Internet dating scam forum
When you think you’ve met the perfect partner through an online dating website or app, but the other person is using a fake profile to form a relationship with you.
They’re using the site to gain your trust and ask you for money or enough personal information to steal your identity.
They chatted on Facebook for around seven months and he claimed to be an artist from London with two kids.
He claimed he was going to have an exhibition in Cape Town but would first be in Port Elizabeth where his container of art was, even sending her confirmation of his flight tickets. “My total loss was R120 000, where he said he was robbed and required the funds to release the container.
'I love you, I want to be with you for the rest of my life.' Lots of passion and lots of attention.
Just really making me feel special.”But within only a few weeks, those declarations of love were soon mixed with requests for money: John told Tonya he needed money while traveling overseas on a planned work trip to Egypt.
“I have to put myself under administration this week because of this.
He targeted her at a time when she was extremely vulnerable and weaved a complicated, believable story to draw her in.They spent several weeks sharing phone calls, text messages and email chats, but never actually met face-to-face.The woman – whom WNDU is calling “Tonya” for purposes of the story – said “It got pretty intense fairly quickly.She became suspicious because his spelling was poor but sought the companionship. Unluckily for him, he got his own life story confused and she asked him to stop contact.He reacted aggressively in his messages but eventually left her alone.
It was one catastrophe after the next and his excuses were excessive.