A Tennessee woman says she lost $390,000 in a crypto scam after meeting a man on the dating app Hinge.
Niki Hutchinson was searching for a new potential love interest on the dating app Hinge where she met a man named “Hao” and the two instantly hit it off. She explained how they shared a similar culture due to their Chinese heritage and frequently spoke on WhatsApp for a month. However, they only spoke via video chat once and Hao only showed half of his face during the conversation.
During one of their conversations, Hao convinced Hutchinson to invest in cryptocurrency and told her: “I want to teach you to invest in cryptocurrency when you are free, bring some changes to your life and bring an extra income to your life.”. Recently, she inherited $300,000 after selling her family home amid her mother’s death and invested the money in a crypto-wallet. Later on, Hutchinson learned she was unable to withdraw from the account after investing $1.2 million because the investments didn’t exist.
She also said a person on the phone who gave her the information told her she had to pay a $380,000 “tax bill.
“I think he really played off that I was naïve and not knowing anything about crypto and taking that and running with it. I just hope others don’t have to fall for it.”
SOURCE: CBS News