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