Wellington cops warn daters over Tinder cash scam

Police in the capital are warning users of social media dating app Tinder to be careful about people asking for money.
A man was recently contacted by a woman on Tinder who asked him for money.
He agreed, but was visited by the woman and two gang members who demanded more cash and took him to an ATM.
She allegedly texted him again asking for more money, which prompted the victim to call the police, leading to three arrests.
“People do need to be extremely cautious when using these applications, especially when people are asking for money,” says Detective Senior Sergeant Martin Todd.
“Fortunately in this case, the people involved were able to be identified and arrested, however there are often times when this is not the case.”
“This is a type of scam which is a significant evolution to those such as spam emails which ask for a deposit in order for you to access a greater sum of money.”
“Our advice is never to send any money to someone from a social media or dating site that you don’t know very well or haven’t met in person.”

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