Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Nigerian Scam Victims Submitted Story

We agree with our reader who sent in her story of being scammed by Nigerians. Why is the US allowed to send money via Western Union into Nigeria, but Nigeria forbids money to be sent out? WTF Western Union?


ROMANCE DATING SCAMS
In August 2008 I was approached by a young man claiming to be a soccer scout who was traveling in Nigeria to recruit players for his team here in the US. His name was Mark Donovan from VA. He swept me off my feet with his letters and accent. We began what is considered "internet dating" and I thought this guy was "It". Having been out of the dating realm for 15+ years,

I was taken by his compassion and gentle spirit with me. After a while he began to ask me for money, saying that he had used up his resources buying players and their contracts and that he had a check for $450,000 that he was bring back to the US. But he could not cash it overseas. He even sent me a copy of it.

Long story short, I have sent him over $8800 through Western Union, lost everything I had in my storage unit, my credits, bank accounts, clothing credit line, and numerous other things, from letting my responsibilities fall behind while trying to help him. It has now been 8 months and I still have not seen his face on a cam (but he has seen me), and he is still not here. How he says he is in Amsterdam and needs $2,000 to get home. This, after I had sent him $3,000 for planes tickets for his son and him, in November.
Beware!!! EVERYONE!!

If they sound tooo good to be true, they probably are!!! I have gone on CBS in Atlanta and have a web page warning women (and men) that these people are on these sites and they are looking for kindhearted, gentle people like me, to prey upon. The "Pig Buster" got a hold of my guy on here and he has recently deleted his profile from here. But he is OUT THERE!! Somewhere!! He probably has numerous unsuspecting women sending him money on one of those other singles sites.

He goes by "Barclayplayer, M.Donovan, or Barclaycard. If the picture of him is real, he is very good looking, age 42. I plan on going national with this and need as many women who have been taken as I have to come forward. I know it's embarrassing -- BELIEVE ME! I did things I am very ashamed of on my cam, in the name of "love". But if we don't get this out in the open, they will continue to use us and we will continue to go under financially from these bottom feeders.

I have written to Oprah, and Ellen D, and my next letter goes to "The View", and 20-20. My cover letter is being used on various "Cyber Dating Scams" sites now. My mission is to change the laws for sending Western Unions to Nigeria... Their law forbids them to send money to us!!! Well, that just doesn't seem very fair, now does it???!! Why should we be able to send our hard-earned money to them, but they can't send any BACK to us????!! I have had many women come forward who thank me for being strong enough to do this.

This story was used with permission

15 comments:

  1. Very interesting... I decided to do a little research, because I was having having second thoughts about a so-called gentleman from yahoo personals... Well, his name is Aaron Gabriel and he too is a soccer scout... very funny!!! So not true, good thing I did not give into anything that he was saying, you just can't trust others today... Be very careful out there!!!!

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  2. I also lost a lot of money to a man who claim to work in nigeria, have been dating for 10 month and he can see me on cam but he has an excuse not having cam. His name is Henk massimo and he said he is an american cityzen. My world is just ruine by him. And now i am doing some research my self to find him somehow

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  3. What a small world it is...I too ran across the infamous Aaron Gabriel - the FIFA soccer scout who just so happened to have an 800K contract to recruite players for the Nigerian soccer team. Turns out that after less than a week of conversing with him, he solicited me for $1600 to help him pay for the players, and then dropped his asking price down to $700, both of which I didn't pay. I didn't fall for his scam but beware, his yahoo personals id is gabaaron069 and his profile name is Aaron. He has got some professional pictures up there of someone other than him. Funny thing is that his profile stated he was from one city and then a few days later, he was from another city. He even told me the wrong birthday which was different than the one listed in his profile.

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  4. Well i am from holland and i was been scammed by an american man who claims to work in nigeria , he is there with his son , he said he was beeing robbed and all his money is stolen from him and he can not finish his project because of it....so i send him money, very very stupid i know. And his name Henk massimo.

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  5. This is very interesting I as well have been a vitiom of the sweetheart scam and was found on facebook, as the manS NAME GARY BEAL ATTRACTIVE SWEET TALKER says everything avunerable woman would want to hear he claims to be in iraq fighting the war. itwasabout 4 weeks befroe i was asked for the first of funds to be sent then again a andagain sorry to say i did in the amount of 500.00 and then startedt oquestion the intergrity and the honesty of this person wheni started to ask questions he would have to go all of the stories you read abiut this are so true hurtful and there needs to be a stop to this

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  6. I can understand I also know of my best friend who just was scamed about 100,000 Chris Mcgowon was his name (along with 40 other names I'm sure) When she showed me his picture I knew right away this was Bull*** so I tried to stop her but she kept saying trust me. Well I tried but then I started searching the web found him and the other people he scamed. Now my friend is at lost and I wish our TV shows CNN etc... would just keep viewing this I feel the best way to shut this down is by making the Americans aware of this and NOT send anymore money and this will shut these jerks down. I so mad they did this to her. But thank goodness I never let up until I found the truth and proved it. This MUST be stopped.....

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  7. I have just stopped having contact with a Dutchman in Nigeria (or so he said). He was called Henry Henk Thomas and supposingly had a son called Michael. I have sent him money too but have finally admitted to MYSELF that he had me on a piece of string. The problem is we (us women) I think are looking for affection and when we hear nice words and receive beautiful emails well we fall head over heels. I wish I knew a way of actually finding this person and stopping this. I would love to come face to face with him.

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  8. I think I have been scammed by a Dutch man in Nigeria (said he was born in the UK, grew up in Holland), but his really thick accent is more like a Dutch South African accent. The name he gave me is Abraham Truman, claims he is a widower (wife died of diabetes), only child, with an adopted daughter now 5, who lives with his sister in law in St. Petersburg, Russia. Claims his father was a road engineer who built roads in Dubai as well as S. Africa. He claims to be a timber trader who has overextended himself and needs $250K. His accomplices are an "attorney" named Raphael Rufus (the local bar association has no license number matching that name) and a purported worker at Lagos port where Abraham's timber awaits shipment to Indonesia, Derick Ibeh. Abraham claims to have lived in Colorado, owned an organic farm in Canada, and homes in L.A. and Pomona, CA, all of which he sold to invest in his "timber logs" business. Last had contact with him in Oct. 2010. He was on PerfectMatch. Uses photos of a 6.4" man in tailored suit with Rolex watch prominently displayed, as well as two other photos of himself with brunette girl. He has close cropped brown hair and blue eyes.

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    1. Do you happen to have those photos? I think my mother in law is being scammed by him

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  9. well its your fault to be scammed! we shall continue to scam you all till we die! hahaha

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  10. i an so sorry for all the people who has been victims but the law has its time.They the scammers will be caught thats a fact.It almost happened to me too,but were to clever for him.He sad his Shannon Mark from Uk but went to Nigeria for work on a contract for a month.Told me how much he loved me you know those sweet words just to scam you.He change his e-mails from shannonmrk@gmail.com to shnnnmrk@yahoo.com i think he had three different ones maybe even more.Please people be careful!Most of the scammers are from Nigeria! PLEASE BE ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!

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  11. I encourage readers that if they have a scammer to report to send it to us via email so we can post it to the site rather than just leave it as a comment. We can also post any photos and other information you may have. (Comments do not let you do that.) Your info will reach more people that way, and more people will be warned before they too are scammed.

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  12. Has anyone been contacted by a soccer scout named Solomon? He says he is from Maryland. And is presently scouting players in Nigeria.

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  13. Has anyone been contacted by a soccer scout named Solomon? He is presently in Nigeria. Scouting for a team in London.

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  14. Has anyone been contacted by a MF named Mark Lawson? he supposed to be in London trying to solve his problem with Custom , He took some money out of me, if you search his name you will find a few other profiles, this guy is too much, I hope he burned in hell

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