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Mum conned by Tinder swindler into helping him steal thousands from Gumtree customers

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A woman conned by a Tinder swindler into helping him steal thousands of pounds from Gumtree customers has been ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid work.Supermarket supervisor Gillian Reid "showed a startling degree of naivety" to become mixed up in the sophisticated online fraud, a sheriff said.Dundee Sheriff Court heard that fraudsters targeted vulnerable women on dating site Tinder to facilitate the con which centred on a non-existent camper van.Mother-of-two Reid, was approached by a "Mark Worthington" after placing her profile online and started a virtual relationship with him.After communicating online for a period, he offered to give her £50 to help her out and she agreed to give him her bank details so he could transfer cash.Meanwhile, "Mr Worthington" or others were using a Gumtree account to pretend to sell a VW Transporter van which didn't really exist at all.When potential customers agreed to purchase the van, the fraudsters provided them with Reid's bank details and the money was deposited into her account.Reid's Tinder boyfriend - who she had never met - then told her that instead of sending her £50 he had accidentally transferred thousands of pounds into her bank.He told her that she should withdraw the money from her account in full and meet him in a car park to hand over thousands he had "accidentally" sent her.Reid turned up to hand over the cash, and, despite the man who met her not looking anything like his Tinder profile, she gave him it and he disappeared.Fiscal depute Callum Gordon told the court that the Crown had no record of any of the fraud gang being arrested in connection with the elaborate scam.Reid, from Dundee, admitted transferring criminal property - namely £7,730 - by withdrawing

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