A lonely heart looking for love on Plenty of Fish got her revenge on the fraudster who scammed her for £100,000 by setting up a police sting.
Lynn Hawes was targeted in a ‘planned, complicated, sophisticated and systematic’ sting over almost 18 months.
She handed over cash, sold jewelry, took out a bank loan and borrowed from a friend supposedly to unlock a £7million inheritance in Dubai.
During that time Mrs Hawes fell in love with one of the conmen, who then disappeared, and had an intimate relationship with another, Ajibola Daudu.
But when she became suspicious of Daudu and spoke to police, she set up a meeting and officers arrested him.
Daudu, 43, of Purfleet, Essex, pleaded guilty to one count of fraud at Chester Crown Court and was jailed for three years and nine months yesterday.
Judge Nicolas Woodward told a sobbing Daudu that he’d carried out a ‘deliberate and shameless betrayal’. Two other men involved in the scam remain at large.
When she finally accepted she was being conned, Mrs Hawes bravely strung Daudu along for two months and engineered the meeting at which police arrested him.