Tinder Swindler

Here’s how SA’s ‘Tinder Swindler’ managed to get a few hundred thousands… Image via Pixabay

Meet South Africa’s very own ‘Tinder Swindler’

Suave romantic conman: One woman recalls that SA’s ‘Tinder Swindler’, Amon Namara, took stock worth more than R60 000 from her boutique…

Tinder Swindler

Here’s how SA’s ‘Tinder Swindler’ managed to get a few hundred thousands… Image via Pixabay

Israeli conman Simon Leviev made headlines in February 2022 after the release of the hit Netflix documentary, The Tinder Swindler.

The documentary tells the story of the notorious conman who claimed he was an oligarch with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin allegedly used the Tinder dating app to live a life of luxury while defrauding women across Europe. 

Not surprisingly though, it seems Leviev isn’t the only “Tinder Swindler” flaunting women’s hard-earned money…

A Ugandan man named Amon “Amoleno” Namara — who lives in South Africa — has allegedly been swindling money from wealthy women in Mzansi. According to City Press, he has reportedly taken thousands of rands, jewellery and clothes from them.

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City Press reports that Amon Namara would pose as a successful 39-year-old millionaire involved in multinational businesses on Tinder. His bio also mentioned that he owned two Mercedes-Benz cars, a Bentley and several properties in Johannesburg. He also described himself as a “travel addict”. 

A mother-of-two told the publication that after coming out of a “stressful” relationship, her friend signed her up for the popular dating app. When she matched with Namara on the app, he quickly asked for her phone number and they met for lunch at her home. She described him as a “sweetheart”. 

“In August 2020, he told me that he was having some problems and he asked for R15 000. He said he’d repay it by the weekend,” she recalled. 

In total, she sent him R52 000 but he also took stock worth more than R60 000 from her boutique. One of the items was a Rolex watch worth R10 000. 


Namara had promised another woman a trip to Knysna, but he said he needed money to make the booking. She gave him R16 000, but to her surprise, Namara left her stranded at the airport. 

After sharing her frustrations on social media, other women came forward with similar experiences. 

“I found information about him and he said I should go ahead and open a [criminal] case against him if I wanted to. He said he didn’t care and would buy the docket [from the police],” said the unnamed woman.

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As per City Press, Namara was cornered on a busy Sandton road in Johannesburg on Wednesday 23 February and has been arrested. 

Police spokesperson Robert Netshiunda said: “Amon Namara appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court on Friday [25 February] and was remanded in custody. His case was postponed to [Friday] 4 March for a bail application.”

His Instagram account was deactivated after he was arrested.