Recently, a woman living in the UK was scammed more than 2 billion dong after dating an impersonator of the Latvian defense prime minister.
Accordingly, the Latvian Defense Office issued a warning after discovering more than 100 fake documents, all posing as Defense Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Artis Pabriks online.
Accordingly, scammers will make friends, trick elderly women, introduce themselves as high-ranking officials and then scam tens of thousands of pounds on online dating applications.
Photo of Defense Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Artis Pabriks
The scammer, often claiming to be “Murphy Townsend”, used a photo of the Latvian minister and scammed mother-of-two Sharon Bulmer out of £86,000.
The scammer initially messaged Ms Bulmer on Facebook in May 2020 saying he was “lonely”.
Claiming to be a US soldier whose wife has passed away, he has been asking for financial help from Ms Sharon for two years to leave Syria and come to the UK to visit her. The man told Sharon that he was serving in the combat team of the 37th Infantry Brigade at Base 29 in Raqqa.
After a while of talking, Sharon divorced her husband of 29 years to wait for Townsend, ready to send nearly £80,000 in installments for “hospital bills” and “flight tickets” through Bitcoin virtual currency.
The incident was gradually revealed when Sharon felt doubtful about the authenticity of Townsend’s lover and determined to contact the US military to ask about the lover’s information.
However, the US Department of Defense has confirmed that no soldier named Murphy Townsend is serving in the military and that base 29 does not exist either.
Source: The Sun