Cyprus Mail

Woman in Limassol scammed out of €9,000

A 38-year-old foreign national from Limassol was scammed out of €9,000 after meeting a man via a dating app.

According to police, the 38-year-old woman reported the case to the Limassol police department on Friday although the incident occurred in October.

The man she met online posed as an Australian soldier who intended to move to Cyprus to live with her and had sent over his personal belongings to facilitate the move.

Shortly after, another person posing as the representative of a transport company said the items had been held up in customs and a sum of €30,000 had to be paid in order secure their release.

Citing financial difficulties, the man posing as an Australian soldier asked the woman to pay the sum of money herself.

After negotiations, the supposed transport company representative agreed to be paid €9,000 and the woman deposited the amount into an American bank account.

The woman never heard back from the initial scammer and later reported the incident to the police.

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