Two women were duped out of thousands of pounds by a fake profile on a dating website, a court heard yesterday.

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They are among a number of women allegedly conned out of £39,000.

Miss Ballie believed she had built a 'trust' with McDud, who claimed to be 53. She was told she would meet him when he came back to the UK.

Miss Ballie later got an email she believed was from the WHO claiming McDud had a number of issues, including with the EU. She was asked to send money to help and was told McDud was due a £36,000 payment which would cover her costs.

She then forwarded more money to an account allegedly owned by Murray.

Miss Ballie said she had never met Murray, adding: 'I was told she was a WHO diplomat living in the UK.' 

She recalled being suspicious when McDud did not arrive in the UK and more money was requested.

She eventually contacted the police, having sent £7,044 to the account.

Miss Ballie told prosecutor Mark Allan: sell cc Cvv 'I was part of a scam but it did feel real to me. It felt quite official and above board, if I'm honest. It felt very credible.

'I'm a very honest professional person and ? I see the good and honesty in everyone. I never thought for one minute that I'd be conned.'

Miss Kay said she paid £12,000 to Barton, who also claimed to be working in Syria.

She said: 'This money was for my son's university. It was a spiral. My savings went. I felt stupid that someone got one over me this way and I get angry that someone could do this to me.'

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