Case against ‘Sandton Tinder scammer’ postponed to next week

The case against South Africa’s own ‘Sandton Tinder Swindler’ has been adjourned by the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court until next Wednesday for a formal bail request.

Ugandan Amon Namara was arrested in Sandton on Wednesday after a woman opened a case against him for defrauding her.

He briefly appeared in court on Friday.

Namara is reportedly charged with money laundering, fraud and theft after allegedly defrauding at least three women of their money through the dating app Tinder.

Speaking to Newzroom Africa on Friday, Gauteng’s police spokesman, Lt. Col. Robert Netshiunda, said police came after Namara after women came forward with allegations that they had been defrauded.

According to Netshiunda, more victims have come forward with the same allegations and the amount allegedly defrauded is around R3 million.

“The amount could increase as more women come forward,” Netshiunda said.

“We are aware that he has impersonated someone else and lured women into believing he is the person. He targeted women in Sandton and there he was arrested, maybe if we investigate further we will find that he went even further than Gauteng.

“Victims are devastated because if you give someone money believing that you are using it well and find out that you have been scammed, you will be devastated because if you take out a loan for a good cause and find out that it is a scam , you will be devastated.”

Speaking to the news station, his lawyer said he would not be able to consult Namara until Monday, as he will be spending the weekend in jail.

While there are reports that Namara is facing at least three charges, his lawyer said he was only aware of them.

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This is because the world is still recovering from the shock of Simon Leviev, born Shimon Yehuda Hayut, from Israel, who scammed women with their money on the same dating app.

As seen on Netflix The Tinder SwindlerSimon cheated on women on Tinder, claimed to be the son of a diamond magnate, but often needed money.

He earned an estimated R150 million and spent it on travel, hotel stays and cars, among other things.

Curated by Vhahangwele Nemakonde

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