Romance scam

Like many people, you are registered on an online dating site. But beware of the Adonis boys and the beautiful mermaids who ask you for money! These are romance scam specialists

romance scamRomance scams start as follow : One day you are contacted by someone on a dating site. This person likes your profile and begins a discussion with you, is very attractive, fills you with compliments, etc …

After several exchanges of emails, a relationship is established and you are bound to that person.

Then during a trip abroad, a catastrophe happens. Your contact is in a critical situation! Difficult to resist this person calling you for help, some feelings now exist …

Then, whatever the reason your contact asks you to send money. Reasons can be illness, death of a relative, etc. If you agree, you will never see your money back.

  • Scammers operate by playing with the feelings of their victims

They establish here a relationship of trust with their prey in order to scam them when comes the time.

On dating sites, beware of the too nice, too innocent boys (girls). However, if you get seduced – handsome boys (beautiful girls) do not only hide scammers – run away immediately when it is about money!

Moreover, gentlemen, be aware that most of the time your beautiful lady on the other side of the screen is actually a man. This man have recovered a pretty girl photo, sends you sweet words. Lovely isn’t it?

  • How to indentify romance scammers

Fortunately some signs exist to detect a romance scam :

  1. Your contact falls in love with you after 2 days: Scammers have no time to lose
  2. Your contact owns his or her company dealing in import export business and must move a few days abroad: Start of a typical scenario for a scam
  3. His or her webcam never works: This way, you do not see the scammer does not look like his or her picture on the dating website profile
  4. He quickly asks to go into dialogue on MSN or Skype : He does not have to pay the subscription to the dating site and does not fear being excluded from it.
  5. He asks you for money in an emergency and you are the only person in the world able to help: Blaming and stressing are two techniques used to push you to send an amount of money

If you too have experienced a love story who reveals to be a romance scam, tell us you story.

37 thoughts on “Romance scam

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    Loren

    April 10, 2015 at 8:09am

    I was scammed by a Frenchman going by the name Jean-Patrick Bonnet or Jean-Boris Halborn or Roland Lamar or Luvoic Weber Peron. He asked for money for an emergency for his friend’s operation. When I said No, he disappeared. This is when I discovered he had 4 names and lots of women attached to him. Women beware. He was operating on OKCupid

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    Mark

    April 29, 2015 at 1:19pm

    I was scammed by a girl from Cote d’Ivoire who goes by the name Estelle Doucet.
    She claims she comes from a village in France called Perpignan. She went to Cote d’Ivoire because her mom had cancer and died. She uses the pictures of Janessa Brasil when she sends her e-mails. She claims she has no Skype account, but I found one with the picture of Janessa. She never sends nude pictures, but sexy pics just the same, to entice you.
    After trying to call her on her phone, which doesn’t seem to work well, she asked me to buy her an IPhone 6+. When I refused and said that I would prefer to use that money to visit her she quickly asked for 300$ to buy a phone herself. Watch it guys, she’s good, but not good enough.

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    Roger Dupuis

    November 17, 2015 at 12:18am

    She has been trying to scam me and I just mess with her. I know all the scam games out there. Yes she is gorgeous and sends pictures. I just refuse to send my pictures to her.

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    pro4j

    February 7, 2017 at 6:35pm

    I was contacted by a certain Michel Mathis
    53 years old, divorced, a girl studying rights in Switzerland
    job: construction city: Philadelphia
    he asked me to open a Skype account and since yesterday … pure happiness until I ask for a meeting … he evaded the question by claiming he wanted to know me better and that I had entered his heart, I even sent a photo on his email address, but I think his picture was stolen from someone because he has an African accent…

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    hamazff

    February 8, 2017 at 1:37am

    John DaCruz, too good to be true, 40 years old, living in Sacramento, having a dog, met on Lovoo, a Portuguese entrepreneur who has recently settled in the US …
    It was a week ago that we were communicating via Fracebook, that he asked me “all my coordinates” “now, right now” and that’s where the red flag showed up. No possibility to see him by Webcam, new red flag. I spoke to him directly one evening because it had become too obvious, but he completly denied …
    I took a step back and tried to catch him … today he sent me an address that allowed me to call retired people living there who do not work at home and especially Who do not know Portuguese!

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    SherylZ

    February 8, 2017 at 2:51am

    Hi
    I think I am in contact with a scammer for 2 months. A guy invited me on Facebook and then started a chat with sms. He asked me if I could help him. He is a Car dealer in business trip in Italy. He had A 12yo daugther.
    Then he told me he moved to Nigeria to meet a supplier. I helped him because he needed money. I sent to him $1500. I was depressive at that time. He told me he loved me and he wanted to join me for life. He also send me a $6500 bank check. I am supposed to keep $1500 for me and send $4000 to him. Does anybody have seen the same story before ? For the moment I did not send anything but he keeps insisting everyday. I don’t know what to do. My bank doesn’t want me to send this money

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      John

      January 24, 2019 at 11:49am

      Just to let you know. That is money laundering.
      Which is an Interpol offense.
      Be very careful.

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      Debbie Kwa

      March 28, 2019 at 1:26am

      These Scammers are so good. They really knowhow to talk, they are often very nice. However, when you feel something isn’t right. Then they begin asking for money fo this reason and other reasons. The one I spoke to would not speak on camera or on the phone, only by text. When they ‘fall in Loe with you’ that’s when this one really talked about money. Unless you are rich, don’t send it. Amazingly, they won’t send you money.

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    Phil Parker

    October 22, 2017 at 11:32pm

    Lina Pratt/white have come across her on Love thing profile says Accrington but she admits she is in Ghana she use to live in California but farther died mothers boyfriend abused her came to Ghana to live with her uncle works at an orphanage but wants to come to England to be near her mum and brother Tom live in London uses images from freckles 18 soft porn web site she needs money first to get a phone then she wants to come over and be with you then needs money for documentation to bring gold then has a car crash on way to airport needs medical expenses none of this was forth coming so she gave up but convincing uncle’s name is Hegan Nkrumah

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    Samantha

    April 10, 2018 at 4:09pm

    Another scammer. Claims he is an engineer, single dad and has sob stories every other week – where he is in financial turmoil and desperately needs money! The man in the picture is a victim too as his pictures have been stolen by crazy criminals pretending to look for love.

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    Arron

    August 16, 2018 at 8:38pm

    I was in touch with a scammer – a blonde girl from Leicester called Laura Smith.
    She said she was up to her eyes in debt after helping several people who couldn’t afford things themselves.. real sob story from a beautiful looking curvy girl.
    She will not message via apps or webcam, so you take a gamble if it’s actually her – or if she will turn up.
    on several occasions, if you watch out for her, she gets out of another mans car, and walks to your meeting place.
    Sadly – she is a one in a million face to face scammer – expensive meals, nights out and in the end you don’t get any romance or any “closeness” maybe a peck on the cheek if you are lucky.
    Then you find out she has a string of guys she is doing the same to.
    When you talk to her, she says some raped her – and after you help her out, she completely stops talking or chatting to you.

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    suzana udin

    September 23, 2018 at 2:17pm

    i know him from tagged,name jerry moris a germany but working in london.An oil engineer.Know him just 2 hours and he says,he loved me so much and wanted to be with me.And the day later he asked my full name,address and phone number.He said have shopping for me some stuff such as cellphone,earing,necklace,shoe even ask my shoe size..later i have to pay malaysian ringgit rm4000.00 for him send the item to me,i did not pay the rm4000.00 and i say to him,a scammer.He got mad at me and thank god i did not pay the rm4000.00. He is a scammer

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    ann backman

    October 2, 2018 at 11:19am

    met this guy through Facebook have been talking now for about six weeks, says name is David Murphy, says he was an orphan has no family except twelve year old son in boarding school in Maryland, does not show his picture, has not asked for anything, after a few days of talking he is madly in love with me.
    on Saturday sent me a box via Savannah Delivery Service, sent me a picture of the box, which is full of money, says he is stationed in Afghanistan, with the Un and cannot talk about it.
    cant call because of secrecy now says he is retiring and will be with me soon, needless to say i have fell for this guy but cant get any info on him. will someone please help he gave me an email address but wont use the military using personal address. i supposedly am getting this package which he says is retirement pay and as soon as i get the package, he will be coming home.

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    Jasmine

    October 30, 2018 at 5:18am

    This guy found me through FaceBook and asked to communicate via WhatsApp.
    He loved me dearly under the name of God and ready to die for me. He said he was born in Scotland whose mother is Caucasian and his late father was a Malaysian. Gained my trust and begged for money because he got a government contract in Malaysia and got trouble with cash flow. On the other hand, he gang up with a fake shipping company and fake banks to deceive me for money.

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    Jasmine

    October 30, 2018 at 5:21am

    This is another scammer.

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    Beber

    October 30, 2018 at 6:19pm

    I was scammed by a girl who come from Ukraine. Her name is Marianna IVANOVA. She was supposed to come to me. I paid for her tickets and I send her money.
    Her phone number is +380983764612
    Her email is marianna.ivanova2000@mail.ru

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    Deborah Sims

    November 19, 2018 at 11:10pm

    Name David Delone. On Match.com in Aug 2018. British man, claimed to live in L.A. California area. Never would met before he went to London for business. EVERYTHING that could happen did. Bank locked him out of his account, owed money for hotel, attempted to leave country to fly home and was arrested, mother in hosp, no place to stay, ECT…. This is apart of a large group of scammers. Money was sent to London. They will do Moneygram, Western Union, Wire transfers into your bank account so you can wire money to another account

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    Michelle Martin

    November 26, 2018 at 11:11pm

    My scammer was Thomas Edmond Potter – Instagram name Edmond Potter.
    Phone 463-222-2074. Wanted to move to WhatsApp right away. Engineer on an oil rig in the North Sea (Denmark). Wife Mary died 7 yrs ago in a “tragic accident” and his son, Smith, was in a boarding school in NY. Born in Romania but grew up in Houston and now lives in Albany NY. His credit card and online banking has been frozen because he is out of the country and he cant fit unless he can be present in a Bank of America to sign papers. He needs $2500-$5000 to get home for Christmas for his son and to see me, his “soul mate” and “wife”. I’m his reason for breathing. Blah blah blah

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      Scott

      January 14, 2019 at 12:45am

      Hey lovely. After a night of being a psycho we finally found this man above was catfish. He has been talking to my mam for 2 weeks and has given the exact same informtation as you have recieved. However he never asked for money and he did in fact video call with her and asked to video call with me… have you heard anything else from him?

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        Danuta

        March 19, 2019 at 12:03am

        I’m in contact with this man I video call with him too. Please tell me if your mum still in contact with him and what happened if she is not?

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    Raul

    December 6, 2018 at 12:18pm

    She calls herself Emmanuella Jay. Form lyon but now she is on Cote D’Ivoire. She wants to have your baby but she is helping her grandmother. She loves ypu but she need money. When you want video she has the camera damaged. Always asking for money, and then she threatens you with mafia publishing your fotos and videosand ruining your life.

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    Martin

    December 15, 2018 at 8:07pm

    I was contacted by someone who clams to be a miss chrisstaine samb who was in the ivry coast she told me that she was there to take care of her family inheritance after her parrace were killd inan accedent and she needed money to unlock a vast fortune which her father add left for her she then sent me copies of bank documents which i still have in my posesion iwou’ld like for this person tobe invvetigated and would be happy to help with the ivestegation in anyway possible im still in contact with her at the moment andwould be happy to pass her details to the authority

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    Joe

    December 18, 2018 at 7:49pm

    A relative got scammed bad by a man going by Hans Fernberg. He does to exist anywhere in the world and he even has a fake business website of some kind of international construction company. Please contact the FBI immediately. He will use a New York or USA phone # then claim he lost his phone and used a South African phone #. He will have extravagant stories of his business money accounts being frozen and will ask for money and false promises of returning home to the US.
    This is highly dangerous scammer/criminal organization, beware and contact your local FBI office immediately.

    Here is the fake business website

    http://www.fernbergconstruction.com

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      Leslie

      February 15, 2019 at 4:52pm

      I too have had contact with Mr. Hans Fernberg. It began 4 days ago with a message from someone named Frank, on the Match.com dating site. He claimed to be an employee of Mr. Fernbergs. He said he was contacting me on behalf of his boss who had happended to have seen my profile while Frank was on the site. He said his boss was smitten with my looks and asked me to please contact Mr Fernberg via his email address. He said his boss was very handsome, owned a construction company and was a widower. When I went back to review Franks message to me, it had been deleted. Red flag # 1.
      I emailed Mr Hans Fernberg anyway. I received two messages from him which were different from one another in that his choice of wording seemed to differ and in one email he would capitalize words in the middle of a sentence. Red flag # 2.
      He asked me questions such as, how old was I, If I was on any other dating sites. Had I dated anyone from Match.com etc… He said he lived in a town about “42 minutes away from me.” I told him in reply that in fact I had spent many years in that town and knew it very well. I have not heard back from him at this point in time. He typically sent his emails between 8:30-9:30 am. I Googled his company name, Fernberg Construction and found it strange that his website had very little information on it. Red flag # 3.
      Thank God my gut told me something was very wrong. Through further investigation I discovered this page. I believe I was dealing with a criminal organization and not an individual. The email address he used was hansfernberg19@gmail.com. I was lucky, no crime was committed. Please be aware these criminals are very smooth operators. They prey on single older women. Lesson learned!

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        Debbie

        February 28, 2019 at 5:52am

        I have been involved with him since July 2018I spoke to him today 2/27/2019 and have voicemails from him and his number in South Africa and New York . I was getting ready to send him a large amount of items to a address he gave me, I received two valentines messages on my gmail from him on Monday. I’m sick and emotionally broken-hearted. I loved him. He said he loved me. We talked everyday since July 2018. He has rang me all the time, Please do not involve yourself with him , he knows how to manipulate, I did not want to believe this. Recently as Tuesday my calls with him started dropping. Another voice not sounding like him begin to speak, I knew it might not be him, I did not want to believe it. I truly was in love with him and I want to believe he loved me as well, I know now this is not true. My heart is broke, please fo not fall for this mystery man Hans Fernberg, I never sent him money but I did engage with him intimately over the phone and he loves his soccer and attends Mass on Saturday, I got the name of his favourite cologne to liking John Legend, this is unbelievable, we spoke today, if he does not hear from me after afew days he will call me. I truly was in love with him .yes this must be a group. This will now come to an end.

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    Barbara Spencer

    January 17, 2019 at 6:36am

    My scammer is Basil Aleksander Raymond says he goes by Alek. Divorced had 2 young girls and the ex won’t be a problem. We’ve been talking for about a month.
    He all of a sudden needs me to send him money in Rome as he was injured while working. Says he lives in Bay city Michicagan his phone number is 989 455 0460 works for Sterling oil company. I have talked to him and skyped but something isnt adding up. His email is basilraymond037@gmail.com but the pictures dont match.

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      Unknown

      April 1, 2019 at 3:32pm

      Hi! Are you still in contact with this man? Has he sent you pictures? I’ve been talking to a man by this name since January 2019!

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        Lori Ince

        April 8, 2019 at 3:29am

        Barbara I am talking to him at present. Omg! Thank You for posting this. I would love to compare stories with you. I found similar problems with his pictures.

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        Lori Ince

        April 8, 2019 at 3:31am

        I have pictures I believe to be doctored. Please let me know how we can talk. I’d love to talk with you in hopes of helping others

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    Susie Jane

    January 19, 2019 at 7:39pm

    I was contacted by “Eddie” who had shown my profile and photo (Match.com) to his friend “Hans Fernberg” and I was to email Mr. Fernberg.
    I did, reminding him right up front that I was 17 years older than he (claimed to be), but that was OK, his late wife was lots older than he also. He says he is CEO of the Fernberg Construction Co. with HQs in NY and San Francisco. We emailed back and forth for about a week or 10 days, then he gave me a phone number which didn’t work with my simple cell phone, so he gave me another number which I used to call him from my landline (which I had not wanted to use) but he sounded so sexy (and German, maybe?). Said he was from Berlin originally but had been in US many “decades.”
    Had a son who was in school in Queensland, Australia; sent 2 photos of himself and son, about 20ish. Didn’t look exactly like the photo in the company website, but “love is blind” I guess. He never did ask me for money, but we were planning to meet somewhere public in my town. He said he lives in Bloomington IN not far from me, even gave the name of apartment complex which does seem to exist (I googled it). I had told my friend about him and she got suspicious and found his handsome face on this site. I’d advise anyone to shy away from handsome Hans.

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      Debra king

      February 5, 2019 at 7:35am

      I just spoke to Hans. 2/5/2019 8am he is in South Africa Cape Town.

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      Angie

      March 2, 2019 at 8:44pm

      I also been involved with this man Hans Fernberg
      Exactly like Debbie, his employee Frank from Match.com make the connections,
      I been involved with this person since May 2018 until recently.
      As well been involved and engaged intimacy, he always ask me what I was wearing?
      John Lengend song said will be our song !!
      Make me feel very special and felt in love with him.
      Unfortunately I did send thousands of my savings, to help him out there for some many incidents he have at he’s contract with the African government!!then to finish and return, promise me will paid me back until the last penny at his return from South Africa to the States, call me many times a day and talk hours with me, and if I didn’t respond insisted until I respond or send me emails, pictures and romantic songs .
      He said is Catholic, very much soccer fans, and very much many interested like I’m !!

      I report everything to my local FBI online the way they instructed me, but they never responded or give me a case number, I know I will never recover what I send to him and thanks to him lost the trust of my family and friends I’m devastating because he manipulated so well and make me believe he was real and very much in loved with me and missed me so much, soon he will finish he’s job will return to the States and return the money I loan, I just can believe how horrible person like him exist in this world to rob you and also play with your feelings, shame of him, hate myself to be so naive and believed, sorry for all the ladies he manipulated and engaged!!
      Now I’m trying to contact FBI in South Africa, since here not help me out, and since, I got an address and phone number of there but of course,doesn’t mean anything this is organization they know well how to hide,
      He send me many pictures looks are the same person, but probably is not him, as well his really name, who knows , who he is?
      I wish FBI got involved and take more serious to find this criminals!!
      And hope soon or later they caught them
      HansFernberg Romance Contructions Company Scam

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    Rose

    January 22, 2019 at 9:33pm

    My scammer I met on POF, Christopher Gulich from Bonair Georgia, with a girl Ellie 6years, said he is an USAF Veteran stationed in US Kaserne Katterbach. I had to send a mail to his captain Davis Morgan for an emergency leave of absence. Then I got a mail from the captain that in case of absence I would have to pay :
        EMERGENCY LEAVE CATEGORIES:
    (A)  1 MONTHS LEAVE DURATION:   $2910USD
    (B)  2 MONTHS LEAVE DURATION:   $4,650.00USD
    (C)  3 MONTHS LEAVE DURATION: $6,820.00USD
    I refused. He got mad I blocked him. Then he contacted me with his friends hangouts account. Beging to unblock him. I did. Then his daighter got sick, was dieing. I was supposed to sent usd 800 with.Western Union to Barbara Stoess
    Country: United States
    Address: 3017 Crums Lane  Louisville, Kentucky 40216. I did not pay. Blocked everything.

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    iris

    January 22, 2019 at 10:43pm

    I met this guy Eric Kaiser on a dating site (pof).
    He didn’t post any picture in uniform. He said he worked for SOG (special organization group) only after a few days, He said he is from Montreal, used to live in Florida but moved to UK 21 years ago where his ex wife and son live. We spoke only on whatsapp with the excuse he wasn’t allowed to make outbound phone calls except for his son. The tel nr he gave me had a +1 and when I asked about it he said it was his work nr and with time I would understand. He said he is an aircraft engineer, well “spoken” and sounded like a very nice person with strong values.
    To cut a long story short he asked me for money when he was in Syria as he could not get access to his bank account to buy his return ticket to the UK. I tried to push back for a few days but in the end he convinced me to do it and I sent £400 via Western Union to “the pilot” in Northern Cyprus the first time and then £1000 the second time. He kept on writing to me afterwards but not on whatsapp but via email; last 1 on the 28th of December. He hasn’t been on whattsapp until yesterday when he finally read my last message and he blocked me. I can provide pictures of him to post on your website.

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    Dana Meskova

    February 23, 2019 at 9:34am

    Does anybody know this person ?
    His name is Jason Fernandez, pretending was born in Barcelona (or Firenze) , then after his dad died , he lived a few months in Barcelona with his mother and then they went to New York. He is an offshore ingeneer. When i met him in 2017, he was in Nigeria for work, he did everything to fall in love with him . Suddenly after 2 weeks he had problem, he didnt have enough money to pay taxes on.his pay check . His card is blocked , he was playing in theather got fed up of Nigeria . He was playing with my emotions , feelings …to push me to send him money !!!
    Yes i sent him a lot of money 9600 eur , but when sending last minute gave me the name another nigerian person who was receient of money srnding through Western union. …after sending money he got in touch with me, but on.hangouts! He should come to Slovakia, but he was deported to USA. When i asked him to give me back my money, sorry babe my bank account was locked out . Then his bank account was hacked:((( everytime was something . In june 2018 , he started working for offshore company in New York . He started chating with me on whatsapp on his new amerivan number, which doesnt exist , when trying call him he promissed me to start paying in January 2019 , but suddenly in Dec 2018 got sick, very sick , he has a chronic obstruct pulmonery disease….and without having insurance he must pay 5000USD to get treatment .
    He has only 1800USD ,and to can start treatment , he must pay 70%of treatment , 3500 USD. So he is short of 1700 USD , asking ne to send him .. i proposed him to by medicaments in Slovakia and send them to him ….no its not possible …he is doinh pression on me to send him another money !!!!! Pay attention this guy !!!!!

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    Maria

    March 13, 2019 at 11:30pm

    Scammer, operates on Instagram and LinkedIn under Melvin Grey, Allen Ackerman, Richard Morgan.
    melvingrey202@gmail.com; phone: 13019712763

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    Tamara

    May 27, 2019 at 5:25am

    Smart scammer, uses name Stevene Marck or Stevene Marckmarian from Chicago (originally Norwegian)?? Has nobody, all family members passed away. Quickly falls in love and asks for money and itune cards. Works on his victims for months, declaring huge love and devotion. Never wants to talk on video. Uses plenty of picture of a real person Marian Manciu (fashion designer, event organiser from his istagram and real fashion web)

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