Conman: The life and crimes of Mark Acklom


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Conman: The life and crimes of Mark Acklom

Watch the full story of the cunning fraudster who posed as an MI6 agent to con his ex-girlfriend out of £800,000.

Conman: The Life and Crimes of Mark Acklom features the first TV interview with Diana Acklom, his mother. In it she has an extraordinary theory for her son’s prolific crimes.

Acklom has lodged an appeal against his jail sentence for duping victim Carolyn Woods in a romance scam.

The documentary was made by Sky’s crime correspondent Martin Brunt.

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  1. I was conned some 35 years ago as a young soldier traveling to Germany for my first posting. I stood at exit of London Kings cross figuring how to get to Hendon for an overnight stay before catching a flight in the morning. A man approached me asking if I had change of a £20 note I opened my wallet to help him out. He got talking saying he was a army sergeant based in Germany invited me to a nearby snack shop for a chat. Inside sitting we got a coffee and he pulled out a pack of cards. Long story short he fleeced me of the £65 I had in my wallet I guess a lesson learned for a naive 17 year old out in the big wide world count myself luck compared to some of the poor victims on here!

  2. I find it odd that neither Martin Brunt nor the former detective were able to obtain a comprehensive breakdown of Acklom's Spanish criminal activity,it would be relatively uncomplicated to search court records and archived Spanish press reports.

  3. This guy must have gained a lot of attraction from the way he spoke/carried himself because the way they describe him in this they make him sound like a British Brad Pitt but he looks plain looking imo

  4. Sad because this guy is obviously smart, savvy and charming enough to get far in life legally but he obviously gets a thrill from conning people and/or ruining people's lives.

  5. I think it’s ridiculous he stole millions and he only gets a few years here or there in jail. He should get life, or pay the money back. Hes still got some of it hidden somewhere I am sure. Make millions, pay for it by going to jail a few years…it’s like a slap on the wrist. A few years for a few million. its almost encouraging others to do the same thing…just a few years..no big deal..While multiple people’s lives are ruined. She said it, “I am glad I inconvenienced him at least for a little while.”

  6. I am always amazed when people believe someone who says he is a spy or CIA. NO ONE, I emphasize, NO ONE will admit being a spy to an acquaintance or even a spouse. People will always believe what they need to hear. So heartbreaking.

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  8. #1.) Of course, the subject of this story is a psychopath/sociopath. They represent at least 5% of our population, and we must all be cautious when making new acquaintanceships and allowing people into our lives. Countries need to have better laws in place to address illegal and immoral acts of these psycho/sociopaths. For example, if they falsely represent themselves in relationships in order to gain trust and eventually steal from/swindle people, the false representation in and of itself should be a crime, not just the financial malfeasance. #2.) If the man who is investigating this conman was highly professional, he would not have revealed the online alias nickname of private chat rooms, and he wouldn't need to show himself speaking with her/him in person, nor showed a video of himself with another "mysterious source".

  9. It is not difficult to con people. After all, we live on a planet where billions of people believe in invisible beings that live in the sky. They even give money to the people who tell stories about invisible beings that live in the sky.

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