A man dubbed “Australia’s Tinder scammer” has been accused of using a string of innocent women as “money cows” before his own daughter exposed his lies.
Grant Greentree told Melbourne resident Kim d’Alquen that his ex-wife, Elizabeth, died of cancer a decade earlier, before allegedly shelling out more than $200,000 from her.
Mr Greentree reportedly promised his new bride that he would receive a sizeable pension after he turned 60, but the money never came.
He asked Ms d’Alquen to pay for vacations and her daily expenses, although he boasted that he owned a yacht and several investment properties around the world.
Grant Greentree told Kim d’Alquen (pictured) that his ex-wife, Elizabeth, had died of cancer a decade earlier, before eventually swindling her out of more than $200,000
Ms d’Alquen said her ex-husband cried as he recalled holding his wife’s hand as she died and admitted she had also been brought to tears by his “emotional” story .
Only when she met his daughter Isabella did she realize that her husband lied about his dead ex-wife, who was in fact very much alive.
“She mentioned that she had a piercing and that her mother didn’t like it, and she just started chatting about her mother,” she told 60 Minutes reporter Tom Steinfort.
‘I was like, wow, that doesn’t sound like a dead widow.’
Isabella recalled that her father had turned on the car radio and cranked the air conditioning as high as possible so Mme d’Alquen couldn’t hear her talking about her mother.
After that conversation, the Melbourne woman realized she had been fed a string of lies about her partner’s ex-wife, his finances and history.
Grant Greentree (pictured) is accused of meeting and financially exploiting women online
The couple first met on online dating app Bumble and quickly got serious, with the series dating showering them with love and affection.
He took Ms d’Alquen to view million-dollar mansions in affluent Melbourne suburbs, going so far as to sign deals before pulling out at the last minute.
“He was lovebombing. He caught up with me very carefully,’ she said.
After Mr Greentree turned 60, Ms d’Alquen began asking questions about the missing pension payment.
He reportedly left her $200,000 out of pocket, of which she says she spent $50,000 renting her flashy apartment.
She threatened not to speak to her husband until she saw the money in her account and eventually told Mr Greentree she was leaving him.
Ms d’Alquen said that was when the mask fell off to reveal a “scared, angry little man” who realized he was losing sight of his “money cow” and started spinning.
Mr Greentree’s daughter, Isabella, told 60 Minutes that while she had a biological father, she never had a father
“Slow-cooking the frog, that was an analogy he used about things,” she said.
“I think that’s what he did to me, slowly increasing the heat, slowly, slowly, pressure cook. I was his cash cow. He didn’t want me to go.’
Mr Greentree’s daughter, Isabella, told 60 Minutes that while she had a biological father, she never had a father.
She said as a young girl she “was prioritized as a prop,” her father always reaching out to the line of girlfriends she would meet and then never see again.
“He really can’t believe his lies are lies,” Isabella said.
While Mr. Greentree has been convicted of counterfeiting in his business ventures, the women in his personal life have never recovered their stolen money.
The couple first met on online dating app Bumble and quickly got serious, with the series dater showering Ms d’Alquen with love and affection (pictured the couple at their wedding).
Ms d’Alquen said the scammer was able to pull off the “moral crime” by slowly gaining her trust and said there was little the law could do.
“If it’s a business situation, there are places you can go and there are ways you can try to reclaim something or at least shut someone down,” she said.
“But in matters of the heart, in anything involving a scam, there is no refuge, he can move on.”
She predicted that Mr Greentree would trick innocent women to the point of his death and said she had no doubt that he already had a new girlfriend.
It is understood he has since fled his troubles in Australia to the United States.
Daily Mail Australia has reached out to Mr Greentree for comment.