Birmingham news Dating fraudster who groomed city women in £48k scam jailed MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Conman Sebastian Timmis targeted victims in the Midlands with lies to access their cash
Breaking News ! A romance fraudster who scammed ten women - including victims from Birmingham and Worcestershire - out of tens of thousands of pounds has been jailed for three years. Conman Sebastian Timmis groomed women in Birmingham, Gloucestershire and Somerset as part of his twisted campaign. He also had targets in Wiltshire, Bournemouth, Cardiff and Bristol. Timmis, 29, from Marksbury in Bath and North East Somerset, pleaded guilty to ten counts of fraud by false representation in court. He was jailed for three years and four months. Pc Rory Everitt, of Avon and Somerset Police, said: “Timmis scammed these women out of thousands of pounds and made promises he knew he could not keep about returning their money. “He clearly had no regard for his victims’ feelings and targeted people he knew were caring.
"Timmis' scams were typical of romance fraud cases involving dating sites, where demands for cash are made from the victims, who feel pressured to provide money for people they believe they can trust," said PC Everitt. "Victims get told they need to provide the money quickly for urgent reasons, which often will be emotive and pull at heartstrings. "We would urge anyone in that situation not to hand over money or personal details and to talk it through with family or friends if you feel under pressure. If the person you've met through the website genuinely cares for you as they claim, they will not object to you being cautious. "And if you feel someone is trying to scam you, please report it to the police or Action Fraud - you could save yourself and others from falling victims to predatory fraudsters," he added.
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