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Third victim comes forward: Woman lost $1m to Tinder swindler after bank approved hundreds of thousands in loans, two of them days apart

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Third victim comes forward: Woman lost $1m to Tinder swindler after bank approved hundreds of thousands in loans, two of them days apart

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The family of yet another woman swindled in a Tinder scam – this time losing $1 million – says her “irresponsible” bank should have twigged after her successive loan applications.

Stuff earlier revealed at least two New Zealand women, Joanne* and Donna*, were tricked into giving more than $500,000 each to a “prince charming” they met on Tinder in near-identical cons.

The elaborate scams, believed to be run by organised criminal groups overseas, involved fake news videos, a fake bank site and dozens of emails and daily phone calls.

A third Kiwi victim, who was conned out of more than $1m, has emerged. About half of the money was her own, $365,000 was in bank loans and the rest was from relatives. Two of the bank loans were just 12 days apart.

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* ‘Prince Charming’ Tinder swindler targeted Kiwi women for years
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Samantha*, in her 60s and about to retire, met a ‘Fred Ritterman’ on Tinder in February 2019. Ritterman used the same photos, and similar emails, as those used to con Donna.

Ritterman sent a near-identical bio to the ones sent to Donna and Joanne detailing his background. He was an…

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