Police are protecting the identity of the woman, but O'Brien said she is between the age of 65 and 75.O'Brien said police have been unable to find Lucron, but even if they do, he said cases like this are almost impossible to prosecute, as the woman gave Lucron the money willingly.For weeks, even months, you may chat back and forth with one another, forming a connection. But ultimately, it’s going to happen—your new-found “friend” is going to ask you for money.So you send money..rest assured the requests won’t stop there.
And it is this shame, according to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre, that is fuelling the crimewave.
I just returned from a reporting trip to Nigeria, where I was traveling around the country talking to terrorism experts, nomadic cattle herders, and government officials about how global warming affects conflict in the country. As a newswire reporter focused on the terrorist group Boko Haram, he was able to provide crucial context for my story.
But Michael* also grew up a “street boy,” meaning he was able to make fast friends in the slum villages and farming communities we visited.
Six weeks after that he asked for £5,000 and £3,000 in quick succession — which I duly sent — supposedly because there had been a leak during transportation, and a vessel needed to be repaired.’Horrified at his brazenness, Linda refused. They told her Chase was known to them by several names but was a ‘tricky customer’ to pin down. The online dating industry is worth a reported £165 million in Britain, with ten million people using around 1,400 sites.
A third of all new relationships are formed over the internet. Steve Proffitt of Action Fraud says there are standard ploys used by romance scammers.