Wednesday 22 November 2017

Women duped and savings stolen as dating site conman 'runs riot' around Ireland

Several Irish women have been duped by the dating website fraudster (Stock photo)
Several Irish women have been duped by the dating website fraudster (Stock photo)
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

A serial conman is ‘running riot’ on internet dating sites across Ireland, according to one woman who was duped by the fraudster.

The middle-aged woman has spoken of her shame as she described how the man took her savings, encouraged her to sell her car and ‘promised the world’ to her children.

She told of how the man promised to marry her, ordered a €15,000 engagement ring for her and even bought her a wedding dress.

“His face, his eyes... he was so convincing and I am such an idiot,” she told RTE’s Liveline yesterday.

The woman, who used the name ‘Maisie’ on air, said she wanted to warn other women not to be fooled by this man who she believes is still ‘running riot’ across the country.

 “I thought he was such a sweet person and had such a hard life and my heart went out to him,” she said of the first time they met online.

“I thought he was sweet and kind and lovely.”

Within a year, the man had moved in with Maisie and asked her to marry him.

“I thought ‘Oh my God, I’ve died and gone to heaven. This is too good to be true. This is not happening to me’. But it wasn’t happening to me, he was too good to be true,” she said.

The man also asked 'Maisie' for loans and never paid them back.

Within minutes of sharing her story, several other women contacted the radio show to say they had been fooled by the same man. One woman said she gave him €10,000.

‘Maisie’ has reported her story to the Gardai. 

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