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Police arrest internet conman

Hi.

here is another story from the newspapers in australia about how a woman was rescued from a scam. she lost quite some money to the scammer, but at the end, he was caught.please read on and make your comments.

regards

alan

www.elovedeceptions.com

A Gold Coast woman who was swindled out of $47,000 in four months by a Nigerian con artist was the victim of an online romance scam, according to police.

Nigerian authorities todaThe Nigerian man who went by the name Benson Lawson scammed $47,000 from a Gold Coast woman.y arrested a 27-year-old man after a coordinated investigation with Queensland Police, charging the man with fraud-related offences.

Queensland police said a 56-year-old Gold Coast businesswoman began an online relationship in July with a man named Benson Lawson.

She believed he was a British engineer who travelled the world, but in reality she was communicating with a calculated conman who swindled her out of a large sum of money.

Superintendent Brian Hay from the Fraud and Corporate Crime Group said the woman had become so convinced the romance was legitimate, and was now paying the ultimate price.

“This woman was simply looking for a relationship, looking for a partner in life, and it cost her somewhere in the order of $47,000,” Superintendent Hay said.

“Quite frankly, the poor lady feels humiliated and embarrassed, she is angry and frustrated, and of course is left with a broken heart.

“She has suffered greatly and there’s no doubt what she feels will carry far beyond the events of today and the last four months.”

The conman came up with a number of complex excuses for needing money, which was sent to several overseas locations, including the United States.

“Each time there was a twist in the story and a different reason for the money to be sent, always with a promise of coming to meet her,” Superintendent Hay said.

She was bombarded with declarations of undying love and affection which turned out to be cleverly veiled lies and deceit, he said.

The big sting came when the woman’s love interest was on his way to Australia to meet her.

An e-mail later arrived from a Nigerian doctor, who said the man had been involved in a serious car accident while on his way to the airport.

Authorities had recovered a passport and airplane ticket and a diary containing her contact details, with the word “love” written underneath.

After sending pictures of a mangled car, wedged beneath a truck, the doctor pleaded for money to pay for medical bills.

“At the moment Benson is in a coma and very unconscious and needs urgent attention in order to commence further treatment,” the e-mail read.

“We expect your urgent response in order to save his life.”

Superintendent Hay said the e-mail was a cowardly play on emotion, and was sent with an horrific photograph of a car accident the woman believed had involved her love interest.
If not for the actions of her suspicious son, she may have sent money to assist with the fictitious treatment.

However after conducting an online search, her son found the same photograph of the car accident and discovered it had originally appeared on the internet years earlier.

The family contacted police, and an investigation led to the man’s arrest today.

Police believe he had accomplices all over the world, and have not ruled out other victims in Australia.

Superintendent Hay said things could have been much worse, revealing the man had earlier asked for $US60,000 to fund an engineering project.

“We’re talking about an intelligent, articulate woman who ordinarily in business circumstances would not be conned,” he said.

“There will always be discrepancies, but people get to the point where they want to believe something to be true and therefore make excuses.”

He appealed for anyone involved in an online romance to be cautious and never send money to someone they have never met.

“Please give us a call and we will make the time available to talk to you about your situation, and hopefully save you from embarrassment and the loss of thousands and thousands of dollars,” he said.

“If you are ever asked to send money, don’t. Contact the police, get independent advice and listen to that advice.”

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  1. this is happeneing to my friendz mom but she wont believe it and its gettn out of hand and i dont kno wat to do…she is deak and he also says he is a white man living in nigeri as a deaf undercover cop and she si sendinh him money all tha tyme as well ashis froend “tony” i knwo his real name im pretty sure his real name becuz of teh western union where she sends tha money btu he also has an inetrent name can anyone help me find proof so that she doesnt get screwed over more?

    Comment by barbie | November 26, 2007 | Reply

  2. Barbie, please contact me at scammereliminators@yahoo.com, we can help you.

    Thanks
    Ann

    Comment by Anne | December 23, 2007 | Reply

  3. hello, i have been reading a lot of these pages with great interest,i have recently been scammed myself and the emotional scars will take quite some time to heal,i lost 2oo u.s dollars which is roughly just over 100 pounds,i live in england and met a guy on myspace using the name john monahon,who seemed very genuine and almost the perfect man,i was not looking to meet anyone but soon became involved and we spoke everyday on the internet via e mail,i really believed all he said,i checked the us white pages to make sure his address was real and it was,i have no idea if he stole someone elses identity or is a conman.i had mobile numbers for him.he told he was going to work in nigeria for a week and had ran out of money for his airfare home i refused at first and later sent the money as it was x mas,only to receive an e mail saying he had been shot on the way to the airport,alarm bells started going off and i promptly e mailed his”friend”the american embassys details in nigeria,i have had no further e mails from either of them!the e mails they used were john monahon@yahoo.com,or richalsoweep@yahoo.com.his“friend”was called charles barnett also using yahoo,please be careful and never send money to someone you have never met.

    Comment by trish reading | January 4, 2008 | Reply

  4. WILL I DIDNT WANT TO BELEIVE IT BUT,I KNOW NOW ,I HAVE BEEN SCAMMED OUT OF APPROXIAMATLY 1500$,AROUND OCT-11-07 STARTED RECEIVING E-MAILS FROM A SONIA LUCCAS,,SEEKINGSONIA_LUCCAS@YAHOO.COM .FIRST WAS INNOCENT ,HER SAYYING I LOVE YOUR PROFILE,YOUR THE MAN I HAVE BEEN LOOKING 4 MY WHOLE LIFE?E-MAILS AT 1ST THEN IT MOVED TO MESSENGER,TALKING 5TO8TIMES ADAY,NOT TILL LIKE THE 3RD E-MAIL,SHE INFORMS ME IAM IN LAGOS NIGERIA,DOING MEDICAL RESEARCH,WILL BE BACK TO OHIO IN 3 WEEKS COOL,WUD LIKE TO MEET YOU WEN YOU GET HOME?SENDING ME PICTURES ,OF THIS BEAUTIFUL LADY,ALWAYS SAYING I COULD FALL IN LOVE WITH YOU SO EASY.WILL 1ST TIME ASK FOR MONEY LATE OCT,I CANT COME HOME,I JUST FOUND OUT I NEED 350$FOR SOMETHING SHE CALLED A BTA TRAVEL ALLOWANCE SHE SAID WAT IT WAS 4,MY STUPID BUTT SENDS IT WESTERN UNION THAT DAY,THEN NEXT DAY THOUGHT SHE WAS FLYING TO OHIO GET E-MAIL,HAD TO GOTO DR HIT BY CAR,HAD TO SPEND THE MONEY TO PAY HOSPITAL AND MY MEDICINE,ME,IAM SORRY TO HEAR THAT DONT WORRY WILL B ALLRITE,THEN SHE STARTED ASKING MONEY 4 FOOD 50$ HERE 100$ HEREBUT ALL OF SUDDEN SHE WANTS ME TO WETERN UNION THE MONEY TO SOME1 NAMED BENNY NICHOLS,SHE WAS SAYING COULDNT WALK TO GO GET IT ,SO MY IDIOT SELF DOES ATLEAST 400$ TO LIKE RITE BEFORE X-MAS I WILL B HOME TO YOU KEN ,THEN SHES SAYING I LOVE YOU NOW,BEAUTIFUL,AND CAN WRITE TO POEMS THE WORKS,STARTED SIGNING HER E-MAILS YOUR LOVING WIFE SONIA HALL,GETS BETTER EXPECTING HER HOME BY X-MAS,EXPECTING HER GET ANOTHER PANIC E-MAIL THE DAY BEFORE SHE SUPPOSED TO LEAVE LAGOS,KEN I STILL NEED THAT 350$HAD TO USE IT B4 BY THIS TIME IAM STARTING TO SAY WAT THE HELL R YOU DOING KEN,BUT THE BEGGING,I NO PEOPLE MIGHT NOT UNDERSTAND THIS BUT I FELT IN MY HEART I WAS FALLING IN LOVE WITH HER,AS STUPID AS THAT SOUNDS ,WILL NEED ANOTHER 350$,BUT COULD YOU MAKE IT 500$I HAVE HOSPITAL BILLS I STILL OWESO LIKE 2 DAYS B4 X-MAS I SENT IT I KNOW IAM A IDIOT..WESTERN UNION TO THE BENNY NICHOLS 4 HERE SAID IT WAS HER GIRLFREIND SHE WILL PICK IT UP FOR ME TOMORROW MORNING DID IT,,,,NEXT MORNING GET PANIC E-MAIL FROM SONIA ? SAYING BENNY WAS KILLED THIS MORNING PICKING UP THE MONEY,STOLE THE 500$ WAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO NOW KEN SHE SAIS?HAVE ALL WESTERN UNION RECEIPTS,BUT SHE STILL HAS THE GULL TO STILL E-MAIL IN FACT YESTERDAY,YOU SEND ME 700$ DOLLARS I WILL BHOME FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY THE 17 OF JAN,I FEEL SO HURT,USED ABUSED,SHE PLAYED ME LIKE A RAGDOLL….IM DEPRESSED CANT SLEEP ,I FEEL SO VIOLATED,AND STUPID!!!!!!!WAT A MORRON IAM CANT BELIEVE GOT SWINDLED LIKE THIS????????????????WILL ALL I HAVE TO SAY I GUESS,NOT A DIME TILL YOU MEET THEM 1ST AND CAN TALK,READING THIS THINGS ON THIS SITE IT WAS PROBALY A MAN I WAS TALKING TO THE WHOLE TIME,OUT OVER 1500$IF I COUNT THE FEES TO WESTERN UNION THE MONEY 12$,THEY GOT ME GOOD ,THOUGHT I WAS A SMART MAN ???????????????????????BET THAT TRUE STORY???????????? KEN

    Comment by KENNETH H | January 12, 2008 | Reply

  5. Hey I just wanted to know how do you tell if an online relationship is a con or scam? Is there any information a person can read up on to know if its real or not?

    Comment by georgia pastor | March 21, 2008 | Reply

  6. Hello everyone. I’ve been scammed as well, I couldnt believe I met someone that nice online. He told me he was he has his citizenship in the US and he ha a job waiting on hi here and he just don’t have the money to move back the the states. I sent him money fora ticket about $1200.00, he was to arrive in Sept. 2007 and he nver came. When he contact me he claim he was in a accident and his father died in the accident. He said he was in the hospital for a month and the ticket agent told him if he pay $500.00 more he can fly to Texas. I sent him the $500.00 extra, he was to arrive here in Texas in Oct. 2007 and he neer arrive. He contact me again in the end of Oct. 2007 and said when he landed the England Gov. mistaken him for someone else and they asulted him, held him against his well. In Nov. 2007 he ask for more money and like a fool I sent him $15 or 17 hundred dollars to pay a new ticket to come to Texas in Dec. 2007 and after that I didn’t hear from him anymore.
    This man made me feel loved, he said we was husband and wife nd I was a Egpytian citizen andhe filed the papers. I gave him all im info thinking I can trust someone I love and that loved me back. Now looking at all this I see all he wanted was my money and I empty my retirement account, lost my job thinking he will be here and we’ll be starting out new life together here in Texas. His name is Ibraham Mahammad Awd his address: 15 Masaken Alskaa Alhadid, Azbeat Algotos, Alkantra East, Ismalia Egypt amd his cell: 01120109832942 e-mll address egyptianpoet@hotmail.com / sea_dancing_on_a_soft_tone@yahoo.com His birthday March 21, 1967..he’s tall slim built, he works for the new paper there in Egypt as a wirter. He made me all kinds of promises and I have his Egyptian ID. So you see it’s not just the Nigerians it’s the Egyptians as well. Now that Im broke I must look for a job and hope and pray someone will catch his ass and send him to me.
    Thanks you for your time.

    Comment by Mrs Ibraham Awd | March 22, 2008 | Reply


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