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Austrian duped by fake Prince Harry on Facebook

An Austrian tradesman who thought Britain's Prince Harry had contracted him to provide parquet floors at Buckingham Palace is unlikely to have the 27,000 EUR he transfered to a conman returned, according to police.

The floor fitter from Burgenland was duped by a fraud pretending to be Britain's Prince Harry on Facebook who told him to transfer the 27,500 EUR neccessary to set up a British business so he could then award him the million-euro floor contract.

The Austrian complied, sending the money to several bank accounts in the UK but then thought to get in touch with police after he did not here back from the British prince after two weeks.

Authorities have told the victim that he the chances of having his money returned are "slim".

The news follows similar case last week of an Austrian being tricked by a Nigerian based in London who bought a laptop from the 23-year-old in Salzburg over ebay.

Markus R, from Pongau in Salzburg, complained to the Nigerian when he didn't get the promised 500 EUR agreed, and was told that the person's bank could only transfer amounts of 1000 EUR. To get round the problem the Austrian agreed to transfer another 500 EUR to the man's relatives in Nigeria with the promise that the full 1000 EUR would then be sent back to him in Austria.

He then paid a further 950 EUR to cover "bank charges" and it was only when after having sent over 2000 EUR he got the demand for another 2500 EUR that he became suspicious, and contacted police.

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