Romance scam leaves octogenarian out of pocket

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Romance scam leaves octogenarian out of pocket
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Romance scam leaves octogenarian out of pocket to the tune of 67,000 euros.

Officers from the National police in Valencia arrested a 33-year-old woman. She was arrested as the alleged perpetrator of a fraud. She stole 67,000 euros from an elderly man. She used a romance scam to defraud her octogenarian victim.

The investigation started after the authorities became aware that an 87-year-old man had been the victim of a scam. A young woman of Romanian origin had struck up a friendship with him.

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As reported by 20 minutes, a romance scam “basically consists of networks of fraudsters whose victims are elderly people whose trust is gained by using young women of different nationalities.

“These young women go as far as proposing marriage or long-term relationships in order to be included in the deeds of their flats and even as beneficiaries in their wills.”

During the investigation, the officers discovered that the woman had repeatedly borrowed money from the elderly man. She promised to pay him back once she had sold her property in Romania.


The woman told the elderly man sob stories about her family and other issues. The victim lent the woman money on multiple occasions. He gave her cash or transferred money to her.

According to sources in the police, the woman has been arrested as the alleged perpetrator of a fraud offence. She has a police record and has used this ‘modus operandi’ to swindle money in the past.


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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.

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