Check out these 2 videos filmed for us in April 2020 by Sharon Armstrong (Ngati Kahungunu), who became a victim of romance fraud in April 2011, when she was arrested at an airport in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with five kilos of cocaine concealed in a suitcase. She spent 2.5 years in prison in Argentina, far from her family and friends, fighting to prove that she knew nothing of the drugs she was carrying.
1. Staying Safe and Well in Isolation
In her first video, Sharon shares with us how she worked through isolation in prison, building her resilience and well-being, and focusing on the future. She discusses her ideas, tips and tricks for staying positive and well when you feel isolated.
2. Tips for Online Safety
In her second video, Sharon shares her valuable learnings of what we can do to keep the most vulnerable among us safe from online fraudsters and scammers, who may be looking to exploit those feeling isolated during lockdown.
About the presenter
Sharon Armstrong (Ngati Kahungunu) is a justice worker, author and public speaker. She has shared her experience of romance fraud in her book ‘Organised Deception’, launched in March 2018, to highlight the many issues that victims of fraud face.
She advocates for victims/survivors and their families who have been exploited in some way by scammers and is working to get legislative change made in Aotearoa to protect victims of this type of fraud.
By using her experience as an example for others, she hopes to show that anyone can overcome adversity. We just need time to rise above it and grow from the experience.