The police arrested two Nigerian men and two local women in Cape Town last night after they organised a sting operation .
Western Cape Hawks spokesperson, Robert Netshiunda, says police started the investigation after receiving complaints from victims of an online dating scam last year.
Perpetrators opened bank accounts at all the banks in South Africa and used them to receive money from online dating users.
We found them with computers, and on those computers there are hundreds of profiles that they use on online dating. They just create a fake account, get a picture of someone in Europe or America, and to you it looks like you are chatting to someone in America whereas you are chatting to someone in Cape Town.— Robert Netshiunda, Western Cape Hawks spokesperson
It has become very easy judging by the amount of dating complaints we have been receiving. We don't know what is the cause but more and more women are falling victims of online dating.— Robert Netshiunda, Western Cape Hawks spokesperson
Netshiunda says they have also arrested other people who part of the scam in other parts of the country.
The accounts have been opened all over the country. Kingpins are there, maybe from the 11 that has been arrested so far we have kingpins, but we are not done yet.— Robert Netshiunda, Western Cape Hawks spokesperson
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