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80,000 pounds of heartbreak and more

80,000 pounds of heartbreak

A search for love on dating app Tinder ended in heartbreak for four women who matched with Peter Gray, an alleged con artist from West Yorkshire, England. Gray secured approximately 80,000 pounds ($99,955) in loans using the women’s names without their knowledge.

One victim says she learned Gray had used her driver’s license and bank cards to take out 9,000 pounds worth of loans. She says that Gray took pictures of her driver’s license and bank cards while she was using the bathroom at his apartment. Another victim discovered that Gray also used her driver’s license to acquire a 10,000-pound loan just two days before she planned to move into her new house. Her mortgage fell through because of the fraud.

Gray was sentenced to 56 months in prison in February. (See “Romance fraudster defrauded women of £80,000,” by Deena Campbell, Lauren Ferguson and Lucy Fesmer, BBC, May 6, 2024.)

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