I have been very cautious as to not give my email out to any strangers, but I let my guard down on this site thinking it was safe. We must let all our Facebook friends know what to watch out for. I was hurt and felt betrayed by her giving out this site for I Swear I think the Ed Steve has done a great job here to keep us protected and I praise them for it. Hope ones reading this understand "Do Not Give This Site To Your Scammers" They all work together. They then provide a email address that victims can contact to get their money back. He even said I was his soul mate, that he was in love with me. Live and learn, but he had a wonderful beauty about him. My guy had the same backstory: owned his own offshore drilling company and currently working on a project for Exxon Mobil which ends in February. Widower looking for a wife & good mother for daughter. I found him interesting at first – he was a friend of a friend on FB.This is trying to take advantage of victims again by charging a small [so they claim] fee for recovering their money - which is just another scam! He was born 5/7/60 & his photos (3) showed him as good looking with gray hair.I also consider myself very lucky that I was spared the heartache that other women have gone through with him and others like him. The less we interact with them the less hold they have on us. No online presence in the name he gave, no verifiable info forthcoming. Supposedly now on drilling platform in Poland, having a bad day, and machinery order held up with final payment needed, bank account frozen because he didn't notify them he's abroad. I have received so many friend requests through a friend. I just wanted to add that my guy used the name Micheal (NOT MICHAEL) John.
I showed him a copy of his ip trace.said I would die - be killed. He never asked for money, I thought I was always a step ahead of him. He said he was from Long Beach California, working as an independent contractor for oil rigging companies, 57 years old, a widower with a 15 year old daughter who was at a boarding school in London. His english wasn't the best, which I thought was strange for an engineer who was supposedly educated at Stanford University, but I forgave that because he said he was originally from Mexico City. He was very attentive, asked lots of questions and seemed genuinely interested in me. No friends showing but several women "liked" his comments. Not sure it is a good idea to tell them about this site. For everyone of us that got out without giving them anything but our time, we are the lucky ones. I just received a call from our local florist telling me that the gentleman with a Dutch or German accent placed the order.
He paid me lots of compliments and said nothing inappropriate or stupid. One in particular responded with a comment that she was glad family was important to him. But, they cross us off their lists and go on to the next one. He gave a fake address in NJ, and paid for my flowers with a stolen AMEX account. He has Facebook account under Larry Richards, Larry Richard,and Larry Serdar. I think I've met a scammer too, although he got nothing from me. Currently in Turkey, and due to the ISIS attacks these few days, his equipments was damaged.
We argued about that, he wanted me to send him a walmart debit card, but finally I told him I was not doing it, and I was done with that theme, now he said there was an accident on the oil rig, and one person is dead. He has not responded to my email yet, he has sent me pictures of a very handsome guy who I am sure is not him. He also uses photos of an older woman with dark hair and supposed sister wearing glasses, claiming his mother just had heart attack but does not reveal what hospital the mother is in. He is unusually very sweet, speaks in a silent voice, whispers and sometimes you can hear children in the background that are probably his :-)) hardly him being on an oil rig.
He wanted me to participate on a fund raiser for the family of the deceased, so I told him I will not do it and asked him whats next? I have sent him pictures but nothing that cannot be seen in public so am ok. If he says widower, oil rig, son or daughter living with Nanny or in boarding school, and any variation, and has an accent, broken English. There is a sudden personality switch when he gets confronted, he switches from an incredibly sweet man to a controlling psychopath who wants to rule the world and women.
We have got to be smarter than they are, and I am not desperate for attention, lol but his messages are nice.. In the end ie at the end of his two weeks job on the oil rig while we chatted, he said that he got a cheque for 30,000 USD for a two weeks job and hes on his way to London, but said he was upset as he could not cash it as his license expired and he could cash it only for 2000 USD but he had on him only 300USD.
I can't believe I was so gullible and believed every word my doctor friend said.
The only way around this was to bring in a computer wizard from Egypt who would deactivate the tracker and he could proceed to deliver it to me.
I can't believe I was so stupid, then the diplomat informed me that the UK customs had scanned the trunk with a microscopic scanner and found the trunk containing money and life treasures and it needed a special import certificate of £4500 which the diplomat was unaware of and once again I paid then and after all of this the diplomat informed me that they had put a tracker in the trunk to see were it was being delivered to and that I could be imprisoned for money laundering.
That is why there is a delay from placing a post to it appearing live on the site so I can filter all potential scammers, trolls, abuse etc. I also have to say that I don’t understand what "playing" with them accomplishes. If you want to "play" try a board game or get another hobby. The last thing we wanted is to give them more leverage. As with others here he asked some odd questions, i.e., what did I eat for breakfast or what was I going to eat for lunch, did I want to come feed him.
I don’t understand why anyone would give a suspected scammer access to what should be OUR space to help other women by posting our stories. This is suppose to be a safe place to share our stories and get input from others that have been victims. He approached the wrong girl – I’m terminally ill, partially paralyzed, never wanted children, can’t cook and don’t clean, don’t care for country or gospel music, and am not particularly religious.
I'm very thankful that I caught on quickly to this jerk, otherwise I might have been totally sucked in. If you think you want to play with him, just keep in mind that he is NOT the person in the photo. Spoke a few times on phone but his always with VOIP connection. I messaged my friend and told her she needs to stop Accepting requests from people she doesn’t know. I had seen his picture flooding around on Twitter and I believe that he has been listed on this site as well.