Filming of The Bachelor has been the target of paparazzi this season as magazines try to get the inside word on the next season, starring Richie Strahan.
But the latest attempts are a case study in covert operations.
According to News Corp, it all began when a Warner Bros. producer using Tinder told a prospective date he was off to film a reality TV finale overseas. She just happened to be at the home of a Sydney paparazzo who coaxed her to ask more questions.
When he later opened the app in Thailand the snapper took a plane in the hope of nabbing crucial photos.
Filming of the finale was reportedly delayed as everyone scrambled to stop the spoiling.
The price you pay for having a hit series? Last year photographers snapped Bachelorette Sam Frost and Sasha Mielczarek kissing in a hotel suite, by shooting through the curtains.