Thailand internet dating scams
In July, "John" told her that he was traveling to the United Kingdom to buy antiques for his store.
Then one day he called saying he went to Nigeria to buy more, but he was stuck -- he asked her for ,000 cash to get his purchases back to the States.
A man calling himself "John" messaged her and through daily phone calls and messages on Facebook, he gained her trust.
He spoke with what she thought was a British accent and his picture on Facebook portrayed a nice-looking man with graying hair and a beard.
Were you one of the guys whose heart was pureed by Ava, the doe-eyed artificial intelligence bot put on Tinder as a movie marketing stunt at SXSW? You’ve probably scraped your pulp back together by now. Well, what happened, to lusty lad after lusty lad, after they had sent to Archer via Pay Pal, was that she’d unmatch them. * It was too good not to share, she said: Archer said that she decided to give it a go, mostly as a joke.
But don’t let your guard down just yet: an actual human woman has come up with a Tinder scam that’s so much simpler than that whole “What makes you human” AI chitchat. But then, hey, the money started to flow “almost immediately”.
In fact, the new scam is so much simpler that, honestly, you can’t even call it a scam. Archer told Buzz Feed that a friend had suggested that she put her pitch into her profile, so it wasn’t even a direct ask. Archer told Buzz Feed that it worked with about one out of every five guys who asked about her profile. And then there were the men who wanted to offer her a whole lot more: While it wasn’t a scam, technically, it turns out to be against Tinder terms of service.
The swindlers allegedly kept up online relationships with their marks, avoiding meeting one victim by claiming to be busy with overseas flight duties.Any users doing so would be removed from the platform, added Tinder, noting that Archer’s account has been shut down. Tinder has plenty of other scam flavors to tempt people’s hearts. Thai police have narrowed their search for the likely culprits, whom, they believe, are neither flesh and blood nor sexy Ex Machina robotic women, but rather two plain old guys who’ve stolen the Facebook profile photos from at least three Thai Air cabin crew.In fact, Archer had already deleted the app, given that “the whole purpose for doing this was defeated”, presumably because her story went viral. One of the suspects is wanted under nine arrest warrants on charges of swindling and fraud.In a typical con, the perpetrator will spend weeks or even months building up a romantic relationship with a victim through e-mails, texts or phone calls, before eventually asking for money.And many of the scammers aren't even in the United States.