Scamaroo review: Robberies roll, sextortion and jail for a fake oil tycoon
Submitted by Joe Adams on October 1st, 2017.
Robberies reign in this latest roundup of recent dating scams.
In just one recent September week, the Omaha Police Department says seven men were robbed at gunpoint after expectations of meeting women on dating apps Tinder and Plenty of Fish, reports KMTV in Omaha. This story and video include tips on how to avoid similar results.
Among them: Do some homework on the other person and meet in a public place.
In North Carlina, a man using Plenty of Fish dating site was lured by a woman to a poorly-lit location and then ambushed by two men, WCNC.com in Charlotte reports.
In Canada, a man was robbed by three people with a machete-style knife and his SUV stolen after he arrived in a rural spot to meet a woman he met online, reports Global News.
Meanwhile, a Tennessee man who responded to a Craigslist personal ad for a date found himself in an extortion scam inolving a supposed underage dating partner, her "father" and fake police. See this classic sextortion story from WSMV in Nashville.
On the flip side, playing a criminal dating game can backfire. Fake oil tycoon John Edward Taylor could face up to 30 years in prison, reports WABC-TV in New York.
From the story:
"Prosecutors say Taylor stole or attempted to steal, money, credit and personal information from women on several websites, including Match.com, eHarmony and Craigslist, often describing himself as a wealthy businessman with oil and land interests in North Dakota.When confronted with the thefts, prosecutors say Taylor threatened some of the victims, saying he would share private photos of them to their employers."