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I am Miss Marple and a contributor at this site, I have met many victims here at this site and I wanted to create an thread for those who are interested to find out how you recognize African male scammers. I met an scammer while ago, and he came from Nigeria and he tried to scam me, that’s why I created this thread so you can save some time and hopefully your Money by reading this general information I have written here.
I have made studies of African scammers in general and collected some stuff. I will represent here some basic information and some good advices what you can think about when you are out on the dating sites and online, which are the best ways to avoid scammers and learn how to spot them.

Are you an woman and have met the most wonderful, good looking and to good to be true man on the internet? He is also very smart, well educated, working probably as an constructor or engineer and travels a lot in his job, He tells you that he is an widower and has raised his child all alone, and he is now looking for true love. He falls in love very quickly and wants to marry you and wants to meet you soon. Suddenly he must travel to Africa. To Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory coast or another west African country for work and he will come back soon to meet you soon as possible. During his visit he gets in lot of trouble, he gets sick or have accidents. And he suddenly needs money, his credit card is not good enough or he’s has trouble to get his money from his account. Then he begins to ask for money.
Is this something you recognize?? You have probably met an scammer from Africa. Nigeria, Ghana and Ivory coast, Senegal and Dakar is the most common countries where scammers comes from, but they do operate with accomplices from European countries also as Germany, Holland and United Kingdom. Malaysia and China has also reported more scammers activities the latest time.
There is lot of different scams, Lottery scams, Charity scams, credit card scams and spams (Variation from the 419 scam)and other different types of scams, But this is page is only about ROMANCE SCAMMERS or DATING SCAMMERS

You can find scammers on every Dating site, Face book, and My space and many other different communities .Please read the profiles and look at the photographs, the photos are always stolen from agency models and sometimes from other victims as identity theft: the agency you can check is You can also search for photographs in picture search in database at this site and scamdigger where you upload an photo and see if the scammer is reported in another site If you think you have contact with an scammer by email, read these general warning signs


1.Scammers use templates before they starts to ask for money and there is variations in time in that also before they do that from 2 weeks until 2-3 years. Scammers use templates because they scam many people at the same time and have no time to write personal mails.
2.Look for the language, scammers has often very bad grammar and their skills in European language is bad, the templates are often translated by GOOGLE
3.They fell in love very quickly and talk about endless and undying LOVE
4.Avoiding your questions in the mails (typical for scammers who use templates) but variations do exist in this also.
5. Asking money from strangers is a scam, African, Russian, man,woman makes NO DIFFERENCE!
6.The scammer tells you to end your dating site account because you are the only true love for him (this is the way he can control the victim)
7.Scammers uses an +44 as an UK number to confuse victims with that they are in UK but they are in fact in Nigeria . ID Spoofing
8.If it sounds to good to be true it is often that also.

What can you do to protect yourself?

You must protect yourself even if it is not an scammer you are talking to. Never give out any personal information to somebody that you don’t know such your home address, telephone numbers no bank account/credit card numbers or other sensitive information as log in to your email addys or other accounts .Scammers asks for telephone numbers so they can convince people with their undying love as they asks for money, so don’t give out any phone numbers to foreigners. As scammers are criminal in the cyber world their knowledge in computers are very good .Get yourself an good Antivirus program to protect you from malware and spams, never click on links that unknown people sends you in mails, there could be an trojan waiting for you. As trojan is an malware and is created to steal and copy information from other computers.

How do scammers work out and how do you recognize them??

Maybe you are talking for the moment with an scammer but nothing is not what it appears to be as the wonderful man you talking to is an criminal sitting in a internet cafe and knows exactly what he is doing ,because he has done this so many times before that you can’t even imagine that your lovely man is only an criminal and wants to have your money, they are trained to be psychological and knows exactly what to talk and uses your weaknesses to get you into the trap. They send you gifts and talks poetry to you to get you really fall in love. And when you are enough in love then they starts to ask for money. They suddenly gets in to trouble and get into accidents and make up fake stories and involves other scammers also pretending to be doctors and lawyers or barristers that the story sound so real as possible, so that the victim feels empathy and open up the wallet to the scammer. They ask money for anything, from food to hospital bills, they can even send you fake documents that you have to sign your personal information that you suddenly can get involved in the crimes to without any knowledge of what you have really got involved into. As scammers are criminals they are involved in money laundry and drugs. They use most Western union to transfers to receive money from victims, but money gram is also more common now. Scammers uses stolen identities from other victims from another earlier scams or stolen from internet also. So the names they use to collect your money in are not their own names. So catch theses scammers are very difficult because of this.
The grammar is very bad as their skills are not good in English so they use templates translated by some translator and many time the scammers uses GOOGLE to translate their letters, so look for the language in the letters you receive from the scammers. Scammers uses much religion also in their scams they talk many times that they are GOD fearing and pretend to be very religious. often the scammers has children and they are widowers also, because in this way they can affect the victims in a emotionally way to the single mothers, everybody can be scammed but they often seek for single women with kids and in the age of 40, as people has generally made carrier and has an stabile economic situation as that attract scammers of course.

What can you do if you suspect you talking to an scammer?

If you suspect that the person you are talking to on the internet is an scammer, there is sites where you can seek for photographs, as I have put an link in the beginning of this information, but there is others you can do also, if you have contact with an scammer through email, you can look up the IP address, that the person uses and see if the person uses forged IP or has been reported to an scammer site. If the IP address is forged it is absolutely an scam, no real and honest person uses forged IP address, and if they begin to start talking about Africa that they are travelling to Nigeria or Ghana for business or work it is an scam also. Even if they have not asked for money yet it can be an scammers as well, as they can wait with that question a long time. Look for information on the internet what your love is doing and report scammers to sites because only by reporting scammers you reduce the scammers to operate and scam other people. Talk to other people about scamming and inform your friends who you also are talking to on the internet. If you have been scammed you must of course report this crime to the nearest authorities in your hometown and country. And here I have some links where you can find also information what you can do if you have been scammed, but I must put out an warning if you want to report scammers to authorities in Africa be careful who you are talking to, and also find out if it is real people you have contact with, as scammers abuses also this and goes under fake persons and scams people by saying the helping scammed people, there is a lot of fake detectives, so be careful who you are talking to and who you leave your personal information to.

And in this link you have more information of what you can do if you
are scammed.

Many thanks to DOC with the language/Translation,OJAS with good and informative links,and many thanks to and all other contributors and friends here at this site.

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2013-08-21, 20:08:07
Miss Marple from United States  
Fake profile used by scammers with photos on Rick D West

rick troy morgan (harrisonkentlarry)

I'm a man who is honest and expect the same in return. I would like to spend time with a special person enjoying each others company as friends first... getting to know each other. I like going out to dinner and a movie or a weekend getaway. I'm comfortable in jeans but love to dress corporate too. I'm spontaneous kinda person, life must be planned. I believe that it is not what you do but who you do it with that makes life more enjoyable, I love rainy days especially with the right person to share it with. I like to listen to music and I love to dance. I take care of myself and have a healthy lifestyle. Family and friends are important to me. I'm easy going and easy to talk to. I'm also a good listener. I like to have fun and have a good sense of humor. I don't want to change your life but to share it with you. I will bring honesty, respect, compassion, passion, patience, friendship, affection, and to a relationship


2013-08-21, 22:29:13   (updated: 2013-08-21, 22:30:44)
Miss Marple from United States  
Scam Psychology ,articles :
Scam victim psychology: What makes you vulnerable?
Posted on 01 December 2009.

'Understanding scam victims: seven principles for systems security' is a paper by Frank Stajano, an associate professor with the Computer Laboratory of the University of Cambridge, and Paul Wilson, producer and star of 'The Real Hussle', a BBC TV show that demonstrates and analyses how real-life cons are perpetrated.
The two of them teamed up to show how 'the success of many attacks on computer systems can be traced back to the security engineers not understanding the psychology of the system users they meant to protect.' They maintain that there are some patterns that remain the same with offline and online hustles, some victim behaviors that mirror each other.

They assert that human element is very often the weakest link when it comes to protecting a system, and that security engineers should delve into the victim psychology to prevent their end user from becoming one.
The paper is divided in two parts. The first one consists of a dozen of scam scenarios that have been documented for the aforementioned TV show. The second part focuses on lessons that can be drawn and principles that can be learned from them:

1. The Distraction principle - While you are distracted by what retains your interest, hustlers can do anything to you and you won’t notice.
2. The Social Compliance principle - Society trains people not to question authority. Hustlers exploit this “suspension of suspiciousness” to make you do what they want.
3. The Herd principle - Even suspicious marks will let their guard down when everyone next to them appears to share the same risks. Safety in numbers? Not if they’re all conspiring against you.

4. The Dishonesty principle - Anything illegal you do will be used against you by the fraudster, making it harder for you to seek help once you realize you’ve been had.

5. The Deception principle - Things and people are not what they seem. Hustlers know how to manipulate you to make you believe that they are.

6. The Need and Greed principle - Your needs and desires make you vulnerable. Once hustlers know what you really want, they can easily manipulate you.

7. The Time principle - When you are under time pressure to make an important choice, you use a different decision strategy. Hustlers steer you towards a strategy involving less reasoning.

Of course, in the paper all these principles are extensively explained and examples are given that show the validity of their reasoning. The entire paper is extremely interesting. Read it to gain some knowledge into the psychological mechanisms that could make you and others victims of real-world and online scams, because - knowledge is power.

2013-09-01, 20:36:55
Miss Marple from United States  
Facebook Scammer Poses As Safrica Vice President

Friday August 30, 2013 4:59 AM

South Africa's government on Friday warned against a Facebook impersonator who solicits online bribes in the name of the deputy president.
Users of the popular social networking site mistakenly thought a fake profile for Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on the popular social networking site was the real deal, his spokesman Thabo Masebe said.

Through the profile the scammer asked a man to pay 450 pounds ($700, 530 euros) into a bank account.

'When (the man) saw this he became suspicious and called us to ask us if the deputy president has a Facebook account,' Masebe told AFP.

'This person starts asking them to send money, which will enable them to receive government services or funding for a project,' he explained.

At least ten profiles on Facebook carry Motlanthe's name, but he does not have an account himself.

His office has written to Facebook to have the offending profile removed, but can do little else.

'Police can only get involved when you have a suspect. We are dealing with a faceless person,' said Masebe.


2013-09-01, 21:05:24
Miss Marple from United States  
How I swindled American women of $48,000 – Student
on June 26, 2013


A final year student of Imo State University, Chibuzor Akobundu, has been arrested by operatives of Special Fraud Unit, Ikoyi, for allegedly swindling foreign women to the tune of $48,000 through a dating website.
Surprisingly, the 22-year-old Microbiology undergraduate confessed that his victims, resident in the United States of America, were ‘swept off their feet’ by his profile on the dating site.

He spoke with journalists yesterday, while being paraded alongside two staff of a second generation bank, who allegedly facilitated the withdrawal of money via Western Union Money Transfer.
The suspect adopted Devon Miles as his name and pasted a photograph of an unknown American citizen as his profile on the dating site.

He confessed to have swindled five American single women within the ages of 40 and 50, in search for husbands.
He gave the name of his first victim as Antoinette. He promised to marry her and was able to dupe her of $16,000 before she suspected he was a fraudster.
His next victim was one Jettie Simpson, who reportedly sent $5,000 to him via Western Union.

Others also duped by Akobundu were Shelly Bashir, $100; Billie Klock, $13,000, in a relationship that reportedly lasted for five months, and Andrea Desena, $8,000.
‘How I operate’
Akobundu said: “I started browsing the dating site three years ago, posing as a US citizen residing in Nigeria.

“At that time, it was a common game around my area in Ikeja. Along the line I met these ladies who were looking for husbands.
“They fell in love with me because of my profile, where I stated that I was a 49-year-old divorcee in search of a wife. I claimed to be an engineer.
“I would tell them I was stranded in Nigeria and needed some money to travel back to US and they would send the money via Western Union.
“At other times, I would tell them that my daughter was sick and that I needed money to offset her hospital bill and they would fall for the trick. I have never used charm to hypnotise any of them.
“My parents were never aware of what I was into because anytime I got a reasonable amount, I would travel to South Africa and squander the money.
“My regret is that I never used the money for anything tangible, to avoid suspicion. My mum is a teacher, while my father is a businessman and have been responsible for the payment of my school fees.”

Victim’s story
Explaining how he was arrested, spokesperson for the Unit, Ngozi Insitume-Agu, said: “The arrest followed a petition via the Unit’s website from one Amelia Brosick, a US citizen, dated April 16, 2013, where she alleged that one Devon Miles, suspected to be a Nigerian, defrauded her to the tune of $16,439 using different tactics.
“She added that she met the suspect on a dating site in June 2012, and the suspect, under the guise of dating her for the purpose of marriage, obtained the alleged sum fraudulently through Western Union.

“Armed with the petition, Western Union was contacted and they sent a detailed spread sheet showing all the transfers in the name of the suspect.
“Following the information, the duo of Nnamdi Nwakwue Dike and Olawale Oguniran attached to Western Union in Skye Bank, Owerri and Allen Avenue, Ikeja, branches, respectively, were arrested.
“Their revealing statements led to the arrest of the serial internet fraudster, Chibuzor Akobundun also known as Devon Miles, Martin Williams and Sani Bala Ismaila. He adopted Devon as the internet name, but opened the account in the name of Martin Williams.

Accomplices confess
“He confessed that he provided the bank staff with the photocopy of his identity card so that they could withdraw the monies, while he gave them some percentage.
“The bank staff also confessed that they used Uche’s particulars to withdraw money from other persons’ accounts without his knowledge.”
However, Dike of the Owerri branch denied knowledge of what Akobundun was into. He maintained that he was only doing his job as a front-line teller staff of the bank, adding that he had never at any time paid Akobundu above the stipulated amount.
He said: “Anytime he came to collect the money, he would answer the question given correctly, including the secret code.

“Mine is to ascertain whether the details corresponded with what was in the system at the end of which I would hand his money over to him.”
Asked if he received any gratification from Akobundu, he said he was given tips of N1,000 or N2,000 at times, just like some other bank customers do.
2013-09-04, 15:34:44
anonymous from United States  
romance scams

2013-09-04, 18:48:59   (updated: 2013-09-04, 18:53:22)
Miss Marple from United States  
RE:2013-09-04, 15:34:44
anonymous from United States

Real ID:
Timothy J. Kadavy (born November 25, 1963) is a United States Army Major General.


Scam reports with photos on Timothy J.Kadavy used in scams:

2013-09-04, 18:52:23
Miss Marple from United States  
RE:2013-09-04, 15:34:44
anonymous from United States

genral Timothy
Dear Friend.
Greetings, I know you Would be Surprised to Read from someone Relatively unknown to you, but Before I go further I Will like you to Understand That, I am writing this mail to you With Due Respect and Trust, I Got your contact from your Profile.
There is A lot of messages Which Made Difficult very thing for people to believe anything That Comes through the Internet, but this is different Case A, I am Sergent Major General timothy.j.kadavy, A US Military Solider in Afghanistan. I really wish to have you as My good friend and Also wishes to entrust some funds into your care, but I have Already send the Fund out of Afghanistan, I feel quite Safe dealing with you.I need your sincere and truthful friendship.

Now I urge you to take this message seriously and with An open mind. so with good faith and trust join me and i am assuring you now that you will never be disappointed. now my question is: can I give You This Trust? and I assure you We can achieve It successfully. I have $ 5.6 Million US dollars that I successfully moved out of Afghanistan. I need a good partner someone I can trust. It is oil business money which i was involved with some other top ranked soldiers with some Afghanistan citizens, but the $ 5.6 million us dollars stated is my share on the business and it's legal. I have successfully Moved the funds out of Afghanistan as A Family Valuable Items with the help of UN Diplomatic.
The Most Important thing is Trust Between us, Once the funds Get to you, you Take your 20% out of the total amount and addition 10 % for any expenses that may come up during this transaction and you will keep my own 70% safe. Your own part of this deal is to find a safe place where my part of the funds will be kept save, until I come to meet with you for discussions on investment plans, but I have more interest on real estate or any other profitable investment.
But the whole process is simple and we must keep a low profile at all times. I Look Forward to your reply and co-operation, and I Thank you in advance as I Anticipate your co-operation waiting for your Urgent response.
Keep in touch as soon as Possible Only if you are Willing to Assist, then details on how you will claim the funds shall be disclose immediately. Via E-mail:
Waiting to Hear from you soon.
Major General Timothy

2013-09-04, 18:59:23
Miss Marple from United States  
RE:2013-09-04, 15:34:44
anonymous from United States
please post mails the scammer is using to scam with ...Thank you!

Emailaddress: same emailaddress used to scam with Timothy J.Kadavy photos using also photos on a black man too ...


2013-09-04, 19:23:29
Miss Marple from United States  
Beware of online dating scams

Posted: May 07, 2013 3:59 PM CDT
Updated: Jun 04, 2013 6:20 PM CDT

By Stacie Schaible -


If you are looking for love, there are a lot of different dating Website's where you can post your profile. However, not everyone on those sites is being honest.

49 year old Mary Bruck of Dunedin had done some on line dating before and had success. This time she decided to try the religion-based website Bruck says: 'God is a big part of my life, so I' de rather try someone who is more interested in religion and God and following God's laws, so I tried that one.'

It didn't take long for Bruck to start conversing with a man who identified himself as Jack Donald Taylor. They first chatted through the Christian Mingle website and then started talking by phone five or six times a day.

Bruck says Taylor spoke with an accent and told her he was from Denmark but had lived in the United States for 37 years. Taylor told her he was currently working out of the country on an oil rig off of Scotland as an Engineer.

About a month into their whirlwind online romance Bruck says there was no question about where things were headed. They were going to get married. Which is why Bruck didn't flinch when Taylor asked to borrow some money. 'It was $2,000 which I didn't think was any big deal. Here's where the red flag should have come up, I went to Western Union, they wouldn't do it.'

So, Taylor asked Bruck to instead deposit the money in his secretary's account. This was a pattern that would repeat until Bruck had loaned Taylor a total of $23,000 dollars over a one month period. Money she had recently inherited after her father died.

Taylor said he needed to borrow money from Bruck to transfer his own inheritance to her. Which he claimed was $4.5 million pounds or roughly $7 million dollars.

According to the documents Taylor provided, a non-citizen tax fee of $15,000 dollars would enable the British government to unhold the transaction and allow Bruck access to the large sum of money.

The documents, however, were riddled with spelling and grammatical errors, which, perhaps should have been another red flag for Bruck.

But Bruck says she never got suspicious. She didn't second guess herself until Taylor stood her up, not once but twice, at Tampa International Airport Easter weekend. 'I went there and I waited and I waited and the flight came in and I waited and I waited and I waited. Then, on the ride home, I called him and he didn't answer and I never heard from him again.'

Bruck filed a report with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office and also contacted Eight on Your Side. 'I want some justice. It's embarrassing to be on TV showing my face, telling people I'm so stupid that I gave this money out. In the same regard, I hope somebody doesn't get caught up like I did.'

Christian released this statement: 'The safety and security of our members is our top priority and we take any reported concerns from our users very seriously. We have extensive safeguards in place to protect members, identify questionable profiles and eliminate attempted fraudulent activity within our communities. In addition to our proprietary, automated tools, we have experts manually review all profile content and photos to ensure the highest possible level of safety and privacy for our communities.'

'We also require all new members who join ChristianMingle to pledge not to send money to anyone they meet online. If members notice any red flags, we ask them to report their concerns to our Customer Care team immediately.'

2013-09-05, 15:24:28
anonymous from United Kingdom  
will gelson scammer is on okcupid

2013-09-06, 04:52:28
@anonymous from United Kingdom: This is the same person that scammed me, he just changed a few details like he has a son now, as with me he had a daughter. I am on this guys back, and I am responsible for facebook closing all his accounts and others with the help from the real person who's identity has been stolen. He is from Nigeria and also have located the scammer behind this fake profile.
2013-09-06, 18:53:49
anonymous from United States  
romance scammers in face book chris bian using photos is not him

2013-09-06, 18:58:43
anonymous from United States  
romance scammers general james r

2013-09-06, 20:54:12
Miss Marple from United States  
2013-09-06, 18:53:49
anonymous from United States
Please post more information as emailaddress and full name the scammer is using ...

Stolen photos on Stg Chris Bain used in scams !

Real ID retired Staff. Stg Chris bain

Vets return to Iraq
Retired Staff Sgt. Chris Bain stands at Gunner Gate on Camp Taji, Iraq. Bain and 11 other wounded warriors visited Taji June 13, as part of Operation Proper Exit VII. Bain was ambushed on Camp Taji in 2004 while serving with the 1st Armored Division..

2013-09-06, 21:02:57
Miss Marple from United States  
RE:2013-09-06, 18:58:43
anonymous from United States
Post emailaddress the scammer is using ,thank you!

Real ID:
James A. Roy (born 1964) was the 16th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force from 30 June 2009 to 24 January 2013. He was previously the Senior Enlisted Leader and Advisor for United States Pacific Command


James A.Roy photos used in scams :

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