A British “Tinder Swindler” has been jailed for 4 years after conning a girl out of £157,000 in a romance rip-off.
Frank Adozi, 32, from Nottingham pleaded responsible on Friday to false illustration after utilizing courting websites to dupe ladies out of cash.
His rip-off mimicked these seen on Netflix documentary The Tinder Swindler, which noticed Simon Leviev allegedly rip-off a number of ladies out of hundreds of kilos.
Adozi, from Nottinghamshire, tricked one sufferer by claiming he was engaged on an oil rig and had taken the incorrect financial institution card with him.
He used a pretend profile on a courting web site and introduced himself as a middle-aged man known as Michael McCarthy, police stated.
Adozi used the cash to fund a lavish life-style, shopping for designer garments, a Vary Rover and “giant quantities” of jewelry.
One of many ladies who had been conned had lately break up from her companion and was scammed out of £157,352 over a two-month interval.
The lady made 34 transactions to Adozi, who she believed was “McCarthy”, and stated she anticipated him to return the cash so she may purchase a home.
In a witness assertion, the girl stated: “He defined to me he was born in Australia and grew up in the US. He stated in 2005 he relocated to the UK to be along with his spouse Lisa who had now sadly died.
“He had a 13-year-old daughter Tamara who was attending a boarding faculty in New York. He informed me he was considering of leaving the courting web site as he was fearful about attracting the incorrect form of one who would simply be after his cash.
“He got here throughout as a pleasant household man who was down-to-earth and real.”
When the cash wasn’t returned, she reported him to the police and stated she had been emotionally blackmailed into sending giant quantities of cash.
Adozi was arrested throughout a site visitors cease on 6 January this 12 months after officers observed he was a wished prison.
On evaluation of his cell phone, police discovered he had focused no less than six different ladies conning them out of £3,000.
Adozi had beforehand been jailed for 4 and a half years for related offences, and was launched from jail in 2020.
His courting profile described him as a 6ft tall 60-year-old man from Nottinghamshire.
Det Con Carl Miller, of Nottinghamshire Police’s fraud investigation workforce, stated: “Adozi had no regard for his victims. He went to nice lengths to construct rapport and acquire their belief, earlier than fabricating tales to use them out of hundreds.
“The truth that one sufferer misplaced £157,000 – cash she deliberate to purchase a home with – makes this one of many worst romance frauds we’ve ever come throughout. Additionally it is a novel case in that the fraudster operated from the UK versus being primarily based abroad.
“Fraudsters like Adozi goal folks in weak conditions and haven’t any care that they might financially damage their victims.
“On this case, various victims had been recognized who had not contacted police. We wish to encourage all those that assume they’ve been a sufferer of romance fraud to not really feel embarrassed or ashamed however relatively report it.
“Romance fraud is a very callous offence and Nottinghamshire Police will all the time search to get justice for victims.
“We do that as a result of not solely do fraudsters inflict monetary loss on their victims, in addition they trigger an infinite quantity of emotional damage and ache.”
Extra reporting by SWNS