Romance scam victim tells how she exposes online con artists


A ROMANCE scam victim has turned the tables on scummy lotharios by exposing them online.  

The older Teessider, who wished to remain anonymous, lost a “significant sum” to a fraudster she’d met in a long-term con while looking for love. Fortunately, Cleveland Police, the Victim Care and Advice Services (VCAS) and months of efforts chasing banks saw her claw the money back.

And now she has turned vigilante – stringing scammers along and reporting them when she spots them on dating apps and websites. Statistics from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) showed a big rise in romance fraud cases reported between November 2020 and October last year – with a staggering £14.6m lost by victims in one month. 

Teessiders have also suffered – with one victim losing more than £10,000 to a scammer from Nigeria while another tragic case saw a vulnerable Stockton resident believe they were speaking to…

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