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I'm a South African journalist (carefully vetted by the site administrator - ie. Rover - who is happy with my credentials and intentions) and I'm writing a story for a major women's glossy on scams to serve as a warning to others.
To bring the story home, I'm looking to include a few strong personal stories from people who have fallen victim to these evil con-artists, to show that it's easier than you think, that it can, indeed, happen to you.
Ideally I'm looking for women who are willing to talk about their personal experiences, but men are okay too.
The one absolute non-negotiable is that there has to be a South African slant. Either you're a South African yourself, or the scammer was based in South Africa or you flew out to South Africa to meet with the scammers.
I'm open to personal stories about all kinds of scams: 419 / lottery / anti-scam scam / rent scams / charity scams / mystery shopper scams and especially romance scams.
If you're willing to talk about what happened to you, please private message me.
All communications will be handled with absolute respect, sympathy and confidentiality (we can anonymise some of the details if need be).
By sharing your story, you'll be helping others avoid the same trap and hopefully we'll expose some of these bastards' modus operandis.
Please get in touch.
Slothgirl aka Lauren
Scam Patroller Baiting Guru
Joined: 08 Jul 2004
Wed Jan 07, 2009 3:05 pm
Hi Slothgirl, welcome to the eater, I have no personal stories, but I have links to some terrible stories concerning victims of scammers who were kidnapped, robbed or murdered after meeting the scammer, including at least a couple in South Africa, which you may or may not be aware of, see my scam victim news page, here:
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