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How a ‘prince charming’ Tinder swindler conned a woman out of $540k

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How a ‘prince charming’ Tinder swindler conned a woman out of $540k

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Like many modern day romance stories, it began by swiping right on Tinder. What followed has left one woman $540,000 out of pocket by a man she believed was the love of her life. Sam Sherwood reports.

Joanne* was at home one evening in late July 2021 with her phone in one hand, browsing Tinder.

Aged in her 50s, she had been living alone for many years.

Among the profiles that stood out was 58-year-old Dale Plumides. It said he was a hard-working father, who was based in Auckland, and looking for someone to spend the rest of his life with.

The photo appeared to be of a “genuine nice guy”, so Joanne swiped right. The next day she was notified they had matched.

She recalls saying hi, asking how he was and how his day was. Over the following two weeks they exchanged emails and phone numbers.

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The Tinder swindler used several photos of this man, who he said was Dale Plumides. The real identity of the man in the photos hasn’t been ascertained.

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The Tinder swindler used several photos of this man, who he said was Dale Plumides. The real identity of the man in the photos hasn’t been ascertained.

‘Your prince charming’

A few days later the man calling himself Plumides said he felt he could share anything with her.

He said his father was an American-born international businessman, and his mum a New Zealander, that he had a degree in civil engineering and started working with his father in…

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