August 18, 2014
A woman was tricked into handing over more than £4,000 to an overseas fraudster who told her he was a captain in the US army.
The man groomed and manipulated the Hinckley woman in a series of intimate messages via Facebook into believing they would marry one day.
Once he had won her love and confidence, he asked her to send him £4,600 so she could be registered in the US as his next of kin.
The woman, who police described as “vulnerable”, sent the money to an overseas bank account and never heard from him again – although she did receive a bogus certificate from the US Government confirming she had been officially registered as the non-existent man’s next of kin.
The woman, who was in the online relationship with the man for two years, approached Leicestershire Police recently when she realised she had been the victim of a cruel fraud.
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