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Cannock nightclub boss Dougie Wilkinson targeted in £20m ‘magic money’ scam

DETECTIVES have arrested and deported a fraud suspect after a Midland nightclub boss was targeted in an attempted £20 million ‘magic money’ con.

The Cameroon national was collared at the Ramada Hotel near Cannock, Staffordshire, following a tip-off from potential victim Dougie Wilkinson.

The conman had claimed to be the son of a Nigerian government official who was looking to move £20 million to the UK.

But Mr Wilkinson blew the whistle after arranging a meeting with the suspect – who was offering him a 20 per cent cut.

His assets were later seized and he was deported to Ireland – where he was allowed to seek asylum.

Detective Sergeant Steve Morrey, who led the investigation, said: “Up to 10 years ago, this was a popular fraud, but it has not been around recently. However, it is again happening in pockets, with cases in Staffordshire and Northampton.

“Perpertrators prey on the vulnerable, but, yes, greed does play a part.”

Often those involved in the con use a ‘magic money’ trick to dupe their victims into handing over large amounts of cash.

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January 27, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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