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Last week I got contacted via my profile on a dating web site. The person had a temporary profile only with no picture posted and sent me a one-liner including her yahoo address and she asked me to add her on the yahoo messenger.

I was bored so I fulfilled her request.

Her profile had said she was from Illinois, USA. I live in California. Once we chat on Y! messenger, she says she just left Madrid/ Spain and is in West Africa now.

Supposedly she works for a diamond company which is owned by her step dad. She lives with her daughter since her husband (or kids father, I do not recall) left her after the kid was born. Here are her photos - I am not quite sure that they are really HER photos:


She also tells me that she is on bad terms with her step dad since he asked her for sex. (If that's her real photos, I might ask her for sex also.)
During the chat she was kind of evasive, did not answer my questions but instead asked me questions herself. After about 30 minutes she said she'd have to leave West Africa soon and wants to come to the Bay Area (which is why she had written me) and whether she could stay at my place for a week or two until she had gotten herself a place.

She wanted to see photos of my house (I mailed her two).

During the following week we briefly chatted maybe 3 times. No deep conversation, this woman does not spell well, and obviously does half a dozen chats parallel.

I asked her to visit a web site that I host so that I could trap her IP number. It was 196.3.62.4

I used two different tools (web sites) to identify the location she was coming from. Most web sites reported this IP as in London, UK. One web site located it as CAPE GIRARDEAU, MISSOURI.

Note:
If you ever want to do this kind of check, grab the IP number from email headers and use a web site like www.ip2location.com on it. You need to make your email program or web client display all headers, to see the 'Originating IP'. Yahoo's email client offers this. I do not know about AOL or hotmail.


She claims to be on AOL (which I found strange, does AOL offer service in West Africa?)

Yesterday she started talking how her step-dad does not send the money he is supposed to send. A kind of allowance instead of a paycheck. Don't ask me for an explanation of this concept.

I did not like to hear her talk about bills that she cannot pay. I'm kind of allergic to this talk when I know a person from 60 minutes of chatting only :-)

Anyway, today she asked me directly to Western Union her the money, $750. As I am posting this, I am still chatting with her. A copy of today's chat is below.

(myself): hello?
Joy Johnson: i was unable to get u the number cos the phone network was bad
Joy Johnson: i was thinking of geting my self a foone
(myself): is it worth it when you're leaving soon?
Joy Johnson: No...thats the problem
(myself): can you do me a favor? Click on this?
 http://www.ptiemann.com/
(myself): and then, what's the prob - you cannot leave?
Joy Johnson: i dont understand this whole thing
(myself): what thing?
Joy Johnson: what u talking about]
Joy Johnson: the webpage
(myself): oh
Joy Johnson: or what?
(myself): i didn't meant that you actually read it 
(myself): i just wanted to see if it loads properly now

(myself): sorry
Joy Johnson: ok
(myself): are you home?
(myself): i mean.. in the hotel
Joy Johnson: hotel
Joy Johnson: yeah.i just wsanted to know if u will be sending me some cash
(myself): how?
Joy Johnson: western union ....u know any western union around u
(myself): and which w.u. are you at?
(myself): do i need a city/ office number?
Joy Johnson: No u dont i will give u the whole infou need
Joy Johnson: you can send the money in the hotels managers name
(myself): well, what's the hotel's name then? and/or the manager's name
(myself): sorry for the huge font
Joy Johnson: Receivers Name:Mercy Gray
Address:12 hotel road.
City/state:lagos
Country:Nigeria
Zipcode/city code:23401
Amount:$750
Western union security question and answer:
Qfavourite colour
Aink
Joy Johnson: Receivers Name:Mercy Gray
Address:12 hotel road.
City/state:lagos
Country:Nigeria
Zipcode/city code:23401
Amount:$750
Western union security question and answer:

Qfavourite colour
A: Pink
Joy Johnson: thats the ifo
(myself): ok
Joy Johnson: info
Joy Johnson: do u know western union agent location
(myself): here in my area?
(myself): not from the top of my head
Joy Johnson: yes.do u
(myself): i need to look
Joy Johnson: u can give me your address i will find one for u
(myself): don't worry
(myself): i can find it
Joy Johnson: how will u do that
(myself): google
(myself): so how do i know you are really joy johnson
and not just someone making up things?
Joy Johnson: Babe can u just trust me and u see me once i get

to the bay area cos i will foward u my flight info
(myself): how much $ do you need anyway?
Joy Johnson: :$750
(myself): what is the company's name that you work for?
Joy Johnson: i told u yesterday united gemstones.........u dont 
need it to send it ok
Joy Johnson: babe trust me
(myself): oh right, i could not find anything on the web 
about 'united gemstones' either, but they are in Lagos, maybe that helps
Joy Johnson: dont worry just to western union agent location
Joy Johnson: ok
Joy Johnson: what cirt are u in the bay area
(myself): capitola
Joy Johnson: ok.hold
Joy Johnson: is this ur zip code 95010 
Joy Johnson: ???
BUZZ!!!
Joy Johnson: joyee201: is this ur zip code 95010 
joyee201: ???
Joy Johnson: are u there???
(myself): yes
(myself): 95010
Joy Johnson: ok
Joy Johnson: 1475 41ST AVENUE   
Joy Johnson: do u know this address
(myself): Sorry Joy, I just don't believe that you are in 
Lagos, Nigeria. I think you're in London, England
Joy Johnson: peter u r so funny
(myself): and yes, that Western Union on 41st Avenue is only 
a few minutes from me.. what's funny?
Joy Johnson: cos u said i am in england....maybe next year i should 
go to london
Joy Johnson: u mean u have that location close to u
Joy Johnson: ????
(myself): yes, that western union.. maybe a quarter 
mile from my house
(myself): i know it
Joy Johnson: babe i think it will be better u send the money
now because of the time difference
(myself): no way.. you need to give me some reason to believe 
you.. I mean.. I WANT to believe you.. but there's evidence that you
 are not in Nigeria, sorry
(myself): give me one reason that shows me you're  really over 
there and not in the UK or somewhere in the USA
Joy Johnson: the one reason is that am going to pick
 the money up myself
(myself): i need to know a bit more about you
Joy Johnson: u did already......dont be silly peter....dont tell
 me u dont know the first thing about me
Joy Johnson: 
(myself): not really that much.. you've got a daughter, work
 for united gemstones, stepfather is your boss (right?), doesn't 
send you money (allowance instead of paycheck - strange concept),
 you recently came from Barcelona/ Spain to Lagos/ Nigeria
(myself): did i forget anything?
Joy Johnson: No.....what else peter....cant u just trust me for
 .... i will never disappoint u
(myself): why do you stay in Lagos if you don't get paid anyway?
Joy Johnson: i dont stay here,am heree temporary cos my step dad wants
me there......its not want i want,i just have to
Joy Johnson: peter
Joy Johnson: If I ever saw an angel, it was in your eyes
(myself): hm, that's a nice one
(myself): did my eyes reflect and you saw yourself?
(myself): 
(myself): i've got an idea
(myself): is the 750 for the hotel?
Joy Johnson: eah
Joy Johnson: yeah
Joy Johnson: Jede Minute, die ich mit Ihnen aufwende, ist wie Sein im 
Himmel und das Schauen in den Augen eines Engels
Joy Johnson: u know thats the truth
(myself): i could make a credit card payment to that hotel to 
cover your bill
Joy Johnson: no....u cant...cos the whole of 750 is not for the hotel
Joy Johnson: ok....u just have to rush to western union....ok
Joy Johnson: do u have he info writen down
Joy Johnson: ??????
(myself): i cannot leave right now
(myself): i'm waiting for someone
(myself): it's 6:15pm
(myself): they're probably closed already anyway
Joy Johnson: no they close for 7pm....u can just rush ok....peter 
do this for me now
Joy Johnson: ok.....i can get everything cleared tomorrow morning
Joy Johnson: it will only take 7mins or less for western union to 
send the money
(myself): my friend is on the way right now
Joy Johnson: it dosent matter.since u r not going to take more than 
10mins in western union...he can just wait for u
Joy Johnson: PLEASE
Joy Johnson: RITE AID #5966
1475 41ST AVENUE   
CAPITOLA, CA 95010
Tuesday 8:00am - 9:00pm 
Joy Johnson: u can just rush down and you wont take much time
Joy Johnson: PLEASE
(myself): I know the place, I go there twice a week.. 
(myself): why not a credit card payment?
Joy Johnson: it cant be sent
Joy Johnson: just go ok...for me peter
(myself): what is the $ for if not for the hotel?
Joy Johnson: for the hotel bill ,transportation cost.....
and medical checkup because of the weather here
Joy Johnson: ok.babe just try and go huh
(myself): nah, i don't feel as if i could quite trust 
you yet
Joy Johnson: matbe u will trust me and more about me,as
 soon as i get to the state
Joy Johnson: and peter if u say u dont trust me yet i understand
......but u just have to consider my situation and me myself i
 promise never to let u down
Joy Johnson: Promise
BUZZ!!!
Joy Johnson: are u there???
(myself): yes
(myself): phone
(myself): look
Joy Johnson: look what???
(myself): according to my info you're either in
 Cape Missouri or London
(myself): and you give me absolutely no reason why
 i should believe that you're in lagos

(myself): not even a hotel's name
(myself): or a phone #
Joy Johnson: ay hotels.....manager s # (+234)8053601940
Joy Johnson: +234 country phone  code
Joy Johnson: what about this
Joy Johnson: ???
BUZZ!!!
(myself): yeah?
Joy Johnson: didu get it
(myself): the number is busy
(myself): which room are you in?
Joy Johnson: busy...maybe its the network
Joy Johnson: executive room 1
Joy Johnson: ok
Joy Johnson: did u call d # again
(myself): that number is in Lagos?
Joy Johnson: yeah
(myself): area code is 805 ?
(myself): because i thought Lagos is area code 1
(myself): sweety, you need to improve
Joy Johnson: for landlines i think
Joy Johnson: 01 is for the land lines....the number i 
gave u is a mobile # peter
Joy Johnson: thats why u need the +234 b4 dailing 8053601940
Joy Johnson: ok
BUZZ!!!
Joy Johnson: peter can u tell me whats on your mind
Joy Johnson: cos........its like u dont even want
 to take me for my words
BUZZ!!!
Joy Johnson: Why?
BUZZ!!!
(myself): sorry
Joy Johnson: u not answering me
(myself): my friend was at the door
(myself): joy i need to go now
(myself): i cannot call that number again, my friend and i are going out
Joy Johnson: ok
(myself): i'll try in a few hours when i'm back
Joy Johnson: ok
(myself): see, i need to verify that what you tell me
 is true.. ideally also that you are really that hot chick in 
those photos, but that's probably impossible to prove
Joy Johnson: lol......why not
(myself): hm, can you mail another photo of yourself?
Joy Johnson: believe me or noy ,its joy in the pic
(myself): well, are YOU Joy then?
Joy Johnson: i will............will u send on ur way back
(myself): bye-bye
Joy Johnson: bye-bye

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2008-07-08, 07:43:19
rogerdoger_57@yahoo.com from San Antonio, United States  
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I've been getting this scammer's emails about 4-5 times now, so I decided to post. Included are full headers, the text, and 'her picture'
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From     Fresh lemon <a-b-s@abx.es>
Subject     SPAM::i am looking for you
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Subject     SPAM::i am looking for you

Hi! I'm a single girl and I'm 26 years old. Please take a look at my
pictures and let me know if you like them! I live in Russia and I'm
going to come to your country and work over there very soon! I don't know
anybody over there and I thought it would be great to meet someone who is open to
anything (as I am!). I would be happy to be friends, lovers or create
a serious relationship! We will see what happens!
I hope you will write me back and I will write more info about myself
and send more photos!!!!!!!!!!!
I am writing from my friend's email
address, so please make sure you do not reply directly to this email.
Email me at sprivatejn3@yahoo.co.uk only.
if you don't use my personal email address then I won't be able to read
your reply and write you back. So it is very important that you get it right.
Ok, I guess it is now your turn. Hope to hear from you today. Bye!!
btw, i got your email from dating website
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Oh, and I'm not 'on' any dating websites!!! Not anymore!! :-D




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2008-07-08, 10:24:17
rtqii@yahoo.com from United States  
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s_brittany83@yahoo.com

No acceptable photo, all I have seen is the photo in the chat window... Blonde about 22 it looks... She is hitting on my profile (real profile)... I am 47 and live in the middle of nowhere... She of course is in trouble in Nigeria where her mother has just collasped from a heart ailment and needs guess what???

She wants to start with $200 Western Union ;)

She is a confirmed Nigerian Romance Scammer

Don't get scammed people... Post at the very least their email addresses and chat IDs as well as and any other information obtained from these scammers.
2008-07-08, 16:24:22
rtqii@yahoo.com from United States  
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Busy day for me

ayi_love2001@yahoo.com

Ghana romance scammer, confirmed without the money request based on false profile information posted at Dating72, photo attached... Feels more like a man in chat than a female. Very busy working multiple people at the same time.





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2008-07-08, 23:39:25
rtqii@yahoo.com from United States  
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Still a busy day... Dating72 is infested, and Datemefree is not much better. Today I had two scammers catfighting about who was gonna get to me first... I told one I liked her better, but the other had a better story and seemed more deserving of help... Give them each other's chat IDs... And let them fight it out... Scam fight!!!

I scared one off before she was properly baited... It may be irresponsible of me, but I am sure, positive, she was a scammer too... All my chat friends almost are scammers and my chat list turns over every 3 days as I bait to the money question and report them.

This evening I had two confirmed Nigerian Romance scammers, and one 'I am dead sure but was not patient enough to work it to the money question':

Tracy Williams, meangold208@yahoo.com (fake photo attached thanks Mr Scammer)
Laura Kenneth, laurakenneth20@yahoo.com - Only a chat thumb not suitable for posting
Katrina Cole, katrinastunner30@yahoo.com - No photo suitable for framing

Katrina Cole is not too bad for a scammer, I may keep her on as a pet scammer and put her into the ring for occasional cat-scam fights... But she needs to be reported anyways since she popped the money question last evening... I may have posted her already. But it does not hurt to be sure.





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2008-07-09, 00:03:29
anonymous from United States  
Laura Kenneth: how long have u been on the internet dating service
Richard Quick: I work in high energy plasma physics, and I am working on a book... I have been using dating services for about a week now
Laura Kenneth: Same here I am just new on here and I hope to find That special person
Richard Quick: All I am finding is scammers to be honest
Laura Kenneth: oh
Richard Quick: I had to bust one gang yesterday
Richard Quick: We got an arrest, I worked with the local police
Richard Quick: Put a report up at www.ic3.gov
Richard Quick: And shut them down
Laura Kenneth has signed out. (7/8/2008 10:42 PM)
2008-07-09, 14:16:16
anonymous from United States  
I got this email today....just thought I'd share.

Crystal:)










Dear Friend,

I know that this mail will come to you as a surprise since we have not known
or met before now, but please, I would like you to treat it like blood brother
affair and with the urgency and secrecy it requires..I am Mr.Desmond Carlson,
Head of Internal Audit Banque Commercial bank, South Africa,working as part of
a bigger team that covers the entire South African region. An investor (name
with-held) died without naming any next of kin to his fund in my bank.The
amount is $5.7M(Five Million Seven hundred Thousand) and banking
regulation/legislation in South Africa demands that i should notify the fiscal
authorities after three years.The above set of facts underscores my reason to
seek your permission to have you stand in as the next of kin to the deceased.

This funds will be approved and released in your favour as the next of kin if
only you will adhere to my instruction and cooperate with me in one accord. I
have all the legal and banking details of the deceased client that will
facilitate our putting you forward as the claimant/beneficiary of the funds
and ultimately transfer of the $5.7M plus interest to any bank account
nominated by you.I am prepared to compensate you with a 35% share of the total
funds for your efforts.The final details will be given upon receipt an
affirmation of your desire to participate.

Please contact me immediately whether or not you are interested in this
proposal. If you are not, it will enable me scout for another foreign partner
to carry out this deal. But where you are interested, contact me immediately
on:desmond_carlson@hotmail.com

Thank you,

Mr.Desmond Carlson




2008-07-10, 13:01:55
anonymous from Italy  
hi
2008-07-10, 14:33:10
[hidden] from United Kingdom  
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my husband told me about this girl before we started dating, when we used to be just friends, that apparently was muslim and was on a dating website. her name was 'ZAYNAB' but for some reason in her email address it said 'ZANAB'. she tried to scam my husband with a fake cheque. She actually started asking him for money after chatting for 2 weeks or so saying that she was american and her dad wanted to do business in the uk. apparently she needed help to get the ticket to uk so she did ask for money (approx. £400) affirming that she would give him a check to cash later on so he could keep half of that money (approx. £3000). Obviously i told my husband not to do that. He made the stupid mistake of giving her his home address so she could send him the cheque ( she 'loved' my husband after 3 days of chatting). He didn't send her money anyway. So she sent the cheque that was supposed to be cashed, therefore my husband went to the bank and tried to cash it. they said it was fake. I told him to go to the police station and give it to them. 2 days later her 'Father' rang my husband threatening him by saying he should give the money to him because it had been his fault that the cheque could not be cashed. I showed my husband this website today and he told me he remembered the way she typed was exactly the same as 'ZAYNAB' and the things she used to say and the way she used to speak was exactly the same as girls such as 'JOY JOHNSON', 'DEBBIE WILLIAM', etc.. so if you get an invitation to chat from ZANAB_4YOU@YAHOO.COM dont accept it, this person is a scammer!!!!!!!!!! whatever situation she tells u she is in is usually very confusing like the one i mentioned above. thank god he realised and threatened her with the international police
2008-07-11, 12:13:50
anonymous from United States  
anybody know this one


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2008-07-11, 12:15:42
anonymous from United States  
anybody know this one


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2008-07-12, 01:50:47
anonymous  
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i met a girl from tennesee visiting dying mother in largos city ikeja nigeria she love me told me all kinds of things. needed 600.00 to pay doctor told i had 200.00 she wanted it got mad because i told her i wasnt sending it.got than nice wanted me to borrow it i didnt do i figured it was scam. her name studdard britney wanted the money sent to ray walker.
2008-07-12, 13:27:36
anonymous from United States  
I have recently been scammed by a guy named 'Cristian' who is supposedly from Italy and just moved to Los Angeles 9 months ago (today is July 12, 2008). He has an imaginary 14 year old daughter named Sierra who's mother lives in Ohio.

'Cristian' started emailing me from match.com. where I was posted. His profile disappeared the day I responded to him. When I asked what happened to his profile, he said his 30-day free trial ended on that very day! What a coincidence! He emailed me his Instant Message address on Yahoo.

We have been communicating since July 3, so not that long. Thank God.

He knows a few personal things about me, enough to play on my emotions. Especially the emotions of being a mother who lost her son 2 years ago. That's when his daughter suddenly appeared and he asked me if I thought I could ever love her as my own.

Within days he professed his passionate attachment to me and love at first sight and his desire to meet me. He was supposedly in Los Angeles and I'm in San Francisco.

Then suddenly he told me he submitted a bid for a big construction job in Africa and that his bid was chosen. He said he would have to postpone his visit until 2 weeks time, at which time he would return to California.

I know how long it takes to fly to New York and Europe, and I checked online to see how long it took to fly to Africa. When he contacted me telling me he had arrived, it was not accurate in the number of hours it would take to get there. That was my first red flag. THEN he told me that Airport Security took his (and other passengers) luggage to be held for 7 days because of terrorist threat or something like that. He said he had only enough money to rent a car and pay for the hotel for he and his daughter and after the meals of that day, he had no money for food until he got his luggage back, as all of his other cash AND his debit card were in his luggage. NOW THAT IS ONE STUPID MAN, if he is travelling, and travelling with a daughter, EVEN IF IT WAS THE TRUTH. Second Red Flag.

Nevertheless, I continued to listen. However I now began to ask a few questions of my own in our conversations, like 'what airline did you use?' He said American Airlines. Of course I immediately checked their flight schedule but I already knew because of my own travel experience, that there were NO direct flights from LAX to Africa, and even if there were, it did not take ONLY 10 hours. That is impossible. Add to that all the time spent at the airport when they 'confiscated' his imaginary luggage, it is ridiculous to be able to arrive at the hotel as he claims he did in the short period of time he gave me. Third Red Flag.

He began asking if I could 'help him out, please'. Upon my asking him about the so-called business associates that were expecting him, he gave me ridiculously stupid answers that only an idiot would believe (including a travelling businessman). Yet, I allowed him to continue simply to see what he would say.

All this time, I still wanted to believe the possibility that maybe this man was just not business-savvy, and was being played by an unscrupulous business deal, so I still believed him somewhat at this stage, but my instincts were screaming at me to end this immediately unless he came to visit me in San Francisco.

He began pleading for assistance to 'just get something to eat'. When I offered $150.00 he immediately said 'can you at least make it $250? things are expensive here'. What THINGS? I know what it costs to go to the grocery store. Fourth Red Flag.

Nevertheless I decided to send the money only because I am a caring person, I did give him the benefit of the doubt, and I was hoping it was somehow true that this was a man who had gone to perform a job in Nigeria and got caught in a terrible situation.

When I discovered that there were scams of this nature that sounded EXACTLY like the things he was telling me, I confronted him with the facts in our chat and he became indignant and defensive, then he resorted to calling me names, telling me: 'YOU'RE SO WICKED AND HEARTLEsS'. I'LL NEVER CONTACT YOU AGAIN,CAUSE YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR...I PRAY NOTHING HAPPENS TO MY SIERRA.'

Sierra is his imaginary daughter who he used to gain my sympathy, telling me she was ill and needed medical attention. He just told me in the very same message that he 'promised' to pay me back with interest, yet a few sentenceds later he tells me he will never contact me again because I don't know what I'm looking for. This is a mentally unstable and delusional person.

His email address is alwaysthedarling900@yahoo.com. He contacted me via a dating site, claiming to want to make a connection with me. He claims that he is Italian and moved here to America from Italy 9 months ago and lives in Los Angeles. He claims to have a 14 year old daughter who lives with her mother in Ohio and she visits him, He claims her name is Sierra. He claims that his name is Christian Luigi, and that his Americanized name on his I.D. is Chris Louis. That is the name I sent the $200 to in Nigeria. It was worth the cost of the education about this kind of criminal and to all of the unsuspecting men and women I will help as a result.

I am in the media business and I plan to do major public relations release of this scam and bring it to the public's attention. I look forward to the day he is caught as well as other people as despicable as him.

you may contact me at debramedia@aol.com if you have any further questions, want to see his fake photo which he claims is him and is using on the internet or if you want to share information with me.
2008-07-12, 21:55:47
Lilmissy from United States  
Really wish there was a way to stop this kind of stuff. I was contact last week by a 'gentleman' using the name Thomson Brown through Match.com. I didn't know much about the scam thing but things from his profile just didn't add up. He immediately wanted me to start using Yahoo IM to chat with him. I knew something wasn't right and talked with him out of curiosity. All the signs were there. I didn't give him any personal information and he gave me his phone number. 234-805-420-3270. His profile on Match claims he is from Orlando, but working in Africa collecting antiques. I let him (or them) know that I was onto the whole thing and he got pretty defensive. Over the last couple of days when I open my IM I have just been kinda taunting them for fun. What I DON'T understand is how Match lets these profiles make it onto their site. I believe they are supposed to be approved by them first. These profiles are allowed to make it onto the site despite the fact that they are obviously fake. I can spot these things a mile away now. I got a 'wink' last week from one that had pictures of 2 totally different people in the pictures, filled with spelling and grammatical errors that made no sense at all. That profile is now gone, but there are lots more. I do know that this 'Thomson Brown' is still using the screen name thomsonbrown12 on Yahoo. He also gave an e-mail address of engr.thomson@gmail.com. I am going to try to post a picture that he sent me but I don't know if it will work. I am outraged by this kind of stuff! I did not fall victim to these idiots but I feel for the people whose pictures are being stolen without their knowledge. I have tried to find this gentleman because they all need to know about this. Nothing they can do about it I know but it just makes me sick. Match.com is CRAWLING with scammers so watch out for yourself.



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2008-07-12, 21:59:21
lous5623@yahoo.com  
Debra,

Sorry you got scammed and you are right if you can afford the $200 bucks then at least your conscience is clean until you prove it out as a scam. I think this is exactly what they count on - us weighing the risk vs benefit and saying to ourselves 'I think this is a scam but what if that little girl really is hungry. I can risk $200 bucks just in case it is true'. However, there are many on this site that have sent all they had and even dipped into retirement savings and this needs to stop. To my mind the pressure has to be put on dating services to police and clean up their act. My God, you were on match.com a company with a multi-million dollar ad campaign budget and a squeaky clean image, not some sleazy adult dating site. If it can happen there then it can happen on any of these sites.

If you have the means and the will to do something then please let me and probably a bunch of others on this site know how we can help. I now know a scammer when I see one so I am safe from them. But the pain I felt the first time I got scammed (not the lost money) compels me to crush them out of existence. Sign me up with whatever you have in mind.

Lou

PS Please post the picture here too. The pictures are what shock others into realizing it is a scammer.

I will send this to your email address too just in case you haven't had time to come back to the site.
2008-07-13, 12:24:51   (updated: 2008-07-13, 12:33:01)
anonymous from United States  
Here is the latest pictere I have of Jeniffer Lucas. Her emails are ( singlejanny@hotmail.com, suolmatefindjenny@yahoo.com, soulmatejenny28@yahoo.com ). She is very aggressive about you sending her money and she sent me a check from a company that she said, was from her client and it was money from her dead fathers estate. I haven't heard from her ever since I comfronted her about the check. so look out for her and she may also use pictures from a modeling site. She's from Lagos, Nigeris
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