Brit beaten senseless by gang of men after falling for dating app scam

A British man was attacked and robbed of his £19k Rolex watch after he fell for a dating app scam.

The victim, who has not been named, had been speaking to a woman on the street in Sao Paolo, Brazil, when a gang of four men, one armed, grabbed him and bundled him into a car on Monday (November 28).

The criminals then stripped the man naked, including taking his trainers and Rolex watch, and also took all of his cash.

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They demanded he transfer cash via a local payment service, PIX, but he explained that he couldn't as he didn't have a bank account in Brazil.

Unhappy with this response, the four men beat the man and threw him out of the car back onto the street.

When police found the man on the pavement, they took him to hospital where he was treated for his injuries.

Officers later arrested a 16-year-old boy who was then identified by the victim – however, they are still on the look-out for the other suspects involved in the robbery.

The unnamed victim, 36, told local media that he lives in London, but has a one-year-old son who lives in Brazil, who he visits regularly along with the child's mother.

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Reports claim that 80% of kidnappings in the Brazilian city are orchestrated through dating app hoaxes.

And the Daily Star reported earlier this month that in the neighbouring country of Colombia, an American national was found dead after meeting somebody from a dating app.

Paul Nguyen, from California, had travelled to the South American country with a friend and was in Medellin when he turned to Tinder for company on November 10.

The 27-year-old met up with a stranger he'd matched with on the app a week before in the trendy neighbourhood of El Poblado – but never returned.

Nguyen's travelling companion became concerned after he didn't return to their Airbnb that night and raised the alarm, alerting his family to his disappearance, local newspaper Semana reported.

His body was found near an ATM, around five miles away from the original meeting point, just hours after he went to meet the mystery woman.

Nguyen's sister, Amy Nguyen, wrote on a GoFundMe page: "He is a victim of a cruel and senseless crime. These people chose money and greed over a single thought of my brother’s life.

"Paul was my older brother who was always there to take care of me. He was there to support me through my ups and downs. He was my shoulder to cry on. I hope everyone who knew Paul stays strong."

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