Vietnamese woman scammed out of $41,500 in online romance with 'man in UK'

By Nguyen Long, Thanh Nien News

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A Vietnamese woman has come up to the police and reported that she was tricked by a man on an online dating site and wired a large amount of money to him. 
The woman, only identified as O., said she met the man on the dating site Badoo last July, and he introduced himself as a Nicholas Ryan Lachlan from Australia and he was working in the UK.
He gave her a UK phone number and they contacted regularly.
“After a few months, he proposed to me and promised to bring me to the UK to live with him. I said yes. And after that, he borrowed money from me for various reasons: buying us a house in the UK, fixing his car, helping his sick mother,” she told police.
He sent her images of a house purchase contract to build her trust.
He asked her to send money to a local bank account under the name of Nguyen Thi Anh Ngoc, who according to him was an acquaintance of his.
“I trusted him and made different money transfers worth more than VND900 million to Ngoc’s account,” O. said.
Only after making the last transfer in January, she started to feel suspicious.
She checked the copies of the house contract and found out it was all fake.
He never responded to her calls and emails asking for repayment, she said.
A police officer from Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province in southern Vietnam who is working on the case said investigation so far suggested that the woman was tricked.
The police have summoned Ngoc from the central province of Binh Dinh for more information.
The love trick was not new and many Vietnamese women reportedly fell victim several years ago.
Police in Hanoi are also looking into a number of women's complaints which claimed that foreign men on Facebook cheated them money over promises of love and love gifts.

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