Cambridgeshire victim, 81, loses £300,000 in Spanish ‘lottery’ scam as police go to court to stop his losses growing even bigger

11:15 10 March 2014

Chris Dinneya

Chris Dinneya


A man who tricked an 81-year-old Cambridgeshire man out of thousands of pounds through a fake lottery scam has been jailed.

Chris Chidi Dinneya was involved in the fraud which saw the victim pay huge amounts of money into various overseas accounts after being notified he had won the Spanish Lottery.

The victim, who lost around £300,000 in the scam, was so taken in that he continued to try to send more cash to the scammers even after the police investigation began.

The police and Cambridgeshire County Council had to apply for a court order to take control of the victim’s accounts to prevent any further losses.

Dinneya 40, of Brocklehurst Street, London, was traced to a number of the payments and arrested in London in November 2012.

He denied acquiring more than £6,100 from the Cambridgeshire victim and a second charge involving a total of £179,725 from a number of victims across the world.

He was convicted on both counts of money laundering following a trial at Cambridge Crown Court and jailed for a total of three-and-a-half years.

Detective Constable Sharon Garrett, from the force Economic Crime Unit, said: “This is a very sad case involving many people who have effectively been scammed out of their life savings.

“The Cambridge victim was so convinced that he was set to receive a large payout if he kept sending the money transfers, that we had to take action to protect him.

“This should serve as a warning to others who are contacted by people claiming they have won prizes in return for money transfers or bank details.

“Remember, if something sounds too good to be true, it often is.”

Anyone who thinks they have received a scam phone call, letter or email should call Action Fraud on 0300 1232040.

1 comment

  • as far as i'm concerned the sentence should have been far longer

    Report this comment


    Monday, March 10, 2014

More news stories

48 minutes ago

A driver had to be freed after their vehicle rolled over following a crash in Murrow yesterday.

Yesterday, 14:31

A man was arrested today after police caught him with a samurai sword near Wisbech town centre.

Yesterday, 17:23

A man who is part of an animal rescue team is coming to the rescue of children who are too frightened, too young or unable to get out to trick or treat this year - he is going to deliver sweets and treats dressed as a superhero.

Yesterday, 16:35

Wisbech artist Louise Stebbing will put her artistic skills to the test in the third episode of Sky Arts’ Landscape Artist of the Year, which aired last night (Wednesday).

Most read stories

Most commented stories

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Read the Wisbech Standard e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up