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London – An online dating fraudster who posed as a spy and a shipping magnate to swindle single women out of £105,000 (close to R1,9m) was jailed for more than five years on Monday.

Zac Langley, 41, signed up to dating website Plenty of Fish and pretended to be a variety of exciting characters to attract, woo and ensare women.
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His victims quickly became smitten with the charming conman and agreed to hand over large sums believing he would repay them with his supposed riches.

Bournemouth Crown Court heard that Langley – whose real name is Andrew Penfold – contacted his victims four days after his release from prison for similar offences. He has variously posed as a banker, an MI5 spy, director of a £400 million microchip firm, a millionaire wine merchant, a radar maker, a journalist and a lord.

Claire Cooper, 34, and her mother Muriel, 60, helped Langley buy two luxury Range Rovers and parted with almost £20,000 for bogus medical fees, including £13,500 he said was for an aunt with terminal cancer…..

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