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Elgin Police Alert Public About 4 Robberies After Meetings Arranged Using Dating App MeetMe

Sun June 23 2019 1:49 pm  https://www.arlingtoncardinal.com/?p=577894
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Elgin Police Department reported on Thursday June 20, 2019 that as of Wednesday June 19, 2019, four victims have been robbed separately after setting up dates via a popular app “MeetMe”. Elgin police initially reported on Friday June 14, 2019 that two victims were robbed Thursday June 13, 2019 and Friday June 14, 2019.

All four victims arranged to meet a woman for a date on the MeetMe app and were robbed when they arrived at the agreed-upon location to meet. None of the victims were seriously injured.

After a “date meeting” one of the victims was forced to go to several different ATMs in an attempt to get cash from his bank account, according to Elgin Police Department.

The Elgin Police Department is warning residents to be cautious when using dating apps or resale apps, and is urging anyone with tips on the robberies to call 847-289-2600 to speak to a detective.

Citizens reporting information about these crimes can also text a tip to 847411, and are asked to include ElginPD before the information that they are sending via text.

The Meet Group is the producer of the MeetMe App, along with LOVOO, Skout, Tagged. According to the New York Post, Apple is reviewing whether to ban the dating service, which The Meet Group calls a social network service, for alleged services connected to prostitution and sexual content (peep show for pay), forbidden by Apple’s terms of service.

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