Romance scam. Met online on match.com. He claimed to be in the army and after several chats wanted to move in with me and have me send him gifts. He spent a lot of time building up my trust but slipped when his English started getting bad. He refused to do a video chat.
Review by Spinman4 years ago
Gold inheritance scammer
Was contacted by her on Match.com, wanted visa and flight money, sent, then inherited gold scam ensued, fake docs and shipping company scam Transworld diplomatic shipping Company were paid to ship 100 kilos gold to my address, purchase of export license, gold certification and assaying, faked receipts, insured shipment demands, and all kinds of costs, lost 50 k in usa dollars, have all fake documents and emails.
Review by JSall4 years ago
ASKING ME FOR MONEY ONLINE
I met a man on match.com ...we corresponded back and forth, he told me his name was henric lars frost...and that he was in the middle of the gulf of Mexico, a valve had broken on his ship and his bank in the states had been compromised, so he needed $650 to give to some Cambodians who were going to fix the valve. I did not send any money. His phone number is: 646-776-3755.
Review by JPiper4 years ago
Money taken under false pretences
On Jan 30th, I started chatting with Davide Lonrezo Geovani on the Match.com site. We chatted every day and night. He said he is from Addison NY. Then he supposedly went to Manchester UK for a job he bid on. It was a $5,000,000 dollar contract. He told me how he worked for himself as a civil engineer bidding on jobs and that he worked all over the world. He told me about the places he went to and about his late wife and daughter. Everything sounded so authentic. Then on the 14th of Feb. he left for the UK. He sent a message to say he had landed safely. He gave me his cell number in Manchester. Chatted at the same time each night because he said he liked to chat before bed. That was 5 or 6 my time 10 or 11 his time. Around Mar.3rd he e-mailed me that he needed $8000 because the tax collectors wanted the taxes right away or they would shut him down. He had invested every penny that he hat to pay the $150,000.00 fees and could only come up with $145,000.00. It sounded so ligit. I foolishly went to the bank after much persuasion and threats of suicide. The money was sent to an account in London to the supervisor whom Davide trusted. Receiving customer is A Mbela Roku, 8 Heaton Rd. London UK
Acct iban: GB06ABBY091283*********
128-130 NORTHEND EAST CROYDEN Bank code ABBYGB2LXXX . I was so stupid that when he asked for a copy of the receipt, I sent him that without realising that they now have all my information from the bank. STUPID. Everything was wonderful he had his money and then on the following Monday he said that the machine he was using had broke down and he needed me to get more money for him, this time he needed $16,000.00. I told him there was no way that I could get that much more and he wasn't very nice anymore. I am afraid that I have given him so much information about myself that they could do all sorts of things with it. Hind sight sucks. I was very nervous about sending the money in the first place but I am very trusting. I didn't have time to do my homework. After the fact I started re-reading the e-mails and chats and the signs were all there. He spoke of ISIS a few times and told me again that people are sending money in support of ISIS so that I should make sure that the bank knows that it is going to a good friend. I have all the e-mails and messages that he ever wrote if they are needed. I should have been smarter but I guess I was wanting him to be real and didn't want to let him down. I know I may never see that money again but I want him stopped from doing this to anyone else.
Review by Hemblys Chiachio4 years ago
Russian Women Scam Alert
Met a woman on match.com that started to e-mail me directly. After several weeks of her saying how much she was in "love" and send me pictures. I learned she was not real. She started asking for money to come meet with me but she accidently sent me an e-mail meant for another man. She used the name Anna and her e-mail was dovelons&yandex.com
Review by Titilia4 years ago
Dating site scammers
I made a profile on match.com and started to get a lot of feedback likes and messages. I answered some of them. Next thing I know they want to talk outside the dating site and are asking for personal information such as my real name, phone number, email address. Match.com has a "report this email as concerning" or something like that. I reported many of the emails as I noticed that the messages had similar content. They are always very flattering, talking about how gorgeous on outside and inside I am and usually come from very handsome guys living far way or in another town that are willing to do anything for that "special person and maybe you are this person". Many of them are recently widowed. Some of the messages indicate that a friend of the user that is not on internet dating saw my profile and fell in love with me. I am then asked to contact that person using their personal email account.
More than half of the contacts I get on match.com now are fraudulent. I am being bombarded with these fraudulent contacts on the site. I guess once you answered one of them you became a target. I reported them but they keep coming. I am now suspicious of everyone and am thinking of deleting my profile. If this is happening to me it must be happening to a lot of other honest people on dating sites. In fact, I have another profile on a iPhone app called Okcupid in which I also started to get fraudulent messages. Something has to be done to make the criminals accountable. Many of them are in the US. These criminals are certainly scamming a lot of well intentioned user and I don't understand how this can go on under the radar.
Review by Howee Suthahar4 years ago
Borrowing money and not repaying
Individual started communicating through match.com. After a couple of months he asked for money which I initially refused. I eventually ended up giving him money after he signed a Promissory Note (he alleged he was in Scotland working). He was in touch for a number of months but has now ceased communications.
Review by Kanex5 years ago
Fraudulent Online Profile
Match.com - Harrison Moore (goes by Harri) from Clarksburg WV. Says he was previously from VA Beach and grew up in France. Parents died when he was young, ex-wife died in car crash. I'm sure this is not his real name. No online information about him, fake google phone number, said he was going out of the country on business to England. Asked me to order a iTunes gift card for his daughter Julia. I declined and never heard from him again. After researching further, he does not appear to be who he says he is.
Review by CSitzlar Izugbokwe5 years ago
Thought he was what he said he was
Email David Anthony miller for about 6 months ago sent money to help him out with supposedly his kid. Which he never had. Said he was coming home soon from the army but find out he is a huge scammer in Ghana. Kept making excuses up to some questions on us asking him.
Review by HLockwood5 years ago
Money wire transfer scam
This man was or is the person who I met on Match.com under the name of Cuteandnorway1 and who is no longer on that site. He gave me the name Marcus Benjamin and his cell phone number is 1-865-896-9589. He scammed be out of a lot of money. Scammer, please arrest!!
Review by Arnav5 years ago
Love scam asking for money
This person pretends to be very interested in you meets on match.com or other site and wants to arrange meeting with you in person, but needs money to complete job or other something before you can meet. In my case he was an architect from Italy who needed $30000.00 to comply with a fee so he could get a bid that would grant "us" enough money to fulfill our dreams. I did not give him or her whatever it was, any money
Review by Ug5 years ago
contacted about money for emergencies
I met Susan Harter on Match.com and first she asked me for money groceries, just $200, then a couple weeks later she asked me for money to fly to Nigeria to take care of business. First it was just $ then it was $600 for hotel, then another $600 for food/hotel, then $2,500 to fly home, now she wants $1,400 for BTA fees. I thought at first she was real, because we chatted over video messaging on Yahoo, and all of her pictures matched her. I sent all of the money via Western Union, the first $200 was to MI (to Gregory Harter) and the other was paid to her in Nigeria. I didn't pay her the last $1400. I thought at first it was a scam, but after I video messaged her and she matched her photos I thought maybe she was real. I guess I should of stuck with my gut feeling that it wasn't right. The email address she gave me was [email protected] and her phone number (484) 841-4000
Review by Alzar Lindie5 years ago
Romance Scam involving a caucasian male in Nigeria who needs to return to the US immediately
I see now from research that I am the victim of a romance scam. He seemed so sweet and genuine. We started talking on Match.com. He first wrote to me on 2/3/14 as HonestChris2742.
He wrote me many heartfelt, long and detailed emails and so I was so sure this had to be real. He emailed me photos. Here is the story he claimed, taken directly from his messages.
3/2/14 via match.com "I was born here in Illinois but I grew up in West Africa and lived there with my Aunt since I was five years old. My mom died when I was very young so I moved to Africa to live with my aunt because my dad was always traveling and busy with his business but he died of liver failure in Jan 2014 that's why I moved back to Chicago so I can take care my dad's properties as the only child.”
He tricked me into giving him money through this story:
3/4/14 via email (all the rest of these correspondences are via email) "Just to let you know that I'm currently in West Africa now, I'm here to visit my sick aunt…"
He wrote many very long and sweet emails over the next four days I wrote many long ones to him as well. Then he sent the following:
3/8/14 "I just got a message to return to Chicago this weekend to sort out some issues about my dad's finances and properties as the beneficiary else I will lose everything, long story I will tell you in person when i get back. So I have to go get my flight ticket and booking done this morning so I can fly out asap…”
3/8/14 "I just got back from the agency/airline but I could not get a flight ticket for some reasons. I will be home for the rest of the day so you can write back when you get this. I got your number and mine is 863 307 1352. It's my dad's florida number but I use it now…
I'm very sad I could not get the flight ticket and I don't know what to do now since I have to be back asap to sort the issues about my dad's properties and finances. I could not afford the ticket because the price has increased and I already spent so much money for my trip and stuff here .
I don't know if is right to ask this but I was wondering if you can loan me some small amount of money for the ticket balance so I can get the ticket today and will payback when I return. I know this is a lot to ask from you but I really don't have or know anyone else to loan me the money so I can payback when i return, I don't have access to my funds from here till I get back..."
I said that I don’t have much but I would do what I can to help him, to which he replied, that he needed $650 to be sent through Western Union.
I sent him $700.
But then there was a problem:
3/8/14 "I have been out and about and I just got back home now but I could not get the money because all the western union were closed, the closed early today because it's weekend so I will have to go back there in the morning to get the money and ticket. Hopefully I will be able to get everything done in quick time so I can fly out tomorrow night."
I asked when he had his meeting with the lawyers and he replied,
3/8/14 "Well I'm suppose to meet them [the lawyers re: his father's estate] on Monday [3/10/14] so I'm just gonna email them to re-schedule the meeting for sometime next week and I hope they will agree to extend the date because I wont be back till Monday morning.”
3/9/14 "I just got back but I was unable to get the money because western union didn't open today at all so i have to get the money tomorrow and 100% sure they will open tomorrow by 8am since it's Monday. So I will have to wait and get everything done tomorrow morning."
He wrote back with good news that his lawyers would move their meeting:
3/9/14 "Thanks for the kind words and I'm glad I got extension today so I will be able to do everything tomorrow and arrive there on Tuesday for the meeting on Wednesday. "
Then he asked me for more:
3/10/14 "I'm feeling better and excited today because I will be able to get the money and ticket today but my only concern will be the extra money I need for taxi, food and ticket price increase so I'm hoping you will be able to send that to me when you wake up and get this so I will have enough time to get the money and do the booking for the flight to leave tonight. "
3/10/14 "I already checked with the airline today and they gonna get me a flight that arrive Chicago by 9:42am on Tuesday morning so I have to try and get the ticket before it's sold to someone else. I understand you have other responsibilities but we would be able to spend much time together since I'm arriving in the morning.
My meeting is scheduled for 11am on Wednesday so let me know if that convenient for you to go with me. Thanks for being there for me and you wont stay late, it's a promise."
3/10/14 " I'm gonna need $600 extra for food, taxi and ticket increase so let me know if you can send it and when because I need it asap to do get the ticket and booking done so I can still fly tonight because of the time difference.
Just to let you know I was able to get the $700 today so I'm excited about that and just need the other money ($600) so I can get the ticket."
I let him know I could give him more than $600 if he needed since I didn’t want him to get stuck again without the money he needed. He responded,
"Just send as much as you can just in case something else come up... I can payback all the money when I get back on Tuesday.
I will have access to my funds and dad's finances when I get back so money wont be a problem when I return."
I sent him $1200 via Western Union.
3/10/14 "I just got back from the airline and the good news is that I got the money and ticket, I attached the itinerary to this message so you can view it to know when I will be arriving Chicago.”
He had me ready to pick him up at the airport and spend the rest of the day with him, and then take him to his meeting the next day because he didn’t want to feel alone. I am ashamed to admit I didn't recognize this as a scam until he asked me for money one last time:
3/10/14 "I just got to the airport and I got some really bad news for you, I got to the airport very late and missed the flight because of the bad road and heavy traffic. I really tried my best to get to the airport on time for the flight but it took the taxi 5hrs instead of 3
…I don't have enough money to pay the charges for the next flight and I have no place to sleep till tomorrow for the next flight…”
I didn't have any more cash to send so I asked if I could buy the ticket with my credit card, but he said they don’t take credit in Nigeria.
So I wrote, “But even for the ticket? I mean, what if I booked online?”
Him: “I already have a ticket....I just need to pay for booking and Tax only.”
He said he needed $500, but another $200-300 for hotel. I was very worried because I already gave him all my cash.
Me: “Chris, I am very worried... if something happens I won't have $1 and I have a lot of bills coming up in a couple days. Please promise me that this isn't some kind of scam. It says on Match not to send money to anyone you meet on the site, and of course I trust you, but it's hard to trust "Nigeria" since that is the place where most of these scams originate. I'm so scared that I'm digging myself into a hole I won't be able to get out of. Is your aunt unable to help at all?”
Him: “…So you really think all this is scam and I will hurt you for being nice and kind to me so far? What about my heart and what I feel for you. I can't believe you just said all that to me and it makes me feel worst right now. I can understand your fears but I need you to trust me on this and I swear with my life and my aunt's life not to let you down.
My aunt is very broke and she has not been working because of her health that is why I had to spend some of my money for her hospital bills and stuff here, I wont be asking for your help if she can help me.”
Me: “Maybe you can take a photo of yourself at the airport with your computer and send it to me. Then I can have faith that you really are who you say you are and I can trust that I am not going to be in great trouble in a couple days. I just don't have anywhere to go if I need to borrow money and I'm very scared.”
Him: “My laptop camera is bad and not working so I can't take pictures…”
I asked him if there was anything he could tell me or show me so I knew he was real... I asked for his Dad’s name or his aunt’s name so I could look them up. I asked to call him at his hotel, but he didn’t share anything. Since I feared now that this was a scam, I begged him to please send me back what he had left of my money and to have compassion for me because I really put myself into financial jeopardy.
Then the morning of 3/11/14 we actually talked on the phone. He called me from 234-701-454-6059 I think because he realized I needed some assurance if I were to send him more money. But he said his accent was a deep British accent, yet over the phone he sounded completely African. I kept talking to him because I was hoping that he would have compassion for me if he heard the pain and sincerity in my voice. But he still played it off like he was real and still tried to get money from me.
Review by Chnar Topolino5 years ago
benjamin adrian hermann
met this person on a dating site. emailed back and forth spoke on the phone numerous times. I checked out his phone number website and ip address and it all came back good. Claimed he was in Washington DC waiting to be awarded a contract overseas. claims he got the contract and had to leave for turkey was in turkey and claimed his credit cards were stolen and he needed money foolishly I sent it to him a few times. now his website is down
Review by Lankyschlong Kunagi6 years ago
Online dating scam with match.com
Made me believe he love me he was never real just from Ghana scam women out of what ever they can get. I believe in my case there are several of them his email address [email protected] I was fooled and sent a iphone value at 500.00 what a fool I was
Review by Macnyc6 years ago
Scammed out of money
I met someone on match.com who turned out to be a scam artist. He sucked me in with so many sad details that I felt compelled to help him & his "daughter" with the promise that I would see the money again when he returned to the states. He identified himself as CAULZ SMITH, also BRIAN EDMOND, also JOHN DICKSON. They were represented as different people but I don't know if they were. I wired via western union $3700 to New Delhi, India.
Review by Eybass6 years ago
Caulz Smith, James Presly
I joined the site Match.com and a man claiming to be James Presly living in Lawrenceville, GA with an art warehouse claimed to travel to New Delhi India and wanted me to transfer $50K into my account from a fake bank website called Metro Bank in UK.
He claimed to be a widower with a teen daughter who was traveling with him and he needed the money when he got back home to the states. He wanted me to wire him $2500 so the 2 of them could get back home. The wire was to go to Caulz Smith. I googled the name and found this site.
Beware ladies, if you haven't met them in person face to face don't fall for the money games. Not even $5 is worth giving to these type of men. They prey on what they believe are vulnerable, gullible women.
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