And although there are many successful online dating stories like that shared by Amelia and Juan, we just need to be a bit more vigilant.
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.
Currently, he owns a small PR consultancy in Poland called PR Solutions.
Andrzej has graduated from Journalism, Political Science and Business and Management at Jagiellonian University.
Liu added: “She said she had a house at the Strand, near Somerset West, but lived with her sick mother in Durban.“She asked where I lived, and I said in Cape Town.“She said she wanted to come to Cape Town for a job interview, and to fix her father’s Trust Fund.“She asked if I had a car, and I said yes.“Then she asked me for financial help - she needed R860 for an air ticket to Cape Town, but I only had R600.“She said she wanted to meet me, and I invited her to meet me for coffee in Cape Town.”He said he made the point that he wanted his R600 back when they met in Cape Town.
Asked by prosecutor Juan Agulhas what she wanted to do with the Trust Fund, Liu replied: “I have no idea.”Joy asked him to meet her at the airport in Cape Town, and to take her to the Strand for her interview and to “fix” her father’s Trust Fund Liu told the court: “I was to fetch her at that Monday, at the airport, but she didn’t pitch.“I was very, very angry, and sent her an e-mail.“That Tuesday, she sent me photographs of herself by gmail, and told me a whole story about missing her flight because she had to get her sick mother to hospital for an emergency.“I felt sorry for her, and sent her an e-mail saying how sorry I was about her sick mother.“She sent me another photograph of herself, this time weeping about her sick mother, to convince me.”‘Winning the lottery’The photograph, of a young weeping woman, with long blonde hair, was handed to the court.
He started chatting to a woman who gave her name as Joy Dlodlo, who said she was a New Zealander caring for her ailing mother in Durban.
The four men were arrested in May last year in a room at the Lagoon Beach Hotel in the Cape Town suburb of Milnerton.
The charge sheet lists 21 alleged victims, all of whom were duped in online dating chats.
In Poland, Naspers’ real estate site announced plans to launch a dating site for real estate agents. In the blog post, Otodom asked real estate agents to participate in a contest for finding a name for the dating site. The dating site will be designed to make it easier for real estate agents to get to know people who work in the sector and have similar interests.
The project was disclosed in a post on Otodom’s blog, and it seems to be the site’s latest idea for building the image and awareness of its brand among realtors.