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Image of cupid and heartNot everyone using online dating sites is looking for love. Scammers create fake online profiles using photos of other people — even stolen pictures of real military personnel. They profess their love quickly. And they tug at your heartstrings with made-up stories about how they need money — for emergencies, hospital bills, or travel. Why all of the tricks? They’re looking to steal your money.

As if all that isn’t bad enough, romance scammers are now involving their victims in online bank fraud. Here’s how it works: The scammers set up dating profiles to meet potential victims. After they form a “relationship,” they come up with reasons to ask their love interest to set up a new bank account. The scammers transfer stolen money into the new account, and then tell their victims to wire the money out of the country. Victims think they’re just helping out their soulmate, never realizing they’re aiding and abetting a crime.  

Here are some warning signs that an online love interest might be a fake. They ask you to:

  • chat off of the dating site immediately, using personal email, text, or phone
  • wire money using Western Union or Money Gram
  • set up a new bank account

Did you know you can do an image search of your love interest’s photo in your favorite search engine? If you do an image search and the person’s photo appears under several different names, you’re probably dealing with a scammer. And if the person’s online profile disappears a few days after they meet you, that’s another tip-off.

Here’s the real deal: Don’t send money to someone you met online — for any reason. If your online sweetheart asks for money, you can expect it’s a scam.

Unfortunately, online dating scams are all too common. There may be tens of thousands of victims, and only a small fraction report it to the FTC. If this happens to you, please report it at ftc.gov/complaint — click on Scams and Rip-Offs, then select Romance Scams.

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I've Lost Everything
August 14, 2018
I have lost over 200 000$ FTC is doing nothing.
Kate
August 15, 2018
The man said his name was Ben Richmond, staff sergeant, deployed in Djibouty. Originally from Fort Worth, TX; 43 y.o. , widower with a daughter Alexis, 18 y.o. He found me on facebook and immediately asked to chat on hangouts; he wrote to me several times a day, was tender, loving and caring. A couple of weeks later asked for $500 to come to visit me, when I refused, he got offended and stopped chatting for a day. However, his messages continue comming a day later, he was loving, caring and extremely polite again. Some time later he asked for $150-200 to be able to call me from Djibouty. When I pretended to have some financial problems, he told me that he would come to me himself after his deployment and even would buy me a plane ticket to TX. Some time later he just disappeared. I'm sure he's a scammer, although his English is good. He's a very sly and experienced scammer. Be careful, ladies!
PhoneyBaloney
August 15, 2018
At the beginning of June 2018 I "met" a "guy" on OK Cupid by the name of Gerald Alex Huffman who stated he lived in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio called Blacklick. He stated his birth date was July 17, 1963, born in London, England. His father was an American and he was brought up in Denver, Colorado. He was divorced 15 years after his wife was unfaithful. He had a 30 year old son named Alex who was a US Marine. We texted on OKC for a few days then skipped to texting because he said the OKC app was not working correctly on his Blackberry. I checked his phone number and saw it was a Denver area code. I figured he kept his number from Colorado. He said he was currently working in Saa'na ,Yemen for the UN. He surveyed areas in advance for safety /anti terrorist groups. Whoever this person(s) ended up being they were very articulate and had impeccable grammar as well. In hindsight perhaps it was a script but, they seemed to be a great conversationalist and we covered a lot different topics even religion. Of course as in all of these scams they are pretty quick to confess their "love" for you unconditionally. I told them I was not so quick to fall for someone and could not return they love like that. At first they seemed okay with that and was pretty patient. During that time they shared their bank account in the states had been hacked and they bank had closed it down. Unfortunately, that did not send up a huge red flag to me as I had a relative that actually did have someone hack into their bank account poised to steal money from them. About a week later they told me the software on their laptop to do their work had crashed and was unusable. I thought to myself,'Don't ask me for money to help you.' Well, of course they did a few days later. At first it was $1300 and I said, 'No way!'. So then they said if I sent him $800 it would cover the cost. He explained it was expensive because it was custom. I suggested that he contact his bank and work with them on getting the money, even ask for a loan since they have his assets. Of course that wasn't a viable suggestion. I also suggested he contact the UN and let them know his predicament. He said he did contact them and they were going to send him the money but, it would take awhile since they were undergoing an audit. If I would just come up with the money first, he would make sure I would be paid right away. I told him that I did not have the money and I didn't like I was in a place with him that I was willing to give money to him. When he asked why I told him there are lots of scammers on dating sites that profess their love and then take money from people. Of course he was incensed that I would tie him to such a notion. He was a man of good character whose intentions were nothing like that. Fortunately for me I found his behavior to be increasingly whiny and annoying. After about a month (July 12, 2018) of this I finally told him my answer was NO! My error was that I confronted him that I felt he was a scammer and I no longer wanted to speak to him. Well, I got a earful of how selfish I was, immature, and had trust issues!!! I laughed at his tongue lashing but, I wished I would have just blocked him and said nothing. That way he wouldn't have known I was on to him so he didn't have any information to change his approach to the next victim. I am so saddened to read this stories about men and women so taken advantage of. I write my story just in case there is someone that it will help. Don't let them isolate you from family and friends. Reach out to someone in your life to talk about this and take a time out away from the person to get some perspective on things. They try to isolate you, wear you down so you are not thinking clearly and make decisions you normally would not. And I echo many of the other ladies commenting here-NO MAN/WOMAN worth their salt would ever ask for money from you.
Baffled15
August 15, 2018
I have been chatting with a guy named Curtis Anderson..he messaged me on IG a month ago..within a few days he asked to chat on hangouts... I immediately had a feeling this is a scam..but wanted to see the end game. He's madly in love with me(Yeah right)... he told me he is from Pennsylvania widowed 2 adult kids. He got a construction contract of some sort and headed to Dallas. Well finally it comes out after a few weeks...needs money to pay his workers. Asked for $10000, asked me to go the bank and get a loan...I have continued talking to this guy for a good laugh...I know he's a scammer. I told him a b.s. story that I got turned down for the loan...and told him i went to the casino to win money fir him and got robbed....no money lol. surprisingly he wasn't mad lol he then switched to his mother is very very sick and wants me to buy I tunes card so she can buy food and medicine. I told him the apple store doesn't sell that stuff...strike 2...no iTunes lol lol...he continues to talk to me and declare his love and says he will psy ne back for everything i lost..says when he's done working he's coming for me to take me to Pennsylvania...ummm yeah ok. I know this guy is a scammer but am curious if anyone else has had a interaction with him...would like to know your experiences. His instragram is curisanderson295..to see his "picture".
Baffled15
August 19, 2018

In reply to by Baffled15

Update: So my scammer asked and tried to pressure me to buy a $100 or $200 Itunes card so he can buy medication for his sick mom. I told him no and that i know those cards cant be used for stuff like that, he said he was pissed off and has stopped talking to me. So beware of Curtis Anderson... he may use other names.. who knows.
fairytales
August 16, 2018
hi there, anyone been contacted / scammed by a guy named David Wilson / David Harrison / David Fritz - nice looking guy - engineer - widowed with a daugther of 5 - Aileen?
OilSlick
August 26, 2018

In reply to by fairytales

Yes, only difference is the daughter has a different name and is 13 yrs
Granny
August 16, 2018
Add Dylan benjamin to the scammer list
GOOSE
August 16, 2018
I had the same experience . pick on Instagram by a beautiful man named Nelson Rooney168, nice at first but started asking way too many questions. after a week said he had info on me and if i sent money nothing would happen. said he had stuff on me that would make me loose my Job. Reported him to the FBI. We need to report these low lifes that steal, lie, and treaten people for a living. if its too good to be true it probably is. so beware. i was one to say Never me.
NeverScammed
August 16, 2018
Ladies, I was never scammed because I don’t easily fall into drama. I got into this page because I am convincing a friend to stop talking to a guy trying to scam her online. I want to show her this page to warn her about scammers she didn’t believe exist. Possible scammers: -Attractive guy, almost your match and person you are looking for. -profess romance quickly -located in remote places and usually far from you -not available on video calls , or calls. - tells you quickly his personal work family etc. it will be the backdrop of storyline -start telling you his lucrative money source but having difficulty -if a guy is fit, attractive but cant afford to buy his meal because of an accident, thats a scammer -he has many unfortunate events with money as only solution but he has no other family or friends to help him, but only you For some reasom even you havent even met - he call you gf or wife and make you feel youre making decisions together but things involve money. Hes not available when you want to see him personally and offer to see you instead. -they always ask money Whoever ask you money online, person you never met and have many issues in life- STAY AWAY Those names given are useless, addresses and stories. Forget them. They are all fake. Focus on the situations they tell you and you can identify a faker. They will even send you a passport to assure you of the loan and that they will repay you, but they are all fake and photoshopped. Nobody with sane mind sends copy of their passport to someone they never even met. They had accident, kidnapped, other crazy stories but why the heck contact you to solve the problem instead of their embassies or family? Coz they are scammer and will do plenty of strategy to steal you money. Tell your friends, loveones: NEVER SEND MONEY TO SOMEONE ONLINE YOU NEVER MET AND NOT FAMILIAR TO YOU. WHEN THEY START TELLING YOU THE PROBLEMS CONCERNING MONEY, REPORT IMMEDIATELY AND CUT IT OFF. Again DO NOT FALL INTO TRAP. JUST DO NOT SEND MONEY TO STRANGERS. THATS NOT YOUR BOYFRIEND IF YOU HAVENT EVEN SEE THE GUY. A GUY WHO REALLY WANTS YOU PAY HIS OWN BILL TO SEE YOU. Be smart girls. Crush these criminals!
Queenb
August 16, 2018
I have been talking to a guy name Flores Hauptman Watkins stating that he is half Spanish and half American He's divorce because his wife cheated, has 1 boy and he is 41 but looks young in his pictures. Also is in Nigeria at the moment. He wanted me to pay for us to talk and video chat. I felt that it was not legit that why would I have to pay for him to talk. So I started investigating and landed here. Thank you for all your comments.
Worried Friend
August 16, 2018
I am worried about a friend who has an online romantic relationship with a person who lives/works undercover as a non-military operative. My friend is receiving money wires for the non-military operative, from people who owe him money. My friend is then depositing the money into the non-military operative's bitcoin account. Is this legal? Or a scam? Plus there are promises of paying off my friends debt and planning a future together.
FTC Staff
August 17, 2018

In reply to by Worried Friend

Some scammers use people to help them transfer stolen money. They don't reveal that the money is stolen - they tell a story to hide the purpose for the transaction. They meet people online, create a relationship, and ask their new sweetheart to receive and transfer money.

If your friend is receiving money transfers from a scammer, her name may be on the money transfer forms. Her name and personal information might be exposed in other ways in the transactions. If she is involved with a scam, she could lose money and personal information, and could get into legal trouble.

Thomas Moore
August 16, 2018
Scammer
Thomas Moore
August 17, 2018
Scammer Claiming to be on a oil rig.
Embarrassed
August 16, 2018
Also this guy was very good at poetic Romance telling you he loves you within 2 weeks. Sent flowers, pizza and even some groceries. Also sent me quote a promise ring that he was going to marry me when he returned to the states.
Regretfallinginlove
August 18, 2018

In reply to by Embarrassed

Can you describe the ring he sent you was it from amazon. I was talking to a guy I met online he told me he loved me and wanted to marry me that he sent me a ring too. He called me his wife until the day I caught him in a lie and he stopped talking to me.
dream4uu2
August 16, 2018
Abrams Robert is the name of a guy said he was a soldier in Kabul Afghanistan. Needed iTunes card to call his daughter 12 yo who he couldn’t get hold of for 2 days. Wanted a $100. iTunes card. I didn’t think it sounded right. The network doesn’t work well there, wife died in car crash lost his dad, I almost fell for it. Met in word with friends asked to talk on hangouts because it’s faster. One morning he said you’re all I thought about this morning. I told him that’s scary. Anyway I never sent any money but he does have my email address now. I blocked him on hangouts and deleted hangouts and words with friends from my phone. Geez
Mick
August 17, 2018
Some 26 year old man from Ghana contacted my fiend 50 year old woman to adopt him as a son. He show his face they even had video chat couple of times. He pushes her and pushes> Is it real of is it fraud ?
Angel 1977
August 17, 2018
Can someone please help me. I don't know if I'm getting scammed or not or just to scared to admit it. I met this guy on fb his name is paul hes an army guy and currently he's deployed in Nigeria he lost his wife in a car accident and has an 8 year old son he told me that he has lost his cards and has no money for food and to pay for his leave. I felt bad for him so I sent him some money and now hes constantly asking me for money. He has already professed his love for me and wants to marry me asap and saying that he's rich and we can have the perfect life together and that I will be the perfect mother for his son we have never spoken as he says that it's bad reception. And then tells me that he has spoken to his mom and son i asked him so you can speak to your mom and son but not me he replied that that its bad reception on the day i mentioned it to him
FTC Staff
August 17, 2018

In reply to by Angel 1977

This sounds like a scam. The US Army warns people about scammers who pretend to be soldiers. Real army soldiers don't need money for food, and they aren't charged money to go on leave. The Army warning says to be careful of someone who says he loves you very soon after you meet him.

South Africa
August 17, 2018
Hi guys. Think my mum is been scammed. Does anyone relate to a guy named Henderson Taylor?
Malika Germany
December 03, 2019

In reply to by South Africa

Hi South Africa. Can you tell me more? Because a guy with the same name contacted me a few weeks before. Thanks
Salgal
August 17, 2018
I met a man on line nov. 2, 2016 was from ohio headed for n. Cyprus. His name was shawn c. Leon. I have many acct #'s and names he was associated with because he got me. An engineer. I guess i was a real idiot cause he really got me. I do know his address in cyprus & have alot of info but i & my mother were both taken by him. Id love to catch him cause my world has been turned upside down. Now i guess hes going by frank piero leon.Any advise?
SoTired
August 17, 2018
It seem like this scanning things is a on time job for them and it's a same that some of us fall for it, I don't know what's going on I guess when they see me , they say she's the one I'll scam her. I'm on Instagram and I was told to be careful because there were men on the site pretending to be jw Jehovah witness because one sister had been chatting with one and she had send him money ,I my self is a Jehovah witness and it seems like this is the new scam they have been coming back to back get rid of one then there's another one , wanting to get to know you,asking questions like they have done there research ,I know that they are not because a real jw would not want to go to another app to chat yes I had to block a few, I have also had one came back with the same picture that someone else had used just with a different name also had the same sorry, the first guy name is James Gibbons, and the second guy name was GaydenEddie , ,Gayden he got off Instagram so fast after I shows him that I had the same picture of him that he had and he wanted to say that the guy stolen his identity ,I said okey yeah right . But it's a same that this is happening, they think because they give us time and show love and affection ,and it's also sad that some of us fall for this ,and I'm so thankful that I'm not one of them because no one is falling in love in no 24 hours ,I had one ask me to also get him an iTunes card 100.00 I told him with what because I didn't have it so he tired showing shad say because that's why I'm poor, and I said yeah I may be poor but who's the one asking.so he got blocked so his name is Robert 374q on Instagram his block also there is Bennett hansel, Dennis wood that goes also Patrick Fortune Ford . So lady's please be careful take the time to really listen to the men. They are not real the love is not real. They are only saying those sweet things because they want something that are only trying to set us up. Don't let it happen .
Suckered
August 18, 2018
Yes happened to me too...made me feel like a princess...he was lovely looking...my daughter found out his photo was a fake...i was so upset cos i missed him lol....he never asked me for a penny though?
protecting mom
August 18, 2018
Has anyone talked to a Steve White ? Says he is in Florida and a engineer, 68 and never married. I take care of my mom and he has her hook line and sinker. She gave him our address and he refuses to give her his address. I am really afraid for her safety
bubba54
May 25, 2020

In reply to by protecting mom

I do just started talking with him. Does anyone know Jason Benneth
Cupcake53
July 10, 2020

In reply to by bubba54

I know jason ive been talking to him since December of 19
SandraLynn
August 19, 2018
Any one dealt with a Josh George who is supposedly a civil engineer in Dubai for work?
Love2travel
August 19, 2018
Does anyone know anything about Eric Martin?
Toronto
July 17, 2020

In reply to by Love2travel

Don't know an Eric Martin, but do know a Henrik Martin, widowed geologist/engineer, with a 15-year-old son named Eric Martin, who doesn't live with him. Wife died 7 or 8 months ago, but he's already in love with me.
Info.
December 20, 2021

In reply to by Love2travel

I see you asked about a Eric Martin.I apparently heard from a Dr Eric Martin he says he is a general surgeon in Syria Demascus.Not sure if this is the same one you asked about.I am concerned because he just starting to chat to me via Instagram.But I don't seem to trust him.Any updates on him please.We have to be safe from all these scams.Thanks
Londier1234on…
August 19, 2018
Anyone had correspondence from a guy called Michael handro says he is from Dominican but lives in Utah a widow with two sons. Asked me to download hangouts. I find it hilarious there is no way I would part with a penny but play them at their own game
sdhillon
August 19, 2018
Just an observation, but based on my experience, especially that of a real American, male, not in need of money nor anyone/thing else, these forums on .gov websites tend not to be as safe as the obviously secured ones. In most, if not all the secured and monitored locations, you acknoledge the security of the site before being able to post. The reason I bring this up is that it may be easy to fool some people with messages of love and understanding, but it is likely easier to fool you with messages of comraderie and "OMG, I'm talking to him right now" messages. Scammers can plan operations out over time and as such, building relationships of trust over a perceived secure site is a great way to do it. Tell your stories, but trust no one who replies.
Angel64
August 20, 2018
I believe I averted a possible scam attack. I was talking to a guy for only a couple of days who had contacted me on Words with Friends on 8-16-18, the day he signed up to play. He used the name Patterson Bobby. In the handful of message we exchanged, he included that he is 55, a widower, has a teenage daughter (16 yrs of age), is an independent construction engineer, working a job out of the country ( Poland), lives in California, has an accent. His picture reveals a white, fairly good looking male in his mid 50's. I was scanning some articles about internet scammers because I was curious about this guy, then came across all of the comments. I was surprised by how many similarities I found in the information he gave me and what many people have included here. When I messaged him on Words with Friends to tell him what I had found in the article, all of the similarities to his information, and that I didn't believe it was coincidental, he blocked me. I believe that is a solid addmission of guilt. If anyone knows how to report someone on Words with Friends after one has been blocked, can you please reply? I am so very sorry to all of you who have been hurt by and taken advantage of by these types of people. I am saddened by many stories I have read here.
Confused 01
August 20, 2018
I meet a guy on a dating site. Said he was a enginer in Atlanta Georgia. He has not asked me for money but did ask me to buy him a iTunes card to update his phone. Made no sense to me because my sister has a iPhone. Then he asked if he could use me as his payee. Where his clientes would send me money and i would send it to his colleagues. I have questioned him on it because it makes no sense. Why can't they send to you. I asked he didn't say. I have looked his name up and come up with nothing also his phone number. I asked for more proof and he ask why do I not believe in him. He sends me this certificate of his job that he doing in Nigeria. It looks so fake so I looked it up. And sure enough it is. He just changed it up a little. How do I find out who he really is.
Jambe
August 21, 2018
Can anyone help me please!!! I need some of you on here to post photos of this guy that's using all these different names to scam people out of money. I joined words with friends and long story short a guy named Michael Raymond has gone from playing on words with friends 2 with me to hangouts in very quick time. Did video calls which I assumed is at his home, he is a Surgeon in the military and was being posted out to Afghanistan within a couple of weeks of us chatting, I was the one that befriended him because he is a handsome man and he caught my eye and decided to see if he would want to play the online scrabble game and after 3 or 4 days he game back to me to play..We did share video calls and he did woo me big time with his words and he said his wife and daughter was killed in a freak accident while his daughter was driving his wife to the hospital to have cancer treatment. He was left to raise his grandchildren for the last 6 years and the granddaughter was in a boarding school but now going off to college. Anyway he chats everyday and video calls and when he arrived in Afghanistan He video called to show me where he was situated and up the mountains and seriously it looked real.. Then came the punchline about his daughter turning 16 and could I buy her a phone with Amazon gift cards totalling £200 like an idiot that I am I did this, apparently the Nanny looking after his grandkids had overspent and used the phone money he had left her to buy her the phone. Apparently in the military when they go on a mission for two months they freeze there accounts in case of a hostage situation... He gave me his home address and I picked it up on Google maps but couldn't really pinpoint an exact point of which his home is at. As of last night he sent me two letters from a mortgage company saying he is about to lose his home and could I help with the 3000 dollars for his lawyers to go to court on his behalf on 1st September 2018. I sent emails to the lawyers and got a response almost immediately stating they needed proof from us both of who we are and sent my passport and driving licence to them along with his that he sent me via gmail. My daughter not quite a teen picked up on the fact that his date of birth didn't add up to the age he told me ( only 2 years difference bit still) he said an error was made years earlier but he never bothered to change it. We do chat to his daughter on hangouts and over the phone and he maybe genuine but now things don't seem right since these court proceedings letters appeared at his home that his daughter scanned to him. He never asked for the money last night so I was relieved but this morning he did.. I searched the mortgage company up and rang them only to find it was basically a dead line and the number and address was different to on his letter, the numbers on his letter were dead numbers on calling so I queried this with him over the phone and he explained it to be a direct address to the ones dealing at the courts. The long and the short of it is he is coming to take myself and my daughter to usa to live in October. . His house is apparently worth 2 million in an estate where his neighbours are celebrities.. He has my home address here in the uk, my driving licence details and my passport copy.. I have lots of photos of him but I would like to match them up to some if yours to see if he is the same guy going under different names to scam people. Any help would be appreciated before I leave my home in the uk to move out there with him. It's now been left for me to try and raise 3000 dollars on his behalf for his lawyers to go act for him in court on 1st Sept or he will lose his home..The home we're alk supposed to be living in once we get out to usa. He's in this debt due to taking loans out to cover the cancer treatment costs. Thanks in advance.
FTC Staff
August 21, 2018

In reply to by Jambe

This sounds like a scam. This person has moved very quickly to form a connection with you, and then asked for money and valuable personal information- your passport, driving license - which could be used for identity theft.

The story about losing his house doesn't add up: he said his lawyer is going to court on September 1, 2018, but that is a Saturday, and US civil courts are generally closed on Saturdays. Also, September 1 falls on the three-day Labor Day holiday weekend in the US.

If you send money to this person, or his accomplices, you will probably lose the money.

 

Memaw2ctiw
January 01, 2021

In reply to by Jambe

I have been talking with Michael Raymond for the past month. He asked me to buy him an iTunes card. But I told him I had no money that I spent it on Xmas gifts for my grandkids. He was ok with that. He also told me pretty much the same story. But he only has a son named Josh, who is 9 years old. And tonight he told me that Josh had a severe asthma attack and was in the hospital on oxygen. And asked if I could get money to him and the nanny. Then at one point he just dropped it. Then I told him my friend came across the letter you posted and he said it was all lies. The pictures he sent to me were of Dr. Brad Schaeffer. The Dr. From the tv show, My feet are killing me!!
StephTheGamer
August 21, 2018
For those who truly need to get money from strangers on the internet, there are verified ways of doing it.
RenCollins
August 21, 2018
Kelvin Jeff, he tried, it has become a joke for me. These guys should be charged and prosecuted for fraud. Few things are worse than stolen valor.
Lillie2015
August 21, 2018
i've been emailing a guy that said he was a col. in the army and his account is frozen. he cant get any money out. he has a daughter and she needs to go to England for her school. she needs 1300.00 to go and has no way of getting it. he has told me he loves me and plans on marrying me. i am so confused. my granddaughter said he is a scammer. please help
FTC Staff
August 22, 2018

In reply to by Lillie2015

That sounds like a scam. Scammers often pretend to be US soldiers, but real US soldiers, especially high ranking officers, have people in the Army to help them resolve problems. This warning from the US Army has more information about how to protect yourself from an online romance scammer who pretends to be a US soldier.

I've Lost Everything
August 22, 2018
Hello Bridget Small- FTC and All victims I was scammed for over 200 000$ FTC has done nothing so far (since january 2018). So, what is the point to file a complaint? Really...
FTC Staff
August 22, 2018

In reply to by I've Lost Everything

When you file a complaint with the FTC at FTC.gov/Complaint, the information you give is entered into a secure database. The FTC and other law enforcement agencies use that information for investigations.

If you give your email address when you file a complaint, you should receive an email response that says we received your complaint, and a number for your complaint. The FTC does not investigate single complaints for people. It gathers information for investigations and to bring legal actions. Generally, information about law enforcement agency investigations is not shared with the public until there is a legal action to announce.

HazelTweety
August 22, 2018
Did anyone speak to Richard Greyson? He supposedly from Canada, working on oil rig in Venezuela and has one daughter. His wife apparently died a couple of years ago. He can't video chat because it is prohibited on the oil rig. His sentences really don't make any sense. If he is an Engineer on the rig, why would he mix up all his sentences? "I fall for you" "I just want you to know that I'm here for you ever if my sentence doesn't make sense to you" White male, glasses, blonde hair daughter.
James
August 22, 2018
I want information about diplomatic and barrister
Fool me once
August 22, 2018
I met a guy named Mike Smith that lives in Alabama via Facebook. He says he was born and raised in Germany and left when his son Trey told him his wife cheated on him. His son is un a school in Louisiana. He calls via messenger and has the thickest Nigerian accent ever. Speaks brown Ken English, but is very fluent in French and some Spanish. He knows very little English. He requested I send his son a $100 iTunes gift card for his birthday. I bought a $25 one and took pictures of the card. A few weeks later he suddenly has to go to Africa for a contract he had been bidding on. He sends me a contract...douywording and looked copied and pasted and an airline ticket order. He goes to Africa and a week later cannot withdraw funds from his US account saying Wells Fargo says it will take 24days. The project is only to last 4wks and needs me to send money for equipment to finish the job. I said I was broke and he has his "financial advisor" send me info so that I could deposit a check and wire or western union the funds. He is still begging me and professes his love. I've blocked him in FB but he still uses messenger. Has anyone heard of him. His pictures are a bald headed black guy with a beard and 4 gold teeth(2 upper and 2 lower)