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A lonely disabled man was conned into becoming an unsuspecting "money mule" by for a terrorism gang by a woman he met on an online dating website. Ralph Smith, 61, signed up for the overs site after splitting with his wife - and soon became besotted with exotic mother-of-two Lilian Alves.

After months of emails the pair told of their "undying love" for eachother over the internet, Alves asked Mr Smith for his bank details.

Alves, claiming to be an affluent businesswoman in Money mule scams uk dating early 60s, told Mr Smith she needed her money in the UK so she could pay her European employees.

Police warn of 'overseas soldier' dating scam. Online dating sites use stolen data to create fake profiles, it is alleged. He agreed to wire the money on to a series of individuals - despite one having a name very similar to Bin Laden - but his bank refused to transfer the Money mule scams uk dating. The romance came to an abrupt end last September when Alves broke off contact ahead of a promised visit to the UK.

Detectives said the money was stolen by hackers who wired it to Asia then sent a large portion to Mr Smith's account. He was suspected of acting as a "money mule" for the gang who were thought to be likely to use the cash to fund organised crime or terrorism. When Mr Smith, of Biscovey, Cornwall, appeared at Truro Crown Court the prosecution offered no evidence because they accepted he had been duped. The court heard whoever Money mule scams uk dating pretending to be Alves had picked identical interests to lure him in before exchanging emails for months.

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But Detective Constable Martin Skinner of the force's Financial Investigation Unit said the scam showed how lonely people could be exploited by online dating sites. They set up a profile for the exact sort of woman who would match Mr Smith's requirements. She even had supposed links to Biscovey. It's a message we need to get across to the public - don't trust anyone when there are finances involved; always double-check; never give your bank details out. Mr Smith, who can no longer work because of his disability, has since got back together with his wife.

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He has never been in trouble with the police before and says he had no idea the woman he fell in love with was a fraudster. I was unaware of crime going on like that.

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Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to navigation. Friday 16 November Det Con Skinner said the gang set up their profile specifically to seduce him.

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