A Doncaster man has issued a warning after he says he lost £100,000 to a woman he has never met in an online sex fraud.
Roy Twiggs says he has lost his life savings after paying out thousands of pounds to a woman he began swapping emails and explicit messages with online.
And he has been told by police that there is little chance of securing a conviction or recovering the cash from the woman who is believed to live abroad and who refers to herself as Mr Twiggs’ wife.
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The 67-year-old said: “I have lost absolutely everything. Everytime I paid money, I was assured I would get it all back.
“The amounts just kept getting bigger and bigger but I’ve not had a penny back.”
Mr Twiggs, who lives in Woodlands, says he began swapping messages and emails with a woman who calls herself Donna Falco in 2017.
“She told me she came from Manchester and we began chatting,” he said.
The pair exchanged sexually explicit messages and photos and ‘Donna’ began referring to herself as ‘Mrs Twiggs’ and began refererring to her ‘husband’ as ‘King Roy’ with outpourings of love and affection.
He said: “She told me she loved me and then started asking for money and assured me that I would get it all back. It started off for small amounts and gradually increased.
“She told me that it was to pay for building materials, hospital bills, flight tickets all sorts.
“She seemed kosher and she told me that she was soon going to receive £6 million pounds so I kept sending her money because she assured me that I would get it all back.”
Despite never meeting the woman, Mr Twiggs, of Windmill Balk Lane, continued to pay ‘Donna’ and took out a series of loans to meet the spiralling demands.
He also passed on his bank details and despite concerns, continued to pay out to his ‘wife.’
“I just thought, she seemed nice and I didn’t want to upset her.”
But he says his world came crashing down when police contacted him to say that he had been the victim of an online fraud.
“I almost collapsed when they told me,” he said. “The police told me that the woman wasn’t who she said she was, wasn’t in Manchester and because she was based abroad, there was little chance of getting a conviction and getting the money back.”
He has also asked Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband to help him get the cash back.
In letters seen by the Free Press, Mr Miliband, who took up the matter with police on Mr Twiggs’ behalf, said: “”Unfortunately you have been the victim of a foreign based fraud or scam and as such, the ability for the police to recover your money or secure a conviction is remote.
“I have been advised by Supt Neil Thomas that you really need to refrain from your online activities.”
“You have been given explicit advice to stop online activities in order to safeguard against you losing further monies.”
Added Mr Twiggs a former RAF serviceman: “I’ve lost every penny I had. I was never suspicious at all because she seemed genuine and told me she loved me.
“If I can get half of what I’ve lost back, I’d be happy. I just want someone to help but no-one seems interested.”