Man accused of using dating websites to defraud women of money

POLICE are warning women to be wary after a man allegedly used dating websites to scam relationship hopefuls out of money.

The 47-year-old was arrested in Gympie on June 21 on an unrelated stealing and fraud charge.

“It will be alleged the man stole farming implements from Moonie and subsequently sold them to other parties,” Qld police said in a statement.


“It will be further alleged the man used the services of online dating sites to establish relationships with women in order to defraud them of money and property.”

Officer in Charge of Gympie CIB Detective Sergeant Rob Lowry said the man used the name of ‘David’ on the dating sites along with several different surnames including ‘Whittaker’.

“As police continue to investigate, we would be interested to speak with members of the public who have had contact with this man online,” Detective Sergeant Lowry said.

“If you have any concerns or believe you are a victim, then please contact police.”

The man has been charged with eight counts of driving a motor vehicle without a driver licence, three counts of fraud, and one count of stealing.

He has been remanded in custody to appear in Gympie Magistrates Court on July 23 .