FOREIGN fraudsters posing as desirable men on dating websites have been targeting lonely middle-aged women to dupe them into handing over money, police have warned.
Local woman Caroline Stockley, pictured, 48, has spoken publicly of her devastation after falling victim to the scam and losing £628.
And police confirmed one local a month was falling victim to such fraudsters, with the largest loss to date being £2,000.
‘It is typically people who have been single for a long time,’ said Detective Sergeant Sarah-Jane Snowdon of the joint Guernsey Police/Guernsey Border Agency Financial Intelligence Service.
Miss Stockley began using a dating website late last year and was soon building up a relationship with a man calling himself Jack.
He claimed to live in the island with his six-year-old daughter, Rosemary, and was soon showering Miss Stockley with compliments.
But the liaison soon took a sinister and financially draining twist.
‘Jack’ said he had taken his daughter to South Africa and after no contact for a day, when it had regularly been two or three times every day, ‘Jack’ got in contact with some devastating news.
‘[He said] his precious Rosemary was in intensive care having fallen in the bath, fracturing her skull. He said she had a bleed on the brain and need a life-saving operation. He had already had to pay £2,900.’