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Nigerian Internet Scam Hits Vermont

Burlington, Vermont – April 18, 2008

Internet scams are a dime a dozen. But when a Vermont woman found a great deal on a rented house — online — she suddenly realized that something wasn’t right.

Amanda Thomson says she found it on the Internet. She was looking for a house to rent with her fiancee. She went onto Craig’s List, a free website that includes homes for rent.

“I saw this great house for $700 in the Burlington hills,” she said. “And it had pictures of the inside and it looked very nice. So I jumped on it.”

Amanda Thomson had the good sense to check further on the house in Burlington’s Hill section that supposedly rented at such a low price. She Googled the address. Guess what? The house she hoped to move into was for sale. She called the realty company.

Sybil Chicoine, vice-president for marketing with Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty, said, “We contacted Craig’s List and they were quite cooperative in taking the listings down.”

Chicoine said several consumers called with similar stories about rental listings on Craig’s List. It was obvious that this was a scam. Especially since the email address of the people asking for a rental deposit up front was located in Nigeria.

Others dealing with offers on the Internet need to be careful. Chicoine added, “Just to do a little due diligence when they’re working online, and to — it sounds a little cliché — but when something’s a little too good to be true, you know, it might in fact be.”

Thomson said she feels embarrassed. But at the end of the day she avoided the trap. “I did not send any money,” she said. “Still, I’m just the bulls eye because I fell for it, I was so convinced that I was going to get this house and we were going to have a great place to live. And it didn’t happen. But we did find something and it was good.”

Thomson hopes others will take heed. Verify everything when it comes to financial dealings on the Internet.

Andy Potter – WCAX News

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  2. May 08. I am currently in talks with an African guy who is presumably in the UK (but usually resides in Australia) as his Grandfather has died and left him a large amount of money. He states he is/has been a Doctor at a Sydney hospital, and when he returns to Australia,his dream is to build a hospital. He sent me a copy of a Courier/Cargo receipt, where he states he had to pay $USD49,000.00 to ship his Grandfathers goods back to Australia. He is the sole beneficiary. He has never asked me for any money, but he did state that he needs to get some more money to pay for more Cargo. I did not send an money, I just wished him good luck in obtaining a loan from his friends. I also asked him if he was so rich after his Grandfathers death, why he cant afford to pay the Courier fees himself.
    I met this man on Yahoo Dating. It would be nice if this was for real, and he was genuine, and I apologise to him if he is, but since Ihave asked these questions I have not heard back from him, and, as the saying goes, if it sounds to good to be true, it usually is.

    Comment by Susi F | May 7, 2008 | Reply

  3. I meet this guy name is Chris Brown Hurbs and he was in Nigeria stating that he was from Beaumont Tx. And that he had to go Nigeria because his mom was in a accident. Everything was fine at first I meet him on MySpace and then he started saying he Loved Me within two days. And that he need $100.00 us money because he didnt have enough money to pay for is flight back.

    So beware of this guy

    Comment by Debbie | June 6, 2008 | Reply

    • Hi I’m Randy and I’m in touch with this girl she claims to be from Nigeria and wants me to send her money for a air fare to come back to the USA bot I’m am really leary about send her the money.She given me a name of a man at her church and he call me up and told me she is a honest girl well we chat pretty much everyday. Should I not believe that this is true I already sent her only $50,00 because she needed food then she ask if I would send her $150.00 instead I did not she claims she wants to marry me and have kids some reason I don’t believe this she send me pictures all the time and then some pictures of her friend getting married I already accused her of scamming me and she got all upset about it then she talks about her god will lead her to a other man I am confused about this here is my email and I would like to get answers before anything could take place http://www.rockacdc@gmx.us please contact me

      Comment by Randy Neumann | March 30, 2011 | Reply

    • hey randy
      well to tell you i was stupid and didnt realise i was scammed it started off with small money and a marriage proposel and ended after 3 years and i lost euro 2000 over the time first help a orphanage food then passport to come medicin he got malaria and put in jail and help with food in jail and the fare to come h never turnt up so you are not alone and now the trying europe woman and men for scam.
      plase take care and dont belief i had to learn the hard way julia

      Comment by ingeborg | February 23, 2012 | Reply

  4. Found a man on Chemistry.com Alberto Gomez… Italian living in the US. On contract in Nigeria. Never stated where exactly, actually never answered many of my questions at all. Corresponded via IM for 2 months, all of a sudden he loved me and was returning to the US. Then the very next day his hotel was robbed by a gang, he lost passport, laptop and wallet. American Embassy just gave him travel documents but he needed $700 to pay his bills. Wanted my bank details/credit card details etc for his company to deposit money into. I said no, he disappeared. Beware!

    Comment by Jackie | June 10, 2008 | Reply

  5. I found a man on eharmony.com and his name is Alberto Gomez.. Italian living in the uS and on contract in Nigeria. He told me he was staying in a hotel in Lagos. We have corresponded via IM and email for about a month. He called and said he had been picked up by militants and was being held for ransom… he gave me his attorneys name and asked me to call and make arrangements to come up with the money. The attorney wanted $3200 for his fee… told me to set up a emoney acct and to send him the money for his fee by western union. I told them I did not have that much.. only $400 and they begged me to send that so that things could get started to get Alberto out of jail. I did not send the money… and I have no idea if any of it is true… but my gut told me to run it was a scam and thats what I did… I am glad I did.

    Comment by Karen | June 30, 2008 | Reply

  6. I was contacted by a man on match.com, his name was “Sean Carter”. He said he and his sone live in Houston but where in Nigeria as he was working on a contract installing phone services. He contaced me the second week of May and we begain iming one another on a daily basis. When I asked about his son not being in shcool he said that he home school him. My first flag that something might be odd was when he asked about I owning my own home as well as if I had a bank account. That pretty much put me on edge, but none the less I continued to coorespond daily. The week before he was due to return to the states, he said he needed to ask me a big favor, I thought perhaps he and his son needed a ride home from the airport. But that was not the case he told me that he was short $600. and need the money to pay for the flights returning home. He told me not to tell anyone that he was asking for money as he was “shy”. I told him that I did not have extra money to send and he got very angrey and suggested I sell somthing and he would pay mey back upon his return. I told him I could not, but perhaps if he gave me his bank information her in the states I could talk to a V.P. of that bank they might be able to help him, again he got angry and said no do not talk to anyone about this at that point I new what he was up too… After giving him an excuss of having to leave I called match.com an reported him, I was told by someone at match that he has been scaming women for sometime now. I then returned to my computer and told him I knew what he was doing and to leave me alone. Needless to day he had a few choice words for me. Needless to say he is still on match.com, I know his writing and boy does he have several profiles…. He did give me his phone number in Nigeria and it is a land line, I checked the number on international and does belong to a home there. What I don’t understand is why match.com has not done a better job in filtering these people out. I have sent several e-mails to the corprate offices of match.com in the last five weeks and never did anyone ever respond to them. So when it comes to daiting or finding a mate, the old fashion way is the best way… in person…

    Comment by Norma | July 10, 2008 | Reply

  7. Stay away from a young girl who calls herself sexykat and with a supposedly real name of Abbey Pestana. She said she was on a work project in Lago, Nigeria. After a weeks chatting and when she was about to fly home to UK she was robbed of everything and could not pay the hotel, please send £500. Well actually you cannot stay in a Nigerian hotel without paying up front, so it was all a scam. There were many other things that, after you realise what shes doing, did not make sense. Stay away!

    Comment by Paul Tatham | July 18, 2008 | Reply

  8. a woman calling herself vanessa graham from the UK working on a missionary In Ghana contacted me and told me that she was in love with me. She sent some pictures of a beautyful woman and a copy of her passport. I told her from the beginning that under no circomstances I would send any monney. Well to make a long story short I told her that if she was the woman she pretended to be; then I am the eastern bunny. Since then I have not heard from her.

    Comment by eddie hofmann | July 20, 2008 | Reply

    • Shes still around

      Comment by Tim | October 18, 2009 | Reply

  9. I met a man that calls himself Rubben Richards – a contractor who works for Malone Construction in Atlanta. He is currently working in Nigeria rebuilding bridges and roads. A very attractive widower with a 13 year old son John.
    After just 2 emails, he wanted to IM on yahoo messenger because his Match.com profile was about to expire. He sounded too good to be true. We chatted for a few days, but his English was very “broken” which I rationalized away because he was (supposedly) of German decent. He said he brought his son with him to Africa where he was schooling there.
    He quickly started using terms of endearment – baby, sweetie, darling, etc. the very first time we were IM-ing. He said he loved me before the week was out and that his son was anxious to meet me. I kept the charade going just out of curiosity, even though it was obvious by now that he was NOT for real. His conversations were just how much he loved me and was so happy to have found such a wonderful woman (unless I steered the conversation elsewhere) which I did. I asked him his address in Atlanta, where he grew up, went to school, college, etc. He answered all my questions without even asking why I wanted to know. These answers were obviously scripted and ready to go.

    I called Malone Construction and asked for him and they’d never heard of him. They also said they do not do any work outside of Atlanta, let alone outside the country. I checked the address in Atlanta and tried a reverse search, with no results. Nothing came up on a people search with him either.

    So, I came up with my own plan to see how easily he might scare off. I told him I had a friend who just retired from the Atlanta PD, visiting for the weekend. After our visit that weekend, I told him she didn’t believe he was for real and told me to investigate his background. This did not deter him. I confronted him about his work in Africa for Malone Construction. He has yet to answer. He has sent me several IM’s saying he missed me over the weekend and loves me, blah, blah, blah.

    I figure I’ll play the game… maybe even give him a taste of his own medicine… give him a sob story and ask him for money!!! LOL

    Bottom line ladies (and gents)… if he sounds too good to be true, he probably is. Listen to your gut!!!

    Comment by Laura | August 4, 2008 | Reply

  10. I met a woman who was in Lagos, Nigeria, Africa on a job, but originaly from the UK. She was interested in a relationship. She was an engineering consultant, age 31. She claimed to be English but did not look English on her picture. Said she was nice, kind, and looking for the same. She would speak this way “am engineering consultant, am nice, am looking for someone, etc”. Was very patient too. She was not desperate, and wanted to take things slow. This was really a man. As soon as I told her that I wanted to verify her voice for security reasons. She stopped writing me.

    This is pretty much the same description as many other stories of others who encounter a person online who is too good to be true.

    Comment by Gabriela | August 15, 2008 | Reply

  11. I met a guy on my space whose name is suppose to be Micheal A David and he said he is from Detroit, Michican and that he is working in Nigeria on a contract building a bridge, and he wanted me to reach him on yahoo messanger, he even gave a phone number where i could reach him if i wanted. after the first 2 times im he also i love you i want to marry you, that he was looking for a wife. And that his parents died 5 years ago and he has an inheritance but he can not get it until he is married. Then a week after he is gonna get cut off the internet if he does not pay his fee of $500US he has $300 but he needs me to send him $200 and he will give it back when i comes home. When i asked for the name of the hotel he was staying at he got hostile, when is said give me the address where you are so i can send him a letter her renigged. I said well if you need the money so bad send me your ATM card and pin and i will access your account from here and send you the money he gave every kind of story. He even used GOD thay he was such a christian because he knew i was a christian so he used that. When is said call the company you work for and tell them you need money he made an excuse for that.I told him straight you are a scam artist and someone is going to get you good. Thank GOD i never sent him any money.

    Comment by Marie | August 16, 2008 | Reply

  12. Interesting to read of Lagos stories especially Abbey Pestana who I was contacted at a Nudist contact site. Initially I wasn’t her type, but after a break started using Yahoo messenger for romantic exchanges. I became very fond of her encouraging me and offer of job help, money etc and I really thought this attractive girl of 30 was interested in an old fool like me – in fact the age gap became an argument topic.

    Just before an eager Monday evening session while waiting I typed her name in quotes for fun in a search engine and shocked to see different photos to the ones I received and different tales. I confronted her about being an auditor and who she really was .. the message line went dead/offline when I gave her one of the story links.

    We exchanged personal details some sounded true like some reactions but sometimes I wondered who was typing for an auditor her grammar wasn’t great and skipped answers – didn’t know who tv chef Gordon Ramsay was or his strong language. I was smitten perhaps due to loneliness. Offers by her for my birthday won’t happen and I wonder if the girl in the photos was really her. I’ve now sent short messages to encourage some truth .. but no luck.

    Luckily no money was exchanged, something she complained I mentioned too often. For photos & story please go to my website link.

    Comment by Steve | October 15, 2008 | Reply

  13. Hey,

    My buddy is on Yahoo Personals, He started chatting this chic named “Dawn George”. We found out it’s a scam and playing along with it just for fun.

    Look at my blog, we are documenting it.
    http://yahoopersonalscam.wordpress.com/

    She just sent us the “money email”, what do you think we should say back? We really would like feedback

    Comment by kimchigun | February 11, 2009 | Reply

    • tell her u have temporary cash flow problem but u are lucky u live in country where friends help out. Then say if ur really desperate please send her bank account details with password and u will send what u can afford. hehe

      Comment by stuart | October 18, 2009 | Reply

  14. Nice

    Comment by Smith | February 24, 2009 | Reply

  15. If anyone knows of this person please let me know (Paul Corwin) of Columbia, SC, doing work building new roads in Lagos, Nigeria…The needing money thing…doing goverment work, and the goverment wont settle, but he needs to get home, needs money for air ticket, and so on…if someone else is being scammed by him let me know..will be happy to play along and let him get bit in the @ss….

    Comment by Sherie | March 19, 2009 | Reply

    • I have also been talking to “Paul Corwin” since Jan. I found his profile on Yahoo Personal. I was told the same thing that you have written. I was also told he has a
      daughter that live in Canada withher mother. He has hit me up for money back in the spring. Now he is asking for money again.
      IF You do recive this message and know of Paul PLEASE
      e-mail at ellengeorge14@yahoo.com.
      If he is doing this to other women it needs to come
      to a stop ! Thank you for your time.

      Ellen

      Comment by Ellen | November 30, 2009 | Reply

  16. I too have been talking to a girl that is in Nigeria on business. It has only been about 3 or 4 days and she’s in love LOL. I have told myself on many occassions that this is too good to be true. She’s supposedly flying back home here on the 19th of this month. I took the innitiative to type in myspace dateing scams in the yahoo seach. When I saw Nigerian scam I pretty much put 2 and 2 together. I haven’t told this person I have found these facts. I’m going to wait and see if they ask me for personal information, to send money, or anything crazy like that. It’s kinda like a game to me now. I kind of hope they do ask for all this stuff, and have a sob story of how they were robbed, or something of that nature. “Sure I’ll send you 400, that’s all I have. What’s your bank account #!” LOL. If you have doughts about anything online, research it. It’s not that hard to type into the search what you are looking for. Myspace dateing scam seemed to clear things up for me.

    Comment by John Doe | June 7, 2009 | Reply

    • ellen this is regarding paul corwin. contact me plz albwood at yahoo thanks

      Comment by angie | March 28, 2010 | Reply

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  19. A man using Match.com started corresponding with me daily via yahoo.com daily and he used IM twice. He says he is David Milton, his Match.com name is Jauntysmile (his profile is blocked at this point.) The first week of writing he had an emergency in Boston, a lawyer swindled him out of $15,000. rent. I knew he was a con at that point. Next, he says he went to Dubia to get his paycheck and then to Republic of Benin to work on dredging and survey work. He sent me photos of him at work and they were all from the internet and oil web sites!! I confronted him via e mail, reported him to Match.com and filed a IC3 FBI report. He sent me a copy of a “contract” for 1.5 million from the Benin government. It was just a matter of time before he asked for money. I am lucky my ex is FBI, so he is investigating on his own. Another great part of the story is, about one week into the e mails, I knew he was a con, so my office staff and some college students in a class of mine, composed the e mails we sent back to him in an attempt to get him to call a cell phone (with a recording devise attached to it) but he never did call. He threatened to sue me for breach if I reported him. I have legal experience and several advanced degrees and breach is a silly attempt to stop me (and my class and my office staff…) We had a great time writing to this guy….this one is sloppy bc he sent photos of equipment he purchased in Dubai and they were all from the internet too. Not very bright, has bad grammer, choppy language. Frankly, I feel bad we could not get him to call bc the my ex was and is ready to find him. He can run, but he can’t hide. Match.com has not responded to any correspondence including my ex’s, which is a terrible indictment of this web site.

    Comment by Terry Sands | November 26, 2009 | Reply

    • David Milton is at it again. I met him on Match.com and he immediately cancelled his profile and wanted to chat on Yahoo IM. We have talke for a couple of weeks now and he has not asked fora ny money, but the buildup is the same, e.g. Boston, Lawyer stole $$, Dubai, poor grammer, etc. I am very glad that I looked here before going any further.

      Comment by Donna Kimbro | April 28, 2010 | Reply

  20. Internet scammer named clarkmorries_205@yahoo.com His name is Clark Morries, lives in 6 bedroom house in LA…couldn’t tell me exactly where. Sends a darling picture in a rugby shirt with water bottle foreign writing on it (clue number one) and adorable kid which looked like a professional head shot. IM everyday. Called me baby. I decided to play along all the while talking about God and church. He even sent me a prayer/internet card…smooth dude. He was in Lagos building the bridge-seems to be the mo. Kept talking about his 2.5 million dollars he was going to get. Watch out ladies…don’t give your heart away. Sleeze balls on the internet looking beautiful and saying stuff that you want to hear.

    Comment by Annie Cull | December 14, 2009 | Reply

    • SAME THING HAPPEN TO ME! ANTENA’S STARTED GOING UP,Like you. All the same lies and bull shit. This guy needs to be stoped.

      Comment by Seahorse222 | April 23, 2010 | Reply

    • Clark morries is full of shit. Don’t believe a word he says. Big time scanner.

      Comment by Patricia | April 4, 2011 | Reply

  21. Internet Scammer named chrisalf02@yahoo.com and chrisalfonso2@hotmail.com. His name is Christiano Alfonso, lives in Nigeria but claimed to be living in Glendowie, Auckland, NZ. He told me his address in Auckland is 19 Vista Cres, Glendowie, so I went there to check, it turned out to be incorrect. There was an old couple living there and it has been their home for the past 80 years. When I confronted him about it, he denied it. This is after two weeks of getting to know him. Prior to this, he wanted me to send some money because he could not cash his cheques in Nigeria. He promised that he would pay me double the money once he get to UK and cash his cheque. He is Italian, came to NZ and then he had to go to Londond and then to Nigeria for business. He claimed to be an oil well developer and consultant. He claimed to be wealthy investor but did not have a credit card or cash and could not afford to eat or pay his hotel bills…I said, what kind of business man are you…What a load of BullS****. Apparently, his exwife went off with his best mate and that shattered him in the last years. He turned to me and said that I was so beautiful and all and that he is going to look after me forever. I loved me and he kept calling me his wife…for f*** s**** and that I should not have to worry about anything once I send him $9800 US to pay for hospital bills because he deck an undercover policeman at the airport and dislocated his collar bone. I told him to sod off as I am going to spend all my money with my family this new year…later this morning I got a text that he is going to be locked up in jail for 2 years because the bills have not been paid and that the judge has sent an arrest warrant to put lock him up in jail for 2 years. He is desperate for help and the only one that can help is me…On match.com his profile was active for a day and I read it. His star sign was Scorpio and when I asked him for his birthdate, he said, 10 August, 1959. That means he is now 50 years old. On his profile he said he was 48.
    I told him that he can rot in hell for all I care…Watch out for this Italian Christiano Alfonso….

    Comment by Suze | December 30, 2009 | Reply

    • Hi, this Chris Alfonso is now emailing me and I found out once I searched his name in msn messenger via the web that he is a scammer. Do I email him back and tell him I know or just report him as spam??

      Comment by Tracey | January 21, 2011 | Reply

  22. Hi everyone my name is paul corwin am a native of SC AM NOT A SCAMMER THIS LADIES ARE JUST LIARS AND FAKE LOVERS SHERIE AM NOT SURPRISE YOU DOING THIS NO WONDER YOUR MARRIAGE DID NOT LAST ELLEN YOU ARE A TRUE WOMAN AND GOD WILL BLESS YOU ABONDANTLY.. SMITH, I DON’T EVEN KNOW YOU.. WELL YOU HAVE DONE WHAT YOU CAN DO .. This my Advice for you smith and sherie strone be Good to others and the Lord will be Good to you bye
    ELLEN GOERGE MAY YOU LIVE LONG AND THE Good God will bless you abondantly my love to Katie.. bye for now

    Comment by Paul Corwin | February 23, 2010 | Reply

  23. SHERIE SANSONE HOPE YOU HAVE NOT SOLD YOU BRAS

    Comment by Paul Corwin | February 26, 2010 | Reply

    • paul i believe you are a scammer your grammar looks like that of them damm nigerian scammers dha!!

      Comment by joyce | July 8, 2010 | Reply

  24. i got email from a person from craigslist who was a scammer from west africa he has been telling me lies begging me money from left to right asking a large amount of money. he lie to me he was in idaho with his son which he has no childern at he also gave a fake address in flordia saying he say 2 houses in flordia and candana and he has a bank account with chase(which its a fake)

    Comment by hong | March 13, 2010 | Reply

    • funny how desperate these guys get that they don’t even think about their alibis.he has 2 houses, yet needs your money.good that you got him on time.

      Comment by alanprince | March 25, 2010 | Reply

    • glad you were able to discover this fraud on time. please cut off all communication with him.rgds

      Comment by alanprince | April 16, 2010 | Reply

  25. I was sent a flirt from a guy name Alan Coleman heartdesires20010@yahoo.com on SingleParentMeets he stated his daughter Cheryl saw my pictureand saidthat he should try and contact me which he did. He emailed me acouple of times and then ask me to IM him heartdesires2010 he asked me to get off the site that he felt we were made for each other about 3 days he loved me..My name at that time became sweetie or hon. He owns his on construction company and he was in Nigeria doing a project which he had just started 2 weeks before meeting me. He was really to good to be true sent pictures of he and his daughter and of course God was putting us together he was so nice really he was calling me and i called him he almost had me one day out of the blue he he asked me do you listen to what you friends say I said not always he went on the explain that his ex-wife had cheated on him with his best friend and asked me not to tell my friends about us. Ding-Ding I continue to talk with him he asked me to send him 1600 dollars his daughter was sick and the hospital would not treat her without the money of course he has no family and I am the only one he can turn to. I asked him why did you go to Nigeria with no money..Of course he had a excuse he also had an excuse why the people he was working for could not advance him any money (Mind you his daughter is dying at least that what he wanted me to believe)Anyway after giving him several ways he could get the money and it wouldn’t be from me He could only say how much he loved me and wanted us to be together…Did I mention he said he was from Texas but his accent was so strong I couldn’t understand him. He said he didn’t know anything about computers yet he is on myspace also by the way after telling him I could have someone check with the US Embassy about why they won’t treat his daughter …I haven’t heard from him hummmmmmmm.. I hope everything is okay.

    Comment by netta | June 20, 2010 | Reply

    • Netta, do you have pictures of Alan? I think he is working under the name of Donald Andrews now. Supposedly from Winter Park, CO. Seach of Facebook says he is from the UK.

      Comment by kim | July 4, 2010 | Reply

    • Netta,
      I also was contacted by Alan Coleman on Match.com with a similar story, only his daughter was 10 and he was also on contract in Nigeria. Has not asked for money yet…but the story is so familiar, do u have pics of him that we can compare? These people are really awful and use kids also to make u feel bad….jerks! Can we do anything about this…please respond

      Comment by Denise | March 13, 2011 | Reply

  26. I was contacted by a John Mallik Elliotts – said he was an Engineer in an Oil and Gas Corporation. Then he sent an email with his company website which I could click on Petroleum Team and I would see what he did for a living. The site was http://www.cogspet.com – The Petroleum Team gave out names which allowed you to read the job description. He was the Chief Executive of this company and an Oil Magnate. On further investigation this company did not exist and had in fact copied the rak petroleum company’s website in Dubai – erased the real Chief Exec and inserted his name and photo. I then went onto http://www.sitereport.org and found out that the cogspet company has been registered by a guy in malaysia – leekong09@yahoo.com – I have left a review on sitereport.org saying that this is a fraudulent company and warning females not to go near. This male has other company’s on this sitereport.org albalang.com which is full of pornographic stuff. This guy is not capable of being fridge magnet never mind an oil magnate. Luckily I had the time to investigate the matter and never lost anything but I did have a good laugh.

    Comment by Anne Darroch | July 2, 2010 | Reply

    • I too have been contacted by this man claiming to love me and trying to get into Australia. He claims to be a widower and have a 23 year old daughter back in California. He claims to be a gemstone dealer and has been mining in Malaysia. He has needed money to get out. Unfortunately I have sent him money, not prepared to say how much at this stage as I have only found out today that he is a scammer and I am still in shock. Let me say it is much more than I can afford. He has conned me into getting money from family and friends. He is very charming, comes across as very intelligent. I am a smart woman and I have been conned. I now see how gullible I have been. My family have suffered, I have suffered and am not sure now which way to turn. Stay away from this man at all costs. He sent me a copy of his passport which identifies him as John Malik Elliots born in New York on 20th May 1954. I still find it hard to believe that people like this exist. I have temporarily lost faith in my ability to judge and men in general. Please, please be careful out there. It is sould destroying.

      Comment by Virginia Holness | October 29, 2010 | Reply

      • I was contacted by this man John Malik Elliots on Jan 2/11 Claimed to be a widower with a 23 year old Daughter who is studying in Dublin.Said he was an engineer on the sight of a gemstone mine in Malaysia and also a gemstone dealer,stock broker and was involved in real estate as wel.After a few emails….some pictures sent etc. he said he had gems worth 14.7 million U.S. dollars but he needed money for the police to bring them out of the country.I was very suspicious of him from the onset so I was not about to send him any money.Beware ladies as this guy seems educated and he sure is smooth and if the pictures he sent me were actually of him…he is quite good looking…he also wanted my phone number.Take care

        Comment by mv.johnston | January 23, 2011

    • Dear Ladies, thanks a lot for your posts. My mother-in-low fell for John Malik Elliots as well. He also approached her on January 2, 2011. He is claiming to be a gemstone dealer, having $14.7M worth of stones impounded by Malaysian customs. He has to pay $160K to get the stones back. He is a partner in real estate business in Abu Dhabi, has a house in California and daughter in Ireland. Being so successful he is stuck now in Malaysia and has no money, even for food. My relative, so naive, fell for him and sent him some money so “poor guy” can buy piece of bread and some butter. I think she is trying to find more money to pay for the stones. I showed her your postings and she started having some hesitations. Obviously, he would try to come up with more scam to put her back on the hook. When she showed him your comments he got very angry and claimed that competitors use that as an advantage to do scams, he even promised to send her money back. Probably some gangs would steel it and beat him up, so he would appear so miserable and ask for more money. He is really good looking guy on the pictures he sent her. And she says he is very intelligent and well spoken. He provided her with fake Certificate of Authenticity, some customs papers to make the story real. I hope common sense will win. Ladies stay away from John Malik Elliots (John M. Elliots) and other scammers who are asking for money.

      Comment by Marusia | January 28, 2011 | Reply

      • Wow.. I to met John Malik Elliots on an online dating site.. his story was a little different. He sent me an email telling me how much he fell in love with me and was wanting to marry me and move anywhere I wanted… I asked my friends what they thought and right away my friends said there were to many red flags.. like why is an engineer’s writing at such a low grade level.. way to interested to fast..
        they said he was going to some how ask for money.. even though I told him I didn’t have any..
        that very after noon he called and said that he would need to go to a CIBC bank as soon as he arrived to deposit his gems in a safety deposit box that I would have to open and his partner would deposit money in my account for him..
        of course this would be a fraudulent check and he would get his cash and I would end up holding the bag in the end..
        Hopefully this will help someone avoid being scammed by him.

        Comment by Susan | January 30, 2011

      • WOW! is right. BE AWARE!!
        Thank You for posting your story. I met him as well, John Malik Elliots on an on line dating site. Got the same emails as Marusia. Told me the same stories as he told you.
        I am thankful my good freinds told me about were to post this. Thankfully I didn’t fall for the scam!
        What a …… His day will come!!!!!!

        Comment by Maggie | February 2, 2011

      • I am so glad that I made the post on this website for John Malik Elliots. I was devastated at the time and very embarrassed that I could be fooled by this person. I lost a total of Aus$23k to this crook. It looks like I have saved some other giving, soft hearted women from a similar fate. That makes me happy. He will surely get what he deserves in the end.

        Comment by Virginia Holness | February 26, 2011

  27. i have a girl iam talking to from lagos nigeria name she gives is kimerly barb name is kimberly mcintosh is she real or fake get back to me if any one knows something thanks stays at univeristy gramma runs a store

    Comment by jeff reklaf | July 28, 2010 | Reply

    • jeff, read through as many of the comments and posts here. many folks have been in your shoes before.learn from their experience before you are hurt.cheers

      Comment by alanprince | August 3, 2010 | Reply

    • maybe you should give her time in order to reveal her true colours. in the meantime, don’t send anything. if she is real, you’d know soon.

      Comment by alanprince | August 9, 2010 | Reply

  28. Hi Jeff, Alan is right I was once a victim by a romance scammer I learned from that and decided to help other people to share as much education with them so they would be not become victims as well please invite all of your friends to read this site it has been a great help to so many !!! bless you and the best of luck to you melissa

    Comment by melissa | August 4, 2010 | Reply

  29. Hi there
    so glad I found this site, . I ‘d like to name& shame a few more that I have had hits on from my Professional singlesonline site.
    1 . Kenlawless – Ken Alonso
    2. Rickflair thong
    3. Toby Carrera
    & also just lateley from Match.com Christiano Alfonso – Chrisalf02
    so far only 1 has managed to convince me to send cash. Kenlawless , but rest have been easy to pick as con artists.
    Lets clean up the dating sites & help the sincere people have a fair chance.
    Best wishes to all
    Lorraine

    Comment by lorraine | December 16, 2010 | Reply

  30. hi,i also knew a rickflair thong said he had a big contract out in africa and a 14 year old son called emmanuel,working out there for 3 months,lost his money,laptop,phone at ghana airport,but was staying in a hotel,owned a 5 bedroom house in lakeside california.

    Comment by mary | January 12, 2011 | Reply

  31. Hey everyone! John Malik Elliots is now a surgeon did you know! I met a very attractive young woman on lavalife and we started IMing, next thing i knew here profile was gone then her facebook too. Her sister is very sick in london and she needs to pay the surgeon 8,000.00! That surgeon is none other than John Mailk Elliots! Young womans name was Laurie Murphy also! WOW,, very convincing but something just wasnt right!!

    Comment by John | March 2, 2011 | Reply

  32. I also met John Malik Elliots through the alias of “Laurie Murphy”. A hilarious individual who said he/she wanted to take a picture of my “you know what” before and after shaving me. Anyway his/her sister “Mary” is very sick and needed money because her parents were broke (even though they were professors). I think I have scared him off though because I have his information and everything now.

    Comment by Justin | March 8, 2011 | Reply

  33. Guess what? I also met some woman named “Laurie Murphy” who also went by the name “Laurie Ann” and this individual told me the same story of a sister named “Mary” who was very sick, and the “doctor” is, who else, but John Malik Elliots. I saved and printed off all e-mails, including pictures of the so-called “Laurie Murphy/Laurie Ann” and I reported this fraudster to Lavalife.ca but not to worry. I did not lose very much money. This fraudster is very convincing and has a real heart-tugging story to tell! Never again, I tell you! Never again!

    Comment by George | April 2, 2011 | Reply

  34. Does anyone know a man by the name of Charles Ellison? Met him on seniormeet.com

    Comment by Patricia | April 5, 2011 | Reply

  35. hey patricia melissa will definitely check it out for you be careful sounds like a scammer trying to play with you

    Comment by melissa | April 8, 2011 | Reply

  36. Does Anyone know a Women name Carmeline Hamp ? she says she is From London and has some friends in Houston, Texas, I found out my Husband had a On-Line Relationship with this Women for awhile and yes she did scam money out of him, I want to know if anyone else has been scammed by this English Accent BItch.

    Comment by Kim | July 30, 2011 | Reply

  37. anyone know a christopherlovingsoul or love4080 from match.com fell in love with me within 2 days asked me for $300 to come home to orange park fl on the 5 th day doesnt seem to know anything about orange park fl tho….i called him a liar,he got indignant and that was that. he told me his dad was from OHio and he is swedish born and bred.
    anyone know this scammer? he said his real name was christopher michael james is in Lagos nigeria building a bridge. with a 16 yrs old daughter named Christina sent me pics Very handsoeme man!
    Let me know..thanks mary Jax fl

    Comment by mary | August 15, 2011 | Reply

    • Yes, I was also contacted by christopherlovingsoul last week…same name (Christopher Michael James-powerfullove4080 on Match) and story, etc. Although he told me his daughter’s name was Cynthia. And yes, he sent photos of an extremely handsome man, which were hi-jacked, I’m sure. I played along for a bit, and even called him out and he still continued the charade. I broke off all contact with him before he could get the ask for money in. I actually have been contacted by at least 3 internet scammers on Match in the few days since I joined. Needless to say, I immediately cancelled my subscription and filed a complaint

      Comment by Sue | October 13, 2011 | Reply

    • So funny to picture you trying to find a date on Match.com…If you weren’t so two faced and such a liar, maybe you could hang onto a man for more than two minutes…

      Comment by Bubba53 | February 2, 2012 | Reply

    • Christopherlovingsoul is still at it. I have been talking with him (or her) still using the same story about a bridge in Nigeria, but says he lives in Ohio. Used Cynthia as his daughters name but I could have sworn in an earlier conversation that he has said Christine. These scammers are good

      Comment by Cheryl | November 20, 2012 | Reply

  38. amanda jamie got me me for she need a ride home suppose to work for unicef said she pat wwhen got to us i had already give 16 hundred usd dont let her scams you

    Comment by bruce90 | September 20, 2011 | Reply

  39. actually i was wrong his daughters name was cynthia.so hes keeping the same story!!!

    Comment by mary laffrey | October 13, 2011 | Reply

  40. Actually, it’s funny to see comments from Mary Laffery. She is a liar and a bitch who has desparate problems keeping any man due to her insane jealousy…She sees shadows everywhere her man goes, and looks through pockets, laundry, and then relies on her Church using legal clinics and church memebers to bail her out of trouble when she backs into it…

    Comment by Bubba53 | February 2, 2012 | Reply

  41. Nice to hear from you Wayne Nelson!!! Convicted felon, many convictions for beating women including me and several in Ft. lauderdale FL, Broward County. yu must be on here looking for yourself. you rip women off, take their money, live in their houses, Sociopath, compulsive Liar, and common criminal, claim to be a vietnam vet, NOT, then beat them to pulp before you get arrested once again. Yo;re just pissed I got you conviceted and beat you at your own game!!! Asshole…..
    You’re the KING of scam artists Wayne Nelson AKA Bubba,, LOL….

    Comment by mary | February 2, 2012 | Reply

  42. Nice try…don’t know who you’re talking about, we go to the same church you desparate little whore…you walk around like you’re some kind of Christian then prowl the internet looking for Mr. Right and end up with Nigerian Scammers! That is pretty funny! By the way, stop sitting next to me hoping I’ll ask you out. It aint going to hasppen you dried up angry wench! There is a reason you’ve never been married and can’t hang onto a job longer than a year or two…As for the person you’re referring to…if he kicked your ass he deserves a medal!

    Comment by Jim Schefer | February 6, 2012 | Reply

  43. Does anyone know of a william_straton on yahoo? telling me he is North Africa on a contract installing telecommunications. I am thinking scam but not so sure because his English is quite decent if he is Nigerian. seems a little slow to respond on instant messenger so am wonderingif he is translating what he wants to say before replying to me? Just play acting at the moment waiting for him to make his motives clear.

    Comment by Shadeylady | February 16, 2012 | Reply

    • Hi Shadeylady, I was just scammed by a william_straton with a similar story that you wrote! He has declared his love for me in less than 2 weeks and thank God we didn’t meet up! These scammers are so rediculous and they don’t care about the pain they cause us! This is the 2nd time I have been scammed! It really makes me so mad because all I want is to find someone to love and be with for the years I have left to live! Oh well, we live and learn. Good luck to you in your search.

      Comment by Suebsore | April 26, 2012 | Reply

      • hi.i’m sorry about your loss.you’re right.they don’t care about the pans they cause others.they only care about the money.hope you can get over the experience.

        Comment by alanprince | May 3, 2012

  44. Ladies stay away from Ryan Aronson ,40 yrs old from Maine, a petroleum engineer who is travelling to Nigeria for work, then gets robbed. He asks for money for a plane ticket home, then he will say that he coming to your home to see you. He is very intelligent, and had a very handsome profile pic on facebook except he deleted it, but he is also on mylife.com. Extremely believeable! don’t fall for it! He is a scammer. He took me for $1,000.00, last thing he said was he loved me, couldn’t wait to get on the plane in 5 hrs, he would see me soon, then love you baby, Ryan. oh he went to school in Liverpool, the only family he has is a sick mother, he might say he is currently working in London. He will ask for your cell #. actually call you. However I noticed his voice did not match his face. He was born June 4th 1971,blah blah blah. Run from Ryan very charming and clever, doesn’t care if you’re single or married, which was my case.

    Comment by Melissa Lowe | February 17, 2012 | Reply

  45. Ladies, please stay away from Clark Morries. I met him on Seniormeet.com. He is full of bull shit. He is also on Facebook at this point in time. Like alot of people, I didn’t listen to my insents, I sent him money to Nigeria. I could kick myself at the time. This was about 2 years ago. Lesson learned for me at the time and still.

    Comment by Patricia Timm | April 24, 2012 | Reply

  46. Ladies, as of yesterday, Clark Morries threatend me on facebook. I called the police today and they suggested no contact with this man. He is most likly using a false name, no kids, and most lickly either married or not married, not widowed with a son. The young child is just a lure for women to feel sorry for him. Please take care. Thank you.

    Comment by Patricia Timm | April 27, 2012 | Reply

    • you did right by calling the cops.hope others can learn from this.

      Comment by alanprince | May 3, 2012 | Reply

      • thanks, Clark Morries isn’t worth the time and energy to spend on him. The police told me that the FBI couldn’t or wouldn’t do anything about it.

        Comment by Patricia | May 14, 2012

  47. warning about STEVE FENEDEZ PAYNE ( PAYNES 27@YAHOO.COM AND PAYNES27@LIVE.COM) says he was born in california and lived/went to uni at TCU Fort Worth. widower with one son Frank.. mother Sara/Kari lives in Sweden. age 47 and birthday 12th June. Lives in Liverpool but the address he gave me is not his! Works in petroleum industry… on contract in Iraq his crude was stolen and he had to send money to YEP U GUESSED IT that black hole of hell Nigeria. wanted money paid into his “agent” Zoe Ann Poland barclays bank account. stupidly i fell for this scam and have lost thousands of pounds…. may end up homeless because of this.. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE dont ever send any money to anyone over the internet… dont end up like me. all i have are some pics of a male wearing TCU t shirts and jackets and debt collector agencies chasing me.

    Comment by Sue | May 16, 2012 | Reply

  48. not long after i had sent money to Steve Fenedez Payne i was oddly contacted by a Jeffery Nicholas Barnett… said he was an expert of blackhawk helicopters and was contracted to the USA (in some way to service/fly the choppers) he was based at Mildenhall, Suffolk until he had to go on a mission abroad???? hahaha fell in love with me after a few months tehe… well after my other experience i just lost contact with him!! Odd how they have the same sort of story isnt it, a widower(like Steve) one son(like Steve) from Texas(like Steve) both 49. I have learnt my lesson… a little late but i will never ever trust anyone i cant look in the eyes as im speaking to them!

    Comment by Sue | June 10, 2012 | Reply

  49. has anyone got e-mails from fbell675@yahoo.com

    Comment by susan armantrout | May 31, 2013 | Reply

  50. does anyone know of a boldric ellison he says he is stuck in nigeria and keeps begging me for money i would like to know if any one else as had any contact with him i met him on badoo he says he is from glasgow but is a american out there on buisness who did not take out travel insurance now he is saying he as been robbed of his money and cant get home to glasgow

    Comment by gillian wright | April 22, 2014 | Reply

  51. An American in kola lumpur called jannie Perez asking for money first 400 d then changed to 100euros to send by mail to Nigeria I refused and now wants me to send to Turkey she is starving and needs food as well as pay for nett use,I have still refused I suspect a scam.she loves me and wants to come to the uk her boyfriend took her to Malayasia and dumped her she came via trip together

    Comment by Lydon | March 23, 2015 | Reply


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