The judge said the men had suffered “psychologically and financially” once they discovered they had been conned.
“They were expecting to get their money back, they thought they were loaning the money,” he said.
They will tell their target any number of stories to prove their credentials and on some occasions the stories can be incredibly in-depth with some checkable facts.
Most recently US and UK military identities have been used on many occasions with the fraudster saying he’s deployed in Afghanistan or Iraq.
Sadly on other occasions the fraudsters have been long gone along with the client’s money.
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Capitalising on modern-day living, romance and dating scams are rife with fraudsters capitalising on people’s search for love online.
Insight have taken on many such cases and, on occasions, have been able to reunite the client with some or all of their money.
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