Police say thieves using dating apps to target victims in robberies

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Monday, October 16, 2017
Thieves using dating apps to target victims
Police warn that thieves are using dating apps to target victims.

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Police across the country are warning dating app users about a new danger, as thieves target people looking for love.

At least half a dozen armed robberies in Nebraska over the course of two weeks are linked to dating apps Tinder and Plenty of Fish.

Police say the suspects use the apps to lure men to secluded spots and rob them.

"Men aren't taught to be as cautious and leery as women are," said Ericka Souter, editor of Mom.Me.

There have been similar incidents in several other states.

Tinder says it's supporting police in the investigation into these incidents, while Plenty of Fish is reminding users to never meet at a home, hotel, or secluded location.

According to Match.com, 40 million Americans use online dating services each year.

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