Presenter in Tinder swindler’s fake news video thought she was helping people learn English
A woman who featured in a fake news video used to dupe a woman out of half a million dollars is actually an actor from the UK who recorded around 30 videos for those responsible for the scam, thinking they were being used to help people with their English.
On Sunday, Stuff revealed a New Zealand woman, Joanne*, had lost $540,000 in a scam from a man she met on Tinder named Dale Plumides.
As part of the elaborate scam, those responsible sent Joanne a fake news video showing a woman, purporting to be a presenter discussing the Shindagha Bridge in Dubai, saying the construction was carried out by Plumides’ construction company.
“Dale Plumides Construction company is owned by an American from California who is now living in New Zealand,” the presenter said.
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Stuff has been able to identify the presenter as London actor Laura Cornelius. Cornelius has worked mainly as an actor as well as a presenter travelling poker circuits interviewing players.
She has also done some presenting for Sky and BBC in the UK.
She was “completely shocked and disgusted”, when Stuff emailed her on Monday night with a link to the article which showed the fake…