Woman who was conned out of £113,000 by a romance scammer says she is ‘very depressed’

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A woman who was left facing bankruptcy after being conned out of £113,000 by a Facebook fraudster who convinced her to send money to fake kidnappers in an elaborate romance scam has said she has been left ‘very depressed’.

Rachel Elwell, 50, from Brownhills, West Midlands, appeared on This Morning earlier today to reveal how her mental health had suffered after falling victim to the fraud. 

She had been contacted by an ‘attractive’ and ‘intelligent’ man on Facebook at the start of 2021 and just months later sent the scammer thousands of pounds after he convinced her that he was being held captive in Eastern Europe and in desperate need of money. 

By April 1 Ms Elwell realised the magnitude of her problem after giving the fraudster nearly £113,000 and her world ‘came crashing down’.

She has now said the episode has left her ‘facing financial ruin and very depressed’ as she admitted: ‘I had been groomed by online predators who…

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