The “Tinder Swindler” Conned Women Out of Thousands of Dollars
Luckily the judged swiped left
There’s no way for Tinder itself to verify their users. You can make a fake Facebook account with a different name, upload someone else’s photos, and lie away.
In Dec. of 2016 a study found that over the course of five years, more than 500 people in England Wales were victims of various crimes due to Tinder and Grindr, including theft, blackmail, murder, sexual assault, and child abuse.
Tony Neate, chief executive of the site Get Safe Online said:
“Dating, and the way we meet potential partners, has seen a huge change as a result of the internet, social media and mobile phone apps.
“While online platforms such as Tinder and Grinder are making it easier for busy people to meet others, the risk of meeting someone who is abusive or physically violent also increases.
“It is concerning to see this rise in the number of crimes involving dating apps, and particularly worrying to hear of the number of young people falling victim to sexual offenses.”
Here in the U.S., we recently had 24-year-old Sydney Loofe of Nebraska go missing after a Tinder date. Her body was found several weeks later.
Brandon Kiehm, 37, scammed three women off of Tinder, including one while he was out on bail for the first two charges. He even got a neighbor and his own boss to give him money. Kiehm made $50,000 total.
According the the New York Post, Kiehm found a woman on Tinder in Aug. 2015 under the guise of Goldman Sachs banker “Tristan Acocella.” He was constantly asking the woman to borrow cash, claiming it was for cancer treatments for his sister. She wrote him a check for $14,000 after he said he would pay her back.
The next Tinder woman gave Kiehm $12,000 for his mother who was suffering from breast cancer. (Neither his sister nor his mother have cancer.)
Kiehm was employed a dog walker and stole $13,000 from his boss through a debit card scam. Plus he ripped off his neighbor for $800 by preparing his taxes and taking the return.
Kiehm was arrested and charged with grand larceny, identity theft, and scheme to defraud in Feb. 2016
According to Gothamist, Kiehm was out on bail, but that didn’t stop the con man from trying to get more money. Going back to Tinder, Kiehm convinced yet another woman to “loan” him $10,000 because he lost his wallet and wanted to enter an online poker tournament. The woman told the D.A. that she found a pair of $100 shoes he had bought, with a receipt showing he bought them with her credit card… Which she hadn’t given him permission to use.
Kiehm pleaded guilty to the charges. In early December, he was sentenced to two to six years in prison. He also has to pay out $45,258.56 to four of his victims.
Remember: You can ask for your date’s last name and Google them. If you’ve been on a few dates, connect with them on social media, including LinkedIn. Trusting people is a very admirable trait, but you also have to watch your own back, especially when it comes to money and your own heart. Seriously, don’t give strangers thousands of dollars.
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