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The measures also promise to change the nature of an app that spread in part because of its anonymity.
Joining Grindr requires only downloading the app and opening it up — immediately, the user is greeted with profiles of dozens of nearby men.
These transactions are treated as high-risk activities or run afoul of federal law, even if state laws allow it.
As a consumer, "it pays to discover" the five items that can't be bought with your credit card and the reasons behind the policy.
(A bug fix in April appears to have ended that particular problem, at least for now.) Tim Strazzere, lead research and response engineer at Lookout Mobile Security, speculates that spammers are able to spoof their location by opening Grindr in an Android emulator and searching for users in target-rich environments like New York and San Francisco.