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Then he asked matter-of-factly if Herrick was the one who'd been communicating with him via the hookup app Grindr, and who'd minutes earlier invited him over for sex.Herrick said that he hadn't—he hadn't even looked at the app in a week—and asked how the stranger even knew his name.

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This is the months-long nightmare Herrick describes in a lawsuit he filed against Grindr last week in the Supreme Court of New York.In the weeks that followed, Herrick says, the fake accounts began to evolve.Spoofed profiles with pictures of Herrick's semi-nude body began to offer rough, unprotected sex, orgies, and drugs."It’s just luck that it hasn’t happened yet."Herrick's civil complaint points to an ex-boyfriend as the source of the impersonation attacks.(WIRED has chosen not to identify him as he's not named as a defendant in the complaint.) He allegedly began impersonating Herrick on Grindr even before their breakup earlier this year, but only started using the spoofed accounts to harass him after they separated.The next day brought just as many, all of whom referred to the same spoofed account.

Herrick reported the fake profile to Grindr, but the impersonations only multiplied.

Goldberg said she had personally verified all the claims in the complaint.

"Any attack on my client’s credibility is countered by the voluminous evidence I’ve seen," says Goldberg, who has risen to prominence as a fierce advocate of victims of revenge pornography cases.

"It’s a living hell."Cases of Grindr catfishing and deception happen every so often on Grindr—sometimes with tragic results.

But the Grindr impersonation Herrick describes in his lawsuit was a longer-term form of abuse with equally dangerous consequences.

He accuses Grindr of negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, false advertising, and deceptive business practices for allowing him to be impersonated and turned into an unwitting beacon for stalkers and harassers.