THIS is the time of the arrest of a Brazilian man dubbed the “Tinder Swindler” after he cheated seven women with a sob story.
Renan Augusto Gomes, 36, was arrested on Wednesday after he was accused of defrauding high-earning women out of thousands, claiming he was an orphan.
Dramatic footage shows the suspect being arrested in the municipality of São Paulo in Brazil’s São Bernardo do Campo after he tried to flee by car but crashed into three other vehicles.
Seven women reported the 36-year-old to authorities, alleging they had been tricked into lending him sums of money, with one of the alleged victims claiming he had borrowed £35,000 from her.
Investigators found that Renan had multiple profiles on dating apps including Tinder, Happn and Lovoo under the name Augusto Keller, G1 reports.
The 36-year-old, who has been wanted since last year, is said to claim that his parents were Germans who were killed in a car accident in Aracatuba.
He pretended to be a civil engineer who loves to cook and is looking for a serious relationship.
The alleged scammer would then start dating his victims — all between the ages of 34 and 40, working in high-earning positions — and even meet their families.
His next move would be to borrow sums of money while claiming he was in financial trouble before disappearing.
In one case, he even suggested starting a business with one of the women, but of course disappeared as soon as he got the money, UOL reports.
He was eventually caught in a joint operation of the police and the prosecution.
Prosecutor Erika Pucci da Costa Leal, who works on the case, said: “Augusto presents himself as an affectionate, considerate man, with stories of the absence of a close family or a heavy workload to prevent the victim from being included in his social network. life. circle.”
He never deleted any of his profiles on dating apps and they were still active at the time of his arrest.
His bio on Tinder reads: “I’ve been single for a year. I joined the app looking for a serious relationship. If you’re looking for sex or fun, skip my profile.”
Pucci believes there are more victims and has urged women who believe they have been scammed by Renan to come forward.