By Jess Grieveson-Smith
The ultimate love rat was caught at Gatwick Airport after allegedly stealing £1,000 to fund a holiday with his new girlfriend.
Angel Exford, 29, claims she had been dating Michael Fehsenfeld, 26, since June before things suddenly took a turn for the worse last month.
After stating he’d lost his wallet, Angel offered to pay for their meal and handed him her card.
But unbeknownst to her, Michael had stolen her card details and she claims she soon noticed funds disappearing from her account.
From Sky subscriptions, hotels, flowers and even a trip to Paris, Angel quickly figured out what had gone wrong – he was using her card to pay for things for his actual girlfriend.
Despite cancelling the card straight away, Angel wanted to get back at the love rat.
She knew when Michael was due to fly to Paris – and after informing the police – the fraudster was arrested at Gatwick Airport on October 5.
Michael Fehsenfeld pleaded guilty at Camberwell Green Magistrates Court on October 22 and was later sentenced to a 26-week sentence suspended for two years, as well as 150 hours of supervised community service.
Angel received compensation, whilst Michael left with fraud on his record for taking Angel’s card details and using it with intent.
Dental hygienist Angel, from Lambeth, London, said: “We’d only been dating for two or three months and I was starting to really like him.
“We’d met at an event over summer and it was physical attraction initially.
“He seemed like a nice normal guy and we were getting on well.
“But in July, on a date to a Camden nightclub, he told me he’d lost his wallet.
“I agreed to pay for the date and he took my card up to pay.
“It didn’t even cross my mind that he would then steal my details and use my money to spoil his real girlfriend.
“After that date he blocked me on all social media which I thought was odd.
“Then a month later, I noticed money disappearing from my account.
“I couldn’t believe it, flowers and flights to Paris were just some of the things he bought.
“Thanks to my friends who helped assemble all the evidence from Twitter where he’d written he was going to Paris, I was able to go to the police.
“I cancelled all my cards and as my card had been used for the flights I was able to access his boarding passes, one for him and one for his girl.
“We then decided to confront Michael with police at Gatwick Airport and he was arrested.”
Angel decided to publicly expose her love-rat on social media, and her post has since gone viral with more than 6,000 likes.
Michael’s own social media account is also at the centre of the scandal, facing an onslaught from angry girls.
Almost twelve thousand users have shared the thread, warning others of ‘fraudbae’.
Angel added: “We nicknamed him ‘fraudbae’ and made sure we had all the evidence.
“Having them as a support system was the thing that kept me going.
“I just look as myself as blessed.
“I have have attracted loyal friends and I will always be there for them like they have been for me.”