Two arrested after man scammed out of €28k on dating website

The sum of money was laundered through accounts in Tipperary and Dublin respectively. 
Two arrested after man scammed out of €28k on dating website

A separate sum of money was laundered through the man's accounts-the proceeds of another invoice redirect fraud against an Irish-based company. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Gardaí have arrested a man and a woman over an online romance fraud after a man was defrauded of almost €30,000 on a dating website. 

Officers made the arrests after discovering a man located in the east of the country had been the vctim of romance fraud. 

The sum of €28,000 was laundered through the accounts of two people based in Tipperary and Dublin respectively. 

A separate sum of money was laundered through the man's accounts- the proceeds of another invoice redirect fraud against an Irish-based company.

A vehicle was also seized during the arrest operation this morning.

The woman was yesterday being held at Finglas Garda Station under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act. 

Aged in her 40s, she had been arrested in Dublin yesterday morning.

Gardaí investigating the scam for the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB) arrested the man last Thursday but later released him without charge. 

The man aged in his 20s was held under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act in Tipperary Garda Station.

Investigations are ongoing.

Previous targets 

It is the second set of arrests made in the course of this investigation after gardaí arrested three men last September. 

The previous arrests were made in the course of search operations in west Dublin and Navan in Co Meath. 

Gardaí also seized a number of devices for examination during the searches. 

A previous victim was convinced to transfer large sums of money over a nin-month period to accounts in Ireland, Turkey, Dubai and Vietnam. 

Gardaí said the scam is unique as to date it was thought fraudsters operated outside of the country to defraud people online. 

Investigations are ongoing.

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