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2 Men Robbed In Mountain View Online Dating Scam

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Screenshot of Badoo.com, an online dating site. (CBS)

Screenshot of Badoo.com, an online dating site. (CBS)

MOUNTAIN VIEW (KPIX 5) – Police are searching for at least two thieves who robbed two South Bay men in an apparent online dating scam. Authorities said the victims thought they were going on a blind date with a woman who had an unusual and expensive request.

According to authorities, the two victims started chatting on Badoo.com with someone who they thought was a woman named Geraldine. The men were told her fantasy was to have sex on a pile of $2,000 in cash.

On two separate nights this week, the men arrived at the Westwood Garden Apartments on Tyrella Avenue with the cash. In both instances, two men described to be in their 20s took the money from the victims, authorities said.

The victims did not see a woman and the thieves have not been found.

Authorities said one of the victims was fired from his job after taking the $2,000 in cash from his employer. A gold ring and an iPhone was stolen from the other victim.

Police patrolled the apartment complex Friday night and warned people to be cautious when it comes to arranging casual encounters online.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Mountain View Police Department.

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