Benidorm and Pamplona romance scammers in Spain conned money out of women looking for love

TWO romance scammers have been arrested by the Policia Nacional and charged with defrauding victims across Europe of over €20,000.

The men, of Nigerian nationality, were detained in Benidorm and Pamplona.

The ruse involved setting up long-distance online relationships using bogus profiles.

After a period of time building up trust, the fraudsters then asked for money to cover expenses for a face-to-face meeting or urgent medical procedures.

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Interpol in Dublin passed on a complaint from an Irish woman in September that she had been duped by a man via a social network.

She made two bank transfers into a Spanish bank account.

Policia Nacional cybercrime specialists found the bank account was accessed from IP addresses in Spain and Italy.

The account was in the name of a Nigerian man living in Barcelona.

They also discovered numerous deposits into the account made by victims in Spain.

The two fraudsters also moved amounts around various accounts via a well-known international money transfer company.

Using IP tracking , the men were tracked down and arrested.

They were part of a group that also operated out of Barcelona and Vitoria, along with other European countries including Ireland.

Police believe that a number of victims have not reported being scammed as they are too embarrassed to come forward.

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