In the end, about 80 percent of paying customers were contacted by an Ashley Angel."It appears they were scamming their users," Conru says.Sex bots don't even have to be that good to do their job.Last July, he found out that he wasn't the only one getting the silent treatment.

"It's been a cat and mouse game for 20 years."And it's not a game he always wins.

The company suffered a massive hack that exposed the profiles of an estimated 3.5 million members — which generated international headlines by revealing high-profile kink-seekers on Capitol Hill, in Hollywood and higher education.

A leaked file of sample dialogue includes lines such as: "Is anyone home lol, I'd enjoy an interesting cyber chat, are you up to it?

" and "I might be a bit shy at first, wait til you get to know me, wink wink :)".

"And our bots would kick ass."he fact that AI con artists are up to such tricks isn't surprising or new.

But what's truly phenomenal is the durability of this online hustle, and the millions of saps still falling for it."The only way you can compete with fraud is you let people know it's fraud," he tells me."And it happens across the industry."Conru and AFF's CEO, Jon Buckheit, another Stanford Ph.In 2012, Doriana Silva, a former Ashley Madison employee in Toronto, sued Avid Life Media for million complaining that she suffered from repetitive strain injury while creating over 1,000 sexbots — known within the company as "Ashley's Angels" — for the site.The company countersued Silva, alleging that she absconded with confidential "work product and training materials," and posted pictures of her on a jet ski to suggest she wasn't so injured after all.Bloggers poured over the data, estimating that of the 5.5 million female profiles on the site, as few as 12,000 were real women — allegations that Ashley Madison denied. Bots are infiltrating just about every dating service.