofFish yet others — for fraudulent business practices.

Dating application maker Match sued by FTC for fraud

They’re not that into you. Or even it in fact was a bot? In line with the FTC, Match tricked thousands of consumers into buying subscriptions, exposed customers towards the risk of fraud and involved in other deceptive and practices that are unfair.

The suit concentrates only on Match and comes down to this Match didn’t simply turn a blind attention to its massive bot and scammer issue, the FTC claims. It knowingly profited from it. Plus it made deceiving users a part that is core of business methods.

The costs against Match are fairly significant.

The FTC says that a lot of customers aren’t aware that 25 to 30percent of Match registrations per come from scammers day. This includes relationship frauds, phishing scams, fraudulent marketing extortion scams. During some months from 2013 to 2016, more than half the communications happening on Match had been from records the company defined as fraudulent.

Bots and scammers, of course, are a nagging issue throughout the internet. The huge difference is, in Match’s situation, it indirectly profited with this, at consumers’ cost, the suit claims.

The dating application delivered down advertising e-mails (i.e. the “You caught his eye” notices) to possible members about brand new communications in the app’s inbox. (more…)