A pregnant mum has appeared in court after she became tangled up in a £14,800 money laundering scam she spotted on a Snapchat advert.

Paris King, who was 22 at the time, was struggling financially when she spotted the online ad for a money lender appear on her social media account, Stoke-on-TrentLive reports.

She simply checked out their positive reviews and contacted the person directly, and they agreed to loan her £700.

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Paris had never taken a loan out before, but Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard the man then asked to meet her outside NatWest in Newcastle, where he told her to withdraw funds.

It transpired that thousands of pounds had been paid into her bank account, which had been meant for a Leeds-based construction firm. It was the final instalment from a householder, who was having building work done.

An email purporting to be from the firm had been hacked and the client had been asked to transfer the money to a different account for ‘tax purposes’. But neither he nor the building company owner were aware the funds had been siphoned off. King’s bank account was the ‘mechanism’ for the scam, the court heard.

Mark Brookes, prosecuting, said King, of High Grove Road, Trent Vale, tried to withdraw money from the bank as requested. Staff became suspicious and she was only able to get £750 from an ATM.

“The male asked her to go to a jeweller’s and buy a Rolex watch for £9,350,” he added.

The fraudster then pocketed this…

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