London: A conman posed as Prince Harry on Facebook to cheat a workman out of thousands of pounds.
The fake royal enticed the trader with the promise of a multi-million pound contract to renovate the parquet floors at Buckingham Palace.
The fraudster told the floor fitter, who is from Austria, to transfer £23,000 (Rs 23 lakh) into several UK bank accounts, saying it was necessary to set up a British business.
But the Austrian did not hear from “Harry” again after the transactions and called police.
Authorities in the province of Burgenland have told the victim that he has only a “slim” chance of recovering his money.
The victim paid a sum of £2,090 into a Lloyds bank account, before sending another £21,000 in two more transactions.