Mother of three victim of Nigerian Scam.
You are not the only one looking for love online. In a world that moves at 200 km/h people have turned many times to online dating sites. Why is that? Finding love on the Internet is sometimes easier that going on a date in the real life. This was not working for Kate Roberts from UK who was lured into a Nigeriam gang scam that made her to give away £ 80,000 to a so called american soldier.
Pay with the house for some romance.
Divorced and lonely, Kate Roberts thought her luck had changed when a charming U.S. soldier started chatting to her on a dating website.When he told he loved her, she thought it was almost too good to be true. And sadly, it was. The ‘soldier’ was in fact a member of a sophisticated Nigerian gang set up to exploit vulnerable women and convince them to hand over money.
Miss Roberts gave £80,000 to the gang after taking out credit cards, loans and borrowing from family and friends. She has now had to sell her house to pay off the crippling debts.
The 47-year-old yesterday warned others to be on their guard saying: ‘I was well and truly taken in and I don’t want anyone else to go through what I did.’ The mother-of-three was first approached when she set up a profile on the Friends Reunited Dating website in October 2009. She started exchanging emails with a man calling himself Sergeant Ray Smith and chatting to him several times a day on MSN messenger.
He soon persuaded her to send him £225 for a phone line and a man with an American accent calling himself Mark began ringing her almost every day. He claimed he was a 43-year-old widower with an 11-year-old daughter and was a U.S. soldier serving in Iraq. To make his profile more convincing, the scammers posted pictures of a good-looking soldier in uniform as well as others of him topless. The conmen even used a picture of a little girl, telling Miss Roberts, an administrator from Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, it was his daughter.
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