If Netfix has taught the world anything so far this year, it’s that masterful scammers can be found anywhere – from buttoned-up meeting rooms in Manhattan to lonely Norwegian women’s bedrooms.
It’s unlikely anyone will make a true crime documentary (a la The Tinder Swindler) about 20-year-old Jackson Luu from Toronto, but it’s hard in this climate of Simon Leviev and Anna Delvey mania not to draw comparisons.
The Toronto Police Service announced this week that Luu had been arrested in connection with a “robbery investigation” involving people he had met through online dating platforms and social media groups.
“It is alleged [that] during the dates of Friday, November 19, 2021 to Wednesday, February 23, 2022, a man targeted victims using online social media chat groups and online dating platforms in the Toronto area,” reads the a press release from the cops.
“The man met his victims in person and ended up going to the victim’s residence.”
Leviev Shimon Hayut, the accused, did not dazzle his dates with fancy dinner parties, family lies and promises of future lives together. Luu’s alleged scheme was much simpler; He just asked to use the phone.
“The man would request to use the victims’ cell device to make an alleged phone call, but would use the opportunity to send electronic money transfers to each other from the victims’ phones,” the statement read. the police.
“The man also used the victims’ credit cards to make point-of-sale purchases.”
While he didn’t scam lonely hearts so much by sending him money as much as he outright stole their bank accounts, and it’s unclear if Tinder was one of the various apps he used to target victims, the whole thing just smacks of Tinder Swindlerdom.
Global News reports that he used Grindr at one point, but “e-transfer scammer Grindr” doesn’t matter as much. Maybe he can be the Liar Grindr?
Luu, 20, was arrested this week and charged with one count of attempted theft under $5,000, eight counts of theft under $5,000, ten counts of possession of property obtained by crime and eight counts of credit card fraud.
Not enough to land him at Rikers, but enough to face serious consequences for what he did on his trusted online dates.