Woman to face fraud charges over 'sick son' scam
Police believe lonely men in several states may have fallen victim to a Newcastle woman who conned them out of their savings by claiming she needed money for her dying son.
Police say more than $70,000 has been paid into the woman's bank account in the past nine months.
The 49-year-old Lambton woman was arrested this week after a lengthy investigation by Newcastle detectives.
The woman allegedly befriended lonely men seeking female companionship though personal newspaper columns and convinced them to part with sums of money ranging from $2,000 to $17,000.
It is claimed she would gain their sympathy with the story of a dying son in outback New South Wales who she wanted to bring to Sydney.
Other victims were allegedly conned into paying for an overseas cruise with the woman, who then disappeared with their money.
The woman will face seven counts of fraud when she appears in Newcastle court next month but detectives have since located other victims in NSW, South Australia and Queensland.