My Online Nightmare

Catch Up On Channel 4’s New Series ‘My Online Nightmare’ About Online Scammers

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Last week, Channel 4 launched a brand new series called My Online Nightmare, which delves into the dangers of the internet and how fraudsters operate online.

In the first episode, Channel 4 spoke to a number of victims of online fraud, including one woman who set up a fake Facebook profile to monitor her niece.

Earlier this week, the second episode of My Online Nightmare aired, which focused on the fraudsters who embark on fully-fledged relationships with their victims.

The episode looked at the story of Liz Todd, who met a man called Christopher Heayns (who she believed to be Christopher Smith) on dating site Plenty Of Fish.

During their relationship, Heayns asked Todd to rent a lavish house under his name and Todd was also found to have paid his bills and housekeeping staff’s wages, while Heayns spent her money using five credit cards he took out in her name on prostitutes, strippers, hotels and fancy trips to London.

The total amount conned from Todd was £168,000, with the criminal even defrauding Todd’s 60-year-old mother, stealing £82,000 of her savings.

Channel 4 also explained how single parent Mischele Lewis was defrauded out of £1,550 by her fiance “Liam”, who she met online.

Actually called William Allen Jordan, Mischele’s online date told her and a number of other single mothers, that he was working in the Middle East as a British secret agent.

The programme looked further into how Jordan operated, speaking to another of his victims called Mary Turner Thomson.

My Online Nightmare continues Wednesday 26th April and will look into cyberstalking and people who threaten others online.

You can catch up on the previous episodes here.