A con artist who defrauded Birmingham women out of tens of thousands of pounds has been jailed for his dating scams.
Sebastian Timmis groomed women Birmingham, Gloucestershire and Somerset as part of his twisted campaign.
He also had targets in Wiltshire, Bournemouth, Cardiff and Bristol.
Timmis, aged 29, from Glos., pleaded guilty to 10 counts of fraud by false representation in court this week.
He used dating apps and websites to establish the trust of his victims, according to the Crown Prosecution Service.
Police say he would then claim to them he needed money urgently, reports GloucestershireLive.
“Timmis would pressurise his victims into transferring money to him, promising he would pay them back,” said a spokesperson for Avon and Somerset police.
“He would make up time-critical scenarios that he needed cash for – including car repairs, utility bills or to pay for food – and never gave the money back. He instead used the money for gambling,” he added.
In total, he defrauded 10 woman out of more than £48,000 combined, and his victims included woman from Bristol, Cheddar, Devizes, Bournemouth, Malvern, Cardiff, Birmingham and Cheltenham.
He was jailed for three years and four months for the cons.
PC Rory Everitt, who investigated the complicated scams, said: “Timmis scammed these women out of thousands of pounds and made promises he knew he could not keep about returning their money.”
“Timmis’ scams were typical of romance fraud cases involving dating sites, where demands for cash are made from the victims, who feel pressured to provide money for people they believe they can trust,” said PC Everitt.
“Victims get told they need to provide the money quickly for urgent reasons, which often will be emotive and pull at heartstrings.
“We would urge anyone in that situation not to hand over money or personal details and to talk it through with family or friends if you feel under pressure. If the person you’ve met through the website genuinely cares for you as they claim, they will not object to you being cautious.
“And if you feel someone is trying to scam you, please report it to the police or Action Fraud – you could save yourself and others from falling victims to predatory fraudsters,” he added.