Fraudster met victims online before taking their money

Fraudulent Hayley McKay has been jailed after she befriended people on Facebook and dating apps and then duped them with money.

The 29-year-old has targeted various people over a three-and-a-half-year span saying she is fighting for money.

But McKay would continue to use the bank details of his victims to open accounts at betting sites and for credit cards.

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She is now behind bars after admitting 32 counts of fraud against 11 people between July 2017 and January 2021.

McKay, of Elizabeth Avenue, in Rolleston-on-Dove, was sentenced to three years and eight weeks in jail after appearing at Stafford Crown Court on Friday.

Staffordshire Police welcomed the conviction today.

Sergeant Amy Martin said: “Over a period of three and a half years, McKay defrauded a number of innocent people with money and things, taking advantage of their good nature and their trust.

“She would tend to meet these people on a range of dating apps or on Facebook and spend time befriending them and gaining their trust before asking for favors.

McKay would find a number of excuses as to why she needed help, but those favors would normally involve selling an item for her on eBay or accessing a PayPal account.

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“When those she asked for help, McKay would get their bank details and use them to open accounts at betting sites and for credit cards. She also asked to be sent money as she claimed having trouble finding money. “

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Sgt Martin said that on one occasion McKay asked one of his victims to lie to police on his behalf.

She added: “The tactics McKay used made her victims feel like they had no other choice as she would appear genuine and friendly. She played with their kindness and left those who were ‘she was targeting short of thousands of pounds.

“We are delighted with the court’s decision and hope McKay uses this time to reflect on her actions and the financial and mental impact she has had on those she has targeted.”

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