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Avoiding Internet Dating Scams

By January 2, 2008

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Internet dating scams seem to be getting a lot of media attention of late. New software called CyberLover has recently been discovered (according to a press release at Business Wire) that was basically created to scam unsuspecting singles out of money. Nigerian scams have now moved from email transmission to online dating sites (according to MSNBC). The U.S. Postal Service just released their newest website called FakeChecks.org, which includes a scenario called Love Losses, where a single meets someone from an online dating site just to be scammed out of thousands of dollars.

So how do you avoid being taken in by an internet dating scam? I've written an article on the subject to answer this question (Signs of an Internet Dating Scam), but am interested in hearing from anyone else who has been duped (or spotted a scam in progress) as well. What suggestions and advice would you give other singles looking for love on the internet who are wary of being scammed themselves?

Update: It seems a great many of you have had issues with internet dating scams and it saddens me to hear it - yet thankful that you can all discuss your experiences here. I urge you to:

Comments
February 4, 2008 at 12:55 pm
(1) Fred says:

I often wonder about internet sites that have very attractive people who are supposedly looking for a partner yet mostly never answer or if they do, it is very promptly but never anything of consquence. Nothing that lets you get close (Never get: “let’s meet” or “call me on the phone sometime”) I get the feeling they work for the company to keep a potential paying customer interested.

February 9, 2008 at 10:43 am
(2) Sharla says:

I was the recent target of a Nigerian scam on Match.com. Thanks to a good friend, I realized it just in time. I didn’t lose any money, but I DID decide to turn the table and “play” with my scammer a bit. SO — LADIES..have some fun!!!! I sent him down to Western Union not once, but TWICE looking for money which wasn’t there. Then told him I was personally flying to Lagos to bring him and his invented son a ticket along with 12K since he’d “gotten robbed”. Of course he INSISTED I not come due to “safety” in Lagos. I told him I was licensed to carry a gun on the plane and safety would not be a problem. I really poured it on near the end! I laughed so hard I thought I would die! He was buying MY scam, the scumbag. I ended with a grand finale of telling him I REALLY worked for the Cyper crime division of the FBI, and that we’d gotten the pics we needed of him when he went to get the money at Western Union; that his Nigerian government had “sold them out” and given US authority for arrest, extradition and full prosecution under US law of these scammers etc…. It was so much fun. Watch out ladies..their modus operarendi is the same. This guy got to me by being a “widow – having lost his wife and both parents in a plane crash”. (I’m a widow also so fellow widows — BEWARE..they will hit you where it hurts). Anyway — be safe, careful and once you know you are being scammed — yank THEIR chain for awhile. HA. Turn-about is fair play when it comes to something like this.

February 21, 2011 at 1:44 am
(3) Armiza says:

Bravo… hehehe…

June 2, 2011 at 4:50 pm
(4) Donna says:

I cannot believe what you wrote Sharla!!!!!! I just just got scammed myself with a guy who was a widow who parents died and lost his wife as well and is raising an 8 year old. He said he was in Nigeria on business with his daughter along. Said she doesnt go to school, she is homeschooled. Lucky it did not go as far as any money being sent or anything like that. When I told a good friend, he was like RUN, dont walk, RUN!!!! I am grateful I realized it in time.

August 2, 2011 at 10:31 am
(5) kathy hansen says:

I was talking to a guy, Mark Rossi, who said he was in Malaysia. Same exact story as yours. He said he was robbed the day before he was supposedly coming back to the states, and asked me if I could send him mondey. Of course I said no….jerk.

August 7, 2011 at 9:58 pm
(6) Sandi says:

Girls – please be aware of Michael Charles. mcharles19600@yahoo.com. I was scammed by this Nigerian scammer and fell for it hook, line and sinker.

November 4, 2011 at 11:28 pm
(7) Heather says:

well done I too met a guy previoulsy working in Nigeria ,also a widower with a Child back in america, he proffesed to love me , it’s easy to get sucked in.
I was asked to send money via western union to him but when I went to Bank I found I did not have all the required information , I felt sick at doing this , so it was a relief. I was asked by this guy how come I forgot all my banking details , it’s not possible. it wasn’t my details lacking it was his. Then came a message I need your help oh no I thought but asked how. I have lost all my research equipment into the ocean & I need you to go to town & buy this computer, with graphics card every detail was listed of waht was required. I asked how this happened , the ocean was rough & going form main land to research station all went overboard. Wouldn’t you think anyone would take better care of their persoanl possesions. He was stuck on the border of Lagos with no living relative to help him except me. I di feel sorry for him & thought what if he really is stuck & if it was me & no one to help , sorry I pulled the plug & got rid of him
Wish I had thought same as you, would have had a good laugh

July 16, 2008 at 7:31 pm
(8) Carol says:

I’m currently on Match and it seems that in the last year or so it’s gotten very bad! In my case I AM a widow and it’s a shame because I’m leery of any/all widowed men who wink or email me. The good news is that I can pretty much tell from the get-go.

1. Their profiles are sometimes a little too detailed. Who cares if his parents got divorced when he was 7… his wife died of renal failure (most widowed members do NOT talk about their deceased spouses)… he was born overseas… yadda yadda

2. Their command of the English language is shoddy at best.

3. They’re not particular about their criteria.

4. They either have only one photo posted or several which is more appealing in a search… BUT when you open the profile, it’s actually two or three of the same photo.

November 2, 2008 at 1:23 pm
(9) Tom Smiley says:

Thought you all might be interested in a case study we did about fake ads in the Craig’s List personals.

http://www.onlinepersonalsfraud.com

Thanks.

November 3, 2008 at 2:45 pm
(10) Bonny says:

Thanks Tom for the link; I’ll take a better look at this later when I get a chance.

Fred, yes, there are people who work for these companies to draw/lure people in (I used to be one way back when, believe it or not), but its not as common as it used to be. Most of the time, these really attractive folks who never answer are either (a) overwhelmed with responses and extremely picky with whom they reply to, or (b) fake profiles that the website owner has plugged into the database to make it look like there are more people signed up than there really are. Try sticking with the larger, more reputable dating sites to avoid these issues where possible.

Carol, I hear where you’re coming from. Some of what you’ve listed are red flags. Maybe try signing up with another dating site to see if the clientele it attracts is more up your alley?

January 16, 2009 at 3:55 pm
(11) Carol says:

Sharla:

Your story sounds the same as mine. I actually turned the tables the beastie scammer and sent him to western union at least three times. This guy has a vivid imagination too…he is a male pippie longstocking. If anyone on here recognizes the name David Steel…let me know.

February 20, 2009 at 10:09 pm
(12) ljsb says:

Hi! I recently met a widower with a son who was raised in a German Catholic orphanage, plays the saxaphone, is a geologist, got a contract in Nigeria, ran into trouble, needs money etc etc. loves me and wants to be with me forever….and it did sound nice at first especially sipping wine in the jacuzi and reading shakespeare…name Lawrence Philip…son, Nick…..beware…. is sounds really great at first.

April 3, 2009 at 2:28 am
(13) jane says:

Hi I have just been scammed too…..but I have now turned the tables on them as well…I will have embassy drop the money off at the hotel…..!!!! NOT!!
the problem I have is that the photos they use
..in this case a white man and his daughter….very religious…all that jazz…
most probably dont even know their photos are being used….
The emotional damage they cause is very bad because there are many many lonely people just wanting to genuinely meet someone…..and then these low lifes prey on them……anyway I lost my heart to a picture but I did not lose any money!!!!

June 9, 2009 at 9:31 pm
(14) Sue says:

I was just scammed by a man I met on match.com. The name he uses is Salvester Bruno, he says he’s from Malta, heading up a construction project in Ghana. His accent is African, but I don’t know what a Maltese accent would sound like. His English is poor. He tried to scam me after about a month, but I didn’t send him any money. His story was good, though, not the usual. He had to satisfy the Board of Engineering requirements before he could get paid, and that was a hefty fine, $78,000. He asked me for $12,000, then $4,000, then $800. His photos are gorgeous – he looks Italian — but that’s probably some model’s photo. Watch out for this one. He said he lived in my town for a year, but could never provide evidence or a reason for coming here. My town is small and barely on the map, it would be an odd choice for someone from out of the country to relocate to, let alone find. So many things didn’t add up, even though he seemed so sincere. Watch for those who want to bypass the dating site email immediately, that should have been the first clue.

July 13, 2009 at 11:37 pm
(15) Sharon says:

I think my mom just fell prey to a scam artist! Of course he was in love with her from the begininng! He was over in Africa working as an oil rig engineer.. He had booked his flight to come see her tomorrow, but alas, his house caught fire and one of his workers was very badly burned and he just didn’t know how he was going to be able to pay for his ticket to see her! BULL!! He also played the widow card. He supposedly had a daughter in school in the UK. I feel so bad for my mom! I know she feels so horrible right now thinking that she was actually in love with this guy! I just don’t get it!

June 14, 2011 at 12:31 am
(16) Darlene says:

I have been scamed as well yes he got money from me.His name is Mark Jones so he says. I do have his picture as well so he says it’s him.
His email name is flesh_onwater@yahoo.com
The only sad part I re-moved him off my friend list but he still pops on.
I can’t even begain to tell you all of all the lieing deciveing storys he told me.Frist it was his mother was sick, then he said he was beaten up and his walet was taken and he needed me to get money for him ya i fail for it like a dummie.
to make a real long story not as long when i stop helping me I was named called i have and am being life threating from him now no he doesn’t know where I live. I live alone and I’m tried of his threats.Do any of you have any ideals. Thanks

July 29, 2009 at 9:38 pm
(17) Sue says:

I was also in contact with Salvester Bruno with the exact same story and amounts of money he asked for. Everything is Sue’s (9) story was identical to mine, even the story about him living in the town near mine for about a year. I asked him where he lived there and even called to verify, but of course they never heard of it. Stay away from him.

August 29, 2009 at 9:47 pm
(18) Catherine says:

Please beware of online dating scams. My sister who is on Match.com has now been hit by 2 scam artists, one named David Wayne, and one named David Thompson. David Wayne was supposedly in the jewelry business, and dropped his laptop in Ghana and asked my sister to send him a new one FedEx. Now the latest one is David Thompson email address davidjust4u001@yahoo.com He said he was a contractor building a gas station in Nigeria, got ambushed the day he was leaving and wanted my sister to send him $800.00. By the way, he is on Match.com and says he lives in Stockbridge Ga. Yeah right, these scam artists are preying on widows, you can bet that. But, my sister was smart and told them off. They all have phone numbers that can call you, but you can’t call them. Guess it is Vonage. Women, please be aware, these sharks are out.

October 29, 2010 at 8:59 pm
(19) julie says:

Hi too was scammed by David Thompson but I was on the Zoosk site and he found me.The story I got was different but don’t go for anyone who mentions Nigeria,mothers inheritance, antiques.He had a picture of himself cuddling his 2 dogs.What a charmer.On zoosk he was iremainwhiteknight. So this is another one to watch out for and he has been doing it for over 2 years.

June 13, 2011 at 11:30 am
(20) sondra says:

LADIES BEWARE: DAVID WAYNE IS STILL AT IT.

i was on match.com for less than a week and was contacted by David Wayne in Duluth GA wanting me to be his soul mate. and then started telling me very quickly how much he loved me and to be honest swept me off my feet by saying all the magical things a woman that is divorced. he say he was a self employed jewelry man and suddenly had to go to ghana to purchase gems and then called me to tell me that he had arrived at the hotel. he then sent me a text message and calls me that he dropped and broke his laptop and was going to have to go out and buy another one. then he calls me back and asked me to buy him the computer because he could not find what he needed and fed ex it to him. the computer was $3000 but told me he would send me the money as soon as he got back. the short of it is i found this story and texted him to call me back and he did. i asked him did he really truly love me and why so he was giving me his BS line he has been using. I then told him i wanted to read a note to him and i read him catherines blog warning and he said it was just BS internet stuff and to trust me. I then asked him if I sent him the pretty nice lap top he wanted was he going to be my sex bitch and did he still have a hard on for me. then I told him about my FBI brother in law that would be looking for his sorry ass . he then sent me a text message that said goodbye

June 13, 2011 at 8:08 pm
(21) janet says:

was recently a victim of Jerry Wayne, ie…jerry roggers, jerry roger, jerry rogers donaldson……fed me them same line of bull. I hope these people sleep well because they will have an eternity to stay very awake and aware of their sins!

August 9, 2011 at 5:47 pm
(22) M'Lady Dragon says:

Interesting! David Wayne! That is the name of the “son” of “Rafael Jeff Wayne”. He is 7 years old. Rafael signs his emails that way but his email address is rafealjeff@yahoo.com. Does he not know how to spell his own name?

He cannot type clear English sentences and he only types clearly on IM where he is quoting poetry or song lyrics.

He also avoids answers to all questions asked but says to ask him questions and he will answer.

He has sent me 4 pics of him – only one of the looks like a professional model, yet it is all of the same man.

OMG I just got another email from him that I am making him cry because I do not trust him and he has his passport he can show me. Really?

Time to go play!

September 4, 2009 at 1:08 pm
(23) Nita says:

I am currently communicating with a guy I met on BlackPeopleChristianMeet.com and he is [supposedly] from Walkertown, North Carolina. His profile said he wanted to meet a God-fearing woman to help him raise his 6 year old son. (Good looking man and cute son). We communicated for about a month before he asked for $6,500.00 to pay a security finance company for a lockbox his father left him in Malaysia with 4.5 million USD in it. Before that his mom got sick and needed bone marrow surgery for which he paid $38,000 USD, money he retrieved from him 401K. He didn’t ask for money to help with that, but right after her surgery he went to Malaysia to retried the money from his dead dad (he just found out died 2 years earlier). Supposedly the dad had left he and his mom when he was 8 and he never saw him again, but while he was in the UK visiting his mom, the lawyer called him and told him about his dad. His name is Martin Terri, supposed to be half British, half Jamaican. Has a 6 year old son Daniel. Said he worked as a stage director in North Carolina. Now he’s stuck in Malaysia, hungry, stranded in a hotel and needs money.

October 6, 2009 at 2:35 pm
(24) dana says:

Yes, recently just days ago,,,,scammed or tried to get scammed by a man posing as a widow, 57, name Thomas Ehnert….only man by that name in Lynn Haven, FL is a 30 something pastor…Also, a Donald Dawson, UK/Colorado….language/spelling was horrible…big red flag, one profile pic and other pics he had of daughter (1 daughter) was of two different girls…go figure…BE CAREFUL!

October 8, 2009 at 7:27 pm
(25) Amber says:

I am a single mom and put a profile on singlemomsanddads. well I got a message from this very good looking man named Garry Gray so he said, he was a widow and had a little girl the same age as mine, well right after I messaged him back he said he had to go to London to work, well he got there and then his luggage was takem with his credit card in it, so he needed me to open him an account in texas so he could have his employer send his check to it, well I didnt do it so then he wanted his employer to make a check out to me to cash for 10,000 dollars, so a man called me from the Dominican republic said he was his agent and that a check would be coming to me, i immediately was suspicious, I really liked him he was good looking had a pretty daughter and said anything and everything I wanted to hear and he was in love with me and we had not even met just chatted online, He did not speak good english and said he was Honduran and American. I contacted the site and had his profile removed, but it just goes to show you they have no heart and will prey on anyone especially single moms.

November 3, 2009 at 7:55 pm
(26) Lynn says:

David Wayne in the gems/jewelry business was on datehookup.com. He says he is traveling to Ghana Africa and then is very convincing on how much he is falling for you, etc. but out of the country on business. Then says he dropped his laptop and can’t do his business and can’t get it fixed. He wants you to send a laptop fed ex! be careful. His phone number is a pay by the minute, the number for the “hotel” is a pay by the minute. They answer Ritz Hotel, he talks a very good game. Don’t go for it! Question all of them! and check them out before you go too far.

November 10, 2009 at 5:48 am
(27) Theresa says:

I was just scammed also and I think Lynn was talking to the same guy I was but he used the name Reuben Jay a gem cutter from White Hall, PA. His profile was on Catholic singles. He contacted me, said he was a gem cutter and jeweler, when I pressed him to meet he said he had to travel to Germany but ended up in Accra, Ghana. Then asked me to buy him a new laptop because his was giving him problems. I didn’t and he kept talking to me for about 2 weeks then said he needed 5,000 because his atm card did not work in Ghana. The pictures he sent showed him in a shop with equipment for gem cutting. Unfortunately I fell for this and sent him $1,000. He then asked for $500 more. Then I caught on and started researching. I pulled back the last $200 I sent him and then the communication stopped. I never came across anything like this, and so I lost a little. Now I am educated and this will never happen again. So sad that these people exist.

January 23, 2010 at 6:55 am
(28) Nongyao says:

I met a bad experience thought the guys from Be2. I just can’t imagine that I have to pay to be a member on this site but many guys that I got contact are from Nigeria. At first I didn’t know but the bad experience was that I chatted with 1 guy name Marcus Hannes for a week and 1 day on Suday evening he told me that he son is very ill coz lekeumia and needed a money for undergo operation and asked me how much I can distribut. I said 500 USD and will transfer to him tomorrow morning. He asked me to send via money gram or western union unfortunatly I can’t do that in Vietnam. We are only receiver not the sender. So i asked him a bank account he gave me a bank in Singapore and said this is his friend account. During that night I tried to repeat this thinking many times and refused to do but he kept push me a lot and finally he sent me a boy pix it was funny that the boy in the hospital was in black hair while the healthy boy pix he sent before in blond hair. So I called him, another funny that his ring tone and voice was different. It was less than hours how this changed can be happened. After that I did track to his mail where is he and I found that his location is Lagos, Nigeria. From this site I got a lot of contact and they are all in this location. I track their IP address, where the mail opened. Not only chat I asked for the email address as well coz that only way i can track.

Nongyao

February 1, 2010 at 6:43 am
(29) Susan says:

Hi

I was taken in by a scammer claiming to be an American from Delaware, aeuronautical engineer I met him on match.com – suddenly he had to go on a business trip to Nigeria – of course all the undying love started and I actually spoke to him on the telephone and yes he had an American accent. We arranged to meet in the UK before he went back to America he had a daughter his wife had died.

I suddenly get a message that he has to pay urgent taxes ammounting to £6,000 otherwise he would not be able to get out of the country the government officials would not let him out until the fee had been paid. Like an idiot I wired him the money through Western Union and supposedly he woud meet me at Heathrow the following morning and give me a cheque for the ammount he owed. A legitmate looking email ticket was mailed to me.

On arriving at Heathrow the following morning there was no sign of this guy and on checking with information the gentleman was not on the flight.

On the following Sunday I get first a call and then an email from a hospital in Nigeria saying that Richard had been involved in a car accident. I had already reported this guy to the FBI and the American Embassy in Lagos. as I wast getting suspicious.They were still trying to get money from me at this stage.

This acts as a warning to all those people who use match.com please be very careful if they sound too good to be true they probably are. The guys name was Richard Brandon mallorybran@yahoo.com

June 14, 2011 at 1:25 am
(30) Darlene Daily says:

Do you know these Nigeria scammers are train’ed in what to say to the woman after they grain our trust and start believeing we meant Mr.Right!these scammers go in to little cafes and theres all these computers seting on tables.One thing about these low lifed scammers they are heart less they could care less if your taken your last to help them. i am so thankful.I broke away from the one that goes by the name of Mark Jones.

Well i thank you all for shareing what you all went through. Do you know what I did the guy that was trying to drain me from all my money I got the ideal from a woman off of a scaming site of http://www.delphifaq.com/faq/male scammers what this one woman did she made like she wired the scammer that was after her in sending them all her money but she didn’t she beat him at his own game he went to the western unin for money that wasn’t even there.
I did the same thing to this Mark Jones. I just wish i could have been a bug on a wall as he went back in three different times affter his money that he had none of I broke out laughing at him because he kept gone back and the thrid time the police was gone to hall him off to jail if he came back one more time.lol lol lol lol.Oh how I wish I could have been there while he was maken a fool of him self. I knew I couldn’t get my money back. But at least I beat him at his own heart less game. I like this site. and by us all shareing with each other can help us to heal from the damage these scammers has caused us,
You see my problem was I long to be loved ! I grew up with out a mothers love she was there and yet she wasn’t. so most of my life I have been searching for the man of my life.On line dateing it’s as sorry as it comes I want to see the real man face to face I want to be able to feel and touch! on our conputers we can’t do any of that we can’t kiss and make love my friends i just being honest! with all of you rather your a man or a woman wev’e been hurt.

October 17, 2011 at 5:33 pm
(31) Amy says:

It appears Richard Brandon is back again. Fortunately enough, something stuck with me to just keep searching for anything on this guy on the internet with the limited information that I had…which this morning brought me to this site. He emailed me through Match moments before his profile expired asking that we communicate via email. I had winked at him a few days before because of course, he was gorgeous and had a really touching but brief profile with two pics…one reminded me of the actor James Marsden. However, I was frustrated because I could not remember everything his profile said. He claimed to be 40, from Auburn, WA on Match, but in his emails when I asked “where he called home” he said Fleming Island (FL) and claims to be working in the UK on his last project. Here are the details that he provided in one of our first emails:

“MY BACKGROUND
I was born to a loving couple, a home, by an American man from Mesa Arizona and a British woman. My father was an international business man who met this British orphan whose only family were close friends. During my father’s global movement, while I was twelve I left to study in United Kingdom ,where I got the first degree in civil Eng and then later moved on to Join mom back in the states. My father died and she was left alone. I met my wife and best friend in London . Very good at heart,but something I can`t control took her away from me.she died of cancer ,now am left with our Daughter (Julia) she will be 14 years soon she keeps the memory of our good times.”…

October 19, 2011 at 5:29 pm
(32) glamval says:

omggg i just got hooked into this guy …Richard. Brandon55@yahoo.com. Exact same email …verbatim …ph.# 011447035957903 . Same two pics. he winked 2 me on Match ..i spoke with him on yahoo messenger and asked him what he wants from me …he said ‘LOVE” and i told him …really ??? is it the kind of love that is going to turn into a pursuit for money ?? He got kinda taken aback and said have i asked u for a dime and i said not yet but u will . My first clue was when he asked me to call him @ that # and when i called my cellular co. they told me that they cannot allow that # to go thru cus it is flagged under a scammers # …o wow …so i told him that …and hes like not my # …im just sick to my stomach right now …i already got scammed by someone else called Michael Austin in Malaysia ..skymike20877@gmail.com. Is Richards pic. one with kinda long hair …white open shirt with a toned body ?? Hope you reply back ….thanx.

October 17, 2011 at 5:35 pm
(33) Amy says:

…”MY JOB
I am an engineer of international repute ,I have worked at many countries across the globe. The present project is my last on the field and I shall quit field works and continue my works from my home office while my men do the field ops. I think I really have gotten to this height cos I embraced work for so long trying to get over my wife, that I worked this hard, but I now realize its possible to move on.”

Thanks to everyone on this website, I started to see patterns and was able to stop it by asking him if he had heard of Richard Brandon from Delaware also working in the UK – LOL ;) I told him I thought it was really ironic that there was someone out there with his name that had SO many similarities. He tried to play dumb and asked “how?” it was ironic (hello?!), but then when I told him that I hope Karma comes back around for he and his “friends”, that he can “lose my email because he won’t be getting a dime from me and that for someone so educated and successful his master of the English language is incredibly and embarrassingly poor!” I started to see the true side when he said he “could sue me for that”. I told him good luck with that and to watch his back, then blocked him.

Thank you again to all of you for speaking up and saving yet another person!! I wish you a lifetime of everything you are looking for and deserve. Best wishes, Amy

October 21, 2011 at 9:40 pm
(34) Amy says:

OMG!!! My name is Amy and I “met” a Richard Brandon on Zoosk and he fed me the same story….word for word…!!!!
He has my yahoo email…my cell phone number and that is it…doesn’t know my name or anything. Is there anything i need to do? I mean this story is verbatim!!!!!

February 2, 2010 at 3:21 pm
(35) Janet says:

I always knew that some time or another I would find the scammer Neuman Jay’s name on here.
I also met him on a dating site and he told me he is in love with me. Went to Germany first and then ended up at Accra, Ghana.
Told me he bought diamonds for $70,000 but need $2500 to pay customs. Needless to say I did not fall for that one. Told him that if a person could pay $70,000 for diamonds, you surely should have money to pay customs. Then he lost his cell phone and wanted me to buy him a new one. But by then I knew he was a scammer. I think he is a real Ghana scammer and not even the person on the photo. While chatting to him on yahoo one evening I phoned his cell and “he” talked to me and who ever was chatting to me just kept on writing and did not know that I was online talking to “him” on his cell.
????? I am certain that he is not the person on the photos he is using.??? That person on the photos seems too nice and charming!

February 18, 2010 at 1:18 am
(36) Manit says:

Hi.., I had sad experience. I was scammed by an ordinary looking person. I met him in “Metrodate” dating site. He told me he is from UK and doing business chemical industry. and we starting communicating and I believe he was in UK. He was born and growth in Austria, his father has passed away and mother still alive, and His status is a widower has one daughter name Chyntia live with him. He plan to go to Malaysia to claim the money of his late father in Malaysia. Because his father had contract in Malaysia, before the money release his father die. So, he has to take his money as a kin. I believed everything he said. I did know that scammer exist. It was too late whe I discovered that he was a scammer. I already lost lots of money, heart and my live being difficult.

Then he traveled to Malaysia to do his business then wants to meet me. we keep communicating via hand-phone. 2 days he is in Malaysia, the story start.. he told me that he needs money 2500 ponds to pay the fee, if not the money can not release, he will pay back the money when the money release. Thought stop there, he call me again tell the money has been release, but the money can not transfer so should open the new account, then need $2500, then… someday he called me and told me that he should back to UK because his mother very serious sick and his friend bring his mother to hospital.

But when he in UK, still contact me to ask money… for bla.. bla… about his money in Malaysia. He introduce me with his friend in Malaysia his friend name is Larry Douglas (email address: douglaslarry64@ymail.com).
Tought he has the gank in Malaysia. Because when I sent money via western union, not thru his name. he ask me to send to Larry Douglas or Ejike Misheck Nnamani.

And the last on 11 January his friend called me via my mobile but I did not answer any phone call from a bad guy and his friend. And since January I stopped communicating with him at all. I hate him. The guy email address is browndavid0938@yahoo.com

Ladies, be aware… to scammers, once he got money he will asked you till you don’t have anything.

Knowing the truth was very painful to bear

April 6, 2011 at 7:59 am
(37) Imelda says:

Hi, Manit, I am so sorry this bad person has caused you so much pains. After reading your story, I realize we have met the same person (he has changed his story a little, he now has a son and works in an oil company, the rest of the story is exactly same, Malaysia, sued the company on behalf of his father, bla bla, bla…), his name has also changed to Clinton Brown (clintonbrown22@yahoo.com). He hasn’t asked me any money yet, but I feel very suspicious about him so I “goggled” and found your story. Thank you for your information.

April 11, 2010 at 8:34 am
(38) Mer says:

thanks for these sites ! I was about to be scammed by a man called Heath Mcallister ! Says he has a son named Richard and has fallen ill, cant come back to Bham until his son is taken care of , he need money for sons surgery and cant get access to his bank account here in states, yeah right well its a good thing there are sites like these seeing simular situations !! THANK YOU !

April 16, 2010 at 8:41 pm
(39) Lori says:

I’m so glad I found this site! I was recently scammed on Match.com by a Nigerian Scammer too. He goes by several profile names, eyesofloveinva50, lovelove50, loveandjohn11, bigheartlove50 and claims to be a 50 yr old widower with a 7 year old daughter living in Virginia. When he meets u he tell u that he’s leaving the following day with his daughter for 2 weeks to Africa. I know this because after he scammed me, i found him again on match and had my friend that was also on match IM him and he gave her the same story. Well, he baits u by telling you his sad story about his wife Sandra who died in a car accident 3 years ago and how his daughter Mary is the most important thing to him. He is Catholic/Christian, doesn’t swear or yell. He goes by the name John Frank and went as far as to pretend he was falling madly in love with me in the first week, then he went to great lengths to even tell me that they were going to come and visit myself and my 12 year old son in Massachusetts on their way home from Africa. He even emailed me the fake flight plans! Then a few days before they were supposed to come back to the states, all of a sudden, little Mary had a stomach ache and he was taking her to the doctor’s and he called me and told me to go online and told me that he was a mess and little Mary had appendicitis and needed an operation right away but they wouldn’t perform the surgery until they got $1000, John put up the $600 but asked me for $400 and I had the money but could only part with $200 and went running all over town looking for a Western Union to send to this ” Surgeon” so that little Mary could have her operation and I was glad that I helped save her life. After he received the money he said that they made him give up his passport as collateral until they got the rest of the money for little “Mary’s” surgery. The red flag went up. I told him I did not have the money and he actually started crying. The red flag went up and I started typing online “My friend and his daughter are stuck in Nigeria”, and Lo and Behold, This Website! I was reading all the blogs saying, OMG, OMG, OMG and I gave him a piece of my mind. He of course pretended he didnt know what I was talking about and tried to turn it around on me but I was onto him. I am determined to stop this man, I’ve been looking everyday for him on Match cuz he just keeps changing his name. Please watch out for John Frank from Virginia or North Carolina and if anybody says they’re in Africa for vacation or business, then PLEASE don’t believe them, They are scammers and they do their homework. All I was looking for was a decent human being to be my friend/companion and this is what I got.

April 16, 2010 at 8:43 pm
(40) Lori says:
May 9, 2011 at 6:23 am
(41) John says:

Lori..hows ur son

May 4, 2010 at 11:35 pm
(42) Michael H. says:

I see these scams all the time. Oftentimes, I am able to spot the fake profiles, whether by punctuation/spelling errors or doing research on the first few sentences of their profile. When they ask for money, I usually tell them to get a job and work their way out of whatever situation. Or for those fake check/cashier check/money order scams that are supposedly more than what I’d be sending them back, I tell them when it clears, I’ll send, but not before. That always stops further communication.

Now, it seems, I may be seeing a new scam. Have one with a profile in Mount Pleasant, SC, yet claims she will pay for a weekend round-trip flight to her island and that I need my passport in order. Hmmm.. Curious to see how this one works.

May 14, 2010 at 6:39 pm
(43) Lori says:

r.warner.49@yahoo.com
Raymond Warner
11A Romford Road
Stratford – E15 4LJ – LONDON – UNITED KINGDOM

Another scammer from UK but after the first guy i learned and just played with him for about 3 weeks, he gave me some sob story about how he couldn’t leave the country without his money that he worked so hard for and all he had was $350 left for him and his 8 year old daughter to live off so he asked me for $2,500. I played the game and told him I’d get the money to him (Western Union of course). Then I emailed him after and told him that he was really bad at scamming, I knew he was a scammer from the start but if I kept him from scamming someone else, then I’ve just saved someone from being scammed. I feel like i got the sucker back.

June 26, 2010 at 4:15 pm
(44) sue says:

I am also a member of a dating agency and believe I have been scan
med twice. Both have asked for money £450 and Euros. They both suddenly had problems when they thought I had succumbed to their charms. When I auggested they were trying to scam me they appeared hurt at such an idea and then were never seen again so ladies beware. One was supposedly an American general was English wasnt tooo good the other a spanish guy who had come over form America

July 19, 2010 at 10:40 pm
(45) Linda says:

Yes i know John Frank, he was on plenty of fish, in july.Told me the same story as Lori..widow with 6 yr old daughter. Left for Nigeria 4 days after we started talking. He help me set up IM so we could talk each day while he was gone..I was on to him right away..Just won’t answer my questions clearly.

August 1, 2010 at 9:21 pm
(46) Kate says:

Interesting article. I have been “chatting” with a fellow from Chemistry.com and am wondering if anyone else has “Met” this guy. He goes by Andrea Rossi, says his middle name is Luca Pecci. Says he grew up in Italy until his mother died then he moved at age 19 to states with his father. He is divorced 10 yrs and has a son, Leslie, in college. He is a gemologist with his own jewelry store, supposedly in Dallas TX — even says he owns a house in Dallas. However, lately he has been talking about the “jerk lawyer” who is threatening himself and his son if he tries to claim his father’s inheritance. Even said gunmen broke into his shop and held a gun to his head. Of course, all this time he is professing his undying love for me and we haven’t even met. Now he has traveled to Amsterdam to visit with his father’s partners and they’ve sent him to Ghana (RED FLAG) to legally lay claim to his father’s inheritance. Now he is wanting me to send him clothes because he “did not anticipate being in Ghana and packed only a suit.” I told him I couldn’t afford to buy him clothes so now he wants to order clothes, have them sent to me and have me mail them to Ghana because Dillards does not ship to Ghana. He also wants me to buy him Nike sneakers and send him soap and sunscreen. While he hasn’t asked for large amounts of money (yet) I am proceeding very cautiously. YOu can bet if the clothes do show up at my apt I will open them and inspect them and if anything seems out of order I will take them to the police!

September 19, 2010 at 10:51 pm
(47) marilyn says:

I to have been contacted by this man, says his name is Andrea Rossi, a gemologist, from Italy. Funny this one says he lives in Banks Idaho. Has a son named Leslie in college, owns a jewerly store on the side. Have only been on line with him for a week, so this is interesting. I am glad i have been going on the internet to find things out about dating scams. He contacted me on Zoosk, from face book.
so glad i found this on here.

August 6, 2010 at 4:28 am
(48) dong says:
August 16, 2010 at 3:16 am
(49) Mandy says:

Just avoided being scammed of USD2000 by Eric Packer, e-mail eric_packer1964@yahoo.com. He had some lovely photos of himself and updated the initial 2 (on Match) with 3 subsequent ones. Said he was an independent contractor in construction. Profile said lived in NZ but when I e-mailed him he said he worked in Melbourne 4 nights then flew back to Auckland. He had a Melbourne phone no. which I contacted him on. Just when he was due to fly to Auckland and meet me he got the job interview of a lifetime. Had to fly to London. Then “wow” got the job and had to fly to Nigeria. Once there he suddenly needed USD2000 to complete paying for a Work Permit (total USD5000). Fortunately I found this website and recognised some startling similarities with other peoples experiences. I told him all my funds had been frozen and I wouldn’t be able to help him. Our 3 weeks of communication ended, just like that.

August 26, 2010 at 3:34 pm
(50) messedwiththewrong1 says:

My mother was also scammed on Match.com. They talked for several weeks. At week 5 he mailed my mom roses, bath salts, chocolate and a teddy bear. His name is Edward M Ginger – newyearnewlife45@yahoo.com. His ex cheated on him and he just wants to find someone to love him and him alone. He has a son aged 12 with a hearing problem. He is a contractor and flew to Malaysia to pick up a $1.5 million check. Got delayed by business and missed his flight with his son. Mom sent funds to him for new tickets straight into her city where they could finally meet and see how it would work. Then, the day he and son were due to fly out…..Oh, got picked up for expired work visa and need more money. In jail in Malaysia. My poor mom. I have many friends looking into tracking him, but it appears to be a dead end. Of course his return address on Palermo Rd in Boca Raton doesn’t even exist. The zip code is in the Everglades. I can tell everyone that reads this and sees other horror stories….DO NOT TRY TO MEET ANYONE on ANY dating site. Your chances of “true love” are slim to none and your chances of being scammed are about 1 in 2! Sorry, those odds aren’t good enough for ANYONE, much less someone you care about that is desperate for someone to love them. These men are smooth talkers. They will take you for however much they can get from you and when you call their game, they disappear. BE WARNED!

August 30, 2010 at 3:16 am
(51) Becca says:

Well, I am here to tell you, that I am totally shocked! First I had one guy on a dating site respond to me, very interested, very likeable, very convincing, but his accent…why I asked did he have an accent when he swore he was raised in the US…so that rubbed me wrong, but I went along, geting to know him, looking at his pics, reading his horribly mispelled and badly translated emails of love and devotion, and how lonely he’s been since his parents have passed and sister, and a terrible marriage to his daughter’s mother and now after all these yrs, he’s ready for real love, and wants it to be with me….however, the catch is, he is freelance journalist (another red flag, why do you mispell and translate so horribly if you have a masters from a uni in Bermingham England no less), and he needs to go on assignment for 2 wks out of the country, to none other then…Ghana! Of course, so then I start seeing all these don’t be scammed from someone frm Africa, Nigeria, Russia and yes, Ghana and Melaysia. So now I’m starting to put all the pieces of the puzzle together and it’s made me suddenly feel very very sick, because I wanted to believe the life we would have, I wanted to believe in him. Then, here comes this other guy, from the SAME website, again, too good too be true, a widower of course, wants love now, he’s ready, lost his wife during child birth (what???) and wants to love someone and have a family that’s all that matters…He’s guess what, an Engineer and where does his current project take him….to Melaysia, and neither of these guys have working numbers, nor can they just send on a whim a pic from their phone’s….hmmmm, ok so I’m playing along…the first guy gives me a number (Ohio btw, I looked it up, tho he claimed to live in Miami) and it’s a landline not a cell as he says. So i’m playing along, and now Im starting to demand on the spot photos…but i get the phone isn’t working right, can’t take photos right now….ok, how about a landline into the hotel…no cuz their “intercoms” dont work…whatevr that means…so im getting one excuse after another but the emails keeps coming and so do the IM’s. Very easy to do from anywhere in the world, so I can see why they stick to that with promises of love and hang in there, cause it wont be much longer before they come and start a family with you. It’s really sad, as they do use pictures from people, unsuspecting people i’d imagine, and i’ve tried googling the images to see if they show up somewhere but the only time something showed up was when one of them tried to do a badly improvised emailed pic to me of him puckering his lips as I put him on the spot and asked him to blow me a kiss…well it wound up being a stock photo of someones lips blown up in a magnifying glass, w/ his coloring etc, fuzzed up in the background…I knew immediately it wasn’t him. When i ran that in the search it came right back as a stockphoto from a website. Rediculous and so sad….and now, believe it or not, I have a 3rd one on my tail! Again, same dramatic love and devotion, but he’s a pilot and guess what, he’s out of town on a job and he cant use his phone it’s prohibited and he wants a “committment” w/ me exclusively, he wants me to immediately trust him, just as the other’s have said, he wants me to be his wife,wants to know how much money i make cuz that way we are very serious w/ one another when we are open about how much we make…so was his reasoning on this. So now I am just having alittle fun…I tell them I make rediculous amounts, I tell them I am set to get an inheritance when I marry only, they purk up real quick when it comes to money…but of course i’m reassured that is my money to do with, they have plenty for our life together…so I am just waiting for the “I’m in trouble IM/email”….the “i need you to trust me baby, it’s life or death”….so far it’s been all champaign and love, we’re talking a week in now….and when I run their IP addresses thru a search engine, I find the computer they are getting info sent from and to is in California, or Kansas, another in London, then Nigeria and africa…so it’s routed all around i guess when they need certain things…like photos forwarded to them or someone has to do the translating or letter writing….so itsnot hard to see what a scam this all is…ok your in Nigeria or Melaysia but your IP is in London or Kansas…Now I have one of them pushing and pushing for photos from me…and not smiling ones but naughty ones and begging me to get a web cam…of course he can’t reciprocate on his end as he’s an engineer and can’t use a web on his type of laptop but would just love for me to do it and guess what kind of things he would want me to do in that cam….i’m waiting for his game to fully develope but the only thing right now I can think is he wants to repost the cam images and make money?? Not sure…but it’s gross! So how do I do this…do I report these guys, call them out on what they are doing…or keep them going so their IP’s can be traced and be shutdown? Is there someone that would even be interested in whistle blowing on this, as I’ve read stories on here where women are already duped by sending funds before they get it…I don’t want this to continue…right now i’m just placating them but it did hit me hard when i realized who i’d been looking at for a week, who i’d been developing feelings for, wasn’t even a real person….thanks for reading!

August 31, 2010 at 9:11 am
(52) Tirtza says:

met this guy on match.com named mark yeager and said he lived in north york ontario about 50 miles from me suddenly had to go to wales to visit his dad then his dad “died” then had to go to Dubai for some money owed then he asked for $3500 as he had a accident and hit a young girl then next day he emailed said the girl died then after asking almost begging for money he kept dropping the amount he needed I have’t heard from him since hmmmm do u think he was a scammer LOL yep he didnt get a penny from me. His emails from day one said God had sent me to him and how he loved me and wanted me in his life and yet he didnt even know my last name which is a good thing i think. He was in Match.com as whydwaitingg i wish i could put his pic up i know he was not the one in the pic prob some ugly troll.

September 3, 2010 at 4:37 am
(53) angelina says:

This is great information. I appreciate the sincere appreciation. Thank you.

September 22, 2010 at 6:33 pm
(54) Lisa says:

Attention to messedwiththewrong1

I was emailed on my life from Edward Ginger today here is the email, and his other handle, and my life he says he is in Enumclaw, WA.

Date 09/22/2010From Edward Ginger (sunsetloverdady0) Add to My Contacts Subject Your Smiles Caught My EyesBody Hello how re u doing?i am Edward by name.i am single 46,I am an open minded person, i like to do whatever life has in store for me. I am looking for an attractive woman who loves music and sports as much as I do! I guess the best way to describe myself is that I’m a nice and caring man who is considerate and respectful of other people’s feelings. I am compassionate, a great listener, and not afraid to show my emotions.i believed not only in what a man look like but his heart play the most important role to me because i want a real and a serious relationship with the right woman. I enjoy traveling….. it nice seeing new places and meeting new people from the world, I consider that as an important part of a relationship. Being able to come home after work and hold a nice conversation is something that has been missing in my life for a long time. Holding hands and showing affection is very important to me. i believed in friendship so much cos to me it is the key role to a long lasting relationship. if you want to contact me back through my personal e-mail if you are comfortable with it because i am not a full member on here (NEWYEARNEWLIFE45 @ YAHOO DOT COM) STAY blessed and have a wonderful day. Edward

October 16, 2010 at 9:53 pm
(55) Trish says:

I am a 48 year old widow and I decided to sign up at Match.com. From moment one, I was bombarded (this probably occured 40 – 50 times) with instant messages as well as e-mails from men all over the US. The majority of these men were overly attractive, with good incomes and most were also “widowed”.

The first guy said he was an architect and was working for the next two weeks in Africa building an orphanage…yeah right! If I spoke with any of these guys, they always asked me for my private IM address, which obviously I did not give them.

I was so overwhelmed with the “fake” guys that I shut down my account and got a refund after only about three days. The Match.com customer service person suggested that I remove my income and maybe I would not be targeted but I was so soured that I just quit.

November 2, 2010 at 11:32 am
(56) suzi sheppard says:

I have been on Match.com for about a month, I have had 11 scammers contact me – no none of them have had any money from me! I am beginning to think nobody on this site is who they appear to be! I am about to ask for my money back, but I don’t hold out much hope! I have reported all the scammers I have found, but nothing seems to be done about it. They’re all still there!

November 4, 2010 at 12:38 am
(57) Karen says:

Thank you Mandy. Your Eric Packer, e-mail eric_packer1964@yahoo.com now uses the name mark_packer1964@yahoo.com and mark_packer1964@hotmail.com. Thank you for the heads up. He is using the same MO of lovely photos of himself and (on Match.com) Said he was an independent contractor in construction from Australia. Profile said lived in WA. He has emailed me a number of times and after the first email called me “Darling” and how he feels he’s known me all his life. BS we barley emailed each other. Trust your gut if it feels wrong and looks wrong it is wrong. Good Luck!

November 7, 2010 at 4:49 pm
(58) E says:

Why is it that these scammers all seem to use first name and last name is also a first name?
I tryed to be scammed by someone off of Match.com as well; He went by the name Alex Craig. Widowed, with a son 6yrs old named Jax. Lost wife in car accident. Was in WestMinister, England on a civil engineering project. Conversation went well for a while, until he asked me to pay some of his bills for him. Then he wanted me to meet him at an airport almost 2hrs away from my house. When I said no, he persisted, and asked if I could at least send him $500.00. I said no and broke off all ties. Now I am talking with another person who goes by the name Ben Aidan, sometimes shows up Aidan S. he is Italian so I’m just waiting to what happens with this; if anyone has heard of this person let me know.

November 25, 2010 at 10:54 pm
(59) BCgal says:

I have one I am dealing with right now. This is the first contact he made with me through Match.com:

User: lovely_at1963 wrote: November 12, 2010

hello
First let me start by saying your a very attractive lady, I enjoyed looking at your photos and your lovely smile . Let me take few moments of yours to tell you something about myself, my name is Grayson Parker, I live with my lovely daughter……….. If i saw you in person i would definitely have to let you know how amazing you look. Thank you Match.com for allowing me to have this opportunity write email to a beautiful lady like you. I am new to the online dating but i am enjoying the journey so far on finding someone i can relate with and start a new beginning. I really enjoyed reading your profile and hope we could get to know each other thou this wonderful site. I never thought i would be the type of guy to find a woman thou a dating service. I am still working on my profile but i hope you can pick a few good things on it that may catch your attention………You are very pretty and beautiful, you worth knowing and I’m ready to cross as many seas and climb the highest mountains as required to get to you…..lol… well I’m a down to earth person, have sense of humor, a fun loving easy going type of person well i do laugh a lot and am an honest, passionate, self dependent, confident, positive, intelligent, humble, truthful, loving and caring person who loves the simple things of life , if you are interested or wish to know more about me. i would prefer you write directly to me via my email; graysonheart/at/yahoo/dot/com ,so i can as well send my pictures via email to you, Well i better stop typing and send this message before someone sweeps you off your feet, i want to be that lucky guy: Hope to hear from you soon.
Grayson

Righto – so his mom and dad were killed in a horrific traffic accident – has a 10 year old dtr named ANNA – and the mom is MIA. He is doing it all himself and finds me to be the perfect woman who he has fallen in love with and wants me to be his wife and Anna’s mom. ALL in ONE week.
Yes, he is an Engineer living in Florida – his profile said Ft. Lauderdale – but later he says Miami. Over the next week he is totally in love with me and tells me that he is removing his profile from Match as he has found “the one”.
He asks me if I feel the same – I play the game all the way!!! “yes honey, you are teriffic!” I tell him that I tried to end my subscription at Match.com but it didn’t work.
“Thats alright my love – give me your user name and password and I’ll fix it for you babe”. NO, i didn’t give it to him.

He tried to show me him on CAM – but the feed was very suspicious and choppy – seemed to be on a loop of some sort. I think that it may have been taped by someone else previously.

And then, after 10 days he tells me that Anna and him are coming to see me for Christmas – “we will be a family” as he LOVES me and can’t live without me.

BUT!!! He got this great contract and has to fly to West Africa for 2 weeks. Where? “nigeria honey”. But, directly after that he and his phoney daughter are coming “home” to me.

The last email before he left was:

Good Morning Honey.

Hope you had a lovely sleep after your long day at work, I want you to know that am missing you so much…… Am so happy that we could have the chance to chat yestarday, I really can’t wait to meet you and express more of my feelings to you……..I know you are out there and it’s just a matter of little time before we finally be together. I am looking forward to that day when i will finally be in your arms with all my heart. I am preparing myself for you each day. Imagining how happy my heart could be like when Kissing each other at our first date. how will you feel darling,

No matter what, you are for me and I will be there for you regardless, I hope to grow old with you, To celebrate good times with you and support each other through the bad times. Love is a journey that we will grow together through. We will learn things about each other every day. We will always have good times together, we will always love each other and work through our problems together. Our heart will be together forever.

Honey i know am traveling far away from you because my contract, But i want you to know that you will always be in my heart and i promise i will always be online to chat with you…..I can’t afford to lose you my love, I really will try as much as possible to rush the project so we could be together my love…….we will have a nice fun together go watching football games,go to the Museums, taking walks at the park with our kids, watching movies, go to the beach, shopping,alot of things i want to do with you spending our live time together as one happy family ……I’m looking forward to be in your amrs forever, I will be waiting for you with open arms and my heart full of love just for you,Take good care of yourself for me Love.I wish you a lovely day. …..Kisses and Love.

Your forever.
Gray

He has been there for 3 days now (supposedly) and has begun to pick IM fights with me about the fact that I won’t talk to him on the phone and that “i am not real”.

HAHAHAHA I laugh at this tool.

his email is graysonheart@live.com

Sorry for this being so long winded – just want to put as much out there so that someone doesn’t get duped in the future!!!

May 12, 2011 at 4:33 pm
(60) Eva says:

I was shocked when I read your posting because I received almost the same words from a guy I met through Wayn.com. recently. His name was James Owen -jamesowenns@yahoo.com. He does not have an English accent but rather like African or Middle Eastern. I’m sure he copied those phrases from somewhere…because his English and spelling is bad when he chats with me. His story goes- he is a Civil Engineer from UK. His late wife died from a car crash. His late father did a construction job in Malaysia and waiting for a call to collect the unpaid work worth USD3.2 million. After a few weeks of chatting, the call finally came and he has to go to Malaysia. And the plan is after collecting the check, he will come here to the US to meet me. So, after meeting with the Malaysian gov’t. officials, he learned that his father entered an agreement to pay 10% of the total contract to the gov’t. before he gets paid. So they want him to pay USD320,000.00 afront. He said he withdrew USD200,000.00 from his bank, his mother gave USD90,000.00 and gave this money to them. Now, he’s asking for my help to loan him USD30,000.00. He said he will pay me back as soon as he cashes his check. Of course, I told him I have no money to give. And if ever, he needed to show proof that he is a legitimate person so I asked to scan me copy of his passport & the invitation letter from the Malaysian govt. He did scanned it after a few days and turned-out to be fakes!! What a scammer. So ladies, beware!!!

September 27, 2011 at 8:44 pm
(61) kathy inman says:

this guy sounds just like derick wilford please send him an email derickwilford@yahoo.com..ha ha his usier name was godofmylife98 can you believe his nerve. now his new on on match is 4simplelove12345..beware this is him. i sent match.com a scam alert but today when i came home i find and email that my account password has been changed to a guy named richardbrwn@yahoo with a password of fiathinmi…what the heck? Now I am not even able to search since i have no account but they did get my money. I would give anything if we could post the pictures we have of these men.

December 21, 2010 at 6:52 pm
(62) Barbara says:

These stories all sound so familiar to mine. His name is William Baldwin, Geological Engineer, widower – married 15 years to Sarah who died 5 years ago from lung cancer, plays archery, lived all over the world, half-Scottish, half-American, went to St. Bee’s in Cumbria – a school for dyslexics. Sent flowers/candy/teddy bear. Wanted 20,000 pounds for demurrage charges. When I said no, never heard from him again. I only hope that karma gets back at all of these jerks.

December 26, 2010 at 9:19 am
(63) M says:

I have been on match.com for 2 days and have been contacted by about 20 men thus far. EVERY SINGLE ONE HAS BEEN A NIGERIAN SCAMMER. ***EVERY…SINGLE…ONE.*** I chatted with a CS rep on match.com and told her to refund my membership fee, and she did so without blinking an eyelash. The earliest comment I could find on the web about this scam on match.com is from 2006! It has been going on for AT LEAST 4 years, AND MATCH.COM HAS DONE NOTHING ABOUT IT. Buyer, BEWARE!!!

December 30, 2010 at 9:06 am
(64) m2 says:

scammer martin walton, claims to own his contracting business, based in new york but is in nigeria to work on a contract. after a few days of chatting he says his daughter needs an emergency operation in washington and asked if i could help him with US4500? first said her name is gabrielle and at the next chat he said that her name is laura. i said, i thought her name is gabrielle. and he said (after pausing for a few moments) yes but i call her laura after his late mother. such BS. good thin i had my wits intact and pretended not to have the money. he actually pleaded to help him out. i then said that i had doubts if he is real. and he said he would prove to me that he would call me to prove it. but if he did call me would i help him out??? what does he think i am, an imbecile? beware ladies! too bad, he sent me a picture of a great looking guy, but am sure its not him. how can they do this?

January 2, 2011 at 8:30 pm
(65) Anne says:

I have been on match.com for about a week and have ran into 2 men with similar stories. I was “winked” at before I could even finish my profile.
First guy said his name was Paul Desmond age 51 & gave me a yahoo ID desmondpaul23. His match.com ID was mnman0997 (account is now closed) He said he went to school in Germany.
He told me he was from Ohio but currently was in West Africa on business buying antiques. He had been there for 2 months. He has a 12 year old son and his wife died in car accident 5 years ago.
He also had a story about a girlfriend named Regina that slept with his best friend.
When I checked his Yahoo profile it said it was created only weeks ago and that he lived in TN.
He never asked for money but sent me pictures of himself & his son. He is just about the most gorgeous man I’ve ever seen. He is even on Facebook.
His emails were so romantic that I got suspicious in the first day. I decided to copy & paste the emails. He was copying word for word from websites on the internet. I emailed him asking why he did that and he never answered.

The 2nd guy I don’t have much on. His name is Daniel Taylor from Cary, IL & he went by seeking4new8381. He also gave me his Yahoo ID & we were messaging each other. He was divorced & has a 14 year old son that lives with Daniel’s mother in Canada.
He was leaving this week to go somewhere out of the country (sorry I can’t remember) and was taken aback when I told him I didn’t fly. When he asked if I would on a honeymoon, I knew he was full of BS.
I didn’t chat with him too long because he started to sound like the 1st guy.

I did do some searching an found a Paul Desmond age 51 that lives in Hammond, IN. He is linked to a Gina Easley. Maybe he is legit, but it seemed fishy to me.

January 13, 2011 at 5:12 pm
(66) Louise says:

Rick Buchanan. Never asked for money but appears it was just around the corner. Parents died when he was five.
Lived in Germany with uncle. Now runs uncles construction company and working in London. Has 12 year old son by wife who cheated on him. Lives in a very small Indiana town. Asked for additional photos – got them. But when I asked for more details. Nothing. Finally said that I could not continue conversation until I had a business name, address and photo of him in London that I could use to verify his information. Said he spoke with a German accent. Uses Yahoo address and no longer on match.

January 17, 2011 at 1:51 am
(67) Ken says:

Yes, it can happen to the guys too – I too went on match.com and the first “match” was bold – or stupid – enough to ask me for money after having known me less than 2 days. Needless to say, I blocked her right away. The second one at least appeared to actually be interested in me, although in our last communication, when I made it clear that I could not travel overseas to meet her (she says she lives in England) until my finances were in better shape – I’m still dealing with estate matters of my late wife – and I asked if she’d come to meet me, she asked if I’d pay half the air fare. Keep in mind she said she had been in the USA and Italy over the holidays – if she could afford that, one more trip you would think wouldn’t be a problem. Or was she on a trip? Does she really live in England? It’s interesting to note that neither of these two is on match.com anymore (at least not with the profiles I saw) and that while some of her communication has perfect grammar and punctuation, others don’t. This seems a little too strange, like someone else is doing some of the writing. Makes it very hard to trust anyone on any of those sites and in fact, I have pulled my profile from match.com. So to the ladies and the men out there who have been scammed, I feel for you. The best advice I can give is this: if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

January 24, 2011 at 8:09 pm
(68) scamcatcher says:

I’ve been studying match.com.

Match.com is an interesting mix of:
1. Fake profiles, probably created by Match.com itself to make you think you’re generating interest. These are easy to spot. They are generally: very good looking people with unimaginative profiles (I’m looking for a soul mate…”). They aren’t located in your area. The men are all over 6 foot tall, and about 80% are “widowed”, even if they’re under 50y.o. They wink or email, but if you check out who has looked at your profile, they don’t appear – odd, eh? within 24 hours, their profile is gone, gone, gone.
How to handle: wink and wait 24 hours.

2. Scammers – often first contact is by IM. These usually have bad grammar, aren’t located in your area, and know nothing about the place they are supposedly from in their profile. They will tell you how gorgeous you are, and call you pet names. They will often tell you that they are overseas at this time (UK,Nigeria, Egypt,Germany, etc.). They want your yahoo IM. Like the fakes, the men are all over 6 foot tall, and about 80% are “widowed”
Tricks to get rid of them: Ask them questions about where they’re from, or use the word scam in an IM reply (poof! they disappear!)
3. Real profiles. Do what you can to get rid of the first two, and you’ll have a small collection of these. Nice people. Their profiles are often quirky, and they will address specific items in your profile and how it relates to them.
The scammers are getting trickier, so be careful. I think you all know by now not to give out personal data or EVER to send money.

Final word on Match.com: I’ll never use it again because of the dishonesty of the fakes. That is effectively Match.com’s own scam, and a huge disservice.

February 3, 2011 at 8:57 pm
(69) Lee says:

Ladies beware of this (and other) scammer currently on match.com. There seem to be a lot of them on that site, yuck!

He’s clearly a nigerian scam artist. I detest that they use partial or whole pictures of kids to try and scamm us.

They target women in their 40′s thinking we’re desperate.
His scamming email address
graysonheart/at/yahoo/dot/com
graysonheart@yahoo.com

February 4, 2011 at 2:17 pm
(70) Helen says:

I too was the target of the great Grayson Parker. His parents died in a planr crash and his wife in a car accident. He claims to live in Wells Bridge, New York and is an Engineer. He is apparently stuck in Nigeria at this very moment and needs money to get his lovely daughter Anna out of the hospital. He has “lost” his credit card and has asked me to wire him money via Western Union or MoneyGram. He is relentless! Now he wants me to transfer the money to the following bank
CITIBANK NEW YORK 111 WALL STR NEW YORK 10043 USA.
OTARU OZAVESHE.
AC NO 36125024.
SWIFT CODE CITIUS33
ROUTHING NO 021000089.
BENEFICIARY BANK SPRING BANK PLC.
SWIFT CODE SPRGNGLA.
FOR FURTHER CREDIT TO 1751602000125

His email address is graysonheart@yahoo.com or graysonheart@live.com.

February 8, 2011 at 12:42 am
(71) Dee Dee says:

Black American, might give U story that his wife/woman took all his money, left him destitute, that she cheated on him. Might say he just needs a loan, has all this money tied up in Real Estate . Claims to be a Retired Real Estate Investor sometimes. This guy is a serial scammer/cheater/beater. He used to pick up women in high class bars or I should say let the women pick him up but of late, he uses Dating Sites. He has used them all, picks and chooses different cities, Redondo Beach, Seaside Ca, Seattle, Vancouver, White Rock, North Carolina, Nevada, Arizona. Has lived in California, NC, Hawaii, Washington, British Columbia. He is now 57, goes by David Parker, David Boswell, legal name is Luster C. Parker. 6′ tall, bald, walks with a gait, drove a White Porsche Boxster. Has several different phone numbers from different states and Canada. He is a professional charmer so do your own due diligence on this one. He’ll be into your bank account and your computer in no time.

February 17, 2011 at 11:55 pm
(72) Tara says:

I met a guy on Cougared.com who was very attractive & profile sounded too good to be true. I emailed him & told him I thought he was very handsome & I loved his profile & told him too bad he lived so far away. He says he was from London. He emailed me back a few days later & said distance was not a problem & he was looking for his soulmate & he would be willing to relocate for love. We started chatting on IM & he was telling me he loved me within a week. He went in to such much detail & depth about everything I believed him. He said he wanted to marry me within 2 weeks. I told him I was having doubt & he immediately called me & he did have the British accent & was asking me how could I doubt his love. He only stayed on the phone for about 4 or 5 minutes & came back on IM. He said he was a chemical engineer & never married & 48 yrs old & no children & had his heart broken twice & that he was looking for someone honest with inner beauty. He even made me watch Bruno Mars video on Youtube & said that song reminded him of how his heart was broken before & he said he knew I would never do that to him & he always kept asking me not to hurt him. We would chat for hours on the weekend. He always was very respectful & even said he was Baptist & went to church every Sunday & he kept saying that he would continue to pray for our relationship. He even had Psalms 37:4 on top of the IM screen about the Lord giving you the desire of your heart. But I still felt a bit skeptical. I started researching online about scammers & I read something about fake pics that they get off of a HI model & talent co. I looked on that site & there he was. I feel so betrayed. He never got around to ask me for money yet. I just found this out tonight. He goes by the name Norrington Malcolm & told me to call him Norri. His email is norrington.malcolm@yahoo.com. He kept telling me he was coming soon & we would no longer have the distance between us.

February 25, 2011 at 3:52 am
(73) Cathie Anderson says:

My best friend is being scammed right now by a Jerry McDonald in Africa. How can I convince her she is being scammed? I have tried everything she really believes this guy is for real because he tells her what she wants to hear. She is beuatiful and he is in love with her.
Do any of you have photo’s of your scammers. This guy is Italian and very good looking with a 15 year old son. Claims he lives in Seattle Wash. and his wife died in a car accident.
I did tell her never send him money and he did try to scam her out of 300$ saying his son was hungry and he had not been paid for his job yet. Now his flights to Seattle keep getting postponed. I am waiting for his cousin to get in touch with her wanting money for some reason or another. Jerry was kidnapped or the son was. You know the routine

June 29, 2011 at 5:05 am
(74) Cathie Anderson says:

Julie I just found out that david49@yahoo.com is a online scammer. I have blocked him. He was very nasty man. How in the world he found my email address is beyond me. I suspect he and your scammer may have worked in the same internet cafe.

August 9, 2011 at 10:56 pm
(75) Lizy says:

My bestfriend has been contacted by Johnny Walker whose working in Africa and is Italian been leaving in Oregon or Seattle I’m not sure. He is a widower, has a son and his parents died in a car accident. His yahoo screename honestjerry1961. She already knows is a scam.

March 16, 2011 at 5:00 pm
(76) A. says:

Almost scammed by Kevin Miller….match.com profile name of freenavyromance…or skymiller22@rocketmail.com…..

April 7, 2011 at 4:22 am
(77) Kenna says:

I need to know more about this one asap. Please tell all.

April 18, 2011 at 9:56 am
(78) A. says:

What do you need to know about him?

March 21, 2011 at 7:12 pm
(79) Debbie says:

Has anyone had contact with a David Benson? He says he is the CEO of a oil company working in the UK and has a son named Mark. He chats with you for a few days then asks you to send him 3700.00 so he and his son can get back to the US. He is a scammer. I have a friend that also got scammed out of 1000.00 from him.

June 14, 2011 at 1:49 pm
(80) Sue says:

Yes he found me on a dating website, and I will agree he is good at this, and preys on lonely woman, which I’m not, and probably the elderly. He is lower than a snakes belly, and will answer to this one day. I got some great flowers and candy out of the deal, just too bad that another lonely woman funded this transaction. I have been on to him for awhile, I think he really believes I fell for it, but nope..not me.

March 27, 2011 at 8:59 am
(81) Nicole says:

Watch out for Mats Holdt. He’s on match.com and has a Facebook page that matches too. He says he’s from Sweden (emails Mats.Holdt@yahoo.se) and a private contractor building oil pipelines in Turkey. His parents died in a car crash, and he needs to pick up an investment in Cyprus. I talked to him via email for almost a month. Only talked twice on the phone and believe this last time he was about to ask me to contact a bank or do something with money. That threw up the flag immediately. I feel SO stupid for actually starting to believe this guy was for real. Make sure all of your friends know about this stuff. He sent me flowers & chocolate. I sent a block/report notice on Facebook as his page is still out there!!!

April 7, 2011 at 6:54 pm
(82) AC says:

Thanks so much to the other posters re.Grayson Parker…just figured out he was starting to run the scam on me…Got a little suspicious last night when he asked me for a favour…wanted me to send him a “magic jack”???? (Just arrived in Nigeria with his lovely daughter, Anna) He must save his emails and reuse them….

April 8, 2011 at 3:58 am
(83) Sandra Olson says:

I had a friend who found Jerry McDonald online
We started emailing he then gave me his phone#0112348167449974 or 2348167449974. He was falling in love with me and his son Martin is looking for a mother.
I had figured out he was a scam so I set him up and told him when he returns to Seattle I would send a car to the airport for him and set him up in a five star hotel plus he and his son could take a helicoptor ride around Seattle.
Very next email he asked for 400$ saying he and his son would be evicted from there hotel room if it was not paid and of course he would pay me back next week.
How original is this. He wanted me to send money to
Jimmy Jones
address No1 Ajasa Street
City Ikeja
state 23401
Nigeria
text question favorite color
answer blue.
I was onto him by then and did nothing more except report him to the fbi and the attorney general.
He is now on facebook so I reported him to the police dept. in our home town.
Have a good life Jerry I now have someone following your every move.

April 8, 2011 at 4:04 am
(84) Sandra Olson says:

Jerry Mcdonald email address is
honestjerry1961@yahoo.com
I since found out he also is 1962 and 63

August 9, 2011 at 11:02 pm
(85) Lizy says:

He gave my bestfriend this honestjerry1961 screename to chat on yahoo but now his name is Johnny Walker.

April 12, 2011 at 7:27 pm
(86) Bonnie says:

Watch out for Grayson…his new e-mail is graysonheart@yahoo.com it was grayheart@live.com he is on the move again!!!He told me all about Anna and how her mother died in a car accident.He was going to Nigeria to work and lost his phone and camera in the airport and could I send him a new phone.Thats when I got suspicions because why isn’t he asking someone from his hometown or a friend not someone he barely knows!I found this site and am so very thankful that I now know that he is not who we think he is.I meet him on match.com. I would never of sent him the phone,but feel duped any ways.I wondered about the missed spellings in his e-mails and chats and thought if he is so educated why was making all these spelling mistakes.

April 18, 2011 at 7:29 pm
(87) Martha says:

I was also target by Grayson parker graysonheart@yahoo.com he contacted me through match.com, saying that he was a contractor engineer and awarded a contract in Africa and had to leave the US with his lovely daughter Anna, he even put his daughter to chat with me, I saw her, and she wanted to be my daughter. he was coming to see me but Anna had an accident in the pool and had to rush her to the hospital and was needing to money to get all her test done, told him that I couldn’t afford to send him money and that upset him and started sending me offensive message. I got his real picture, when I saw him trough webcam I took a picture of him.

May 18, 2011 at 12:55 am
(88) Andie says:

I need to know if anyone has been contacted by a very charming and very good looking french man living in the US, named Steven Wilson. (st.wilson55@yahoo.com) His story is he was born and raised in France and Spain. Has been in the U.S for about 11 years. (Atlanta, GA and Duluth MN). He is widowed, has an 11 year old son named Ethan, that lives with his grandmother in Paris while Steven completes his job as an oil contactor in Malyasia.

He is does pretty well with his english. He does know some french, because I asked him how to say a few things in french and he IM’d me right back.

He is extremely good looking, and professed his love to me within the first few weeks. He is supposed to be coming back to the U.S. on Friday 5/20/11. He sent me his klm airline ticket information. I printed it out, but I think they can book their trip, then turn around and cancel it.

I have to say, I was very smitten with all of his letters and IM messages. It wasn’t until I told my sons, that I was thinking of meeting him when he had a layover in Sacramento this Friday. My son, said that he thought it sounded really fishy, and then he googled internet scams, oil contractor, it came up with all these stories.

So in my heart I do believe it is a scam, but it would help cement it in my heart, if other people have heard from him. Also I have pictures that I copied from his match.com and facebook profile if there is somewhere where we can post them. Like I said, I do not know where I can go and look at pictures, to see that this picture is indeed stolen off some website. Any information out there by anybody would greatly be appreciated. Thanks for your for your time and your help. Andie

October 26, 2011 at 12:36 am
(89) Fernanda says:

Hi my mom is in Malaysia right now, waiting for this French man he has a daughter, that lives in paris with her grandma… She called me for 8000 to give to him. She got there and he was still in Ira stuck there on another business trip! I can’t convince her he’s a scam he’s a smooth talker I also have his pictures that she forwarded to me!…. I would love to see his pics to compare and I wold send you this guys pics to see if they are the same. Thanks.

June 2, 2011 at 7:36 am
(90) Renee Holder says:

honestjerry1961@yahoo.com
I want to thank Sandra for her posting about this person named Jerry Mcdonald.
I met him on match.com on Feb. 7th 2011.
He said he loved me after one week of emailing and instant messaging. His son started calling me momma after talking with him on the phone and emailing.
He sent me roses for my birthday and mothers day.
Then he asked me to marry him that he could no longer live with out me.
The final insult to this entire situation is I sent him over 10,000$ in about 8 weeks. There was money for his passpost. Money for his hotel room. Money to pay the hospital after a accident.
Then I actually bought there airplane tickets home to Portland international airport in Oregon. They were to arrive May 20th at 4 p.m. I waited there for hours with his picture in hand.
My family friends and co workers all told me it was a scam but I so needed to be loved I could not see it.
My sister showed me this web page and I saw the Jerry Mcdonald. All the information is the same. I western union money to him at the same place Sandra posted.
I wondered why Jerry always had a exuse for everything. He even wanted me to get a camera and use it on my computer. I drew the line with that because he had started talking sex and wanting me to do things I was not comfortable talking or doing.

He would get very angry with me when I disobeyed what he wanted.
There were times I thought I was talking to different people because sometimes he was sweet and loving and other times very nasty.

June 3, 2011 at 9:40 pm
(91) Julie says:

Hi Renee,
I met Jerry on Match.com on Feb. 4th. I would love to talk to you because we were writing to the same guy at the same time and we need to compare notes. There are so many similarites on what happened to the both of us and I am curious if you have the same pictures I do and also what his son’s name is. I too have been manipulated and we need to stick together on this.

Julie

June 4, 2011 at 12:13 am
(92) Renee Holder says:

I cannot post a picture tried to.
Jerry is wearing a black long sleeve shirt and is posing almost in a office it appears. Then he looks to be posing again by a water fall. I fell in love with his eyes.
Martin his son is playing in the water wearing blue shorts and then another picture he is wearing a red shirt with yellow writing.
Did you and he instant message? I always wondered why he send me a message and then wait so long to get back to me. He must have been talking with you.
Yes please stay in touch. It is nice to know I am not alone in this.

June 2, 2011 at 5:07 pm
(93) Donna says:

I am reading all these stories and I am blown away completely as I feel so stupid that I never even heard of this happening. Am I that gullible? I am embarassed for myself – Was on match.com – met Kirk – name was daddykirkmann44 – lived in Brooklyn – on Match said he lived in NYC – was never married on match but widowed once we started to IM – however “when he got back to the states” he wanted to move near me as he found the love of his life. After 72 hours? Are you kidding me? Well I has my reservations, luckily I didn’t fall completely. When I asked “come back to the states” he said “oh yea, I am in Nigeria on a contract for my business”. Said he was a business man who exports fabrics and textiles and would not say anything more than that – everytime I asked he would say the same thing “I am a business man who exports fabrics and textile materials”. He has a 8 yr old daughter who was in Nigeria with him as he had no one back home who would take care her. She didn’t miss school as she was homeschooled. Next thing I know is I get an email telling me his “daughter” got kidnapped…next thing after that his profile suddenly was no longer available. I think he might have caught on when I didn’t respond to his “kidnapping” email that he knew he wasn’t getting any farther. I have him blocked all over the place and had match remove him from their system. I got a $32.00 refund from Match – oh wow – can get a few drinks out of that at least – stay away from KIRK….

June 21, 2011 at 8:48 pm
(94) maria says:

Beware of Richard Dawson i been chatting with him since may 25th. He claim he saw my profile on face book and I was a nice lady.
He says he is 50 yrs old lives in London, England widow for 4 yrs with a daughter Annette in college. He is a Doctor but travels putting in MRI, Cat Scan and Ultersound machines with a contract with Iran. After chatting through yahoo email and Im also Text messages, yesterday he sends me an email stated his daughter was rob in his house by knife point, by trying to ecaped she fall down the stairs hit her head, and twisted her ankle and needed money to wire by western union 500 British pounds for medical test. I told him I would not send the money and called him a scammer and he got very angry and told me that I will not be insulted by you after having a hectic day.
He claim he is flying in to portland, oregon July 16th but I told him I don’t believe he will be on the plane.
His email address is richarddawson01@yahoo.com

July 11, 2011 at 6:45 am
(95) julie says:

Does anyone know a David Welborn from Austin, Tx. Here is his info. he sent me about himself. Hi it was really nice meeting you, . well its a good day . how is your day so far? i suppose its good and alright .i bet just as i want to know you ,you also want to know me too anyway thanks a lot for the wonderful time you donate on me . you are a nice person am saying this because you sound nice.also thanks for showing me to your family and am also happy they agree and accept that we both are in communication,my son also knows about you just that it will be nice if you can send me some pictures of you so i can show to him.
year .Well i drive the Jaguar S-Type and also infinity f35.. and still have My motorcycle? what do you drive ? do you live in a house ? Then i lost 1 of my son and my wife in a car accident when coming back from shopping about 3yrs now and it was a lot for me but i am doing fine. i decided to move on then, so i got into two serious relationships and my heart was broken. i don’t know what i would do if my heart was ever broken again.lol

July 11, 2011 at 6:48 am
(96) julie says:

SORRY I HAVE TO BREAK IT UP, IT’S TOO LONG.
The first did not love me but for what i could offer her. the other i caught her cheating on me with another man in my bathroom when came home early as wasn’t expecting, that was where it all ended .i begun to tell myself that true love doesn’t exits again and was wondering if i was ever going to be able to love again. i had been through a lot and until i got signed up on match introduce to me by a friend who find his soul mate there.i came on few Days ago and met you, i had not made my mind up to find someone.but given it a try and also do u really know We attract love by the emotions we display? we retain love by the emotions we possess.”and Sometimes trying to find the partner of your dreams can feel like just that — a dream??
, hope you will stay nice to me. i am a kind soul and i have so much love that i want to share. tell me for how long have you been seeking?
I love to listen to music a lot, that’s during my leisure time, i love salsa tunes, jazz edits of some of my favorite r n b music and also lovers rock. what are your hobbies ? i like adventure movies, eg troy, lord of the rings and the like , how about you ? my favorite color is blue and Red,!!!

I did not have much to say and i hope we can have quality time to get into serious communication with each other so we can get to know each other more and better..lol, who knows….. Tell me a little more about you again and also give me the very right time we can meet and chat online?.okay and you can ask me anything you want to know about me and i will honestly answer you.Hope to get a response. take care and have a very good Day.I will try and send you some pics as time goes on okay. And to tell u the truth am not good at English so u will have to take good time to understand me …. but hope u will teach me to become perfect…loll.That all for the day……
Cheers and Hugs.
David..

July 11, 2011 at 6:51 am
(97) julie says:

Now here is when he started his story for money:
Hello Dear,
I understand that we are far from each other, but I want to express to you the love that I feel. My life has been a hellish nightmare, one that haunts and never leaves me to peace. The day that I realized that I loved you, my bad dreams ceased.
What I feel for you is that awesome love that poets write about and that we mere mortals only dream of experiencing. It is the love that is considered unconditional and undying; so great that my heart seems to burst with the joy of it. I cannot fathom living my life without you – waking would never be the same without your sweet face to look forward to; I would not be living, just existing; sleeping would be impossible without you to dream of.
You have made my life worth every moment, every breath. I know people looking into our relationship will say its so soon. but what I feel is true and blinding in it’s power. You have swept me away and provide to me that magic exists in you.
Yes there is lot of miles between us, but I believe and have faith that what we feel for each other will overcome and outlast the distance. My heart is yours, my soul in your keeping.Please treasure it.

July 11, 2011 at 6:52 am
(98) julie says:

Sitting here and thinking about the times we’ve spent together, I still wonder if I’m dreaming this magical life with you. falling in love with you brings joy into my life again, when I thought I couldn’t feel this way about anyone anymore. You came into my life and made everything so much easier and better. You mean everything to me and I’m just thankful that you’re in my life. The road for us is still long and wide, but remember I will always be by your side to support you no matter what.
Honey is unfortunate things didn’t work out well the way i was expecting things to go here. Came back from the mining company some few minutes ago and wanted to let you know that am not able to get what i want here because the manager of the company claim his company can’t provide me with the quantity of gold i need at this time of the year and has recommended me to one of the African country which is going to have an auction sales about what i need this coming Thursdays , so i have a flight to catch up tomorrow at 10pm. Am a little bit scared because i haven’t traveled there before and this been my first time am a little worried but i guess our President came out there safe, i will also be safe for you..Smile. Doing some research about the country now.
I love you now and always.
Yours David
xoxoxo

July 11, 2011 at 6:53 am
(99) julie says:

So from Gauna he emailed me a phone number to call and he told me that he was at the airport and the police wanted documents for the gold he had for me and my family. I would have never have sent him money, but at the time i was’nt working. He got real mad at me and accused me of not trusting him. I told him to sell the gold that i did’nt need it and he said he did already. Anyway, it was excuse after excuse. To be honest, I had a little fun with him coming up with different ideas to get the money and pretending that i really cared about loosing him. It was a little fun to do. Oh by the way, he needed 300 us dollars, as he put it. The one odd thing i can’t figure out for sure is, I googled his name and there is a David Welborn in Austin Tx. with one known Kelvin Welborn. It does make me wonder if he was honest with his name and his son.

July 11, 2011 at 7:09 am
(100) julie says:

Sorry, this got left out. You already know my name ..David Welborn..lol.. 48yrs and i am a white Caucasian,Christian and do normally go to Church, i live in the state now but i grew up in Norway as you know, And i deal in Germ stones,Gold,Diamonds and jewelries..Umm i work 6days a week but not all the time..i have my personal Job and decides when to work and when not to when am really tired .but i love my work and do travel a lot.I have been to Germany,Spain,Africa tell you more latter.. At the moment i am living in a four bedroom house, and a garage with a swimming pool.i love to swim but i am not a good swimmer, do you swim ? you can teach me lol.I live with my Son Called Kelvin.
I lost my Dad at a very tender age and Mum last year.

August 18, 2011 at 1:23 am
(101) Sheela says:

see they never write correctly. Every sentence starts with “i” not “I”, which I found very common in all the fake emails I have recieved.

My ex was a fake guy, in sense what he told me what he turn out to be at the end. So he tought me a lesson for my life, I doubt everybody, and will be very careful with sweet talkers. My ex was sweet talker and forced my to marry him only knwoing in few months, helped me losing all my life saving and then he couldn’t wait to get out. Now he is on online dating calling himself a”widower”, so why should I beleive anybody else……

July 26, 2011 at 7:44 pm
(102) Barbara says:

I too have been a victim of a scammer and although he has not asked for money I am sure he will soon. He is also a widower with a 10 year old son that is with his mom in Amsterdam and he is an oil engineer in Nigeria and he told me there was an explosion and one of the workers was killed. Funny there was nothing in the news or on line about this accident. Beware of Carlton Woods ladies he is a scammer.

August 7, 2011 at 10:04 pm
(103) Lisa says:

Girls, please beware of Michael Charles. mcharles19600@yahoo.com. This is a Nigerian scammer.

August 10, 2011 at 3:16 am
(104) Michele says:

OMG PLEASE watch out for another scammer Mike Duffy on match.com who is supposedly from Sweden a widower with one child.. fake fake fake will profess his love to you almost overnight then ask you for money. says he is from the Phila area.

August 14, 2011 at 9:38 am
(105) Chris says:

Girls , another Nigerian Scammer is at large . He is French ,very strong french accent , attractive . Met him on Match.com . He posted 2 photos, one with him hugging his small terrier next to his face , the other with his arms over his supposedly 12 yr. old daughter. His wife tragically died 6 yrs. ago in a car accident . He has no parents or relatives alive. He has very few friends. He is a construction engineer who is presently working in Malaysia . He has taken me for thousands unfortunately . He had me believing his daughter needed life and death surgery and then more money for a specialist doctor that needed to go back on the plane with them for their return flight. Within 3 months he had me get off Match , started IM me on Yahoo . He called me like clockwork every morning when I woke up and every night after I got home from work . When I started to get suspiciouis , it was already too late . His Match names were : divine smiles 0998 and smiles 77633 . His e-mail address was stephen5964@live.com . The name he was going by was Stephen Saucier . This guy was good . He even had a few other people working on this scam with him on me. He had someone pose as his daughter who actually talked to me , another was an old woman as his neighbor (who actually called me) who was watching their dog while they were abroad and then of course I was getting an e-mail from KLM reservations in Malaysia confirming about the special doctor and cost to have him travel with the sick daughter ? Until I started sending photos to my local sherifff dept and had it verified he was an imposter , I fell for it. I would love to know if any one else has been involved with this creep.

August 18, 2011 at 1:16 am
(106) Sheela says:

In last few weeks, I have been contacted by three separate widowers, they all are good looking, graduate degree and all work on Oil rig. Actually third one I guessed, and he was surprised how did I know. Their english matches with scam emails I have recieved regaridng million dollars waiting from Domican for me to transfer. So even the guy said he grew up in US, his english was broken and off course not US. I had filter on just for US not for outside. Then they gave me the town they live in US, when they are not working, no man that lives there. Plus phone numebrs are fake alreayd checked with phone compnay. So here is key, their phone number is computer generated numebrs, and never gets traced…

I got same email few times from one guy, even though I asked different question. I am playing for a while to see when will I be asked for money, which I am sure I will. I have already filed a complained with the online dating site.

Tell you truth, my own ex has put his profile on thie site as a “widower”, and I know I am ALIVE….

September 3, 2011 at 2:56 am
(107) rose says:

I wasted 5 days on this scammer,contacted me from Zoosk says his name is Rush Petersen, working in oil drilling supplies in Manila, coming back to where I live in the US. His email address is heartsofmyown2011@yahoo.com. He sent some very romantic emails in such a short time I became suspicious and googled some of the sentences, surprise, surprise they came from a scamming site, also the number he gave me when I called it (using +1 for long distance) was in Napa when it was supposed to be a southern california cell, His profile seems to have gone from the site now, but I;m sure he’ll be back, a reverse lookup on his number showed India (7076379172). I’m watching my cell and credit report for unusual activity !!

September 7, 2011 at 6:27 am
(108) pamela sholl says:

i was contacted by a man claiming to be david mchenry (facebook mchenryd43@yahoo.com )told me he was 54 widow with daughter age 12 living in california (wife died of cancer 6yrs ago) said he was military police, born in germany said he had strong german accent but iknew he sounded black.T he alarm bells sounded when he said he had to go canada first to see to his late fathers buisness affairs then onto you guessed ghana. he said his lap top wasnt working and he was using hotel managers but he seemed to be on line all the time, he didnt answer questions i asked him about his daughter etc he proffessed undying love all the usual you have read about dating scams said he was coming to uk with his daughter before he returned to US i was going to send him agift for his birthday he said to send it to the hotel manager jeffrey adams at a P.O. box in ghana i thought odd he said to phone him the ghana number looked genuine his accent was not german as i suspected he was saying how much he loved me could nt wait for us to be together etc after the call i questioned him and asked him if he was really who he said he was , he insisted that he was. i decided to do some more checking his IP address is listed as sunnvale california not one of the emails has come from canada or ghana he has been sat there all the time working with someone in ghana i think i couldnt find anything out about the picture of him where he got it etc and he hasnt asked me for me any money yet but he did ask me a while ago what my financial position was, i told him i had no savings and just got by, so when he asks if i posted his present i shall say yes but not to you someone who deserves it then block him> let me know if he scammed anyone else or if you have heard of him pls

November 2, 2011 at 11:19 am
(109) Lois says:

He just contacted me this morning… I am having some fun with him….then I am going to block him…. oh what joy….

September 13, 2011 at 10:57 pm
(110) Kathy Inman says:

Has anyone chatted with a derickwilford? I have been chatting with him now for 3 months and he went from London to Nigeria and needs money. Is a civil engineer, wife died of ovarian cancer daughter Lucy that is 19 in college in London. He needs money to get back home, his money was taken by the nigerian customs because he took more the the limit of $5000 and now he has none and the contract he went to work for needs him to be licensed which costs $3800. and he needs hotel and food and money for taxi while he trys to hire a lawyer to get his money released back to him. Yes I sent him money and am to embarrassed to say how much.

September 14, 2011 at 7:33 pm
(111) Chris says:

Kathy,

Have you ever seen a picture of him , not that the picture he would show you would actually be him. Did he have an accent ? The similarity with the engineer story I am slowly finding out is so generic with these con artists and the stories I am reading from all of us. In my particular case my person also needed money because he did not claim the money he was taking out of the country and was being held by customs till he got money for an attorney ( which I was also foolish to send him ) We have all been played by our emotions with these men and I really wish we were able to get these men for doing these to all of us and taking our hard earned money . To know they are still out there preying on woman sickens me .

September 27, 2011 at 8:23 pm
(112) Kathy Inman says:

the guy that posed as Derick Wilford is not back on Matmch.com with a usier name 4simplelove12345 girls beware..he is good and I fell for it..I feel so stupid he had an accent and was suppose to be stuck in nigeria and needed help to get home to London but he is in Texas with all same infor except not instead of his occupation as a civil engineer his is not in Lawinforcement/secuity/military.

September 18, 2011 at 8:27 am
(113) Liz says:

Johnny Evans (loveisblind1964@hotmail.com), currently cutedimpleguy01 on match.com

Beware of this one. Currently on Match.com. He says he is widowed with 2 boys. Petroleum engineer that works offshore on oil rigs. Nice looking and a very good talker. Provides documents that are fake. Moves very quickly and then asks for funds as he has a shipment that cannot be released. Thankfully, I caught on in time but I have heard of others that have lost money. Get out quick no matter how good he sounds.

September 25, 2011 at 11:01 pm
(114) jay says:

I thank all of you who have sent in stories — it help me stop my girlfriend from sending $20000 US — be aware of Alvin lee –meetwithlee@yahoo.com —- his story was he was a civil engineer living in london uk — 10 year old son sammy — looking for a wife and mother for his child —- he happened to land a contract in spain (within the second week of corresponding with my friend about how much he loved her and he had found his soul mate) he told her the spainish government needed the taxes upfronnt before he could receive his pay and he need the money to continue — he had used all his up to rent this appartment for sammy and him to live in while in spain —- my friend said no and then he started asking for less —- now he is mad at her telling her that she should help out the needy — sammy is going to starve —- my friend sent me some of the letters — sound alot like the ones above — my friend is a recent widow and she was falling in love with this guys fake pictures ——she had even purchased tickets from canada and was leaving on Tuesday to meet him — he knew this and starting asking for money yesterday —– I honestly can not beleive people could be so cruel — I thank you for this web site —- I knew it was a scam but just needed to confirm it with other stories —-

September 25, 2011 at 11:01 pm
(115) jay says:

I thank all of you who have sent in stories — it help me stop my girlfriend from sending $20000 US — be aware of Alvin lee –meetwithlee@yahoo.com —- his story was he was a civil engineer living in london uk — 10 year old son sammy — looking for a wife and mother for his child —- he happened to land a contract in spain (within the second week of corresponding with my friend about how much he loved her and he had found his soul mate) he told her the spainish government needed the taxes upfronnt before he could receive his pay and he need the money to continue — he had used all his up to rent this appartment for sammy and him to live in while in spain —- my friend said no and then he started asking for less —- now he is mad at her telling her that she should help out the needy — sammy is going to starve —- my friend sent me some of the letters — sound alot like the ones above — my friend is a recent widow and she was falling in love with this guys fake pictures ——she had even purchased tickets from canada and was leaving on Tuesday to meet him — he knew this and starting asking for money yesterday —– I honestly can not beleive people could be so cruel — I thank you for this web site —- I knew it was a scam but just needed to confirm it with other stories —-

September 28, 2011 at 8:51 am
(116) tanya says:

Watch out for Bennett Antonious William Miguel born to Italian and Spanish parents who died when he was 2 years. He says he is a petroleum engineer and currently working in Liverpool. He goes by the name Ben and his profile was on POF dating site.

October 26, 2011 at 1:18 am
(117) Fernanda says:

my mom is been scammed! now I just hope that I finally am able to convince her that it’s true. I found her scammer picture on the website caller pig busters, he’s a French man with a daughter that talks to her on the phone etc.

November 5, 2011 at 2:21 am
(118) Dee says:

I read some online articles about dating site scammers & read many of your posts above. I avoided being scammed b/c I had that feeling that something wasn’t right. There seems to be a common theme here…this man told me he was a widower living in Charlotte, North Carolina & that his wife, Laura died 5 years earlier & his 16 year old daughter was with his mom in Molena, Italy. He states that he was born in Italy & lived there & Sacramento where his dad was from & his dad had died when the “David” was 20. He states that learned jewelry design from his dad. We communicated on the dating site & he was quick to want to go on IM & private email & sent me romantic songs & poetic texts, talking about how he liked my honesty & was looking for someone with a good heart. I intially got caught up in the romance aspect, thinking he was sincere until we talked on the phone a few times. The phone reception was poor & his accent was thick, not someone who would have lived in the U.S part of his life. When I mentioned my concerns, he brought up that I didn’t trust him & he said that he hasn’t asked me for anything. Well, not yet, we only communicated for 2 weeks, but I imagine that he was working up to it! After all of the reading I did, I realized that he was a classic scammer, nothing new or original! Beware of a man who goes by Dave or David Anderson, greatdave55@yahoo.com. He also provided a website that I believe has a stolen photo, address etc…and I verified with the Charlotte Police that no one of that name lives at the address he gave & the Police were going to notify the people at that address that he is using their address. These scammers often use photos of friendly looking people. I wonder who the real guy is in the photo? You have to print the website & send it to your self, http://www.andersjewelries.net, He didn’t expect someone to catch him at his con game. I also read that scammers like to go after older people b/c they have more money.

November 9, 2011 at 7:04 pm
(119) derick says:

Hi Kathy Inman
Thanks for the message,i have been alone over 7yrs and now i fall in love with Kathy Inman,i met her on match.com and i love her so much and she love me too,,i was so happy i have her in my life because she was there for me and she show me the way to love again,my daughter love her too i was so happy i found the woman of my life then my agent call me and told me that i have a new contract in Africa and the job was real then i told Kathy Inman about the job and she told me i have to get the job done so i can come to her there then i went to Africa and i start the job then things were bad for me she knew all what i am doing because i can’t lie to the woman i love and she try to help me out of the mess then i saw her here telling you guy there i was a scan i was so sad when i saw that and i told her why will she do that..i just want her to know that i am not in AFRICA anymore i am in UK with my daughter Lucy living a good life….but i still love you Kathy Inman

November 12, 2011 at 2:13 pm
(120) rather be single than scammed says:

I believe Raymond Clifford to be also one of the scams, mother died just before the birth of his daughter, wife died of lung cancer and is from UK but living in Florida, is an engineer and gone to school in England, but his spelling is bad, and pretty sure that engineers are different for buildings than the ones for roads and bridges, and also pretty sure that they would have much better english to have gone to university….I should have hung on and seen the scam part coming to have some fun playing him as some of you guys have :) ))) go girls!! but don’t have time for the BS as I have my kids, school…etc.

December 18, 2011 at 11:04 pm
(121) Dawn says:

Has anyone heard of a Harrison Agostinho from UK with daughter Angela or Lisa…he changes it frequently…supposedly a chef with a restaurant in UK, but moved here to start one in TN. …….hasn’t asked for anything as of yet..it has only been 2 weeks..but quick to profess love and marriage words…same story as mentioned above…a widow whose wife passed in a car crash..raised by godly fearing mother who died 6 years ago from colon cancer…I’m feeling like he is a scammer..yet hope not….

December 23, 2011 at 12:20 am
(122) Michelle says:

Further to Liz’ @ #113, “Johnny Evans” is currently under new user name loveispure1960 on match, but as the scam goes, removes his profile very quickly and utilizes contact through regular email and IM. Currently using email of loveispure1960@yahoo.com. Still using same MO as described by Liz above. Claims to currently be working offshore in Anchorage, Alaska as petroleum engineer. Says he has been widower for 5 years and never dated since. Claims to have 2 boys Michael 12, and Kevin 16 who are currently living with his mother in California, however all will be joining him to live in London, ON Canada when he returns from Alaska in Jan 2012. Remember ladies, trust your gut and pay attention to those red flags. Usually the minute these “professionals” sense that you are not falling for their scam, they will cease contact and move on to their next victim.

January 22, 2012 at 2:20 am
(123) kari says:

I too was scammed by a RUSH PETERSEN from LAGOS,NIGERIA. who said he was from Avenel,NJ. close to my hometown. He too said he worked as a self employed contractor selling oil tools at the port and had a daughter who was 17 along with him on his business trip.both his parents died and was divorced for 12 years. He fell in love with me used his charm, was too good to be true. when asked in our emails if this was a scam he became very defencive. he threatened to hurt me and thats when i’d had enough. his # was 234-703-286-2161. his email was legendman1962@yahoo.com.
i wish i googled his name first before i became emotionally attached. i contated zoosk, yahoo, and NJ state police cyber crime.

January 30, 2012 at 6:34 pm
(124) lans says:

Hi Dawn, this guy is definitely a scammer who scammed my ex for thousands of dollars. I tried to warn her from the get go but she wouldn’t listen. He has even spoken to my kids telling them he loves them and will see them soon. I am going to send her your post as proof. The exact same story only he calls his child Lisa not Angela. She even has pictures of them . Please be careful and don’t send this guy any money.

February 2, 2012 at 1:13 pm
(125) lee says:

Watch out for Don Hahn. I think he is someone who recently changed his “name” and is now on eHarmony. donaldhahn44@yahoo.com.

February 19, 2012 at 10:25 pm
(126) Denise S. says:

2-19-2012, Ladies… beware of Donald Hahn, donaldhahn44@yahoo.com, on eHarmony.com. He is a scammer. I have only been corresponding with him for about a week and a half; and red flags went up when he became to vested in a relationship with me too fast. He contacted me on eHarmony.com, his story is: American working in the U.K. on a private contract between the governments Malaysia/Asia/U.K….YES, as a petroleum engineer. Sold his house in Houston, TX before taking contract; Malaysian wife died of cancer 5 years ago; 16-yr old son studying in Malaysia, specifically “palm oil.” When he comes back to states, going to buy a house and settle down, no longer travel for work… he said he was 60 years old. Almost immediately he wanted to correspond via yahoo, then IM. As soon as I asked him to log back in to eHarmony to complete his profile and allow me to read it, you guessed it! Communication ended! I have not heard back from him for two days now, and I don’t expect to.
Ladies… trust your gut. If it seems too good to be true, it is!

See post below, (125) lee says: Watch out for Don Hahn. I think he is someone who recently changed his “name” and is now on eHarmony. donaldhahn44@yahoo.com.

March 2, 2012 at 10:03 am
(127) Jill says:

I believe that I am being scammed too. I recently signed up on match.com. One of the first ones that winked at me, was totally my type & very good looking. He said he was willing to relocate for love. Both his parents died in a plane crash, he found his best friend sleeping with his fiance and has no close friends only a sick old aunt in Texas. He’s an electrical engineer & he took a job in Nigeria and now after two weeks of emails & chatting he is asking for me to send money to pay his labor since his credit card is not working. He goes by the name Reid McKnight or exceptionalfeels@yahoo.com. He says all the right things and I thought I was falling in love with him but reading all of this I will not be contacting him again. So sad, I thought I had found someone really special.

March 7, 2012 at 6:58 am
(128) Bernie says:

Richard Brandon is alive and well, finding me on matchmaker.com. His various handles are engr.richard@aol.com (initial contact), engr.richardbrandon@hotmail.com (used for emailing me), and engr.richardbrandon@yahoo.com (gave me so I could IM him). Fortunately, it only took him 5 days to blow his cover by asking for money. Bingo! The light came on! I played with him for a few days, before I made it clear that he and his group of worthless friends weren’t the only ones who could write sweet love sick drivel. Just another reminder to always trust my gut! Stay wise sisters!

March 13, 2012 at 12:28 am
(129) Carolyn says:

Thanks so much for this article and your comments! I keep getting contacted via Facebook and wondering how people are finding me as my profile is set to private – I think it’s because I’ve liked a number of pages and anyone who’s also liked them can see who’s on that particular page. I’m aware most of them are scammers and ignore, however, one recently slipped through that I thought was genuine. He goes by the name of Marcus Hannes; he seemed really lovely (albeit impatient for me to write to him) but is in the UK and I wasn’t interested so I gently let him down … or so I thought! The next thing I know, I’ve received a really long e-mail ignoring everything I’d said, proclaiming extensively how wonderful I am, and how he would love to have a relationship with me and all the things he would do for me – umm, hello?!?! I mentioned this full-on guy to my sister, who warned me that scammers are getting more clever by the day, and to be very careful of him. I decided to do a search on him and voila – this webpage popped up! I’m definitely going to go with my gut feeling and only correspond with people who are on legit dating websites – and even then be very, very careful!!! Thanks again for the heads-up.

March 27, 2012 at 9:04 pm
(130) Cindy says:

3-28-2012 – This guy is apparently still at it. He just emailed me on zoosk and says he lives in Adams, TN. He gave me the same name and yahoo account and said his daughter set up his “new” zoosk account and he needed to edit it.

(123) kari says:
I too was scammed by a RUSH PETERSEN from LAGOS,NIGERIA. who said he was from Avenel,NJ. close to my hometown. He too said he worked as a self employed contractor selling oil tools at the port and had a daughter who was 17 along with him on his business trip.both his parents died and was divorced for 12 years. He fell in love with me used his charm, was too good to be true. when asked in our emails if this was a scam he became very defencive. he threatened to hurt me and thats when i’d had enough. his # was 234-703-286-2161. his email was legendman1962@yahoo.com.
i wish i googled his name first before i became emotionally attached. i contated zoosk, yahoo, and NJ state police cyber crime.

April 7, 2012 at 9:51 am
(131) Edy says:

Cindy and Kari,

THANK YOU for your posts…I heard from Rush on Zoosk and searched his email address on facebook and found this article. I appreciate this article and the women who took the time to warn the rest of us.

(130) Cindy says:– This guy is apparently still at it. He just emailed me on zoosk and says he lives in Adams, TN. He gave me the same name and yahoo account and said his daughter set up his “new” zoosk account and he needed to edit it.

(123) kari says:
I too was scammed by a RUSH PETERSEN from LAGOS,NIGERIA. who said he was from Avenel,NJ. close to my hometown. He too said he worked as a self employed contractor selling oil tools at the port and had a daughter who was 17 along with him on his business trip.both his parents died and was divorced for 12 years. He fell in love with me used his charm, was too good to be true. when asked in our emails if this was a scam he became very defencive. he threatened to hurt me and thats when i’d had enough. his # was 234-703-286-2161. his email was legendman1962@yahoo.com.
i wish i googled his name first before i became emotionally attached. i contated zoosk, yahoo, and NJ state police cyber crime.

April 11, 2012 at 6:14 pm
(132) Brianna says:

WILL SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME MORE ABOUT THIS “RUSH PETERSEN” GUY??? HE’S CONTACTED MY MOM ON ZOOSK AS WELL, BUT I COULDN’T FIND THE COMMENT ABOUT HIM. SOMEONE PLEASE INFORM ME!! I DON’T WANT MY MOM TO BE SCAMMED. :/

April 23, 2012 at 1:02 am
(133) branded says:

Brianna,
Please tell your mom run don’t walk away this Rush petersen. He is charmer and he sweeps you off your feet with his emails. He is in Lagos Nigeria, and he is actually a Nigerian, he told me he was Italian, but I since found out that he is not of that decent. He tried scamming me, but I hav very suspicious kids, that don’t trust anyone when it comes to their mother. I also have very good friends that are very savvy with the computer and knowledgable of the Legal system. Heis being investigated by Interpol, FBI, CIA. His email is lgendman1962 and his number is +234-703-286-1612, he supposedly lives in my area of Mt. I was fortunate to only be out a phone card to call him. He told me I was sick because I called him on his scam and told him he has been warned not to mess with my heart. I would love to find out what this guy really looks like and put a stop to him once and fo all. I have been a widow for 12 years and I don’t need men like him jerking me around.

April 30, 2012 at 6:44 pm
(134) Lisa says:

DIFFERENT NAME! MICHAELBUCKMAN89@YAHOO.COM, winked at me on match.com, The same M.O. got really heavy, very fast. BUT, this guy claimed to live in Irvine, CA.I googled his phone #, which is an Irvine area code…but it showed up as being in Pasadena, at the Westin Hotel! Said he was half Italian, half American widower with a son, a civil engineer, and was getting ready for a big contract. Won the contract and flew to the Phillipines with the first draw on his contract. It was a $500,000.00 that he could not cash (new policy in the Phillipines…5 day hold on the check) Could I send him $2000 to hire laborers to get started on the job. He’d also sent scans of the check/contract…totally bogus. The photo was a VERY handsome guy. He was very romantic…overly so. sent flowers, teddy bear and chocolates not once but twice in a week! Michael Buckman. NEW NAME. BEWARE

May 2, 2012 at 1:09 am
(135) Marie says:

women and men beware.. serious… If they say the following it is a scam..

They are from the Los Angeles area, when you push them for details where they live the story comes out.. almost seamless everytime..

They are all widowers, they have at least one child, it lives with their aunt or nanny in the states, they believe in god, tell you they love you and are seeking their souldmate. They love you and always end with can’t wait to “READ” from you soon..

scammer!

May 10, 2012 at 9:45 am
(136) chris says:

My friend has been talking to a man named andrew burbine…says he is a gemologist . and he builds bridges in Bel Air Maryland. Says he is waiting for a “big contract…has not asked for money yet..he is Italian and speaks very bad English. He is white 53 and salt and pepper beard. He also says he found his wife in bed with his best friend. He donates money to orphans blah blah blah ..he sends romantic poems music and texts and SHE BELIEVES he is for real any info please respond..ty Chris

May 11, 2012 at 2:45 am
(137) Lisa says:

What I wanna know is…who is writing the scripts for these guys…and what kind of network to they have going? OMG!!!! INCREDIBLE! I’ve read a similar version of my story on umpteen scam sites…this is ridiculous!

May 16, 2012 at 12:34 pm
(138) Angie says:

Ok…..Cindy 130, Kari 123, Edy 131 and Brianna 132….I am in the middle of this with Rush Petersen right now! Same exact story and of course, this morning is when he asked for money. Im gonna play it for a bit….think 3 or 4 trips to Western Union will be fun! When he started with the I love you crap after about 4 days I was onto him. I have contacted the FBI and want to catch him! Why do people do this to each other….so sad! He is going to fly here from Africa to meet me in 3 days! Oh I can hardly wait! LOL…..stay away from him! Or if your already talking to him, have a little fun! He found me on FB Speeddate. I have decided the only safe way to meet people online is if they do live in your area. Easy enough to figure out, ask about certain areas or the weather at the time you are talking. Good Luck out there girls….what a party!!

May 16, 2012 at 7:40 pm
(139) Michelle says:

Yea, same story for me; said he loved me after a few days and how we have so much in common; when I asked how long to get back from Nigeria; he said it was a 17 hour flight then he send me this email stating that they have changed the rules for shipping his goods and how his company would not advance him any funds; I suggested that he ship everything throuth the postal services; and he also claimed that he had no way of accessing his own bank account there…I knew that was a line because how was he able to live while there on location? they don’t pay for everything….Was totally sucked in to his story how he is a single parent who was cheated on by his wife and best friend and how his parents died when he was a teen…look out for this one; felt kind of stupid because i was such a fool but now i see that he has done this many times…

May 29, 2012 at 9:09 pm
(140) Michell king says:

Ladies, be on the lookout for one so called Richard Henry. Richardnicolas@yahoo.com, he is also on a construction project in Malaysia and needs money because his equipment break down.

May 29, 2012 at 9:16 pm
(141) Ms King says:

This guy Richard Nicolas also uses Richard Henry and James Nicolas he is in Malaysia. He gave this number for his mother but she lives in the Netherlands. 447031596809 these number are known scammer numbers originated on the UK and can ring anywhere in the world. Be fore warned. I did my homework. I Also have family living in the UK

May 29, 2012 at 9:24 pm
(142) Mary A says:

Richard Nicolas also uses Richardnicolas754@yahoo.com and claims to be from the Netherlands. Widowed with 1 son John and mother Mary. Dead wife is Esther who was a nurse. I am convinced this guy is a liar and a scammer.

May 30, 2012 at 7:02 pm
(143) Boom says:

I just met a guy on match from Australia that claims he is an art dealer…his name is David Thomson…he is supposedly Australian…1 photo…I will end the dialogue ASAP….

June 10, 2012 at 7:21 pm
(144) Mary says:

I’ve been on a particular site for two week and so far I was contacted by 2 possibly 3 scammers. One of the easiest ways of identifying them is simply by talking about mundane things. When you ask a simple question like what did you have for breakfast? They always turn it around to “I love you with all my heart”. Ask them simple questions about where they live…they will turn it back to romancing. Also I noticed that if someone tell you that they are from one area, they will slip up mixing up city and state especially in the U.S. . Another thing I noticed in yahoo, is the lag time when they are typing you a message. You will see the prompt that the person is typing, then nothing for a good 30 seconds to several minutes after the prompt disappears. Look at how they communicate, I sensed that one of the scammers must be a woman or had a woman write some of messages. These scammers are like walking Hallmark cards. Ladies and Gents, do not fall for these predators.

June 14, 2012 at 3:39 pm
(145) Teresa says:

I really wish we could post pictures on here. Mine goes by the name of Kelly. Very romantic, loves me real fast, wants to be a family and marry soon, good looking. From London, has been there for 3 years on contract that is now up, wants to move back to my area, his late parents are from here and buried here ( forgot to ask what cemetary, should have) .Late wife died 3 years ago in a car accident. She had an orphanage that the family was still involved with (should have asked for name of orphanage and definite location) . Has a 6 year old son, Phiilip, that is real sick with heart troubles, a 17 year old daughter, Mellisa, and a 19 year old son, Melvin. I did receive numerous pictures him, kids, late wife, parents.
Last week they were to fly out from London to US. 6 year old was too sick had to take a later flight. Not given the new flight number (red flag). 6 year old got real sick on the plane they had to depart in Malaysia. ( red flag).Not sure any flights go through Malaysia to get to US. Many communications back and forth, says having to borrow laptops from nurses to chat. The 6 year old passed away. Oldest son is going to send 8 pieces of their luggage to me from malaysia (was wondering why? why not just take with when you get to continue your flight? red flag) Luggage gets held up at customs because one the bags had a large amount of money with no declaration papers. He had sold his house and emptied his savings,was carrying the bag on his person he said. He had no clue about customs and rules.This baggage was not supposed to go with the others. Kids mistake. So now the asking for money to pay customs.. He says he got some from a friend and some from his oldest boys girlfriends mom and the remainder he needs from me. I do have the tracking number for the luggage and the courier is legit. The notice about luggage being held came from the courier.

June 20, 2012 at 10:32 am
(146) Jill says:

Michelle139
I think we are talking to the same guy! You never said his name. Mine is Larry Danny. Daughter, French, parents died, wife & best friend. He has yet to ask for money. Still waiting on that, but emails me every morning with LOVE poems, let’s me think he wrote them! I googled he gets them word for word from internet. Probably has a file he cuts and paste from. I like the idea of sending him to western union, thou. Told him I had been scammed before, he promised me that he wasn’t one. Just waiting for the other shoe to drop. Thanks everyone for the great ideas!

June 24, 2012 at 8:56 pm
(147) Diane says:

How about the following names: Donald Correll, Jr., Liam Blake and Chris Sutton. These 3 men have been emailing me, claiming to be widows all with daughters with various stories all having ties to Africa in some way. Sound familiar?

June 25, 2012 at 10:16 am
(148) Alison says:

I am so glad that we now have sites like this to let other people know about these scams. I have to set the record straight. I have been on match for 6 months. I was approached by one man 6 months ago. Instant IM and he took off his profile right away……..little suspicious but gave it a shot.
What was strange is how “text book” his questions were. How he was from france but did not know anything about france and I have been there so I knew something was not right………the odd thing was how angry he got when I said I prefer to speak by phone……….that as it. I blocked him. Now 5 month shave gone by and all of a sudden I got 4 more men just like him. All from overseas, one child, parents are dead, wife is dead, oh how lonely they are, long gushy emails, they do not pay attention to what you say, still insist they are honest and trustworthy, church going, god fearing men………….This was all bothering me. So I looked on the net for scams on Match. Here I am. I see so many stories of the very same thing. I saw one guy still on IM and most likely conning another women. I got on and told him I was contacting the FBI. He said he was going to kill me…………So let us beware of being sucked into quick romances. Listen to your gut. You have nothing to lose by going slow to make sure he is who he says he is. What I do now is look up their names right away in the state they say they are from. If they are not listed…..that tells me all I need to know. If their pics look like something out of a magazine or model like then they are scammers. They are pulling pics of men all across the US without these men even knowing. We are all victims.

June 25, 2012 at 10:21 am
(149) Alison says:

Watch for these names:

Steve Ford
Brian Jones
James Wells
David Cassano

When i saw their names I have to say they were too good……you just don’t see these kind of names that much. They were just too perfect. They said They said they were from Italy, france, london etc………so names like these do not match up to their proclaimed countries!

July 2, 2012 at 1:55 am
(150) DanielF says:

Rules to live by:
Any woman or man who finally reveals they are in Nigeria or Ghana is a hoax.
Anyone who mentions withing the first contact that their Father died, or both parents, and they are living with an aunt or close friend of the deceased parents are a hoax.
Anyone who claims to live in the USA (and maybe they do) that claims to need your help accuiring their inheritence from a bank located in the uUSA, but maintain that the money must be paid to a credit card or home equity account, and that they cannot do it because they are not yet a citizen, is a hoax.
Anyone you are building a relationship online, that will not agree to a quick phone conversation so that you can hear each others voices and verify that they are real, is a hoax.
Anyone who asks you for your help, asking for money no matter what they do to assure you that repayment is guaranteed, is a hoax.
Never send money to anyone you don’t know, even if your absolutely sure you do know them. Remember, we give a certain amount of respect until someone does something to take that away. But trust is earned, never given. Do not trust anyone on the internet, until they have proven themselves beyond a shadow of a doubt. Make yourself a list of criteria someone will need to pass before you move to the next level, and never take shortcuts with this list, no matter how much they sound like your soulmate.
No Short Cuts Ever!!

July 3, 2012 at 11:47 am
(151) Lala santos says:

Girls beware of this Guy, tonyjeff47@yahoo.com, He is a scammer a lia,. That will send you scripted letters like this and ask you to pay the charges and then ask you again to pay the tax
: PLEASE MY LOVE HELP ME AND SETTLE THE DELIVERY CHARGES

Dear wife to-be,

I checked my mail and the status of our product and fine out that our product is on hold will be deliver today if the delivery charges is paid in time today..I am so down had long day today and I need to sleep now .. …please dear I cant do anything from here now…Cos I am at the submarine here in Port Paris…I mean at the ship port..please help us and make the payment for the delivery just for us to avoid dumorage charges.and I will pay you back whatever amount you spend for the delivery charges ok..It’s just a small amount compared to our product…I trust you and I believe in you baby…. let me know when you make the payment ok….this is for our future…..I CANT WAIT TO BE WITH YOU BABY IN A FEW DAYS TIME..I’M HAPPY AM CLOSER TO YOU DEAR.I HAVE TO REST NOW…COS I HAVE YOU THERE ..THIS IS THE AMOUNT TO BE PAID: 7800 peso or 589.876 Malaysia Ringgit NOT THIS USD325..

MUCH LOVE FROM ME TO YOU…

YOURS HUSBAND TO-BE SOON

TONY

HANKS FOR SAFE ARRIVAL AT THE PORT OF PARIS

Sent: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 12:33 AM
Subject: I WILL CARE FOR YOU FOREVER

Beware of his guy,. I was scammed,I am very vulnerable , easily trust someone,. BUT I learned My lesson,. If a guy will send you message about undying love and will use God dont believed,. and dont ever ever send money to strangers

July 5, 2012 at 1:44 am
(152) Kelly says:

My sister is being scammed by a man that claims to be from Ohio, but working in Ghana Africa building an orphanage. She has fell for him hook, line, and sinker. Sneaking and sending him money, His name is supposedly Micheal Herman. I did a IP address on his email name it came from Copenhagen Denmark. Has anyone heard of this guy. Thanks.

July 7, 2012 at 12:47 pm
(153) Kathy Inman says:

I wrote about a match.com relationship I began in June 2011 with Derick Wilford. This relationship like so many of these stories began in London to Nigeria with terrible results once arriving in Nigeria. I was so smitten with him when he needed money, I took out loans, sold my jewelry, coins anything to help him. He promised to pay me back, hopefully soon he will. I would like nothing more than to have things back as before. I could not bare the situation and allowed our communication to end. In December he wrote back to me on this website proclaiming his truthfulness, I came acrossed it while deleting old information from my computer. I have to say I was moved once again by him and the email he wrote. You see I decided 8 years ago I would never be with a man again, not because I was ever hurt by anyone but you see because I didn’t need anyone. I was very happy alone. My minister at church ask me if I ever thought anyone might need me…what a thought. I left my relationship with him in God’s hands. He recently contacted me and told me how hurt he was concerning the letter I posted last November. We have decided to try again. I love him and I expect things to be different this time. We both have to make better decisions if we want our relationship to work. I want you to know I will always hope for the best in him. I expect him to be the man I need. If he is not I am still so grateful to have met him and I have learned so much about myself through this. Good luck to all those looking for Love. God Bless You All.

July 18, 2012 at 11:06 am
(154) Diane says:

And another name: James D Watson, another widow claiming to have an 8 year old boy (Kevin), in need of money because his son was in a car accident. They probablychange their names, wouldn’t ya think? Anyhoo, just FYI.

July 22, 2012 at 1:00 pm
(155) Sam says:

Wow, these stories are crazy. I met a guy named Brooks Morgan (a so called Pilot) from the Houston, TX area. I live several hours away. His supposive wife (Jodie) died, has a 8 year old son (Jensen). Fell in love with me after a few calls and only God could bring us together! 817-228-**** is his phone..we became close… funniest part, a co-worker happened to ask me about my love life and shared a current story about how her sister met this wonderful guy on POF as well. He lives in Houston and has his own plane. But is a Physical Therapist. His name was Chad, completely different pics, but the same detailed stories. Except Jodie died in a car crash. Sad, his supposive sister Kailyn was in on it as well. We called him and shocked the heck out of him! Amazing how God can connect two people from different cities, who had been taken by the same guy. Thank God, niether of us met face to face with him or gave him money. Who knows exactly what he was after! Be careful girls, he is really good.

July 24, 2012 at 1:35 pm
(156) Jane says:

Watch out ladies, the scammer with the broken laptop is still at it, only he has changed his name, but still using the same scenario. Deals in gold & precious stones in Texas, had to go to Africa for a contract (BIG MONEY) dropped the laptop while he was walking off the plane..He now has a son, who he took with him & can’t get any money because his credit card doesn’t work in their ATM’s. Desperately needs money to buy food & pay his hotel bill or he can’t leave the country. He’s on datehookup.com using Kevwarner5788@yahoo.com & Kevwarner9000@yahoo.com He’s a smooth talker, but has trouble spelling his own name. I traced him on Google & found 6 other sites he was operating from. Phoned me & his Sth African accent was so thick you could cut it with a knife…Do they think we are all stupid ?? He got no money from me, & the poor imaginary child had to go hungry….

July 31, 2012 at 6:58 pm
(157) Debora Walton says:

I met a man on a widow/widowers dating site. Here is his first intro to me, ” My mother was originally from Sweden and I was trained by her parent since my father died when I was still a child. With my education and my kind of job, I have travelled a lot to many Countries and states in the US and Canada. I worked for a shell company in Ireland for a few years but decided to resign and start up on my own.My job is basically into construction and Environmental maintenance..We go on temporal contract that comes up periodically,it usually last for weeks,days or months depending on the nature of the job…We are into renovation of oil field,treatment of oil spillage with the help of highly trained workers on Helicopters dispersing chemicals on the sea,oil spillage control by replacing damaged oil pipe lines and installing new ones.”
He claims to be in Scotland now working on a contract where he is short $20,000 to purchase materials. Can’t complete the job unless he finds the money. He asked me this week to lend him it. I asked him to provide me with a copy of his drivers lic., his attorney’s number that he is working with, anything that would prove what he s saying. Of course he could not. He says his name is Wesley, anyone else had a similar story?

July 31, 2012 at 10:28 pm
(158) See says:

Watch out for Jefferson “Jeff” Polanski. talktojeff56@yahoo.com. San Francisco 415 746 9063 +447024020646 (google phone spoofing)
Widower with 6 yr daughter. Mother helps. Engineer in marine industry. Supposedly had all these amazing adventures. Match profile RoyalPolanskii although he’s not there any more. Always wanted to talk on Yahoo IM. Did call a couple of times when I pressured him. Wink first, I winked back got a long email in 3 min. Really??? Said as much. That should have been (or was the first warning sign but I chose to ignore Silly Me). Polish descent and has the accent (although been in a US since his teens)?
Left for Scotland on biz. And then the drama started. Child in hospital (Cindy and his mother on holiday there). Hospital wanted wire. I suggested a credit card. He said they had it. Really, you’re traveling overseas without a credit card?. Then the question “I don’t ask anyone but could you help Babe?”. By then I was waiting for that question. Said No and told him goodbye. He tried to call several times. I told him to leave me alone or I would take steps to ensure he did. He was very indignant.
Well long story short, nothing was right from the beginning. He was evasive, never asked or responded to what I considered normal questions.
Can’t believe I let it go for a week. I’m not even lonely per se. Guess I enjoyed the flirtation more than anything.
Solid advice here.
Look out for that question “Are you alone” or “Do you live alone?”
I set up a separate email for online dating. That way I can delete without compromising my personal email. But another Silly Me gave my cell to him. On the bright side I have record of our conversations.
Saw all the signs. Stupid of me but I didn’t lose any money, just some dignity. Will never happen again and next ten I might just yank his chain.
Be careful guys and dolls.

August 5, 2012 at 5:00 pm
(159) Norma says:

Hello Debra, my scammer was on Metrodate.com, being a free site it attracts more scammers obviously. Mine was calling himself Nartan Newton from Melbourne with Italian / American background. he has since frozen his profile on Metrodate. But exactly the same immediately wanted to chat through YahooIM, it smelt suss from the word go. Working on an oil rig on the North Sea, this wasn’t clear, he mentioned Aberdeen and wanted money to buy chemicals and couldn’t complete the job without it. Didn’t have an australian mobile number when i asked him for one and called it a ‘cell’ phone, which is a dead giveaway. And exactly the same wife and parents died in a horrible car accident, left with a 7 year old son, didn’t want to discuss it. I couldn’t call him, working on oil rig etc etc. While chatting his english wasn’t good and there were many gaps, probably while searching for the right answers no doubt, but then each morning there would be perfectly written emails of his growing love for me!!
BUT the picture of the model or whomever he was using was absolutely gorgeous!!! Black hair and beautiful green eyes. I want to know who the picture belongs to!! Any clues to who owns the picture?

August 7, 2012 at 7:59 pm
(160) Stephanie says:

My mother met a man by the name of Raymond Oswald. I had a gut feeling from the boot that this was fraudulent because his story seemed so far-fetched to me. He told her he was born in Lynchburg VA, that his mother died while giving birth to him, his father then moved him to Tanzinia (Oh did I mention he spoke with a German accent), his wife and daughter were in a car accident in Texas in which his daughter was killed instantly and the wife died a few days later. He started telling her that he loved her and she was the best thing that has happened to him in a long time blah blah blah. I told my mother, who is widowed after being married over 30 years, that it was a scam because it was was just so out landish. He was swooning her with his love poems and pet names. Like the other stories on here, he wanted her to IM on yahoo almost immediately,sent her 2 photos of hansome blue-eyed older male.He was a petrochemical engineer and had to go to Malaysia on business. No Facebook and at first but then after she asked him about it he all the sudden had one with all the BS that he told her and the same pic,Ironically he had no facebook friends (go figure). Like the other stories on here he could not get pictures on his cell, unable to download SKYPE. I googled every story this man fed my mother with no reults until I googled Match.com scam and Holy Cow I was led to this site. Yesterday this man told my mother he needed $600 for some document sent to where he was working in Malaysia so he could get paid.She questioned him and guess what he another call and had to go…he never called back . Now mind you this guy had been calling her 2 times a day and texting her periodically throughout the day GO FIGURE. I feel so bad for my mother because she wants to feel what she felt with my dad and this Son of a B**** played her like a fiddle. So ladies BEWARE of Raymond Oswald. Hopefully now when you google his name this article will show up.

August 10, 2012 at 10:24 pm
(161) Barbara says:

I think I have been scammed. Michael McLaughlin is his name, and his e mail address is: retireddad68@gmailcom. I met him on Zoosk.com. He was smitten with me, and wrote me such love letters to make me fall in love with him. He claims he is in the gemstone business and has to go to Dubai to make a deal. While there, he lost his wallet with $9000.00 in it. Needs that amount from me in order to make his payment and get back home to L.A. I sent him $5000.00 and now he needs more. It has been a month since we started chatting on yahoo IM. Always sick and hungry, needs to be home to hold me in his arms, to love me and take care of me morally and financially. I am finally aware he is a scammer, hard to believe, but he won’t stop calling me and writing to me. I am ready to block his calls and e mails now. Thanks to all you ladies for helping me identify this man as a scammer. Lesson learned the hard way. He has promised me he will pay me back when he gets back to Los Angeles. He will never be back here!! It is a hoax. He lied to me.

August 17, 2012 at 5:23 am
(162) Sharon says:

I met someone (Michael Anthony Stewart mm_stewart2302@yahoo.com) on Match.com from Ohio. After talking online and through yahoo messenger for a couple of weeks while he was working in Malaysia he asked me for $2500 to help get him home since he was an independent contractor and had maxed his credit card etc. I knew it was a scam (if it seems to be be too good to be true, IT IS) but I played along. He wanted me to wire him via western union and promised to pay me back.
He gave me his current hotel info in Malaysia and at home along with phone numbers etc. When his address (google earth) didn’t match his “house” (it was a condo complex) and I couldn’t find it under his name on the county auditor site I KNEW it was a scam. He’s handsome and has a bit of broken English as he types (we never spoke on the phone). Be on the look out for him. I couldn’t find his email or anything related to his name or email as a scam on a few sites, but I know he is. If they ask for $$ of course it’s a scam. Stay away.

August 20, 2012 at 1:59 pm
(163) ScamStopper says:

match.com id: woods8836
yahoo id: alexwoods137@yahoo.com
From: sweden
Background: scotish/irish
favorite music: celtic thunder
job: shipping expeditor/environmental cleanup
marriage: divorced 2 yrs wife cheated on him with best friend
children: one, boy, 18 yrs old named Collin
Line: lonely, you saved him in time, made him smile again, blah blah blah
NOTE: mentioned scam, mentioned things in his immediate area, and lots of other references, mentioned number he gave was landline in ohio and he insists it is a cell phone, would not send addtional specific requested photo… “Oh my phone is broke, i have no camera” all excuses
phone #: 440-941-7005

August 24, 2012 at 4:10 am
(164) Debbie says:

Interesting stories, I think i might have a live one on the hook
name: michael Roche
from sweden
working on contract on Oil Rig in UK will be back in US 2-3 weeks, any one know him? Has not asked for money yet, have fallen in love with me but has never talked with me live or met me! we met on eharmony but then profile vanished! the story matches so many of what I read! please let me know
michael_ro22@live.com
65, son in sweden with family, wife died (no details) live in menlo park has” linked in” page

August 27, 2012 at 2:12 pm
(165) darlene says:

has anyone heard from a Max Richmond ?

August 28, 2012 at 5:26 pm
(166) Sharon says:

Beware of Jwillis1967@yahoo.com….it’s the same story that he lost his wife to lung cancer. No kids and over a year ago he was in another relationship and caught the woman with another man in his house. He is now working as an Engineer at Abu Dhabi. After 3 weeks of chatting and long love letter e-mails he tells me he is coming back to Los Angeles. Soon before the arrival date, he tells me he is confronted with having to pay an upfront 10% tax before he can get paid. He even had his mother call me! Right!….he is now asking me to send him money and after I tell him I have no money to send he is asking me to get a loan from a bank. He also has a slight British accent and he is suppose to be American, graduated from Texas and originally from Arkansas.

Met him on match.com . . .ladies beware. He has 2 photos and he sent another photo with him and a dog on the beach. I asked him who takes care of his dog while he is travelling and he tells me that his dog was poisened. Right! Very attractive 45 year old, tall, fit, blonde with beautiful eyes.

August 29, 2012 at 6:34 pm
(167) Adriane says:

Just putting this one out there. martindouglas584@yahoo.com. Claims to be a gemologist. Had to leave suddenly to go to Istanbul. Combos of the stories I have read above…things just did not add up… Claiming undying love to me, and calling me “Dear” and “babe”. Very slow Australian or English accent, called faithfully almost every day for a week while I was on holiday. Any man who calls me dear…well, they better know that is THE worse thing I can ever be called!! Phone number was 011905338449371 for overseas number he called me on as well as a cell number which I traced to Ontario 647 738 9259 even though he said he was from Vancouver. IP address linked to a server in California. It pays to watch all those detective movies ladies!! Watch your backs!

August 31, 2012 at 6:50 pm
(168) Elizabeth says:

First encounter on Match was a scam. He said he was Michael Goldstein, 44, geologist, half British, half Australian living in Thornhill Ontario. The pictures he sent were of this gorgeous man. Being my first time to Match I had no idea it was a scam. For three weeks he courted me, sent me the most amazing love letters and then one day flowers with a teddy bear attached. He told me he had to go to Istanbul on business and promised to call me when he arrived. He did and the number on my cell displayed a Turkish area code.

August 31, 2012 at 6:50 pm
(169) Elizabeth says:

He told me he was there to research gemstones and to seek out an inheritance of gold bars in the sum of $7.8 million. This is when my spider senses started to tingle. Then he sent me documents for safe keeping, his father’s will and a certificate for the deposit of gold bars to support his story. The next day he was brutally mugged and all his money and identification stolen. 15 stitches in his head. At this point I emailed him and asked him if he was “real” asking that he send a picture of his injuries. 4:30am the next morning he called me upset and disgusted that I would ask such a thing. He hung up on me. I sent him an email and played along, saying I was sorry and disgusted with myself for asking him to do that. I was so confused and that my friends were telling me he wasn’t real. He texted and then called and wham! Can you give me $4500 please. Now…if you have $7.8 million in gold bars in a trunk box…and knowing that gold bars are traded freely in Istanbul why do you need my money. He became so upset that I hung up on him. He called again and I didnt answer it. We texted back and forth and I said to him he was a liar and not to contact me again. He said he would not. The next day he called “Hi Baby, how are you” I think he messed up because when I told him that I asked him not to contact me he back peddled and said he had called to apologized. I told him I knew he was not who he said he was and he started telling me “This is not helping my situation”. I hung up on him. I immediately took the advice of a friend who is a high ranking official in a federal police agency and emailed Michael Goldstein to stop all contact or I would hand over all evidence to the authorites. That was Monday and since then no contact. Lesson is ladies…if he seems to good to be true he probably is.

September 3, 2012 at 3:38 pm
(170) Mary says:

I too am cancelling my subscription to 2 dating sites ….ourtime.com and Match.com. I am a widow and have had 5 “petroleum engineers” contact me. You can tell by the odd expressions in their emails and the fact that “they finally found me”. I am sure there are true blue people on these sites since I was one of them but it is a waste of time and money trying to sort them out. They definitely out number the real people! Beware ladies and really….why are you sending them money? I can see enjoying their emails when you are lonely. Start asking them for money and see what happens!!!

September 8, 2012 at 11:31 pm
(171) Stacey says:

After reading all these, Im starting to think I have a scammer on Match. I’ve been on match a few months and actually met and dated a really nice guy. It ended up not panning out so I decided to test the waters again. This REALLY good looking guy who claims to live in San Francisco “Eric Adams” has been emailing me saying he wants to get to know me and gave me a cell and email. I live in Southern California, 6 hrs away from him! I am a single mom of 2 kids and he says he has a son that lives far away. He claimed to be an Engineer, however his messages have poor grammer and spelling and often make me wonder how a engineer could have such bad writing skills. His phone number when I google, comes back with a area code pre-fix out near San Bernardino…no where near San Francisco. His photos appear to be the same..but, now I wonder since I’ve seen Eric Adams in other scams

September 13, 2012 at 8:16 pm
(172) colliegirl says:

I was recently scammed by a guy calling himself Joseph P Cecil from Maysville Ky. A civil engineer bidding on a job in Malaysia, Supposed to come here,had to go for contract sighning instead. I couldn’t find him registered in Ky or Vt where he said his father had lived and he had to put house on market. Long story(I stetched it out as long as I could) to see how far he would take it. He got to Malaysia sent copy of plane ticket, copy of contract to prove it oh and copy of check paid to him at signing(five million. Couldn’t prove any of it on my end . he said he had a golden retriever that he boarded at vets in Maysville. I called all three animal hospitals, two small animal one large aninmal, no record of. I think I got too close and haven;’t heard from him . Oh and by the way , he was in hospital after car accident and couldn’t pay bill. Oh well, just walk out I told him. That didn’t set well either. I’m not done with him yet, plan to put his face and all infor I have on every sight I can.Stay tuned!

September 13, 2012 at 8:35 pm
(173) Maureen Riberdy says:

Julie posted something her spammer posted about his life being a hellish nightmare. OMG, word for word. His name is Joseph P Cecil, email penjoe_j @aol.com. I’m not done going after him.

September 14, 2012 at 12:09 am
(174) Sydney Parker says:

I got scammed by a guy I met on a dating site. We became involved and were planning to purchase a motorcycle. I saw the bike once when I gave him $1,500 in cash. He said he would add some money to purchase the bike. I soon realized there was no bike and the money was gone. I am a widow and was scammed by this person face to face. He is a thief who wears no mask.

September 14, 2012 at 12:14 am
(175) BeCareful says:

KATHY INMAN – Wow please tell me you didn’t fall for this scammer again? He is a scammer and please don’t let him mess with you anymore. Sometimes in life, people get so sick of being lonely that they will be blinded by something that was never there to begin with. This man ”Derick” isn’t real and he can sense how vunerable you are and he is using that to his complete advantage. Please!

I’ve never been scammed but i’ve done research on these little snakes and all ”derick wilford” had to do was google his fake name to spot your posts.. I noticed he spelt ”scam” wrong, he put ”scan” so his google wouldn’t detect it incase his other potential victims search him.. and if he told you to come on here by any chance, and let the public no he’s ”legit”, then you fell for his games yet a 3rd time..

Please stay away from these people, they’re slick and they will blind you and make you think there is an imaginary guy out there who will one day be with you… He wont.. Please stay away and stop falling for this.. Scammers make millions off of vunerable people, make them get a dayjob and stop feeding into there cruel, slick games..

Be careful.

September 14, 2012 at 12:15 am
(176) Sydney Parker says:

Ladies beware, the guy I got scammed by is Jeffrey W. Coleman from Holland, Ohio. Sometimes he lives in Sylvania, Toledo and MI.

September 14, 2012 at 12:59 am
(177) Sydney Parker says:

My initial contact with Jeff Coleman was through datehookup.com The warning signs were there, no checking account, no credit cards, not a dime in his pocket, no permanent address. I fell for him hook, line and sinker. He will meet you in person and scam you without blinking an eye.

September 21, 2012 at 7:08 pm
(178) Kathy says:

I found out very quickly the Derick Wilford is a scammer. He asked me to send him my bank info so he can wire me back my money. This was all I needed to hear. Another attempt to scam me, but no luck he has been reported. Thanks for all the emails of concern. I will NEVER use another dating site, plenty of men in Florida:)

September 27, 2012 at 6:03 pm
(179) Any says:

Wow I have been reading these stories and it is so verbatim its scary. Look out for Roy William or William Leroy -lr.william@aol.com , Beautiful set up begged and pleaded for money when he got arrested fro bringing me diamonds and then threatened me and my daughter. He was relentless and left me very scared.

September 28, 2012 at 2:51 am
(180) joy smith says:

Do u know a Paul Williams fro New Jersey. Father is Portugeese and mother is Haitian. He said he was born in amerca and raised in portugal and in englan. Then school in america. now in malasia on business contract.

October 9, 2012 at 11:46 pm
(181) Marie says:

Please be on the lookout for James Richards ” Jamie”. He claims to be an architect heading to UK, son in Texas, wife died in drunk driving accident in NYC.

Broken english in email. Thank goodness I always use an alias email and im instead of my real ones. In one day he was already asking for my phone number.

I found his scam on another site, along with the same picture. Unbelievable.

Please be careful, everyone.

October 14, 2012 at 4:24 am
(182) tasha says:

WAt bout Bradley blunt pretty attractive hadn’t asked me for money yet such I wouldn’t do I’m no fool but something seems weird an if it sounds too good to be true it generally is til proven wrong

October 20, 2012 at 11:01 pm
(183) Lee says:

I have been talking, emailing and texting a guy since June…of course sounds like the perfect guy and great looking —says he was born in Italy but raised in Sweden and Manchester England..then moved to Florida at around 26 of age…moved to San Francisco about 6 months ago…he left Thursday to Malasysia because he got a contract to renovate a building there…he finally made it there today and text and then emailed me that he forgot to turn on international use of his credit card so he needs to borrow from me..of course he is a widow, wife died of lung cancer 6 years ago, has 15 and 17 year kids and dad who is about to die…I really feel for this guy – but now that he asked for money and I told him I would need a copy of his passport, driver’s license, the hotel name, phone, address and manager’s name and of course he emailed back that he didn’t need to prove anything to me just to borrow money and if I felt that way there was nothing more to say…so I looked up and found this site and just can’t believe how many similar stories there are..I still hope he is real but in my heart I know he is not…so if anyone else has been communicating with someone named Mario Vito please post…so I can confirm he was not real…I kept asking him if he was real and he would get annoyed but then we talked about everything and he was so romantic of course and of course loves me and wants to marry me and we haven’t even met yet. We were to meet next Friday…guess we won’t be now…

October 23, 2012 at 10:33 am
(184) Jennie says:

Yep, I have been contacted by 4 of these guys….ALL claim to be be widowers and their wives all died in car accidents! Each has one child, usually a teenage girl. Each one is somehow self-employed or an independent contractor, working in everything from pertoleum, furniture making to antiques…..they all say the same thing – I am the one, I have what they are looking for, and they all type like they have broken English! No one has asked me for money, because I put a stop to it very early. They get gushy and loving right off the bat and I call them on it. Horrible scam and I pray you women out there can see it right away if one of them contacts you…..One is Thomas Williamson, one is Richard Clark and the latest is Dave Rodriguez, he says he lives here in the Bay Area where I live…..you’d think they get smart and at least say they were divorced, it’s almost funny, they’re so stupid! Good luck

October 26, 2012 at 12:53 am
(185) Alice says:

I am pretty sure I was recently in contact with a scammer on Match.com who used the name Carlo Donati. His profile said he lived in my home city but when I communicated with him he said he was a civil engineer working in Malaysia and that his contract was finishing in a month. Almost daily phone conversations started quite quickly, and it wasn’t long before his “story” came out; his wife died 7 years ago of pancreatic cancer, his parents had been killed in a car accident a couple of years before that, his 22 year old daughter Diana was a student at UCLA. It was only a matter of weeks before he was asking for money, saying that he needed USD450,000 to pay for his international contractors licence and that the bank would only lend him USD300,000 of it against his house in California. If you come across someone with a story similar to this be VERY wary.

October 26, 2012 at 1:01 am
(186) Heather says:

HELP! My mother’s best friend is being scammed. She is a 63 year old woman who met a man on Match.com. He says he is from the UK, same type of story all of you have posted…says he is worth $4 million dollars. They’ve never met but made all these plans to marry in December. I am not sure of all the details. But here is the scary part. She boarded a plan to Dubai to meet him today!!! We just found out, and I don’t know what to do. Any advice? Best cases scenario? No one is there? Not the best country for a woman to be traveling alone to.

October 27, 2012 at 12:32 pm
(187) Sandy says:

michael_ro22@live.com Just sent me a ‘canned’ message thru eHarmony. 54 years old lives in Sebastopol California. After being suspicious of his obvious generic email and ‘can’t access eHarmony mail easily’ I googled his email address which brought me here & to Debbie’s comment.

October 28, 2012 at 6:09 am
(188) laura says:

Bradely blunt beaware he asked me to send him money in lagos Nigeria to a Henry Noah cuz his son got bit buy a insect an in hospital he dt he went there with his sin on business first off I’m not dumb I didn’t get scanned but I played a game with the African fool ugh African men make me ill

October 28, 2012 at 3:13 pm
(189) heliconia says:

Also got a message from this bozo on eHarmony Michael “Sam” Roche also requested direct email comunicarion michael_ro22@live.com saved myself the trouble and blocked him right away

Thanks

November 1, 2012 at 12:09 am
(190) Dave says:

Yep I have had numerous ladies try to scam me. Whenever they say they are from Nigeria or Ghana… I’m out I end the conversation immediately. It’s funny, that it is either the same person doing the scam or they have some kind of training class in Africa to teach them what to say. The first 4 or 5 questions is always the same. Its usually Name, how long you been on Match.com, what are you looking for, and a couple other ones. Depending on how I feel sometimes I play along for a short time and sometimes I am just down right rude and call them scammers straight up. Be careful out there all.

Dave

November 2, 2012 at 10:04 pm
(191) Dee says:

@dawn….I can pretty much tell you the story about Harrison. Heard it for months. He is from Portugal. Moved to the UK and has a restaurant there. His wife died a few years ago in a car wreck and he has been raising his daughter Lisa alone. He is or was (supposedly) building a restaurant in TN. Be careful because he will go overseas and need you to send him money because his daughter (or him) get really sick and get put in the hospital….they then run out of money and need you to help them!!!! RUN!!!

November 5, 2012 at 12:31 am
(192) Eve says:

Beware of Fabian Payne…..didn’t get too far.
I looked up engineer of international repute and found
His profile word for word as a scammer but under other names.

November 12, 2012 at 7:40 pm
(193) Margo says:

Yes, I’m stupid- already sent angolovpeace59@yahoo.com $13K dollars. claims he was irish born in norway living in florida but is working on landing a big deal on Gold. Met on a christian site, of course this was the 1st time I ever went on a site…. Has a cell phone but couldn’t look up reverse phone #, said it was unlisted. We always get cut off on the phone when we talk. Sounds Norwegian, yah???
I really fell for this one. Has anyone heard of him??? PLEASE HELP ME… I AM GETTING REALLY SICK OVER THIS….

November 13, 2012 at 5:02 pm
(194) mar says:

I am now in touch with Michael Stevens. Currently living in U.K.
Wife and daughter died 5 years ago in car accident.
Gemologist. Relocating to Canada soon.
Gorgeous man. Will be 56 on Nov. 23, 2012.

Has anyone heard of this one?

November 13, 2012 at 7:02 pm
(195) MARGO says:

Do you think these guy’s have several different names on these sites?
This one I met on chrisian singles says he is 52 from lakeland, fl but has a Fort Lauderdale phone #… We text 8 times a day, talk each morning when we wake up and talk every night before bed. I really want this to be real. I fell for him so hard but he keeps asking for more money for his business with gold mining company and agents and bla bla bla. Keeps telling me he will be home with me next month in December. 1st he had to leave Fl to CA to meet agents now he is in Maryland meeting with the people buying the gold. Does anyone know angelovpeace??? PLEASE HELP

November 18, 2012 at 11:06 pm
(196) Dee Dee says:

I have a co-worker that I believe is getting scammed for the second time. He is recently separated and incredibly lonely and will not listen to reason. The first scam was from a woman named Jane Walker that he met on Match.com. She said she was 30 and lived in South Africa and asked for money constantly. He resisted at first and then gave in and sent her some after she said she was injured and needed money to pay her hospital bill. Now, it is a woman named Stacy, from Italy. She is a freelance antiques dealer that does business in Lagos, Nigeria. She sends pics that are obviously photo-shopped and insists that she is coming to visit. I know that in the end his heart will be broken and she will end up asking for money but he is so desperate for love that he won’t listen. Has anyone heard of either of these people so I could show him some evidence that this person is not real?

November 26, 2012 at 12:28 pm
(197) Marie says:

I was scammed on Match but caught on very quick and played along for a few days. Terry Lucas claiming he has dual citizenship in Austria and US. Austrian mother, dad from FL but deceased. Mother still in FL married to a Canadian she met on Match. Wife died of cancer 9 years ago after 5 years of marriage. He has been living in Des Plaines IL for 8 months.Buys and sells timber/lumber internationally. Match profile was AlluringTerryTee. Left for Sydney Australia 2 days after we started talking and texting. Started professing his love immediately. He even called me after his supposed plane ride on a Skype international calling card. Pretty elaborate. Of course his deal did not go as planned and was short $8K but scrounged up $6 still needed $2K. He never asked me outright for money but eluded to it. I started askiing him questions about where he lived in Des Plaines. He hung up and send me a nasty text about how ridiculous I was. I told him I knew he was a scammer and never to contact me again. I reported it to Match immediately and they took his profiile down in about an hour. His phone number 941-295-9190, email address terryliucas@typicalwoods.com. Ladies, do yourself a favor – do a pipl search and if you can’t find anything RUN! Also check your text messaging statement. It will show if a text is domestic or international. And listen for background noise while on the phone. Many times a dog was barking in the background while he was at the “hotel”

December 5, 2012 at 1:32 pm
(198) Robyn says:

I am sooo worried about my mom! She has been talking to this guy on some dating site.. emails phone calls and so on. The guy is from Germany originally but has lived in the carolinas for a while… He claims to be an engineer who builds bridges… one currently in malaysia.. he recently asked my mom if his “banker” could wire 20K to her account and she send him 19K to pay his workers because he doesnt have a bank account there in Malaysia. Now her bank said the money is good… but I have my doubts… why cant he just go get an account he does own his own business according to him… Has anyone heard of anything like this? please comment and let me know what you think

December 8, 2012 at 2:15 am
(199) Stacy Hess says:

I too was contacted by Terry Lucas from Match…using the same alluringterrytee username. He told me that his wife died of a drug overdose 9 years ago. He told me that he lived in Des Plaines, IL but he was currently doing business in FL. When his businss was completed in FL, I asked if we could meet when he flew back to IL. Of course he picked a fight with me and didn’t respond until 2 days later. Once he responded he stated that he had to fly out to Austrailia to close a HUGE lumber deal that would make him millions of dollars. Of course he was short $8,000 because his business partner fell through on the contract. He never asked me for the money, but he kept on hinting for it. His story always changes. He still texts me from time to time telling me that his mother is now dying. I screwed with him on 11/26 and told him that Match contacted the Bureau of Investigations and they are now in pursuit of him! Hahaha!

December 11, 2012 at 9:30 pm
(200) Ree says:

In November I was sent a friend request through Facebook from a guy named “Lars Oscars”. I friended him thinking that maybe he was a player of one of the Facebook games that I usually play and maybe he saw me on one of my friends walls. So I friend him and it looked like he joined Facebook about a couple of days before he friended me. I welcomed him to Facebook and left it at that. About a day later he started chatting with me saying that he was working as a civil engineer in Indiana and is Swedish and that he traveled for work a lot. He said his next stop was Ghana in Africa. He told me he was widowed and that his wife and daughter were killed in a car accident a few years ago. Then the next thing I knew he started saying how beautiful I was and that he was in love with me blah blah blah. I was like “Fool, you don’t even know me” I am a confirmed single person and at the age where I don’t want anyone. I’m good. At any rate he started chatting with me a week later and started asking me the same questions and I said gee for someone who is love with me, you sure have a short memory. By this time I was laughing hysterically. So he asked me if I was the one who said I wanted to travel with him. I said no dude, that wasn’t me and then I told him good luck in his search that obviously he needs it. continued

December 11, 2012 at 9:31 pm
(201) Ree says:

That brings me to yesterday….I get another strange friend request from a guy named Frideborg Gabriel. He says that he is Swedish and living in London and sells medical equipment. He lost his wife and daughter in a car accident 9 years ago, but his son is 8 and away at boarding school. He says he’s in love with me too. So I chatted with him awhile just to see what other stories he had. I asked him how it was his son is only 8 but his wife died 9 years ago. Then he told me that he didn’t want to talk about the accident anymore because it’s too painful.

Today I did a search on scams involving Swedish widowers and I found this site. I figured I would warn other people out there to be careful Thankfully, I’m a bit of a human lie detector and can smell BS a mile away. I unfriended both of them and wondering if maybe I should contact Facebook before they scam anyone out of money or maybe message their friends and tell them to be careful.

Amazing how they will use the sympathy of unsuspecting women to steal from them. Frickin lowlifes!

December 14, 2012 at 11:23 am
(202) Rebekah says:

@deedee

I know who you are talking about. Can you send me your photos, to confirm? I am lesbian, and this girl says she is from Italy, is an arts dealer, and her name is Theresa Stacy Anthony, or Theresa Robinson Stacy. She’s trying to get a laptop from me, to use it for her father’s inheritance, in Nigeria.

December 16, 2012 at 1:03 pm
(203) DB says:

Beware of Gary Glover from Match. com. Definite scammer. Email lovemajobau.com. Australian accent. Says his wife and parents have passed. Was in Calgary then going to toronto for diamond auction. He then was going to UK to sell the diamonds. After sending poems, songs and emails and phone calls he asks for money because customs will not release the diamonds without the proper paperwork. He is good.very smooth, flattering etc. I am sure the guy in the picture is a victim as well. Sad !

December 17, 2012 at 4:05 am
(204) Lainey says:

Hi Eve
Tell me about Fabian Payne. He has been in contact with me.
Can you tell me his email or IM address he used I want to report him.

December 17, 2012 at 7:04 am
(205) Anita says:

Tracy Willson or Tracy Boris Willson
.
Extremely credible when asking for money, smooth talker, skilled scammer. Says all the right things, professes undying love and sends very personalized love letters. Says he’s from Washington DC. I got sucked in: fell hook line and sinker. Within 10 mths in 2012, he had convinced me to send him/his business associated approx USD 70 000, with promises that he would clear all my debts when his big bonus cheque came through. He arranged to meet me on 17 OCT, gave me his flight No from Aberdeen, but never turned up.

Tracy claims to be working as Risk manager in the Offshore Oil rig-business (claims to own his own company). He obviously has some knowledge about the offshore industry, as he uses lots of jargon when explaining things to you.
He sends you cargo/customs documents for offshore machinery and endorsed documents from a well known Solicitors office – all documents turned out to be bogus.

When I first met him on dating site Tangowire, he claimed to be living in Doha, Qatar. then moved to Aberdeen, Scotland. I live less than 50 mins flight away from him, each time I suggested to visit him – or he visits me, some drama on the oil rig always seemed to pop up – preventing him from visiting.

The photo was a handsome guy. He was very romantic…overly so. Sends you 4-5 emails every day, declaring that you’re his soul mate, and how much his mum & little son are looking forward to meeting you. He also calls you 2-3 times a day. Says he has a 4 yr old son named Jayson Matthew, living with his grandma & nanny in the USA. Later on he says his son is 7 yrs old! Claims his ex-wife broke his heart, and is a photo model, recently re-married to a very rich Qatar sheik. She doesn’t want to have anything to do with her son.

I found him on another dating site, with same name & pics. His time he says he has no children. I reported him on that dating site – doesn’t appear that dating site did anything about it.

December 19, 2012 at 6:23 pm
(206) Carol says:

Wow! I had no idea until it happened to me! Then found this site!! I was one week on match.com, he emailed me twice.He asked to email personally. I created a new gmail acct to give him (my 1st smart move).We emailed a week or so, now that he found me he was never going to let me go. YehYeh.he had 3 great looking pictures. He said his wife cheated,he divorced her a year ago.His daughter was in Sweden with his mother,he was in Chicago.Civil Engineer. travels alot. he asked to talk, I gave him my cell.He’s got a deep Swedish accent. I Googled name,phone,images, nothing. He has no social media sites,nothing.He said he came from Sweden only 1 year ago.He said he owned a $1,000,000 home in Chicago,drove a Bentley. I did a property search with his name in Chicago,nothing surfaced. within 2 weeks said he loves me and was going to come visit me.He was so happy we met BY CHANCE! But first he has a “dream project” to work in Malaysia.He said he flew to Malaysia and got a disposable cell phone with a Malaysia country code. We talk for a few days. Then I decided to see who was at his home while he was in Malaysia, the home was now disconnected. called the Malaysia cell but when he answered this time he was rushed and said he’d have to call me back. He called back and a California number came up on the Caller ID.He claims it’s a calling card.I found it to be a Google computer calling number.So he tells me of his terrible ordeal where he was robbed at gunpoint and they took his passport,wallet and he has nothing!He asked me to send him $1000! I asked him why me?You’ve known me only 3 weeks,you have no friends? Where’s your mother? etc. Long conversation ended with “are you sure you can’t just send some money?” He called back in the morning, I didn’t answer, I unplugged my home phone.He called my cell, I didn’t answer,then I called my carrier and had his numbers blocked. name: Maxwell Rhode Email: rx.rhode@yahoo.com 773-455-8293

December 21, 2012 at 5:20 pm
(207) Gigi says:

Seems most of this scammers have a set group of people they target. I have been on metrodate for 2 months and am yet to see anything of the sort.
Thanks for the heads but being from Africa myself i might be immune to scamming.

December 30, 2012 at 11:20 pm
(208) Denise says:

I got a prickly feeling about this guy. His email to me was with improper grammer and each paragraph had different sized fonts which I thought odd especially coming from a university graduate. Lower cased i not I as it should be, very well traveled, a freelance geologist dealing with gemstones and does most of his work managing oil rigs all over the world, (why would a geologist work on oil rigs and wouldn’t someone who deals in gemstones be a gemologist??)claims to be 55 y.o., wife died in childbirth 10 years ago, works from home,born of a NewZeand father and UK mother, AND he’s certain God has a reason for us meeting, and he’s looking for the love of his life…hrmm..{{bells go off!}}. He hails from match.com, sent 3 pics of a very good looking man He said ‘he goes by the name of bradwilliams(hardly the wording I’d expect!) and his profile has disappeared from match.com. He was seeking women between 45 and 65..that’s quite an age spread but that didn’t set off alarms, quite.
He’s not sent a second lengthy mail to me, yet.
After reading the comments on this site, I am extremely wary of this person. If anyone is interested in a copy of the mail he sent me, I’d send it along if it would help someone determine if this same person has contacted them and is a scammer.

January 4, 2013 at 3:36 pm
(209) Marley says:

Thanks DB for the advice about Gary Glover! I met him on Match.com and he is so far a very sweet, very loving man, but in a couple of weeks, this could all change as he says that he has to leave Calgary, Ab and travel to the UK to finish off his current project/contract. So far he has NOT asked for any money, but this too could change after he arrives in the UK. He has said that his wife passed away a few years ago – she was the love of his life and now he is trying to find a woman to spend the rest of his life with. DB – you are right! – he is a real smooth talker, sends poetry and different songs attached to listen to. He says that he is originally from Australia and has been in Canada for only 9 months, and he is in the oil/gas business. Did he indicate to you or others exactly where he is from? I am suspecting either the UK or else west Africa. I would suggest women stay away from this one – he sounds like BAD news.

January 4, 2013 at 3:46 pm
(210) Marley says:

I forgot to mention – Gary Glover’s email address is: lovemajobau@yahoo.ca. LADIES BEWARE – he is a real smooth talker and from what I gather – a real BIG TIME operator. He will tell you that he thinks he has now found the love of his life and will immediately ask you to remove your profile from the dating site so that he can have you all for himself!!

January 6, 2013 at 2:03 am
(211) jonda says:

I have been reading all of these comments &now im pretty positive that this so called Mr right is really Mr full of it.if any one has met a man by the name of.Joseph Williams or Jerry Williams.caring honest Joe@ yahhoo. Com, would you please let me know.same as some of your story’s a couple of days after meeting him on meetme. Com, he suddenly had to fly to non other the Lagos Nigeria. He had to sighing some kind of documents concering his late parents property.then he had to wait on a check for a cliant that he had done some work for.but of course he couldent get access to his bank account in the stated.well when the check arrived he asked me to follow the exact direction on the check.wich was to deposit in in my account.& there would be a 24 hour hold.but as soon as I gave it to the teller she asked me where I got the check.after I explained the story she showed it to her supervisor came back & tald me the check was fraudulent, & that they would have withdrawn the money before I had a chance to & then tried to take it from my account.of course when I tald him what happend he said he was crying & just so upset that he could do that to him.we have. Continued to talk & he just loves me more then his own life of course.& keeps begging me to send him money for a ticket home to start our wonderfull life together.& im such an idiot that every time I get it in my head that I know im being scamed he some how pulls me back in.& to be honest it will break my heart but I need to know if any one has noticed him.the first photo I saw he is lying on some steps out side some where with I think a black shirt & tan shorts, very very handsome..if any one thinks they have seen or talked to him could you please let me know..thank you all for your post.they really have helped me to finally open my eyes he has asked me to marry him & be his queen.lol.& also has a very strong accent..

January 10, 2013 at 10:11 pm
(212) Erin says:

I’ve got another one to add, thanks to my sister for looking out for me and preventing something bad from happening.

Ray Elaro. his Match name is heroayieu8, IM is rayelaro1100 on Yahoo. Had me hook, line, and sinker. I work a lot and am new to online dating, so had no clue about scammers on these sites.

So Mr. Ray says he’s a widower, raised in an orphanage in Brussels, Belgium, moved to Austin 2 months ago with his 7 year old son. Sent pictures, all that, you name it. Says his wife died of lung cancer 5 years ago and had to sell a construction supply business because he was too grief-stricken. He now has a business importing and exporting used cars overseas, and had to leave Austin on short notice with his son to go to Lagos, Nigeria to secure his car shipment.

Hasn’t asked for money yet, thank goodness. i sure wouldn’t have sent him any, that would have been the giveaway. believe me, after going thru a divorce and the money that cost…sending a stranger money is the last thing I’d do! I may be a somewhat gullible person, but being 6 months out from a divorce and being new to online dating definitely put me in a vulnerable position.

Be safe out there!!!

January 12, 2013 at 8:55 pm
(213) michelle says:

Has anyone heard of james daniels supposidly a lutienant in us army in Afghanistan email lovingsoul404? Think i am being scammed

January 13, 2013 at 6:07 pm
(214) Walker says:

The mystery still unrevealed. how is that all the scammer are all Nigeria???still much to find out!!

January 14, 2013 at 3:08 pm
(215) sarah says:

Ok….I was starting to get a weird vibe today about this new guy I just started to talk to through match. He says he lives in Norwood update…but his cell is a 646 area code (which is NYC).

When I read one of the things about that sounded a lot like this

“I have worked in few countries across the globe, The present project i am embarking on will be my last on the field and i shall quit field works and continue my works from my home office while my men do the field work. I think i really have gotten to this height cos i embraced work for so long trying to get over my wife that i worked this hard, but i think i now realize i can move on. I shall be heading to United Arab Emirate for the execution of my contract sometimes next week as soon as we reach a certain conclusion, i am certain about the job but i am more certain about quitting field job after this so i can focus on my self and love life. i really hope that this will not change anything within us as i am 100% interested in continuing to know you and see where it leads. ”

Anyone have any info on match profile name – Peacefulminded01 (hidden as we speak) or email anderson.danniel@yahoo.com.

If this is all BS I want to get out now!

January 14, 2013 at 8:37 pm
(216) Anoymonous says:

I was scammed by James Thompson. He claims to be a 45 year old french man living in NYC for the past 10 years. He says that he has been divorced because his wife cheated on him with his best friend. He claims to be an engineer and owns his own business. He laid it on very thick at first and stated that he was in love with me and I am his soul mate. After two weeks of talking he won a bid contract and had to leave to Nigeria for two months. He called me and texted me everyday from Nigeria. He asked me to loan him $300 until he gets paid. Then a week later he asked for $800 or he will be kicked out of the hotel. I became suspicious because who would go to Nigeria and can’t pay for their hotel. When I said no, he suddenly stopped sending me daily poems and claiming that he was still in love with me but was not happy with me at the moment. He is a scam artist and when I goggled him, I was shocked to find out that on whoscammedme.com there were at least 6 other women who were scammed by him. Ladies please be careful and if a James Thompson with a similar story contacts you, run as far away as you can. The e-mail that he is using is jamesxcool@yahoo.com and he has the following phone numbers: 347-670-5049 and 234-802-940-7222 (Nigeria). After I told him that a family member was dying and I had to find $5000 to assist with the funeral costs, he still laid it on thick and claimed that he only needed $800.

January 15, 2013 at 8:54 am
(217) Mary says:

It is so unfortunate that we have to write these posts…..like all of you that have made comments I have been exposed to someone who has tried and yes succeeded in making me believe.

So I can’t dwell on what I invested, that is gone. I wish these individuls would use their intelligence for good reasons. I abhor that they use children and or sick parent to make money. That is about as low as a person can go.

I hope all of you do well…I know it’s not easy and at times very confusing and complicated. I also understand that if you invest there is not much recourse because the amount of money is not significant enough for investigation. But it sure is a “wake up” call to not be so trusting….

Best to all of you – stay strong!

January 16, 2013 at 2:40 am
(218) Sylvia Corona says:

I would also like to add a name…Donald Correll Jr. Really smooth talker. He promises the world but never delivers. Says he’s an Engineer in Drilling and Rigging. He is from Richmond Virginia and working in Malaysia…OH…Did I say working??? I’m sorry ! He broke his leg in a wreck on the way to the airport during a rainstorm…LOL ! He too says he is a widow with 2 children in the states and needs funds to pay hospital bills and to return home. YES…I got suckered by his charm and his sweet talk. Anyone knowing of or talking to Mr. Correll…BEWARE!
OH…Did I mention, I have been contacted by 3 other women through my facebook that he has promised the same things…(at the same time he has been talking to me)

January 16, 2013 at 1:59 pm
(219) Lori says:

OMG, beware of come_one, Edward Lampert! I have just had the most romantic experience online chatting for 2 weeks now. Same exact story. 3 years in US, lives in Los Angeles, very wealthy, wants to spend the rest of his life with me. Boy did he have me completely sucked in. Got a big deal with a jewelry company and left to Ghana for 3 weeks. Immediately next day asked me to fed ex him 2 cell phones to a local African man. Wow, luckily I am not quite that stupid. As if the big company that sent him would not provide this for him. I’m thinking of playing with him as some of you women have done on here. These scammers are incredible and single vulnerable women (all of us) obviously fall to their many convincing love letters. I really wish there was such a man out there lol. I responded to him that as he had told me many times God would provide for him. I will post more if he bites and scam him back. These people are scum of the earth!

January 18, 2013 at 2:38 am
(220) Annie says:

Sara, posted January 14, 2013 – your story sounds almost word for word the e-mail from a friend of mine, I would be very careful. The name used in her case is different, but definitely sounds same. He is a very handsome gentleman, but suspect not real picture. Proceed with caution.

January 18, 2013 at 4:17 am
(221) unspecified says:

scammer alert, he will ask you for money…run

rrjones411@yahoo.com

he goes by the names roger jones, rodrigo alfredo jablo, rodrigo a. jublo

January 18, 2013 at 4:22 am
(222) unspecified says:

this person will ask you for money

rrjones411@yahoo.com

goes by the names Roger Jones, Rodrigo Alfredo Jablo, Rodrigo A. Jublo

January 18, 2013 at 4:31 am
(223) unspecified says:

continued from posted comment above

rrjones411@yahoo.com

uses phone number 281-504-7770

he is also on facebook

uses wateroflove43302 on dating sites

January 21, 2013 at 4:22 pm
(224) Dawn says:

(212) Erin says:
I’ve got another one to add, thanks to my sister for looking out for me and preventing something bad from happening.

Ray Elaro. his Match name is heroayieu8, IM is rayelaro1100 on Yahoo. Had me hook, line, and sinker. I work a lot and am new to online dating, so had no clue about scammers on these sites.

So Mr. Ray says he’s a widower, raised in an orphanage in Brussels, Belgium, moved to Austin 2 months ago with his 7 year old son. Sent pictures, all that, you name it. Says his wife died of lung cancer 5 years ago and had to sell a construction supply business because he was too grief-stricken. He now has a business importing and exporting used cars overseas, and had to leave Austin on short notice with his son to go to Lagos, Nigeria to secure his car shipment.

I figured him out fast and to verify I tracked his ip….got the physical location of the computer he was using……he was in Belgium not Lagos OMG some jerk……..still kept trying to talk to me even after I told him I was on to him…LOL dead silence is all he got DORK!!!

January 25, 2013 at 12:42 pm
(225) Terry says:

Thanks to DB and Marley. I too have experienced the smooth talking Gary Glover. My story is an exact copy of Marley’s and at the same time frame, with his needing to go to the UK to finish an oil exploration contract. He did eventually ask me for $7,000.00 supposedly after getting there and running into issues with a bank transfer. Interestingly enough though, after I refused to send any money, he still maintained contact a full week later. Beware ladies his handle on Match was urmyapplex and his e-dress lovemajabau@yahoo.ca

January 25, 2013 at 12:59 pm
(226) Terry says:

I forgot to mention the scammer Gary Glover’s phone numbers 587-773-2150 and supposedly the one in the UK +447024032474

January 26, 2013 at 1:37 am
(227) McGee says:

I believe I was scammed by a guy named John Illias. Claimed he was from Greece currently living in Forrest Lake, MN. Said “A little about me… I am an engineer. I am actually into installation of gas Turbine, repair and maintenance. I have been into this business for over 15 years now, and I have been very successful in it. I also consult for oil and Gas Company and Power Generation Company. I have been a workaholic type of person. I have been like this since I lost my wife and that has favored me in concentrating on my job. I have 1 daughter she is on her own with children of her own. I have a total of 2 grand children. Name Randy and Julie after my late wife. I am originally from Greece. I live in the US all alone and have spent almost 3 years here as a base. I always have to work around the world cos my job lets me travel a lot. My been lonely makes everyday more bored to me, now that I am planning to retire soon from field work, I will just be in the office and employ people to do the field job for me, I am looking for someone I can actually call my own, someone that will be caring, honest, faithful, and ready for commitment and also trustworthy, I do not care about age, but I will appreciates someone who is matured and understanding. I am the type of man that so much believe in the word that says where determination exists circumstances can never dismantle the flag of success”

January 26, 2013 at 1:45 am
(228) McGee says:

Next this John Illias says that he has to go to Ireland to finish a job, will be gone 3 weeks and we will meet then. He says we can e-mail. 2 weeks in he ed-mails me that an accident has happened in the gas turbine, one of the engineers is in a coma and a main part was damaged that he has to fix to get the thing running. The part will cost half a million and he can’t come up with $65,000.00. He asks me to borrow the money and will pay me back in 45 days when he gets home. Of course I said absolutely NOT. Then I got this 3 days later: I remember the day we met. You stole my heart, and made it skip twice. You have been the highlight of my life. When I sleep, I have a picture of you in my dream, when I work, we work together, when your heart beats, mine beats with yours. We have been friends for some time now; not one day has gone by without me thinking of you. I think of you, and the biggest smile comes across my face, I feel warm all over and my heart still skips a beat for you. I have the same dream we both want, and that’s to fall in love with our best friend. I fell for you so long ago. Do you feel the same way about me?
WE NEVER MET OR TALKED ON THE PHONE
He wants me to met him at the airport and drive him home.
NOPE!! Beware

January 26, 2013 at 1:54 am
(229) McGee says:

To finish… he really sounds like a scammer for money. Match.com was veery disappointing!!!!

January 26, 2013 at 2:17 am
(230) McGee says:

I forgot to mention that his username on Match.com was Aerospecguy123 and he’s hidden his profile as of last week. His gmail account was aerospecguy@gmail.com.

February 2, 2013 at 1:43 pm
(231) Somer says:

Southern_gent404 CHRIS COLLIER MATCH.COM

This is a low budget scam artist but he is following the same pattern as the ones over seas. He claim to have a nice home in Atlanta but is working out of town in New Orleans as a welder. He tries too hard to establish a committed relationship online. The 1st red flag was he kept asking how much I make. I never told him. After a few weeks he called me saying he got robbed. I was just shocked but I never asked how much. It is the week of the superbowl & New Orleans is dangerous. 2 days later his coworker texted me from Chris cell saying he was locked up for a warrant for an unpaid speeding tkt and was short $200 on bail. Right then I knew it was all a SCAM. I called to check on him 2 days later, still the fake coworker is answering. An hour later called from a number he didn’t recognize & Chris answers. The second he realized it was me he fllipped back into the old white man coworkers voice which is clearly not the young black/Latino voice that answered. I knew it was him & confirmed it was a scam

$200……………This fool was clearly new to the game

February 2, 2013 at 3:07 pm
(232) Terry says:

“Gary Glover” is back on Match.com again. Don’t know if he is still using that fake name. He was just suggested to me as a possible match. His current Match handle is Dogde_v8. Yes, he misspelled “Dodge”. But maybe that is by design so a person doing a search would automatically spell it correctly, Dodge_v8, and he would not turn up. Ironically that is the kind of car he told me he drove! Beware ladies, he is smooth.

February 4, 2013 at 7:16 am
(233) anita says:

Reply to: 228-230 McGee:

This sounds like the scammer who calls himself Tracy Willson or Tracy Boris Willson. Same MO. Claims to be working in Petrolium/offshore
riggs in Scotland /UK / Ireland / Doha, Qatar.

He scammed me for USD 70 000 in 2012.
Sendt me offical documents and contracts from wellknow international companies – all turned out to be bogus. He asked me for a very large amount of money to be lent to him, claiming his crew had
damaged a mini-sub on an oilrigg in Scotland. Promised to pay me back when large bonus cheque came through (told me it was held with HSBC Bank)

I see he has profiles on several dating sites: tangowire, Match.com and Netlog

February 4, 2013 at 12:13 pm
(234) Lynn says:

Please does anyone have info on how I can check a man out that is asking for money? He gave me social security old address And is supposedly in Turkey working for the “Government” Of course they wont release his check untill he pays his taxes! sound familiar anyone??? I will not send him money I just want to satify my curiosity..I have his e-mail of course. all the sites I tried want you to give a credit card number. even though say they are free. they still want 1 month membership..Please anyone can you help me with this????? thank-you

February 6, 2013 at 7:15 am
(235) April says:

I am not sure if I am in the midst of a scam or not. I was contacted by a guy Tim Michael of Catawissa, PA. Claims to be a widow. Lived in Italy and here. Mom is from Pittsburgh PA and dad from…yep, Nigeria. He has a son. Looking for his soul mate that can help raise his son and be a mother to him…wants a friend and no drama. His emails sound like a fairy tale being written. Here’s the thing…I researched Tim Michael of Catawissa. I found a Timothy Michael Young of Catawissa, same age that he gave me etc. So, do the scammers use real people’s information? Even names that this man told me about in emails seemed to exist right in their area. I don’t know…

February 11, 2013 at 3:16 pm
(236) Joy says:

I have been talkin to a man by the name of Robert Williams email is robert_w031@yahoo.com
He claims he is a contractor from Florida white blue eyes. And a son. Hiss ex cheated on him and now he is looking for love he has only exchanged e,ails for about 3-4 weeks. Sounds very romantic went to school in Scotland mom is from Spain dad is American dad died. Raised by his mom in Spain.. Here’s where it gets interesting raised in Spain cannot speak Spanish first red flag second I actually talked to him on the phone and he sounded black not like a white man. No English accent or Spanish accent. More like. Jamaican accent. It threw me off. He then proceeds to tell me he got a contract to go to South Africa for work. Pretoria South Africa.. He sends pics of a construction site. I asked for more pics of him and nothing. Then he sends me emails about problems with the crane at the job and how he is responsible for the repairs and sends me a in once from mclaughlite hoist and crane , looked it up and nothing comes up for a company there. Saying he would pay me back the 8,000 usd as soon as he gets paid for the job.. I’m just wondering if anyone else has had this guy or similar story..

February 13, 2013 at 11:56 pm
(237) flo says:

I think the guy scammed me is Nigerian. Started with emails, yahoo chat, sms and found he has weird English accent.
He told me he is the only child, American living in Glasgow and has 3 years old son after 21 years marriage. His wife died for car accident a year ago and his son lives with his Mom in America.
It was weird as he kept saying about marriage and so romantic. He planned to come 2 weeks after we met and I said he need to wait until mid of 2013. He said okay but suddenly he said he will come to Malaysia to claim big amount of money deposited by his late Father.
I knew that there was something wrong from the very beginning, man is usually not as hurry as woman for a relationship. His weird English accent despite he is american living in Glasgow, but he has poor english.
He said he needed some money to claim the deposited money as he has to pay 5% to withdraw the money. That is so weird and the said his mum sent him 4k, his friend sent 5k, his agent lending him 1k and short 2.3k and ask it from me.
I will not even give anyone a cent before I met him. I stop taking his phone call soon after he asked me for money and I sent him message that love has nothing to do with money. I will not give him any money nor lending anyone for it even when he promised me some interest. Hell yeah, single does not mean foolish.

He said his name is Peter chris with id peterchris783@yahoo.com
Has reported him to yahoo and sent him to my ignored list.
He tried to call me just now but I didnt pick up the phone.

Be careful ladies, there are many bad guys on the internet and better to always use your sense most of time.

February 17, 2013 at 10:21 am
(238) lynn says:

Recently was contacted by Steven Lan Powell on Christian Mingle. After a few weeks of chatting, he leaves for his job in Greece oil rig. Calls me and now texts, has an accent that I can;t identify. He was born in Italy, moved to Dublin, Ireland, and then to Greenville, SC, He went tp Oxford and there is a web site with the company and under staff, he is pictured. His daughter is in trouble in Paris and has asked me to go into his account to tranfer money into my account to then wire it to her. Everyone tells me he is the classic scammer and that I need to stop everything with him. He is very good looking, writes beautiful love letters, has green eyes, dark haie, looks Italian and has earing in left ear. Claims to be Catholic and quotes from the biblr beautifully. Please respond if anyone know him. Christian removed him as a scammer from their site. Hopefully someone will come forward.

February 18, 2013 at 6:49 am
(239) trouble says:

Hi im from SA, a richard kemp, greg owen, and james miller……….all scammers on metrodate………james is good with sending poetry……….richard said he is sending me a gift and at the end he got someone else saying to me that our customs wants money to release the package hahahahahahahahaha thats when i knew………..greg owen was still leading up to it……………..james even had his daugter talk to me via e-mail………luckily i dont fall on love that quckly cos they alllove you in 3 days flat…………..funny how james intelligence fluctuated from day to day……..after richard i was very weary and played the word games all the time cos i wanted to see how far they wanna push it………all jokes aside, it is ridiculous

February 19, 2013 at 1:40 pm
(240) Brad says:

Add my stories to the long list. Glad to see the female perspective on these scammers. Found many model types responded to my flirts, and I am not a world class looker, by any means. They had minimal profile pages, relying on the good looks as bait. First message always invited me off the date site, into yahoo messenger. Then the basic stories were close to the same. I still feel heart tugs to think about them. Lost their parents, caught the boyfriend in bed with the best friend. Alone for so long, no men approaching them, though they are “10″s.
The city on the profile is always fake, and 99% of the women are in some country in Africa, usually doing UNICEF, or in school, but the project or education is nearly over, and they can come to me then. There is often a fake Facebook page used as cover, and the friends are usually fakes or copy/paste from other sites. One woman even went to far to create her FB page when she got into it with me, tailoring it to my likes…My favorite picture of her, etc. Look at the date joined for a giveaway! Then the request comes for funds….need funds to make my own branch of UNICEF lol, money to get home, money to do the things she’s always wanted to do, but couldn’t afford. And they’re madly in love with me after 3 or 4 days of messeging. Just doesn’t happen in the real world. I lead them on to find out the money angle, too. It’s kind of fun, if you have the time, and know the risks. Wastes time you could be out meeting a real, honest woman, though. Watch out for Mali; Anela Woods, aka Alena Woods, Hellen Eric, Ghana; Gladys Naa, Lindsay Johansson, Nigeria: Linda Kings, UK; Wendy Smith

February 23, 2013 at 10:01 am
(241) PJC says:

Mac Baker is his name – MacBaker@aol.com – MacBaker544 on Flirtation site.

Met him on Craig’s List. Started getting very serious almost from the start. Called me “his wife” referred to himself as “Your Husband”. Called me a couple of times but the whiney nasal accent was hard to understand. From Houston,TX – widowed for 12 years – daughter Tina and Grandson Wyatt. One week after starting I told him “something doesn’t seem right”. He was soooo loving. THEN, of course, he had to fly to Greece to repair a damaged Turbine. I found his phone was bouncing off “Nigeria”….but he had a good excuse. His other phone in Houston was “Magic Jack”.

Then the dreadful explosion – his engineer had left a monkey wrench in the works and it had severely damaged things to the tune of $375,000. He scraped up most of the money from friends, his daughter and a loan against his home in Houston….but he needed $40,000. He never asked me for the money — but he wasn’t “coming home” either…and the love notes kept coming in. One of his engineers was in a coma and he was waiting for a plan to come up with the money. So? I wrote him and said, “the only way I’m going to get you home is to help you out.” He was thrilled and immediately sent me the account information from the parts vendor in Hong Kong. Then he sent me this IM….”when’s the big day?” I wrote back….”what big day?” and he responded – “the big day the money’s going to be wired.” I wrote him back….”Do I have ‘SUPID’ written on my forehead?”

He said he moved to Dundalk, Md. so he could bid on the project he is on now, while owning another home in Houston, TX. ….and a two seater Mercedes Benz…and a motor home. He mentioned a garage at his home in Dundalk (near me) so I Googled it and it’s a tiny row home with front yard and back yard – no garage.

So, ladies – beware of the “silver-haired” handsome Mac Baker – oh, it’s Macbeth for the first name,he says. Deceased wife was Connie.

February 28, 2013 at 2:13 pm
(242) Susan says:

#198 sounds like someone I am talking to now, only he is from US and working for a British company in Malaysia

March 5, 2013 at 9:20 am
(243) RB says:

Chemistry.com
“John Taylor” or “John D Taylor”
(405) 548-5457
johntaylor815@ymail.com

“Independent contractor petroleum engineer” getting ready to set out for a oil contract in Southeast Asia — I had the spidey sense tingles as soon as we started writing, but it was all cemented when we spoke on the phone for all of 2 minutes. Claims to be born in the US to Maltese parents, lived in Malta from age 2-10, then back to the US (Atlanta, GA) until high school graduation, then studied engineering at University of Portsmouth in the UK. My twist: never married, no kids, 45 years old. Not a widower or single dad, just a handsome stable guy.

Very, very handsome pictures including one of him driving a convertible and one of him on a river boat somewhere like Vietnam. If it’s too good to be true, it’s too good to be true. I started questioning things when he typed in basically broken English after claiming to have been immersed for essentially 35 years. His backstory lines up in a lot of ways, it just took questioning his accent and whether or not he was legitimate for him to start berating me and telling me I was full of $#!+.

Watch out, ladies.

March 6, 2013 at 3:06 pm
(244) Missy says:

#215 the words from your scammer are just about identical to the ones that my “purported future lover” has uttered.

Thank God I started recognizing inconsistencies in his conversation, the lower case letters from a college grad??, and his desires to know too much information. Then I decided to Google and found this website and another that outlined more horrible experiences with online scammers.

This guy goes by the name Christopher Williams and has a yahoo address. He has not hit me up for money yet, but he is on an oil rig, yada, yada, yada. I am sure that it will not be long before he does. However, I have blocked him from sending me email and will not text with him any more. My time is money and I don’t have either one for him!!

March 10, 2013 at 8:14 pm
(245) Jidy says:

Ok, Ladies is the same story over and over again I’m a single mom, my son just moved out he went to college , my son ketp telling to date I’m in school I work so that leaves no time to meet any one, so I dicided to joined zoosk I met this guy he calls himself george frankie, he was born in Italy his dad from some where in the Uk his mother from nigeria, but he live here in America he is American his wife died he have a daughter name linda and she is 7yrs old.
Quite story so we email each other every day his email would be like very long sometimes I can’t even read all of it because is like two pages but long, so one day he emailed me he said his doctor called him said his was in the hospital he needed to travel to nigeria I told ok have nice trip there, two days later he emailed me saying got there safe and sound he talked how his dad helped him with his daughter, now from the beginning he told me he was all set he is self employ makes good, a week later so he say he got nigeria he asked me for help to buy meds for his dad.
I emailed him and told him I know what he up I know about the scammers that going and I blocked him so couldn’t contact again . And guess what only one picture on his profile, when ask him question he never answer the question.
Ladies be safe DO NOt SEND MONEY NO YOU MET.

March 12, 2013 at 1:37 am
(246) Karin says:

Latrell “Trell” Terrell
lterrell001 on match.com

I have not been scammed by this guy because I have done my due diligence and found him on scambook — stranded in Malaysia, assets frozen, yadah, yadah. Unfortunately, these scums are able to operate because women/men buy into their “acts.” Anyone that you don’t know who is asking you to part with money is already a red flag. Women/men, please use some emotional intelligence. We all want love, but at what price?
I became obsessed with how to deal with him, as he seems to give mostly true answers to questions but always responds to text msgs at least 24 hrs. later and is always addressing me with “hey beautiful” which could be anyone — mass text — anyone. So I am still kind of playing around with him but not for long. No time…i’m more curious about how “they” operate, but it’s pretty obvious if you put your emotions aside and see the situation(s) for what they really are.
Peace & blessings to all…

March 14, 2013 at 9:25 am
(247) Mary says:

To all of you -

Please be aware of this e-mail address… two_amazingkids@yahoo.com (Mario Vito). The phone number is 561-899-8757.

March 18, 2013 at 1:54 am
(248) Hilary says:

I too have been taken in by a sweet-talking son of a gun, but I think I’ll let it play out a bit and have some fun with it. This person is on match.com using the profile Creativejoy123 and claiming to be Aiden Taylor, a geologist from New Zealand now living near Vancouver. Good looking older gent, short but friendly profile. He first winked at me earlier this week and we’ve progressed to a few lengthy emails, but what tipped me off was the lack of professionalism in his emails. Few obvious grammatical errors, but plenty of punctuation errors.
Finally I just couldn’t believe that he was real so I started by searching his images online.
Ladies, you can do this by right-clicking on the image, selecting ‘Properties’ and copying the URL shown. Then go to images.google.com, and paste the URL into the search bar (you may have to click the camera icon in the search box.
When I looked for the images this person had emailed me and included in his profile, they showed up in a couple of other sites, including an obviously fake company website (aiden taylor-inc) and lo and behold, on a Facebook page belonging to the real owner of the images.
The real person has been notified that his images are out there, which I’m sure is distressing for him but such is the nature of the online world-nothing is really safe.
I’ve also taken screen captures of everything I could find, all the pages of the fake profiles, the fake company website and the emails he sent.
It’s unlikely it will amount to anything but the owner of the images may appreciate having copies, in case the fake sites get taken down.
That’s it for Match.com-I am cancelling my account and joining a local meetup group instead.

March 18, 2013 at 10:40 pm
(249) online dater says:

watch out for ram6653@yahoo.com suppose to be structural engineering from Tanzania building orphanage in Egypt, smooth talker until asked for items and a license for son regarding oil mining met on blacksingles.com

March 19, 2013 at 7:12 pm
(250) Mildred says:

I think I was recently scammed. Mentioned love and marriage immediately. Had to go to West Africa right after we met. Can’t wait to be with me. He said he was Murry John Ben. He got mugged and had to go hospital and needed money. Wanted someone to deposit money into my bank account and then send it to him. He said he had a child who he hadn’t spoken with. Had an answer to every reasonable question i asked him. He said he was from Texas and lived on a compound.

Then another man emailed me from match.com and his line except for living in GA as a contractor was the same he had a 12 year old son, and lived on a compound.

I looked both of them up but couldn’t find either of them.

March 20, 2013 at 10:42 pm
(251) Liz says:

Thank you, Hilary (comment 248). I have exchanged several emails with smooth talking Aiden Taylor since Saturday. The stories he could tell – something, perhaps a woman’s instinct, was telling me this is too good to be true. I think he is probably using spell check and grammar check in Word because there are only a few mistakes in his lengthy emails. I wonder if he is just a shut-in, or a kid, or perhaps a woman! I feel sorry for the person who owns the actual photos. I wonder what Aiden Taylor’s goal is because he hasn’t asked for money – yet. When I went to the aidentaylor-inc website I wondered why the ‘reel’ of him talking didn’t have any sound (on YouTube). Thanks for the heads up. Does Match.com know, or do they care?

March 22, 2013 at 1:06 am
(252) Hilary says:

Hi Liz (251) – re-Aiden Taylor: I reported ‘Aiden Taylor’ to Match.com and his profile is now gone. I had also been contacted by another person ‘EddieRino2..’ (can’t quite remember the numbers) with a similar MO whose pictures also included ‘Aiden Taylor’ in the background LOL! I see that profile is also gone. I contacted the person whose photos were used (he is public figure in Utah, the CEO of a Network Marketing company and quite legit). I did not get a reply from him, but it’s likely he was already aware of the problem.
I also called the 2 phone numbers on the Aiden-Taylor.com website and got a voice mail with a heavily accented male, possibly African American, no idea where the call was terminated. I traced the IP address of his emails to Los Angeles, but it’s quite possible he was routing it through another service. So the trail is cold, but I did think briefly of having some fun with him by siccing some telemarketers on him!
Glad you got out without wasting any more time.

March 23, 2013 at 9:46 am
(253) Sue says:

Liz/Hilary – “Aiden Taylor” contacted me too. Long long emails. 62 yr old Gemologist off to Turkey to mine blue amethysts.

Widower from NZ living alone in a big 4 bdrm house in Burnaby with a pool. When I did talk to him his accent was not NZ at all…thick accent maybe African or Islands (first warning bell). Also the cell was a bad connection…skype maybe? (2nd bell)

Asked me if i lived alone, house… this did not strike me as odd as lots guys want to know if kids are still home.

What set off flags was that his dad left him locations of gems to mine that no one knew about…a treasure map. Ding ding…over played his hand. Checked him on linked in, photo was him but he spelt his name 2 different ways in the profile (ding ding)

Googled him and found your comments. I feel dumb for being sucked in… even a little by his story. Thank you for sharing.

March 26, 2013 at 3:58 am
(254) Tammy New says:

I meet a man on Datehookup.com and he is also on Zoosk.com He goes by Jose10120, Josew10120, lonely guy and some others. I have prayed about it and I have looked him up on different sites but have found nothing on him. He is 49 born in Germany and He is in Nigeria to Build a building a 400 room building for 2.5 million and I just wounder if you can help me find out if he is scamming me or he is just truthful. He uses the email address of josew10120@gmail.com he gave me his full name date of Birth. and has sent several pics and I have is phone number… Please help me

March 26, 2013 at 3:04 pm
(255) cb says:

Yes, it is happened to me and I’m in Canada. He goes by the name of Glen Monsieur (QuebecLuvCupid58). His email is monsieur58@hotmail.com. Says he is in the oil drill business, its his last project then hanging up his boots and retiring. Wife died of cancer. Father canadian, mother british who is 80yrs old.
Sent a note to Match.com to report him. Don’t think they will do anything about it.

March 30, 2013 at 8:25 am
(256) Dave Rodeghier says:

I am also on Match.com and a recent widower ! Guess what ? Now women, if it is a woman, are scamming men. Same scenario “I lost my wallet am stranded in Malyasia and need $700, pls believe me and send it to Western Union”.
Her assumed name & beautiful picture is Sandra Johnsen. If any other men have encountered her, pls let us know.

March 30, 2013 at 10:28 am
(257) OneLovelyLady says:

Ladies Beware!!!
I met a really nice semi retired architect from Chicago named Ethan Brooks. We had been chatting for weeks and I was really falling for this guy. It wasn’t until last week I realized this is a scam when he told me he needed me to send him 3000 dollars to get him and his horses back to the states so we can live happily ever after. I was foolish enough to send him the money and shortly after I recevied an email from his agent stating he had been beaten badly in Mexico and was in the hospital recovering. I still stood by his side and waited to hear from him again. It wasn’t until he told me he could not leave the hospital until he paid his medical bill, he told me he was stuck there because they had taken his passport and he needed another 1800 dollars to pay the hospital. He asked me for the money, I stopped speaking to him after. Be careful these people are deceiving.

March 30, 2013 at 12:53 pm
(258) Laura says:

OMG I’m in such complete shock…..this Aiden Taylor asked me out for dinner TONIGHT!! I guess I’ll be getting a call or email any minute telling me something URGENT came up!!!

I also started digging because he seemed “to good to be true” but I guess you have to give the person credit for the brilliant website they’ve created!!!!

I have been on Match for a month….had over 100 likes, winks and messages and so far not one legitimate person….Match.com should be put out of business!!

March 31, 2013 at 6:02 pm
(259) Scott Webster says:

I was on Match.com for 72 hours and I got a slew of fraudulent ads.
They were all different pics and ALL THE SAME AD, words-wise.

I laughed like a ninny, who would be dumb enough to pay for that crap.

NO THANKS !!!!

March 31, 2013 at 8:03 pm
(260) Dornita Walker says:

To ONE LONELY LADY SAYS MY MOM HAS BEEN INVOLVED WITH THAT ETHAN BROOKS CHARACTER AND NOW THAT I SHOWED HER YOUR COMMENT IT GOT HER THINKING BUT SHE STILL DOESN’T BELIEVE IT’S HIM!! I NEED HELP IF YOU READ THIS POST PLEASE CONTACT ME AT dornita_walker@yahoo.com. please I have to save her before it’s to late!!

March 31, 2013 at 9:26 pm
(261) OneLovelyLady says:

Dornita Walker please advise your mom to be careful I let this man talk me into giving up so much $ He still tries to email me now. I finally asked him to send a picture when he refused and told me I didn’t trust him he got real mad its too good to be tr6e that he is real its sad when you find o6t ita not real.n I will email you

April 1, 2013 at 12:40 am
(262) Mark says:

One called Andrea andy0242k@yahoo.com who says she’s in Miami wanting money to get custody of daughter Laura to return to Australia

So lame, so obvious

April 1, 2013 at 9:13 am
(263) Manny says:

woman, are scamming men too ..
why we can’t find a real people :(

April 1, 2013 at 11:30 am
(264) Sue says:

Laura (258) – did Aiden Taylor ever show for dinner?

I know of three women who have reported him to Match – his profile is still active. Wonder why?

April 1, 2013 at 7:09 pm
(265) Laura says:

No Aiden Taylor didn’t even call to cancel the date….I also found the true owner of the photos and wrote to him but it doesn’t look like he’s been on Facebook for awhile so probably isn’t aware of the situation yet…my guess is that this “fake Aiden Taylor” is aware of this site and stops corresponding to those who have caught on to him. When I checked his profile was gone so maybe he’s put it back on there since I looked!! What a world!!!!

April 2, 2013 at 2:20 am
(266) Christene says:

I got scammed, also the frail poor girl always wanting to help the poor sod. Widow, out on business in Rep of Benin, Ndlea and Int Financial Services “so called involved”. Has a 9 year old daughter in South Africa. Now I am selling cookies just have food on the table. How does people like that live with themselves.

April 7, 2013 at 6:02 pm
(267) Hilary says:

HI Colleen #267-did you check out his photos-do a Google image search of them? Also search for sbme of his profile comments verbatim on Google. Many of these scammers copy profiles from other users, and a simple search will turn up multiple hits on various site worldwide.
Tips: if the guy is from out of your geographic area, has poor grammar and punctuation (lots of capitalized words), pictures that look like professional photos from company websites, chances are it’s a scam.
One other thing I’ve notice lately is that the profile names use words live ‘joy’, ‘blessed’, ‘creative’, ‘love’,'blissful’ and a string of random numbers like ’4219′ or ’1963′.

Which site is he on and what is his profile name?

April 7, 2013 at 9:33 pm
(268) Sue says:

Hillary (268) – great pointers! I am going to use those in the future. Thanks.

April 18, 2013 at 1:07 pm
(269) Sue says:

Omg! I thought Aiden Taylor was long gone. He just emailed me that he put up comments about his experience on Match.com. The URL in the email was odd and referenced indonesia (…Juyf.co.in …)
- I googled the majority of the link and something came up about phishing. Don’t know what it is but I don’t need that headache. Reported the email as phishing.

April 18, 2013 at 9:03 pm
(270) Sherry says:

has anyone heard from a James Scott from ZOOKS 62 yrs old ives in FT Worth, TX a structral engr currently working in NIGERIA widow parents and wife died in pane crash no children no sibelings born in Paris France father American. email jscott144@yahoo.com
BEWARE VERY CHARMING but has very bad spelling

April 19, 2013 at 11:18 pm
(271) Elaine says:

Beware of a guy who says he is Larry Jones – e-mail larrylove55x@live.com Yahoo chat id larrylove55x. Profile was on Mate1 website. Nice looking guy, 52 years old, Baptist, Toronto, Ontario His entire profile was filled in and it all seemed quite genuine. He contacted me via the site and immediately asked that I privately e-mail him at his e-mail – felt we had alot in common. When I e-mailed him he said he was from Florida originally and that his parents and 3 siblings were killed in a car accident when he was 10 years old. His granny who lived in Ontario took him in and raised him. He was divorced, wife cheated on him and he had an 18 year old daughter called Rachel. We Im’d once. He said that fate and God put us together and he wanted to make this work…..that if we kept the communication going we were destined for a long lasting relationship. Working in Venezuela in oil sales…everything I enjoyed, he did as well (how ironic, right?) He kept saying I was his kind of girl! Uses the word “Dear” alot! . I noticed that his Mate1 profile was taken down by Mate1 due to this person being involved in “Fraudulent activities”… Lucky for me, I sensed all was not good and as he did not seem to be on-line anytime thereafter. I sent him a couple of lighthearted e-mails in between to “play along” and see what he would come up with next, with no response. I just sent him a “farewell” e-mail to basically say I knew what he was all about….all of a sudden he was on-line – I quickly made myself invisible and then received a quick chat message from him with the Falling Hearts IMenvironment – saying “You don’t need to run dear….I’m deleting you”…..LOL….guess my relationship is now officially over! Who knows how long he would have played me for before getting into what he really wanted….I sure hope I was right, and he was not “genuine”. I’m definitely more “aware”……

April 20, 2013 at 4:37 pm
(272) Mary says:

As I was sorting through whether I was being scammed…the best piece of advice I received from a good friend was…”if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck…. It is a duck”. I keep that quote in my back pocket all of the time and remember it if I feel drawn into something that just doesn’t seem right

April 21, 2013 at 2:32 pm
(273) Laura says:

Yes the fake “Aiden Taylor” seems to have returned….also received the email!!! No more dating sites for me!!!!

April 26, 2013 at 1:49 am
(274) Patrick says:

I am wondering about something I’ve noticed: women in Ghana. I have gotten many IMs from women who send me photos of themselves. They all look like models from men’s magazines and they all want something: a laptop, a cell phone, money.

Anyone experience this?

April 28, 2013 at 10:51 pm
(275) Rosalee Bland says:

Tommy Vaske just tried to scam me. Met him on Match.com. With-in 5 e-mails he was saying I can’t stop thinking about you. Kisses and Hugs, Darling, Sweets, Babe. He wanted to know my favorite color, favorite flower. Didn’t want me to cheat. He was an only child with no parents alive and no relative. He wrote me a whole line of Bull s–t. He said he is a antique dealer from Sweden opening a business in Boston. He had to travel to Al to visit a cousin and he was waiting for his containers from Sweden. I couldn’t read his lies and crap anymore so I told him my husband was an FBI agent and we were investigating him. Didn’t hear from him again. I should of lead him on and waited for him to ask for the money but his e-mails were coming through at 3:30 in the morning pinging my phone and his e-mails were disgusting. So beware of Tommy Vaske.

April 30, 2013 at 7:14 pm
(276) Zinaida says:

Hi, I am so thankful to all of you, who contributed their time to write on this site. Dear friends, I am one of you now! My lovely scammer is Donald Anton donaldanton@rocketmail.com. The story is typical – an engineer, born in Germany and raised in US on a contract in Scotland from well known Talisman Energy Inc. ( or as he said). 5 years old daughter who he rears alone. Accident at work, a worker is hurt and suing him. Although it is a twist to it – he managed to write me the love letters with a good spelling and nice words for 2 (!) months. When he popped a question: can I send him money? Oh, no. I am not a fool.
Anybody heard of this one? Will be happy to get any information on this man.

May 1, 2013 at 1:31 pm
(277) Charli says:

Women Beware of: Kelly Ashley Godson
Meeting you on sites and facebook and then takes you too bbm.
Engineer from Liverpool contracting in South Africa for Evergreen Shipping Company.
Claiming to be robbed of all documents and personal belongings at airport in Cape Town SA. Has son and Fiance died 2 years ago in car accident.
Baby, Honey, My Love, My Wife to Be
Typing in small words and broken english.
BIG BIG BIG SCAMMER

May 8, 2013 at 10:57 am
(278) Janneal says:

Has anyone heard of Gary Banks?? I have a friend who we believe is being scammed but no matter what we say she believes every lie he is telling her and she has already sent him money and goods to sell for money!! He is supposedly in London right now stuck because he has to pay some sort of taxes before they will give him is pass port back!

May 11, 2013 at 1:18 pm
(279) Laura says:

After being scammed myself, although I discovered it before the person asked for money, I have taken great interest in the subject. It seems Gary Banks is a well known name in the scammer world…hard to believe there are still women that would send anyone money let alone a complete stranger….have her put Gary Banks, scammer into Google and see for herself….I have discovered that most scammer have a lot of aliases but this one is easy to check out!!!!

May 12, 2013 at 11:16 am
(280) Laura says:

Anyone know of an Alexander Moron?? Have serious doubts about this person!

May 12, 2013 at 11:20 am
(281) Laura says:

I mean Alexander Maron….

May 12, 2013 at 11:20 am
(282) Jessica says:

Hi ladies, beware if someone claims as a microbiologist of Malaysia or Singapore region & run a research in Nigeria with his child as no body caring. He even send me an approval letter from the UK Authority to gain my trust. I paid US$1000 for him as he claims his son requires an emergency care. I paid him bcoz of I really afraid if it was true & I did not aware there are so many internet frauds from Nigeria. I used to be clever but the scammers of romance are getting a very detail mind & make us fraustrate though we should know no man would be so crazy for love just via internet & email correspondence. Perhaps ladies shall keep checking new ideal partners job & personal identity in the beginning no matter in what circumstances.

May 12, 2013 at 8:52 pm
(283) karen says:

Has anyone ever heard of a Larry Mills…. Holy_wood1227@yahoo.com ?
He’s scamming my little Sis who has Asberger’s and stage IV breast cancer.
He has told her he want to marry her and asked her to pick out a ring from several he text to her. He also got her to ship lap-tops and phones to Africa where he is working as….an engineer…surprise! Oh yes he too is a widower with one daughter…….why can’t these guys be bartenders with 6 kids? In any case my Sis woun’t listen to me and I’m very worried that she will be tempted to do something again that is against the law (shipping) or send him money though she says she won’t. Any advise would help! Thank you, Karen

May 13, 2013 at 2:18 pm
(284) Laura says:

Once again….just put the name (a comma) scammer and all the info will come up…yes he is a well known scammer.

May 14, 2013 at 3:22 pm
(285) www.recuerdos.it says:

Normally I don’t learn article on blogs, however I would like to say that this write-up very forced me to check out and do so! Your writing taste has been surprised me. Thank you, very great post.

May 18, 2013 at 3:24 am
(286) Carol says:

AIDEN TAYLOR is active again or still……”AT4101″ from Miami
And “sweet aide” from Denver at the same time. I contacted Match, it’s going on the second day and he’s still there! Beware!

May 20, 2013 at 6:55 pm
(287) Acquired taste says:

Tommy Vaske, Nigerian scammer. Says he has no parents, from Sweden, antique dealer, lots of endearments..watch out!

May 22, 2013 at 10:15 pm
(288) Linda says:

GOOD DAY EVERYONE, .
If you believe you have been scammed and need an investigation underway specifically in Ghana then contact our management team and we will help you recover your funds by the valuable informations you have about this scammer, You can also contact us if you need to make enquries on someone you met online, we can help you identify if this person is real or not. Contact us on bans.linda@gmail.com
Thank you.

May 23, 2013 at 2:46 pm
(289) Agirl says:

BEWARE OF GORDONSCT. Same stuck in Malaysia story, requesting 15 grand. DONT FALL FOR IT!!!!!!!!!

May 23, 2013 at 6:56 pm
(290) Lisa says:

RUBEN VERDINK – does anyone know or have heard of this name ???

May 24, 2013 at 1:59 pm
(291) Scammed mom says:

In facebook a man under the name Robin Hill and Robin Bill with a photo of a man sitting on a bench. BEWARE!!!! The same story, he is from Sweeden, a friend of his deaad parents took him to England, he has a 9 year old son and his name is Williams. He is in trouble with some goods in Africa and needs money. Then he will say the child is sick. I think they are desperated. I didnt even chat with the guy and maybe I answered 3 or 4 times and he is so deeply in love with me his WIFE. I knew it was a fake adter the 3rd email when he asked for money. No honourable, hobest and good man would ever ask for money in such a way. Simply disgusting. It makes me affraid that tge guy has fotos from me on his own facebook, thinking he could get me closer with it. Women an men out there, be careful!

May 26, 2013 at 10:47 pm
(292) Carole says:

Aiden Taylor strikes again… contacted me from Burnaby, gave both cell & home numbers, email address. Went to Ottawa to get mining license from Turkish government. Then quickly left for Turkey. Lots of details, location, hotel name. Had his laptop & other equipment stolen in Istanbul airport & needed replacements which I stupidly sent by Fedex. Then discovered that he was 5 km off target for the diamond mine left to him by his father & had to get extension. Also whoever stole his laptop tried to access his Royal Bank account and his offshore account in London. Needs to go to London in person to access his account. This guy has all of the answers. Toldme he has a son Matthew in Sydney who is a large animal vet & is going through a nasty divorce. “Aiden” is not answering his phone in Turkey 011 905 542 854 5586. BC cell phone & house phone now go unanswered. BEWARE this guy is ruthless and will string you along until he finds another sucker!!

May 27, 2013 at 1:30 pm
(293) Laura says:

Also being scammed by Aiden Taylor (didn’t send $$) I understand the lure of hearing those charming words from a man showing those wonderful photos but lets get serious here…..actually sending money to a complete stranger, someone you have never met, someone who is nothing more than a phantom of your imagination since you’ve never even met him…there’s just no excuse for such stupidity….these men couldn’t stay in business if people didn’t allow it…..it is very frustrating to continue to hear these stories….I really, really can’t relate to it…what in the world would convince a woman to send her hard earned money to a stranger…..what would convince a woman that a stranger is someone she could trust…its hard enough to trust a man we are married to, or a man we have met in person…trusting a stranger????? doesn’t make sense to me……

May 27, 2013 at 8:47 pm
(294) Glorianna says:

Re::Aiden Taylor
Thanks to all the brave women who reported the scam by Aiden Taylor. My friend was contacted by him on match.com, You all said the exact words to describe him. “too good to be true”
There is a special place in hell for these scam artists who prey on vulnerable women (and men).. Beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing remains good advice. Shame on match.com for continuing to allow known scam artists to use their site to perpetuate fraud..
Ladies, please be wary when you are on-line and know that on-line is “looking for love in all the wrong places”:!!!
My friend, thanks to all of you, was forewarned and suffered no real harm..
Aiden Taylor ..the jig is up!!!!!

May 28, 2013 at 12:38 am
(295) Nancy says:

I believe I am being scammed by Steven Miller. His email address is stevenmiller@gmail.com. I met him on zoosk as honest man claiming he is an only child trying to sell his late father’s construction business. I am in the process of a divorce and hate as I am reading all these comments about being scammed!! He says he is a Christian and cannot wait to meet me. He says he loves me and sent two pictures. I am starting to feel sick about all that has been exchanged with this man! He is supposedly from Amite, MS. His English and the way he talked was questionable and should have sent flags and bells!! But he was just too good to be true as I started thinking about the possibility !!! How can these people live with themselves!! I guess I will keep on trucking!!

May 28, 2013 at 12:44 am
(296) Frida says:

Has anyone heard of a man named Tracy Gannon? Lives in London,mom is in Germany,has a 6-years old daughter named Sophia,he is an architect,who needs to fly in Malaysia to claim payment for his dad project after his dad passed away… Thank you

May 29, 2013 at 8:21 pm
(297) Els says:

Has anyone heard of a Daniel Lemire from Belgium…also a widower with a7 year old son?
working I Dubai….he has not asked for money yet….but I am waiting.

May 30, 2013 at 11:18 am
(298) Laura says:

I just read the most interesting article about Daniel Lemire and his partner who run scams and say” it is their full-time job to make sure that money does not stay in the bank account of idiots!!” (in other words goes into their pockets)….they say that scammer intentionally use bad spelling and bad grammar because they want to find people that are not overly-intelligent because they are easier prey!!! INTERESTING!!

As I’ve mentioned before if you want to check someone out just put in their name and a comma and the word scam and usually something will come up…….

June 1, 2013 at 2:04 pm
(299) Carmen says:

I was also contacted and romanced by the Aiden Taylor Match.com from 248 described above. Unfortunately, I did send some pictures that now I wonder if they are being used to scam gentlemen. If, so, please let me know how to retrieve/block them.
He was a supposed widower and geologist from New Zealand, very handsome, well spoken and wrote very well. He romanced me since May 16, 2013 until today. All very correct and believable until yesterday when they supposedly stole his computer and Nikon D600 camera at customs in Turkey where he had a license to explore a blue garnet mine. Today he said that he had been to all Apple stores there and that non had the USA version needed to be able to read his backup. He called supposedly from Turkey and asked if there was a Best Buy near me. I almost fall for it if it weren’t because I was without my car and had to ask my son for his. My son found out it was a scam and this site. It was a disappointing learning experience and I wish there was a way to prevent these predators from taking victims.

June 1, 2013 at 3:27 pm
(300) ansie says:

Another scammer, and I was stupid enough! Alberto Wesley, he is a master in romance. The stuff that happened to him, and then he needs money, ridiculous!
Ladies beware. Met him on Pasmaats.com

June 8, 2013 at 12:16 am
(301) jj says:

I always thought of myself as a smart person who would never fall for the likes of a scammer. I had a random guy named Moretti De Luca message me on facebook. It all seemed like innocent fun until he supposedly went to Dubai for a renovation job. He messaged me all in a panic that the council was giving him problems with his approvals and he was out of money. He wanted me to send him $2000 which he would return to me when he got his first payment for the job in about a week. Well.. I sent him the money like an idiot.. but, thankfully Western Union was smarter than I was! They stopped the transaction and returned my money. The dude was rather pissed and had the nerve to ask me if we were done! Hell to the yeah buddy! We never started and we sure the heck aren’t going to after something like that. I cannot believe how they can suck you in with the sweet words. He was a widow with a child. He said he lived in Utah. But who knows. Jerk!

June 9, 2013 at 11:12 pm
(302) blukitty says:

A few years ago, I was scammed by a man who went by the name of Santo Beckley. He told me he was from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He supposedly had a son named Jackson who, by the way became ill just before he, Santo, went to Lagos, Nigeria on a computer related “job”. While he was there, he was robbed/mugged of all of his money, couldn’t leave his hotel until he paid up the back bill, also “needed” to send money to the doctors who were caring for his son at home. I was so, so foolish, naive in all of the scamming thing. I sent him money for all of his so-called woes. When I did wire him money, it was to a person, a man, who had a way different name than him. He said it was a “friend” of his. I did have his cell number. When I called him, he didn’t sound like he was French Canadian, but quite possibly African. He had sent me pictures of what he said were him. I think they were forgeries. I did an online research of the name he gave me, Santo Beckley, and found out the real person behind the name really lived in a state here in America, very much married, and much, much older than the person who was saying he was this person. The email address the imposter was using was bec_4_u_luv@yahoo.com, if I remember that’s what it was. This all happened to me in late 2006 and most of 2007. He contacted me first via Yahoo’s IM. I had had some legal issues come up for me, which I dealt with, and when I got back to him about 4 months later, he tried to press me for them, which I didn’t divulge to him, and about 6 weeks later he dropped off the face of the earth. Good riddance to him!

June 10, 2013 at 10:15 am
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June 10, 2013 at 11:58 pm
(304) Tanya says:

Has anyone ever been contacted by a John Harry? He contacted me on FB. Mobile no. is 044 703 923 290. Says hes 50 years old (profile pic does not match whatsoever) … has a masters degree from Oxford … is an engineer with a shipping company … lives in Liverpool … is widowed … lost his wife during delivery … has a 7 year old son.

June 11, 2013 at 12:05 am
(305) Tanya says:

Has anyone been contacted by a guy named John Harry. Mobile no 044 7035 923 290? This guy’s profile pic on FB is good looking but his name just did not seem German to me. Says he has been a ship engineer for the last 8 years (did not mention which shipping company he worked for). Says he has a masters degree from Oxford. Is widowed … wife died during child birth … has a 7 year old son. Languages known: Hindi … how weird is that? When I asked him about that he said that he was on a 6 month contract in India and could speak a little Hindi. When I asked if he could speak German he was a bit evasive. Then I asked him in which year he graduated from Oxford and he said 2002 which did not seem to add up as that is very recent for someone who is aged 50. When I asked him how come he had such a young son if he was 50 he started getting a bit jittery and evasive in his replies … said he married late because of the nature of his job. He did not like me asking him questions … said that I was too tough for him. Kept asking me about my marital status and kept saying I wish you are divorced or separated … just into the second conversation started telling me that he was looking for a soul mate … that he was falling in love with me … what a whole load of crap. Wish I had seen this site before I even messaged two words to him. I am so angry reading how these fraudsters cheat women (and men). Really really angry. I dont know how they get a hold of innocent peoples photographs and use them to cheat other people. His photo on FB is impressive and his cover photo is that of his son in a boat. He has a couple of other photos which are private. Has no friends on FB or nothing on his Timeline. When I questioned him about it he said that he was too busy to be on FB and only recently got into the social scene. Beware of this guy! He has not asked me for money or anything yet but would love to hear if he has contacted anyone else. Damn … Im so angry!!!

June 11, 2013 at 2:09 pm
(306) Vanessa says:

Oh boy! I think that I am chatting with potential scammers. I have felt like something just wasn’t right. These two men that I have been chatting with claim to be living in America, but one is from Germany and the other is from Italy. Both ended up over here because of their ex-wifes. One has no children, and the other has a son who lives in Germany with family. One said he is a general contractor and the other said he deals in antiques. Yikes! They all sound so familiar!
Their names are Dan Greg and Jude Williams. Does that ring a bell with anyone!?
Do “real” men actually go on Match.com or is it all scammers????

June 11, 2013 at 2:18 pm
(307) Vanessa says:

How about Jude Williams, Steve Hanson, Dan Greg? Do those names ring a bell with anyone? They all seem to have similar stories….all claim to live in the States, but hail from Italy, Canada, and Germany.

June 11, 2013 at 4:50 pm
(308) Anne says:

I recently wasted 3 weeks of my life listening to a major pile of lies from a man who calls himself Scott Gray. He was briefly on Match.com although his profile is now gone. His “personal” email is scott.c822yahoo.com. “Scott” indicated he was from Harveys Lake in Pennsylvania but grew up all over Europe because his mother died in a plane crash when he was 6 and his father died two years later from cancer so he was raised by an uncle who traveled for a living. His many photos show a very good looking man who resembles a young Richard Gere. Before we could actually meet, “Scott” had to leave for London to complete a business deal. Unfortunately customs was giving him a difficult time releasing his communication equipment and “Scott” needed to pay them more “tips”. At this point I completely stopped communicating. Fortunately I only lost $40 for the amount it cost me to text to his London phone number. He is very slick and knows exactly what to say. As was mentioned by other people on this site “Scott’s” grammar was poor when writing and his accent seemed like a combination of British and Asian. It was difficult to pin down exactly. Stay far away from this scum – he is trouble.

June 12, 2013 at 4:42 pm
(309) Laura says:

Hi Tanya….thank goodness you had good instincts about John Harry…your post got me curious so I did some digging and he has scammed a lot of women. His MO is a little different in that he doesn’t ask for money until the day he says he is coming to meet the woman…some story like I’m on my way to meet you but had my wallet stolen at the airport so I need you to send me some money so I can get to you!!!

I have found that 95% of the men on Match.com are scammers so I have cancelled my membership and hope we can all pass the word not to join that site!!!!

June 14, 2013 at 1:52 am
(310) Lee says:

Has anyone else run into William Bond?
His match.com “skylimit270″ and his email “scorpiosoul45@yahoo.com. He claimed to be from Germany. Moved to US in his 20′s. Parents dead. Divorced 4 years and raising his 5 yr old son, Jeff. Said he was from Bedford KY (google map placed his address in a farm field) and a building contractor working in Nigeria building an orphanage.He even gave me a fake HSBC bank site along with “access ID and password” so I could see that he trusted “ME” and to show me he could pay me back when he got back to the states. It seems his ex stole a large amount of money from his account once so he froze his accounts now whenever he worked out of country. And just when he was about to come “home” one crisis after another happened. Each requiring just a little more money than the one before. I feel sooo stupid for buying into his lies. The crazy thing is he keeps popping up. He starts in with the “I love you so much” and “Baby” until I refuse to send him any more money. Then he gets ugly. When I call him on it he is full of “I’m so sorry” “I’m so stressed” “Please Baby” Then he is quiet for a week or two and pops up again. I did a reverse lookup on his e-mail and it took me to someone named “Douglas Watson”. I don’t know if he is part of this or not. This was a very hard lesson learned. Why is it we don’t find out about these scams until after we get dooped? And match.com seems to be in this deep. So isn’t there something that can be done to put them out of business? Or is it a case where you shut down one and another crops up? This really sucks.

June 14, 2013 at 5:49 am
(311) (105 ) Chris says:

I definitely agree with you on shutting down Match.com , I was caught in a Nigerian Scam and notified Match .com and they did nothing . I even had my local police trying to help me at one point .When you pay money to go on these sites you would expect the company to do a proper search to make sure the people are authentic .

June 14, 2013 at 11:16 pm
(312) Lee says:

I would just like to add a P.S. to my recounting of the William Bond story.
Hind sight being what it is, I really think the person I spent hours IMing with in the beginning was not the same person that IMs me still. His English is worse. His spelling is much worse. The original at least sounded educated and German.And some grammer/spelling mistakes could be understandable if he was indeed German. He had people skills. The current guy does not “chat” but is rather focused on talking me into sending money. If I ask a question, he evades me and repeatedly asked when will I be sending the money. He does this even when I give a firm NO. And this guy does not get the time difference. I find “I’m on line for you now Baby” left at 4am. Like I said, “HIND SIGHT” gotta love it. ya, right. Still sucks. I should probably totally disconnect, I have accepted that William Bond does not exist. Now I’m just getting some satisfaction from messing with him.

June 18, 2013 at 10:50 am
(313) dubraska says:

I meet this guy his name is Austin greg or Gregg his email is all4love223@yahoo.com we been talking in im for more than 3 month he is south Africa working I really want to trust him , that he love me , I sent him 300.00 he want me to open a bank account so his company can pay him , Im so confuse of course I wont open any account for that is any one hear this name of have the same email address please let me know I need help because I really love him

June 18, 2013 at 1:19 pm
(314) Laura says:

Dear Dubraska….you are in love with the possibility of being in love..men on line are experts at saying the things we need to hear…they are very adept at reading between the lines and saying the exact right things to fill our needs, whatever they might be. If you think about it when you are chatting with someone on line it is only words…you do not know if the person resembles the person they are portraying in any way. You do not know if they are using their actual photos…you do not know where they really live…you do not know their true age…you only know what they have said and why would you trust the words of a complete stranger. We have all been let down and disappointed many times in our life…sometimes by an acqaintance, a best friend, even a family member so why on earth would you think a complete stranger is trustworthy. Thankfully you have only sent $300.00….their are a lot of women that have been taken for a lot more money than that. If a person you have never met asks you for money that should be a huge red flag….why would you want to correspond with someone that would have so little integrity that they would take money from a woman they have never even met!!!! I’m glad you found this site so you can realize that the majority of men on line ARE scammers and the minute someone asks you for money you should not need to know anymore!!!!

June 18, 2013 at 5:47 pm
(315) liz says:

I was contacted by Steven Lan Powell, he claimed his daughter lives in the UK, the mother is sick with Colon Cancer. He has problems with a tool that he needs to replace at the rig, the daughter is in trouble in India. I met him in match.com. he looks italian, says he is Irish, he has earrings in his left ear. he sent me pictures of him and his daughter. After reading add 238, from Lynn I have no doubt that this guy is a scammer. I feel sick to my stomach. He took his time to get me to send him money, that I actually didn’t have. I guess this is a learning experience, horrible. He was a charmer, I doubted him, but he was in fact a professional at this. Be careful. He said his mother’s name is Auguster. The daughter wrote to me twice calling me mum Oh… how horrible…. please be aware.

June 19, 2013 at 2:44 pm
(316) tara says:

i am actuly getting scammed right now i think. his name is dazy frank. he was due to come bagk to the states this weekend when he was robbed. now he wants money to get home. he has me so worried. you know it dose hurt. what can i do. he keeps txting me for money

June 19, 2013 at 6:21 pm
(317) Laura says:

Tara please take the time to read every post on here….you are getting scammed, you know you are getting scammed…..no decent man would ask a woman he’s never met for money…..DO NOT ever send anyone money!!!!!!

June 21, 2013 at 12:53 am
(318) Monica says:

Does anyone of you know a guy Thomas Coleman, form Racine, wisconsin? I suspect he’s a scammer too, can anybody help me please?

June 21, 2013 at 8:09 pm
(319) Taylor Butikofer says:

I have fell for two kind of scams. One was someone from nigeria and the other was a dating website claiming to be real, but it was a bunch of automated computers…… I have had so many scammers… is that the only way people earn money now?

June 23, 2013 at 9:55 am
(320) Julie says:

RE: Aiden Taylor

OMG!!!! I’m so glad I happened upon this site and scrolled through to scan for names.

I can’t believe how often Aiden Taylor’s name pops up!

Yes, he’s at it again – what a smooth operator. With that fake website (I too found it odd that you couldn’t hear the vocals on the “reel”) and even a fake profile on LinkedIn!!!!!!

I too have found this dating site to be off colour and have cancelled my subscription to it. What a world.

Here’s the email addy he’s using with me: aidentaylor94@yahoo.com

Now that I know this about him – how do I go about reporting him?

June 23, 2013 at 10:53 am
(321) Frances says:

Here is another fantastic con artist form Christian Mingle. They have removed him for now… His name is “William Parker…” Very handsome pictures… Supposedly widowed, born in Oregon, Ohio. Both his parents are dead. His wife died of cancer… Grew up in South Africa although his accent is not South African. On the Magnus Oil rig on the North Sea. He is a structural engineer with BP. The crane broke down and he needs $7,000 to get it fixed so he can get back to you… When I said I didn’t have the money, he asked for my credit card information… I have reported him… He also had a 011-44-70… phone number… Super smooth talker. Loves you and wants to marry you. Gets extremely angry when you don’t “trust” him enough to ask for verification of his identity… His email is williamparker871@yahoo.com… And yes, he writes lower case “i’s” when he writes…. Arggh! The bumb!

June 24, 2013 at 1:48 am
(322) Liz says:

Hi ladies who have been scammed by AIDEN TAYLOR!

I found him again (June 23) on Match.com. His new user name is Meet meetme1758.

Why can’t Match get rid of him?

June 24, 2013 at 5:14 am
(323) Chris says:

I really don’t believe Match cares about it . They really don’t do any type of investigation on it . I firmly believe these scammers are constantly re-appearing on those websites with other people’s photos attached to them . It really is sickening that they are able to do this to us………

June 24, 2013 at 4:33 pm
(324) liz says:

in reply to add 238 Lynn ….. OMG! I need advise … someone reported Steven Lan Powell as a scammer from Accra Ghana and posted the pic he used in Match, then the other pics he sent to me with his daughter were reported stolen from an Irish album in Picterest. Sadly to admit, after he laid out the entire oil rig scam, [the daughter in trouble in India, the tool broken at the rig, the mother sick in the UK, he let me in his bank account to supposedly get money out to send to his daughter . the transfer never took place the website is blocked and gives a warning alert saying its set up as pishing to copy information] I sent him quite a bit of money thru western union. He asked for more to buy a broken tool . I didn’t have it. A bit later, he told me that our relationship wasn’t working out but he assured me that he was going to repay me the money I sent to him .
A couple of weeks went by and NOW he has contacted me again. he is telling me that he is ready to pay me back the money, he is going to wire it!!!!!
A part of me wants to believe that he is not a scammer or that he regrets having done it to me. Minded he has not returned the money yet. Why would he contact me again asking how to go about paying me back? What is he trying to do? What if he pays me back?! I am confused. I actually like the guy a lot. : ( I feel lost. please any advise. is welcomed . If he scammed me already what kind of game is he playing now, if any? Hope to hear from someone that has or is going thru the same.

June 24, 2013 at 7:31 pm
(325) AZgirl says:

Has anyone been scammed by an Italian guy who is in the oil business?

June 25, 2013 at 12:58 am
(326) Laura says:

liz

go to http://www.romancescam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=50516

to get the full story on Steven Ian Powell…I’m sure some of his letters will be copies of the exact letters you received. Why he is contacting you again is to make himself look credible as he get ready to set you up for his next scammer….as I’ve said many times it is beyond reason that anyone would send money to a complete stranger…..anyone you haven’t met in person is a stranger….you have no idea if one single thing he said is true and you don’t even know if he’s using his own photo..

June 25, 2013 at 11:51 pm
(327) Nana says:

Anyone scammed by someone name Edwin miller 54 yrs old works for Exxon, my dear fiend is in great danger, I was able to find the truth once before, now only through mutual friends I was given this name, please help, they are suppost to meet tomorrow 2 hours away

June 26, 2013 at 12:05 am
(328) Tia nana says:

My dear friend was getting scammed by one of the famous guy in these forum, I was able to let her see and was convinced as soon she confronted him, now is a new one name EDWIN MILLER works for Exxon is currently out of the country, needs to have his checked cash but can’t afford to pay taxes, please help us to save our dear friend,

June 26, 2013 at 9:38 pm
(329) Lee says:

Liz:
your man is most likely going to try to get you to give him your bank acct. information. DON’T BITE ! Even after I cut off my scammer he keeps popping up with an IM.

I am so glad I found this site. For one reason, I don’t feel so alone in feeling like an idiot. And it helps me remember when I am “mourning” the loss of the “relationship” that the man doesn’t exist.

Stay strong. Don’t let him suck you back in.

June 26, 2013 at 9:46 pm
(330) Lee says:

After reading everybody’s comment I have seen many names repeated. I am curious if WILLIAM BOND has pop up on anyone elses radar??
Also, how do I go about researching the origin of his photos?

June 26, 2013 at 10:35 pm
(331) Mary says:

Has anyone heard of a scammer using the name Aaron Greg? Supposed financial consultant to Shell Oil? Born in Italy, moved to the States at a young age then to college in Germany?

July 3, 2013 at 11:25 pm
(332) guest says:

Was almost scammed by a John Lewis met him at the Barnes and Noble bookstore in White Marsh ten years ago. He told me that his grandfather was first black architect in SC and that his grandmother owned timeshares in the state. I am very embarrassed and probably nobody will believe me, but he started kissing me and touching my breasts in the bookstore. His grip was so strong and he penis could be felt through his pants. Had a Nigerian accent, tall, gap through teeth and claimed to be sociology professor at UofMD. I called the school after I had prophetic nightmarish dreams. The univ said nobody by that name worked there and I called him and said that I wanted to break up. He kept calling until I told him his name probably wasn’t John

July 4, 2013 at 11:14 pm
(333) Lee says:

So I have to tell you all what has happened over the last couple days. If I can back up a bit… In the beginning I chatted for hours about all kinds of things with this guy. At some point, and one of many foolish moments for me, I got pass off to someone whose grammer and spelling were terrible. It was around this time I finally caught on. Now he popped up again. I called him on his grammer and he said it was just the stress. When I told him he should take a breath because he sounded like a gradeschooler instead of a college man. BANG,,, I got 4 messages in very good English, spelling and grammer were perfect and he spoke in more than two “run on” sentences. But it was also generic flowery BS. Just as quickly the other guy was back. I kept telling him My money was gone. and to go away. But he kept popping in on Yahoo IM. I finally pissed him off and if you can beieve it, HE THREATENED TO report me for sending money out of the country and the police would be knocking on my door to take me into custody. That was the best laugh I have had in a while. I told him to report me please ! He backed down, appologized and tried for money once again. I think I finally said something to shut him up. But He/They are very tenacious. I can’t seem to discourage him for very long. They keep coming back. I don’t know how many times, in how many ways I have said, “I have no money. You stole all my money. Go away.”

July 6, 2013 at 3:52 pm
(334) Maris says:

To AZgirl:

Yes I believe I have and am. Met him on Christian Mingle on May 26, 2013. He’s Italian. Claims to be petroleum engineer. Went away on contract 5 days after our connecting, 1st to CA, then to Nigeria, where he asked for a lot of money, which I stupidly wired to him via Western Union. He’s still asking today. What is your specific story?

July 7, 2013 at 6:35 pm
(335) Kathy says:

I keep coming back to this site to see if the name Mario Vito surfaces again. His e-mail address is two_amazingkids@yahoo.com. Obviously by his name he claims he is Italian. Because his “mother” was an interpreter for the UN he lived in Sweden, England and then the United States. As so many of the stories, yes he is an engineer and his wife died about 7 years ago from lung cancer. He talks about his two children, Alyssa and Josh and his very ill father who lives in Florida. He is”stranded” in Malaysia, and the best is that in order to survive he is working at a Starbucks. I have a repository of pictures of him (they all are the same person) and the children. Even one of him holding a note stating “proving to you I’m real” with a September 2013 date. From time to time I receive a short e-mail from him. Also have received calls from him from a number that shows as restricted. I try to call on the cell phone number that I have for him and it rings then goes into his voice mail. It really amazes me how this individuals operate….

I wish there was a way I could circulate the pictures that I have so others won’t get involved with him and be damaged by him…

July 16, 2013 at 4:50 am
(336) shin jin says:

this one if it is a scam or not- pretty legit story- got shot in manila on engineering assignment- a civil engineer from Sweden. Austin Gabrielle.
does not have any prof of identity: asks for money for treatment-is always there so therefore has nothing better to do- wants marriage believable picture. Asked for 2 grand- I refused. He says he only has me whom he has never meet manipulates god in every way.

July 16, 2013 at 5:27 pm
(337) Ambs says:

Anyone hear of James Melluway? Emailed me on Match.com. Supposily he lives in Milwaukee and works as a independent engineer. But is currently in Nigeria with his daughter (who needs a mother) to be with his sick mother who has lung cancer but needs money sent to them cause they don’t have enough to pay for her pain meds.
Sounds pretty much like the rest of the situations above.

July 17, 2013 at 11:03 am
(338) lovinlife says:

Does anyone know someone using the email address as RRichard_Marcus@aol.com. He says he owns a gem stones business. His widow and has a 5 year old daughter. And his wife died of lung cancer. And he lives iv Virginia Beach Virginia.

July 17, 2013 at 11:20 am
(339) seeking_help says:

This is to Karen (comment 283). I am so sorry about your sister. I do not know how to reach you, but if you read this, PLEASE RESPOND!!! I am in the same situation. A man my the name of “Larry Mills” has been scamming my mother for over half a year. The story is identical to yours. He was asking her and succeeded in getting laptops and money from her for food, tickets, and telling her he is in Accra Ghana and is running away from someone. That he has a daughter here, etc … He was sending her pictures of wedding and engagement rings promising to marry her. He wont leave her alone, still keeps asking her for money, and telling her sob stories. The only way i found out is because she is not too computer savvy, older person and i have her email and password so i was able to log in to her email when i sensed something was wrong and saw all these emails. She doesn’t believe me and still thinks he is real!!! I am afraid of what her stubbornness will lead to. Please i need help is resolving this situation. We as a family don’t know what to do at this point. We filed complains but i don’t know what will come out of it. Did you do anything, contact any authorities, anything? We are at a loss, and this ordeal is still going on. If you, Karen, or anyone else on here reads this and can help, please comment!!! I don’t know how to comment to certain people directly. He is emailing her from “holy_wood12012@yahoo.com” and is still bothering her. He has cleaned her out for thousands of dollars and caused her stress, nerves and distress. She is not a well woman and i am afraid how this will impact her health. Any advise would be GREATLY APPRECIATED!

July 20, 2013 at 3:53 pm
(340) Claire says:

Is anyone familiar with a Steven Bailey or Steven Logans from Providence, RI? He is apparently in Dubai after his mother passed away from cancer…I want to warn anyone out there about him! I would love to know if he is doing this to others….

July 22, 2013 at 6:03 pm
(341) Kathy says:

I may be getting scammed, not sure yet, but am playing for a while. Anyone heard of Robert Wilson r.wilson300@yahoo.com. Been chatting for about a month. He has sent me roses, also purchased airline tickets to come for a visit August 1 through the 5th. I have a copy of the receipt for the airline tickets and thought he was for real, especially when I got 18 long stem roses and saw he actually purchased the tickets on his own. I have not spent a dime or given him anything, nor will I. Says he’s from St. Charles, IL. Suddenly however he headed to Italy for a week and a half to do his final project. Now he needs a laptop or two. Gave him a bunch of BS about how I could not do that due to customs, not using my money, etc. Sounds too good to be true, so it probably is. I’ll see if he shows up on the 1st. Also, when he asked me to get him a laptop, I told him, do you have your phone on you? He said yes. I told him, hold up your hand right now and give me the peace sign. Said he did, but gets the message picture is not going through! Red FLAG! Again, I’ll see if he shows up on the 1st. If anyone knows anything about him, please let me know. It’s from Match.com

July 22, 2013 at 8:41 pm
(342) Lee says:

Kathy, the RED FLAGS are so clear to me now. If only I knew then what I know now….. Anyway, the yahoo address, Match.com and “I need you to send me….” He or more likely THEY are conning you. DON’T BITE.

July 29, 2013 at 7:13 pm
(343) lali says:

My niece has been talking w/ a James Peterson Welch and for some reason he can never make it tto meet her. Has anyone heard of him, I believe he is a scammer, suppose to be from Buffalo, NY Please I dont want her to be a victim of these stupid scammers

July 31, 2013 at 12:08 am
(344) Jennifer says:

Kathy- ugh yes about Steve Bailey/ Steven Logan’s :( . Knew it was too good to be true

July 31, 2013 at 12:10 am
(345) Jennifer says:

Oops, I meant Claire! I am so mad right now :( .

August 3, 2013 at 2:26 pm
(346) KathyT says:

OMG! I knew it! I need to connect with some of you folks! I am soo grateful to have found this site! Now I need some help with the reporting part?
About a yr ago I was contacted on Facebook – the name he gave was Alvin Thomas. honestalvin01@yahoo.com. Similar story, sadly widowed, 11 yr old son- and he worked on an oil rig- had a contract in Scotland, etc. Thankfully, I kept saying I don’t get it…you can’t be in love with me- we haven’t even met! Then 1 day he called me at work and wanted me to send $500 to the child’s caretaker in Atlanta, GA to throw his birhtday party, since he was “stuck” in Scotland and couldn’t wire the cash. I promptly let him know I was offended and hung up.
So….fast fwd to present…..Ha, I have been contacted by Daniel Terry, of NJ…I notice they often use Irish or English sounding names. This guy is supposedly from Ireland, and of course, his dad left them, he is raising his sister’s daughter since she was killed in a car accident, and I am the angel who has come into his life. LOL
Suddenly, this week he is in Africa-working on an oil rig & will be there for 2 weeks. When he would call me on phone, his number was blocked (he said bc a company phone), and I said that looked suspicious to me. So just a short while ago, he calls me and emails me the number and encourages me to call or text him anytime. I checked and it is a Nigerian number, but of course that is where his contract is. This is maddening!
So, first….any recommendations? I would like to play along to see where it goes. But secondly, how or where do I report this to FBI, I will report to the site (OK Cupid dating site)???
Thank you all so much for posting! I will watch for info. Is there any way we can stick together and get these guys?? It is unconscionable!
Best to all of you women who have been hurt.

August 3, 2013 at 5:31 pm
(347) Elaine says:

I was contacted last week by someone called Marc C. Carruthers on Facebook with a friend request. I did not accept and msgd him to ask how he knew me because I did not know him and he had no mutual friends. He msgd me back that he was new to Facebook and was looking up old friends and found my name and picture. He liked my smile and felt I had a great personality. I decided to play along for a bit to see what this guy was all about. I msgd him back and told him I would only msg and not accept his friend request until I got to know him better. Said he was working for Chevron- oil engineer out in the North Sea. Had two children (his facebook profile showed a European looking man with a young boy and girl) George and Sophie, his wife died of cancer three years ago, his parents were gone and he had a very small quiet family. A Nanny looked after his children while he is away approx 4 weeks at a time. Had a dog called Shaggy. His profile said he lived in Buffalo, NY – but that he was from Westmount, Quebec. Told me he lived in Quebec? First msg I received from him was well written, the 2nd and 3rd were full of grammatical errors and not very well written – very choppy. Leads me to believe that there were a couple of people probably writing back on this facebook page. Said he was a man of faith, liked gospel music, wrote romantic poetry, etc. Asked me when I was going to get married again!! When I checked my facebook yesterday, his profile had been removed and any messages he had sent me were “removed due to being identified as abusive or spam “. Another scam! I can’t believe the amount of scammers out there and it’s a shame that so many are taken in by these rogues. These guys all seem to use the same type of “story”! As soon as one disappears, a whole bunch more appear to start all over again. At least sites like this, educate people a little more and hopefully less people will be fooled into believing these stories!

August 4, 2013 at 1:12 pm
(348) Lee says:

If there is a way to turn the authorities on these guys I would love to know. My local police said the money is out of the country, can’t help. Told me to contact the Federal Trade Commision. They took a report from me, gave me a report ref. # and that was the last I heard from them. Everyone of us has the same story. Some have been smarter than others and used their head over their heart. I always thought compassion was a good trait. Till my compassion was abused. I have no one to blame but myself. But these guys just keep going on to the next victim. Isn’t there some way to stop them????????

August 4, 2013 at 1:42 pm
(349) Laura says:

Lee…yes there is a way to stop them..online datings scams are a billion dollar business….NEVER EVER send money to a stranger…that’s an easy way to put them out of business….until you meet someone in person, meet their family and friends and develop a relationship they are a stranger…..

August 4, 2013 at 7:02 pm
(350) Lee says:

Laura,
You are 100% right. And hind sight is a wonderful thing. (NOT)But there are a lot of us who have been blindsided by these people. We never knew these scams existed. We only comprehended it after it was too late. And they are experts at what they do. But is hind sight all we have? Yes, I feel stupid for sending a stranger money. But that lose isn’t the worst hurt. It is being used and made a fool of not because we are stupid, but because someone took advantage of a compassionate heart. It isn’t the people who know about these scams that are in danger, it is all the women who don’t know these scams are out there.

August 5, 2013 at 11:26 am
(351) Laura says:

Lee your post gives me an interesting idea…..I don’t think many people are aware of this site as evidenced by the fact there is only one post everyday or two….what if every single woman we know put a post on her Facebook regarding this subject???? Sample idea below and you can let me know what you think. If we encouraged every woman we knew to share this post with every single woman she knows and so on…it wouldn’t take long for thousands of women to read it….I really would like to put these guys out of business also and although I’ve never sent money I have been scammed many times and really don’t appreciate someone wasting my time:

Dear girlfriends….I just read an interesting article that says Internet Dating Scams/Facebook and Skype stranger contact scams are a billion dollar business and there is only one way to put them out of business and it starts with you!! Never, EVER, send a stranger money…no matter what they say, no matter how compelling their story….no matter if you have chatted with them on the phone….no matter how attractive their photo (it may not even be theirs) until you meet them in person, meet their family and friends, develop a relationship with them they are strangers….and keep in mind that a man of character, that really cares about you would NEVER ask you for money!!!!! Share this post with ever single woman you know and lets put them out of business!!!

So Lee what do you think….anything missing???

August 5, 2013 at 12:33 pm
(352) Lee says:

Laura,
I like it ! ! Hey everybody?? Is anyone else picking up on this message?
I have one caution for people. Send the e-mails directly. Don’t forward. I have been receiving e-mails using family member’s names with FWDs. My family is not sending them. And if you put your curser on the senders name it will show a completely different address. I only opened one and further checking revealed the company named in the FWD to be a scam itself. So I have been running cleaners often. If the address shown under the curser is not who it should be I now spam it. I won’t open any forwards now. I don’t know what this is about but BE CAREFUL out there. And again, Laura has a great idea. Just be sure to send the messages directly to your friend.

August 5, 2013 at 1:36 pm
(353) Lee says:

Laura, I tweaked your’s a bit. The following is what I just sent to 16 of my friends and family. (It’s a start)
Dear Friends and Family, (single or married)
I just read an interesting article that says INTERNET DATING SCAMS / FACEBOOK AND SKYPE STRANGER CONTACTS are a billion dollar buiness. There is only one way to put them out of business. Shine a light on them. Educate as many women as possible. And it starts with you. You need to spread the word. Never, ever send a stranger money… no matter what they say, no matter how attractive their photo in. (it may not even be theirs) Until you meet them in person, meet their family and friends develope a relationship with them, they are a stranger. And keep in mind that a man of character, that cares about you would NEVER ask you for money ! ! Additionall, be cautious about opening e-mail FORWARDS

August 5, 2013 at 1:41 pm
(354) Lee says:

Sorry, didn’t mean to send that last message yet. So to continue…

Additionally, be cautios about opening e-mail FORWARDS. Even if it appears to be from a friend or family member. Pace your curser over the senders name. If anything other than that persons name and sddress pops up DO NOT open it. It is just another way for scammers to get to you. Above all remember the tried and true adage: “If is sounds too good to be true, IT IS” I don’t mean to stat the obvious, but please pass this on as a copy and paste. NOT a forward.

August 5, 2013 at 1:54 pm
(355) Lee says:

Laura, I have to apologize. I neglected to include to very important lines from your example. “no matter how compelling…” and “no matter if you have chatted with them on the phone.” These are two very good point to mention, because they are not above making international calls to draw some one into their web. And their greatest tool is to abuse your compassion with stories of desperation.

August 5, 2013 at 3:04 pm
(356) Laura says:

Hi Lee…ok lets get started….I am going to post it on my Facebook page and ask everyone to forward it to their friends and ask all their friends to forward it…..maybe we can impact someone’s life!!!! Laura

August 5, 2013 at 6:26 pm
(357) Lee says:

I have already started spreading the word. How about the rest of you?? I know I will never see my money again but if I can help stop someone else from making my mistake I will feel some vindication. Laura’s sample letter is written in such a way that no one has to know you were a victim. I know I am not quite ready to openly admit that I let someone play with my emotions and steel my money with me handing it right to them. BUT this is a way to get some control back. HELP protect someone else, ladies.

August 5, 2013 at 7:30 pm
(358) Kathy says:

Lee – are you the same Lee from post 183 regarding Mario Vito?

August 5, 2013 at 9:00 pm
(359) Lee says:

Kathy,
No, not the same Lee. My first post was 310 concerning “William Bond.” I had the misfortune of being noticed by him in January on Match.com. If you can believe it, he continues to IM me on yahoo. Still wanting money to come home so ‘he can pay me all that he owes me.’ What nerve these guys have.

August 6, 2013 at 2:48 pm
(360) Cindy says:

Has anyone ever met up with a scamer from our US military? I have been chatting with a man in Baghdad been in army 22 years now, his wife and only son died 8 years ago! but he doesnt like to talk about it, and even put divorced on his profile. He does have a sister in lady lake Florida and a brother in Australia. he does visit with him and can not wait his retirement is the end of this year. and he is coming back to the Ft. Bennings base in Georgia in 3 weeks. And will make travel arrangements through the military. Has not asked for anything He has been telling me how bad things are there, but that is all over the news, and he also gave me a very close spot he is located. Do these scammers use the military? He has sent pictures of him in the military in fatigues and looks as if they are in Baghdad with other soldiers in the picture, He hasnt called because he said it is hard to call from there. I am sceptical because the first one I meet 4 months ago was exactly what you all have been describing. But I Shu
t him down and blocked him quick!

August 6, 2013 at 10:57 pm
(361) Lee says:

Cindy,
YES, YES, YES, They use military persona all the time. Take a look a post # 326 from Laura. She shares a site that you and everyone else should spend some time looking through. These people are like roaches. For every one you see there are thousands more. Your guy can’t even keep it straight whether he is divorced or widowed. Really? And of course he doesn’t want to talk about it. That is just more lies he would have to keep straight. And if I had any money I would bet he will have some crisis just as he is coming home and he needs your help. a.k.a. $$$$$ PLEASE check the site Laura supplies. I have it written down because once you start looking at the info available it just goes on and on. No you don’t have to sign up or pay for this info. Anything asking for $$ just leave alone because there is sooo much free info there. Stay strong and don’t bite. It is a scam.

August 8, 2013 at 8:34 pm
(362) Lauren Egan says:

I will say that my match.com scammer who spent a month showing “most” of his amazing side does not fit the profile for the most part. Yet, I was warned about the story- A Civil Engineer who lived in Mass( I am a ferrry ride to Long Island). got quickly called to go to Africa, yet he was from Holland (Dutch) who lost his wife in car accident 4 yrs prior and was ready to move on and who he totally loved and was in a successful marriage for 14 years. Sent pic of his bro and son. This guy was very clear and precise about details of his life. This man knew I had trust issues and had the right answers for everything. This yahoo IM went on for exactly a month almost every day for an hour and emails..Then, while he is at end of his workig in Africa his mom slips in the shower but his brother gave him VAGUE story (red flag) and she did die of head injury after he got there and had to stay another week. I was away that week-. He even sent me his fake flight schedule, had too perfect spelling always but dialect was obvious out of US. Then, at exactly one month he asked me to send him $700.00 to borrow until he met me at the airport(needed to pay his supervisor to get his paycheck expedited) and could pay me back-timin of mom’s death was my question.Close to finishing his project in Africa when mom falls.Even sent me pics of the warehouse he was building and on the tractor in Africa.I did not give this man a dime.My RED FLAGS were he was way too precise and too deep and pushing a relationship, did mix up once with telling me he thought my friend was coming with us to meet me,called me from Africa early on not like his Questioned his accent in my mind. Just google accents to check. Also, this man claimed to have done so well in his career that he wanted to travel the world and could afford to pay for me. FLAG, when I got back from vaca he left a message on my voicemail the name he gave was NOT ADAM.

August 14, 2013 at 12:57 pm
(363) cindy says:

i was on date site senior this guy tet me over the weeks he was in malaysia i have tried search every where on my onw but it says to pay i have no money this is his name jerry trombley 56 years lod said he just open computer software co. funtrombley1956@gmail.com if you could find out any thing for me before i meet him thanx cindy

August 14, 2013 at 8:45 pm
(364) Lee says:

Cindy,
Right up front, I doubt you will ever “see” Jerry T.
Malaysia is not a good indicator. I did try to do a search on his e-mail for you. The best result I got was that this e-mail is on 72 networks. (eg. facebook… ) This too is something I have found common with scammers. Come on, what normal person puts themselves out there on 72 networks. Just be very careful, Cindy. And give him NO MONEY, no matter what story he may feed you. Good luck.

August 16, 2013 at 4:45 pm
(365) Sad Sister says:

For those of you who did not fall for the scammer, if someone had prior knowledge, would you have wanted them to tell you or let you find out on your own? My sister is talking to one of the guys mentioned above. I checked him out bc he sounded too good to be true, and apparently he is. She will never fall for sending him anything, not in a million years. So should I tell her and hurt her as well as risk embarrassing her or let her find out on her own and be able to tell everyone it just didn’t work out?

August 16, 2013 at 10:01 pm
(366) Kathy says:

I’ve got a live one right now!
David Taylor, met him on datehookup about two weeks ago.
He is in Ghana right now doing an engineer contract job.
They won’t let him have his container that has all the stuff in it that he needs to work with.
He is about to ask me for money.
I’m pretending to believe him.
His wife and son died in a car crash 10 years ago.
His daughter lives with his mother in Germany.
He has a german accent.
He told me that he loved me when we first started talking and now he calls me his wife and his queen.
Sound familiar to anyone???

August 17, 2013 at 1:34 am
(367) Laura says:

Hi Kathy….if you go to the site “Scamwarners.com” you will see the many faces of David Taylor!!

August 17, 2013 at 5:25 pm
(368) Lee says:

For Sad Sister: I truley wish I had known about these scams before I got taken. Your sister will be embarrased and hurt when he gets done with her. Better she know before he snakes his way into her bank accouts. Tell her then have her read all these postings.

For Kathy: concerning David Taylor, I have heard his name before. Too many times. He is a frequent scammer. Although my contact went by a different name, I see a lot of similarities this you “German” “husband.”

August 18, 2013 at 11:29 pm
(369) Darlene says:

Has anyone heard of Scott Schweizer. Lives in Edmonton but is working in Caracus. He is on Match.com. His profile name is datingnewbie104.

May be trouble!

August 19, 2013 at 8:57 pm
(370) Elaine says:

Further to my comment #347 – This guy Marc W. Carruthers has opened another Facebook account – using the same name, profile picture is of two children (not the same two as in his previous page). When you go into “About” and click on “See all” – he has his script there..almost the exact wording he used to reply to my msgs on facebook. I’ve copied some of it below – he even has a different name in there!! Can’t make his mind up who he is!! He has two parts written and the second half is written in better English…obviously copied and pasted from other profiles he’s plagerizing……aghhh….these people are just so ridiculous! Beware if you get any random friend requests from him….
http://facebook.com/Carruthers193

“I`m Sebastian Steve by name, but friends call me engr Sabastian. Im a Private Contractor that Handles contract for oil companies both in USA and in other states. I work offshore, as an Electrical Engr. I am in an Oil rig 400 nautical miles into the seas of America , i am presently working with chevron Oil Company in california…..I have been in this job for about 21yrs now ,i have being widowed for 3yrs now.I enjoyed being a married man but didn’t have much time to enjoy my marriage before my wife died of cancer..I am from a very small and quiet family although my parents are dead now.
I have a little boy of 6yrs old going on 7yrs soon and a girl 9. he is George by name nice kid to talk with. i am a man who is nice,caring,honest,God fearing, Sincere, good sense of humor and Understanding..I have a dogs named shaggy and jojo but he is . do u care about pets?. I love reading the Bible,novels,poets and i do compose some myself.Maybe later on i will send u some..I love watching movies such as Romance,comedy,thriller and Tv Shows…I listen to music like R & B,Gospel and Kids songs(like Sing along) cos i love children.. …”. ***Blah blah blah…..pathetic!!

August 21, 2013 at 4:58 pm
(371) Abby says:

I met this guy on Datehookup.com goes by the name Frank Owen. He said he lives in Phil., PA but currently in Ghana because a construction project. He has his own business so called Frank Enterprise. He completed a construction job their building a high school consist of 3 separate buildings. He claims the company has issued a check for payment in the amount $1.2 million for the completed job. But needs to paid taxes before he could return back home to Phil. PA. But does not have the money to pay the taxes of almost $4,000. So he asked me if I could help him out. The job was completed in April 2013. the company is paying for him to stay at a hotel including food since Dec 2012 to current. I told him I do not believe him. I think this is a scam.

August 21, 2013 at 5:04 pm
(372) Abby says:

I forgot to mentioned in my previously message that Frank Owen also gave me his email address and phone number. His email address is frank.owen50@yahoo.com and 2 different phone #;s 1-267-417-4591 & 1-267-645-9136

August 22, 2013 at 11:51 am
(373) Lee says:

Abby,
I don’t know if this helps or not. With limited time to search I found the 4591 phone# to be a landline in N Wales PA and the 9136 ph# to be a landline in Lansdale PA. I also looked up the e-mail address. The picture that came up for that e-mail is of a young-ish black man with a shaved head. I realize political correctness would have me say African-American. But really, in all likely hood if you are on this site the American part probably does not apply. Good Luck.

August 22, 2013 at 10:35 pm
(374) Lee says:

Abby,
My appologies. I didn’t read your first post till just now. This guy sounds so much like the guy I dealt with. Did he give you a bank site to go to so you would see how much money he had? This would be to show how much he trusted you and so you could trust him? Don’t buy it !!! Next he will need airfare. Then just as he is about to get on the plane there will be another crisis and he will miss his flight and probably need your help $$$$ for some other reason so that he can get home to you and pay back the money he owes you. My “guy” was building an orphanage.

These guys have so many things incommon. In addition to Match.com and yahoo, they have jobs that are not very specific. Construction of some sort, engineering … etc….. no family. Only child and parents dead. Soul custody of a young child who need a mother. If he gave you an address for his “home” in Phil. PA try to google it. My guy’s house (not) was in the middle of a rural road. The closest building to that spot was a farm shed.

Have you tried the phone #s he gave you? I did. I got a recording that the 267 645 9136 is a non-working number. and after ringing a very, very long time on the other number I got a voice mail “Frank was beezy, leave a message.” I don’t know anyone who say busy that way, do you?

Are you conviced yet, Abby? Sweety, you need to drop this guy NOW.

August 23, 2013 at 3:33 pm
(375) Robin says:

Just dumped a scammer I met on match. Boy are they good! His ex had his kids in FL (“near Orlando”) while he was tending to his consrruction company business in Penang, Malaysia. Parents deceased in 96. Brother still in Wales, he was a drug addict so “Chris Bale” had nothing to do with him. Im’ing me 24/7. Kept telling me he had fallen in live with me. After 5 days! I wrote the U.S. Consulate in Oenang and they oromotly told me WATCH OUT!. All his emails were cut and pasted from http://www.lovingyou.com. Unbellievable. I feel more warnings should be put on dating sites but the ultimate responsibility lies with YOU. Be verrrrry cautious. This guy went by Chris Bale, which Im sure is only one of dozens of names he uses. People, DO NOT KIST YOUR INCOME ON THESE DATING SITES! I did and I think that was foolish.

August 29, 2013 at 1:21 pm
(376) Angela Neubaum says:

I too have been scammed by a gentleman who claimed to be Chris Bruno. Claimed he lived in New Albany, Oh. Said his wife died of cancer and he lost his 15 year old son in a car accident. We chatted for over a month and he sent me flowers, candy, and a stuffed animal, I really felt flattered. Then he says that he has to go to Ghanna for his last contract of building estate homes on his 200 plots.
It wasn’t long until he said that his money voucher could not be cashed for 10 days and wanted me to send him money, that he would pay back, as soon as he returned home. I told him no, I didn’t have money to send him, then he asked me to send him food and a pair of sandals. I said no . He was not a happy camper and said he was going to starve with no money or food. I told him that was not my problem.

I didn’t hear from him for several days, I did some investigating on my own and found out the flowers, candy and stuffed animal were bought with a stolen credit card in California. He denied it, of course. I decided to play along and see what else this sleaze bag had up his sleeve. We chatted again for about 3 weeks he tells me that one of his clients would be wiring him some money but he wouldn’t wire it out of the states, so he wanted me to open an account in my name so that the wire would go into my account and then wire it to him. I said nope I wouldn’t do it. Then I proceeded to tell him that I knew how that worked and wanted to be not part of a scam. He got all bent out of shape and called me a fake and he wouldn’t contact me again. I have not heard from him since.
Ladies be very careful, these guys are good. I would love to play around with all these scammers and turn them in but who or what could a person do when they are out of the country?

September 6, 2013 at 7:21 pm
(377) Jean says:

Any one heard of a Tony vandirk Gomez? from Holland? Presently in the Kuala Lumpur Malaysia area.

September 6, 2013 at 7:50 pm
(378) Jean says:

Sadly, I was scammed :( I also met him on Match.com. He called himself Tony vandirk Gomez, He was from Holland and his story was that he was divorced 2-3 years ago. His wife “cheated on him”. He was living in Brooklyn, working in NYC and was planning to start a new business in Toronto, Canada. The business was a jewellery business…he introduced me to an online site called “Britegemstone”. After swooning me for 3 weeks he left for Malaysia to buy gems. Of course on his way (showing his return flight itinerary…Qatar airlines) his gems were confiscated by crooked customs officials who demanded money for their release. And the story goes on and on…

September 6, 2013 at 7:51 pm
(379) Jean says:

Tony vandirk Gomez —part 2

Tony had a love for country music… of course all the love songs. He like Kenny Chestney however, Brad Paisley was his fave. Oh yes, he was very wealthy and was into fossil fuels, apparently that is how he made his money…however, he was not able to get access to his own money to bail him out of his own money problems when he needed it. He said that he was an only child and his mother was Spanish and dad was dutch. He had a 10 yr old son Anthony (Tony Jr) in Holland with the x-wife (maria). He was very attentive through texting and regular daily phone calls. We did see each other once through yahoo online video messaging. His likeness was the same as the photos he sent. He was very smooth, and he was quite likeable. Sadly, he said all the right things. There were a ton of red flags, but love will make you stupid… make you only want to believe what you desire as opposed to what is real. There were at least 4 other people involved in this scam. One being the Malay customs officer, a financial securities person from Montreal, a Malaysian lawyer and a good work friend from britegemstone in NYC that I spoke to on numerous occasions. He still contacts me…matter of fact a got a text from him today… stupid man!!! WORD OF ADVISE…. ONLINE DATING IS GREAT…JUST MAKE SURE YOU MEET THEM!!!
On a happier note, I did go back on to Match and found an amazing man who lives in my neck of the woods and I can touch :)
I told Tony about him…I’m sure that pissed him off LOL.

September 12, 2013 at 5:58 pm
(380) Aj. Marsh says:

Im sure my friend is being douped at the moment she has entered into a on line relationship with a man who claims he is working for a co called Global Oil and has been employed by the Nigerian Govt who now wont release his wages untill he swears an affadavit which is going to cost 3000Uk stirling. He has already failed to show up off a flight from Lagos claiming he was in hospital, I have put all the weirdness to her and she is in total denile. I have asked her for all his info and iv checked out his so called F.B. page and its ropey to say the least. His Name is supposed to be Richard Williams he is saying he is from Harrow Middx England. he says hes 39. I also will show him this if he turns out to be genuine and I hope he will love my friend as much as I do.

September 14, 2013 at 4:03 pm
(381) Tina Louise says:

I just spent hours reading all these posts. About 2 years ago I caught on to the scamming patterns quickly. I also found some very good advice and an easy search engine for this. Words of advise:
1. The pics are stolen from innocent people from anywhere on line. So don’t blame the person who’s also a victim of this, and more importantly, don’t look at that picture and connect that good looking man with the fake words you are reading and hearing. It’s easy to fall for it. But just remember, the people behind these are scum and low lifes all sitting at a computer sending you crap. Picture that!
2. Scammers are always upping their game & you giving them the information about how you identify they’re a scammer only gives them more ammo to up their game. They all used to be widowed, from Russia, into textiles, precious metals. Now they’re using new MO, like South Africa, Mylasia, divorced, engineers, oil companies, etc. But the theme is still the same.
3. First email is long & mushy & immediately giving you a yahoo or gmail acct. because they can’t be traced. All end in a central routing station in Cal. And they really prefer IM because that can’t be traced.
4. They will continually change their names, email addresses and IMs. They are reading these posts right now. Go read #119. He reached out to his “love” with a guilt trip, and with terrible grammar/English I might add. I only hope she didn’t really fall for it again. She did post that she is giving him a second chance after seeing his post. Someone did plead with her not to fall for it. I hope she listened.

September 14, 2013 at 4:11 pm
(382) Tina Louise says:

5. Scammers are posting on here that this is “A great blog” encouraging more info so they can up their game. You can clearly identify their poor English. Read #381.
6. The best thing you can do is SPREAD THE WORD, cut them off, don’t send money!!!! And don’t let on that you know! I like the idea of spreading the word on Facebook! It will spread like wild fire so I’m in on that!
7. You can download the pic & put it into Google images. that’s how I found the first scammer was some male actor who’s photos were stolen.

Finally, here’s some info on one that came on to me on POF (there were others but they quickly hid when I didn’t bite).
Screen name Mark8274
email: sparklynshymoore@gmail.com
Yahoo IM: stephen_m14
And HERE’S THE OPENING EMAIL: This shits so deep I need boots! LOL!!!!
hello there
I was searching for my heart angel and my soulmate when i saw your ravishing look and wonderful profile ,which really swept me off my feet and i was so impressed,that made me drop you these few lines to let you know that I’m very much interested in you.I’m not on here much but i would like to continue this conversation further on my personal email address like i said earlier I’m not here much. My email is sparklynshymoore@gmail.com and my yahoo messenger is stephen_m14 feel free to write me so that i can share more pictures with you.Have a lovely week ahead.x

Stephen

Funny his name is Stephen and his screen name is Mark.
I told him his email was blocked at my end and they do that for protection. So he asked for my email and I didn’t give it to him. I said “well this is email so ask away!” No response!
Also says he’s from Fairfax, Va. but his interests include exploring Ohio!!
The handsome man in the pic is actually T. D. (initials only to protect the innocent) in San Francisco, has a LinkedIn acct and a dating site. That could be the victim of his profile pics being stolen and used by the scum bag in Africa

September 15, 2013 at 12:51 am
(383) Tina Louise says:

I had another long post continuing from the above but it didn’t post.
Look at #381. That’s another one.
So I just did a search pasting the opening line of an email I received on a dating site and it matched another scammer’s email, only it was a female traced to Russia, using an innocent girls pic.
SCUM!

September 15, 2013 at 9:32 pm
(384) Tina Louise says:

Got another live one, using the name Stephen Moore. Profile on plenty of fish is under screen name Mark 5273. Email is gmail so can’t trace IP but claims to be Italian, as a reason for his “accent when we talk”. LLONNNGGGGG mushy email, leaving for impromptu trip to Maylasia to sell hospital medical equipment. Probably because my profile says I’m a nurse.
Beware all

September 17, 2013 at 7:14 pm
(385) Anonyomous says:

Has anyone heard of Raymond Bernard? weumarms4her was username on match.com. Said he was from Indiana but his phone number was California. He told me lived there for 3 months then moved to IN just before going abroad to to Russia. Claimed to be an international building contractor and also an Oil Prospector, I buy and sell crude Oil from various parts of the country and sell in the states. Also said he lived in Denmark all my life, that was where I was born. He lost both in an auto crash 4yrs ago on there way back from Paris, life has been a great challenge for I and my daughter but we thank God for everything because he has been there for I and my daughter at all time. He sent me his cell phone number and asked me to chat on IM Yahoo Messenger. He asked me to send money about 3 weeks after courting me online. He texted me one day said it was urgent and if he did not get this money he lose his oil shipment.

September 18, 2013 at 5:46 pm
(386) Suzy says:

I winked at Robert Murray Good Friend on Match last May. He winked right back and asked me to text him. By that day we were talking on the phone and within 3 weeks he had won an electrical engineering contract in West Africa. The story was very intricate and well written. He was well spoken , supposedly born of a Spanish mother and Irish father, the parents missionaries in Europe. They had both died within the last ten years. he He was so smooth and when he asked me to help him make the decision about the contract in W. Africa I had fallen for him. He included me as a husband did. Then, he asked for Iphone5s to help him and his workers wire the Gold mine 2 hours south of Accra.

He texted me every hour of every day and we made phone love in the nights. I had never felt so loved. When the electrical wiring job was complete he was awarded his 4 million dollar check and given a gift of a chest of little gold bricks. He sent me a picture of it and said he spent all of his money, 1.5 million on the job and expenses. He needed 13,500 to pay a change of ownership fee to take possession of the gold to bring it home with him.

I had known in my real self he wasn’t real , but his love was a drug for me, who had never had such needs met. I still love how I felt and what I learned about my childhood. I am in therapy, putting the interior puzzle pieces of my life together. Even though I spent 5,000 dollars on this
puzzle, it was worth it and all who fall prey to these men have so much to learn about what holes are in their hearts.

When I put his Match picture in google images he came up a commercial actor in the UK.

It is September and I still e mail him to help myself articulate my feelings. Once I do it it I feel further from the situation. My needs have
not gone away and sometimes I am desperate to talk to him. I was in love with a voice. His accent I now believe is perhaps Costa Rican

September 22, 2013 at 10:25 am
(387) Sandra says:

I was going to be scammed by Marcos Villata when I discovered his email word for word written by another gentleman on a scam site. He is a handsome Italian with an accent (possibly German . He claimed he worked for Agir investment company. By the second long email he told me that he didn’t need match.com because he was everything I needed and he wanted to be part of my life.he had to travel to England. Beautiful writer and stumbled over his words when I told him I found his wonderful letter on a scam site. He hung up! Watch out he is good .

September 29, 2013 at 2:48 pm
(388) Carmen says:

Has anyone ever heard of Blake Darling? Email: blakedarling1@gmail.com I don’t remember his Match handle, but I’m sure it’s not active. I started emailing him last week, and I don’t even remember contacting him on match, but somehow I did. Anyways, for the past week, I have been trying to search his name online etc, and finally, I found this website. I have read countless of stories that sound exactly like this guy. He is 45/46, widowed, wife died from cancer 5 years ago, parent died in a crash when he as 19, but he has no kids. He is supposed to be from Tx, but currently in CA for business and OMG, today he leaves for Africa for a new and his last contract. Mindblowing. He hasn’t asked for money, yet, but I am sure now, that it will be coming. He sent me 2 pictures which come up empty when I search the images. I did find him on facebook, with 1 picture being liked, and I did reach out to the person that liked it. She is in FL and has friends/family on her page, but no Blake. I shall see if I hear from her. I don’t even remember what I emailed him, but he wont tell me when I ask.

September 29, 2013 at 2:51 pm
(389) Carmen says:

Continuing from previous comment: I have constantly been cautious of him because he’s just to “I can’t ait to meet you” “you’re so beautiful”…it sounds nice, but he hasn’t even met me personally. Anyways, I have been praying to God to give me a sign if he his legit, and I think God just answered me. Here is part of his first email which sounds a lot like what’s been posted before.Thanks for the email on match.com and i hope you get this, i just wanna let you know that i enjoyed reading your email and you seem like a very good and caring lady and I wouldn’t mind if i can know more about you ….though I work as much as I could but I get too lonely and come back home to find no one to say “how was your day?” now that is not right. I am single man.I am ready to meet someone to share my life with….I enjoy working out, camping, golf, traveling , reading and spendingtime with friend though i don’t have much friends . I love meeting new people. I also enjoy cuddling up on the couch by the fireside and watch a good movie.I consider myself a honest and open guy and enjoy giving and receiving affection.

September 29, 2013 at 2:52 pm
(390) Carmen says:

More from previous comment”
I work independently as a Petroleum engineer and put a smile on my face always as an easy going person and easy to get along with. I am a gentleman at all times and I respect the person I am with.I am looking for a beautifully minded woman who loves living and letting others live as much as I do! I guess the bestway to describe myself is that I’m a nice guy who is considerate and respectful of other people’s feelings. I am compassionate, a great listener, and not afraid to show my emotions. I believed not only in what a woman looks like but her heart plays the most important role tome cause I want a real and a serious relationship with the right woman. You can bet I am too old for Games. I’m a man, who thinks it’s more important to come home and spend quality time with my partner instead of hanging out at the bar or out there doing some othersstuffs. I also enjoy traveling….. it nice seeing new places and meeting new people from different parts of the world.

September 30, 2013 at 9:29 am
(391) singapore says:

30 September 2013. On Facebook, more than 1 yr later decided to email back the previous message. So this guy john wilson, replies says he is looking for serious commitment. Widowed n has a 17 yrs old daughter. Now living in canada calling me every night. Than all of a sudden says got a contract job meetings with petronas malaysia n staying sheraton. Took 3 days to fly to malaysia. Odd. So I ask if you travel till when the plans. My concern was leaving a young child alone was very scary. Than said got her teacher, very close to her. One morning, my call wascut off. I heard in thebavkground a strong male voice. Said from canada but the english sounds mexican? South american, very not english accent. So than he said from brazil long time. Ha made sense than. Giving talks like my aunt sayinb how to lead a good life, saying pray every night n loves god.
Everynight must call n check where I am. I am wondering would I really marry such a man. No. Its crazy.
This morning said got robbed in malaysia by motorcycle snatch theif. So odd early morninb walk bring bag passport n mastercard. Called me panting, than as usual I said call the bank, n make report. Go inline do internet banking to the hotel so you can withdrawn cash. Than the call came back so fast, n said report made. I am thinking it take like a few hours to make report in malaysia. Even in singapore it takes at least 40 mins. So I said can I call petronas for him , since e is their contractors, they ard the nearest to help him, so near. One phone call, office blocks away.
Than asked me to loan 2k, n never said pay back schedule. Than reduce 1 k. I would think for people we dont know n have never met, we should have passport copy, police report. Verfied w embassy n bank, before we

September 30, 2013 at 9:31 am
(392) singapore says:

Continue..on john wilon . We should not send any money. But I learn now, those face book pictures were most likely stolen. Clever trick.old pictures. No sure why so many in malaysia. If you pray everytime you meet a man, lets get god approval, very soon those bad man will be blown open, that was what I prayed.
This morning all of sudden,

October 9, 2013 at 9:09 pm
(393) Anonymous says:

Ladies beware of maxwell Anderson of britegemstone in new york. He’s a scammer, he say he’s widow with a 8 years old daughter, wife died in a car accident 3 years a Go, gone to Malaysia to buy gems for his business in New York 119 maiden lane New York New York. Need money to clear custom.. Ladies business people used credit card on out of town trip on business. Don’t be fool and his mom Mary is a part of the scheme, they are all fake scammer, he’s name doesn’t exist. He’s on interracial, big and beautiful, black people meet, he very handsome and smile…don’t be taken

October 13, 2013 at 4:36 am
(394) annoyed says:

Anyone heard of a Ernest Dickens. Similar story to most others, but my Mother will not believe it is a scam. Yahoo email address, Engineer working on the Oil rigs in Ghana. Widowed man with a daughter in University n Finland. She has also emailed Mum inviting Mum to her wedding next year, and how excited she is that her poor Dad has found someone lovely. We know she has sent him a phone, and we are worries what happens next

October 16, 2013 at 10:58 am
(395) Adey says:

Has anyone heard of a David Michael, an American living in Nigeria who claims to be from Virginia. My best friend is talking to him and has just mentioned money, he has not yet asked for any, they have been speaking for about 4 months. Any advice please

October 18, 2013 at 7:13 pm
(396) SL says:

Has anyone ran into a man, who claims he is from Italy, but raised in Canada, working out of Boston as a CIA agent.
Has 3 daughters. Wife died of cancer 8 or 10 years ago?
He goes on missions, including Syria.
He flies planes, parachutes.
Hes even built a crib for one of his grandkids.
His daughter was recently shot and killed by a FBI or some typ eo familiar work mission.
He doesn’t Skype.
Every time you try to meet up, there is always an excuse.
He has a nephew that lives with him, that will also communicate with you.
He claims to be Christian, go to church.
Has money. Owns homes in Italy, Toronto, Boston, etc.
Can track your phone.
He has lighter hair though, like a Northern Italian look?

Does this ring true to anyone???!

October 19, 2013 at 10:47 pm
(397) Elaine says:

To SL….it sounds too good to be true! What is his name? I’ve never encountered anyone quite like that….but he sounds like one of the usual scammers. The wife being gone, travelling, “big” career….all sounds familiar but not true. I’ve had three men contact me on Facebook sending friend requests – but when I ask them how they know me…..they say they just “found” me or facebook recommended me. They all have the same type of “career” ….oil rig jobs, wife gone, children, etc . etc. They all call me “dear” and their communication is very broken English yet they live in the likes of Scotland, etc,…supposedly. Two of them had their facebook pages taken down due to being spam or engaging in appropriate contact. Don’t know what is wrong with these people…but as long as people keep falling for their scams, they will keep appearing…be very cautious and run very fast when they start asking for money!

October 20, 2013 at 7:14 pm
(398) Joel says:

I think the worst part about this kind of crap happening is that many of you are just as pathetic for falling for their lies! Do you really think an American abroad will be in a spot where they would be robbed blind, or lose their personal belongings overboard, in Lagos? Really? Ya’ll must be very desperate for love to send your hard earned cash to some scammer scumbag. If you figure out their bull, and are playing with the bastards, then good job. I’ve worked in entomology and do get a fair share of animal and insect trader scammers, from the same countries, and if the ask for a ridiculous amount of money, and want you to send it via western union, then they are scammers. lol

October 22, 2013 at 9:33 pm
(399) Lana says:

I have read so many comments….many sound so familiar. Has anyone heard of Gene.keeler@ymail.com. He is on AYI. only has one or two photos on 2 or 3 facebook pages. hehehehehe .French, has a definite accent, lives in Oklahoma, buys and sells electronics. 47 and a widower. has a home in Paris, France. Calls me sweetness and baby. and has set up 2 new fb accounts because he can’t remember his password. I would appreciate any info.

October 28, 2013 at 12:04 pm
(400) Laura says:

Watch out for Alvin McCarthy on Match.com. It is a scam. Fortunately I was wise enough to question everything that he said to me. Claims he is working in Nigeria building a hotel and living with his 8 year old son. He goes by spanish_guitar65@yahoo.com. He sent me pics of his and his son and claims to live in Dallas, Tx. Had a few conversations then he asked to borrow money. I called him out on his scam and said I blocked his cell # off of my phone. His cell #817-554-8476.

October 30, 2013 at 12:12 am
(401) Iodete says:

Another scammer Kelly Davis, he is a master in romance. He found me in Christian Mingle. He said he is an engineer working in Road construction in Accra, Ghana. Now he finished his contract and want I open one checking account in my name for his contractor to deposit his money. I cannot believe I heard such thing. His profile sound as # 371 from Abby.

October 31, 2013 at 6:33 am
(402) Eva says:

Does anyone know a man named Mark Rossi from Cary Us ..a widower with on son….whom is in Accra Africa on business ..I would love to hear about it…

October 31, 2013 at 12:06 pm
(403) Donna says:

Hi Debbie (comment 164) I was just hit up by michael_ro22@live.com So glad you posted this! It was initial contact only, but I did give him my email address. I hope I recalled the message in time……. I did tell him to “knock it off, scumbag!”

November 4, 2013 at 2:39 pm
(404) melynda says:

I was targeted for a scam on match. The man went by the name of Romeo Antonio. Claimed to be a civil engineer working in West Africa. Claimed to have a son Jeff with him. Said his wallet got stolen with all his papers and cash. his son was going to starve and he would be kicked out on the street if I didnt send him money. I suggested he go to the American Embassy. Call his bank, Talk to his employer. All suggestions were met with an excuse why that didn’t /couldn’t work. Finally I offered to put him in touch with a friend of mine from the FBI. He actually claimed he had already spoken to them and they couldn’t help him either. Then he started talking about killing himself. At that point I blocked his IM.

November 8, 2013 at 9:25 pm
(405) Brad says:

To Everyone,
Im the son of a mother who has been talking to this guy for the last 2 months… I seriously feel as its a scam.. Has anybody heard of Kelvin Jones? ( aka kelvin parker-parker construction supposedly?

this guy fell in love first week they talked, sent pics bck n forth, from boston, ma usa and doing a construction project in africa.. mortgaged his house etc etc to pay for it.. has a daughter going to college in UK… needs money to pay taxes for his “7.5 million dollar check” before he can leave the country. put in jail n need jail bond money… then his foreman’s wife died and she wasn’t even sick s he had to stay a little longer…

any help?

they talked on “chemistry.com”

November 11, 2013 at 4:04 pm
(406) Anonn says:

Brad YES your Mother is speaking with A Scammer any time they claim to be in Africa especially West Africa doing any kind of Construction it is ALWAYS A Scammer NO exceptions tell your Mom to Educate herself Google Romancescams and also go to Scamwarners and Romancescam ANYTIME your Mom or any other Woman meets any Man online especially claiming to be in Africa doing construction or got robbed or magically stuck in Africa and needs Money it is also ALWAYS a Scam tell your Mom to NEVER send money to someone she does not know and NEVER met face to face tell her to block and delete him and NEVER talk to him again as I said she needs to Educate herself.Anonn

November 15, 2013 at 6:06 am
(407) Sheri says:

What about a guy from New York Randy Mathan, or other name associated evans green. Widowed, has a daughter, and no living parents.

November 18, 2013 at 6:47 am
(408) Iknewit says:

Well ladies here is another name for the list
Nick Richardson
Born in-the states parents dead, raised by aunt. Wife dead no kids. Met him on FB . Works for Ensco ofshore ( oil drilling)
Story is the same. Fell in love w me. Has really hot pictures. We talked and i mentioned that i thought, his accent was south african and not english… anyway long story short i just got 2 frantic calls from him being stuck in Malaysia and neEds $8000. Told him to enjoy jail. Then i found this site. His numbers are no good. Only fb messages.

November 19, 2013 at 7:43 pm
(409) Claris Pluym says:

In response to the story at: http://shine.yahoo.com/work-money/gay-waitress-not-tipped-because-she-affront-god-162900644.html. DearnDayna, Serving in the military is a noble cause but surely you must realize by now that fighting illegal wars is hardly a noble use of noble men and women. The US military has become a machine of death for the deceiver to use at his will, All the noble men and women (such as yourself) are just cogs in that machine to be used as a tool to further the deceivers reach of spreading death and despair. Killing innocent men, women and children is hardly the proper use of a powerful military dont you think? The deceiver has Gods children killing each other and he is very sad to see this happening. The love God has for you and I is uncomparably opposite to the hatred the deceiver has towards us. Being in the military has given you a view of the physical battlefield but are you aware of the spiritual battlefield? Yes believe it or not there is a battle for our souls. You are a fallen soul who has fell victim to the deception of the world. Your choice to be lesbian is only supported by the world because the world is of deception. You are losing this spiritual battle, at this point you are an asset for deceptive forces. The deceiver is using the popularity you brought to this story to further push his agenda to destroy mankind. You are being used as a proxy warrior for the deceiver. Come back to God repent of your sins (as us Christians do everyday) and let the Love of Jesus fill you. We Christians still love you and are sad to see a fellow human consumed by deception. Come back to your natural state and start fighting the good fight. Us Christians will be here in the trenches to risk our lives with you in this spiritual battle. There is no higher power than the power of God. Love, Your Fellow Christian. PS. “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.” Romans 1:24-27

November 23, 2013 at 10:37 pm
(410) Elaine says:

Beware of people contacting you via Facebook to be your friend. People who have no mutual friends and live in way out places. One Jesse Carlos – Contractor, lives in Miami, Florida from Genova, Italy, went to University of Glasgow…..supposedly. He contacted me on facebook saying he wanted to be my friend and get to know me. He is on Romance Scams website as a reported scammer. When I responded to his message and called him on it, he did not respond but blocked me on Facebook! I have been contacted by a few and they all have the same type of story. Be very wary who you accept friend requests from…especially these guys!

November 26, 2013 at 2:00 pm
(411) karen says:

Anyone heard of a woman claims her name is tammy jone. I believe she claims she is in nigeria because her grandmother was sick and she went to help her now she cant get back to the us. Shes told my ex bf probably atleast six times she was on her way to where he is only to have something happen every time. She has scammed him out of a lot of money. I am at my wits end. Breaks my heart cause I cant make him see whats going on. Please help me if u have heard from her email me at karebear4u2@yahoo.com.

November 28, 2013 at 7:45 pm
(412) Shay says:

I believe my friend has been affected for months by one of these scammers, he goes by Bobby Davis, claims to have no family left, except his 5 year-old daughter, her mother died in childbirth, so of course he is a widow, I have been trying everything I can think of to make my friend see, this is a scam, but she has continued to send him money…….she has stepped back some from sending money, however it has already cost her over 15000 dollars, and he continues to try and convince her he still needs more. He claims to be from Fort Worth TX, on a construction crew in Nigeria, he was robbed immediately when got there, stated his boss will not pay him until he returns to the states, even convinced my friend to open an account for supposed deposits, that she could send to him, of course after second transaction, the bank filed charges and she had to repay all the money…..so that just added to the total, he was supposedly going there for 4 weeks, 8 months ago, and one thing after another, being robbed, being sick, unable to pay daycare for daughter…blah, blah blah……he even convinced her to pawn her mother wedding ring, which she ultimately lost because of sending this scum bag money…..any suggestions would be much appreciated

November 30, 2013 at 10:48 pm
(413) shelley says:

Beware of a Michael Hartmann from Match.com.. Says he’s a Civil Engineer in Malaysia. Building a bridge. Is a widower, 48 . Born in Germany moved to US when he was 24 with his wife… lived in Florida until 4 years ago. Now lives in Marion Ohio when not working on contract engineering jobs. Very good looking… sends lots of pictures of himself. Needed to get equipment to complete his bridge job out of customs and was short $8000.0, could I send him the money. Wanted to finish the job and get home so we could meet.

December 2, 2013 at 12:51 am
(414) wildrose says:

Beware of a guy named Collins (Collins David Foster) on Twoo. [You can find him on the following Twoo link.
http://www.twoo.com/1853547071?r=search_all&p=677
He claimed to be from England but his English leaves much to be desired. He says that he is a Driller working with Petronas in Miri, Sarawak. After just a few chats, he claimed that I’m his chosen one and would like to get married. That should be enough to ring warning bells. BTW, men do not ask to get to know older women until they want something, usually money. Further chats reveal that he does not know where Melbourne is and his general knowledge is pretty limited. I have not been cheated but I think I should warn others. The pictures he put on his profile belong to the actor, Johnathan Hamm from the series, “Mad Men”. The following link is one of the photos that Collins used as his. http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/mad-men-season-premiere-recap-the-jumping-off-point-20130407
Even if Collins is real, there is something suspicious about someone who wants to use someone else’s photo as his own.

December 3, 2013 at 9:23 pm
(415) missymo says:

Match.com Scammer
Name: Harold David Stein
Handle: MrCuddle62
Email: hstein62@yahoo.com
Telephone: 813-324-1951
Profile:
Email Communication #1: hi, I m harold, really lovely to meet you, went…

hi, I m harold, really lovely to meet you, went through your profile and i think u sound really nice,

and maybe you are exactly the one for me, I ll really like to know more about you, and offcourse tell you more about me.

I m a very caring man, understanding and trustworthy, if you don’t mind you can reach me on 8133241951 or hstein62//at//yahoo//dot//com because i m hardly on this site.

Really hope to hear from you.

Email Communication #2: Here is a Little more about me,I am single widower from Germany ,i lost my wife five years ago to cervical cancer and i have no kids .I feel it is time i move forward and search for the woman of my dreams.I am looking for someone who understands love and knows what love is.

I am a civil engineer, I am into construction of new structures or renovations of old ones, and so on, I am hardly here because of the type of work i do, thats why i gave you my phone number, you can text me anytime
Thanks
Harold

“Was on way to Manilla, got a contract to work on bridge in Manilla, Philippines. Bulldozer damaged, asked for money, Hurricane disaster occurred…work got delayed…asked for more money…gave me three different bank account…UNABLE TO COMPLETE PROJECT, RAN OUT OF FUNDS, WANTED TO GET HOME TO BE WITH ME…SAID HE LIVED IN TAMPA

Professed love in two weeks, very smooth and very intelligent scammer. Ladies, any questions feel free to post and I’ll respond with more info. DO NOT

December 16, 2013 at 7:13 am
(416) gwynneth says:

Hi! I met this man called John fred . He emailed me and told me that he is a global engineer. His father died when he was 7. His mother was a French orphan and lives in Portugal. He caught his wife on their marriage bed with his best friend . then he says his wife was a fashion model. A few days later I phone him and he does not sound Portuguese but Nigerian. He sends me more emails professing his love for me after 2 days. then I dont hear from him for a day. Then he emails me saying he is crying as his 13 year old daughter had a terrible accident. I phone him and he sounds terrible. Then he mails me asking for $800 as he only paid the doctor $1200 but he needs $800 to complete the treatment for his daughter who has typhoid fever and he will pay me back. I tell him that I am sorry but I dont have that money and I never hear from him again. Thank God

December 19, 2013 at 5:00 am
(417) Chloe says:

Has anyone heard of a Robert Byant doing this sort of dating scam?

December 19, 2013 at 3:05 pm
(418) sistah says:

Mine were named frank jimmy and tedd mcleans, met them on christiancirclering,both travel to africa for jobs, sounds like same guys as the rest….widowers, one kid…sweetie, honey, dear, professing love and marriage, they want to move fast! one to get his inheritance, which of course he would split 30% with the wife according to his dad’s will, lol…they seem to always use the same catch words, so its easy to see they have been trained…. i ask them right off the bat now, where do you travel outside the u.s.? and i tell them i would worry, cuz if anything happened while they were traveling i have no money or connections to help them out! then they go away…

December 22, 2013 at 4:34 pm
(419) missymo says:

Continuation of Post (413)
1. Scammers use the TEXTNOW app and web-interface to create “bogus” local numbers. The system can send and receive text messages and also phone calls.

2. Ladies, these Scammers use fictitious names and different profile names, however they tend to use the same photos over and over again.

3. I have the photos of a guy who is in black blazer, turquoise t-shirt, jeans and tortoiseshell square eyeglasses. He is tall and thin, standing with arms folded, wearing black watch on left side of his wrist. The backdrop is a will lit “living room” setting with colorful walls.

If you think you’ve seen this photo, contact me.

December 22, 2013 at 11:37 pm
(420) Lulu says:

Richard_Marcus@aol.com is definitely a scammer.
Phone number is 60162826565 or 6169162934
Second number on hot list is Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Does anyone know someone using the email address as RRichard_Marcus@aol.com. He says he owns a gem stones business. His widow and has a 5 year old daughter. And his wife died of lung cancer. And he lives iv Virginia Beach Virginia.

December 24, 2013 at 1:25 am
(421) Linda says:

Beware of a man called Lawrence Alvin. He introduces himself as Alvin and “found” me on FB. He has a bare bones profile which should have been my first clue. He says he is 47, single father with a daughter named Sonia. He is (surprise) a Civil Engineer who specializes in building materials both inside and outside the country. Says he is from Brussels, Belgium but currently living more than 6 years in Alabama. He called me and he did sound European but was hard to tell exactly what because his accent was so thick I could barely understand him. He hasn’t asked for money yet but his messages I all found have been copied and pasted from love poem and romance sites and I have also found his EXACT same words on many scam reporting sites. He also claims to be from AL but his number came up Bronx, NY and something about Voip. You know what the sad thing is that I was accepted to go to a study abroad in Ghana next year for my school as I am majoring in communications and minor in global studies, but now I do not want to go ANYWHERE near Africa and will try instead to apply for a different country. I hate these African scum.

December 24, 2013 at 1:30 am
(422) Debbie says:

Has anyone heard of Jacob Bowman? email is Jacobowman@live.com and I’ve attached his facebook. I’ve been corresponding with him since early Oct and have sent him money. I’m fairly sure I have been scammed and have reported it to the Sheriff’s Office. Any other advise?

December 27, 2013 at 1:03 am
(423) Amanda says:

There’s a scammer on plenty of fish calling himself Dale Wescott. He claims to be a widow, with a daughter in Australia. He also mentions being in London England working on “projects”. He asks to go to private email right away and after a few messages starts talking about how he’s falling in love with you. He might also go by the name Dale Holly.

December 27, 2013 at 1:07 am
(424) amanda says:

There’s a scammer on plenty of fish going by Dale Wescott. He claims to speak French, is a widow, and has a daughter in Australia. Nothing he says adds up and after a few messages he says he’s falling in love etc.

December 27, 2013 at 1:57 am
(425) amanda says:

Forgot to mention – Dale Wescott also goes by Dale Holly or uses a fake email address daleholly210@yahoo. He’s also on a seniors single site, this time claiming he lives in San Diego.

December 27, 2013 at 11:51 am
(426) KittyB says:

How about Robert Pierce. Good looking man with red hair, pictured with a dog and a niece. From Scotland, worked in Canada, is a gemologist and is in Ghana acquiring gemstones. Everything in the country is so expensive he needs me to send him money…blah, blah, blah. robertperice47@yahoo.com. says he lives in Harker Heights, TX. Sent pics of his house/pool. Fell in love with me the first week! He first asked me to send some money to a lady that had some of his gemstones and she could not afford to ship them to his home. Next he asked me to send him money so he could eat as he had spent all of his money and they didn’t take credit cards. Next he needed me to send him money to get his gemstones shipped. Then money so he wouldn’t have to wait on a bank transfer to come home to meet me. Goodness, these scammers will stop at nothing! If they sound too good to be true, they are. Really think things through. Come on ladies, don’t be so eager that you will fall for their phony stories. I will admit it is funny to see what the next story will be…I’m waiting on that right now! Mr. Pierce will not get anything out of me.

December 30, 2013 at 4:05 am
(427) jojogrrl says:

i have been communicating with a man called Bernard Raymond (or Bernard Ray) for about a month. He is a petrochemical engineer, born in Bristol UK and schooled in Hong Kong, France and Spain. Has a definite French accent. He says he is 46. He contacted me through plenty of fish. His name is dearray67. He was supposed to meet me in Sydney on the 29th December but his steel did not clear customs in Liverpool.

He says he hasn’t got enough money to clear his stuff through customs. His brother has loaned him some but he is still short.

He is blonde with a golden tan and about 6ft tall. His profile pic is of him in a dark blue polo shirt and sunglasses with his thumb up.

Anyone know anything?

January 8, 2014 at 8:49 pm
(428) Sharon says:

any man getting scammed by a woman from Las Vegas, who sends cash for it to be sent to workers at her fathers gold mine in Africa by way of Western Union. Husband died 3 years ago, both parents are gone, and has a small girl who is now sick in the hospital, they don’t know what is wrong with her.

January 10, 2014 at 4:57 pm
(429) diane says:

A guy names Henri Richardson out of Malaysia, Meet him on match.com under the name lovelockdown1200. Stated he lived in Austin/Buda texas. I s a single father to a 12 year old boy. Wife and him divorced and then she died. He states her parents live close by and help with his son’s care when he travels for business. Long of the short he went to Malaysia for a proposal and according to him won it out of 9. Then he needed to come up with legal fees $90,0000.00 he never asked me for a dime. Then he asked me for 1800.00 USD to be wired to

Henri Richardson
address: JLN 2/12, 9 Taman Mutiara Indah, Selangor, Malaysia 47100. via western union. I said I will send it western union Via OCS via the state department to the nearest US embassy. He said he was not by an embassy, Basically at this point I was conflicted. I continued to read peoples experiences and I saw where you can put their picture into Google images. Once I did that I got lots of accounts with his picture under different names and states. Different educational levels. I also found the real person the picture was of and I have attempted to tell him someone is using his picture to defraud women.

Lesson I have learn trust your gut. Never put you are a widow even if you are. Don’t go on a date or communicate with anyone till you google image there photos. Never give your info, or money to a stranger.

January 10, 2014 at 7:35 pm
(430) diane says:

I was a target of a internet dating scam.

Henri Richardson
lovelockdown1200 on Match.com
1-512-765-6265
He states he lives in texas. I took his pictures from match.com and did google images came back with multiple dating sites will his pictures. The pictures actually belong to someone else who lives in Florida I have contacted him. Please do not put you are a widow on a dating site even if you are one. Never give money to anyone you have never met. This guy claims he is on business in Malaysia has a thick Nigerian accent. He does write and speak proper English.

January 13, 2014 at 3:53 pm
(431) Sue Holmes says:

Watch out for a Charles Stockman 14@yahoo.co.UK
A Scammer!
Another business man buying precious stones in Ghana!
Sue

January 18, 2014 at 3:46 pm
(432) Sharzi says:

My brother was scammed for over $30,000, had his assets frozen by the Fed gov’t, and he is still being scammed.
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She claimed to be ex porn star Raven Riley. Claims her mother had to go to Nigeria for medical treatment (like that country is the fore-runner of innovative medical treatments???), her mother needed money for the surgery… he sent money. Her dog was killed and she wanted another purebred… he sent money. It was her b’day and people from work were giving her a party but she had nothing nice to wear… he sent money. She wanted to visit him and she needed BTA money (basic travel allowance – there is no such thing)… and he sent it. Sent money for tickets and money for extra baggage. She had a horrible ‘accident’ on the way to the hospital and received a phone call on her cell from her ‘doctor’ saying she was in a coma but Nigeria does not include food, so my brother covered the fictitious hospital and food bill. Now she has an inheritance from her father for over a million dollars but needs to be married and there will be a fee to have the funds released to his checking account. She wants to send him paperwork to fill out and send back which are “pre-marriage” documents (something that does not exist), and she needs $3300. She’s flipping out because the money needs to be there by Friday. He told her he can’t get it that soon, and she went off about how he has embarrassed him in front of her whole family. She is having her “attorney” call him tomorrow to find out what the holdup is.

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January 18, 2014 at 3:47 pm
(433) Sharzi says:

Here’s the thing… my brother is 47, has MS and can barely walk. He’s lonely and even though he questions the validity of all of this, he has sent her everything she’s asked. He stopped paying his mortgage 6 months ago… stopped paying other bills and has had shut off notices. He’s cashed in parts of his 401K… all of this is money he will need for future medical care or things he will need, like a stair lift chair to take him up and down his stairs. This scammer knows all of this, but this is their occupation!!

He will not stop sending money. He is afraid of being alone and she has professed her undying love for him. Even though she claims to be from the States, she speaks with a Nigerian accent. She said her real name was not Raven Riley and the last name she gave my brother is of Nigerian origin. The hospital she claimed to have been in was closed down many years ago due to inhuman treatment of patients and is now only a storage facility for medical supplies. The job she claimed she had was with a company that does not exist. The webcam he sent her didn’t work even though it was brand new. Even the real Raven Riley herself has stated over and over that she does not live in Nigeria and has never been there. Her close friend and manager state she is engaged and living happily in the States. Every bit of evidence I have given him, and he still wants to believe she is real and loves him.

I am astounded how many intelligent people are scammed when they have doubts in their own minds. If someone is stating they American, why would they have an accent? Why would email be flowery and sound like they have accents? Nigerians skip words… start sentences with the word “Am”… they say things like “hello pretty”… they say “I will like to know you” but Americans say “I would like to get to know you.” There are so many little things that are tip offs.

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January 18, 2014 at 3:48 pm
(434) Sharzi says:

Here’s the thing… my brother is 47, has MS and can barely walk. He’s lonely and even though he questions the validity of all of this, he has sent her everything she’s asked. He stopped paying his mortgage 6 months ago… stopped paying other bills and has had shut off notices. He’s cashed in parts of his 401K… all of this is money he will need for future medical care or things he will need, like a stair lift chair to take him up and down his stairs. This scammer knows all of this, but this is their occupation!!

He will not stop sending money. He is afraid of being alone and she has professed her undying love for him. Even though she claims to be from the States, she speaks with a Nigerian accent. She said her real name was not Raven Riley and the last name she gave my brother is of Nigerian origin. The hospital she claimed to have been in was closed down many years ago due to inhuman treatment of patients and is now only a storage facility for medical supplies. The job she claimed she had was with a company that does not exist. The webcam he sent her didn’t work even though it was brand new. Even the real Raven Riley herself has stated over and over that she does not live in Nigeria and has never been there. Her close friend and manager state she is engaged and living happily in the States. Every bit of evidence I have given him, and he still wants to believe she is real and loves him.

I am astounded how many intelligent people are scammed when they have doubts in their own minds. If someone is stating they American, why would they have an accent? Why would email be flowery and sound like they have accents? Nigerians skip words… start sentences with the word “Am”… they say things like “hello pretty”… they say “I will like to know you” but Americans say “I would like to get to know you.” There are so many little things that are tip offs.

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January 18, 2014 at 3:48 pm
(435) Sharzi says:

Google is your best friend! Every time you get an initial email… google some of it. Google profile content, email addresses, Yahoo ID’s, phone numbers, and anything else you can think of .

I’ve been researching this for 2 years, and would be happy to help anyone find out if they’re talking to a scammer.

January 21, 2014 at 1:46 pm
(436) Lee says:

I have a question for Diane (428) or anyone else who can answer me.
I can get around fairly well on the internet but I am not very knowledgeable beyond what my current needs are. MY QUESTION IS THIS: HOW DO YOU TAKE A PHOTO FROM MATCH.COM AND GOOGLE IT? I got scammed big time last year. I have had nothing to do with dating sites since. I am tempted to try again, but I want to know how to check these guys out. What is the best way to research them to know if they are a real person. I know I will not again fall into the pattern/path these guys take you down, which is now so obvious to me. I am no longer so trusting that the person I am on line with is as honest as I am. But if I try this again I want to be able to nip it in the bud if the guy is a scammer, and move on.(with my bank accts. intact.)

January 24, 2014 at 2:10 pm
(437) carole says:

How about Bill Patterson? Has anyone heard of him before?
I met him on Match.com. I’ve been emailing back and forth with him and he just asked me for cash this am. What a scammer.

January 31, 2014 at 12:51 am
(438) Delia Hodgkiss says:

Hi
I wondered if Sharzi might be able to help. I’ve done as suggested re the text searching on Google etc. The below is the profile and emails I received: His name is FRED. Hope you can help. I can only copy part of the text.
About me
Articulate, upbeat and energetic Kirkwall man, 56, looking for a cosmopolitan, smart woman, for a special and lasting relationship.
My search
I am looking for a woman
My profile
• Age:56
• Star sign:Pisces
• Location:Kirkwall
• Last active:Online Now
• Box No:163776
Hey Beautiful, Woah I must say! Your smile is Charming! is this how your looking right now? are you a Beauty Queen or something? where did you get your time from ? your mom ? hahaha too many questions , i would really love to get to know you but i do not think i might be on here for a long time because i have to work it would to get a respond via email : allinone232@live.com thank you
allin one
17:20 (35 minutes ago)
to me
THANK YOU ….
Am so happy i want you to know that i am so happy you did message me , it was really nice to know you would read and respond to me , i would really love to get to know you if you do not mind , Am really interested in getting to know you despite the fact that your words on here are few. I sincerely thank you for your response and interest in getting to know me better. Am a widowed father with a little daughter of 16years old. I lived in long beach, California,. Am a Us citizen by birth and also An Australian (Australian Citizen) by nationality. I owned my house here in U.S while I work part time in England as a Rig Engineer . but in USA at the moment
Something nice about you piqued my interest which mere words can’t really describe in my Email, maybe your beauty or your sincere and loving heart. But I don’t really know. I believe with time, we would get to know each other better.

January 31, 2014 at 9:19 am
(439) wendy says:

watch out for Anthony Azzollini, the exact same story as all these, parents died in plane crash, wife died giving birth to only child 19 years ago. he is an engineer working in London. He sent me flowers yesterday. I had a gut feeling about this guy from the git go and blocked his emails last week, then received the flowers yesterday so I started searching and came across this site.

January 31, 2014 at 1:14 pm
(440) Scammer Alert says:

I recently joined Match.com and was approached by two guys who are similar to what you are all mentioning on my first day of joining:

1. Username: CCRider12, 50 years old who goes by the name of Michael Burkman, civil engineer from Bordentown, NJ. Lived in Austin, TX too. He asked me to contact him via his email and cell. Same story as the rest, widow – wife died 5 years ago from cancer, one daughter, civil engineer with a PhD and could barely write proper English. He sent me an email which was 98% plagiarized. lmao
So I cut that one off very quickly. Please note his profile is hidden the majority of the time.

Will continue with the second one below:

January 31, 2014 at 1:16 pm
(441) Scammer Alert says:

I recently joined Match.com and was approached by two guys who are similar to what you are all mentioning on my first day of joining:

1. Username: CCRider12, 50 years old who goes by the name of Michael Burkman, civil engineer from Bordentown, NJ. Lived in Austin, TX too. He asked me to contact him via his email and cell. Same story as the rest, widow – wife died 5 years ago from cancer, one daughter, civil engineer with a PhD and could barely write proper English. He sent me an email which was 98% plagiarized. lmao
So I cut that one off very quickly. Please note his profile is hidden the majority of the time.

Will continue with the second scammer below:

January 31, 2014 at 1:17 pm
(442) Scammer Alert says:

2. Username: dovelove6545, 49 years old who goes by the name Felix Cayetan Alfonso, civil engineer from Williamsburg, VA on his profile although he lives in Virginia Beach, VA. His profile is hidden now. Same story, widow – wife died 6 years ago from heart attack , one daughter, civil engineer works on road and bridge maintenance throughout the U.S. Very well spoken, has a Virginia cell number, however, he has a flip phone. Hummmmm, so he can’t send or receive pics. All the pics I got were via email. Anyway, a week after meeting he was already professing his love for me. Blah, blah, blah. Had a strange accent however, he claimed he was born in Italy, but moved to Ghana as a child since his parents were missionaries. He stated his Mom died when he was younger and his Dad died in the states when they moved here. Sounds familiar??? He then said he was coming to meet me personally. Low and behold, 2 days before he was supposed to come visit me, he gets a call regarding a huge job he had previously submitted a bid for in Corpus Christi, Texas, however, he was asked to show proof that he had 75% of the capital up front. So he claimed he managed to get all of it except $15,000 and that he just didn’t have anyone else to ask so he asked me for it. I told him I did not have it and he then asked if I could use my credit cards, I told him I could not, he then asked me to get it from my 401K. I then found this website and found this is a scam so I blocked his number and email. Thankfully, I didn’t give into his demand. Urggggg, how could I be so gullible and think this man truly cared about me. He said all the right things and was always so sincere and kind (or so he seemed).

It is truly upsetting to know people like this exist. I am deeply sorry for those of you who actually got scammed. It is truly unfortunate.

February 1, 2014 at 9:20 pm
(443) Dorothy says:

Remember the name Eirik Normund,,originally from Norway now stuck in Nigeria. Wanted me to send money through Western union, I played along with his story but never sent the money. Has anyone heard of Joey Kennard from match.com?

February 8, 2014 at 9:44 pm
(444) Margit says:

Has any one ever heard of Jeff D. WOOD in Lagos Nigeria with his 6 year old daughter Rose

February 8, 2014 at 9:53 pm
(445) Margit says:

Anyone ever heard of Jeff D Wood Brazilian has a 6 year old daughter Rose stuck in Lagos Nigeria moved from London 1 year want s to come back to the United States

February 12, 2014 at 12:50 pm
(446) lamord says:

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a 28-year-old man suspected of defrauding an Australian widow in a fake online romance, a year after she was found dead during a trip to South Africa where she intended to meet him.

The Australian, 67-year-old Jette Jacobs, and Orowo Omokoh had met on an Internet dating site. Jacobs , flew from her home in Western Australia to meet Omokoh in South Africa last February, but died four days later under circumstances still being investigated by South African police.

Omokoh had arrived in Nigeria two days before her death, a man who allegedly killed Jette Jacobs as part of a Love scam our anti-graft agency spokesman Wilson Uwujaren said the EFCC arrested the Omokoh on January 28 on suspicion of conning 67-year-old grandmother out of $90,000.

“We received a complaint about the fraudulent relationship from police in South Africa. We tracked him for a while, then we closed in,” EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren said.

February 18, 2014 at 12:12 am
(447) Keri W says:

#436…I got the EXACT same email through my facebook account. I thought something was fishy with it, so I checked his email and this website came up. Very interesting.. This is the third time someone has contacted me and turned out to be a scam. I’m done with dating web sites….I’m not that desperate!! Scumbags!!

February 23, 2014 at 2:20 pm
(448) David says:

I was scammed by a “beautiful young lady” who contacted me after seeing my profile on BLOSSOMS.COM. She said she was from Singapore and blossoms verified that IP address. We exchanged Email addresses and I checked her first two Emails that again showed Singapore. We chatted daily for nearly 2 months and then her pastor contacted me with information about a huge inheritance in diamonds she would get when she married. Then a “lawyer contacted me”. The claims were over the top, so I checked IP addresses again and found out that most were from Nigeria, two from Ghana and the short phone call I had with her was from the Ivory Coast. I lost a small amount of money – “her’ chats and Emails were incredibly believable but the lesson learned was worth the price.
BOTTOM LINE – Learn how to check IP addresses for all Emails (it is easy for Email – harder for chat sessions), ask for pictures with known backgrounds where she claims to live, and push for video chat where you can see who you are chatting with.
It really hurts when you find out your dream match has been scamming you for two months. Find out early!

February 25, 2014 at 11:37 am
(449) Jenny says:

Be2.
Do not get involved with this mob. happy to take your cash but not ethical. They match you with scammers or people wno live thousands of miles from where you live. refuse to refund fees. Absolute s#ite

February 26, 2014 at 2:14 pm
(450) Jenifer says:

I am so glad I read this post and these comments.

Just started Match.com and what do you know, Michael Buckman started flirting with me. What tipped me off to do a little research was the poor English, email’s with different type face and size. A widower with one daughter, born in Italy Rome…yes that’s the way he/she whoever keeps writing it. A civil engineer supposedly again with a newly won big contract. A web search even shows this person as having an account on linkedin with the same photo, so it at first glance seems believable.
Here is the funny part, I actually am in conversations with a company that makes hardware and software solutions for civil engineers. When I asked if he knew of the company he ignored it, however he still maintains he is a civil engineer and talks about being busy with his auto cad.
Beware!

March 3, 2014 at 2:45 pm
(451) Susan kaldewey says:

Be carfull in Facebook , and skype , he change name coninously , i have seen him , he is black , Yung , 30 more or less, he was ovviously hide with other immagine of a so nice photos of a well looking man , white, like a manager, artound 45 years old , i beleved. To him and felt in love with that man of the photos, he asked me money for a ticket airplain to reach him in GhanA , he says he worked there for a company , so the names he used where different but Desmond william Rex was used mostly of the time , susan kaldewey

March 8, 2014 at 10:35 am
(452) Chasity says:

I enjoyed reading these articles, opened my eyes. Has anyone heard of Samuel Roper, Meet Me.com? If so please let me know.

March 8, 2014 at 10:18 pm
(453) Sandy says:

I decide to see if I could find out about Erich Garyson, so I Googled his name and put dating scam behind it and came across this blog. He was on Chemistry about a month ago and I had only been on for a couple of days when he emailed me and said he liked my profile. I responded and after 3 emails back and forth he asked for my private email because he was thinking of going off Chemistry. I told him that I was a little taken a back by this but he said don’t worry he is just a one woman guy. We had tried to meet two weekends ago but he had to fly to New Jersey for a job interview since he is a Quarry Engineer and his company is based in Australia he travels all over the world. He gave me his cell number and claimed to live in San Juan Capistrano but I did Reverse look-up and it showed it was a land line in Brea. Last Sunday he was suppose to meet me half way and he called and said that he had been offered 2 special projects 1 in Asia for 13 weeks and the other in South Africa for 7 weeks. He told me that his 16 year daughter wanted to speak to me. He put her on the phone and she sounded so sweet and thanked me for making her Dad so happy and giggly. They both went to New Jersey Sunday night and he called me every day and evening even text-ed during the day. They flew to Cape town on Wednesday evening and he even emailed me his Itineray on American Airlines showing that it had been purchased and a copy of the contract that he got for his company. They had taken 6 bags and only 4 arrived. His daughter had put his IPhone, IPad, her Apple Air and Playstation had been in those bags along with his credit cards. He had plenty of cash on him and that customs had hassled him because of the amount of cash he had on him,but he had to give it to the labor union in South Africa to pay the people they are going to hire for the project. He hasn’t asked for money yet but now I sense this is coming next from what I have read above.

March 13, 2014 at 2:10 pm
(454) cathy says:

My sister has been talking to a man named Roy Hugo from france that she met on match.com and I think he is running a scam on her. He is a civil engineer working on a million dollar project in South Africa. He lost his wife 2 yrs ago in a car accident and his daughter lives with his mother. UI cant find anything on this guy has anyone dealt with this man before.

March 14, 2014 at 5:55 pm
(455) Nicci says:

Has anyone been contacted by a Craig Jerp (Jerpseth) on Match.com? He supposedly lives in LA and works as an Engineer for a large shipping company as the head of Operations and Maintenance. His wife died of lung cancer and he has 10 year old son Eric who lives with his parents in England. His parents are US citizens but lived in Holland when he was born (to account for the accent, although it seems too thick). He moved to California for college and has been in LA ever since. I was suspicious but he was very good and the story could have plausible. He answered all my questions even though some responses bordered on vague. He sent lots of texts, spoke occasionally on the phone, and then he sent a few emails (craigjerp001@gmail.com). I made up a new email with no personal information (thank goodness). I couldn’t find out anything about him online. I became even more suspicious when he stared saying he loved me and became hurt and upset when I didn’t respond in kind. Then he sent an email explaining that 4 years ago him and his business partners were bringing good to Australia and the ship sank, etc…etc… Basically he was continuing to write the court in Malaysia (ding! ding!) to get resolution on getting his goods back that was his life savings. At this point I was waiting for the money ask. He waited a while and continued the flowery texts and calls until I got an early morning call on Saturday that he was leaving for Malaysia that day to meet with his Attorney and be at the Court on Monday for the decision. He still didn’t ask for money but dragged the story out over part of the next week that he had to come up with 20% of the value of his goods as a tax to get his goods back. There it was.

March 14, 2014 at 5:59 pm
(456) Nicci says:

He waited a few days more telling me that he was disappointed in his friends for not helping him out by not sending him money. Then when he had no one else to ask he asked me. I made up some excuses why I couldn’t do it and played along for a little while. Then he asked me to ask my friends to loan me money so I could send it to him. Then he texted me the info to send via Western Union to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Then when I found a new picture of the same guy under a different username on Match and clicked on it that profile disappeared and he stopped calling and texting me. He popped up a day later with a different picture and a new user name. He (the guy in the pictures) appears on Plenty of Fish (as areud111) and Italian People Meet (as CRAIGOOS) also. Current user name on Match is Takemyhand8776 but past ones were waitforit112 and justforu133. He varies his height and eye color but always has red hair, Engineer, Catholic and 1 son. His pictures are siting at a desk in a tie, in a tux, skiing with his son, or a profile side shot.He also emailed me a couple pictures that have not showed up online yet (one in a tie in front of the twin towers in Kuala Lumpur). I haven’t been able to find any info on the pictures from a Google image search other than the POF and Italian Meet dating sites. I’d like to find out whose pictures he’s using so he can be warned. I did not give him any money so I’m glad I was a waste of his time but I would like to warn anyone else if they are contacted by him and also to hear from anyone else that may have been approached by him like I was

March 15, 2014 at 12:25 pm
(457) Sara says:

I recently came across someone on Christian Mingle..The first thing we talked about was how fed up we were with scammers. His English and gramer were perfect. He said he was from England, Kent to be exact and was working as a civil engineer in California. He was here for two and a half years. His ex wife, who of course cheated on him with his best friend lived in England with their daughter who was 18.
He texted me and we even talked on the phone. He had a British accent so it matched where is said he was from..
I entered his phone number into a reverse look up and it was a real number belonging to an unlisted person in California.
He was an orphan of course.
His name was david blaylock..I googled him everywhere and could not find any trace of him. Yes he was falling for me.bla bla bla
He could not use skype and could not take pictures with his phone, so I told him I would buy him a webcam so we could see each other, no he could not accept that.
I read a lot of the things on these scammers but I did not want to believe my guy was one of these.
So this morning I told him I thought he was a scammer and he was very angry accusing me of being one.
I wanted it all too be real, but in my heart I knew.
Shame on all of them for playing on our emotions like that.

March 17, 2014 at 9:46 pm
(458) Tracey says:

Beware of Woody Petersen supposedly from Aberdeen Scotland originally Accrington England widow with a 10 year old daughter. Just emailed asking me to loan him $7500 after arriving in States to supply a company with goods ! His story from the begining was that he was scammed himself by a woman he met on line from California to the tune of £100000 ! Email is petersenwoody@hotmail.com good looking dark haired guy in picture also has a profile on Facebook and Badoo and Person.com I believe and probably other sites ! Ive reported him on Badoo and Facebook and contacted the females from his friends list on Facebook to warn them not to be taken in by him ! He turned nasty when I said he was a scammer and blamed me ha ha for not trusting him !

March 18, 2014 at 7:43 pm
(459) Sara says:

You know ladies. I have been reading a lot since I ended corresponding with my scammer.. A lot of us here were lucky. If you go on youtube.com/ and you school dating scams. You will be shocked. There is a Dr. Phil show on there that was jaw dropping.
This David Blaylock that I was talking to you was so real. When I said I hope you are for real, he said I am as real as the air you breath and I just hope you don’t break my heart. I think about that a lot and still even wonder. But you have to go with your gut feeling on these. I just knew it was not possible to fall in love with someone I had never met. But they groom you. In my case I was overweight, self conscious about it and he made sure he told me I was beautiful a lot. They just suck us right in. And just like the lady above, he started telling me about supplies he needed for his project he was working on and when they arrive he would come and see me. I knew the next step would be he needed money to get those supplies here and if I were crazy in love I would say well of course, they I could see him sooner.
We ladies need to start a sting operation of our own.

March 18, 2014 at 7:46 pm
(460) Sandy says:

Well Erich Garyson has finally asked for money, he says that needs $5,000.00 dollars more. He only has $20,000 to pay the workers and he won’t be able to complete the project until he gets the rest of the money. Wow he can be so believable that he loves me and can’t wait to come home so we can be together. He is suppose to let me know tomorrow where to send the money. Well he will be waiting a long time because guess what not going to happen.

March 19, 2014 at 6:42 am
(461) Sara says:

No, what they did in this one video is they told the person that the money will be at…………………………………..and then…………………………….
So you are sending him on a wild goose chase.
Don’t let him off so easy…………………………Play along with him and then tell him to take a hike.
Just remember that gorgeous guy in the pictures is not who you are talking to.
Go on you tube and look at dating scammers, the faces behind the scams.
You will be shocked.
Very scary.

March 20, 2014 at 10:15 pm
(462) Karen says:

This is in response to comment 451/458 left by Sandy. I was contacted by an Erich Garyson on Chemistry on March 12 with a rather well written email. We emailed about three times during the week and each response from him was surprisingly disjointed as if someone else wrote it or they were on drugs or something! He asked for a private email address to write me as he was having difficulty accessing his emails through Chemistry. Since this was appearing to be a scam, I created a separate anonymous email address. We last communicated yesterday and I haven’t heard from him since after I started asking some very pointed questions. Briefly his story was that he lived in Belvedere/Tiburon, was 53 and was self-employed in advertising. He was born in Berlin and raised in Australia and has been divorced for 7 years and has a daughter he only sees on holidays. In my internet search, this same guy apparently has used different variations on the Garyson name.

March 21, 2014 at 1:21 pm
(463) Sandy Vrabel says:

Today I got a call from Erich Garyson again about how I was doing in raising the money and could I send him part of it to day. It’s not about the money he says it’s about coming home in a couple of weeks to be with me and cash the check for half payment of the project and he will pay me back then. What I am doing is getting information from his profile the emails and this website and sending him a goodbye letter. I going to throw a whammo on him and tell him that I decided to go back with my ex-husband, since he is asking to get back together and I know he truly loves me and doesn’t ask me for money. HaHa on him

March 21, 2014 at 6:33 pm
(464) Karen says:

Today, I received a very long detailed and overly friendly letter from Erich Garyson. Rather than spend more time communicating with this dirtbag loser, I feel like telling him that I know all about his scam and suggest he get a real life, job and make his own money instead of preying upon women on dating sites.

March 22, 2014 at 12:26 am
(465) Karen says:

The information on Erich Garyson, Garyson Johnson, Garyson James gets worse. Please see below what I found on http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-760-979-1173

Did you get a call from 7609791173? Read the posts below to find out details about this number. Also report unwanted calls to help identify who is using this phone number.
760-979-1173
Country: USA
Location: California (Apple Valley, Carlsbad, Encinitas)

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Elizabeth Brownfield
29 Aug 2013
Number being used by Garyson Johnson; sexual predator on Match.com; alias Garyson James

Report a phone call from 760-979-1173:

March 22, 2014 at 1:40 am
(466) Josie Roxby says:

Anyone been scammed by Brian M Wotton and Gerald J. Willings? I am ahsamed of this but i am living in poverty now. I am 66 years old and am living with no food and no lights on in the house. I have foolishly sent over 230,000.00 between the two of them. I thought they loved me and i fell for it. I have been divorced for 29 years and have never dated but my hairdresser suggested i use Christian mingle and Date Hook up (very dangerous now that i know) and e harmony. Now i am scared and broke, have no family, no children and living very poor and am self employed and wanted to retire but can’t now. So beware of both of these guys. Josie

March 30, 2014 at 8:48 pm
(467) Teresa says:

Thanks to reading the entire response list, I came across the advice, “Google is your best friend”, and googled parts of the emails. This action consistently shot up scammers and the blogs had women noting the exact same wording. Thank you,

April 1, 2014 at 7:09 pm
(468) Sandy says:

Karen the number he used is 714-510-2098, Erich had sent me a couple of pictures of himself. When I put one them into Google photos an guys name comes up as Frank Williams you should look him up. When I put the other one up I got a dating scammer you may have posted it. It is the same one that was sent to me. Yesterday I told him that my ex-husband was coming to visit for a month and he lost his cool. I said that we are just friends and my kids are coming for vacation so not to worry, you should see the emails I am getting from him about how much he loves me. He is calling me more then before. He should be coming home for a visit in a couple of weeks. We shall see what he is up to next since he has not gotten money from me.

April 5, 2014 at 4:03 pm
(469) Michael says:

Hello I’m Michael
Its not just woman getting scammed men too! So besides dating sites where would be a good place to meet your next love? maybe friends of a friends, friend on facebook lol A photo ID doesnt always help either! Have we lost our way of meeting others with out the net? A web cam maybe? but watch out for players! Love is out there so dont give up on love just give up on the scam game even in person! They are riddled with poverty! keep it real keep it safe! thank you for your site we need to tell everybody about this!
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Michael

April 14, 2014 at 11:36 am
(470) Dana says:

has anyone ever had contact with a man names Jones? Paul Jones?

April 15, 2014 at 6:39 am
(471) Rebecca says:

Has anyone had contact with a Bruce Silva?

April 16, 2014 at 12:50 pm
(472) pm says:

hi, has any one been in touch with a gregory brian williams?

my mother in law has been scammed behind our back we just find out what she has been doing and now seems to be a bit late.

we found that she has sent him a phone and about 2000 British pounds but it does not stop there, she is actually on her way to Ghana to meet this man. i Google him and i found that he is indeed a scamer, that has a 12 year old daughter has a gold business and has gone from america to Ghana to buy gold. i called her has she was waiting for the 2nd plane in Istanbul but she didn’t want to know. she said that she was already with one foot behind and that she was going to enjoy her holidays and then come back, but we are afraid that she will have some one there to get more out of her. just want to know if has anyone here ever gone to meet some one like this. i know she is crazy but i also think she is in love with a picture and a voice.

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