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Hayley McKay committed the fraud over a three-and-a-half year period, during which time she sold an array of items online. McKay failed to send the goods after receiving payment, resulting in her eventual arrest and imprisonment.
One of her victims, a 29-year-old man, suffered from cystic fibrosis and handed over £200 for Ed Sheeran tickets which he had bought for his girlfriend.
After the tickets failed to arrive, McKay conned him into handing her a further £2,000 as a loan which she never paid back.
McKay was caught when the man reported her to the police and she was arrested.
A court heard that she also used credit cards, taking out loans in the names of those she targeted.
Hayley McKay committed the fraud over a three-and-a-half year period. (Image: Steve Chatterley / SWNS)
The conwoman was arrested after one of her victims reported her to the police. (Image: Getty)
Between July 2017 and January of this year, McKay, of Rolleston-on-Dove, Staffordshire, conned thousands fo pounds from 11 victims.
Last Friday, June 25, McKay was jailed for three years and eight weeks at Stafford Crown Court after admitting to 35 counts of fraud.
Sergeant Amy Martin, from Staffordshire Police said: “Over a three-and-a- half year period, McKay defrauded a number of innocent people out of money and items, taking advantage of their good nature and trust.
“She would tend to meet these people on a range of dating apps or on Facebook and would spend time befriending them and gaining their trust before asking for favours.
McKay admitted to 35 counts of fraud. (Image: Steve Chatterley / SWNS)
“McKay would come up with a number of excuses as to why she needed the help but these favours would normally involve selling an item for her on eBay or getting access to a PayPal account.
“When those she asked agreed to help, McKay would obtain their bank details and use them to set up accounts on betting website and for credit cards.”