A worldwide hunt is underway for an alleged conwoman who police say set up a series of fake internet dating profiles to scam a victim out of hundreds of thousands of pounds. The woman is said to have fleeced a 43-year-old man from Manchester out of nearly £200,000 after claiming that she lived in the Bahamas and worked in South Africa. Police say the brunette – who uses the aliases Christy Dunn, Martha Cameron and Miranda Stinson – met her victim on match.com and carried out an online relationship via Skype and messaging apps for a year.
A man has been banned from online dating for life after he was caught conning vulnerable women out of more than £40,000. The fraudster, of no fixed address but previously from Plympton, Devon, admitted nine offences of fraud and five of theft at Plymouth Crown Court. Judge Paul Darlow told him: “This was a callous web of rehearsed and repeated lies, carefully honed and mainly directed by you at women because of their vulnerabilities or simply because of their inherent caring natures.
The judge who sentenced dating site rapist Jason Lawrance to life in prison has called for a review of internet dating safety measures. After jailing Lawrance, who attacked women he met online, Judge Gregory Dickinson QC expressed concern that four of the victims had made complaints to match.com before three other women were raped. Judge Dickinson said: “The seriousness of this case provides both the need and the opportunity to learn something and to take steps to increase protection for others in the future.
Internet dating definitely isn’t for everyone, and Loose Women’s Sherrie Hewson is one person who can vouch for that after admitting that she quit a dating site when she received rude penis photos in her inbox.