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David Hodgkinson Lonely Hearts Victim
After he was approached by a Russian woman called 'Natalia', he promptly sent her £10,000 so that she could obtain a visa and purchase a ticket to fly over and meet him in the UK. After being given a variety of arrival dates, and he went to Heathrow to meet her a total of four times, she never arrived.
Apparently once bitten but not shy. Hodgkinson then tried a Christian dating site and started chatting with a woman from Senegal. He sent her £6,000 but again she failed to turn up. Hodgkinson borrowed money from his elderly mother, and remortgaged his home to pay for the two girls. His mother is now taking out a loan to clear his debts. "I did tell him off about keeping going to Heathrow," she said.
Gill Stephens, from Experian Consumer Affairs commented:
- "I suspect the photos of beautiful women probably came from a seedy man in a back room".
- In another recent case David Davies, 52, was ordered to pay back more than £100,000 he charmed from vulnerable women he met through online dating sites, wooing them with false stories of life in the SAS and top-secret work for the Government.
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