The suspect has already appeared in court on Monday, facing charges of fraud and money laundering. His sophisticated scheme managed to dupe a few wishful thinkers, but his luck eventually ran out this month. They provided their details and conversations with the perpetrator to the authorities, who were able to arrest the suspected fraudster on Friday. SAPS were ultimately beaming with the bust, hailing the co-operative progress made by both South African and American law enforcement. The year-old man accused of defrauding his victims through an online dating scam.
Gotcha: Cape Town fraudster caught by FBI for online dating scam
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Scammers are lurking on dating sites looking for their next victim, warns forensic investigator Dr David Klatzow. Klatzow has cautioned women using dating sites not to fall prey to a fraud scam which has come to the attention of the Hawks. Klatzow says the predators often target well-off, single and lonely women who are looking for companionship. He says the scammers usually claim to be in South Africa doing contractual work for a prominent organisation.
In most cases, the criminals committing romance scams study the profiles of their victims and collect personal information. The embrace of online dating services, such as dating apps or virtual places to meet people, is a phenomenon that has occurred worldwide. Currently, more than 40 percent of single men used a dating app or a dating site in the last month, says GlobalWebIndex.
The man, who allegedly scammed people out of millions of rands, was arrested on July 26 after a joint operation by the Hawks and the Federal Bureau of Investigations FBI. Register Sign In. South Africa. Hawks and FBI bust online dating 'scam artist' who pocketed R4m.