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To prove that this can happen to anyone, take note of this local Cape Town-based social media manager’s recent Tinder scam story. I should have spotted this a mile away.” We have this idea that scams only happen to naïve, uneducated people who are preyed on by evil online perpetrators you’d personally be able to spot from the get-go. After meeting on Tinder, Susan* started having doting conversations with an attractive man for about 2 weeks. ” He said he was American and only in Cape Town for a short period of time. Being weary of strangers Susan* gives him her work address as the delivery address.Soon after, he started promising her extravagant gifts (Chanel, Tiffany jewellery, Louboutin heels), messaging: “I got you something nice” – sending a picture of a Rolex watch. Just before meeting he got called home for an emergency. But then he asks her to pay the customs tax for the gifts – it must be paid via EFT.So the last thing you need as a singleton is to be scammed while trying to meet someone online, right?The popularity and activity in the online dating world increases during the period between Christmas Day and Valentine’s Day, as confirms that they expect a 60% increase in new members.According to the FBI, romance scams and similar confidence scams cost consumers more money than any other kind of Internet fraud.In 2016, the last year for which data is available, consumers lost more than 0 million this way.“So I confronted him on Whatsapp about it (by this time we were talking on Whatsapp) and he just suddenly didn’t respond.
Often the scammer will say an emergency situation has arisen and money is needed fast to avoid dire consequences.
“There was one woman who got scammed for over a million dollars, her whole retirement nest egg,” Farquhar says.