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Charges: Tinder User Scams Thousands From Women

He allegedly told them his mom and sister had cancer
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2016 2:23 PM CST

(Newser) – The "classic dating scams of yesteryear" are alive and well online, according to a New York City DA. The New York Times reports a 35-year-old man named Brandon Kiehm was charged Tuesday with using Tinder to defraud two kind-hearted women out of $26,000. Kiehm—using a fake name—met the first alleged victim on the dating app in July and told her he worked for Goldman Sachs, according to the New York Daily News. He allegedly went on to borrow $14,000 from her over the next three months, at one point claiming he lost his wallet and needed money to pay for his sister's cancer treatment. He eventually gave the woman two checks worth $30,000 to repay her, but authorities say both checks bounced.

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Kiehm allegedly pulled a similar trick with a second woman in October, telling her he was robbed and needed cash to pay for his mother's cancer treatment. She gave him $12,000, and authorities say he attempted to repay her with $10,000 in bad checks. Kiehm's mother says neither she nor her daughter have ever had cancer. One of Kiehm's alleged victims, however, is a cancer survivor. In addition to the Tinder scams, Kiehm allegedly stole a debit card from a man who hired him as a dog walker, using it to set up a Venmo digital payment account and pay himself $13,000 over the next two months, PIX 11 reports. He also allegedly used that victim's last name for his fake Tinder account. Kiehm pleaded not guilty to grand larceny, identity theft, and scheme to defraud on Tuesday and was released without bail. (Read more Tinder stories.)

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