Users of a popular online dating app are being little more cautious today after dozens of members are attached and robbed by their supposed dates.
“Five teenagers who allegedly lured their victims from Tinder using fake profiles were arrested in connection with a string of armed robberies and carjackings in San Jose, Calif., police announced on Thursday.” asks.
The teens, three males and two females, were arrested at different times and locations in connection to the crimes. Police honed in on the crew after viewing surveillance footage taken near one of the attacks.
Allegedly, the two female suspects created phony profiles on the online dating app, selecting the names, ‘Becky’ and ‘Victoria.’
They then used those names and profiles to match with potential male victims.
According to Fox News, They “scheduled late night meetings on secluded streets near parks, where they then beat, robbed and carjacked the victims at gunpoint wearing masks, according to a press release from the San Jose Police Department.”
At least 11 men allegedly fell victim to the criminal enterprise carried out by Bryan Gonzalez, 19, Yadira Villarreal, 19, Jonathan Jimenez, 18, Lesly Portillo, 18, and an unidentified 15-year-old male.
All five suspects face numerous charges, including multiple counts of robbery, carjacking, auto theft, and hit-run.
Tinder has made a statement in light of this and other incidents in recent years. They recommend potential matches too their “due diligence” before meeting with them in person.
“Meet for the first time in a populated, public place – never in a private or remote location, and never at your home or apartment,” Tinder advises.”
According to Fox News, “Dating apps have come under scrutiny after crimes related to the sites spiked from 329 in 2015 to 658 in 2018, according to BBC 5 Live in the U.K.
“In 2018, a 27-year-old man was arrested in North Hollywood California in connection with the death of a 29-year-old nurse he met on Tinder.”