South West Wales

Dating website scammer cons Tenby woman out of £4,500

A woman from Tenby has been scammed out of £4,500 on a dating website, say police.

She sent the money to an address in the United States thinking it would pay for flights for a soldier claiming to be a Lt Brian Rivera to come and visit her.

She realised it was a scam after he did not turn up and another "soldier" Lt Troy, told her he had been kidnapped and there was a £5,000 ransom.

Dyfed-Powys Police wants anyone with information to contact them on 101.

"We are urging members of the community in Pembrokeshire to be vigilant following this scam," said Pc Mandy Cresswell.

"Please stop and think carefully before engaging with people you don't know on websites and handing over money.

"Remember, if it looks too good to be true then it probably is.

"We always warn the public that they should never deal with unidentifiable people or traders, in person and online.

"I would also like to take this opportunity to remind people not to disclose any personal bank details to anyone and remember to shred any documents containing confidential information."

The woman had been contacted by someone claiming to be a soldier on the unnamed dating site and they spoke for around a month before she sent the money to the US.

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