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 Romance Scam ? - Medical student from UK goes to Nigeria...

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 11:36 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

... and runs out of money.

Hi all, my Name is Scrat and i think i fell for a romance scammer the last seven weeks.

"lonely medic" contacted me at the start of august on the german dating platform with a nothing saying initial message:

Hi, Im Scarlett 26 years old from England. Im single and Im looking for love... I have no kids and never been married. Im a medical student and I have a little art business.. What about you? What are you looking for and what do you do?

After asking, why an UK-based girl from Ipswich would be searching on a german site she said, she would be interested in german guys, because we'd handle our women so nicely. After that, we exchanged some messages on the plattform, switching soon to email ( [email protected] ) , and, after having trouble with Y!M we ended on MSN Messenger.

Her background (presented in a good english - as far as i can tell this as an non-native speaker) was a medical student, going to finish her degree next year and having a small (african) arts sale currently on pause. Quite religious ("Bethseda Baptist" as a continous typo?) and living near to her mum. Father died some time ago in a car accident and left some small heritage which brings her through the studies. Now her mum evolved some rhenal / kidney problems and needed an operation soon in the future. Because of this she'd need to travel to nigeria and sell some property which her father left her.
So far, so good, no money begging or else. Quite nice and high educated conversation till this point, as far as i can tell. Got some very deep chats and git quite intimate at a point (ahem).

Well, then she got to nigeria at the start of the week, met a local lawyer which should be helping with selling, had access to the internet via a wobbly access in the hotel or in a internet cafe down the street (and to her messengers, etc). Once her mails was sent from her Nokia, which just tingled something way back in my head.. roaming costs, anyone?
But today, she discovered she had run out of money, food would be extremly expensive and she'd need some money asap. If i could send some via western union.. Errrh - warning lights going off!

Shouldnt a gal from the UK have a credit card and getting new cash at a local bank? And western union? wait a moment... after me hesitating ("dont send money to someone you never met.") and asking her about WU which i never used before, especially for recipient details we need to give if i interpret the forms correctly, she said i should send the money to her lawyer, a Mr. Olumide ... at this point i heavily started googling for scams with this setup... i found nothing, but got more and more suspicious. By the time i didnt react on MSN for several minutes there was this "You there?"... and i decided to kill MSN off... and got some minutes later an email asking what happened.

Im still not totally convinced i'm having been chatting with romance scammer for the last weeks, but i'm also not sure if there's now a girl down in nigeria running out on cash and just desperate.

Any comments / recommendations?

TL;DR: medical student, from the uk, Ipswich, small african arts sale, father dead, mother ill, travel to nigeria, to sell heritage, running out of money, asking to help, send money via western union ... = romance scammer?
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 12:19 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Scamwarners confirm my suspicion, more text there:
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 8:00 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Welcome to Eater and well done Scrat. It certainly looks like you dodged a bullet. If you HAD helped with her expenses I imagine that after the various complications that required you to send more she may have tried to interest you in a deal to export some of her new found and non-existent art treasures.

Sounds like the initial set-up was to cover quite a few scam bases. I suggest posting what you know to Scamwarners which will help to bolster the evidence against this scammer and then I would drop her like a hot potato. Do not communicate further because she presumably has some of your real life information. If she sends threats ignore them. The scammer will give up eventually and concentrate on one of their other potential victims.

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