A BRIT has been stripped, beaten and robbed of his £19,000 Rolex after falling for a dating app honeytrap scam.
The 36-year-old Londoner – who has not been named – was snatched by gang moments after talking to a woman on the street.
Four crooks – one of them armed – had bundled him into a car and stripped him of his cash, clothes, trainers, and his prized Rolex watch, smartphone, and Louis Vuitton belt on 28th November.
But when they demanded that he transfer cash via a local instant payment scheme called PIX, he told them he could not because he has no Brazilian bank account, reported local media.
Furious, the gang beat him senseless and threw him out of the car onto the street, where police later found him and took him to hospital.
Following a tip-off, cops seized a 16-year-old boy, who was later identified by the victim at the police station.
Officers seized BRL 1,457 (£230) in cash and a Samsung mobile phone from him.
The victim told local media that he lives in London but regularly travels to Brazil to visit his one-year-old son, who lives with his mother, from whom he is separated.
According to reports, eight out of 10 kidnappings in Sao Paulo are carried out through bogus dating apps.
Police are still searching for the other suspects involved in the robbery.
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