[29/04/22] Police Issue Warning Following Romance Scam
Police have issued a fresh warning for the public to be vigilant after a fraudster swindled a woman from Northern Ireland out of £112,000 in a devastating romance scam.
The woman met the fraudster online on a dating app and, as the relationship developed over the last year, the scammer convinced the woman to ‘invest’ her money in cryptocurrency. The promise was a quick profit, which never materialised.
Chair of ScamwiseNI Partnership, Police Service of Northern Ireland Superintendent Gerard Pollock, 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. Not only is there the stark realisation for the victim that she has been scammed, but also have to deal with and cope with the financial fallout. It’s heart breaking.”
Superintendent Pollock said: “In February this year I warned of the dangers of romance scams in the run up to Valentine’s Day, but this shows these crimes happen at any time of the year. It may start with a message on a social media account or an apparently misdirected text message. Fraudsters will…