PSA: Serial Conman, Matthew Attenborough, Still at Large – How YOU Can Help


Five years ago, I first reported on the gay serial conman who had targeted men across the breadth of the country.

Reports from a reliable source inform me that he’s at it again and in an area where, due to social stigma and closeted sexuality, men are more unlikely to report that they have fallen victim.

This is a link to my original story on the fraudster:

https://neverblendin.wordpress.com/2013/07/07/bears-beware-a-cautionary-tale-of-friendship-and-fraud/amp/

Here is a follow up story which was written two years ago:

https://neverblendin.wordpress.com/2016/09/24/gay-fraudster-may-be-up-to-his-old-tricks-again/amp/

My source has given me the following information and advice on how to report the crimes committed, if you are one of these unfortunate victims or if you have any information that may lead to bringing him to justice.

“It seems that serial fraudster Matthew Attenborough has re-emerged. He seems to still be using his Ruairi O’Laoghaire alias.

I’ve covered Attenborough’s antics before. He targets vulnerable gay and bisexual men on applications such as Scruff, Growlr and Grindr. Builds trust then steals, property, bank details even identities. He has destroyed lives and left people in precarious financial positions due to illegal activities.

There have been numerous reports of him conning and stealing from vulnerable gay men in the North West of England and Northern Ireland.

Community workers and Police are concerned there may be a number of victims particularly in Northern Ireland who would have reservations about reporting incidents to the Police.

If you have been the victim of a theft or fraud by this man, don’t let him get away with it, call Police on 101.

If you are fearful of reporting this to Police or you are worried what impact it could have on your life you can report anonymously via the Rainbow Project’s advocacy service.

Contact their advocacy officer on 02890319030 or advocacy@rainbow-project.org

Matthew Attenborough has no regard for the men he steals from by not reporting this you are enabling him to continue his campaign of theft and fraud against others.”

Please either contact the police or report through Rainbow Project’s advocacy service.

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About neverblendin

David Watters, a graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh, Trinity College of Music, London and the Institute of Education, University of London, has worked internationally within education and Educational Management for more than 20 years. He has taught extensively within many socially and culturally diverse settings; most recently as a Head of Performing Arts within Further Education. He is a personal and professional development associate with The Pacific Institute (www.pacificinstitute.co.uk), personal coach, freelance writer and founding member of NBI Associates. He is a writer on social equality issues, is a key player in the Equal Love Campaign UK and author of the forthcoming book, NEVER BLEND IN which features key voices from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and which aims to inspire and encourage those who may lack self-esteem or who question their validity. David is currently promoting a youtube campaign"Give 'em Hope"and is asking individuals, couples and groups to make and share videos telling about the benefits of living with personal authenticity. He has shared a platform with Stuart Milk and Peter Tatchell and is a supporter of 17-24-30, The Trevor Project, Schools Out, The Terrence Higgins Trust, The Albert Kennedy Trust and numerous others. His background in arts and education, combined with a solid understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Strategies, and his passion for Equality Advocacy drive every aspect of his work as a personal development facilitator, motivational speaker and writer. View all posts by neverblendin

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