A Middle Eastern woman has been swindled out of £140,000 ($188,000) after falling for a fraudster on Tinder.
Amrita Sebastian, who lives in Dubai, matched with 38-year-old British man Richard Dexter on the dating app in 2015.
The pair began exchanging messages, with Dexter claiming he was a “successful businessman” selling biopharma software.
He told Sebastian that “multi-national corporations were interested in signing a major deal with him” and that he was on the verge of “big windfall,” the Daily Mail reported.
He purportedly proclaimed American company 3M was one of the companies interested in signing a “multi-million dollar deal.”
Dexter allegedly told Sebastian that all he needed was some money “to start production of a piece of scientific equipment” that would allow him to ink the major contracts.
Sebastian, who is based in Dubai but frequently travels to the UK, initially sent over £40,000 ($53,300), believing it was an investment that would also result in her receiving substantial profits.
She sent another £68,000 ($90,500) two months later, “having been assured that Dexter could cover any losses she might make.”
Sebastian says she then continued to send money to “protect the initial investments,” with Dexter promising that their windfall was just around the corner.
However, the fortune did not materialize and Sebastian contacted British police.
The cops commenced an investigation, raiding Dexter’s home where they found a document claiming he had more than £4 million ($5 million) invested in a financial services company. However, the account actually belonged to a friend, and the final balance was just 37 pence (49 cents).
Dexter was subsequently charged and pleaded guilty to seven counts of fraud in a British court earlier this week. He is now facing the prospect of jail time.
Dexter used Sebastian’s hard-earned money “on himself,” but lawyers did not disclose how he splashed the cash.
Experts caution hopeless romantics from sending money to people they meet on dating apps, and Sebastian’s sad experience is not all that uncommon.
Last year, a New Jersey couple was busted for bilking more than $6 million in an online dating scam that duped 33 people.
In 2018, a conman, who posed as an oil tycoon in online dating sites to lure women into relationships so he could steal their identities, was slapped with nearly four years behind bars.
And in 2016, a fat fraudster who used pictures of attractive young women on dating sites to trick 19 lonely men into giving her more than $25,000 was jailed for two years.
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