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Name: Joe Woodman
Address: P.O.BOX AT 1456
Other Comments: I meet Joe Woodman on Oasis Active, he contacted me on the 2nd June and from the start he seemed like a nice man but way to good looking to be looking for some one on Oasis Active.
We chatted for about a week until he told me that he loved me and wanted me to cancel my account on the dating site which I did, I had no idea about internet dating/romance scams, I was just a lonely woman on a dating site trying to find someone and this is where they saw that I was vulnerable.
First he told me he was in Blackburn UK, he started calling me and I didnt even realise at the time that I was already dialing a Ghana phone number.
He told me he worked with gold and that he was overseas looking for some items his late father had and was also looking for his late fathers business partners.About a month into talking he told me he was invited to Ghana to purchase some gold because this is where the best gold came from.
He was involved with a man called Mr Felix I do not have any contact details for him.
Joe was constantly in business meetings and telling me all was going well and would be home within a week or so and I believed him.
Then it all started
He started feeling unwell and telling me he was feeling like he had a cold and then he finally got so sick that he needed to go the hospital the Edmund the hotel manager where he was staying called me telling me he might have maleria or dipthiria, I was so worried and upset about the whole thing and they knew I would be so they played on this and told me he needed about $650.00 to pay for the medical fees and they would not treat him unless I payed this as he could not access his accounts and they did not accept credit cards. I struggled with this and then Joe got on the phone and started to beg me in his sick voice so what else could I do I am a nice person with a heart unfortunaly.
Then he needed more money for medication and then more doctors fees, so by now I have given him close to a $2000.00,I had no idea this kind of thing happened.
And then the next step was he needed money for his shipping of the gold he purchased which he needed another $3500.00 in which I said to him no I will not and needed some proof of Id because I needed to borrow the money from my parents who are elderly on a pension in which this didnt seem to phase him but he keeped saying to me if you love me you will help me or his other trick he would say to me you dont love me and dont want me to come home so we can be together and he would cry on the phone saying how he was desperate to get this all this sorted so we can be together and I am sure the tears where real so he is a great actor ( I would give him an academy award for his performance) so he did send me ID which was a copy of his so called Australian passport, again I didnt think he would cheat me and I believed his passport was real I didnt think he would do this to me, I should of checked all this with the Australian passport office before sending the money but no I thought he was for real and so I sent him the money via Western Union.
One thing I didnt understand with all the western union transfers I did he never wanted me to put the money in his name he asked me to put in the Hotel managers name which I have added below with all the other details I have.
Another 3 months went by and he was still there and by now I was getting very angry with him and suspicious of him and so he finally told me he was coming home so he sent me a copy of his ticket just to shut me up and stop asking him when he was returning home.
I was so excited about him coming home that I never checked the ticket for myself ( I was travel agent for 10years) and should of seen the mistakes on the ticket until I thought that Joe had left Ghana and should be in the Uk by now as he was flying British airways so when I couldnt get through to his phone all day I got a little worried and more suspicious than normal and then finally that night around 1.00am I got a call from a man calling himself Jerry saying he was from the Customs office or some securities office of Ghana and that Joe had not left the country he had been detained at the airport for not paying his taxes on the gold he had bought and would be detained until the taxes where paid which was $2500.00 which I refused to pay and I would get calls from Joe saying to me that he didnt know what he was going to do and was crying asking me to help him and that he didnt know what had happened and I asked him about the fake ticket and denied know anything about this, that this is what was given to him to use to leave the country with.
I didnt hear from Joe for about 9 days where in this time I was so heart broken and shattered for what he had done to me and basically was in a state of shock and felt betrayed and couldnt work for a week due to this so then I lost more money because I couldnt work.
Then after 9 days I got a call from Joe which really shocked me at the time because I didnt think I would hear from him again, saying he was sorry for what he had put me through and that is when I asked him to tell me the truth and to tell me that he had scammed me and I have said to him to this day I still accuse him of being a scammer and call him the most horrible names and threaten to put him and all his friends on the internet as scammers but he still denies it.
I asked him to come on webcam so I could see him and he did but the link keeped dropping out so I could not speak to him and to this day I am still not sure who I saw and he says it was him.
But I have to say that I think that most of the last couple of months have been my fault I could have let this go because Joe was not contacting me anymore and was not coming online much either because he knew that he could not get anynore money from me so now I have decided that it is time to explose this man for who he really is and give all you ladies out there all the info I have and all the phone numbers address and email address I have on this man and he band of black brothers.
I thought that once they scammed you they went away and left you alone but he still answers his phone and still calls me honey when he answers but I think he does this because he is not sure what woman is calling him so he covers his arse by saying honey so he doesnt get the name wrong.
And I always said to him when we chat that is is cruel to let me thing that he is coming home when he never is and he kept promising me that he was, ALL LIES AND GOD IS LOOKING DOWN ON DISTAIN AND HURT THAT HE SAID THAT GOD WAS HELPING HIM WITH ALL THIS, I THINK THAT ALL THESE MEN ARE FROM THE DEVIL SPORN AND TRUST ME IF YOU EVER BELIEVE IN KARMA THEY WILL GET THEIRS IN TIME.
KARMA IS A BITCH WHICH MEANS KARMA IS A WOMAN AND NEVER UNDERESTIMATE A WOMANS POWER.
To the woman who wrote the letter above:
In situations like this we- the women- feel angry with ourselves actually, we say'Am I so stupid somebody cheated me just for my money?'' Women aren't stupid, all they want is true love,to love and to be loved.You gave him money because all you want was love.It is a very human thing. Dont feel bad.The person you saw the pictures didnt write you, a scammar wrote you. We learn from our mistakes, we become more experienced.You are not the only woman who was scammed.Be strong,from your letter it is clear that you are a very clever woman and you will get over it.Leave it behind and go on living.There must be many men in your country waiting for somebody like you:))
whyme2012 from Australia
Thank you for the kind words, but it is very hard to get over when he constantly tells you that he is coming home and he is not scamming me and is not asking me for anything else and it has been so long
whyme2012 from Australia
Is there anyone else out there been speaking to this man?
It is very easy to believe their lies.. I had a man who scammed me for 18 mos.. For several thousands of dollars.. He also promised he was coming home to marry me.. He used a total of 14 different reasons as to why he never showed up.. Had me at the airport waiting for him twice.. He finally bankrupted me.. I am still trying to put my life back together... The man now has contacted me again..knowing I was bankrupt wanting more money.. Only now he is going by another idenity,,, he admitted he was the same man...only now he is suppose to have a son.. He has a new profile on one of the social networks and doesnt realize I read it.. When I talked to him last year he killed his daughter off in one of the excuses he used to not show up.. He blamed that on me,,because I never sent him the money he wanted fast enough..All the while swearing he was not a scammer... I told him I had seen his pictures on a scammer page.. and he swore his idenity had been stolen.. They are heartless lying scum.. They do not care about no-one.. They arent capable of having feelings for anyone.. It is nothing more than a job for them..They ...and I say they... because you are not talking to one man but several.. That is why you find them online 24-7 ..or whenever you decide to get online.. I know what I am talking about.. It is hard and you feel your heart has been broken and your life turned up side down.. But believe me.. There is not one of these scammers who are what they put themselves out to be.. You have fell in love with a picture..not the actual man... They steal pictures and profiles of different people.. Believe me they will wait until they get your trust again.. They can wait as long as it takes as you are not the only one they are talking to.. Then they will start their accidents, their mishaps.. I know.. It may have been along time for you..it has for me.. but NO woman should have to pay someone for love and attention..and that is what will happen.. He will start asking again and make you feel like an ass if you dont send what he wants or does as he asks.. He will want you to do illegal things for him.. It is part of the scam..
billinda from United States
It is very easy to believe their lies.. I had a man who scammed me for 18 mos.. For several thousands of dollars.. He also promised he was coming home to marry me.. He used a total of 14 different reasons as to why he never showed up.. Had me at the airport waiting for him twice.. He finally bankrupted me.. I am still trying to put my life back together... The man now has contacted me again..knowing I was bankrupt wanting more money.. Only now he is going by another idenity,,, he admitted he was the same man...only now he is suppose to have a son.. he killed his daughter off in one of the excuses he used to not show up.. He blamed that on me,,because I never sent him the money he wanted fast enough..All the while swearing he was not a scammer... I told him I had seen his pictures on a scammer page.. and he swore his idenity had been stolen.. They are heartless lying scum.. They do not care about no-one.. They arent capable of having feelings for anyone.. It is nothing more than a job for them..They ...and I say they... because you are not talking to one man but several.. That is why you find them online 24-7 ..or whenever you decide to get online.. I know what I am talking about.. It is hard and you feel your heart has been broken and your life turned up side down.. But believe me.. There is not one of these scammers who are what they put themselves out to be.. You have fell in love with a picture..not the actual man... They steal pictures and profiles of different people..
whyme2012 from Australia
Hi Billinda, thanks for the words and it does help me to talk about this and I feel you know what I am going through with all this, but I have to say I have confronted this man so many times and even call him a dirty black scammer and I scream at him and we argue all the time and he knows he is not getting another thing from me and yet he still answers his phone and he still insists he is coming home to Australia and he is not a scammer and only needed my help at the time and he working on getting home.
I feel he is starting to now believe his own lies and also believe that he is actually fallen in love with me and is just use to speaking to me everyday.
I am at a real lose now as to what to believe but I feel I am slowly getting to the truth.
Hello whyme2012... Believe me.. The man I talked to for 18 mos.. called me constantly..and still finds ways to contact me now You said he still answers his phone.. so you are calling him.. How many times does he call you???.. I called the man I was talking to a scammer and told him I didnt believe anything he said.. I called him every name imaginable..But he still keeps coming back.. He swore he loved me and would kill his self if I quit corresponding with him.. But he is still here..He knows I filed bankruptcy and yet still says he truly loves me.he never asked me for money for months..then he told me he was beaten up and robbed and his phone stolen.. So it began again... But that is what these men do.. They dont have to worry about money, because they are scamming someone else while they are talking to us.. If you ever notice a lapse in them answering your IM..it is because they are online with someone else or they have changed shifts..They will tell you they got booted..or network problems.. They know how to manipulate women ..They are always going to tell you they are coming home..if they ever said they werent..they know you would think you were wasting your time..they cant afford that, they want you under their thumb..so they are going to make you feel it is up to you to help get them home or they will make you feel like you are failing them because you cant or wont..The man I was talking to still tells me he wants to come back home to the states and make me the happiest woman in the world.. I was told he only needed my help to get here.. and he never came ..I sent him several thousands of dollars to help him get home..and he is still asking me for money..I know it hurts..& you feel your heart has been ripped out..But dont make the mistake I did.. If he truly loves you.. he would find away by his self.. No self respecting man would ask a woman he does not know on the internet for money..I wish you luck and please keep your guard up..Contact me anytime..Look under the name William Cross..My story is there.. Read how that man done me.. He now contacts me under Bill Andrea.. Read my story.. It is all true.. Everything happened as I wrote it..It is also on page 10 How you recognize a scammer ..at the bottom..
Miss Marple from United States
I am very sorry that you are scammed! I advice you to stop taking contact with this scammer for your own protection and health,as you know scammers never ever stops asking for money.This Ghana boy have got so much money from you already that he lives good for an year at least ,the average income for an Ghanian today is 300 US dollars . this scammer has given you 4 different phone numbers to you it is an sign of an very bussy scammer,i do not believe you are the only victim to this scammer ,scammers both from Nigeria and Ghana are offen very young boys doing this,many of them are students on the university and they are scamming people to pay their fees and living with.Then there are the criminal scammers that are involved in both money laundry and drugs where the most west-african scammers are involved in .Ghana( Sakawa) Nigeria( 419 scammers)
Even if you think that the scammer is maybe falling in love with you ,please think twice ! This scammer is doing whatever to get money and can scam you for years,,scammers are professionals in what they are doing believe me,i baited an Ghana scammer maybe 1 year ago,he scammed under his real photos and name...he could do whatever for money ..these scammers lives under circumstances what we are not used to,so for your own sanity and health cut now,that means do not reply or take contact with the scammer,change emailadress as otherwise you will soon get spams from everywhere and from other scammers change phone number.i have put here some links for you ,please consider report this scammer as you have lost money to the police in your home country i know police in your country are working very hard on romance scams online.
@Bellinda Thank you for supporting this victim on scam ,your experience will help others
and are valuable here on this site!
Thank You both Miss Marple and Billinda for your comments and help me with all this.
You know I have to be honest with you and say that I have fallen in love with this man in the picture and I know that it is not the man I have been in contact with and I want to apoligise to the man in the photos if you ever see this I am sure you are a very nice man just the victim of these scum bags who call themselves human beings.
I know I need to cut all contact with these people but I am finding it so hard as I have been speaking to him for so long now.
But I am slowly coming to realisation of my situation and definatly know that this is wrong for me as it is stopping me from looking for someone who is right for me.
I have been recieving spam emails from woman scammers, why is this happening now?
I know how you feel.. I talked to only that one man for so long.. I felt part of me was leaving me when I had to quit.. You feel as you are addicted to them.. But believe me it will get easier.. My hurt turned to anger when I finally woke up and realized he done nothing more than put me thru hell.. I was also in love with that man in the picture.. But he was not that man.. When he talked to me that was who I seen..I also seen a video on cam of that man.. He said it was him and it was real.. but he messed up and I seen the same thing two different times.. When I asked him if he ever changed his clothes from the 1st time.. he immediately turned it off..They have ways of going on cam..but it is a recording of the man in the pictures..not the person you are talking to.... Best is to think of all the times he has lied to you and the hurt he has put you thru.. Believe me.. you will find someone out there.. Not necessarily online.. Someone who will love you for the person you are..not for how much you can give them..It's hard to forget them..but it's for the best.. I still think of the man I was talking to.. but now I think of everything he done to me.. it out weighs the good times.. The good times came far and few between after he started wanting money.. It just was not worth all the hurt and heartache.. I hope you all the best of luck.. Please listen to Miss Marple.. She has really helped me...
OJAS from United States
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