Woman suspected in dating site bait-and-switch scam
tokyoreporter.com -- Jul 05
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 37-year-old woman who is suspected of swindling men met through a dating site, reports TBS News (July 3).

In May, Yua Asahina, of no known occupation, allegedly grabbed a man, aged in his 20s, around the collar in the Maruyamacho love hotel area in Shibuya Ward.

Previously, the man had declined to engage in sex with Asahina for money. “You can’t leave unless you pay,” she allegedly threatened him before.

“I received the money, but I did not threaten him,” Asahina told the Shibuya Police Station in denying the allegations.

Yua Asahina (Twitter)

Prior to the incident, the man used a dating site to a meet a woman. However, when he arrived at the appointed location in Shibuya, he found that Asahina was not the same person as shown on the site. He then declined to pay her for sex.

Police believe that Asahina took orders from multiple male members of a criminal group to swindle other users of the dating site.

In the jurisdiction of the Shibuya Police Station, there have been 52 such cases reported over the past 6 months.

東京・渋谷区で、出会い系サイトで知り合った男性に対して「お金を払わないと帰さない」などと言って現金2万円を脅し取ったとして、37歳の女が逮捕されました。  無職の朝比奈裕愛容疑者は5月、渋谷区の路上で男性の胸ぐらをつかみ、「私1人でやってると思ってんの。お金払わないと帰さないよ」と言って現金2万円を脅し取った疑いが持たれています。警視庁によりますと、出会い系サイト上には朝比奈容疑者が20代で、アパレル関係の仕事をしているという嘘の書き込みがあり、被害者の男性には別人の写真を送っていました。取り調べに対して「金を受け取ったが脅してはいない」と容疑を否認しています。
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