Public warned after woman scammed out of more than €140,000 in romance scam | #ukscams | #datingscams | #european

The public is being reminded of the dangers of so-called romance scams after one woman was conned out of €142,000.

The woman met the criminal online on a popular dating app and had built a relationship with him over the past year.

After gaining her trust from being together for months, the fraudster convinced her that investing money in cryptocurrency was a good idea and would earn her a quick profit.

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The story which eerily echoes that of the Netflix hit docuseries ‘Tinder Swindler’ left the woman short of around £112,000 (€142,596) – her life savings, police in the north have revealed.

Speaking about the ‘devastating’ crime, Gerard Pollock from the PSNI said: “While many of us have watched a recent documentary about this type of fraud, few of us will have experienced the devastating impact of falling victim of these criminals.

“Sadly, this is an example of this type of crime happening right here, right now in Northern Ireland where a real-life victim has lost her life savings.

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