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Romance scammer pretended to be Liverpool star’s brother to trick women out of £24,000

Romance fraudster pretended to be Liverpool star's brother to trick women out of £24,000
Ivan Nkazi threatened to assault one of the women he focused with acid

A serial fraudster who conned a girl into believing he was the brother of footballer Sadio Mane, earlier than persuading her to half with enormous sums of money, has been jailed.

Ex-footballer Ivan Nkazi of Lee Park Avenue in Belle Vale, Liverpool, was jailed for 3 years on Friday following a £24,000 con, hoodwinking potential dates and persuading them to half with enormous sums of cash.

The 31-year-old, who used to earn £2,000 per week when enjoying for Scottish membership Hibernian as a 16-year-old, would additionally threaten to expose intimate photographs of some victims.

His crimes lasted over a interval of 4 years, and he continued to hound his victims even after police began to examine him.

One of the women he focused and who fell for his lies withdrew cash on three separate events after he informed her sob tales.

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Investment banker Anna King, 38, gave Nkazi £1,500 in simply sooner or later, handing over £600 in an envelope after she met him in Liverpool metropolis centre.

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Nkazi  was jailed for 3 years (Picture: Merseyside Police)

Nkazi used the truth that Ms King was a eager Liverpool supporter and informed her his identify was Malah Mane, earlier than making repeated calls for for cash.

On one event he informed her that his Mercedes car had been stolen after thieves raided his ‘brother’s’ house on Merseyside.

On one other event, he despatched her a message on WhatsApps saying: ‘Babe, I think I need £400 because I can’t get practice again and I’ve be fast in order that £40 taxi, babe, and £50 in gas and relaxation purchase stuff for them, so yeah, £400 be excellent babe xx’.

Ms King grew more and more suspicious and ultimately informed the French-Congolese felony: ‘This is getting crazy, it keeps being more and more.’

A woman tricked by a serial "romance fraudster" was conned into believing he was the brother of Liverpool star Sadio Mane. Ex-footballer Ivan Nkazi was jailed for three years on Friday [Aug 30] for a complex ?24,000 con, hoodwinking prospective dates and persuading them to part with huge sums of cash. Caption: Messages sent to one of his victims by convicted fraudster Ivan Nkazi, 31, of Lee Park Avenue in Belle Vale, Liverpool, who has been jailed for three years
Nkazi tricked one girl into believing he was the brother of Liverpool star Sadio Mane (Picture: Liverpool Echo)

He reassured her by saying, ‘You my Mrs.’

On one other event Nkazi informed Ms King: ‘Basically, I’m promoting my Rolex watch, so my mate giving me cash tonight.

‘If you can cover me £600 babe, tonight, I give you back money, all of it.’

The beneficiant Ms King informed him: ‘I don’t have it to offer you…if I had it, you can have it.’

But Nkazi replied: ‘Call me please, just cover me babe, pleases, I’m in tears, I’m so upset, can’t even discuss.’

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The conman claimed his car was stolen whereas thieves raided his ‘brother’ Sadio Mane’s house (Picture: Rex Features)

Ms King even went into her overdraft facility to assist Nkazi.

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After he was jailed, Ms King stated she ‘felt stupid’ however was glad Nkazi was behind bars, describing him as a ‘vile specimen, an excuse for a human being’.

She added: ‘He had at the very least two telephones after I met him…he was in designer gear and was carrying Christian Louboutin footwear.

‘When I did meet him for a drink at the Revolution bar at the Albert Dock he was really nice, wasn’t horrible or aggressive and so I wasn’t suspicious.

‘It’s an costly lesson I’ve learnt.’

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He would use Tinder to fake to be well-known sports activities stars (Picture: Getty Images)

When concentrating on different women, Nkazi would fake to be American basketball participant Serge Ibaka, who performs for the Toronto Raptors.

When police caught up with Nkazi, they discovered his criminality was run ‘like a business’ with only one of his cell phones having contact particulars for greater than 100 women.

He even threatened to assault one of the women with acid.

Some women have been so terrified of Nkazi that they began to promote sentimental household jewelry so they might meet his calls for for money.

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