Greens want inquiry into banks’ responses to scams following Tinder swindler cons
The Green Party wants to see an inquiry into banks’ processes in dealing with scams following revelations of a Tinder swindler con getting millions of dollars from Kiwi women.
Stuff earlier revealed at least two New Zealand women, Joanne* and Donna* have been tricked into giving more than $500,000 each by men they met on Tinder in near-identical cons.
The elaborate scams involved fake news videos, a fake bank site and dozens of emails and daily phone calls.
Police say millions of dollars a year are being conned out of women in romance scams, believed to be run by organised criminal groups based offshore.
* How a ‘prince charming’ Tinder swindler conned a woman out of $540k
* ‘Prince Charming’ Tinder swindler targeted Kiwi women for years
* There are bad dates and then there’s The Tinder Swindler: Anatomy of a romance nightmare
On Saturday, Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick, who is a member of Parliament’s Finance and Expenditure Committee, asked the committee for a briefing on banks’ processes and consumer protections for scams, referencing the “egregious case” of the Tinder swindler scam.
“I strongly believe the Committee and the public would benefit from hearing from our large banks, the Ombudsman, the Bankers’ Association – if not also Consumer NZ, Netsafe and the New Zealand Police – on what…