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A of women who play online Scrabble on the Scopely app Scrabble Go say they are being messaged by "creepy men" within the game's chat function. They begin a game and then start asking where the women live and whether they are married and want to continue chatting via other messaging apps such as WhatsApp. Scopely said the chat function could be restricted to friends only. One woman, who is in her 60s and lives in London, told BBC News she was contacted via private message by two or three people per week, all claiming to be men from the US.

And then they big you up. English did not appear to be their first language, she said. One man confessed to using his son's photograph as a profile picture, because he thought his son was "more attractive". Scopely said it "does not tolerate any harassment or misconduct" on its games platforms and players should report incidents to it.

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And it became the official Scrabble app in June, when the Mattel franchise ended with games giant EA. But a petition calling for the return of the EA app has now had nearly 8, atures. And Scopely introduced a "classic", stripped-down version of the game after complaints about additional features such as treasure-style rewards and vivid colours. One woman who ed the petition three days ago, wrote: "I do not like being targeted by creepy men who want to chat not play Scrabble. Australia's Competition and Consumer Commission ACCC told Gizmodo it had received two reports of romance scams on Scrabble Go in its first three months but it had also received two about the EA app during the first half of On the website sixtyandme, Pat Skene described similar experiences on the unofficial Scrabble-like app Words With Friends.

It's a problem that is common across many social-media platforms. And it's difficult to police, especially as it takes place in the form of private messages.

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Lisa Forte, from Red Goat Cyber-security, said: "As individuals, we really need to start treating unsolicited online contact with people we don't know as suspicious until it's proven otherwise. Scrabble fans slam 'sparkly abomination' new app. Romance scams, the Yahoo boys and my friend Beth.


It is likely many of them are romance scammers. She did not wish to be named. Son's photograph. She believes many of them are scammers. Block functions. Scrabble Go launched in March It says it has 2. Related Topics. Gaming Apps Women. More on this story.

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'Creepy men' message women on Scrabble Go app