Orpington iPad scammer Poppy Eastwood receives community sentence

Eastwood leaving Bromley Magistrates' Court this morning

Orpington scammer Poppy Eastwood gets community sentence

Scammed by Poppy Eastwood Facebook group has around 2,600 members

She must complete 300 hours of community service

Linda Hughes said she was conned over a horse rug

Jacqueline Sloan said she is 'sickened' by the scam

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AN ORPINGTON fraudster who flogged non-existent iPads has been sentenced to a community order today (Feb 21) although it is feared she could have scammed thousands more.

Poppy Eastwood, aged 22, of Lovibonds Avenue, was in Bromley Magistrates’ Court after defrauding unsuspecting buyers over the internet as well as making off without paying for fuel twice – nine other similar offences of fleeing from a petrol were presented to the court to be taken into consideration.

A Facebook group called Scammed by Poppy Eastwood has more than 2,600 members.

News Shopper has received a number of phone calls from people saying they were scammed by her, when she’s been operating under aliases, through paying money for non-existent goods advertised on the internet.

Her court case related to two times in June last year when Eastwood dishonestly advertised two iPads for £270 and £300, having earlier made off without paying for petrol at the Texaco service station in Farnborough on May 25.

News Shopper: She must complete 300 hours of community service

'I was in a really bad way at the time'

Prosecutor Clare Carey said: “She advertised the items on Facebook and texted the claimants saying not to use payment options such as Paypal.

“When the first claimant visited the address to collect the item she was told by the person there, Miss Eastwood’s mother, that she knew nothing about an iPad being for sale and she didn’t know where her daughter was.

“The second claimant was told to pick up the iPad from an address and when he visited was told the family living there had moved out the day before.”

Eastwood, who has bipolar disorder, anxiety and depression, has until recently been staying at her mother’s address in Rhododendron Avenue, Meopham.

Nigel Riley, mitigating, said: “She was in a relationship at the time with a man, Robert Burke, who had drug and alcohol issues and has served a sentence.

News Shopper: Scammed by Poppy Eastwood Facebook group has around 2,600 members

“She has accepted she was not under duress but she clearly felt undermined and intimidated.

“She has also had accommodation problems and mental health issues for which she is receiving treatment, she’s not working and is currently receiving Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

“These matters are accepted and she has written a form saying ‘I am really sorry for what I done, I was in a really bad way at the time.’

“She has one previous conviction of burglary from 2010 for which she received a community order.”

'You've undermined the entire system'

District judge Michael Fanning said: “Social media sales sites are increasingly important and you have undermined the entire system and people’s trust very seriously.

“You driving off from a petrol station is serious, perhaps more serious because you indicated you were going to pay and later said you had forgot. This number of petrol stations is more than forgetfulness, it is fundamental dishonesty.

“There has been intense interest from the local media in this case and there have been communications made to me which say I should consider a more serious sentence in light of other offences she may have committed.

“If there was more evidence the police would have shown that to the court and they haven’t.

“I am ordering 120 hours of unpaid community work for each offence.

News Shopper: Orpington scammer Poppy Eastwood gets community sentence"

"This is the maximum I can impose for these offences – the next step is prison. If you don’t comply with the community work you can expect to go to prison.

“I also believe you should pay £300 compensation to these two people as they were left out of pocket and I see no reason why you should not repay them.”

She was also ordered to repay the 11 petrol stations from which she had driven off without paying.

The court calculated the costs to be £1,067. She was also given an ordered to do another 60 hours of unpaid work for this offence, making a total of 300 hours.

She appeared at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on January 31 where she pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud and one count of theft.

Intimidating

The shameful behaviour did not end with Eastwood’s sentencing today.

News Shopper’s reporter was chased by Eastwood and a friend of hers down Bromley High Street after the court hearing. The reporter was forced to run into a nail salon after which the pair followed her in and were extremely aggressive.

They said: "We will take photos of you and put them up on the internet saying you are a drug dealer."

We have also received threatening calls since the sentencing.

Public fury

News Shopper has been contacted by many people who say they have also been scammed by her in the same way and are unable to recover the money through their banks.

Linda Hughes, (below) 41, of New Road, South Darenth, said she was scammed over horse equipment.

News Shopper: Linda Hughes said she was conned over a horse rug

She said: “I lost money on horse rugs after responding to an advert on the internet.

“It destroys your trust in people. It is crazy how she has been allowed to get away with this.

“My bank is refusing to give me back the money.

“It was only £31 from me but cumulatively it sounds like she’s scammed around £12,000 from people over the last 18 months.

“I’m normally a good judge of character, she sounded so genuine.” 

Liz Newman, 64, from Aberystwyth, allegedly lost £120 on an iPad.

She said: “I’m an elderly pensioner. I feel really stupid now but you don’t these adverts are going to be fake.”

Jacqueline Sloan, (below) 28, from Glasgow, said she is “sickened” by the experience.

News Shopper: Jacqueline Sloan said she is 'sickened' by the scam

She told News Shopper: “I lost £90 after trying to buy horse rugs.

“She was so convincing. I’m just sickened by it.

"She even said she was sick of people getting conned over the internet. I even ended up telling how I much earned because I was trying to explain why I couldn’t afford to pay much.”

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3:54pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Simon bald says...

paypal you muppets!
paypal you muppets! Simon bald
  • Score: -6

4:36pm Fri 21 Feb 14

bojimbo26 says...

So , women get away with everything .
So , women get away with everything . bojimbo26
  • Score: 12

5:08pm Fri 21 Feb 14

peaceman99 says...

"Intimidating
The shameful behaviour did not end with Eastwood’s sentencing today.
News Shopper’s reporter was chased by Eastwood and a friend of hers down Bromley High Street after the court hearing. The reporter was forced to run into a nail salon after which the pair followed her in and were extremely aggressive.
They said: "We will take photos of you and put them up on the internet saying you are a drug dealer."
We have also received threatening calls since the sentencing."

NewsShopper staff: Please confirm that you have reported this behaviour to the Police.
"Intimidating The shameful behaviour did not end with Eastwood’s sentencing today. News Shopper’s reporter was chased by Eastwood and a friend of hers down Bromley High Street after the court hearing. The reporter was forced to run into a nail salon after which the pair followed her in and were extremely aggressive. They said: "We will take photos of you and put them up on the internet saying you are a drug dealer." We have also received threatening calls since the sentencing." NewsShopper staff: Please confirm that you have reported this behaviour to the Police. peaceman99
  • Score: 56

6:25pm Fri 21 Feb 14

jhaywardgant says...

She is SCUM, she has conned hundreds of people out of thousands of pounds.
She is not mentally ill when setting up fake facebook accounts, bank accounts and scamming hundreds of people out of thousands of pounds.
The tax office and DWP should be next in the queue, she is getting thousands of pounds in fraud whilst claiming benefits.
I went into Bromley police station and they did not help at all.
She has many many fake identities selling horse items, rugs, saddles, horses, all fake, all fraud.
Look at the Poppy Eastwood face book page and write to the Newshopper, she will be caught, we will get justice.
Her friends and family should be totally ashamed.
She is the lowest of the low.
She has outstanding cases against her, outstanding claims, a community order, what in how to scam people out of hard earned cash?
I think Watchdog will chase her next.
I think her mother should be ashamed.

We will catch up with you, you can run but will not hide.
She is still on a daily basis scamming people, she is taking money from people for goods she does not intend to give to them.
She in advertising on so many horse facebook, newspaper type adverts.

She is doing this whilst on bail.

A National paper needs to pick up on this story.
It is huge and she has many many people prepared to stand up and tell their stories.
The local MP should take action.
This reporter MUST report her and her friends for this abuse, something must be done about this horrid women
She is SCUM, she has conned hundreds of people out of thousands of pounds. She is not mentally ill when setting up fake facebook accounts, bank accounts and scamming hundreds of people out of thousands of pounds. The tax office and DWP should be next in the queue, she is getting thousands of pounds in fraud whilst claiming benefits. I went into Bromley police station and they did not help at all. She has many many fake identities selling horse items, rugs, saddles, horses, all fake, all fraud. Look at the Poppy Eastwood face book page and write to the Newshopper, she will be caught, we will get justice. Her friends and family should be totally ashamed. She is the lowest of the low. She has outstanding cases against her, outstanding claims, a community order, what in how to scam people out of hard earned cash? I think Watchdog will chase her next. I think her mother should be ashamed. We will catch up with you, you can run but will not hide. She is still on a daily basis scamming people, she is taking money from people for goods she does not intend to give to them. She in advertising on so many horse facebook, newspaper type adverts. She is doing this whilst on bail. A National paper needs to pick up on this story. It is huge and she has many many people prepared to stand up and tell their stories. The local MP should take action. This reporter MUST report her and her friends for this abuse, something must be done about this horrid women jhaywardgant
  • Score: 49

7:00pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Fat Bird says...

I was also scammed by this woman. She did it whilst on Police bail-were's the remorse then? She has several bank accounts which are still open . Nat West and Nationwide have had complaints but still have done nothing. We keep on being told to go to Action Fraud,so the police don't want to dirty their hands.
Your reporter needs to report her actions to the police as her actions fall under the Public Order Act. Perhaps then the police will take this seriously. Perhaps the benefits office and local council would be interested in all these other bank accounts. Go to FB page Scammed by Poppy Eastwood and you will see all the bank details. You don't need to be a mathematical genius so see how much money she has made over the last few weeks!
I was also scammed by this woman. She did it whilst on Police bail-were's the remorse then? She has several bank accounts which are still open . Nat West and Nationwide have had complaints but still have done nothing. We keep on being told to go to Action Fraud,so the police don't want to dirty their hands. Your reporter needs to report her actions to the police as her actions fall under the Public Order Act. Perhaps then the police will take this seriously. Perhaps the benefits office and local council would be interested in all these other bank accounts. Go to FB page Scammed by Poppy Eastwood and you will see all the bank details. You don't need to be a mathematical genius so see how much money she has made over the last few weeks! Fat Bird
  • Score: 31

7:23pm Fri 21 Feb 14

H-Nicole says...

SCUM..! There is nothing wrong with her..! She even has the courts fooled.. It's a joke. She is a very clever and heartless person. She scammed me out of £560 on concert tickets that didn't exist.. I was an idiot to think because I know her I could trust her. There is no lengths this woman won't go to get her grubby hands on a bit of cash..! When will people listen to us and get her banged up!! It's beyond a joke now..!
SCUM..! There is nothing wrong with her..! She even has the courts fooled.. It's a joke. She is a very clever and heartless person. She scammed me out of £560 on concert tickets that didn't exist.. I was an idiot to think because I know her I could trust her. There is no lengths this woman won't go to get her grubby hands on a bit of cash..! When will people listen to us and get her banged up!! It's beyond a joke now..! H-Nicole
  • Score: 36

8:15pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Caspa1 says...

OMG THE POLICE SHOULD HANG THEIR HEADS IN SHAME AT THE APPALLING JOB THEY HAVE DONE, WHAT A JOKE, EVEN TODAY THIS VILE, SCUM IS ON FACEBOOK TRY TO SCAM PEOPLE... CHEAP RUGS,..

AMAZING THAT THIS ILL, VUNERABLE WOMAN IS A VICIOUS, DRUG USING,THIEVING SCUM OF THE EARTH.. WITHOUT AN HONEST BONE IN HER BODY, FROM WHAT I CAN SEE SHE IS LIKE HER MOTHER, AS THEY SAY THE APPLE DOESNT FALL FAR FROM THE TREE..

I HOPE TO GOD, WATCHDOG OR DOM CATCH UP WITH HER, AND SHE IS EVENTUALLY CHARGED WITH THEFT, DECEPTION, CLAIMING BENEFITS, NOT PAYING TAX OOOHHH THE LIST IS ENDLESS..
KARMA IS A GREAT THING...
OMG THE POLICE SHOULD HANG THEIR HEADS IN SHAME AT THE APPALLING JOB THEY HAVE DONE, WHAT A JOKE, EVEN TODAY THIS VILE, SCUM IS ON FACEBOOK TRY TO SCAM PEOPLE... CHEAP RUGS,.. AMAZING THAT THIS ILL, VUNERABLE WOMAN IS A VICIOUS, DRUG USING,THIEVING SCUM OF THE EARTH.. WITHOUT AN HONEST BONE IN HER BODY, FROM WHAT I CAN SEE SHE IS LIKE HER MOTHER, AS THEY SAY THE APPLE DOESNT FALL FAR FROM THE TREE.. I HOPE TO GOD, WATCHDOG OR DOM CATCH UP WITH HER, AND SHE IS EVENTUALLY CHARGED WITH THEFT, DECEPTION, CLAIMING BENEFITS, NOT PAYING TAX OOOHHH THE LIST IS ENDLESS.. KARMA IS A GREAT THING... Caspa1
  • Score: 26

8:28pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Roberts7966 says...

Poppy valentine tried to scam myself (after posting an add for two jumping saddles) she contacted me via facebook in November 2013 , after a lot of conversation I was happy with the saddles she was sending me photos of, was amazed at the bargain price £450 .
But when I came to pay she sent me two accounts in the name of miss Harris, as I felt this was odd, I asked for PayPal! I be told it was blocked!
I'm glad I followed my gut feeling and refused to send payment !
After googling her name I was shocked at what I found !!
She has conned thousands out of the equestrian world! The police do not seem to be helping there people, poppy was scamming whilst on bail! There's no justice been served for these people!

She needs to be locked up!
Poppy valentine tried to scam myself (after posting an add for two jumping saddles) she contacted me via facebook in November 2013 , after a lot of conversation I was happy with the saddles she was sending me photos of, was amazed at the bargain price £450 . But when I came to pay she sent me two accounts in the name of miss Harris, as I felt this was odd, I asked for PayPal! I be told it was blocked! I'm glad I followed my gut feeling and refused to send payment ! After googling her name I was shocked at what I found !! She has conned thousands out of the equestrian world! The police do not seem to be helping there people, poppy was scamming whilst on bail! There's no justice been served for these people! She needs to be locked up! Roberts7966
  • Score: 30

9:05pm Fri 21 Feb 14

ElsieH says...

I am appalled that the Police and banks are allowing her to continue scamming money out of people. How much evidence do they need?! Victims are phoning Action Fraud every single day. She has to be stopped, it's not that difficult to link her fake profiles together. She's earning £13k from scamming and is still claiming benefits. Am disgusted with our entire justice system.
I am appalled that the Police and banks are allowing her to continue scamming money out of people. How much evidence do they need?! Victims are phoning Action Fraud every single day. She has to be stopped, it's not that difficult to link her fake profiles together. She's earning £13k from scamming and is still claiming benefits. Am disgusted with our entire justice system. ElsieH
  • Score: 26

10:47pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Bingopie says...

Epic fail by the police and justice system. A career criminal getting a slap on the wrists. Pathetic.
Epic fail by the police and justice system. A career criminal getting a slap on the wrists. Pathetic. Bingopie
  • Score: 23

5:27am Sat 22 Feb 14

123Simone says...

Scum of the earth. Shameful Policing and sentencing. Join the FB group to see the true extent of her scamming. She has absolutely no morals whatsoever.
Scum of the earth. Shameful Policing and sentencing. Join the FB group to see the true extent of her scamming. She has absolutely no morals whatsoever. 123Simone
  • Score: 20

8:44am Sat 22 Feb 14

ELVIS83 says...

She needed money to feed that big fat belly of hers
She needed money to feed that big fat belly of hers ELVIS83
  • Score: 26

10:33am Sat 22 Feb 14

Marty1979 says...

jhaywardgant wrote:
She is SCUM, she has conned hundreds of people out of thousands of pounds.
She is not mentally ill when setting up fake facebook accounts, bank accounts and scamming hundreds of people out of thousands of pounds.
The tax office and DWP should be next in the queue, she is getting thousands of pounds in fraud whilst claiming benefits.
I went into Bromley police station and they did not help at all.
She has many many fake identities selling horse items, rugs, saddles, horses, all fake, all fraud.
Look at the Poppy Eastwood face book page and write to the Newshopper, she will be caught, we will get justice.
Her friends and family should be totally ashamed.
She is the lowest of the low.
She has outstanding cases against her, outstanding claims, a community order, what in how to scam people out of hard earned cash?
I think Watchdog will chase her next.
I think her mother should be ashamed.

We will catch up with you, you can run but will not hide.
She is still on a daily basis scamming people, she is taking money from people for goods she does not intend to give to them.
She in advertising on so many horse facebook, newspaper type adverts.

She is doing this whilst on bail.

A National paper needs to pick up on this story.
It is huge and she has many many people prepared to stand up and tell their stories.
The local MP should take action.
This reporter MUST report her and her friends for this abuse, something must be done about this horrid women
So why don't you contact a national paper?
[quote][p][bold]jhaywardgant[/bold] wrote: She is SCUM, she has conned hundreds of people out of thousands of pounds. She is not mentally ill when setting up fake facebook accounts, bank accounts and scamming hundreds of people out of thousands of pounds. The tax office and DWP should be next in the queue, she is getting thousands of pounds in fraud whilst claiming benefits. I went into Bromley police station and they did not help at all. She has many many fake identities selling horse items, rugs, saddles, horses, all fake, all fraud. Look at the Poppy Eastwood face book page and write to the Newshopper, she will be caught, we will get justice. Her friends and family should be totally ashamed. She is the lowest of the low. She has outstanding cases against her, outstanding claims, a community order, what in how to scam people out of hard earned cash? I think Watchdog will chase her next. I think her mother should be ashamed. We will catch up with you, you can run but will not hide. She is still on a daily basis scamming people, she is taking money from people for goods she does not intend to give to them. She in advertising on so many horse facebook, newspaper type adverts. She is doing this whilst on bail. A National paper needs to pick up on this story. It is huge and she has many many people prepared to stand up and tell their stories. The local MP should take action. This reporter MUST report her and her friends for this abuse, something must be done about this horrid women[/p][/quote]So why don't you contact a national paper? Marty1979
  • Score: -7

12:12pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Lilydales says...

This is not justice, hundreds of people have lost thousands of their hard earned money and are still loosing money. What do people have to do to stop the pathetic excuse for a human from scamming more people.
Total scum . I hope the News shopper reporter is pressing charges.
This is not justice, hundreds of people have lost thousands of their hard earned money and are still loosing money. What do people have to do to stop the pathetic excuse for a human from scamming more people. Total scum . I hope the News shopper reporter is pressing charges. Lilydales
  • Score: 21

12:55pm Sat 22 Feb 14

liznewman says...

There is a national newspaper now interested, and so they should be. The Police, Banks and Action Fraud have done nothing knowing how many people have and still are being ripped off by this individual. There is now an action group set up on facebook, anyone that has been scammed by this person please join. We must all fight this injustice together.

https://www.facebook
.com/groups/29839699
3641204/
There is a national newspaper now interested, and so they should be. The Police, Banks and Action Fraud have done nothing knowing how many people have and still are being ripped off by this individual. There is now an action group set up on facebook, anyone that has been scammed by this person please join. We must all fight this injustice together. https://www.facebook .com/groups/29839699 3641204/ liznewman
  • Score: 21

3:17pm Sat 22 Feb 14

HearTheFacts says...

The summing up by the judge say it all!. The fact the police have not fully investigated the women. This being for all her crimes, the judge was powerless to send her to prison.

But now the hole truth, about this vile women will come out. This may show the police inaction, which they should be held to account for. However the police investigate themself. Any government that allows this to happen, should be toppled from power!.

This women may be laughing now, but she will go to prison.

So it back to the police, DO YOUR JOB OR OFFICERS WILL GO TO PRISON WITH HER!. So police take action now!.
The summing up by the judge say it all!. The fact the police have not fully investigated the women. This being for all her crimes, the judge was powerless to send her to prison. But now the hole truth, about this vile women will come out. This may show the police inaction, which they should be held to account for. However the police investigate themself. Any government that allows this to happen, should be toppled from power!. This women may be laughing now, but she will go to prison. So it back to the police, DO YOUR JOB OR OFFICERS WILL GO TO PRISON WITH HER!. So police take action now!. HearTheFacts
  • Score: 13

10:03am Sun 23 Feb 14

Marty1979 says...

It would appear there were many other instances for her crimes (she tried selling dodgy alarms to charities - see on

https://m.facebook.c
om/OrpingtonGossip/p
osts/355912164542597


Now if the police had bothered with a few more of the reported cases then she would have received a custodial sentence

Just lazy by police
It would appear there were many other instances for her crimes (she tried selling dodgy alarms to charities - see on https://m.facebook.c om/OrpingtonGossip/p osts/355912164542597 Now if the police had bothered with a few more of the reported cases then she would have received a custodial sentence Just lazy by police Marty1979
  • Score: 12

9:28pm Sun 23 Feb 14

x-squi-x says...

another job well done by the police it seems..
there was an officer in charge of dealing with the complaints made towards her, i'd love to know why he hasn't provided any of the evidence and complaints he has on her.

she was still scamming people when she got home from court, says it all really.
another job well done by the police it seems.. there was an officer in charge of dealing with the complaints made towards her, i'd love to know why he hasn't provided any of the evidence and complaints he has on her. she was still scamming people when she got home from court, says it all really. x-squi-x
  • Score: 9

1:33pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Spurious1974 says...

Surprise...surprise.
... another criminal has been assisted by England's so called ' UK criminal justice system' the name says it all. If the police and courts spent as much time, money and effort in prosecuting criminals as they do in helping them escape punishment, then England would be much better off than it is now.

Hopefully Poppy Eastwood and the so called family that 'raised' her have one day cause to call on the public for help (hopefully while they are all fighting a terminal disease), and then the people who were conned by Poppy Eastwood, and the rest of the general public can turn their backs on them and let nature/god take their course.

Fewer Poppy Eastwood's in the world would be a much better thing.
Surprise...surprise. ... another criminal has been assisted by England's so called ' UK criminal justice system' the name says it all. If the police and courts spent as much time, money and effort in prosecuting criminals as they do in helping them escape punishment, then England would be much better off than it is now. Hopefully Poppy Eastwood and the so called family that 'raised' her have one day cause to call on the public for help (hopefully while they are all fighting a terminal disease), and then the people who were conned by Poppy Eastwood, and the rest of the general public can turn their backs on them and let nature/god take their course. Fewer Poppy Eastwood's in the world would be a much better thing. Spurious1974
  • Score: 15

2:07pm Mon 24 Feb 14

ความจริง says...

Eastwood ? I wonder if she's related to Clint ?
Eastwood ? I wonder if she's related to Clint ? ความจริง
  • Score: -28

3:55pm Mon 24 Feb 14

reasonable75 says...

ความจร
wrote:
Eastwood ? I wonder if she's related to Clint ?
No - but I bet she's related to the Eastwood family who are a well known family from a certain community
[quote][p][bold]ความจร ง[/bold] wrote: Eastwood ? I wonder if she's related to Clint ?[/p][/quote]No - but I bet she's related to the Eastwood family who are a well known family from a certain community reasonable75
  • Score: 18

9:45pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Marty1979 says...

Wonder why comments removed?
Wonder why comments removed? Marty1979
  • Score: 2

3:06pm Tue 25 Feb 14

the wall says...

She a big girl.
She a big girl. the wall
  • Score: 1407

5:39pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Username76 says...

She is THE FATTEST druggy I have ever seen. She must match every hit with a few cheeseburgers and a couple of pies. Wow what a heffer! This scumbag has no remorse and she is laughing at everyone she has scammed, and she is still doing it!! She belongs in hmp Holloway. Prison must be next for this crackhead fatty. Shes definitely butch enough! who ate all the pies!!!
She is THE FATTEST druggy I have ever seen. She must match every hit with a few cheeseburgers and a couple of pies. Wow what a heffer! This scumbag has no remorse and she is laughing at everyone she has scammed, and she is still doing it!! She belongs in hmp Holloway. Prison must be next for this crackhead fatty. Shes definitely butch enough! who ate all the pies!!! Username76
  • Score: 9

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