A fraudster who cheated women he had asked to marry him out of tens of thousands of pounds has been jailed for casual dating jerry city years. Richard Robinson groomed the vulnerable women and convinced them to put their houses on the market. Robinson had earlier admitted fraud offences and was found guilty in his absence at Hove Crown Court of witness intimidation and battery.
Thomas and Tonia met on social media and started messaging regularly about their shared passion for travel and their pet dogs. Thirty-four-year-old Thomas, from the West Midlands, was besotted and was planning their future together, but Tonia was actually a fraudster. She was beautiful, funny and kind," he said. I had no idea she was 18 guy looking for fun me into giving out my personal details so she could get money.
The cold-calling con, which authorities have warned is becoming more prevalentsaw the year-old from Eastbourne convinced she had an unpaid tax debt.
Sussex Police has sent out a renewed warning after the victim was coerced under threats she would be arrested. She said: "It all happened so quickly. I was just getting ready to go out and then that hit me.
PC Lawrie added: "Under no circumstances do HMRC contact an individual over the phone and demand any outstanding money, request your bank details or ever arrange collection of bank cards from your home address. HMRC warns on iTunes gift card scam.
PC Bernadette Lawrie said: "These criminals target vulnerable people. How the scam works:.
Victims are cold called by the fraudsters, who pose as staff from HM Revenue and Paterson n s a sex meet HMRC They tell them they owe large amounts of tax The householders are then told to go and buy digital vouchers or gift cards, and read out the code Many of the victims agree to follow the instructions, as they do not know what an iTunes voucher is The conmen sell the codes, or purchase high-value products on them straight away, at the victim's expense.
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