Scams in Lagos Africa

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  • edited 5:09PM
    Having had some experience with romance scammers on dating sites I feel I should let you learn from my mistakes. First, dating sites are the prime target of scammers from many countries! They usually do not use proper grammar, spelling, or punctuation. Sentences such as, "I am Daniel by name." are dead giveaways. They will immediately invite you to chat with them out of the dating site, usually using a Yahoo messenger ID.

    After only a few days of chatting they start referring to you as their "soul mate" and ask you to shut down your profile on dating sites. They profess love to you without even knowing you well enough to do so. Their love letters can be traced by googling a few sentences from them which lead you to love/romance websites with poems and letters they have copied and pasted to you. Some might call you or send you gifts bought with stolen credit card numbers. They may ask you to cash a money order for them, send you a realist looking but fraudulent document. After you cash it at your bank and send them the cash (they will even thank you by telling you to take some of the cash for yourself) the bank discovers the fraud and YOU are responsible for paying back the bank.

    Their storyline is usually that they are widowed, have a small child to raise alone and our looking for someone to raise their child with. They will tell wildly unbelievable stories like their wife and parents were all killed in a plane or car crash. These stories are designed to make you feel sorry for them, they are NOT true. They will say the are civil engineers, living in the U.S. but working abroad. They will give you sob stories to get you to send money: need money for airline tickets to come see you or that they have the money for the airline ticket but need $600 to show customs that they have money to support themselves out of the country. Another story is that they have been mugged and unable to pay their hotel fees, their child has been hospitalized and needs emergency surgery, or that they have come down with a deadly illness and without medical care will die. These stories can get more and more elaborate depending on how desperate they are.

    The "cutie" pictures come from modeling websites, Photobucket, Shutterfly, any site where they can get photos of nice looking white men. When you ask to see them on cam, they will tell you the webcam is broken but they will insist on seeing you on webcam and won't hesitate to try to get you involved with cyber sex. If the man can't afford a webcam so you can see him live, then he is identifying himself as a scammer.

    Most important to know whether you are a man or woman chatting with someone from another country, the person very well could be the same sex as yourself! Men will pretend to be women and women to be men. If you haven't seen them live on a webcam, you DON"T know who you are talking to!!!!

    NEVER, EVER, SEND MONEY TO SOMEONE YOU HAVE NOT SEEN OR MET!!!! WESTERN UNION AND MONEY GRAM BOTH HAVE WARNINGS ON THEIR WEBSITES AND AT THEIR CUSTOMER SERVICE COUNTERS WARNING U.S. CITIZENS NOT TO SEND MONEY TO ANY PERSON YOU HAVE MET ONLINE WHO SAYS THEY ARE LIVING OR WORKING IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY. YOU CAN NOT GET YOUR MONEY BACK!!! TRACKING THESE PEOPLE IS IMPOSSIBLE AS THEY USE INTERNET CAFE COMPUTERS TO AVOID DETECTION.

    I am hoping this will answer some questions that I have seen on this website, please be careful, these men and women think U.S. citizens are desperate fools when it comes to online dating.
  • edited 5:09PM
    Hi from Germany,
    It is Christmas and I am eternally desperate, ashamed, stupid, and I hate myself for my good faith and my search for love!
    I have read all of this and realize after 2 years, that I - I've already fallen for scammers - which I secretly always knew! This has taken me to this day 5000 Euro, my bank oppresses me why but I've always been so stupid to transfer money over and over again! It is in 'my' scammers to Daniel Briggs! He apparently lives in New Paltz United States, has a 2-year-old son who lives with your sister in law and is active in the fashion industry and currently in Lagos, Nigeria, because he is there to get money for a big order. In the 2 years he was in the hospital several times in Nigeria and every time I called a doctor to ask for money for the treatment of me ... stupid as I was, I sent some money again. I am devastated, and as I said, most of all I hate myself that I - have not listened to my head but on my stupid heart - although I had such an idea. Everything I've read here, arrived and still I was hoping that someone with really serious about me and I wanted to help - because I believed in love ... that will not happen to me! No longer that I fall purely on someone like that and not that I believe in love and goodness in man! All this has not only robbed me of my money but also my self-esteem and my faith in love! The email address of this man is daniel.briggs55 @ yahoo.com and I learned it also know about match.com.
    Sorry for my bad English!
  • edited 5:09PM
    Well,it all started with a private message on Facebook.Paul Marko,this is his name,had an amazing story about how his wife and son Jeff died in a car accident because of a drunk driver.He is know raising alone his 11 years daughter.He is from England,London and Chessy his daughter is at school in Liverpool.He is a 47 years old orphan having no relatives,of course.Every time I asked about his wife's relatives,he avoid my questions.As he avoid most of the relevant questions also.He was the one looking for someone,but he was also the one that was sooooo scared of women,because they've hurt him and his daughter very bad.
    He was sending some amazing e-mails,that were describing him as the perfect man and offering the perfect love.I was a fool to believe that the perfect love actually even existed.His english is very bad,I could see this because of all the grammatical errors.I put this on the fact that he was writing fast and didn't pay attention.He sent to me by e-mail ,first a check of a not very big ammount,that he had received from a French company in Paris,for doing some constructions for an oil company in Nigeria.He said that he won a big contract.
    He never called me in 3 months,until the day that he supposedly dock after almost 3 weeks spent on a boat,taking the materials to the place where he was going to start the construction.When he called I could not hear him very well and when I could finally hear him, he sounded anything but British.Before getting to the boat he said that he has frozen all the accounts and has the money on payment orders,or as he said "Money order",which sounded strange.
    Few days after geeting to Nigeria,he had problems cashing the payment orders,when he needed to pay the Custom fees.He needed to go to London to solve the problems with the bank and on his way to the airport he had a taxi accident.Next day,the Hotels Manager where he had stayed for the past few days,called me on my cell,and in a very bad english said that Paul was involved in a taxi accident and that the taxi driver died instantly and "my husband" is now in the hospital in a coma,in a very critical condition.He got my phone number from Paul's cell and that this was the only phone number registered in there and saying "My Wife".That was the moment when questions began to replace the fog that was in my brain...How did the Manager of the Hotel got to be called by the Hospital ,if my phone number was the only one in there?Why wasn't I called by the Police or the UK's Embassy?Why hasn't anyone announced the Embassy?How did his accident got to be the Managers concern?
    Right after this person called me saying that he had an accident I set in front of my computer and looked on Google for "english man involved in a taxi accident in Lagos".This is how I came to read on this site about another story very similar to mine.
    This person keeps sending me messages on my cell about Paul's condition.Last night he told me that I should go "down there" to take care of "my husband" because God knows he tried.What do you know?!?!By this morning,Paul miraculously recovered from his critical condition."He came back to life,has a broken neck and the doctor is asking for money to run some tests ."Money, that me as his supposed wife ,have to send to the Manager to pay for the tests in the Hospital.
    Today,I told him that I find his voice very similar to Paul's and I think that they are actually one and the same person.He never called or send any messages since.
    I think we should create awareness and not let any other woman or man being scamed by these scumbags.
  • Does anyone know a man from Lagos named Engr Onyeoma Daniel Joseph??
  • Anyone heard of Michael Whitehead? michael.whitehead72@hotmail.com - says he lives in Gateshead Tyne & Wear as a self employed structural engineer. Parents both died in a car accident and brother died in Afghanistan. Father from Florida & mother was Italian which is where he gets his colouring from. Pictures he sent were of a tall, tanned good looking guy with a tattoo on his shoulder. Met on Oasis.com - quickly requested we chat on MSN but would not give me his number so we could text saying he had a problem with his phone. After a few days he removed his profile saying he had met the one! Sent me several emails then declared he was in love with me. We arranged to meet but he had to go to Seattle on business for a couple of days - even though he could not remember when he was due back! Messages on MSN while in Seattle then mid conversation he received an email from the Customs in Lagos asking him to go there ASAP as a shipment he was sending from the port had a problem. I asked if the email was legitimate as I had major doubts by now and he said it was (no mention of a visitors visa which I thought strange as I believe you have to have one before you can go there). He asked why I believed it was fake and I replied that it is a corrupt country and he needs to be careful. After a short time he said he had to go and catch his plane. I have not heard anything since (2 days now) so hopefully that's it - no emails or calls asking for money yet thank goodness.
  • Follow up to my previous post - Michael has now contacted me again. Claims to be in hospital after being attacked - says he can get help from an NGO with his flight costs but wants me to send him money for his hospital bills!! When I said I have no money he said he can't believe my attitude and he thinks he might be making a greater mistake being with me but will contact me when he gets back to the UK. I hope this message stops anyone getting duped by this guy. Luckily he has flaws in his story which is why I mistrusted him - I just hope others see through him too.
  • dating scam. I was on zoosk and this guy Justin bright wanted me to email him so I did. we been emailing back and forth for lil over a week. He over in Lagos trying to sell his business and lost his credit card 2 days ago and that was his only source of money right now and wanted me to send him $500. I always said if a man sounded too good to be true you can bet it is.  After asking me to send him the money, I replied I was not able to that I was in my own bind. He wrote back saying that sucks how he has no way of getting help now. I just replied, Sorry for you luck, but I can not do anything. I knew when he asked for money it was a scam.  If he had his own business and remodeled homes and such I doubt he only took ONE credit card. He claimed to be from north Carolina as well. So everyone beware if someone asks for money. don't fall for it.
  • edited May 2013

    kat 222488 and shelley uk

     

    well done! people be warned!

  • anyone heard the name jeremy pratt I think I got lucky too stories here sound similar
  • He just contacted me and I told him if he is who he says he is I'll see him when he gets back in the states
  • AFTER I SAID THAT HE SAID I CANT BELIEVE U DONT WANT TO HELP ME.. I SAID IM NOT A BANK!!!! BUT HE GOT UPSET .. I SAID IM SORRY BUT NOW HE S TELLING ME DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO EVEN PUT DOCTOR ON PHONE FOR ME... OMG I CANT BELIEVE IT I LIVE IN CALIFORNIA I REALLY TRUSTED HIM BECAUSE HE DIDNT LOOK LIKE AFRICAN BUT PROBABLY IS A FAKE PICTURE OMG
  • Iv been dating a Nigerian guy for 7 months now, and he already wants to have a family and he hasn't introduced me to any of his family members. And when we met he was very secretive, he stilll is. Everything I ask him, he says I'll tell u later or its personal. And he chats with women on the internet about business and money, and when I ask, he says hes doing his friend a favour... Then the other day he said the guy passed away but he's still doing it! Like how long is this guy going to be alive?

    What should I do in this type of a situation. Your honesty wil be very much appreciated
  • tita and elle

    run do not get involved

    do not give them your number or email as they will keep hounding you

    if you have I suggest you change it now!

    Angeleyess

     

  • yes im changing it today.. because my phone bill came so high!!! from receiving texts ..he ruined my life now thanks to him I can not do banking with any bank due to fake check he deposited...I cant believe it

     

  • edited July 2013
    Tita 
    I wrote to you and a member called Cindy on the 4th May 2013 but you failed to read the post or respond.Here is the post I made, hopefully it will help others


    Tita sorry to rain on your parade but it is 100% a scam . Stop all contact with this man immediately and do not send him another penny. He is NOT an American if he was in difficulties he could contact the US Embassy. 

    Cindy you are also being scammed and need to break off with this man. Your expectations are totally unreasonable.No one in the USA is going to help you to bring a penniless Nigerian in to the country. He doesn't love you, just because he is not in an internet cafe proves nothing. He will groom you for a while before he asks for money. He needs a visa to enter the US and on the basis of your so called "relationship" he would not be granted a visa.

    Both of you are being taken for a ride by professional scam artists known as the Nigerian 419 Scam (419 is the Nigerian law pertaining to scams) There is a ton of information regarding theses scams on line.

    Ladies wake up and smell the coffee you are both being scammed.

    Please read this: www.romancescams.org
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  • There is a guy named Kamil Rehak who says he is from England but living in Texas. He is widowed as his wife died of breast cancer and has a son in college in England. He is currently working in Lagos Nigeria under a month contract as an engineer. He is on Tagged.com, WAYN.com and Facebook. Not sure if he is for real or using some poor mans identity to suck women dry. When i Google him and saw the sites he was on, I asked him about Wayn, he immediately made an account for Nigeria... LOL I thought that was funny. he is very good at what he does, so be warned! He said his mother was British and his Father was Czech republic. All he is doing now is asking for money for various reasons. always a good excuse however I am no Fool. I have done my homework and I do believe that he is a fake. He will never Skype, he always has an excuse and the number he called from was a magic jack number. go figure.....
  • hello i am the victim from a nigerian scammer name Terry Smith his mail adress terrysmith196579@yahoo.com 
    i have meet this man of tagged datingsite we have first talk for some weeks after he wanted chat of yahoo 
    he was a engineer work first in Londen he say later he needed to Lagos Nigeria  his wife had a acident with the carr and die he got 2 son a twins from 8 years later he have give me his phone number he have call me 5 times a day more than 1 year he told me he have lost his credit card and call me in the night crying from hungry he said i have help him crazy i have lost much money after he have contact my daughter but my daughter say mom lat him first come than i see  he have also borrow money from my ex man for a ticket we have realy trust him at 29 juli he call me honey i come tonight come to the airport i have stay there very long time he have not come the next day i got a mail from Global medical with pics that mr Terry Smith had a carr acident  i know all this was a lie becaurse not any hospital work with Gmail and not any hospital or police tell on the phone or with mail what she have in his pocket i am a nurse 36 years so i know very good how it work i got very sweet mails from his kids mails from his boss but it were mails who he have send self he have use pics from kids for get money he have also 4 facebook accounts i like to come in contact with woman who have the same with Terry Smith if woman want see the pics send me mail marianne.vanderpol@hotmail.com this all i have lost 7000 euro my ex man 1500 euro so please make not the same mistake like me he start oh no i want never ask you money i have enough for my self but later he come she have stole his credit card or have lose his credit card this is his phone number what he have use but i have 4 numbers 002348165650777
  • Wow this is Crazy. Well I met a guy off of a website and he was very attractive and from California. His Name Is Steve Jack... My dad said NEVER trust a man with two first names. This guy and I have been texting for a few days and he told me that he was a Civil Engineer working on a project for Lagos Africa and that he wanted to send ME $3000 and he would pay back my loan. He had me apply for the loan on a website whiteloansafrica.hpage.com.  Again I was skeptical but I applied for the loan, under my name and put his name as the guarantor person that pays back the loan.  He texts me over and over asking me if I had gotten approved and to check my spam folder.  I got the email and it stated that Steve Jack would be the guarantor to pay back the loan and all I had to do is send $260 fee and I would get my $3000.  Steve told me to western union the money and use these stupid password and answers "Pet, Cat" Lol. Guys I'm 19 Years old and VERY attractive But I am NOT Naïve ! I said "Steve I don't have $260" He Then told me that he would put up his LAST $160 and all I have to do is put up 100 & when I receive the $3000 to just send him his $160 back.  I said Steve if you only have a $160 To Your Name, Why The Fuck Are You Giving Trying To Give Me a $3000 LOAN ! So i'm learning to avoid signs like "Civil Engineer" "One Daughter" "QUICK LOAN" "AFRICA" & All the other bullshit ! & guys this happened these last THREE days.

  • Met man on match.com noticed he had several user names etc notified match and they verified by their security dept they believed this person to be a scammer as he would only stay on a few days and cancel membership. I have placed his photos on romancescam.c
  • Romancescam.com, scamdigger, pigbusters someone else posted, and the sites did the rest. This man claimed he was from the Ukraine Slovak, had 2 children yet other match.com profiles said 1 child. Mother died of cancer of the cervix he never married the girls mother and the girls mother died in car accident with another guy. Says he was a bioengineer went to university in Scotland and got his degree in bio engineering. Does talks all over the world to do oil/gas contracts. Says when he arrived at customs in lagos Nigeria all his money was confiscated and they're were charges against him for money laundering and drug trafficking when he had no drugs on him. Now I am a law student with brains and of course I am blonde, and no way stupid. I continued with the online relationship until I had all my verifications back. Each piece of information this guy gave me I checked out from DVLA on his license, to his job he used to work at, his residence even sent a letter there, continued to look for his picture email address and no such luck through google no luck even through spokeo, passport, asked for his contract etc. his girls were kidnapped needing medical attention to malnutrition to malaria now claims he has no money for Internet never having video chatted, he wouldn't even meet with my pastors who happen to go there and he refuses to meet them refuses to do video chat and I know it's possible. Claims he loves me. Everything I have been told I have verified to be all lies, he's under investigation by the FBI. He goes by Roy Bill; Roybill79@yahoo.com. He is constantly changing his US cell phones and right now the current number is out of Minnesota, yet has had 3 Lagos Nigerian Cell numbers. He continues to state that he is telling me the truth even after confrontation. I've cut all ties now. Be aware of any person asking for help funnel money through you, bank info, wire transfers, money gram and western union. Western union will let money come through lagos Nigeria even if they don't have valid ID and will even pay a small fee their the people at the counter for helping them get the funds. Be aware some if these scammers are highly educated based on terminology that has been used such as devoid, altruistic, etc. big words typical people don't normally use. So be very Leary my friends check everything out and use readnotify.com as a tracer when you first me someone and continue using it to trip them up. Good luck!
  • I have met many Nigerian scammer and stopped associating with them because of asking for money and I feel it is a waste of time trying to find a real genuine man from that country so I am giving up on the love searching because they spoil everything and degrade the good ones.
  • edited October 2013
    We hear of so many scammers from West Africa and in particular Nigeria as Neri88 says its really hard to know who is genuine and who is just after your money!!

    Before you get to involved with anyone on the internet or via a dating site take a step back and ask a friend what they think!!  
  • edited November 2013
    I am so surprised this forum keeps getting these comments, it's as if most of you haven't even read the previous posts before making a post yourself. Two different people have clearly outlined the dating scam details yet so many of  your are devoting an enormous amount of space describing almost verbatim what others have posted!!

    Let's keep this simple folks....if you meet someone online from any website, NO MATTER WHICH ONE IT IS if they can not call you from a United States telephone number that you can return the call to and if you don't see them live on cam (Skype is a foolproof webcam site, voice included and the site is FREE.) then you are being scammed. How much simpler can it be?? People who live in the United States and work overseas don't normally try to start relationships with people from their home country when they are living abroad.  Common sense should tell you if they live in the United States they would be dating online when they are home, not hooking up while overseas!  I don't know what else to say except reread the comments on this forum and the answers are glaring from every post....SCAM, SCAM, SCAM!
  • Beentheredonethat part of the problem is these scammers create a profile on the dating website stating that they live in the USA, Canada, Australia and other countries to begin the online relationship. Then when the relationship is established and the victim is interested and falling for the scammer the dynamic changes and the scammer creates a story that "he" or "she" is leaving on a "trip" to Africa usually for business but in my friend's case was for a "vacation". This takes place before a meeting can take place.

    After the communication changes to being from Africa often from Accra Ghana or Lagos Nigeria and this is when the urgencies for money begin.

    The victim is (as was suggested to me) invested emotionally in the scammer and will make the money investment in their future "life partner" without question. Which often continues until either the victim runs out of money, realizes the scam on their own, or is forced to acknowledge the scam by family and friends start taking an interest. From my experience it is really difficult for the victim to admit they have been scammed.

    However as more people are learning about the romance scammers it is becoming less of an embarrassment to the victim and more education of safety on the internet is being shared.

    That education is really the key to combating these scammers.

    That said the truth is if you are internet dating stick to someone that is in your area and is looking to meet in a short time and no feelings of love are expressed until after meeting in person. If the person you are talking to cannot meet and are making plans for a visit to another country especially Africa it is time to end it. In addition to this any request for money no matter how small is never to be sent to someone you do not know personally...no exception.

    Stop communication immediately if money or travel is suggested before meeting in person.

  • Great advice guys! Unfortunately as you pointed out, by the time money becomes an issue the victim is usually already very emotionally invested. Most people come here, I believe, hoping in their hearts that someone will tell them they aren't being taken advantage of, that their story can still have a happy ending.

    I see so many sad stories on this forum, I hope that some people do read them and save themselves the heartbreak!
  • edited November 2013
    I didn't know something like this existed, until I became a victim. Ken Smith sent me a friend request on facebook, I was leery at first, but his picture looked good. He said he used to be a pilot, he is an engineer now, in Miami, Fl. His parents died when he was you g, his wife passed away 7 years ago from Cancer. He has a 13 year old son, supposedly goes to school in UK. We have been talking for a month now. Like everyone else, he started proclaiming his undying love, etc. he sounded genuine on the phone, although he has a different accent. He sent me several pictures of himself, so I thought he was real. I did background checks, it was all clear. Lately, he started asking me to help send his son to an excursion in Paris, since he is working on a contract in Accra, Ghana and could not send him the money, £1100. I told him I don't have that kind of money, since I already told him I live from payday to payday. Now he says he found someone who will fund 1/2 of the money, so I just have to send 1/2. He is quite upset with me, since I refuse to give in. This weekend, I started getting phone calls from a strange number, starts with 233. I didn't answer the calls but then several text messages were sent, stating I need to go to Africa and bail my boyfriend, that he is a rapist and murderer and a drug addict. He called me, saying he has been in the hospital because he was beaten up and brought to the hospital. I sent him the text messages I received, he laughed at them, told me to delete these messages and that they were all lies, to try to extort money from me. Anyway, Can anyone offer any advice? Have you all ever heard of this guy?
  • Ken Smith is not his real name he probably has numerous aliases. 
    I was interested as to what  " background checks " you carried out that were all clear.
    233 is the international country code for Ghana. 
    Why are you still in contact with this man? He is so obviously a scammer. you should stop all contact imediately
  • I think I'm being scamed now his name is John Russell Jr. he says he'shalf Spanish American is mother live in Madrid Spain with his daughter Shirley who is 27. claims to be an architect and went to the College in Madrid Spain and went 2 school in New York. and has lived in Florida in his mother's house and now is living with a roommate in California.last night he call me but I thinkhe forgot to fix it like it was private number but it said Nigeria. Here is email john.russell 67yahoo.com I met hom on Facebook. Let me know if anybody is been scam by him.
  • I met a guy on Tagged and he said he was from Austin and that he had just left to go to Nigeria to see his mom because she was sick.  Then after a month of talking he was supposed to come back and his plane ticket expired and needed $300 to add to it.  Like a dummy wanting to help everyone I sent him $300.  Then he said he got robbed and they also want him to have TSF funds to travel just in case something happens.  I told him that I have never heard of that and that they can't make him have money because if something happen then he will not need it anyway.  Then I asked how much and he said he need $950 and I told him sorry I don't have that type of money and that he needed to call his client that owes him money.  So he got pissed and didn't talk to me for a day. Then he sent a messenger saying he was sorry and that he understand that I am skeptical and that I didn't love him or trust him.  After a whole battle he got my info and had his friend send me a check for $1700 to cash at my bank so that I can Western Union it to him.  I took it to a check cash place and they called the company on the check to verify and was told it was not one of their checks.  I sent him a message along with his friend to let him know that the check was fake and they insisted me taking it to my bank, I told them know because I don't need them getting my info and trying to scam me.  Since then me and him been talking but he is pestering me in sending him money so he could get back to the states and I keep telling him i don't have money nor am I going to cash the check.  He want me to hold on to the check until he come and just send him cash.  He has told him I don't trust him or love him and his daughter Julie enough to send him money.  So do this sound like a scam because I have put my guard up and let him know that I am not for the scamming and that he has got 300 out of me.  He keep saying money isn't a issue and that he will pay me when he come back but I am not believing that one bit.  I have a bad feeling about the check sent to me and since it was unable to be verified put up bigger red flags.  I have tried to locate Bruce Johnson in Austin to see if hhe really exist but no one with his age group.  I am just pissed that people like to scam honest people that gives a damn. Well I am still not sure if it was a scam because he said he don't want money from me and he understands how I feel about being scammed but at the same time asked me to send money to him for food.  What the f--k ever and now he said for me not to messsage him anymore and that when he get back to the states he will contact me to pay me the money I sent.  I am not holding my breath but I still have this check that his friend sent me for $1700.
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