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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 5:37 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

New to the forums, but I've been following baiting and baiting methodology for a few years now. I might someday try my hand at it, when I have nothing else getting in the way.

I have a question for you, those of you experienced in love baits. A friend of mine, a gay man, "fell in love" a few years ago with a young man who called himself Sham. Sham lived in Pakistan and my friend, needless to say, did not.

Sham sent a photo of himself, a model mug that displayed a beautiful mocha colored man in an open shirt; the kind of picture that would leave my friend's tongue hanging out. Despite anything the rest of us could say, he picked up correspondence with this young man and, soon after, gathering money to send him to fly to the states.

Needless to say, the proposed trip to the US never occurred. Visas were required, flight documentations, officials bribed, etc. The plan had been for both to fly to London and meet there, and my friend begged money for his own ticket and for Sham's.

Then the scam changed. Sham had a family who ran a Christian school for destitute children in Pakistan. The land the school had been built on was actually owned by the government, who had decided to remove Christian elements and take the land back. Sham's family was desperate: would my friend help him contact Christian communities in the US to gather money to send to save the school and help them build a new house for the family?

They even sent pictures without being asked. Photos of groups of children holding up a banner with thanks to the pastor of the church my friend contacted. My friend went to my church and to several others to try to raise funds. He got a little, but I think the administrators of those monies were skeptical and cut him off pretty quickly.

During all this time, he really pressured all of us for money. He stole phone cards from friends to use on international calls to Sham. He sold large amounts of his own stuff on eBay to send to Pakistan. He went without, and if anyone tried to tell him it was a scam, he stopped talking to that person.

It all ended when, according to Sham, his family pressured him to get married. Homosexuality is a crime in Pakistan, and for awhile, Sham had my friend convinced that he was likely to be arrested and executed if he didn't escape. More money resulted, of course, but in the end, Sham decided he would get married to a woman of his family's choice in order to hide his sexual tendencies. My friend was devastated and deeply depressed for a long time afterwards.

I think the scammer behind Sham might have been two different individuals, though I could be wrong. All in all, my friend probably lost a few thousand dollars of his own money and the money of those he convinced. The scammers ended the bait when they realized my friend just had no real resources -- no job, no funds, no use.

I've seen scams similar to this: the love scam with the interest in a foreign country unable to leave and needing money for tickets, visas, etc. Combine this with the charity scam, and you have Sham. Has anyone else seen this scumbag around? If I were likely to enter the baiting game, he'd be my preferred target.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 5:47 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Moved here from main scambaiting forum as it's dating related.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2007 10:39 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Hi Shenanigans and welcome Very Happy

To be honest, these lads change user names and addys all the time. If you're really set on baiting this scammer, its probably best to get his user name and address from the friend that was scammed.

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