"I said: 'Yes, come along.' She came over and we were chatting away. She said she was from Poland originally and had a broken accent. I totally forgot about it until yesterday when she sent me a message," he continued. I was reluctant and said 'no I am not into this at all.' She kept going on for another few minutes.
We went off together and two pints turned into about 18. I was not very interested in what she was doing because she was stunning looking. "Then I got a message video call coming through and I just hung up, She kept ringing, ringing and ringing. "Then I answered a (video) call and as I was looking at phone I said 'what the hell is going on here'. "She started going to town on herself if you get me and I was 'right okay'. Next thing she just stopped and the camera went off." A short time later, the young man received a lengthy social media message which he interpreted as very threatening.
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The woman, who was in her 20s, later contacted the young man and said that if he did not pay €10,000 to a specific account she would trace and contact his family and friends about the performance.
The scammer may pretend to be an attractive, potential partner and strike up an online relationship with you.
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