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Maurice Asola Fadola, Ghanaian Romance Scammer Arrested

Maurice Asola Fadola, Ghanaian Romance ScammerScammer A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer. Arrested

Online dating fraudsterFraudster A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer. from Ghana scammed £800,000 from lonely British women

Ghanaian Maurice Asola Fadola charmed his victims – usually widowed pensioners – into sending him cash to fund his luxury gold-plated mansion

A Ghanaian fraudster who posed as an American major general to swindle thousands of pounds from lonely British women he met through online dating sites has been jailed.

Published from: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/online-dating-fraudster-ghana-scammed-4546717  Nov 01, 2014 11:26 By Glen Keogh

Maurice Asola Fadola charmed vulnerable lonely women during his ‘Rom Con’ scamScam A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. (Romance Confidence Scam), sending flowers on their birthdays and bombarding them with flattering messages and poetry. But he would soon claim to be in some sort of financial difficulty and ask the often widowed pensioners to send cash his way – which he used to pay for a lavish gold-plated mansion in his home country.

The conman, believed to be in his 40s, has now been unmasked as one of the world’s most prolific online dating fraudsters as his callous crimes left some victims penniless and even HOMELESS.

At least 19 British victims were spun an elaborate web of lies as Fadola used pictures of US Army servicemen plundered from the web to claim he was serving in Iraq and needed cash for emergency medical treatment, customs charges or even to buy his way out of the army. In all, he is believed to have conned 19 British victims out of around £800,000. After almost three years of heartache and accusations, Fadola has now been sentenced in his native country to five years in prison and ordered to repay his victims in full.

One victim, 71-year-old grandmother Katherine Clark from Southsea, Hampshire, travelled to Ghana to give evidence against Fadola. She had lost her husband 30 years previously and was charmed by the conman, who this time claimed to be a British builder named Bruce living in London. Speaking to Sky News in 2011, she said: “He made feel great, he made me feel wanted and that he was genuine. It was a nice feeling.” Fadola soon told Ms Clark he was moving to Ghana and encouraged her to send money to him to invest in a mining company. She even travelled to the West African country at one point to meet ‘Bruce’ and encountered Fadola – who was pretending to be Bruce’s driver.

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