Met a nice gent from California on contract to Federal Ministry Housing & Works. Traveled with small child. Long story short - had a break in and had laptop, watch, travel checks and other valuables stolen. Then when time came to come home - round trip ticket to come home via KLM required additional $600 in order to accomplish this feat. Offered a credit card payment to travel agent directly to pay (with promise of pay back) and agent supposedly said that they will NOT accept credit or debit cards from another person outside of Nigeria due to such rampant fraud. Gent said to send funds to him directly and he will pay agent to get tickets done. Then he will be on next plane out and back to me within 24-28 hours.
Really want to help these folks come back home to California but having a hard time accepting that agent will not accept any credit card whether I m there or in the U.S. But really wanting to believe this gent as his words, frame of mind, and circumstances sound real.
Does this sound familiar to anyone out there? What is your advice? Am I being played or could this bizarre chain of events be for real?
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P.S. - He did also go to Embassy and speak with Consulate in Abuja & Lagos attempting to get assistance but got no where with it. Many people with same type of scenario that had been trying to get assist for long period with no real relief.
Thanks, confused like crazy in California