“The scripts she had written demonstrate exactly the kinds of stories that victims are fed by fraudsters, designed to manipulate the victim into feeling sorry for them and wanting to help them.” One script read: “I am a widow.Lost my husband to 9/11 terror attacks in New York.
Wutaan, of Penge, was on Friday jailed for two years for possessing articles for use in fraud, as well as three counts of money laundering. A tip-off in February 2014 led to detectives stopping and searching Wutaan in Bromley High Street in 2014, when she was found with £16,300 in her coat pocket.
Detectives searched her home address and found a collection of handwritten scripts and instructions that were “seemingly for fraudsters to use to manipulate victims”.
Scotland Yard’s Detective Constable Neil Sykes said: “Wutaan’s home was an Aladdin’s cave of fraudsters’ scripts and false IDs.
It was almost like she was compiling a fraudsters’ handbook.
A twisted south London woman penned a “fraudster’s handbook” to help con artists trick lonely hearts out of cash, including a sick sob story about a husband dying in the 9/11 attacks.
Patricia Wutaan, 55, instructed scammers to “stay calm and moody” when talking to suitors on dating sites.Police said Wutaan had not used the sickening tales herself but that they had helped scammers as they prowled through dating sites and conned lonely men out of their money.One victim, a man from Switzerland, was tricked out of £70,000 after being convinced he was chatting to a woman trying to free up cash from her late father’s estate.“Told him I am worried because if I don’t pay I’ll have to leave.” Among the most obscure tales was a story that read: “I’ve not been in a relationship since demise of late husband.I am in London to meet family attorney of late husband to negotiate on how to clear the identified assets he left me.“He left me a vague will with some conditions to meet before I could access the assets and cash he left me in his will.