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The US Embassy in Colombia has issued a warning to American citizens about the risks associated with using dating apps in the country, linking them to eight “suspicious deaths.”
According to the embassy, these deaths are believed to involve either involuntary drugging overdoses or are suspected homicides. In a statement, the embassy highlighted the criminal use of dating apps to target victims, leading to assault, robbery, and even fatalities.
The advisory notes that criminals often lure victims to public meeting spots such as hotels, restaurants, and bars through dating apps, only to later assault and rob them. “Numerous US citizens in Colombia have been drugged, robbed, and even killed by their Colombian dates,” the embassy stated.
This warning comes in the wake of a significant increase in thefts against foreign visitors in Colombia, with a reported 200% rise in the last four months of 2023. The risk is exceptionally high in major Colombian cities, including Medellin, Cartagena, and Bogota.