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Name: Mark Johnson


Email: time2luv_real@yahoo.com


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Gave an address for Texas and Holland


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Well I will start out by saying, the only thing I lost in this process was time and maybe $10 dollars to verify what my gut was telling me was a very clever scam. Of course I had the luxury of a very good friend in the US from Nigeria who could validate a lot of things for me - but whoever you are - just listen to your gut and you will be able to minimize getting sucked into such mess - when there are flags - they are there for a reason.

Here are some quick specifics about my potential scammer:
Mark Johnson, Self Employed Computer Sales, prior Jewelry Sales
Son: 10 yrs old Craig Mark Johnson
Never married; Lost mother of his son five years ago to auto accident
Didn’t grow up with father, died when he was very young
Mother still lives in Holland, she keeps his 10 yr old son and dog
He lives in Texas, been in US for 9 months
Most business is international (Nigeria, Paris, you name it)
Yahoo and match address: Y!time2luv_real
email address: time2luv_real@yahoo.com
Phone numbers presented:
Talent Hospital: 0112348073346713
Hotel: 0112340101765341
0112347027644627
+23497820351 received call bearing this number
0112348073346713

Here was my experience:

I was on Match.com for about 2 weeks, had pulled my profile from the site, about a week later, I kept getting im messages from a Mark Johnson (not sure what his real name was) but supposedly from Holland, self employed working in the computer industry. Ladies, I am self employed as well, but if people can't properly articulate what they do for a living, then 'friend beware'! (I am enclosing pictures of him and supposedly his son as presented to me just so you will know what this scammer looks like). I actually believe they are using other peoples pictures online - so I apologize if this is someone's picture being used fraudulently by them – but wanted other women to recognize this con if he listed again.

After 2 weeks of conversing on yahoo im and being told he was in Lagos Nigeria on business due to return to Texas on August 19th. Advised he didn’t have a cell yet and was supposedly staying in a hotel in Nigeria with a small office there and his son was with him going to a teacher lecture during the day. One week after conversing he indicates he was going to an orphanage to do some work when asked what kind of work, he indicated he was going to give them money because that was what they needed most – shortly afterwards he asked me if I was interested in helping, kept pressuring me about this because he wanted to tell them that he had some other people who wanted to help – oh by the way, he had called his mother and she was also sending money for the cause. Now I am thinking this stems from the fact that he had learned that I do non profit work with youth – are you starting to get the correlation of why he used this to try to con me? When I told him that there are a number of non profits that needed help and I would not consider it without more details on who they were, if they were licensed, targeted youth, I needed specific credentials before I would ever consider doing anything like this.

After he got no money from me for the orphanage and as the weekend approached when he was supposed to be flying from Nigeria back to Texas he began asking if I could pick him up from another airport due to a layover. Coincidentally, the day before he was scheduled to leave, he was at customs checking in his “goods from China” he gets a call and his son was in an auto accident, of course he was alleged to have had severe head injuries and had to have emergency surgery. He shared he had tied up $15,000 with customs for his goods coming in from China and the hospital required the monies to be paid up front before they would do his surgery. (I did validate this with my friend as doctors in Nigeria are afraid they will not get paid and if it is not a very reputable paying insurance company they will not accept an insurance card). My friend also told me that there are so many scams in that area – that’s all they do is scam and many good people from their don’t even engage with them or go into those areas where there is no official government. After drilling this guy asking what happened to the person that hit them (the car ran away (hit and run); of course he didn’t want to lose his son and he was looking for monies, said he is mom had sent all she had but he didn’t have any more monies, at first looking for monies for airfare to which I responded, you travel internationally so often that you have no frequent flyer miles. My response when he needed $956 to get his son out of the hospital with $450 being in medicine, I told him he needed to go to the embassy and tell them what was happening. As this little episode got closer I pretended I might be able to help but I needed more details, I asked for his child’s full name, date of birth, other identifiers that the hospital would ask for, asked for hospital name and number, someone in billing; asked for his home address, his mother’s home address in Holland, his hotel number, room number; I began to ask for so much detail but could see that he was responding with such information just a little too quickly and too accommodating for such personal things I was asking and especially since he had never met me. I followed up with a call about an hour later to the hospital only to have a Nigerian male answer the phone and he said nothing about Talent hospital, he answered with hello, I indicated I was inquiring about a little boy who was involved in an accident and we needed to get his final bill amount for discharge – he asked me the child’s name and I told him Craig Mark Johnson – he told me “he” would look it up and I would have to call back. I’m thinking the hospital set up is pretty different from US, but usually the person who answers the phone and doesn’t address the name of the hospital and tells me he will look it up and I needed to call back smelled to the high heavens as it sounded like a one man operation and he probably needed to add some additional charges – in fact he said the child needed additional work done – I asked him how he knew this not being the child’s doctor. I called this number back about an hour later (as Mark Johnson continued to text me trying to get me to hurry and send money) this time the same Nigerian male answered the phone with hello, I put my friend on the phone who I happened to be with, and the man immediately asked us what was our relationship with Craig – even though we had never mentioned his name to the guy, I proceeded to let him know that their little scam would not work with me and hung up. Within 30 seconds, Mark Johnson – online dater called me from an unknown number and asked me if I was sending the money – now I thought it was pretty interesting since he supposedly left the hospital hours before, yet as soon as I hang up on this guy telling him this was a scam, I immediately get a call from Mark – what was interesting he continued to cover and told me I had not spoken with Craigs doctor – and he had the gumption to im me later and say he wished I could call AirFrance for him because he was going to lose his money on the ticket since he couldn’t get his son out of the hospital now. I also detected that his accent and dialect was totally better once I told him he picked the wrong sucker this time. There is a lot more I could share but just wanted to keep it as brief as possible without leaving out how you too can read between their slick lines.

By the way, the first flag for me was the fact he had an American name and I did research on their culture and country and that was extremely odd.

So when there are flags, investigate just a little and move on – they are not as smart as they think they are – let’s redeem what they are saying about Americans and let them know we are not as stupid as they think we are – Peace.


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2008-08-21, 00:34:22   (updated: 2008-08-21, 00:35:13)
anonymous from United States  



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2008-08-21, 00:35:48
anonymous from United States  



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2008-08-21, 00:37:37
anonymous from United States  



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2008-12-09, 14:33:44
anonymous from United Kingdom  
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Ladies you must really be aware of this man. I too was on Match.com when this man emailed me (time2luv_real@yahoo.com) and instant messenger (fallingheart4uall@hotmail.com). Everything he said to the lady above he also told me. After a few days talking to him i became suspicious because all the romantic crap he kept feeding me was obviously done using the good old cut and paste! because he kept repeating same sentence in exact same wording! the font also changed from what he wrote whilst talking. I asked him things about Knottingley (where he was supposed to live) and he never answered just kept changing subject.
Luckily for me i am a spiritualist medium and all my inner instincts and spirit guides were telling me someting wasn't right about this man so i checked his email address out on yahoo and it brought me to this website confirming my doubts.
I didn't kn ow anything about Nigerian dating scammers until now but i know now to check every man out that contacts me in future. The annoying thing is; he is still allowed to re-register with Match.com as often as he likes so just beware of this man, he contacted me as dream_catcher113, changed this to dream_catcher114, then sofheart_ luv and he is back again as softheart_luv2. I will keep reporting him until he gets fed up and goes out and gets a proper job like normal folk do!
2009-01-16, 15:53:15   (updated: 2009-01-16, 16:00:35)
anonymous from United Kingdom  
yeah i to have had the same scammer....iam from Knottinley in the uk...thats where he got the name from he told me exactley the same however he took a lot of money from me...£4484 in total he got me into trouble with the police also..PLEASE BE CAREFUL HE IS A CHARMER AND VERY CONVINCING..i have now lost all faith in men.
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2009-01-16, 15:56:02
anonymous from United Kingdom  



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2009-01-16, 15:56:59
anonymous from United Kingdom  



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2009-03-22, 15:23:08   (updated: 2009-03-22, 15:24:43)
anonymous  
Hi the same happened to me, he found me in an application on facebook and always seemed so good to be true, luckily i didnt fall and didnt send money but i found him in Tagged.com so i think someone is due to be the next victim
i enclose the pic he is using now, he said he is civil engineer from Georgia US, living now in Madison Florida and working in Liverpool at the time for 2 weeks


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2009-03-25, 19:26:49
anonymous from United States  
Same experience, just happened this week, charmed me. I thought it was too much to soon. Was to be flying back on Friday, but his goods from China came in and because of the new government customs was charging him $20,000 instead of $15,000, and needed me to give him $5,000 or whatever I can spare. I repeatedly told him no, but he kept trying, saying he will have it on Friday when he came home to NY. When he know I wouldn't give in he stopped emailing. Now I search and found this. Same pictures he is using. Went with email jmark4uall@yahoo.com
2009-12-08, 03:35:37
anonymous  
Hi,

I think that the same man uses both identities. The man of the last picture, who civil engineer from Georgia US, living now in Madison Florida, called 'David Johsnson' conctated me in Meetic.com a week ago. He spoke me about a doughter called Ceclia who lives in Nigeria. His fist text was:

'i am from a mixed race my dad Spanish and mum American they both love each other and my dad decide that he have to come to the USA so that he can be with the woman she love and have good life, my father is a trader and travel well he deal in textile. so they came together and have me. we all lived in Florida and i grew up well there. when i grew up well i meet mine and we both love each too just like my parent we are from different words too, my wife was from Nigeria, Africa and my self American. we both lived life. i am a man that knows one day i will be great..
Years back my wife walk up to me and say honey i want to go visit my parent i miss them so much.. i knew she was right and it have being..
i never wanted her to go cause i knew of what is going there in there country and she understand..
i was out to china year after and suddenly my wife called me with a Nigerian number and say honey i am in Nigeria now. i hard nothing to do than say be careful..
my dear three days after she was killed in cold blood in front of our kid daughter cause she was there with her.
since then my daughter have being there being taken care of by her aunt y i mean her mum's sister..
this is so far about my past.. there are still somethings i may love to tell you but it can not be in mail maybe when we chat.. hope you are having a good time now
tell me where are you now '.

Then asked me to email his doughter Cecilia and he give a phone number who really belong to Mark Johnson, from Nigeria.
David
2010-03-03, 13:14:39
anonymous from Sweden  
Hi,

I think that the same man uses both identities. The man of the last picture, who civil engineer from Georgia US, living now in Madison Florida, called 'David Johsnson' conctated me in Meetic.com a week ago. He spoke me about a doughter called Ceclia who lives in Nigeria. His fist text was:

'i am from a mixed race my dad Spanish and mum American they both love each other and my dad decide that he have to come to the USA so that he can be with the woman she love and have good life, my father is a trader and travel well he deal in textile. so they came together and have me. we all lived in Florida and i grew up well there. when i grew up well i meet mine and we both love each too just like my parent we are from different words too, my wife was from Nigeria, Africa and my self American. we both lived life. i am a man that knows one day i will be great..
Years back my wife walk up to me and say honey i want to go visit my parent i miss them so much.. i knew she was right and it have being..
i never wanted her to go cause i knew of what is going there in there country and she understand..
i was out to china year after and suddenly my wife called me with a Nigerian number and say honey i am in Nigeria now. i hard nothing to do than say be careful..
my dear three days after she was killed in cold blood in front of our kid daughter cause she was there with her.
since then my daughter have being there being taken care of by her aunt y i mean her mum's sister.
The mailadres is johdavwere@yahoo.com


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2010-03-03, 13:15:44
anonymous from Sweden  
David Johnson


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2010-03-07, 06:03:36
anonymous from United States  
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Gary Russell from Mate 1, male 48/ email:firstaid911@yahoo.com, beware of this scammer. Says he's in Dubhai on a contract with the Dubai Metro Train.Send me a check for $960,000, which is fake and scammed out $3,500
2010-04-24, 22:25:43
anonymous from United States  
Yes Gary Russell is his name at firstaid@yahoo.com he found me on christiancafe.com and was very nice.. He talks about loosing his wife in a car accident in Quincy and has an 11 year old son named Emmanuel. He sent me a photo copy of a check for $960,000 today and asked if I could send him the money to fly here so he could cash it. Give me a break. He had me going until this happened. I spoke to him serveral times on skype and emailed for over a month. BEWARE!! He is good. But anyone who needs me to cash a check for him in that amount and can't afford air fare is crazy.

Oh did I mention he lives in Dubai and says he is some sort of contractor. Says his parents are dead. Calls me Deary and Baby.. UGH!!! now how do I get rid of this guy? will he just go away if I ignore his emails?
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2012-08-07, 13:02:55
anonymous from United States  
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Damiano Ferre- or that's what he calls himself. Claims to be in Italy, an engineer who repairs oil rigs and refineries. Says he's now self employed buying and selling crude but oddly does not know the price of crude or the fact that not just anyone can do this. Claims to have two children in Amsterdam and says he is Italian but born and raised in Amsterdam now living in Veneto Italy which he oddly got confused with Venezia and Milan on several occasions. Does not speak one word of Italian. Says he does business in Madrid but cannot name a refinery there and speaks not one word of spanish. Uses stolen pics and even pics of the kids! this guy is really in Nigeria. I've learned to view and copy the header on every email I get now and track it. Very helpful. I've found many scammers out there, most in Africa or Nigeria but some even here in the USA. This guy uses the email Damianofere@yahoo.com also beware of a Marvin Joel Johnson claiming to be a Orthapedic Surgeon in Sterling Va. There is no orthapedic surgeon by that name and he is emailing from a shack in a field in Kansas. marvinjohnson350@yahoo.com One minute he calls himself Joel the next Marv. One minute he says he's a surgeon, then a dr. then a hotel owner. He really cant keep track. Both are romance scammers who will eventually get around to trying to get your personal information and your money either by tricking you or stealing your identity.
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