A British man was beaten and robbed after falling for a dating app honeytrap operated by muggers in Brazil who stole his £19,000 Rolex, police have said.
The 36-year-old London-born victim — not named by Sao Paulo police — was snatched by the gang moments after talking to a woman on the street on November 28.
Four crooks — one of them armed — bundled him into a car and stripped him of his cash, clothes, trainers, Rolex, smartphone, and Louis Vuitton belt.
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 £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.
Around 70% of visitors said crime in the city had increased within the las three years, according to Numbeo.
In September, security camera footage emerged showing thieves crashing their motorcycle after robbing a gas station.
Police are still searching for the other suspects involved in the robbery.