Signs that you are being Romance scammed online.

An End to Bullying by Scamming Online has to stop!!
An End to Bullying by Scamming Online has to stop!!

Join the SCSSA Organization!

We must commence to the SCSSA Organization (Schemers, Con Artists, Scammers Stoppers Association) I just made that up! LOL

On a serious note, it is continuing more and more. Despite all the stories, warnings and all the knowledge, we have, many are still being taken in by scams. It really, bothers me that these people feel they can and are continuing to try to take advantage of others kindness. Even, looking for some people's weaknesses and vulnerability for longing to be in a relationship with someone, to have that human connection that someone cares and is listening to them.

Another factor, at times, that a person can be a taken advantage of is due to their own greed. About 3 years ago, a distance family member, was taken in by a scam. She received one of the famous emails about I'll send you a check for thousands if you send me one for hundreds, well, she did and while trying to cash the check it bounced. She went to court over the issue. Far as I know, she didn't get into as much trouble as she could have, but still it landed her some court time as they realized she was conned too.

The Romance scams, these seem to be the easiest, but takes more time for the con artist. Not that much, but they will take a few weeks or so, maybe a couple months on you, to try to get over on you. The con-artist post fake profiles on many dating sites, along with: blackplanet, yahoo, facebook and myspace (there probably are a lot of other sites too, like MSN, I'm just not personally familiar with them).

Many speak of the African or it is often referred to as the Nigerian scam or Lagos, Nigeria Scam. There are also other countries involved, I have heard of Russia as well, and also believe the Ukraine (I received a message the other day from an African Male, that "was in" Ukraine). To know their exact location, we may not know for sure, but know that they are scamming! As I mentioned in other hubs, I have been on the sites, just to see what goes on there. Recently, blackplanet (bp), has been high in the "Nigerian" crime wave. About 85% of the time that I am online, I am either receiving an IM (Instant Message) or have received a "note," but technically, an email from someone that wants "to know me" and "to be in a serious relationship" they thought I could be that one for them!" HMMM, that is when the suspension starts.

Many start off acting very friendly, they will say hey what is your yahoo ID, and asked to be added there so that they can continue conversing with you. If you stay on the current site or even after you decide to go to the other site, that is when they will constantly want to ask you questions about yourself. They are constantly, wanting to know things about you, you're family do you live alone, what is your status single or married. Then they will flirt and tell you how beautiful you are etc. Many will explain what they are "looking for in a long-term relationship with someone that wants to be serious." If viewing their personal message page, or page titled "all about me," that is what you will usually find there as many of the scammers are not original, also, you will see familiar sayings, phrases and wording that they put together that does not seem to be a proper English phrases/wording or it is not used in the proper context.

One, from BlackPlanet, has posted this personal message, that I thought you would like to see, of what things they might add on there to try and get you interested: (notice the major misspellings and some improper word choices or tenses)

"HI EVERYBODY,I LOVE THIS PLANET.NON LIKE IT.THE BEST PLACE OF INHABITATION IN THE WIDE WORLD.I GREET YOU ALL.AMEN.
YES! I AM JEFF FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM,I AM HERE TO SHARE THOUGHTS AND GET INVOLVE IN MAKIN THINGS HAPPEN IN OUR CHANGING WORLD.I ALWAYS SAY"BBELIEVE IN GOD N BELIEVE IN HIS ABILITIES DEPOSIT IN UR HUMAN SPIRIT 4 ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE TO HIM DAT BELIEVETH".
I WANNA BE FREE N LIVE WITHOUT WARNING,I NEED A REAL DATE.SERIOUS RELATIONSHIP THAT WILL LEAD TO MARRIAGE.I AM NOT KIDDIN.
WHO WANT TO B MY FRIEND? U ARE WELLCOME TO MY WORLD.I HAVE LOT TO TELL U ABOUT WOT I GOT IN THE INSIDE.
U NEED SOME ONE TO SHARE D BURDEN WIT?I AM AT UR SERVICE....
ROME THEY SAY WAS NOT BUILT IN A DAY.LOVE WISDOM? COME UNTO ME N LEARN THE WISDOM OF THE WISE,THOSE WHO HEARED MY VOICE YEARS AGO, ARE NOW THE WISER 4 IT ...................."

On his page, this one has pictures, that are model photos obviously, of a white male, with blonde hair and blue eyes. To try and entice or romance you, he also, would try to send gifts/notes to you as well. This person, since I was doing research, I added to yahoo, just to see what would happen, after being added on yahoo, he was stating the whole thing of being home (Africa) with an ill relative, that he is now residing in the UK, but there because someone was ill. Also, not only, did he even post a real picture,(he was African) well if the actual photo was not of him, it was of someone he knew or another stolen photo. He even changed the id name too and was trying to chat with me by using the words and terms baby, sweetie, sweetheart, as if there was an actual relationship not even caring that he used/had fake photos of a white male on the BlackPlanet page, but revealing himself on the yahoo site (he never made mention of it).

There was another person, the first one I heard from was on Myspace. This guy, was from Lagos, Nigeria, he admitted that. He claimed to have been of mix heritage and had lived in England as well. This one was nice and friendly. He had 3 pictures on his page. Two of the pictures was of the same guy, but one was different. The different picture was either of the real person or it was again, someone he knew or had "stolen" this person's picture. The odd picture was of a guy with medium brown complexion and tattoos on his arms, muscular built, low hair cut, and shades, looked to be an attractive guy in his 20's to 30's, an Idris Elba type. While the pictures of the other guy was a male, that was black,he had braids in one picture with a jersey on and NO TATTOOS, lighter in complexion, maybe more of a Terrence Howard color, with features similar to Shemar Moore, the other pic, had him with his hair "loose" over his head, his physique was not really muscular, but more solid of a guy. After chatting a few times, he emailed me this message below:

"Never did I imagine that I would ever meet you, especially not in the
form of a friend. I never imagine that i will ever fall for you
after what i have been through with a woman...But God gave me a heart
to move on and i met you...

God has got his own reasons for us
to meet and come this far. But I hope our love will flourish beyond
what it is right now. Distance maybe just a part of the reason why
sometimes we think we can't handle this whole relationship, but I am
sure our love for each other is way far stronger then any oceans can
come across.

I am writing you this letter to tell you that my
love for you is so real that I can't find any words to describe my
feelings for you. At the same time I would like to thank you for all
your patience while our relationship had to go through high waves and
hard rocks. My love for you has grown so strong that I can never
imagine a life without you now.

I will always be yours no matter
what the world turns out to be. My heart will always be yearning for your
love and care forever. I love you always.Catch up with me and never
imagine that my attitude towards you hates you...i am missing you too
here"

REALLY?! Missing me? We have never met and never spoken by phone only a few harmless chats of how are you? What do you do for a living and how are things where you are at? Obviously, he also was raising a child, but was barely making any money. This guy was a genuine scammer! This one, was helping his "sick mother" too, but needed money and felt I could help him, he either wanted to send me things to sale like jewelry and things of that sort. He kept asking for my address so that he could send me items to sell over here to make the money. Only after a few short chats, I couldn't believe what this person was saying. Of course, I didn't continue with the chatting and I believe either he moved on to others, or maybe he was one of them caught in the ring, no more, has he said anything to anyone as I checked the page and person hasn't been around in almost a year.

The scams are continuing, they are spreading more and more. As I stated before, they are everywhere, everyday now, that I log onto blackplanet, I'm receiving a message from someone. I don't want to believe that everyone that chats with me is a scammer or tries to chat with me, but you have to be aware of the obvious!

1. The perfect picture --model or studio pic, one person took photos off gay website out of India, in the corner of picture I saw that was were the photo came from.

2. The perfect words--They always say you are so beautiful and want to know more and more and everything about you.

4. They are normally listed as being stateside or another country, besides actually being from Nigeria or now I've noticed there are people from Ghana, Ivorians that might also be apart of the scam.

5. They are also stating that they are older than the picture (one of the last scammers claimed to be 39 yrs old, but the picture appeared to be of someone that was 25-30. You may feel that isn't many years but there was no sign that this person was that old, although it is a young age still).

6. They might have a local/stateside number, but be cautious. They are also numbers, the one mentioned in 5., he gave me a state side number, to "prove he was from here/lived here," but the number was a cell phone and it didn't originate from the state that he claimed to live in.

This person, mentioned above, also had tattoos, but he couldn't tell me what they said, "as it hurt too much" because he thought of his last bad relationship because they were related to her with her name on them, but they were designs as I could tell that much.

So know, that they will say anything, do anything to receive money or attention. Now, honestly, I do not believe that everyone is like this, but when they have a story behind it of someone being ill or someone has died I would think twice! Another, I felt was trying the scam of saying that he had a friend whom died, he was posting some pictures at the beach that was supposed to be of him and the friend that "passed away" that same day!

Again, not feeling or at all believing everyone is like this, just there are a few to watch. I feel that there are many countries (Ukraine, Russia, United Kingdom), you even have to be aware of local people.


Thank you for reading this story, please follow my updates on the next story that I've added for updates 2011-2013(present) I'm continuing to find what I can to share with you, possibly putting myself at a little bit of a risk, but we all need to be aware and know what is going on. Thank you again and please keep sharing here and at the part two of this listed in the link below:

http://msgracie.hubpages.com/hub/Signs-That-You-Are-Being-Romance-Scammed-Updates-Continued-2011-2013-updates

Comments 93 comments

Dee 6 years ago

HAS ANYONE EVER HEARD OF THE ONLINE ARTIST CALLED "MATTHEW T DOYLE"? OR "MATTHEW CD"? THERE IS A NIGERIAN SCAM ARTIST BEHIND THOSE NAMES. HE USES A PICTURE OF A DARK HAIRED MAN, MID 30'S. HE TRIED TO GET ME TO SEND HIM MONEY. WHEN THAT DIDN'T WORK, HE TRIED TO SEND ME A FAKE CHECK TO CASH. IT GOT TO THE POINT WHERE EVERYTHING HE TRIED IN TERMS OF GETTING MONEY AND COMPUTER PASSWORDS GOT STUPID. PLEASE BEWARE, IF ANY OF YOU RUN INTO HIM. HE USES THE GMAIL ADDRESS OF MATTHYDOYLE@GMAIL.COM AND THE YAHOO IM OF DOYLEM19.


Msgracie 6 years ago Author

Hi Dee, thanks for your comment. I can imagine, that the scam artist are picking up on more and other ways to try and get money from unsuspecting people.


Florence 6 years ago

teee


Florence 6 years ago

I had that experience too. He had been in Canada 6 months, from Nigeria. By email 3 he ...'loved me & would always love me'. Tho 'I have never seen you'.

Then came a funny mail about wanting to meet me in person and how he hoped his 'rickety old car could stand the trip'. I bet...an 'accident' would have been next.

I felt emotionally raped. Vacilatting back & forth over ..is he..or isn't he..?

HE MOST DEFINITELY IS...& WAS. Comeon....


Msgracie 6 years ago Author

Hi Florence,

thanks for your comments. Yes, you do have to be careful, there are quite a few out here that are not honest. I am seeing more and more areas popping up, just know when they claim to be from the states, but taking care of someone sick back home, they might be a scammer as they are unable to understand things that are state side.


Dee 6 years ago

SOME OF THEM ARE VERY GOOD AT WHAT THEY DO AS WELL AS A NUMBER OF THEM BEING BAD AT WHAT THEY DO. THERE WAS ONE ATTEMPT THAT HE MADE RIGHT AFTER I TOLD HIM TO LEAVE ME ALONE. THIS IS ONE OF THE ATTEMPTS THAT THEY USE:

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Msgracie 6 years ago Author

Hey Dee,

thanks for more info, and commenting really appreciate that someone else is noticing these things too....I will do an update on my new findings real soon...thanks a lot!!


J Craft 6 years ago

I think that my friend is being scamed on meetup.com.He says that his wife died of cancer and that he lives in Ohio and is building homes in Africa. He sent her flowers and candy. Calls her from there and IM her. Wants to marry her and he has millions etc. Suppose to be back in this town next week. He is madley in love with her.


Msgracie 6 years ago Author

Hey J Craft,

thanks for commenting/responding. It could be possible. I think she should be extra careful. Coincidentally, I'm from Ohio. I don't know for sure about this. I am now receiving friend requests on Facebook from Africa, too. An old family friend is married and this person is a mutual pal of hers. Her husband is still over there, she went there married him, but interesting, on his Facebook page, he still has on there that he is interested in seeking women, really unsure. Also, I feel they are trying to find more women, another pal received a friend request too.


Amanda 5 years ago

A friend recently met a man on dating site who claims to live in the UK and works in Africa on temporary engineering consulting contract. White male, 50 years old with one daughter.

She has fallen madly in love with him as he has promised to meet in the next few weeks and marry her in the coming summer. They have only been in contact for 8 weeks.

He claims his wife abandoned his daughter and him. His daughter travels with him and studies remotely.

My suspicions, which my friend is blind to, is that he asked my friend to send him a new unlocked iphone for his daughter because she lost hers. He couldn't get this himself because it was too expensive to purchase in Africa and because of the riots in London the past weeks...His Bank Accounts were Frozen! This guy claims to be an engineer, I am sure he has a credit card and knows how to log into the Apple Store website and make his own purchase. But my friend is blinded by his words that she has purchased the phone and Fed Exed it to him, she is now $1000.00 out of pocket. If this stops here it won't be so bad, but I think this is only the beginning.

Does this ring a bell to anyone...looking for help to snap her out of dream land.


peter a. 4 years ago

what would any qustion to ask to find out if you are being scamed or not not a good speller


Christina 4 years ago

OMGoodness Amanda this sounds like my friend. I am very worried about her and we have tried to tell her but she isn't listening. She has been talking with her for about a year now. She has sent thousands of dollars to him and he tells her he has ownership in oil in the Middle East and that he has raw diamonds and Gold but for some reason he cant pay for his own eye surgeries or his own plane ticket. Hes going by the name of Eugene Sams. He told her that if she sent him the cash he would pay for her electric and gas bill which was over 500 dollars but she hadn't been paying cause she was sending most of her disability check to him. Once he paid it 3 days later the credit card came back as stolen and again told her that it was a miss up with hi exwife. He has promised to be here to get her and marry her now at 12 times. She has ran out of money so now he is having her go to Walmart and pick up laptops, MP3 players and other expensive stuff so she can mail it to him so he can sell it to people there and get the money to come see her. She spent over 250.00 dollars,which she had to pawn her own stuff, to send it thru the USPS. She is still thinking that he is going to be here "In her arms" by Valentine's Day. I really dont know what to do. I wondered if contacting the FBI would do any good since more than likely hes using stolen credit cards to purchase the stuff. At this point maybe if she got into a little trouble it would knock some sense into her.


Msgracie 4 years ago Author

Hi Christina,

I am so sorry to hear of your friend being a part of this unfortunate scam. I hope you all can maybe have some sort of intervention with her. Possibly, showing her this story (make sure your comment doesn't show up though) could help her. I feel blessed that this is helping someone see it.

I have had, I think, two people I know. Recently, a lady has married this person! I am not sure exactly, what she sends him or anything, but she did get married to him, but she went over to the country, therefore, I'm not sure exactly what all is legit or not. However, he isn't here. They are listed as being married to each other, but he is in Africa and she is in the U.S.A. I worry for her too. I'm unsure how much/what all she does for him, but he isn't able to come in for some reason I believe.

Well, back to your friend, possibly contacting the local authorities could help as well as maybe having him investigated. It is so hard to handle these kinds of situations when you have an adult involved. However, she needs to be careful with the credit thing and checks, because the fact is that she could face charges, even jail time.

I believe I mentioned, if not sorry, but I know someone else that got caught up in the check scam. There are scams everyday going on around, so we have to be very careful.

That name, is odd, Eugene Sams, there are probably dozens of them, that have different pictures. I know I had one person have a picture of a white male and he was african. After they feel you are caught up into them, they seem to not care, he never made any comments as to why on one page he had the pictures versus, having different ones on yahoo.

I think if you find them or have the yahoo I.D. that could help. Unfortunately, your friend seems very involved, but if he wanted to come here, the money that she is using could pay for his ticket.

Something I've heard and seen before, these are their jobs. Thing cans be and are almost set up like our call centers, others could continue it while they are home on their own pcs, but maybe getting his yahoo ID, you could report it there, and get it shut down, because you could send it off as spam and what not, that might could help.

EVERYTHING HE HAS SAID IS A LIE. HE OWNS, HAS NOTHING. HE HAS LEARNED WHAT WE AMERICANS ARE AFTER, ROMANCE.. I'm truly sorry your friend is involved with this.

Why would she send him money, that she has, right here, that she could pay on her own bills? If he appears in 2 days, I have to eat my words, but I know it won't happen. I am going to pray over this situation.

I think if you could start with some minor steps that could work, getting his Yahoo ID, shut down, becareful, he will probably continue to contact her, so make sure she doesn't know it is you, but only if you have access or she gave you his ID, report it, if he is on her Facebook page, anything you can try to get it shut down. However, the only other things at this time, is prayer, contacting authorities, intervention for her.

Obviously, she is a lovely lady, I think if she is able to get out the house too, with pals and even if someone can introduce her to somebody, maybe that could help.

The money and things he gets from her, he is spending or keeping the items for himself. Again, this is his income, he will say anything, they are cyberbullies. He might not only use sweet words, but also manipulative tactics and hurtful things, like don't you love me? don't you want us to be together? If you love me you will send it, pawn your stuff, what do you need it for? We love each other, how can we be together, if you don't put the work in the relationship?

She needs counsel(l)ing as well to help her. Yes, I knew of someone, that almost had to spend jail time, over the check fraud that they committed and she was conned into. We can continue to look things up and she what else can be done. Let's hope it works out. Thanks again for the reply.


Msgracie 4 years ago Author

Hi Amanda,

I'm so sorry for just seeing this now! I haven't been on here for awhile, I'm in school and I'm neglecting this :(!

Well, yes, I hope things are okay and that she is okay, it is a total scam. Yes, the person I chatted with for a month maybe, had a child and was abandoned by the mother. That is truly what they say. She needs to cut her losses, I hope she has and that as you stated the money she lost was all she lost.

In my opinion, that isn't the M.O. of an older male either. Not to say they wouldn't ask for money, but not that they would. Usually, there is too much pride there. That is another sign, that he isn't legit! I think that he is definitely, doing all he can. He has moved fast as I stated they do. I think that she needs to be careful again, they prey on those that are seeking someone to talk to and to offer encouraging words of love, care and concern. Anything they can say to make you feel "special," they will. Also, since she has sent money, they will continue to ask. Once they get it for you they will expect to keep getting it, but if she is strong and doesn't send anymore, then he will "drop" her before, saying hurtful things or being manipulative towards her, again cyberbullies they are.


Msgracie 4 years ago Author

Hi Peter A.

things will be obvious, to know, if someone is scamming, I'm suspecting someone that has contacted me here, right now, but what you do know is this, things that a person should know and they don't know if they live in the states.

Despite what ethnicity, age group, gender or race you are, if you live in the states, there are things that a person living here will know or can understand than someone that doesn't.


Msgracie 4 years ago Author

Hi Christina,

another comment I have or approach you need to use too. Is be kind with your friend! I'm not sure of your approach and I'm not judging you at all, as I can tell you are a helpful person, but I just thought that we have to be kind to anyone we know that could be being used and manipulated like this. Being sweet, gentle and kind towards her, like he is, might make her respond more to you.

Explain, to her in a sweet manner, never yelling, getting mad or anything, could help more to, or just leaving things open to her. Saying it gentle and as more of giving her clues.

Like, how much does it cost to get a ticket to come here. i.e. $1500. wow, you know, if you just save the money, instead of sending him things, that could help him get here. Something of that nature, she might think, why do I keep sending all this money?

You know if you keep saving hun (Amanda) you could get him here faster. Why make him go through selling the things you send? If you just save that money he could get here faster?

Just if we used gentle words, that might help, hey we have to beat these guys at their own game. I just thought of it! Again, if this isn't an approach maybe it will help, I used to think the tough love approach I've used on people always works, but it doesn't on everyone. I've hope I have given you another option if you haven't exhausted the use.

Best wishes, please keep me posted!!


Msgracie 4 years ago Author

Approach your friends gently involved in a scam! Just to note! Something I didn't think about. Be very kind and supportive to them and nice about it. We have to act like the scammer, because they are showing them nothing but kindness and this could help them. If we are acting upset and irritated with them, we are drawing them further into that person and away from us and we don't want them to be conned out of their money!


Ben 4 years ago

Hi my dear Ben!

I had very much a hard time, I did not sleep at night and very much

worried for my mum. Results of analyses have shown that mum to have

sick heart and urgent operation is necessary. The doctor has explained

that intervention of microsurgery is necessary, but in our country

such operation do not do, it refers to Coronary Shunting. But the

doctor has calmed me and has explained that we can rescue mum if to do

operation quickly, we to have very few time and it is necessary to do

operation.

I and mum have thought and have decided to operate immediately, mum to

contact the aunt and the aunt has told that will help us also we have

solved that we shall go in Australia and to do operation there.

My honey Ben, it very much pleased me, the doctor has told that mum

has every prospect soon to recover if we shall arrive in Australia and

we shall do operation quickly. I was calmed with these news and to me

became little bit easier and quieter for mum.

My dear, it is good news and to us, at last that we can meet you and

spend time together, it very much to please me, we waited that day

when we can meet and speak looking in eyes each other and this day

soon will come.

Dear Ben, but there was one problem, the aunt and its all family has

left for India in tourist small town and will come back only in 3

weeks. The husband of the aunt has told that will help us and will

send me of money, it tried it to do but it did not work because it can

transfer money only inside Australia. Then I have told to it that I

have a good friend in Australia and has told to it about you

(certainly I did not speak about us the truth, I have told that we

very good friends and that you can be trusted). My dear, your help is

very necessary to us. The uncle will transfer money to your account

and you will send then this money to me. I already went to travel

agency and learned all about a trip to Australia, to me have told that

the visa will be ready in 10 days, but it is necessary to pay services

of agency.

My sweet prince, your help is very necessary to me, you always

experienced together with me for my mum and wanted that with it all

was good, I am grateful to you for that that you supported to me

always and I wish to ask last time from you the help. It is necessary

for me that you have helped to transfer money my uncle, it will

translate money for your account and you then will send them to me. I

know you and I know that you the good guy and you can be trusted, I

trust you and very much I hope on your help, now all depends on you.

My dear, it is inconvenient to me to ask your help and it is a shame

before you, but we have considered all variants and we can not do

anything without you if we could consult I did not begin to ask your

help, but your help is very necessary to us and I ask you to help us.

I very much experience for mum and it is necessary to begin more

likely operation that it was healthy also I trust that you will not

give up to us and will help.

I wait your letter and gently you I kiss, please to answer me soon, we

have not enough time and necessary to hurry up.

Your Serge.

p.s. i dont know what to do, i want cry and very hope on you my love...


Ben 4 years ago

This is another scam letter dont you think...

cheers Ben

Hi my dear Ben!

I had very much a hard time, I did not sleep at night and very much

worried for my mum. Results of analyses have shown that mum to have

sick heart and urgent operation is necessary. The doctor has explained

that intervention of microsurgery is necessary, but in our country

such operation do not do, it refers to Coronary Shunting. But the

doctor has calmed me and has explained that we can rescue mum if to do

operation quickly, we to have very few time and it is necessary to do

operation.

I and mum have thought and have decided to operate immediately, mum to

contact the aunt and the aunt has told that will help us also we have

solved that we shall go in Australia and to do operation there.

My honey Ben, it very much pleased me, the doctor has told that mum

has every prospect soon to recover if we shall arrive in Australia and

we shall do operation quickly. I was calmed with these news and to me

became little bit easier and quieter for mum.

My dear, it is good news and to us, at last that we can meet you and

spend time together, it very much to please me, we waited that day

when we can meet and speak looking in eyes each other and this day

soon will come.

Dear Ben, but there was one problem, the aunt and its all family has

left for India in tourist small town and will come back only in 3

weeks. The husband of the aunt has told that will help us and will

send me of money, it tried it to do but it did not work because it can

transfer money only inside Australia. Then I have told to it that I

have a good friend in Australia and has told to it about you

(certainly I did not speak about us the truth, I have told that we

very good friends and that you can be trusted). My dear, your help is

very necessary to us. The uncle will transfer money to your account

and you will send then this money to me. I already went to travel

agency and learned all about a trip to Australia, to me have told that

the visa will be ready in 10 days, but it is necessary to pay services

of agency.

My sweet prince, your help is very necessary to me, you always

experienced together with me for my mum and wanted that with it all

was good, I am grateful to you for that that you supported to me

always and I wish to ask last time from you the help. It is necessary

for me that you have helped to transfer money my uncle, it will

translate money for your account and you then will send them to me. I

know you and I know that you the good guy and you can be trusted, I

trust you and very much I hope on your help, now all depends on you.

My dear, it is inconvenient to me to ask your help and it is a shame

before you, but we have considered all variants and we can not do

anything without you if we could consult I did not begin to ask your

help, but your help is very necessary to us and I ask you to help us.

I very much experience for mum and it is necessary to begin more

likely operation that it was healthy also I trust that you will not

give up to us and will help.

I wait your letter and gently you I kiss, please to answer me soon, we

have not enough time and necessary to hurry up.

Your Serge.

p.s. i dont know what to do, i want cry and very hope on you my love...


Miss Paula 4 years ago

I too have been scammed. I went online (Interpals)looking for friendship only,and I met a man who goes by the name of Chris Wesney.Chris is 48 years old and is working in Ikeja Nigeria. His daughter "Tessy" is with him-he is divorced. "Chris" is an electrical engineer in Nigeria, and his contract he says will end in roughly 2 months.After only speaking with him for 3 days I was asked to be his "Queen" and he was so in love with me.He didn't care that I was married because he wanted to wait for me.And then, all of a sudden, Tessy became deathly sick with malaria.The doctors in the hospital had to have a payment before they would give her medicines to save her life,so yes, I sent him 50.00. I told my husband this and he was furious but that did not get my money back. When he received the 50.00 he emailed me to say it was not enough and he needed 50 more or she would die within 30 hours.I told him I was not sending more money and he became irrate.This evening he emailed me and said I caused his daughter, his beautiful Tessy to die, and he was going to be with her soon. I called him an idiot and told him to go to h***---these guys are out there looking for us people...problem is he seen me coming.I wrote this to save someone else the pain I have just endured. Bless you...Miss Paula


Deedee 4 years ago

I was almost just scammed, I thought I did all the right things when I first started talking, but the biggest mistake is that I did not go back and recheck. These scammers change their names quite frequently, when I first started talking to my scammer I checked his name on the Internet and nothing showed up my other mistakes was to to check all search engines. I had yahoo and nothing showed up on him, but once he sent me me the phoney leave form my new computer checked it on google and there he was posted all over google as a scammer. So word of advice check all search engines when you first meet, keep checking because like I said they change their names and always check out every form they send you they may look real but they are not. Good thing I used my better judgement before I completed the phoney 80a/23 form.


BM 4 years ago

Hi. I had a problem with a love scamer. He send an email and after two weeks ask money...

Two other women suffer the same.

His name is Dennis Prosper. He say is from Australia and marine engineer and tell me about your died wife. I know in Badoo. But the same name is in the facebook, with two different pictures.

Attention please... He is a bad person.


BM 4 years ago

My e-mail is bibianamoya@live.com.ar. And I have more information about this.

Thank you


Jennifer 4 years ago

I was scammed by a man from Uganda .He says he had two sons and his Mom was dying. He wanted me to sell crafts and get money for family. I sent him about 600 and the crafts only came once. He would pressure me for money and even asked me to get my church to help. After we dated and I actually fell in love with him he asked me to marry him. Iwas having money problems so when money stopped coming he kept getting sick with malaria and our conversations got less and less. I eventually cut off contact because it was just too hard. He wanted to marry me and come live on US with his children. I thought he loved me. So sad. These people are insects!!!!


Angelique 4 years ago

Oh I've just been scammed myself... Actually had fun playing along. This guy claims to be born to a south african mom and german dad. Living in US and working Nigeria building platforms for oilrigs. He even send this lovely pictures of his "son". Claimed to be widowed. Named Jonathan Goldman. Oh boy, after only 1 1/2 weeks he wanted money! And when I refused he got all soured up and unsubscribed from my mail. But I did play him a bit. Isn't there some way of exposing these people?


Marmadukemark 4 years ago

My story is very bizarre indeed. I'll try to keep it short.

I garnered an email address on cheatingwives.com (or something like that) and emailed the young lady. She-26yo, me-54yo. She suggested we use Yahoo Messenger to chat. She was just finishing college in London, her parents died together in an auto accident, and I find out later she has a multi-million dollar trust when she graduates college and marries. She has now graduated and just needs the money to pay her bills so she can come to me, get married, and collect her inheritance.

We chatted on Messenger and she used a webcam so I could see her. Only after tempting her would she show me anything other than her fully clothed. She sent LOTS of photos - looking very sweet and oh so unscam like. She didn't ask for money until well into the "relationship" where she professed her undying love for me and etc. and I sent her $1800 to help with her expenses. She knows my age and of course doesn't care about age. The weird part is that the woman on webcam is the woman in all the photos.

Of course, now she needs more money, lots of money (I have NO intention of sending her more money) and I have been kind of stringing her along giving her some hope there may be more money ahead, while I try to unwrap this mystery woman. I have reached an impasse and have just about hit the wall.

I find this "scam" interesting in that it is a young woman scamming an older man, all her email does not originate from Nigeria, the webcam experience, and several other oddities I can't think of right now.

When she asked for more I decided to start investigating. The first few emails, and some subsequent email I back traced using the originating IP addresses in her email. They came from Nigeria, surprise, surprise. But I have seen this woman on livecam - not a recording, and sometimes her email does not originate from Nigeria. Sometimes her English is a little broken, but not badly.

If anybody has any thoughts on this, or needs additional information (I know I've left a lot out) please respond. I'm running out of road!!! Thanks a lot!


Msgracie 4 years ago Author

Hi Marmadukemark, thanks for the information as well as replying to my post. I think anything you know about this person, if you keep talking to them and adding the information you could possibly find out. Make sure they don't know anymore things of your activities here online. We have to be careful, as obviously, we are online, so are they. I think some of the scammers are getting extra smart, I believe I've had a few actually, reply here. They are trying to learn as much as they can about the culture.

I feel too, many aren't afraid to show their real pictures, after the fact, was one of the experiences I

had, or they run so many schemes, they get confused.

I'm sorry you have loss money, please because. I haven't sent anyone money, but the first person I came across was right before I started to research more on these things. I've heard about the email, but now, this was about 3 yrs ago, 2009, when I really go into finding more out about these things.

You have given great info, I think if you can keep collecting the IP addresses, for a little while to see if you see a timing connection, like are they certain months or what. You should again, collect as much info as you can then contact the authorities.

Unlike people from the states, many people from other countries, wouldn't have a problem of jumping from a plane from here to there. This person could be a student and does this for money.

Another thing, I've just thought of, I hope it isn't, but it could be someone that is being coerced to doing this. Another factor, it might not be voluntary by them.

NO matter, what, they are willing to say and do whatever to get what they want. Although, you have given money before, soon, they might get bored and move on, so if you decide you want to go to the authorities, don't take too much time, if not, try to get the word out as much as possible, to help others, one step, was reading this story and commenting thank you for this.

If you would like to chat more, let me know.


Msgracie 4 years ago Author

Hi Ben,

sorry it took so long to reply, but thank you for your help and providing this information, it is well needed.

yes, indeed, more scams! It is unbelievable, I'm so glad that this story is helping people and that people like you are adding to it, we all need to stick together on this!!!


Msgracie 4 years ago Author

Hi Ben,

much appreciated, yes, all scams, unbelievable, we have to stay positive, stop them in their tracks and make sure we inform friends about it too and family. We must beaware, they like to catch us off guarded, mind you they are still finding ways on the internet, through email too, so still be careful.


Msgracie 4 years ago Author

Hi Miss Paula,

thank you for your comments, bless you as well. You can look at this you are kindhearted, gentle person and someone was taking advantage of that. You have nothing to be ashamed of. Despite it being a scam, you in your heart, was doing something good for someone else.

It is so true, like anyone, that is scammer, or even a manipulator will do these things too. Yes, that is exactly what happens they become abusive and tyrants. They want more and willn ot stop until you do. You did the right thing. You arare a brave soul, to be able to tell your husband about it and to also, know when something didn't seem or feel right. At the time, you were feeling so, in the moment. Don't be hard on yourself, it is fine, thank you again for sharing and take care more blessings to you, God sses your heart and you will be if not already blessed for what you've done despite the scam.


Msgracie 4 years ago Author

Hi Deedee,

thanks for sharing. Yes, they have to keep changing names and addresses. I had one start out with one address then gave another for yahoo. Some will keep you in your list, so you have to block them on yahoo.

More advice, which I might have stated before, try to use nicknames as well for yourself online. Don't use your true email address and beareful of the info you add on faceboo,k, myspace also don't let anyone on your page that you don't know. Becareful too, about how much you say about yourself for many reason. local scammeers too or thives, heard that some were checking facebook, when people would say they were on vacation and they go to their homes and rob, so becareful all the way around. Yes, anything from banks, or any other financial institute or even so-called employment places, wtch filling out info from something sent to ouour email address, you are giving the scammer your ss# and what not all yoru personal info, so please don't fill anything out sent by email to you. sorry of any typos pc having some strange/weird issue going on.


Msgracie 4 years ago Author

Hi BM,

thanks for the info. Australia, it appears to be another area, some of my other viewers/readers/or commenters have stated Australia, hmmm, thank you for reading as well, time to do another investigation, I'm way over due, but owe to us all.


Msgracie 4 years ago Author

Hi Jennifer,

sorry to hear of your ordeal. Thank you for reading and sharing your story here. So true, yes, the first person I chatted with, wanted me to sell cosmetics. My thoughts were I didn't know where that came from, on my page though, I posted I sold AVON, which I did three years ago, this is something I didn't think of, maybe they do something in relation to your liking and/or again, your page, I have told people to watch what they post, but only in relation to them being located, but now, I see that they too, could have different things to offer and find something to send you in relation to your occupation, so that it would be appealing to you and they could keep the scam going.

Hmmm, my thoughts are going in many places here, but I see, yes, they will come up with something about someone dying or ill. It is sad, I know that they are having problems in their country, true compassion, but to try and scam others is unacceptable, just keeping telling your story and others and/or getting them to read our stories here and other places.

thaWe just have to do search ourselves, investigat, investigare, investigae that can't be said or done enough!! Just type in google or any sarch engine the counrty and words scam, you will see,


Msgracie 4 years ago Author

Hi Angelique,

thanks for commenting, good for you. The only ways I'm aware of are reporting the addresses. This is something I would have to look into more, but if you like you could too! :) smile, with their email addresses block and report as spam and what not, with a lot of evidence, then maybe it could go to the authorities.

Since they are not local, sometimes, I think it will be harder, as they have thse places going and will just move from place to place.


Msgracie 4 years ago Author

Hi Confidence Man,

thanks fro replying. I'm sorry about that, you are right, we need to work together and not take things so seriously. I do really appreciate your comments in that matter, the main thing is to help each other though. Sometimes, people are going through things and the internet is a good way to escape from time to time, so let's work together and have compasion for oe another despite all things :) I dod appreciate you.


Marmadukemark 4 years ago

Msgracie, thanks for replying so quickly! It really helped just having someone listen. I am fortunate in that the money I sent was not from a second mortgage or selling assets; but I'll certain take the shots: idiot, naïve, stupid, et al.

That given, there are a number of sites that will trace back an IP address that is "hidden" in their email. In fact, there is a way to get this IP from your chats with Messenger. By using Google I was able to learn quickly and easily how to do all this.

Your advice helped. She may be changing locations frequently which would explain some discrepancies in her IP locations. I can probably look for patterns in past email and the IP's I collected on Messenger.

Another befuddler: I found her Facebook page (she didn't tell me about) that confirms a lot of her story and looks as innocent as the day is long. She has backed down on most of her money demands and now seems to be happy with the thought of me flying there to rescue her. I wonder how many of us are left waiting at the airport?

Probably, the best move for me to make is to quit wasting time, quit dreaming, take my lumps, swallow hard, and delete her from my life.

I gotta tell ya: this scam was well-crafted - bravo!


Marmadukemark 4 years ago

Sorry - but to what authorities would I go?


shejustwantsmoney 4 years ago

watch out money is all she wants from you. https://www.facebook.com/myangelicheart


Marmadukemark 4 years ago

Yes, of course, shejustwantsmoney, that's why we're here. But my scammer's got yours beaten hands down on the appearance of innocence:

http://www.facebook.com/kimchurch.rose


bella09 4 years ago

Hi I have just finished reading the articles of the scams that people have fallen for I wonder if they are so lonely that they are so easily fooled. I have been on several dating sites since I lost my husband three years ago yes there have been scams tried on me but I guess I have always had an investigating mind and believe me research never lets one down I had one so called man after meeting him on B2 dating site declare undying love only after three emails I replied how ridiculous it sounded and deleted him immediately They try anything stuck overseas on a buying trip the best one I have ever heard is that the bank will not forward him a new card or that he cannot get access to his account I replied all he had to do was go to his corresponding bank where he was and that they would handle it I know that loneliness is hard and unfortunately these people seem to play on this I an lucky in the sense being a trained psychologist/counsellor can see through the lies I hope that having sites that people can contact when they feel that they are being scammed helps it is sad knowing people are loosing their money but sometimes its not the money its the pride that has been hurt to be made a fool off stay safe and I do hope that one day all will be able to meet someone I have been lucky I have met someone on line and not a scam so there is hope stay safe everyone


4 years ago

I think I have been scammed. I met a gentlman thru christian mingle.com. He says his name is John Logwin, a independent oil rig driller, now is working off the coast of Scotland. Has a daughter named Tessy. Ask me to send an unlocked phone to her and money. He had a wonderful gift of words, lots of poems. Called me Queen, my love, we are in this venture together. Now he is asking for money because his oil rig needs parts. why do people do this to others. Appears this maybe the same guy that Amanda was dealing with. But he said his wife Linda pass away.


shejustwantsmoney 4 years ago

Marmadukemark: you never know she might just be the same person.


shejustwantsmoney 4 years ago

oh yeah she wants you to buy her stuff too. she's opening new profiles to find new victims. http://www.mydailyflog.com/Etheln/


Msgracie 4 years ago Author

Hi Poco, so sorry that happened to you. Yes, anytime anyone is asking you for an amount and they will send you more back, definitely a scam. We are not payday loans or what not. I think a great movie everyone needs to see, is from 1987, starring Lindsay Crouse and Joe Mantegna House of Games:

http://www.amazon.com/House-of-Games/dp/B000IZXRPM


Msgracie 4 years ago Author

Thanks and everyone be careful, House of Games 1987, is the movie to watch: http://www.amazon.com/House-of-Games/dp/B000IZXRPM


Msgracie 4 years ago Author

Sometimes I wonder if they are even female.


Msgracie 4 years ago Author

Hi M,

thanks for posting, if it isn't the same person, they all know what scam to work. We just have to be careful is all. I think that we can take are time and anyone asking for money, even if we know them in person, but they are asking for money right away or anything that we feel uncomfortable about or with, then we should let them go, or stop them in their tracks. If the person is serious, they will stop their behavior, if not, theey will repeat the bad behavior and then eventualy give up if we don't give in to what they want.


Msgracie 4 years ago Author

Hi Bella

thanks for sharing your story and pointing out some great things to remember. Also, I appreciate your concern, and am sorry to hear of the loss of your husband 3 years ago. Yes, sometimes, unfortunately, words can hurt as much in print as in person or can be as threatening, seeing them as hearing them.

Some people are persistent, but we have to be that and/or push right back. We can't allow them to have or think they have the best of us. Sometimes I see something and think wow. Just had a guy send me messages, trying to request that I see him. he is playing a victim saying I hurt him etc, saying maybe people aren't as nice as him, etc.., he is someone local, but it iis all about him getting whta he would want from me. I know eactly what he was up to, but just chatted enough to see if he would start the "bullying" and being persistent as many do. He wasn't trying to financial scam me, but still romance scam indeed. we just have to stick to are ground and let them


Msgracie 4 years ago Author

Cont'd to Bella

^ Financially scam me....

and let them know that we are not having it. Stick to your ground and we shouldn't get caught up in their nice words, conversation, as too, I feel adults can be cyberbullied, if we are not careful.


sherry 4 years ago

I recently bought my first PC laptop, I also signed up for internet and email. I was advised not to open any mail that was not familiar to me. One day last week, I received an email request for befriending this guy, Russell Todd- a contraction worker in Greece. I accidently clicked on his email while cleaning out my email box. He started calling me beautiful and that i caught his minds eye with my picture on facebook. At first, I was sceptical and kept a watch on his letters. He never asked for money but he did hook me romantically. My brother in law saw his email and immediately warned me that he was a fraud. I had let myself get hooked. I now have broken all ties with this guy and have been trying to find out who he really is so to warn others about this fraudulant scam.


Karen 4 years ago

Just about got scammed. Look out for Richard "Chuck"Wilshere out of London. He or she is really good. Unfortunately for whoever this person is - they made several slip ups. Nasty nasty people. This person actually sent me a copy of their flight ticket KLM London to Toronto - probably bought with stolen credit card.


Deanna 4 years ago

Hey Karen, wow I have had contact with this idiot as well "Richard Chuck Wilshere". His wife and daughter died in a car accident 5 years ago. His mother who he calls Nana just died last week and he has his dead daughters dog named Jackie. This ass sent me a copy of a KLM plane ticket as well. He hasn't asked for money yet. Says he is relocating from UK to Canada because he can't live there anymore with all the sad memories. He did ask me about my financial situation. Said he was going to take me to Greece and Europe. ha ha ha lol what a goof. He also called from UK on a cell phone. His profile is on Match.com and says he took it off immediately after emailing me because he had so many emails from other women. Careful ladies!!!!


Deanna 4 years ago

Hey Karen, forgot to ask...did he ask you for money???


DD 4 years ago

Doran Dan, you need to go to an employment agency...don't beg on the internet


Deanna 4 years ago

Richard chuck Wilshere is out of Indonesia not London... Be very careful!


todd 4 years ago

well a girl from a dating site has been chatting for just over a month now...and her dad lived in california and died and she is in africa with her mother who is a missionary....now her dads estate has been settled but the lawyer cant transfer large amounts of money to nigeria...so she asks me to open an account and the lawyer will transfer the funds into my account...and then i will western union the money to her in nigeria....well she says she loves me and wants to marry me....she has never met me or even talked to me on the phone........so should i open an account n get the money and not transfer any funds??just wondring what to do or who to contact.....


Deanna 4 years ago

Hey Todd, if you believe that story I have some wonderful swamp land I would love to sell to you in Florida Lol. Don't be a fool!!!


Astheart 4 years ago

Be aware of mobile numbers that begin with 070x....... (+4470x... in international). There are two British companies that provide such numbers for free or for a small fee. Those numbers look like regular British mobile numbers but the fact is that they are fully redirectable to the number the owner chose. So, you think you call to GB but the person can be anywhere in the world. Scammers use it very often.


Anita 4 years ago

I so identify with these scam stories! I was also scammed a couple months ago by a guy named Jason Corbin, who told me his home was in a town which was near where I lived but was in Africa at the time doing engineering work and would be back to the states in a couple weeks and couldn't wait to meet me and said he was in love with me and God brought us together! Being a widow, he was saying everything I longed to hear! He told me his internet would be shut down soon and didn't want to loose contact with me. That is when he approached me for money. I asked how much - he said $550. Like a fool, and afraid of what would happen if I didn't, as he had my home address - I sent it to him! I was dragging my feet about it, but when he got irritated and asked if I was going to or not, out of fear, I did! He did try to contact me where we had been chatting on Yahoo Msgr, but I wouldn't respond and finally hit SPAM and that ended that nonsense! The next day I called the local police! I don't expect to ever get my money back, but at least this was a lesson learned!

Just a few days ago, I started chatting with a guy, Bryan Wills, who says he lives in Dallas, TX, but his phone number checks out at NJ. Said he had lived in Poland b 4 coming to TX about 3 months ago! In my opinion, he doesn't look Polish! Says he makes jewelry with diamonds! That number could possibly is his cell as we have texted a couple times! He calls me sweetie, asked me to remove myself from OKCupid.com where we met and he was going to remove himself b cuz he doesn't need to be on there anymore since he met me. And we should concentrate on us now! That God would want that! I forgot to mention that the first guy, Jason Corbin asked me to remove myself from the Zoosk site, where we met and he would also but didn't know how to. When I went back to that site, he wasn't there. Bryan said he would remove himself but doesn't know how! I believe he does, however, I didn't tell him b cuz I hoped he would be there and I could report him - which I did! The last red flag was: how do you pay your bills! I didn't respond and told him it was late and I was going to bed! Probably, if I hadn't been scammed so badly the first time I would have fallen for this guy's line! For anyone reading this - PLEASE DON'T LET THEM GET TO YOU - ALL THEY WANT IS YOUR MONEY! THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT YOU!!!


Astheart 4 years ago

@Anita: You´re right absolutely! Their stories are very similar and in most cases you can see they aren´t too intelligent. When you repeat your questions in several day, you´ll see they forgot their lies and give you different answers. They want you to move to Yahoo Messenger because it´s easier and quicker for them to reach you and you will see neither their moves on a social site, nor their friend list. I would recommend to force them to send you an email and check their location i.e. with www.ip-address.com. But you will have to manage to get the header of their email (here you can find out how: http://www.emailquestions.com/full-email-headers/) and use Email Trace there (not IP checker!!!!). That´s how you can get known quickly if the guy lies or not. Or ask him for his Facebook profile and send it to me: astheart@gmail.com. I can check the guy for you. :)


Astheart 4 years ago


janedoe68 4 years ago

Todd, if you open that account be prepared to have an attorney on retainer for the legal trouble you will be landing yourself in because this is a money laundering scam.,Any "deposits" they make will be phony (flash deposits that appear and then disappear from the account) and who will be left holding the bag since they are probably in Nigeria where they can't be touched???? Yes that's right.....YOU!


Sam 3 years ago

Has anybody ever heard of a guy who calls himself Felix Adler? My mom met him on seniorsmeet.com and he scammed her out of $5400. He claims to be from Germany, early 60's and he claims to be an architect. He was supposedly in the Philippines working on a project. He told my mom that his wife cheated on him with his best friend and was stealing money from him and he had to get a counter sign from his bank. Is this scumbag (I would like to call him something else) for real or is he a freaking scam artist?


andy 3 years ago

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Msgracie 3 years ago Author

I see more scams on here, becareful of odd email addresses as well.


Msgracie 3 years ago Author

Hi Deanna,

you all thank you so much. I think that they are possibly if not one person, several using the same name. Many are probably working together and in shifts, some working on certain sites.


Msgracie 3 years ago Author

Thank you,

I believe that Doran Dan, might be a scammer, so we will not pay mind to this.


Msgracie 3 years ago Author

Hi Sherry,

sorry to hear about the fraud, be safe. I think that we need to watch out closer. Despite everything that is going on they are still out here scamming or trying to scam on us.


Msgracie 3 years ago Author

Hi Karen,

thanks for the name and information we will have to keep updating if you have names and/or stories continue sharing.


Msgracie 3 years ago Author

Hey all I've done the new updates, if you haven't checked it out, please do and comments are welcomed! Let me know anything else you all want to discuss....I have new updates to add now, maybe I will create another story for you...soon...

New one listed below:

Signs That You Are Being Romance Scammed Updates-Continued 2011-2013 updates


Chealsea 3 years ago

beware to scam someone called BEN 007 WALLS contacts you. He has several fake profile on dating sites. One of them, he uses a nick name MATT on are you interested (AYI) he is going to say that he is currently working on Afghanistan as an US undercover military. Never married, age 46 or 47. He will try to hook you romantically with several emails taken from internet love letters. And also, you will send a yahoo ID to keep chatting you. After couples weeks, he finally going to say that his birthday is coming and he would love to get an apple ipad as gift.

Yahoo messenger login: ben007walls

Email: the same login above@yahoo.com

IP adress: supposedly from Sunnyvale - California (but can be fake)

72.30.239.142

98.139.215.143

98.139.212.213

72.30.239.78

98.139.213.136

98.139.212.149

Here are some of several emails sent by him. Typically emails you are going to find on the several SCAMMER WARNING sites.

Hi Lilis,

I just woke up and came to check to see if I have a message from you and I am not disappointed and it looks to me like we communicate with telepathy. I don't know what prompted me to check to see if I had a message from you and I love that you have me on your mind and not to worry Lilis, I am strong as a horse and I am not going to die yet and your prayers will definitely keep me safe. I should be online to chat to you shortly and I am excited coming on to see your messages. I like chatting to you and I enjoy every second of it.. Missing you lots Lilis and I am going nuts thinking about you and I dare say that I am in love with you.

Ben.

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Hi honey,

While you are asleep here I am worried and thinking about you and about many things about us and my heart says to write and tell you about them. My heart beats only for you and my days are filled with thoughts of you. Nothing moves my world like you do and I am glad you are my heart and all that matters to me. I keep thinking about these things and I realize they go hand in hand. This relationship is my future, it's what I want out of life. I want to grow old with you. I want to experience this crazy love forever and ever, and I really think I'm going to get to. I want us to walk through new houses picking the one that would be just right for us. I want you to pull the covers off me at night and then I have to get even closer, if it's possible, to you to keep warm. I want to see you laugh like crazy at me when I do stupid stuff. I want you to rub lotion all over my body because I laid out in the sun too long. I want to hold you when you cry and smile with you when you smile. I want you to fall asleep every night in my arms and wake up in the morning with me waking you with a kiss while I serve you breakfast in bed. I want you to be the first thing I see when I wake up and the last thing I see when I go to sleep. I want to sit on the beach with you and watch the sun set, and I want all the people who pass us to envy the love that we obviously have for each other. I want to spend all night, and maybe the next day, making love to you with an undying passion (sorry to be so blunt). I want to be 75 years old and still make out with you like a teenager. I want to cook a meal with you and us totally ruin it and end up doing take out. I want to sit there talking to you for hours about nothing at all but in the same time everything or maybe we won't talk at all and just grin at each other realizing how lucky we are. I want you to get mad at me for doing something stupid, and I want you to burst out laughing when you try to yell at me. I want to lay with you in front of a fireplace and keep the heat going long after the fire goes out. I want to take trips with you to places we've never been and experience them together. I want our friends to come over and get totally jealous because they don't share a love like we do. I want to be walking into a store with you and trip and fall on my face and turn around to see you rolling on the ground laughing at me. I want us to run outside in the rain and act like total kids getting completely soaked, and when we come back in stripping down to nothing as we stumble into the bedroom, or the kitchen counter, or the balcony, or the dining room table, or an office desk, or the shower, which ever one we feel like at the time. I want it to take your breath away every time I say, "I love you" because you know it's coming from the heart. I want us to sit down with a box of strawberries, a bottle of chocolate syrup, and a thing of mint chocolate ice cream; well, I'll let your imagination finish that one. I want to love you and be with you for at least forever if not a little longer. I couldn't really express in words what I'm feeling right now so I decided to share with you SOME of the images and thoughts that have been running through my head. I really am crazy about you, everything about you. I love you with the whole of my heart and soul. I always want to feel this way with you and forever is just before us. Love you lots and forever honey and I will be waiting to hear from you.

Ben.

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Hi honey,

I guess your songs would keep me busy for a while and this songs would always remind me of you. I have listened to the first two but will listen to the others when I am online again but then, I just got back from my duties and what better welcome than to come online to find messages from you waiting for me. Thoughts of you never left my mind and not for a second as images of you stay glued to my head and I can't stop thinking about you. I love what I saw looking at your cam earlier and it is stuck in my head and your smile and your laugh does things to me that I can't explain and you are a very beautiful woman and I am glad you are mine. I love you with the whole of my heart and soul and I bless the day you came into my life. You have made me a happier man and I know that you and I were made for each other and I am strongly convinced that you are that special one I have been waiting for all my life. I think of you even while on the job and I have never felt this way about anyone before and this feeling is strange to me and I love it too. I love the way you make me feel and I feel butterflies in my tummy when I think of you. My career has spun its length honey and 25 years in the service of my country I think is enough and I deserve some me time with you and then we can do whatever it is that we want and be happy. I have thought this through and I am quitting the military once my tour is done and I can go back to being a civilian and live a life of peace and quiet with you by my side and not have to look over my shoulders anymore. I will be online soon and we can chat some more. Love you lots babe..

Ben.

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Hi honey,

I am so excited coming on to find that I have several pictures of you for me. It makes my heart beat very quickly seeing your message and the pictures. No one has ever touched my heart like you do and I am glad you are in my life and I never want to lose you ever. The picture tells me you love travelling and sure does help me to know you some more like you said. I sure would love to build beautiful memories with you and memories of us together that will stay with me the rest of my days. I wish I could get out of here this second and start our lives together and be one forever and never have to miss you this way ever again. I surely would love a couple of pictures of you to print so I can always look at them when I miss you and have them in my wallet too and I can look at them when I am out on duty. I love you so much babe and no one could ever take your place in my heart now and forever. My heart is filled up with thoughts of you and there is no space for another.. I am glad you are mine and I am blessed and know that nothing will ever come between us now and forever.

Ben.

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Msgracie 3 years ago Author

Hi Chealsea,

thank you so much for sharing this information. We have to be careful. They are also taking our pictures (as we know already) had one tell me he showed his mom my pictures, hopefully, I won't see myself on some site. He claims he deleted them, but I don't know for sure as we never will, he may not of even actually copy/pasted my pics, but either way it goes, I deleted him, reported him.


Msgracie 3 years ago Author

Hi all, please also check out my updated story on this topic.


jhv789123@outlook.com 3 years ago

Can you let me know if you know of an engineer that lives in Virginia and working in Lagos on a solar plant bt is out of money and wants SOMEONE IN THE STATES TO HELP HIM GET HIS MONEY OUT OF THE BANK IN THE STATES. jANET


Msgracie 3 years ago Author

Hi Janet,

I would think that is a scam for sure. Anything or anyone asking you for money and/or saying that they live here, but are there, usually are a scammer....they are many scenarios they use, but I will definitely say that one is.

If I haven't mentioned it in the stories or not, lately, they've been saying things that they are engineers, contractors or anything of that sort, they claim to be in places they aren't...anyone claiming to be in the states and isn't I wouldn't believe.

The bank scams are some of the 1st types used, but it was sent through emails, so yes, becareful, I will add some of those too.

Be safe Be careful Be cautious


Msgracie 3 years ago Author

HI Janet,

thank you for posting a comment, please read my actual response below this.

I appreciate thank you.


Linda. 3 years ago

GOOD DAY EVERYONE,

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Msgracie 3 years ago Author

Does everyone see this scam here above!


Msgracie 3 years ago Author

Do not contact this Linda, by email, I definitely believe it is a scam! Trust no one posting on my page giving out email addresses etc... I disapprove and don't want anyone to follow these thank you so much keeping you posted, check my new story, I have more updates I'm adding today!


bayleighsangel 3 years ago

Hi there:

I am new to this type of stuff and would like to know how to tell here my "friend" is from and if he is part of the scammers. There are so many indicators that are similar to those above and am a not sure how to go about checking if this man is genuine or not. his cell number starts with the number 44 which is the international code for manchester england but the rest of the number does not come up. any help would be greatly appreciated .

thanks


Msgracie 3 years ago Author

Hi Bayleishangel,

thank you for reading the articles as well as all the helpful comments added to the article. I would definitely say this is a scammer. I would not make any further contact with the person. Yes, this was something I was going to post about them saying that they are new to this. Since they know they are scamming, there will be many questions asked of you, like, how long have you been on here? I'm so new to this, I'm not sure how it works, etc.... That is just their way, the scammer, of "feeling you out," they are trying to see if you are aware that they are going to try and scam you.

I would if you like, to discontinue contact, or even if you do make contact, just to try and see what else they have to say.

I have just ran into more scammers and they are choosing new areas in the states, to use as well, Cherry Hill, NJ, is one of the places as I went ahead took a scammers # made contact to see what they would say/do.

It is a great possibility that it may not be a phone, but maybe a # off a tablet or something.

Thanks for checking in, but know we will keep an eye out so continue to check these pages and others like it.

The only other way to check the number, if you put it in online and see what happens. By it being international, it might come up, it may not, but sometimes, just typing it into a search engine, like Yahoo! and Google, you could find a site like 800notes, and who is calling from this number types of pages that will tell you more or could possibly tell you little more about the number.


gdb2010@gmail.com 3 years ago

Thanks for posting... I had the oil gas engineer from Manchester, a romantic 2 month internet romance. He even managed to post a proper picture on the webcam. I disappointed him and gave him nothing!

I sincerely hope that no one gets fleeced by this scam!


Msgracie 3 years ago Author

Hello GDB2010,

Thank you for your reply and you are welcomed for the post! I'm glad that they received nothing from you, but maybe some of your time. Yes, it is amazing what they will do. Some will go ahead and post their picture as they know that it is alright to do. Especially, if they feel they are just that bold, will go ahead. Many feel that they are untouchable possibly right, but we have to be unbreakable and not allow them to think they can take advantage of us.

Yes, the scam, they are always in engineering, computers, contracting jobs for those things, maybe even a form of sales they will say. I feel that if you don't know them personally, when they are in another country, then it is best to ignore them.

Even if they claim to live somewhere not far from you, ways to get them is ask them about the city and many will eventually fold. My sister and aunt haven't lived in my city for years, but they still know something about it!

I'm so happy again, that he was "disappointed" after talking to you! They deserve nothing, but to not try and scam innocent people.


Jay Bird 3 years ago

this girl came along on black planet talking about she needed she needed my help talking about she was stuck in london she didn't have any money that she was a hand model and that this company that she worked for owe her money that she couldn't get but she need a bank account to get the money but didn't have her family or friend couldn't help her so i dediced to help she had a check sent to me and it took me some time to get to the bank and because it take me some time to get to the bank she started tell me she was going sue me over her money and that she had a lawyer witch i never knew and because of the threats i deposit the check and the check was fake and it cleared out my bank out it was ruff all this over because i wanted to help some one that said they was in need of hep


jay bird 3 years ago

this girl came along on black planet talking about she needed she needed my help talking about she was stuck in london she didn't have any money that she was a hand model and that this company that she worked for owe her money that she couldn't get but she need a bank account to get the money but couldn't get help from her family or friends so i dediced to help her so she had a check sent to me and it took me some time to get to the bank and because it take me some time to get to the bank she started deposit the check and so because of that she started to tell me she was going sue me over her money and that she had a lawyer witch i never knew and because of the threats i deposit the check and the check was fake and it cleared out my whole bank so i owe the bank to cover the bad check i get it pay off but it was ruff all this over because i wanted to help some one that said they was in need of help wow smh


Msgracie 3 years ago Author

Hi Jay Bird,

thank you for sharing your story here with us. I'm sorry that this has happened to you. Yes, she did cyberbulling tactics, along with making you feel sympathetic for something that was not of your doing.

Please keep in my mind, that you do not know anyone that comes to you online and have your compassion, but please be cautious with sending funds and depositing a check. Yes, this has happened to someone I know. They deposited the check and had issues.

This is also know as the confidence scheme. Three is an episode of The Golden Girls this was done on and a movie from 1987 called, "House of Games," (Joe Montegna and Lindsay Crouse) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093223/, on Internet Movie Database, also someone asked the question about other good confidence scam movies, check The Cooler-William Macy, one not mentioned that I saw was Confidence-Edward Burns, Rachel Weisz, The Sting, The Thomas Crown Affair, Harry in your Pocket, The Grifters , Matchstick Men another one not so bad are Tower Heist, and check out a few of Eddie Murphy's other movies: Harlem Nights, The Distinguished Gentleman, although he is a cop he runs a few scams in Beverly Hills Cop and of course the 48 hours Series. I haven't really seen The STing, Harry in your Pocket, The Grifters. I hope it helps as many will say and do things to get on our side.

Again thank you for sharing your story and I am so sorry to hear of this. I am coming to add an email I received in this nature.


Msgracie 3 years ago Author

Hi again Jay Bird,

here is the story that was emailed me, (For all that view this, please do not respond, nor send any funds as this is a scam)

" From Mrs. Mary Benson

Show Details

From

Mrs. Mary Benson

To

Dear Beloved Friend,

I WILL LIKE YOU TO ACCEPT THIS TOKEN WITH GOOD FAITH.

How are you doing today? I hope all is well with you and your family? I am using this opportunity to inform you that I have successfully transferred my funds out of the company under the assistance of a new partner from Iraq Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, the Minister of Energy & Industry Chairman & Managing Director, Qatar Petroleum. I am much elated to contact you again after this long time.

I must inform you that I'm presently in Iraq for business negotiations and establishment under a joint business partnership with Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada. With a sincere heart, I have issued a cheque worth US$995,000.00 US Dollars in your name, ordering Reverend Attmash Josan to transfer the cheque to you. Therefore, I want you to contact Reverend Attmash Josan immediately you read this message for the collection of the cheque because it will take me extra 6 Months before returning back to Nigeria. The name and contact address of Reverend with your cheque is:

1: Name: Reverend Attmash Josan (of Roman Catholic Church, Nigeria)

2: E-mail Address: revattmashjosan@pop.com.br

Note: Rev. Attmash Josan is waiting to hear from you for the collection of your Cheque. Take note that the cheque has a validity period of 30 banking days as such it is urgent you contact him immediately.

Yours Sincerely,

Mrs. Mary Benson

Principal partnership with QP.

http://www.qp.com.qa

SCAM -PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS-MS.GRACIE

NOTE: Do not reply to me, rather you are to contact Reverend Attmash Josan through e-mail Address: revattmashjosan@pop.com.br"


Msgracie 3 years ago Author

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Sad and betrayed 3 years ago

I want to thank both this site and Marmadukemark for his extremely uselful advice about the IP tracking on the emails. It is very easy. I have been in Contact with a lady telling me she is in Australia and I have just tracked all her emails to Nigeria (surprise Surprise and funny enough London.) Unfortunately I was stupid and sent some money before then did some research. She is since asking for more money and I have pushed back. She then got a little hositle. I woke this morning to a long winded email telling me she loves me blah blah blah. The weird thing is I am actually ad that this relationship is ended lol I am having feelings for a myth!!! I know this now but it still hurts and I dont WANT it to be true. Not because of the money I have written that offf but because the dream sounded so nice. Ah well thanks again,


Msgracie 3 years ago Author

Hi Sad and betrayed,

thank you for sharing your story here. Yes, everyone wants to find someone as I myself am looking too, but we have to be careful when they are not in state or the country as well. Work on learning their name, finding out as much information as possible and doing an internet search. It is the only way to be able to find out what is really going on and if a person is true. Best things to know are First/Last Name, Date of birth current city and/or hometown, when you can. You can go do public records search and/or find their pages on other sites, even spokeo.com, it is all about protection. Too, someone that has just met you, will not want to ask you for money, as they don't know you. Whether you meet someone online or in-person, try to do a search on them, it really helps in the end.


Msgracie 3 years ago Author

Dr.phil.com, please go any and everyone to review the show he had about Romance scams. Two women were on and the person was in Ghana. Please if the story seems too elaborate, know that again, as I mentioned and Dr. Phil on his show (Wednesday September 11, 2013), when they can't answer basic questions about the state they claim they are from, then they are not from there. It means that they are performing trickery and/or never been here. Don't feel bad to as you feel like you are asking them too many questions. It is your life and the person shouldn't be agitated if they are true and sincere in getting to know you, they will answer them easily.


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