By John Smith • 16 November 2020 • 14:00
Criminals Use Online ‘Romance Scam’ To Swindle Victims Out Of Thousands
A MALLORCAN woman has been sentenced to four years in prison when she appeared before a local court accused of defrauding a German businessman who she met on Tinder of €403,131 over a period of 18 months.
The sentence which had been handed out by a Provincial Court of the Island was confirmed by the Superior Court of Justice as being correct even though the woman maintained that she has not misled the man.
The prosecution case was that she had wrongly said that she was a businesswoman who had plenty of funds but as she was going through a difficult divorce and her bank accounts were blocked, she needed financial assistance.
In all, 36 bank transfers were made to an account she opened and the man even bought a property in Mallorca as he intended to move from Berlin to be with her but this was never to be.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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