Nigerian Dating Scams: the eHarmony story, Damon A. Basinas

by Bruce Brown | 139 Comments

I just wanted to share my eHarmony experience with the world so that unsuspecting single women can be alert to this kind of dating scam. This scam was pretty smooth…to an extent. It didn’t work on me but I don’t want anyone to fall for it.

Here’s the story. I was a member of eHarmony and was matched to a nice man with similar interests, etc. We went through the eHarmony process and eventually started open communication on our own. We communicated through email, yahoo messenger, and later by phone. This process took months. He said he lived in Tampa and had a little boy. His wife had died tragically during childbirth. This man claimed to be a vet who worked as an independent contractor for the World Animal Health Organisation. He had just recently moved to Tampa he said. He said he was Greek but went to college in England. I live on a farm and know a lot about animal health, plus I am scientist currently working in the health care industry. I am educated and somewhat bright.

He was a very sweet guy…sent some nice pictures of himself and his son, said all the right things, wrote a lot–he played his part well. I was skeptical though for the following reasons: he began most of his correspondence when he was “out of the country on assignments”. The first “job” he spoke of was in England. I asked about his son and school and he said that he hired tutors wherever he went to educate his child during these trips because he couldn’t stand to be without him. I thought this odd since that would be extremely expensive and a difficult way to raise a child. How would this child receive credit for his education from multiple countries? hmmmm; next for a person with an advanced education it seemed his English, spelling, writing, etc. were quite poor. Now we all get sloppy during instant messaging and emailing but this was worse than expected; when asked about his job specifics he was vague–the connection would be lost, he didn’t answer or his answers were kind of “off”. I have a farm with horses, chickens, cats and dogs, I know a lot about animal health and had some questions for him and his answers were not as expected. I also received vague information on the organization he worked for; he said he had his main residence in London, England…was still in the process of getting set up in Tampa Florida.

Suddenly, he had a job in Nigeria– vaccinating an endangered species of peacock? The “reserve” was just outside of Lagos…scam city. He was charming and very attentive. Talked a good game. Claimed to be in love with me (how you can be in love with someone you never met over the internet, I’ll never know). Wanted to give me the world. Too good to be true. He even started to call. Once from England and then from Nigeria. He had somewhat of an English accent mixed with something else…the connections were always bad and he was difficult to understand. It was hard to hold a conversation. That and the time difference… we mostly stuck to email and chatting. He did make it more realistic by having a child talking and laughing in the background during one of his calls (his “son”). I wasn’t entirely convinced he was real but it he had me going to an extent. I wanted very much for him to be real. He asked me to send him something personal so he “could feel closer to me”. He wanted my iPod filled with all my favorite music or a digital camera so he could share his experiences with me (he can afford tutors but not a digital camera???. He gave me the hotel “address” to send the package too. It was a PO Box. I sent a package. It contained a little gift I had made (nothing of value) and a handwritten letter. He kept asking me what I had sent and I said it was a surprise–surprise sucker, nothing of value here.

The Nigerian thing bothered me. I started surfing the net and read about all the scams. His project seemed to take weeks. He had every excuse. He never gave much detail. I waited for the “big emergency” to come up that would lead him to ask me for money. I hoped it wasn’t true but I knew it was going to happen.

After nearly a month it happened. He claimed to have made medical mistake administering the vaccine to the rare birds. He said he made a dosage error. I asked him the specifics and sadly he didn’t know enough to answer my questions correctly. I know a lot about vaccines and birds. He claimed about 150 birds became ill because of his error and he was panicked because his career was at stake. He said he talked the reserve workers into staying quiet about this while he “contacted someone in China to request a medication that would make them better.” At this point, it was a huge joke but I kept up my side to see where it went. So sure enough, he kept quiet for a few days to make me worry a little, then told me he had sent almost all his cash to China for this medication–which much to our relief saved all of the fictional birds! Amazing! Now, however, he was broke. He had almost no money. He saved his career and reputation but he was in trouble. Couldn’t pay his hotel bills, food, transportation…what a mess. He at first claimed there were no banks (Lagos is a huge city–the commercial/industrial hub of Nigeria EVEN my bank has a branch there!) I pointed out that that couldn’t be true and then he broke down and “confessed” to me that he didn’t have any freed up cash in his London account…all of his money was in stocks and bonds! REALLY? I WAS SHOCKED! Even his credit card was no good…he had it canceled because of illegal activity (probably his). He said he didn’t have time to get a new one and besides he said “I’m in a third world country, no one takes credit cards here”. Wow, in a city of that size? Horrible. BTW, the hotel he gave me didn’t check out right. The address he gave didn’t match the address on the internet and it wasn’t in the right area of Nigeria. What could I do? He then asked for a “loan”. I told him at first I couldn’t pay but later decided I wanted to get as much info as I could from him so I could post it on every web site I could find. So I wrote a sweet letter saying I was so worried for him that I asked to borrow the money from a family member and wanted to get it to him as soon as possible. What did I need to do? He wrote back and ask for $1000 to be wired via Western Union (sound familar?). I claimed I was worried about that (gee no banks but we have Western Union hmmm)and would feel more comfortable sending the money directly to the hotel– what was that address and phone number? A phony address was given but not a phone number. He “couldn’t find it and would have to give it to me later.” I insisted that I needed it to properly send the package. Then he said “he was going to be too busy with lectures and meetings to keep a watch for it at the hotel and that I maybe should just send it to his driver (a man he has known only for a month?)” I argued that was unwise but then later asked for that name and address. I’m waiting for that to be emailed. He wanted to know when the money would be sent. I said in a few days. Then connection was lost again and I couldn’t finish my conversation. I’m not sure I’ll hear back from him now. I think he knew I was on to him. Anyway, here is what he has given me so far. I’ll bet he has 10 other women going on this same story as we speak!

Damon A. Basinas
Age: 41 birth date 08/12/67
Son: Milo birth date 08/10/2000

Cell Phone: 234-803-347-4079

London Address:
136 Gilbourne Road
Plumstead, London SE18 7NX

Nigerian PO Box 3537
Apapa, Lago Nigeria

Nigerian Hotel:
WhiteLeaf Hotel & Suites
14 Devon Drive
Ikeja, Engu Lagos Nigeria
(this isn’t the hotel address)

Email address:
dbasinas@yahoo.com

Western Union site:
Enugu Nigeria

Other Info:
I have pictures too of some good looking man with a cute kid. Says he was educated at Yorke (should be spelled York) University, England. Says he has three dogs and a place in Tampa Florida. Wife died in childbirth. Mother raised him on her own in Greece. Mother died of breast cancer in 1995. He moved to England for school in 1985. It just goes on.

So everyone, be careful! Don’t EVER send money. I will post an update if he gets back to me with any more info. but I doubt I’ll hear from him. I was duped to an extent but don’t feel bad because I didn’t fall for it or lose any money. He was a great actor but just not good enough. The only thing I lost was a little time and energy. I’m know others weren’t so lucky. I’m off now to post this EVERYWHERE I can LOL.

Good luck!

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139 Comments on Nigerian Dating Scams: the eHarmony story, Damon A. Basinas

  1. No Name
    September 9, 2009 at 1:44 am (8 years ago)

    I got caught and it has cost me. Courting through Match.com and then Yahoo. Business got bad,child sick,needed to return to U.K. then he was hurt and needed medical care. His friend, Member of Parliament, wrote me a letter but couldn't spell or use correct grammar. He and a "doctor" at "St Judes Medical Clinic in Benin City used "live.com" for emails.I Missing two weeks,reappeared and now can't pay taxes, going to jail if I don't help. They are so sweet and dear with their accents and they promise you everything/ My intuition said NO, but my heart said OK. Shame on me!!!No comments please.

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  2. Margarita
    September 14, 2009 at 1:28 pm (8 years ago)

    on Saturday the 5th of September "met Nicholas GOnzales". He is a jeweler and he and his only son William H. Gonzales are from not know how to get back home. I sent him 3,3000 for the airfair. He asked me to send it to some KELVIN HILLIAARD in that country. I did….I was totally unaware that this is happening…now…when waiting fro them to arrivve to the states nothing happened…then about midnight I got an email from "Dr. Mike R. Patrick from the Royer Centeral Hospital" telling Nicholas and hs son had been shot. "They are in the hospital in Drt I will be contacting the US Embassy and repport this crime and I have actually contacted it. Nicholas Gonzales goes by the yahoo messenger and email adddrss of "specialheart61@yahoo or nicholas gonzales16@yahoo".

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  3. Margarita
    September 14, 2009 at 1:31 pm (8 years ago)

    thank you for the chance to talk about this. Other details about Nick his YM is specialheart61 at yahoo, and he is also working with this Dr.Mike E patrick form Royer Centeral Hospital. Nick sent me a supreme Arts Company webpage. I have emailed the artist to let him know what is going on

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  4. Wendy M.
    September 17, 2009 at 1:34 pm (8 years ago)

    I think I might have the same problem as some of you. Met a guy through eharmony who says he's originally from Poland and came to the states12 years ago. He claims to have dual citizenship. He supposedly is an architect who at the time we were matched on eharmony, was working on a project in London. He then told me he had to go to Nigeria to look into a hotel he was designing. I received a call froim him 2 days after his arrival in Nigeria telling me he and his driver had been robbed by armed thugs and they took his laptop, cell (he had been calling me on a phone he picked up in Lagos to save on roaming charges), passport, 15,000 pounds he had just gotten from the bank to hire armed guards, and all of his identification. He claims he needs money for hotel and food for the next few days until the embassy gets him a new passport. I think he's full of it and I feel like I've been emotionally raped. Just the connections I'm hearing from a lot of people on here between Nigeria and London are enough to make me suspicious.

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  5. JJ
    September 22, 2009 at 6:49 pm (8 years ago)

    Terri, thank you for posting because Daniel Robinson from the UK also tried to scam me with the exact story. He’s in Nigeria, he’s an engineer, he’ll be in NYC soon, he has full custody of his son David. As I am typing this he is begging me not to block his email. His travelers checks don’t work in Nigeria, can I wire him money? Thank God I am a skeptic and was waiting for the other shoe to drop the whole time. And when he begged for money, the other shoe dropped. Thankfully, I’m able to end this with just my pride being wounded, Terri’s post made sure of that. Thank you Terri.

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  6. jjaileen
    September 24, 2009 at 2:36 am (8 years ago)

    I was also contacted by this Daniel Robinson from Yahoo personals, and he gave me the same story he did Terri. He worked me for weeks, and then the request for money came. Thankfully, I found this site by searching his name, and it saved me more heartache. I'm sorry you got taken Terri, I hope you find the scumbag and get your money back.

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  7. Michelle
    October 4, 2009 at 5:09 pm (8 years ago)

    Seems like Damon Basinos is now Fernandez Basinos. He contacted me on the US Military Singles site. I was suspicious immediately, as this was not the first time that I ran into a scammer. The bad english, the phony situation that takes him to the UK. what a lot of bollocks. Anyway, this time his little boy is Ronnie and he is a social worker! What a low life.

    good luck everyone in avoiding scammers

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    • Mary
      October 10, 2009 at 10:29 pm (8 years ago)

      just heard about a friend who has been hurt by this scam – now he's an international architect of Canadian origin having won an architectural competition in Nigeria. Still widowed with son. I'm so angry for her, the whole thing is so disgusting. Do internet dating agencies put warnings on their sites about these awful people.

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  8. trendz
    October 8, 2009 at 7:50 pm (8 years ago)

    same is characters as the story of the beginning… Alex Galen, now…. contacted in OKCUPID.COM, seattle area at first, galen_alex@yahoo.com, ggr8guy@aol.com, 41 years old, has no children, but would like to name his son MILO. He says is greek, raised by single irish mother in Greece who died 6 years ago, studied in University of York. civil and petro chemical engineer (University only have school of engineering electrical). Wife died 3 years ago, no kids because childbirth complications once. He goes to church every Sunday, he is Roman Catholic, and want to settle down in Seattle or Chicago.

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  9. Trendz
    October 8, 2009 at 7:51 pm (8 years ago)

    Alex Galen info continues:
    Pictures of him as a white male, and even with his late wife. Has a driver called Michael, whose real name according to him is IDIALU OSEREMEN, phone numbers +2347038256794, +445786117, +2348033474079, He hired some equipment as the equipment in the place he has been working as sub contractor (sahara group) has understandard equipments and he needed to deliver. So after hiring the equipment he requested to the agency in UK (who contracted him) an upfront payment but it takes time to process. Given this situation, his blood pressure rose (he has hypertension problems) and he had to go to the hospital several times to check the blood pressure and/or shots to estabilize it. He needed only 1000 or 2000 until receive the upfront payment of usd10000 or 15000.

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  10. Sheri
    October 12, 2009 at 1:55 pm (8 years ago)

    Trendz – the person that contacted you is the same person – Damon Basinas aka Michael Anyacho who scammed me. Said he was fromGreece. Irish wife who died in childbirth. Son named Milo. Creepy! Don’t fall for it. Ironically Michael emailed me several months ago to ask if I would pay his membership for some dating site so he could scam again and pay me back since he felt so guilty. Can you believe that? I made sure I then blocked his email and I never heard from him again

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  11. Kerri
    October 19, 2009 at 9:28 pm (8 years ago)

    Reading all this is a complete riot, since I've been contacted by "Luis Antonio". When he said he needed to fly to Nigeria because his father was sick, it didn't ring true. And yes, he pulled the "I'm so falling in love with you" stuff, too. I'm just waiting for his 'father' to die and then I'm sure he'll need money because with his father dead, he won't be able to access bank accounts, etc. I haven't revealed too much of myself at this point, but I am giving him just enough to hang himself. I'm a huge skeptic when it comes to crap like this. We'll see what stories he comes up with next!

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    • Katie
      December 27, 2009 at 3:54 am (7 years ago)

      I was recently scammed by Luis Anotnio, met on Yahoo personals and he then had to fly to Nigeria to be with is father and he called me daily with updates and told me I could save his father's life by sending over money. I fell for it and sent $100 and then he kept asking for more…never sent another dime and never heard from him again. email address was/is luisantonio34@yahoo.com his profile has finally been pulled from yahoo personals site.

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  12. Yvonne reyes
    October 30, 2009 at 4:26 am (8 years ago)

    Well story i met 2 men who claim they both had their own company. Both claim their widow. First said his name was james thomas from uk cell ¤ 0112348068378820. He told had some contact wk in nigera. He was determine 2 know how much was i making in a month an when i get paid ha. I continue 17 day until had some kind money problem. Want send some money. I told straight i am not doing that. He got self he take himself out. Cut bullshit. Then met another crazy who claims his from park florida. So ask were about did he live cause lived around that area. He said west side mamai florida. Odd all a sudden he got rob 30 thousand dallors. I told he was stupid. Now he has money. So he could pay his hotel. But yet can get some food and pay his workers. Well told i did not buy it i smell bullshit. By the thir ashole name sean gibbins 0112348136629334 email seangibbins@yahoo.com

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  13. K Williams
    November 29, 2009 at 8:22 pm (7 years ago)

    (1 of 2) Greetings,

    In an effort to keep this communication brief and to the point, I met ‘someone’ on an internet dating site who used the photos below to represent his self. Although I was suspicious, I continued communication with him via phone. We did not have the opportunity to meet, because according to him, he was scheduled to leave the county within a few days of us communicating because of a business deal in Nigeria. Within two months into a phone-only conversation he asked me to send him $17,000 to purchase a certificate (for security purposes) so that he could receive the proceeds of his business deal, which was due to yield $800,000. Needless to say, this confirmed my suspicions that he was a fraud.

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  14. K Williams
    November 29, 2009 at 8:23 pm (7 years ago)

    (2 of 2) Greetings

    Name: Andrew Jude Beckson
    Age: 46
    Height: 6 ft
    Status: Never married, no children
    Education: Ph.D. in Business Management
    Salary range: $100,000 – $150,000
    Residence: Franklin, Georgia
    Birthplace: Malaysia (Father black from England, mother from Malaysia – parents married over 40 years)
    Church affiliation: Good News, http://www.goodnews.or.kr
    Phone numbers: 678-389-9619, 0112348021196560, 011233543889100, 01123414097120
    Email: strongbeck@gmail.com
    Other site he is on: http://www.adventistmatch.com/profile_frame_nm.as

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  15. Lisa
    November 29, 2009 at 8:27 pm (7 years ago)

    Beware of yahoo personals as well. The man I talked to used the name Sammy Williams. He said that he had a daughter, Mary. He was a widower. He said that he worked construction and was over seas on a project. "Sammy" also had his daughter with him, as he had no one else to leave her with. "Sammy" has reposted his profile at yahoo personals, currently in the Kansas City area (Gladstone). His yahoo IM id is funseekingsammy@yahoo.com. He has numerous pictures to send. I received at least 8 different ones of a man and a little girl.
    As I caught on and never sent anything to him, I was told no crime was committed. I was told nothing could be done.

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  16. Sherri
    December 1, 2009 at 10:20 pm (7 years ago)

    Trendz!!!! Yikes – that is the exact same story 'Damon Basinas' told me. His real name is Michael Anyacho. Get on FB and do a search for 'Mikey Stunna Anyacho' and you will find who you are communicating with. His email he uses in real like is methodmike2net@yahoo.com You should email him and mess with him! He had contacted me to help him actually get a subscription to another dating site so he could scam someone and pay me back for the money he took me for. Gotta tell you – these people aren't bright! He's an idiot….

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  17. Elly
    December 2, 2009 at 6:12 pm (7 years ago)

    I realize now I've been scammed. His name is Frank Damian. Says he's from Ipswich, has a little girl who just turned 13. He's 45, a petroleum engineer and just got a contract to Nigeria. How stupid am I to believe all this. He's amazingly gorgeous, the pictures he sent actually did look like a real person. I sent a gift to him and his daughter to Nigeria because of their birthdays. Something always seemed off. I've lost my dignity, feel completely stupid, and out $300. Please be careful out there. He also mentioned he lost his mother when he was 6, born in the Ukraine, he said he lost his wife to preeclampsia during the birth of their 2nd daughter 7 years ago. He home schools his daughter "Rita", and hires tutors whenever they travel together. I am absolutely humiliated and can't believe I didn't do more research before. I just wanted it to be true so badly. He has a strong accent, claims he lived with a priest till he was 20 and had no life. Also says he was a love child born to parents whose father denied him. We don't talk about much on the phone except feelings, and claims to have had such a strong connection to me. Also talks about God and how he prays and his prayers have been answered. Now that I'm writing all this down, it sounds completely ridiculous and I can't believe I fell for it. At least I didn't make plans to travel anywhere or give a credit card number. I guess I'll get over it eventually.

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    • Tamme
      December 11, 2009 at 3:20 am (7 years ago)

      Enter text right here!Similar story, similar name. Got nigerian phone number of 2348035013702. Wouldn't happen to be the same, would it? Except he contacted me thru myspace.

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      • Elly
        December 15, 2009 at 6:51 pm (7 years ago)

        The phone number he gave me is a little different. I told him a week ago what a scammer he is and he said he will reveal himself to me via webcam when he gets back to the UK, and then never speak to me again. WHATEVER!

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    • Roberta
      December 15, 2009 at 1:02 am (7 years ago)

      Well, that has just happened to me too. Same story and same guy. OMG!!! I've blocked him now from my emails. Thank god I didn't let it get pass just instant msg. WOW! And just think that for some reason I just decided to google his name and this article came up. Got to love the internet.

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  18. Norma
    December 13, 2009 at 7:17 am (7 years ago)

    There is a guy out there going by the name Terry Jerry. his email is terryjerry54@yahoo I fell for it to thank the Lord I didn't send him any money but he got me. These people are so good at what they do. I did however spend a small fortune on calling cards. Right off the bat he told me how much he loved me and wanted to marry me. Never one day went by without him asking me for money The story was different everytime and so was the amount. First his dad was in the hosipital and hi mom had died earlier that year so he needed money right away or he might die. Then when it came time for him to come he needed to get his US documents which he needed $500. Then he was coming down with Malaria and needed medicine so more money was in order. He got very agressive and bold. he sent me an email asking me for my credit card information saying that his uncle would wire money to my card and then I can pay for him to come to the US He ask for the card number, the 3 numbers on the back, my address, my phone, my mothers maiden name. Please ladies be ware and be safe

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  19. jab
    December 23, 2009 at 5:01 am (7 years ago)

    new possible name being used dino moore out of georgia but claiming dad is in nigeria and is suffering from heart condition. phone number 011-2348030890085 . didn't fall for it i am trained in law enforcement but want to let others know

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  20. Steffie
    December 26, 2009 at 11:35 pm (7 years ago)

    I have been contacted by a man name Sammy. Here is his new letter.
    How are you doing today good i guess am doing fine here as well…i just want to tell you more about me i am a widower, with my Daughter name Mary is she 8 years, am a Construction Engineer i am very outgoing,communicative,easy going,outspoken,i am also a very romantic type,love to cuddle,hold hands while walking,am trustworthy so far as people tell me maybe am just laid back,loll…i also have a good heart with so much of love to give and to receive.am the only child of my parent ,

    Thank you so much for this post! He has sent me roses and food baskets. He states that he will be back in the state soon… Well I do not think so!
    Be cafeful out there!

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    • Amanda Cole
      February 5, 2010 at 9:11 am (7 years ago)

      I'm sure this person is in contact with me right now, going under the name of James and with a daughter Mary etc etc…I am shocked by all this…have been communicating for 2 weeks only and really did get sucked in…I cannot believe this!! Something was not ringing true with me and for some reason I googled Nigerian Scams and found this site…the stories all had an element of what he is saying to me…He gave me a phone number yesterday and I did a search of the areacode and is how I came up with Nigeria…he said he is a construction engineer and working in West Africa…I am not going to let on I know yet…not sure why, just want to play along a bit longer!!

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  21. Jackie
    January 18, 2010 at 10:17 pm (7 years ago)

    I'm reading all these comments and it sounds just like what I have been hearing. Met on BBPmeet and he could'nt have been more sweet, and loving. Great pic. he sent me .starting saying how much he loved me and wanted to spend the rest of his life with me.Now that sounded to good to be true after maybe a week of talking.I have heard of scams on the net so I was a bit leery, . If it sounds to good to be true then most likely it is. Said his sons b-day was coming up and he was in the sea and could'nt do anything for him.Wanted me to write to his son to see what he wanted for his b-day so I did. Money iphone and laptop.

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  22. Lydia
    January 21, 2010 at 1:44 am (7 years ago)

    I am looking for Mr. Veron Moore. Born in British Guiana, lived and worked in Suriname, may live in Manhattan, can fix appliances like radios and TV's. This concerns a family matter, your cousin is trying to get in touch with you. It is very important.

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    • Sally S
      February 24, 2010 at 12:44 am (7 years ago)

      His name is Phillip v. Moore and he loves all women that has sent him $$$ and promises to buy you a home a make a life with you.. don't believe him…

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  23. Laughing
    February 3, 2010 at 12:41 am (7 years ago)

    Great story. You should post the photo being used.

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  24. Christine
    February 13, 2010 at 9:17 am (7 years ago)

    Thanks to this site so much. Its only been a very short time for me. Logged on for free 7 days last weekend with mytype.com.au, within 12 hours we had a match and the photo was georgegous. He contacted me immediately and sent me his IM immediately. I logged on. He sent me amazing emails, just seemed too good to be true. His name Matthew Brown, email mbigggs@yahoo.com. He was currently in UK was about to move to Australia (where I am) in 2 weeks, 22 February. He said he is widower, married his soul mate when 25, she died at 29 in childbirth. One daughter, Jennifer, 22 who lives in Ohio. He's saying he lives in Manchester now, but is from Ohio but father took him to Austria at age 12 when his mother died. So that was all by about Monday.

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  25. Christine
    February 13, 2010 at 9:17 am (7 years ago)

    On Tuesday he said he had a contract in Africa he had to complete before moving to Australia. He had been phoning me every morning at about 6.30 my time (yes I did give him my phone number). He asked me for my address (yes, I gave it) and said he was sending me a surprise. On Wednesday no contact, he was travelling to Africa. On Thursday morning, he rang (all calls very brief and I could hardly understand him.) Told me arrived safely and was excited. Had transferred funds into Frank's account and was going to get the money tomorrow from Frank's bank and pay for the machinery to be released from the port. On Thursday night I got the "Ive been robbed, lost $22000, all documents, Franks in hospital." He rang we got on line. Thru that conversation I kept saying to myself, 'Dont ask me for money!" And yep, he did. $800. Not much as he knew I didnt have much. I said I didnt have it and couldnt help him. He was very nice about it, didnt mention it again thru the chat. On Friday, I got email from a friend directing me to a site dedicated to nigerian scammers. I looked at it closely and this guy is text book.

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  26. Christine
    February 13, 2010 at 9:19 am (7 years ago)

    On Friday the flowers arrived. I didnt think Id hear from him again as I had nothing to give him. Friday night, a holy regligious email. Writing completely different to all other emails. He actually used punctuation – all the commas and full stops were spot on, previous emails had no commas and fullstops were always … I immediately clicked reply and said, "Thought you might have mentioned the email I sent this morning. Can you please answer my questions." At 10.30 pm my phone rang. I was amazed! We spoke briefly on the phone but went online. I started with the email and the English he had used, it was so different. I got madder and madder. He did start swearing at me. . He said, 'How do I prove to you who I am." I suggested a photograph taken that day with him holding a note which has on it my name and the date." Of course, he didnt have a camera and "wasnt going to take picture like child at interview." Strange turn of phrase.

    I

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  27. christine
    February 13, 2010 at 9:20 am (7 years ago)

    said Id been looking at internet scamming in Nigeria. Asked him where he was, he said Nigeria. First honest thing he's said in a week I think. I gave him the address of the site I had seen and told him to look at it. He disappeared for a minute and came back absolutely shocked that I thought he was one of those scammers. He then seemed to calm down a bit, calling me "babe again etc. Then he said, Im not going to be online much as I got the money from my clients today and will be working as can get machines from port." (I sure didnt see that one coming). He disappeared offline and I thought well, thats it. He knows I know, no point in continuing with that mugho (which is what they call us). Low and behold, email this afternoon.

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  28. christine
    February 13, 2010 at 9:21 am (7 years ago)

    As tho nothings happened, no mention of a photograph just reassuring me that he's not going to be online much as he's working. Still saying he will be in Australia on 22nd February. Is there any danger a Nigerian dude will turn up on my doorstep? I have no idea what's going to happen next, but something will. He will have some drama with tickets or something and need money. Watch this space! My last communication was, if you are not sending photograph then I will believe it when the man in the photograph knocks on my door. Which, I think we all know now – that aint gonna happen.

    Since seeing it on here, I have tried to use tineye.com without success but will keep trying. I feel sorry for the poor man who's photos have been bandied about like that. He looks like such a nice man Enter text right here!

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  29. jenny
    February 20, 2010 at 4:53 pm (7 years ago)

    I'm a new Eharmony user, only been using it for 2weeks and I almost got scammed by someone called david donald dendy. He laimed to be from Dallas Texas, widower, wife died from some kidney illness has two sons, working overseas in Nigeria because he saw something on CNN about food poisoning in Nigeria and wanted to help out. Then claimed that he just recently found out that his father died and that his mother took him from his father and raised him in Germany. Then he claimed he was abandoned by her and just grew up with friends in the UK ( I thought you were taken to Germany, don't forget his profile says Dallas Texas) anyway this is the reason I keep to myself. His picture if of a white male with a superman shirt but man I spoke to was some deep voiced African, ( i've been around enough to recognize the accent) It sure wasn't German or English. Just wanted to give a heads up.

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  30. Sylvia
    February 23, 2010 at 7:03 pm (7 years ago)

    wow…. I guess I am a victim of Phillip.V.Moore he took me for at least for %5,000.00 and I will not send him anymore money, he has not asked for any more because he's probably trying to get it from 100 more women on this earth. I hope he gets caught and is tortured in prison for the rest of his life. I will be sending my information to the FBI as well. His story to me was that he was in Nigeria, Africa. was put in jail for causing a fire in the hotel had to pay bail Said instantly that he was convicted. What a fool I was for believing this person. He has given me more contact names: Mr. Alan David Finace Advicer is how (Advisor) is spelled and Martins Korey with an email of martinskorey@financier.com, Ladies.. please be careful this man/men are good actors. I pray to GOD that they get caught. A Mr. Robert Dean is also working with Phillip Moore and his gang who asked that I forward my infomation like "Bank" information to him. I did not dare give him anything. I met Phillip on Singlesnet.com.
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  31. S. Lopez
    February 23, 2010 at 7:30 pm (7 years ago)

    wow…. I guess I am a victim of Phillip.V.Moore he took me for at least for %5,000.00 and I will not send him anymore money, he has not asked for any more because he's probably trying to get it from 100 more women on this earth. I hope he gets caught and is tortured in prison for the rest of his life. I will be sending my information to the FBI as well. His story to me was that he was in Nigeria, Africa. was put in jail for causing a fire in the hotel had to pay bail Said instantly that he was convicted. What a fool I was for believing this person. He has given me more contact names: Mr. Alan David Finace Advicer is how (Advisor) is spelled and Martins Korey with an email of martinskorey@financier.com, Ladies.. please be careful this man/men are good actors. I pray to GOD that they get caught. A Mr. Robert Dean is also working with Phillip Moore and his gang who asked that I forward my infomation like "Bank" information to him. I did not dare give him anything. I met Phillip on Singlesnet.com. __. __

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  32. Sally Lopez
    February 24, 2010 at 12:25 am (7 years ago)

    I was a victim of Phillip Veron Moore uses Phiilip.moore007@hotmail.com, ladies.. please be careful he chooses his words very carefully and if so sweet and convincing. He talks to you for months then says goes in for the dive and starts to say he's in trouble, He also called me from Nigeria saying he started a fire in a hotel room. And and on were his excuses and issues with his passport. He was from Ohio parents and wife died giving birth. Oh yeah he got me good. I met him on Singles.net.
    Watch out for these scammers. They are good and know what to say.
    Sally.

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  33. Nanc
    March 17, 2010 at 3:29 pm (7 years ago)

    wWEnter text right here!

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  34. Kim
    March 31, 2010 at 5:22 am (7 years ago)

    Has anyone heard of a PetrolChemical Engineer from Beverly Hills named Craig Holmes? He is half Italian and headed to Scotland soon- moving fast with my newly-divorced best friend..i smell big trouble and she's playing ostrich. He's 38 and single-well off, pursuing her night and day, talking over I'm 4-5 hrs a day…no $ requests yet, but I'm just waiting….Please post if this sounds familiar…he's on Eharmony. Maybe I'm just out of touch and overprotective….? I hope! Thank you!

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    • Kim
      April 29, 2010 at 3:34 pm (7 years ago)

      Just a follow up- confirmation of this jackass being a scammer. I was unable to find him anywhere online, no pictures or name matches, so I want his info out there in case someone else is looking for him.
      His info:
      Craig Holmes
      Occupation is Petrochemical Engineer.
      Hometown is Beverly Hills.
      Travels to Scotland and Equitorial Guniea.
      No kids, never been married, age listed as 38.

      This guy was good enough that even after being warned and reading this forum for herself, my college educated and extremely intelligent friend couldn't quite nail down whether or not he was really playing her. Emotional manipulation is just as bad, ladies and gentlemen.
      By the way, she didn't send him the money he asked for, and she has learned a hard lesson – but now she

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  35. Bill
    April 5, 2010 at 7:47 pm (7 years ago)

    Enter text right here! I've been contacted by a "woman" named Rebecca Smith from Marietta,Ga who is in Nigeria buying "GOODS" as she puts it. .. she has an Antique business for the past 8 years. Her cheating husband died in a car wreck 4 years ago and she has a 7 year old son "Jeff". She claims to be from Italy and living in the US the past 3 years. Her father is dead and purportely has $30million in some bank in England. I could go on with this story of her "love" for me (on the 3rd email!) and to send her $25K to get her "GOODS" out of customs and so she and her son can come be with me and live happily forever! haha!! Anyone know of this scenario? her email address is ridewithmeat2010@yahoo.com

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  36. Kelly
    April 20, 2010 at 2:06 pm (7 years ago)

    Omg this all sounds like everything that has happened to me. The only thing is I didn't fall for his stuff. His name is Alex Lmberg so be ware of him. He as as he says on a oil rig in Canada and there was an oil spill and he needed money to keep from going to jail. He kept asking me and begging me to send him $17.000.00. I told him he was carzy I wasn't sending him no money especially that much. He always had to take trips to London. He said that his son lived there and that is where his company was based from. I told him if he needed the money so bad have his company send it to him. He said they can't do it like that because he was under contract with them so they couldn't bail him out. Oh well to bad so sad his little scam didn't work on me. I hope none of you fall for his scam. PLEASE remember his name and number ladies. ALEX LUMBERG 011 447035958747. Sorry for any of you that has been caught up in scams. EWeter text right here!

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  37. Kim
    May 2, 2010 at 4:18 am (7 years ago)

    Update on Craig Holmes – Since my earlier post, it has been confirmed that he is definitely out for the money. Since I couldn't locate any information on him anywhere when I was looking, I want to list it here, so someone else can find him!

    Information he gave my best friend:

    Craig Holmes
    38
    Single
    No children
    Lives in Beverly Hills
    Petrol Chemical Engineer
    Has two cars – black and ash colored
    Owns home outright
    Travels frequently to Scotland and Equatorial Guinea (Nigeria, basically) to consult on oil "boxes"
    Has good English skills and typing skills, but syntax is a little off – like saying Yesternight instead of yesterday. Blamed language differences from being raised in Italy, and seems to have a decent Italian accent.
    He claimed had just purchased two oil boxes in West Africa – the culmination of a lifelong dream – and wanted to send the certificates to my friend. Sent her a .jpg as "proof". (Why she would need proof, I have no idea..)
    He wanted to fly in and see her and told her that he had purchased her expensive jewelry for her birthday.

    When she asked him for specific verifiable information, he not only didn't provide it, but stopped all contact….except for the money request…she didn't provide that, fortunately.

    Thank you for all the information that helped me with the right things to talk to her about..It made a huge difference!
    Emotional scamming is just as devastating as financial scamming….please be careful!

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  38. Anonymous
    May 7, 2010 at 12:42 pm (7 years ago)

    I was defrauded by Jason Geovani Marin (Los Angeles) just this year. I met him on eHarmony and we dated. He was a nice guy and I trusted him. BIG MISTAKE. After a while, he asked me to deposit checks for him and then withdraw them as cash. He also told me to purchase merchandise for him using my credit card and then he will pay me back. He gave me checks and then eventually put stop payments on them. He has disappeared on me and I went to the cops but they cannot do anything.
    So, those in EHARMONY – BEWARE of JASON (LOS ANGELES, he is hispanic, system analysis and about 5'11").

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  39. benglim
    May 31, 2010 at 2:29 pm (7 years ago)

    i dugged thru all my emails from him and found that all of them except for 2 originated from Nigeria. i was scammed some money but when he asked for more i became suspicious and started researching. what triggered me to look further was when he called me from a nigerian phone when he claimed to be in Scotland at that time.

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  40. benglim
    May 31, 2010 at 2:35 pm (7 years ago)

    i still have not received it and i have sent an inquiry into Chevron and alerting them of his fraud. I just taked to him again an hour ago and he claims to be in HK rright now and i told him i "might" be able to help him financially but only when he is back in LA..he says he is flying in in 2 days…we shall see. i also asked him to email me his itinerary so i can pick him up at LAX, i want to see if his email will originate from HK or Nigeria..

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  41. benglim
    May 31, 2010 at 2:37 pm (7 years ago)

    so i have posted his info & picture on whoscammedyou.com and will continue to find websites where i can post his scam so people can google him. If there's anyone out there who wish to contact me about this scammer, please email me at benglim@yahoo.com

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  42. Laura
    September 27, 2010 at 1:28 pm (7 years ago)

    This is in regards to Rose from 9/27/09.
    Sorry to say but Wilson Misrolav Haron is still running the same scam, except instead of going to Africa he now says he has to go to Jamaica for his job.
    He then has his briefcase stolen with all his money (cash) in it. He does not have any of his credit cards with him. (How did he pay for the hotel?). He has no family or friends who can help him out, son is only 18 and does not have the ability to help. Blah Blah Blah.

    Ladies beware this man is very very slick.

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  43. Kathy Medwid
    October 16, 2010 at 8:36 am (7 years ago)

    Beware of a fellow going by Dale Smith -email address daleysmelt@yahoo.com
    will try and get money out of you because equipment he needs to finish a job in Nigeria says he is a electrical engineer designing a new power grid in Nigeria spouts alot of crape about how God sent us to each other etc. I have reported to BBP and his account is now not active so he will probably end up on another site

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  44. sgt ludacris
    November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am (2019 years ago)

    INVOLVING GHANA. Having thoughts or doubts about who you are really talking or chatting with (whether he or she is a scammer or not) or you have never set physical eyes on that person(s) before. Internet scam has become very rampant in our today’s world now. Ghana Police Service is now at your door step and here to help you to be very sure about the following;
    1. Who you are talking, or chatting to whether he or she exists, pertaining to internet dating and business.
    2. Whether he or she is a scammer or not.
    3. To help the Republic of Ghana to fight against internet fraud and scam, in other to maintain the good name of the country, Ghana.
    4. Report in other to save other person(s) hard earned money from the scammers and fraudsters that is, not to fall a victim.
    You can contact us by the following email addresses;
    sgt.ludacris@gmail.com

    Looking forward to help you in all facet of internet involving a Ghanaian person(s).

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  45. sandy
    August 20, 2011 at 9:18 pm (6 years ago)

    i am sorry to hear your story. i did the same thing and i was taken for 3,000. i sent it to mylasia. all the exchanging of love notes and false promises, he stole my heart and my money. he knows i am on to him and i feel he is popping up in facebook etc under different names. creepy. i also think he has my social and info about me. his name is Anthony Basinas i met him on Christian mingle.com word42day. BEWARE HE IS A SCAMMER FROM MYLASIA.

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  46. msampieri
    December 8, 2011 at 6:32 pm (5 years ago)

    Has anyone heard of a Jason Wills claiming to be from Ansonia, CT but is working in Lagos, Nigeria? His user name is manymoresmile and he claims to have two children: a boy Clark, age 9, and a daughter named Christine, age 8. His date of birth is 6/27/63 he is 48 yrs. old originally from Rome, Italy. He claims he is a civil engineer. Please let me know if anyone has been contacted by him. I believe him to be a scammer from match.com.

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  47. regina
    March 9, 2012 at 10:05 pm (5 years ago)

    i am on zoosk.com and i recieved a flirt from DINO MOORE and of course it seemed like we hit it off really well, after emailing for a couple of days he had to go take care of his dad in Nigeria (go figure) i have been going along with it dropping hints here and there letting him know that i know. he asked me for money and i refused, he is either not paying attention to the hints or he just thinks im stupid. either way i know the truth, be carefull to everybody out there cause he will say anything he thinks you want to hear, he is very sweet (or maybe its a she) and understanding and emotional at least in writing. i also started recieveing emails from people wanting to give me money for no reason so watch ouut for those the best bet is to not open them, i opened one and got a virus with i have got cleaned up now but it was a pain. thanks for listening

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  48. olly chaperon
    April 23, 2012 at 6:27 pm (5 years ago)

    OMG Thanks for sharing your stories ladies, this seems to becomming quite a little business for these artists. Yes they are very clever, and many of us women are unsuspecting. When on line dating has become the place to meet your future mate.. Just keep reading the comments here and also check out other scamming sites, they share their information. I think we are getting better at spotting them scammers.. they use the words like my woman, my dear, my wife is deceased we were married for 20 years. I have no family.. they don't answer your questions,, they can play you for days.. before asking for money. Do your research and dont allow them to steal your heart too quickly , they say all the things you want to hear..
    The sad part about all this is that we can end up being too suspiciuos, I feel bad for the real guys.. go with your gut it normally lets you know the right answer.. be safe.

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