A 24-year old UK-based Nigerian woman, Grace Akintaro may go to jail for duping seven men of over £100,000 in an online dating scam. Pretending to be an Amanda Jenson, Grace persuaded these men to loan her travel expenses for meetings that she never showed up in.
Evening Standard reported that Grace pleaded guilty claiming the scam was conceived by someone else.
“I was naive and used by this person I was in love.”
Grace was charged alongside another 22-years old Nigerian, Victoria Nwogu, but was cleared as there was no evidence against her, although she confessed to laundering £3,490 from the scam. Grace carried out the fraud between August 2014 and December 2015 and went to the bank at least 16 times to withdraw over £104,962.
The judge explained that the men suffered psychologically and financially when they discovered they had been tricked… they expected to get their money back.