A young Canadian man was the victim of an assault after using a popular dating app in Canada. The next day, another victim was robbed at knife-point and abducted by the same suspect! This has prompted the RCMP to issue a warning to the public about using the famous dating app.
One man was allegedly assaulted and another man was abducted and robbed after going on a meetup in Vancouver, which was set up through a new dating app. Both men were both roped in by a Tantan user they thought was named Stephanie and the meetups were in Richmond, BC a day after another.
According to RCMP, the first incident took place on Saturday, September 8th. A 32-year old man from Richmond was waiting to meet Tantan user Stephanie when two suspects approached and assaulted him. Luckily, the victim was able to escape.
The second incident was on Sunday. According to the RCMP, a 23-year old Vancouver man went to Richmond to meet Tantan user Stephanie, but upon arrival was allegedly approached by three suspects, and one was even armed with a knife. The suspects abducted the victim and forced him to take out money from a nearby ATM. The victim was robbed but later released.
Both of the men were using Tantan, which is an online dating app. The app has the same format as Tinder – users swipe right if they're interested, and swipe left if not. Also like Tinder, users match with people based on their location and distance. According to Tantan, they currently have over 100 million users. This dating app is popular in China and is growing in popularity in Vancouver, BC.
"Police are warning the public to exercise caution whenever Tantan or other similar dating apps are used. Unless trust is guaranteed, it is inherently dangerous to meet strangers in non-public areas" said Corporal Dennis Hwang in a press release.
The Richmond RCMP General Investigation Section are now investigating these cases.