Sent: Saturday, October 29, 2011 11:57 AM
Subject: Re: Hi back!
XXXX (this idiot actually wrote the name of the guy "she" was writing to as "her" name)
|I'm Melinda by name and am an Antiques dealer..I'm currently in Nigeria On a business trip and i will be back in 2weeks time And am willing to relocate for that special me..I I realize that I am 34years old and that you are somewhat Older than me, if you would still like to correspond, that's fine...we'll see how things go after we get to know each other. Well, I hope that this lets you know a little about me, and I hope I don't come across as being too cynical, harsh, or resounding. I will give anybody the benefit of the doubt (we're all human, we all make mistakes), but I also don't like being taken advantage of. I'm just asking you to keep it real and be honest from the beginning; that way, nobody is wasting their time or getting their feelings hurt. I also realize that at times two people are just too different to be in a relationship together, it doesn't mean that it's anybody's fault, it's just that they're too different to be compatible. Hope this finds you in good health and that things are well with you. (and I hope I didn't scare you off)|
Everybody makes mistakes and I usually give people the benefit of the doubt, but if the same pattern keeps emerging, it's over. I do not want to meet someone who may think that they will take advantage of me, or lie to me and cheat on me under false pretenses.. Sorry if that sounds harsh, and I'm not accusing anybody of any wrongdoing, but I'm being upfront and honest about that, so you know where I stand from the beginning. With all due respect as well, I hope that you are upfront and honest with me, as well.
I have been described as someone who love's to experiment in the kitchen, and hopefully it will turn out to be something great! I am not a gourmet cook though, but I sure do try to come up with something new, and exiting for that special evening. I do appreciate, and love, home-cooked meals, as well as a fine dinning experience. Friends have told me that I am extremely loyal, approachable, honest, and down-to-earth person. I don't take myself too seriously since life is to short. “Let’s go to a wine tasting or a jazz concert” is typically of weekends or maybe just a casual walk on the beach. Well reading is my favorite type of activity as well as listening to the music
Tell me more about you..
Hi, I signed up for a membership on "Match.com". Big Mistake! While on this site,
I met an American solider by the name of Brian Gair.
He was a major, and from Maryland, so he said. He was stationed in Iraq.
When he would email me, his word choice and sentence usage made me believe that he
was actually from some country in Europe. We viewed each other on a webcam.
He told me that he loved me. Later, he told me that he and some of his buddies had
found some hidden gold and money. He needed my help to get it out of the country.
All I had to do was to contact the special UN courier that would be delivering
the package to me. I needed to provide my name, address, etc and a copy of the
front page of my passport to this man, who was Arabic. Needless to say, I did not
do this. I told Brian that I felt uncomfortable doing this. I also told him that
I wanted to date someone closer to home. This broke my heart. I really liked him
and I miss chatting with him. I know I will never meet anyone with whom I felt so
comfortable with. But, I could not trust him. Did I do the right thing? I felt
in my heart that this was a scam or something illegal that I did not want to get
involved with. was I right?
The answer to your question is YES, you did the right thing, and YES this was a
Major scam and a total lie. Try not to miss him or dwell on this, all of your
chatting was done as an effort to get you to like him and trust him, so he could
hurt you financially. No point in missing someone who had no real feelings for you.
I had not heard from Gerald for 5 days now and decided to look him up on the internet as a scammer and saw your article on him.
He has scammed me too from Christian Mingle.com alias “divineloving” from mid-July up until this past Friday, Sept 30th. He has 15K of my money sent through Western Union (I still have the receipts and MTCN #s) to assist him buy fiber optic cables for a iZZinet company in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia which they had paid him some 520K for the job in the USA but he had to pay income tax before leaving Malaysia and he was held by customs before coming back to USA (copy of ticket included, payment services check and Ministry of finance letter/bill attached). I also saw Giovanni Daniels during an IM conversation on Yahoo.com. He had phone numbers for a Nigerian cell phone saying the company gave the phone to him because it would be cheaper to make phone calls from it (I did not suspect because iZZinet has a company in Africa but my phone company had called to warn me about money scams with Nigerian phone numbers as that one he had, I even told him about it….he managed to “drop them off the roof of iZZinet when he was adjusting their satellite dishes”—how convenient!). That’s the story in a nutshell….I have all of his emails and IM from him as well.
I would like to get the FBI and Western Union after him too and would like assistance on how to do that—I would think he should be charged with Grand Theft and Extortion at the very least!
Have recently looked on your website ,to my horror I can recognise that I too have been the victim of a Nigerian internet dating scam. I recently met a 46 year old man online who promised me the world, love, marriage, happy ever after, you name it. He was French, not American and not Nigerian. Three weeks in to this daily contact he said he had to go to Accra, Ghana on business. He told me he was a freelance civil engineer. After the first day there he told me his wallet had been stolen and he needed £300.00 to pay his workers. I refused. Then he kept asking me for T-Mobile phone top up vouchers, which foolishly I sent £50.00 in total. He then asked again for £220.00 to get a return flight home because his friend had already given him £2500 because he lost his wallet and he still did not have enough money?!!! I refused, thank god. The very worrying thing for me is that this man text me, phoned me and used his webcam to talk to me and his son was there. He sent me flowers, chocolates and a soft toy. Should I be suspicious I ask my self time and time again. He also told me that he had a 4 bed house with a swimming pool. I had the foresight to look up his address on "street map" and I found that the address was some semi detatched ***t hole in an urban street somewhere. I am more than happy to share this with anyone who has been a victim as I have, my message to those is "be very careful"
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