Man Loses 16,500 in Muzz Dating App Romance Scam
In an unfortunate incident, a man in his thirties found himself victim to a romance scam involving the Muzz dating app, previously known as Muzmatch. The man, who was looking for a life partner, was convinced to invest in cryptocurrency by a woman named ‘Faiza’. The scam cost him a staggering 16,500 in multiple transactions.
What started as a seemingly innocent interaction on the Muzz dating app quickly spiralled into a complex scam. As the conversations moved to WhatsApp, ‘Faiza’ maintained an Islamic discourse that didn’t raise any red flags for the man.
Despite noticing subtle differences in her appearance during video calls, he continued to trust her, until friends warned him of a potential scam during the Christmas period.
Aftermath of the Scam
Upon realizing he had been scammed, the man reported the incident to Action Fraud and Muzz. He was advised against using such dating platforms due to their rampant misuse by scammers.
Muzz responded by reiterating its commitment to member safety, stating that it offers ID verification and has a dedicated community team for member assistance. They also mentioned the presence of pop-up warnings on the app cautioning members against transferring money.
Prevalence of Romance Scams
Despite the woman’s account being blocked and measures being taken to prevent her from creating a new profile, the man remains doubtful about recovering his lost funds. This incident has caused considerable stress and anxiety for him.
This scam is not an isolated incident; in 2023, there was an increased prevalence of romance scams utilizing cryptocurrency. It was reported that $24.2 billion worth of cryptocurrency was sent to illicit wallet addresses, with $14.9 billion linked to sanctioned entities and jurisdictions. Romance scams, in their various guises, have claimed more than $1.3 billion from victims across the United States.