UK: Adewale Adewole, dating website fraudster jailed

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match.com dating scam: Adewale Adewole jailed over £100k bogus orphanage fraud

A man who defrauded his victims out of £65,000 using a dating website, in Salford, has been sentenced.
Adewale Adewole (01/09/1983) of Carrfield Avenue, Little Hulton pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud by false representation.
On Friday 5 December 2014, he was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square to four and a half years in prison.
Adewole created a false website, called the Hope House Foundation, which claimed to run an orphanage in Nigeria; citing two false names of directors that supposedly ran the charity.
He then used one of these names, along with a photo of an unconnected and unsuspecting man, to create a several profiles on Match.com.
Once Adewole had struck up relationships via Match.com with his victims, he began to romance them; eventually luring them into believing they had a future together. Over time he regained their trust and asked them for money; claiming it was needed to help sick children, and that he would return it to them. When one of the victims said she had no money, he asked her to send him an iPad and iPhone instead.
He backed these lies up with photos from Facebook and sent the victims stolen letters and cheques, in order to prove that he had sufficient funds to repay the money.
One of the victims, however, became suspicious and contacted the police after having discovered from the World Health Organisation that the orphanage did not exist.
Detective Constable Shaun Nicholls of GMP's Volume Fraud Team said: "Adewole preyed on the vulnerability and kind-heartedness of the victims, who thought they were helping sick children in Nigeria, in order to obtain money and goods from them.
"He pocketed £65,000 from four innocent victims and made no attempt to repay the money, as he had falsely promised them.
"Through deceit and dishonesty, the victims were conned into believing they had entered into a loving relationship and had a future with Adewale Adewole, but instead they were taken advantage of and their trust was shattered.
"Hopefully following today's sentence, the victims will know justice has been done and can move on with their lives."

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31-Yrs-Old Nigerian Man, Adewale Adewole Arrested For £100K Scam In London, UK

Gistmaniac (m) | yesterday at 05:43 PM

Lol, man must whack levels, shoutout to all my london boys:

A lonely hearts conman scammed four women out of almost £100,000 by posing as a Royal Marine nicknamed 'Charismatic Brit' on dating website Match.com.
Adewale Adewole, 31, a Nigerian immigrant, wooed his victims after falsely claiming to be an army captain who ran an orphanage in Africa.
Adopting the name Timmy Francis, he claimed he was looking for romance on the site with two profiles: 'Charismatic Brit' and 'To live and love'.
But the pictures he used to create an appealing profile were actually of a Royal Marine Commando called Joshua McGowan who was unaware his images were being used by Adewole.
The unnamed women who replied to his seemingly perfect profile fell for his charms but were then duped out of their money when Adewole claimed he was robbed at his 'orphanage'.
The women sent him cash and paid his hotel bills thinking they were bailing out their suitor - only for him to divert the money into the bank account of his wife who shared his home with their two children in Eccles, Greater Manchester.
Manchester Crown Court heard yesterday that Adewole also splashed out on iPads, TVs and designer clothes.
Police who investigated the scam discovered the women had tried to meet up with him but he always stood them up.
He now faces jail after admitting four charges of fraud but is disputing some of the facts and is running a 'trial of issue.'
Prosecutor Charlotte Brandon told the court the four victims were registered with Match.com and did not know each other.
She added: 'They were all contacted on the dating site by a man called Timmy Francis who had two profiles under the mottos 'To Live and Love' and 'Charismatic Brit'.
'They had contact with him during the period the fraud took place via text message, phone and email.
'He told them he had been a captain in the army. He also said he ran an orphanage in Africa called the Hope House Foundation, for which he set up a website with his own mobile phone number on.

'There was a profile picture on his Match accounts and he sent some of the women photographs of himself - all of these pictures were actually of a Royal Marine Commander called Joshua McGowan who knew nothing of what was going on.
'Each of the women wanted to find out more about him and were led to believe they were in a relationship with him.

'Although they arranged to meet, he never kept to the arrangements and never did meet any of the victims.'
Miss Brandon added: 'He told the women that on a trip to Africa he was the victim of a crime and needed money. The crime meant he could not access his own funds.
'He said they would get their money back and would be sent letters from the World Health Organisation to show that he would be able to pay them.
'These letters were sent, but from an M30 Manchester postmark. He also sent them links to websites which, when logging in with details he gave them, appeared to show that he had a huge bank balance and would eventually be able to pay them back.
'One woman was asked to pay for a hotel for him. When she rang the number he gave her for the hotel, they also confirmed the information and she agreed to pay it.
'She later received a cheque addressed to him for £35,000 to prove he had money, but this was later discovered to be a stolen cheque forged in his own handwriting.
'Over a number of months each woman transferred significant sums of money via bank accounts and Western Union moneygrams and sent items to the defendant's home address. They bought electronic items, took out credit cards and loans and bought clothes from Next.


'Many of the goods were sent to his home address in Eccles from where the victims believed they would be forwarded on to the defendant in Nigeria.
'When the women stopped sending money, they never heard from him again.'
The court heard the total amount stolen including the value of the household goods and Western Union transfers was £98,140.
Adewole was arrested in October 2012 at his flat and £4,500 in cash was found under his bed.
A digital camera was found purchased by one of the victims, but containing pictures of the defendant and his wife and children. Designer clothes and shoes were also found worth £2,000.
Adewole's wallet was also seized and contained several SIM cards, some of which contained the phone numbers of the victims.
His two Blackberry phones were also seized - on these three different email accounts were in use which were linked to the two Match.com accounts.
He was bailed and later tried to call one of the woman again under the name Timmy Francis and was arrested again.
When questioned he claimed to know nothing of the orphanage but that the £4,500 was his and claimed the majority of the items found in his flat were to go to his mother in Nigeria.
He added all he knew of the bank transfers was that his flatmate Samson Ajayi had asked him to have some money transferred to a relative - and claimed Mr Ajayi was responsible.
He admitted he had used Match.com between 2010 and 2012 but could not remember when exactly.
Detective Constable Sean Nicholls, from Greater Manchester Police, told the hearing: 'There has never been any evidence to prove there was someone else involved.
Each of the women wanted to find out more about him and were led to believe they were in a relationship with him
Prosecutor Charlotte Brandon
'There was possibly some help involved somewhere in Nigeria. There may well have been more than one person assisting him, male and female.
'But I believe any phone calls made to the victims were from the defendant himself.
'I believe Timmy Francis is a made-up name. I have made enquiries in our systems but there is nothing to suggest he exists.'
Adewole, who arrived in UK in 2009 on a visa to study, said: 'The fraud was Samson's idea. I got involved because I had a few financial difficulties at the time.
'I did not speak with the complainants. I did not know money was being sent to Nigeria but I knew it was being sent to my bank account and my wife's bank account.
'I do not know where Samson is at the moment. He travels a lot. I have no idea about the details of this fraud. I didn't even know how many victims there were.
'But I pleaded guilty because if I had not let my bank account or flat be used, these women would not have suffered in the way that they did.
'Samson said he was expecting some money. He said he had no bank accounts to receive the money so I wanted to help him. He was owing me rent at the time and this was the only way he could pay me. '

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Gistmaniac (f) | yesterday at 03:44 PM

At least four besotted women have been duped of almost £100,000 by conman posing as a Marine commando in a manner known in Nigerian parlance as yahoo yahoo.
Nigerian, Adewale Adewole, 31, posed as Royal Marine commando Timmy Francis on the dating website
He falsely claimed to run an orphanage in Africa and was looking for romance.
But after charming the unsuspecting women, he then claimed he needed money saying he had been mugged while attending to his ‘orphanage’.
The women all sent him cash and paid his hotel bills – only for him to transfer the money into the bank account of his wife who shared his home with their two children in Eccles, Greater Manchester.
Police who caught up with father-of-three Adewole discovered he had used the women’s cash to splash out on iPads, TVs and designer clothes plus electronic and musical items such as a glitterball and a keyboard thought to be worth in total tens of thousands of pounds.
But after he was jailed for four years, officers auctioned off the confiscated items in a bid to repay the victims – only for it to yield just £2,000.
It means the women will get back only hundreds of pounds each – with one victim getting just £199.
It is not known what happened to £4,500 in cash which Adewole kept under his bed and insisted was h
is.
At a proceeds of crime hearing at Manchester Crown Court, prosecutor Miss Louise Brandon said: ‘The value of the loss was £98,140 and from that there is an available amount of £2,213.71 but the prosecution have four complainants who lost considerable amounts of money.
‘The available items were mainly electrical that the police auctioned off so it would mean getting that money from the auction. The compensation orders have been reached proportionally but unfortunately it is no where near what they did give but it is all we can get. The complainants are fully aware that it was unlikely they would get it back.’
Adewole falsely claimed to run an orphanage in Africa, but after charming the unsuspecting women, he then claimed he needed money saying he had been mugged whilst attending to his charity. The women all sent him cash – only for him to transfer the money into the bank account of his wife

She added: ‘They were all contacted on the dating site by a man called Timmy Francis who had two profiles under the mottos ‘To Live and Love’ and ‘Charismatic Brit’. They had contact with him during the period the fraud took place via text message, phone and email.
He told them he had been a captain in the army. He also said he ran an orphanage in Africa called the Hope House Foundation, for which he set up a website including own mobile phone number.
‘There was a profile picture on his Match accounts and he sent some of the women photographs of himself – all of these pictures were actually of a Royal Marine Commander called Joshua McGowan who knew nothing of what was going on.
‘Each of the women wanted to find out more about him and were led to believe they were in a relationship with him. Although they arranged to meet, he never kept to the arrangements and never did meet any of the victims.

The victims known only as Miss E, Miss A, Miss W and Miss H will get back just £863.38, £332.07, £199.26 and £819.10 respectively after police auctioned off the spoils of Adewole’s fraud
‘These letters were sent, but from an M30 Manchester postmark. He also sent them links to websites which, when logging in with details he gave them, appeared to show that he had a huge bank balance and would eventually be able to pay them back.
‘One woman was asked to pay for a hotel for him. When she rang the number he gave her for the hotel, they also confirmed the information and she agreed to pay it. She later received a cheque addressed to him for £35,000 to prove he had money, but this was later discovered to be a stolen cheque forged in his own handwriting.
‘Over a number of months each woman transferred significant sums of money via bank accounts and Western Union money-grams and sent items to the defendant’s home address. They bought electronic items, took out credit cards and loans and bought clothes from Next. Many of the goods were sent to his home address in Eccles from where the victims believed they would be forwarded on to the defendant in Nigeria.
‘When the women stopped sending money they never heard from him again.’
The court heard the total amount stolen including the value of the household goods and Western Union transfers was £98,140.
Adewole was arrested in October 2012 at his flat and £4,500 in cash was found under his bed. A digital camera was found purchased by one of the victims, but containing pictures of the defendant and his wife and children. Designer clothes and shoes were also found worth £2,000 alone.

Adewole’s wallet was also seized and contained several SIM cards, some of which contained the phone numbers of the victims. His two Blackberry phones were also seized – on these three different email accounts were in use which were linked to the two accounts. He was bailed and later tried to call one of the woman again under the name Timmy Francis and was arrested again.
When questioned he claimed to know nothing of the orphanage but that the £4,500 was his. He said the majority of the items found in his flat were to go to his mother in Nigeria. He admitted he had used in 2010, 2011 and 2012 but could not remember when exactly.
The victims known only as Miss E, Miss A, Miss W and Miss H will get back just £863.38, £332.07, £199.26 and £819.10 respectively.
Defence counsel Mr Khadim Al’Hassan said: ‘I’m surprised by the amount from the auctions, it must have been a really bad day because they were all new items.
 
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