WHEN Eva Kedoula started talking to Jesse on Facebook Dating, she thought she might have just found that special someone.
The Maths tutor, 53, from North London, was matched with the 34-year-old local singleton and spent weeks chatting to him.
When he suggested Eva invest money into a foreign exchange investment firm which he claimed would make her a fortune, she trusted him whole-heartedly.
Speaking to The Mirror, the struggling teacher – who is on Universal Credit – explained how she remortgaged her home and transferred £35,000 into the get-rich-quick scheme which was ultimately too good to be true.
Warning others not to make the same mistake, Eva said: "I took the bait. He plugged into my greed. There were lots of things that made it seem legitimate.
"He made me think I was making money and so I borrowed money I didn’t have."
Initially, Eva ploughed £5,000 of her personal savings into the money app and received alerts telling her there were profits to be made if she "invested" more.
"I thought the app was legitimate," Eva added. "I ignored red flags."
Two weeks after she made the £35k transfer, Eva tried to withdraw her money and was told she needed to add more before she could access her funds.
When she refused, the bogus app's helpline accused her of being a crook and Jesse told Eva that she must have been doing something wrong.
What is a Catfish?
'Catfishing' is when someone creates fake profiles on social media sites to trick people into thinking they are somebody else.
It is most common on social media and dating apps like Tinder.
They make up life stories and use photographs of unsuspecting victims to create fake identities. Catfishers add life experiences, jobs, friends and photographs to the fake accounts.
This can be seen in cases such as young mum Chloe Davis, 20, who began receiving suggestive text messages from men who believed they had chatted with her on Plenty of Fish after someone set up a fake profile in her name.
Understandably, Eva started to panic and that's when she called the police who referred her on to Action Fraud.
Unfortunately for Eva, it's looking unlikely that she'll get her money back as the experts believe the con artists are operating all around the world.
She has also sought the help of Mark Williams-Thomas – a former police officer turned TV host and Private Investigator.
While investigating the app, the expert was able to trace the scam to a Hong Kong address.
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