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 Thatguy67
Joined: 9/20/2006
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 oggers
Joined: 5/10/2007
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Posted: 12/23/2007 9:28:30 AM
I have one going at the moment , but "she" is not from this site. .. After exchanging a couple of e-mails she swearing undying love for me .. !

She professes to be dutch , 30, great looking according to the photos, and is going to Africa (Nigeria) on a UNICEF mission - left on Friday . So now I am waiting for the " I've been robbed" e-mail, please send money....

So what makes me suspicious ? Well, I have known a lot of Dutch and Belgian people, for years, and I know how they speak and write English, the phrases they use, and so on... her mails just dont "sound" Dutch .. they dont usually start a mail with " Hello Dear" ....

This could be my entertainment over the holidays !
 focusedin757
Joined: 12/14/2007
Msg: 14
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Posted: 12/23/2007 7:28:29 PM
I got something similar from a girl who messaged me on another site. At first, she made it seem like she wanted to talk to me, even though she claimed to live three hours away. I figured it would go no more than chatting, so I talked to her. She then said she'd send me more pics, so I said "whatever" and kept playing along, trying to give her benefit of the doubt.

I read the e-mail, and it's some story about her dad being an oil contractor, an ex-husband who has some of the money, an African guy she met online and wants the money, and something about some safety deposit boxes in her name. She then told me that I should call her, so she can send me the boxes and "we can share the money". This was early-November and she still occasionally IMs me to see if I'm online. I ignore them every time.

I wonder how many people have lost money because they thought they were getting "true love"?
 oggers
Joined: 5/10/2007
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Posted: 12/24/2007 6:21:17 AM
Oggers wrote : -
So what makes me suspicious ? Well, I have known a lot of Dutch and Belgian people, for years, and I know how they speak and write English, the phrases they use, and so on... her mails just dont "sound" Dutch .. they dont usually start a mail with " Hello Dear" ....


This just in from my internet lover ....

" i long for you everyday and night and i hope things work out soon for us to be together forever baby.i spoke with my momma in Holland when i called her and we talked a lot about you.i was trying to let her know how much we have gone so far and how much i would want to meet you in the nearest future if the finance is there.I told her allot about you and our desire to see each other.i also told her that i would want her support to be able to visit you during my long break which is coming up soon.she knows you miss me so much too."

notice the reference to 'if the finance is there' ... its coming , I can feeeeeeel it
 traxx1
Joined: 9/22/2007
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Posted: 12/24/2007 8:04:41 AM
WOW
You people sure have a lot of trouble with the scams, I also have seen most of them and a few I don't want to talk about but there are ways to find out info on people that in this state are free (I am a Private Investigator ) and some checks do cost money ( special data bases )Stay with local people, they are easy to check out and you might get a surprise on some of them. The ladies I have met locally on POF have been great. all are what they put on there ptofile and I have made some really good friends and had a lot of fun dating on this site and who knows hopefully 2008 it will be my year to meet Ms wounderful and get off here.

Merry Christmas to all
 oggers
Joined: 5/10/2007
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Posted: 12/24/2007 2:25:37 PM

I just joined this site, so I can't talk about this site


welcome :)

I think that you 'll find that there are a lot of good people on this site . Sure there are a few dodgy ones too ( as with any site ) , but i thnk you'll be ok if you now know what to watch for !

happy christmas !

Ogs
 Rabbitman49
Joined: 10/20/2005
Msg: 21
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Posted: 12/25/2007 12:13:35 AM
I was hit up for money by someone I met through this site. We had our "3 dates" in May/June 2006. In March 2007, she tried to extort me for the amount that was due for her home's property taxes (half due February 1). She did eventually pay it after April 10 - with the 10% late penalty. However, as I didn't cave in, she made good on her threat of reporting a false crime to her local police. However, as she was stupid enough to do two things: send part of the extortion threat via e-mail, and post a statement to the PoF forums (which got removed for violating the TOS - but I did get a printed copy) which contradicted certain facts that she told the police. I was able to turn things around and have her investigated and myself cleared. It gets better: Apparently, although unknown to me until this past April, she is an "escort" (and she still has some profiles up this week on escort sites). The combination of her extortion attempt with prostitution qualifies her for RICO treatment (either federal, or my state's equivalent), should any aspect of this actually end up going to trial. Her current "boyfriend," probably her pimp, was an accomplice to her extortion and apparently shot the nude photos she used on the escort sites. In total, I've reported her for 5 state level and 2 related federal felonies.

Just before I met her in person in May 2006, she deleted her profile for a day (and restored it the next). She said that she had become angry at a less-than-kind response she received from another male PoF'er, but I suspect that he may have been her "mark" prior to me. It was also strange that on our 3rd date, she wouldn't let me take a photo of her that included her face - but I thought that she was just being camera-shy. Now, I know better - she didn't want a face-photo in my possession that I could give to the police to identify her. I also found that the text of her profile was word-for-word identical with that from another dating site for someone in another state (and time zone). Although that other profile has a different person pictured, the police have a copy of it too. Almost everything that she said to me appears to have been a lie.

The hardest part for me is that I had actually cared and "gave a damn."
 ms98663
Joined: 11/5/2005
Msg: 28
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Posted: 1/19/2008 11:18:36 AM
Well , I may as well jump on the band wagon..I met someone on here Dec 10, his name his Marcus..all was going well, or so I thought..He had to leave the country on business to Ghana..I rcv'd numerous emails on a daily basis, but the airlines had lost his luggage and his laptop, which he desperatly needed for his project there..He even sent a dozen long stemmed red rose, a teddy bear and chocolate..that's when I knew , something was up...he asked me to overnight him a laptop from the states because he just was not able to find the kind he needed...said the money was not the issue, he had the cash on him..I suggest he get online with a computer company and ahve them overnight it..that suggestion was of course dismissed, this request for my help went on for days, becoming more agressive..I even suggested the Embassy might be able to assist..so, I decided to play a bit, asked him to wire me the funds and I would be happy to send the laptop, sorry Marcus says Ghana doesn't allow wires to go out...then how in the hell was I suppose to send something in..I told him I smelled a big ole' rat, and sorry, can't help you, but thanks for the roses..I haven't gheard from him in 2 days..and like the others, he deleted his profile within 1 week of intial contact..
 soft as a lioness
Joined: 11/2/2007
Msg: 30
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Posted: 6/21/2008 6:17:18 PM
Hi I met a lady in the car park and we chatted fr a while. She was very exited becuase her new lover is coming from Italy to meat her. He has fallen in love with her.

I thought mmm i might have a coffee with her. We swaped phone numbers. She is a mature woman and after talking to her for a while I realised or suspected she is being conned. After a few calls sure enough so far she has sent him eight thousand dollars due to his riduculas stories, He now has a package at a (whatever) of gold and diamonds that he is going to come out to australia with and he is going to build a wounderfull house for her. But worse I spoke to her last night and ,Oh dear he has lost his cheque book so he needs her to send 12,000 thousand dollars. Well now she has put the brakes on. (huray) I am there for her and poining out reality each time. She is begining to come down. He has done a good job at conning her. He told her to borrow the money. When he does not do what he sends discusting emails that are very abusive.

In order to under stand how people get conned these are very cleaver people and nobody should ever be blamesd for they are the victim. This woam is prepared to start to test him out now then she may block him but is not sure as he know all her identity. Personaly I think to make a sight that will expose such scammers.

I will support her wheli she is going through this but so far she has lost alot, how many more out there has he conned.

Donna
 mthomjmark
Joined: 2/27/2008
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Posted: 6/21/2008 10:08:00 PM
any person that thinks that its a good thing to give money to a person they dont know and have never seen deserves to get ripped off.

The world is what it is. There are many scammers. Never give up any money. If she looks too good to be true, it probably is.
 PURE-Energy
Joined: 9/13/2007
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Posted: 6/21/2008 10:36:53 PM
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

I get these messages from women that will send me a few messages and then they will send me there privet e-mail address,so I can get more privet with them ,a few e- mails will come down the line ,and then all of a sudden I get an e-mail saying,go here and you can see my video,when i get to that addy; I, find out it's one of those PORN sites where a person can pay $5-$-10 or higher too chat with women that is naked -------------

God i just hate that -Hell i'll never fall for that crap,and NO woman will ever Scam me out of my monies that I have scraped and saved for 30 some years..









do i need a hair cut?? out Snake
 wylder1
Joined: 5/20/2008
Msg: 34
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Posted: 6/22/2008 9:16:11 PM
Fair comment, Darlene.

But is there danger cynicism might lead to complacency if we simply shrug and say,
"whatever..."?

I understand your sense of frustration and acceptance. And although it seems the
Nigerian/Russian/Japanese/Brooklyn (all documented on a Sydney University sociology essay that has used 'free' dating sites such as this for research) emotional scam phenomenon is a challenge.

The problem extends beyond 'free' dating sites, as you suggest. Real estate salespeople, sSome US&A ‘banks and finance institutions have been tainted with all this, as have a couple of Canadian pharmaceuticals retailers and predictably a plethora of California based 'clairvoyants'.

Ebay and its cohort PayPal aren't immune, but they've given some attention to ways of either reducing the problem or at least elevating awareness among customers.

I'm relatively new to the Internet dating site jungle but after a few weeks I realise the
'free' sites must be more risky than the 'pay' sites. I've not decided yet whether to remain
with this or any other site. There's risk of it all devaluing into 'chat' rooms and that could be a 'black hole' time waster.

On the other hand places like PoF and Connecting Singles seem worthwhile. A trial at least. And the mods seem alert to the scam problem. CS uses some sort of algorythm to inhibit anyone with an .ru address, but so far the pesky yahoo email addresses remain a pain.

The undergrad study looks like concluding a range of depressing summaries, the most relevant here being to avoid all freemail hotmail addresses and yahoo email addresses. There's also the practical problem of official will to act. The US&A embassy in Lagos is aware of those like "Christ Scott of New Jersey" who apparently has a legit US&A passport "she" shows on emails asking for help to escape Nigeria. The US&A State Department isn't interested. Difficult to police. Hard to pursue.

Like the reported class action against PayPal/Ebay a couple of years ago.

So please share details. Raise awareness. It helps us be forewarned.


- W.




It's called the internet people. Don't seem so shocked. Am I the only person here who has been actively on the net (in various venues, I only started trying dating sites a couple of years ago) for 13 or so years??? Scammers are EVERYWHERE...(pr)...
 betterlate
Joined: 12/22/2006
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Posted: 6/24/2008 12:49:03 AM
Several years ago on Yahooie I got an email from a very handsome man from North Carolina, he was smart, funny, and was not rushing to fall in love with me. I was very nervous when he wanted my address so I gave him my sisters (and her husbands) address because he wanted to send flowers... so he said... well I got flowers, gifts like you wouldnt believe... I demanded that they stop and attempted to return them to the north carolina address, they came back no such address several weeks later.

He did say he fell in love after a few months of phone calls and IMs, I started falling for the guy on the phone, not the guy in the photos, they did not seem to match. Well in the forth month, he announced a trip to Germany, he would be gone ten days for business and that with the time difference he soul miss talking to me, yada yada. I got so many deliveries (at my sisters house) speakers, music, t shirts (from germany) and things that were very convincing.. then came the scam... he was going to Africa Ghanna actually to meet with the company headquarters but his top of the line sony computer crashed and he didnt have enough room on his credit cards to replace it and wanted to know if he could send the crashed one so I could begin gettting it repaired for him, get a new one too and fly them over to him so we could spend a week together by the ocean while he wrapped up the business deal of a lifetime. I did some checking on the things he was saying and took notes, then asked questions, the answers did not match, so I began messing with him, I was mad, hurt and wanted revenge... so I told him to forget the crashed computer that I put a new top of the line computer in the mail to a lovely hotel and that all he had to do is pick it up and he could pay me back later. I had him running around all over northwest Africa for weeks, then I finally told him off, what I had found out and how upset I had been... you know? I really feel like he did care, otherwise he was a darned good actor, I know our governement could put a stop to that, heck they read our emails and listen to our phone calls anyway...
I was really hurt, I felt like a dunce and when the florist called and said the flowers and gifts were purchased with a stolen credit card I felt terrible for the person that he stole it from, you cant return flowers but I did return everything else, the huge speakers, t-shirts, music, jewelry and sun glasses... oh well... I guess it is just part of the internet we all must be careful with our hearts
 quietcowboy
Joined: 12/25/2007
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Posted: 8/11/2008 10:47:04 AM
I just received my second Russian Bride Scam since I joined POF(how can I be so lucky!). I don't think that is POF fault at all - from what I read on all of the anti-scam sites they target all of the dating websites. Both of the scams sent pictures - this "women" were drop dead gorgeous, 26 yrs old(so they say), living in a small town in Russian, first experience with internet dating, were coming to America soon(its small place,so they go anywhere in the US love dictates), needed someone to show them around, etc.

First they will message you POF asking you to contact them at their email address. Their profiles will not say anything about they are from Russian(which isn't allowed). Their POF profiles will dissappear(not sure why or how) soon after you receive their message. If you message them by email rarely will they read/answer your questions. If you google parts of their messages you will more than likely find dozens of very similar(sometimes exact copies) of their letters on anti-scam websites. More often than not, you can find the exact pictures they send of them on a "blacklist" on the anti-scam sites too!

Not sure why, but the whole thing has caught an interest for me, so if you think you might be involved in one message me and I will tell you more of what I've found.
 mthomjmark
Joined: 2/27/2008
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Posted: 8/11/2008 12:49:14 PM
first of all falling in love with messages is lame in my mind. You can be somewhat attracted to someone but you need to spend time with them. Just dont fall in love with a photo.

Of course there are scammers on this site and many others.
 sillydogs2
Joined: 10/25/2007
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Posted: 8/11/2008 1:08:19 PM
Hi, i met a guy on here, even invited him to my home. He got here and said he had had an accident on the way here, did have a dented fender and hood on his vehicle. That was ok, said he would have it fixed when he got back to marble falls, after he went home, got this awful sounding message on my answering machine, i thought someone had died, it said to call him, he had terrible news...So i called, after 7 pm when i had free minutes on my cell phone..Seems that he couldnt get his car fixed, had to come up with 500.00 deductible, everybody has this, but he said, wow i didnt know this, and i dont have it. I told him i couldnt and wouldnt lend him money, didnt know him that well, and i was thinking, that dent had rust on it, so it wasnt new. I kept talking to him, and he came up with he has 20,000 dollars of credit card debt, could i help him out, still didnt have his car fixed.
After awhile, his interest in me waned, no money , no honey, hey i wasnt born yesterday, so after a couple of weeks more, of asking me for money, he wrote me a letter on pof, saying his true love had come back from new york, and they were getting married. I told him i didnt care, and he was a deadbeat and quit writing to me, or calling me, guess this was a scam for him and his whatever to get money, new one to me.
He wrote back saying he was not a liar, i hd to block him on here, on my telephone, cell phone, and my regular email address, was getting hateful nasty messages. so see there are a lot of scams out there. He said he loved me, and more, but after i said no money, he changed his mind, too bad , so sad. Going to be a lot more careful about talking to people, but no silly gal here, i am ok, and who knows about him?? Hope the rest of you gals, if you hear from this so called lonely man, who wants a perty woman , beware, nothing but lies and troubles
Sheila
 taylor97526
Joined: 11/17/2006
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Posted: 8/11/2008 8:04:34 PM
get that crap a lot on singlesnet.com
They post a picture of some fox but nothing else matches up. Then the real person emerges and she's in Nirobi or Africa,
have never had anyone on POF ask for money. I wonder how many lonely people out there fall for this scam.
 quietcowboy
Joined: 12/25/2007
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Posted: 8/12/2008 9:38:57 AM
I wonder how many lonely people out there fall for this scam.


Judging from the information posted on the anti-scam site lots of people for these scams. The ones that have contacted me send very touching letters and photos, but I quit believing in the tooth fairy along time ago. I think it might be easy for a person to take the bait. Posted below is the last letter(and second letter) from a scammer that contacted me through PoF. Her pics were very innocent(and quite lovely too). Probably 3 or 4 more letters will follow, one of which will request the name&symbols for my local international airport which "she" will use to make reservation for "her" trip here. She will then sent me a copy of "her" ticket information and visa. When "she" goes to the airport there will be some problems with her Visa or "her" airline ticket and as much as "she" hates to ask me for it(because "she" is a very self sufficient woman), "she" will need money via Western Union,etc sent to a "travel office" in Moscow(or possibly somewhere else in Russian). The money will need to be sent immediately.

Hello!!!
This is me again! I decided to send you more info about me. Sorry I don't have much time to write now because my sister is waiting for me. We will go home together. It is my first time I try to correspondence with man in internet world. I do hope you will be enough patient to understand my writing. I want you to know that I have only good intentions and I don`t have big secrets. The thing is that I will work abroad for three or six months or so and I would like to meet a nice man to be my guide or just be good friend to spend time with. I think that it is hard enough to live in foreign town without friends and also I have never been abroad. I am from so small town here in Russia,I am afraid to be lost. I want to see the real life and it is impossible to see without person who knows all sides of the life. It doesn`t matter what age is he or what is his eyes color, I just want to know that he is kind and open-hearted inside. Last time many girls all over the world also want to start a new life abroad, so many of them used a special program for young people who wants to work abroad. I also decided to do so and to use it. This program just helps to register documents and gives suitable work in your area. I already started to register documents and now I need to decide in which city I want to work.
I`m 26 years old and I`m not afraid of work (I will work as a dance teacher). You know, I`m a professional dancer, I dance in group on festivals, wedding celebrations etc. But when I will arrive (I will travel alone) I will work as a dance teacher (instructor), I have an international certificate. I think it is the right way for me, I am lost here, and I think that I look pretty enough to find a better place. I never been abroad so I decided to find a friend abroad and make his city to be my destination. I want to repeat the same way,it is my only chance to change my life. I am full of plans and different dreams. My hair is blonde and I have grey eyes. I think I'm somewhat pretty, but first of all I want to be beautiful inside. I do hope that you will be not disappointed to meet me in the real life if we meet. I will leave my town in a few days or so (I can't tell you everything exactly right now) and I would like to be sure that I have a man who is waiting for me there. I will work all day and I would like to find a man to spend all free time together to get to know each other better. If you have any interest to meet me I will be more then happy to meet you too. Sorry I really have to go now. My sister is waiting for me and I have to go!

Bye-bye!!!!

Your Ekaterina (For short you can call me Katy)

P.S. Forgot to say I'm sending a pic with my sister, my father and me.
 quietcowboy
Joined: 12/25/2007
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Posted: 8/12/2008 10:20:07 AM
This was "her" first email. I wish I could post her photos, suffice to say she as pretty as any model that I've seen:

Hi! Thank's a lot for your answer!
I'm not sure what could I write for the first time, I'm sending my photos...I have many photos, sorry I don't have any professional one, just usual photos. Let me know and I can send more pics! I'm looking forward to visiting your beautiful country and I would like to find a man over there who will be interested in meeting me! I've never been abroad before and I would like to visit it so much! I'm looking for a friend, lover or maybe even something serious...I'm a free bird now, I don't have a boyfriend and I'm open to anything!!! Pls send me your photos and write me about yourself!!!! I would like to have a serious relationship although I don't know if that's possible in internet so I'm looking just for a good man who can show me over there and....... we will see!!!!!!!! I hope you like my pics! I`m 26 years old, I hope my age is ok for you?? My height is 5.6 May I hope that you will write me back? I hope so much! Also I hope I'm your type of girl, I'm not sure you like Slavic appearance!!

OK, I will wait for your answer. When I hear back from you I will write more things about myself and send more pics!

Ekaterina (this is my real name)
 rossboy
Joined: 8/8/2007
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Posted: 8/12/2008 11:40:04 AM
HI QUIETCOWBOY,
Just like to say ive been had by a young girl from Russia (or so she said) and like you she looked amazing, said the right things,asked the right questions etc etc.Everything was going fine she was coming over here flight booked by an agency then two days to go then i got can you send me money,of course i said no ,thats the last i heard of her.

Thats not the first time either there was also one from Ghana,same thing then the pleas come for money.It seems strange to me that they say they dont know much english but that all changes when they mention Western Union they know all about that.

Ive been talking to a policewoman friend of mine and she says this is very common but take note they always use A NAME THAT ENDS IN A VOWEL OR A REGAL SOUNDING NAME. What i would like to know is how many people have fallen for scams like this and if the shits that do this have got any sense of decency at all.
 quietcowboy
Joined: 12/25/2007
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Posted: 8/12/2008 12:07:20 PM
Just for fun and as a public service I'll keep posting "her" letters right up until the money letter comes. If its like the last scam the letters will come every three or four days, until "she" head off to the airport. Then I will receive a few over a two day span.
 quietcowboy
Joined: 12/25/2007
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Posted: 8/12/2008 5:44:48 PM
This is my favorite out of the bunch:

http://www.russianwomenblacklist.com/

But I like this one too!

http://www.stop-scammers.com/
 ArtsKT
Joined: 4/28/2008
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Posted: 9/13/2008 11:24:36 PM
I got one. He pursued me for a month with daily chats. He found me on this site, asked me to chat on yahooIM, sent me pictures, chatted up a storm. His story was very consistant, really good liar, amazing facts, I quizzed him and he never faultered. After four weeks and countless hours came the "accident" and a need for a loan. I said no in spite of his professed love. That's when it got kind of fun/funny. I grabbed an audience for the ride. I got lots of clever help with yanking his chain back. It's not normally what I consider entertainment, but wow, he wasted a lot of my time, so I felt I owed him. Sad really. Mean people suck, and there are a lot of them.
 9joy
Joined: 8/26/2008
Msg: 56
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Posted: 1/14/2009 9:08:50 PM
i meet the same man name david same scame i reported him and they deleted his profile i played along with it got all the way untill 3 dayes when he was suppose to come visit. i just started laughing telling i wasent that stupid but he did sound good
 Moidodyr
Joined: 12/22/2011
Msg: 63
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Posted: 12/30/2011 8:25:06 PM
Any Nigerian cases on POF?
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