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Woman conned out of £132,000 in dating scam

Woman conned out of £132,000 in dating scam

By CLARE SEMKE
Crime Reporter
A LONELY woman looking for love was cheated out of £132,000 in a devious internet dating scam.
The conman who wooed the victim on oldflirts.co.uk claimed to be a dashing American who was living in Malaysia but wanted to return to the UK.

But he turned out to be a cruel trickster who conned the victim, from Portsmouth – who has not been named by police – out of her lifesavings.

After about a month he asked the woman, in her 50s, for money, saying he didn’t have access to his bank accounts and needed £3,000.

He made further requests – saying he needed help to get out of the country, and on another occasion asking for money for ‘basic travel allowances’.

The fraudster also claimed he had £2.5m he wanted to bring into the UK, but needed help from his victim to clear the funds.

He even said he had kidney failure and needed cash for a transplant.

The victim made more than 10 payments through money transfer firm Western Union in an eight-month period.

Detective Constable Pete Spake said: ‘He was very flattering and attentive to her needs. Within about a month of the first contact he started asking for money. He said he was working in Malaysia and didn’t have access to his bank accounts.

‘He said he was being threatened with prison because he had been forced by his boss to carry out some criminal activity and was trapped. Then he said he had £2.5m and he wanted to bring it into the UK but needed help clearing the funds.

‘They kept coming up with more expenses that were needed to clear this money to the UK which she duly paid. He then said he needed kidney failure and needed surgery.

‘She is very distressed. It was everything she had. She’s broke.’ She’s not the first victim in our area to lose cash while looking for love over the internet.

Postie Shane Symington from Portsmouth was cheated out of £130,000 by Nigerian internet fraudsters posing as a beautiful model. Now Det Con Spake is urging internet daters to be on their guard.

‘My advice to anyone is don’t send money to someone you have met over the internet,’ he said.

‘If it appears too good to be true, it normally is.’

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December 10, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

10 Comments »

  1. Hey there,
    I recently got scammed on this site: http://www.christiansinglesnet.net/
    Be careful on online dating scam!
    Her user name is Laila Amidu and that’s a fake. She will eventually ask for money, after promising infinite love. Then she’ll disappear.
    As usual…

    Comment by Mark Dresser | January 6, 2010 | Reply

  2. I feel really bad for this lady that got scammed and lost her money to that sorry scammer I bet his fake name is Mathew Atkins and recently found out his real name is blessing ezeh chinasa from lagos nigeria report him to the athorities guess what he scammed me to but I got him bach ha ha

    Comment by melissa | January 7, 2010 | Reply

  3. Ha Ha those scammers arent as smart as they think mathew atkins 49 from gary indiana fake profile has 749 different profiles so you are no doubt talking to him under different profiles says he will never get caught scamming says hes to smart let get him ladies tired of his shit time fo revenge real name is blessing ezeh chinasa already caught scamming adex simon fun connected to him real names report them

    Comment by melissa | January 7, 2010 | Reply

  4. there is a lady people that has been scammed need to contact she deals with nigerian scammers her name is mrs.farida mzamber waziri retired assistant inspector general of police aig or e-ail her at crime fighter 2002@yahoo.com.au good luck melissa

    Comment by melissa | January 21, 2010 | Reply

  5. beware beware beware please be on the look out for a new nigerian scammer that has a profile on my space by the name of Donjabary Agbazue claims to be from India a lie has nigerian feature I question the fact that the picture he is using could be stolen off of another site or person but anyway if you recieve and e-mail from him look at the profile closely you can tell he is a scammer Melissa

    Comment by melissa | January 22, 2010 | Reply

  6. think i got 1 here from nigeria myself any 1 help

    Comment by brian | February 12, 2010 | Reply

  7. I met some guy with the same history.. His name was GEORGE BROWN, george_brown6762, He was from UK and was working in Malaysia, and I sent him money 4,000 dollars. He wanted money to the hospital, then for the flight and the hotel …
    I am so sick about it.

    Comment by KARL | September 25, 2010 | Reply

    • sorry about your financial loss.are you still in contact with the guy?

      Comment by alanprince | October 13, 2010 | Reply

  8. hi have details of this person ,he could be using Sarah Brown as well.spoke to him last night 7TH MARCH 2011. PLS IF YOU NEED ANY INFO PLS FEEL FREE AS I HAVE ALL HIS MAILS PICS AND MOBILE PHONE,
    please feel free to email me…..Donna

    Comment by Donna Clementson | March 8, 2011 | Reply

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    Comment by Contemporary home | December 18, 2011 | Reply


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