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“Tinder date” accused of scamming two women out of $26,000

By WITW Staff on February 17, 2016

Think before you swipe! Two New York women lived their worst Tinder nightmare when a 35-year old man scammed each of them out of thousands of dollars with a heartbreaking — but false — story of urgently needing money for his sister or mother’s cancer treatment. The 35-year old man, named Brandon Kiehm, pretending to be a man named Tristan Acocella, dated one woman for three months and borrowed $14,000 from her, which he repaid with a bad check. A few weeks later, he repeated the same scam with a second woman, cheating her out of $12,000. “The classic dating scams of yesteryear appear to be thriving online,” said Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr. in a statement. “My office is seeing an increase in the number of scammers targeting singles online.” Kiehm was charged on Tuesday with grand larceny, identity theft and scheme to defraud. He pleaded not guilty and was released without bail, pending a trial.

Read the full story at The New York Times.


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