Adewale Adewole (pictured here) used the photo of an unconnected innocent man on match.com profiles
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Adewale Adewole Jailed Over £100k Bogus Orphanage FraudFraudIn law, fraud is intentional deception to secure unfair or unlawful gain (money or other assets), or to deprive a victim of a legal right. Fraud can violate civil law (e.g., a fraud victim may sue the fraud perpetrator to avoid the fraud or recover monetary compensation) or criminal law (e.g., a fraud perpetrator may be prosecuted and imprisoned by governmental authorities), or it may cause no loss of money, property, or legal right but still be an element of another civil or criminal wrong. The purpose of fraud may be monetary gain or other benefits, for example by obtaining a passport, travel document, or driver's license, or mortgage fraud, where the perpetrator may attempt to qualify for a mortgage by way of false statements.
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A Salford, England man who used fake dating profiles to fool women into giving him £100,000 to help fund a non-existent Nigerian orphanage has been jailed in the U.K. according to the BBC. Adewale Adewole, of Carrfield Avenue, Little Hulton asked for money through MATCH.COM and backed up fake personas on that site using photos on Facebook.
He promised the women that they would be repaid for the money they sent to him.
The 31-year-old admitted to four counts of fraud by false representation, and was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court to four years and six months in prison.
Greater Manchester Police said Adewale Adewole had invented a fake charity supporting an orphanage, and created a website for it, which listed the names of two fake directors. He then used one of the names, along with a photo of an unconnected, innocent man, to create profiles on the dating website Match.com. Using those profiles, police said he romanced four women, gained their trust and asked them for money to help the sick orphans, which he told them he would repay. When one woman told him she had no money, he asked her to send an iPad and iPhone instead.
His fraud was uncovered when one woman became suspicious, and contacted the World Health Organization, who told her the orphanage did not exist.
Det Con Shaun Nicholls said Adewole had “preyed on the vulnerability and kind-heartedness of the victims. “Through deceit and dishonesty, the victims were conned into believing they had entered into a loving relationship and had a future with Adewole.” “But instead they were taken advantage of and their trust was shattered.”