A British woman claimed a Nigerian gang posing as an online love interest conned her out of Â£20k.
56-year-old â€˜Elizabethâ€™ (not her real name) â€“ appeared on Good Morning Britain yesterday, April 19th to warn people of the dangers of online dating. After thinking she was was dating an engineer from Southampton who had a contract out in Dubai, it turned out to be a scam.
â€œI was very vulnerable, I had been on my own for a long time and I just wanted to meet someone
â€˜Elizabethâ€™Â met â€˜Haroldâ€™ a Norwegian man who had a contract in Dubai, which meant it was difficult to meet up â€“ this turned out to be a lie. After being asked about how he won over her trust, she explained:
â€œHe used to email me and tell me how lovely I was, he would make me feel like any woman would want to.â€
According to her, love wasnâ€™t the only thing on the table.
â€œHe said that I could have a job with him as well, to be quite honest with youâ€.
After initially handing over Â£3,000, in total she gave the scammers more than Â£20,000. â€˜Elizabethâ€™ claims they sent up to 20-30 messages and emails a day and said â€œthey were basically brainwashing me.
Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan pressed the victim more, as it was revealed that â€˜Elizabethâ€™ was targeted by more than one person in the elaborate hoax.
â€œI believe they were a gang of Nigerian scammers,â€ said Elizabeth.
When Susanna quizzed her on what the police said, Elizabeth said:
â€œI didnâ€™t really get much from the police, they didnâ€™t give me a lot of information. They said there was nothing they could do for me.â€
Good Morning Britain also revealed the latest figures of â€˜romance fraudâ€™ with victims losing Â£23.3million in 2015.