When an investment opportunity sounds too good to be true we all know the old saying yet still many people fall victim to these cons artists especially when the fraudster is a close and trusted friend.
Mr Beesley's victims may be seen by some as the lucky ones. He paid them back and they have seen justice with a prison sentence. These stories whilst starting out with the same Modus operandi normally see a very different ending with the fraudster fleeing, monies misappropriated and channelled to various countries with their victims left emotionally and financially bankrupt.
If you feel you may have been scammed you need to take action quickly to recover your monies. Seek advice and cease all further transactions. These fraudsters must not be allowed to profit.
Simon Beesley, 42, persuaded his friends Suzanne Lauder and Sam Lipton to hand over their savings after “grooming” them with lavish dinners and Wimbledon tennis tickets. After Beesley was sentenced to almost three years in prison at the Old Bailey last week, Mrs Lauder — the owner of Moira Fine Jewellery, whose customers include Madonna, Adele and J K Rowling — said the scam had made her life “hell”. The fraudster, who claimed he had access to Defence Secretary Philip Hammond, promised them 20 per cent returns on their investment in a maritime patrol aircraft project. Instead he spent the money on family holidays to Canada, New York and China as well as paying off his overdraft and business debts. He also used it to buy his wife a £6,000 diamond watch for her 40th birthday from Mrs Lauder’s shop.