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In a statement, one of the victims named "Sharon", a mother of two children, said: "I lost my sense of self-worth and my integrity, which through the help of victim support and the support of my children, I've managed to restore. Read more: July heatwave would have been cooler without climate change Met Police concerned for missing 10-year-old girl€1.1bn drugs bust made in Germany"There were some very black days and it's been an uphill battle."Financially, I lost everything and this will continue throughout the rest of my life. Detective Constable Rebecca Mason, from Surrey Police's economic crime unit, said: "This type of crime plays mercilessly on personal emotions."These women have gone from the high excitement of being in love to the extreme low of realising they have been victims of crime and their trust and generosity has been completely abused."I can't emphasise enough, having got to know them throughout this case, that these are both intelligent, sensible women who were taken advantage of by a cunning, cruel and highly manipulative gang of fraudsters."The three ringleaders who were sentenced included Yaw Sarpong, 22, from Hampshire, who was given 15 months' imprisonment for conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation.Nicholas Adade, 23, from Stoke-on-Trent, was sentenced to three years and seven months for conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and money laundering, and 14 months for money laundering to run concurrently.
If the friend offered to hang out with you, but in the meanwhile requested you to buy game point cards or bitcoin for her before dating, it is probably a scam.Daniel Keh, 25, from Enfield, north London, was jailed for 10 months for converting criminal property and supplying articles to be used in fraud, and six months for money laundering to run concurrently.Makeda Stair, 23, from Enfield, will be sentenced on August 9.According to police, Wilson Jackson; aka Debonair Jackson, aka Syncere, and so on, has been using multiple pseudonyms in an online romance scam.
Police said that Jackson met women online, convinced them to fly to Los Angeles, and then stole their credit card info, ID’s, and social security numbers, while they were sleeping or out of the room. “He was short on cash because he had lost his wallet, his vehicle had been impounded with his wallet, his wallet had been stolen,” said LAPD Capt. One woman told CBSLA that her sister was one of the victims.“He picked up my sister at the airport and said his car was broken and in the shop and he needed help because his credit card wasn’t working,” said the sister.Police remind the public to be cautious when making friends on social media, and remain vigilant when you receive any request for money transactions or buying game point cards or bitcoin.