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 I'm sure my friend is being scammed

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Jantar
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2011 1:59 am Reply with quoteBack to top

A friend who has been divorced for number of years has made contact with a young lady (Lad?) from the Phillipines. She is much younger than him, and is keen on all his interests.

He called in at home a few days ago when I was at work and showed my wife some photos of this young lady. As I wasn't home at the time he has emailed a selection to me. As soon as I saw them, they just screamed SCAM at me. He is 62 and all her photos are professionally done and show a model in her mid to late twenties. He has already sent money to her in the Phillipines and is getting ready to make a trip over there. He won't believe it a scam unless he actually sees her photo on the net with another name.

How can I convince him he IS being scammed?

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2011 3:16 am Reply with quoteBack to top

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2011 3:21 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I would also suggest Scamwarners.com

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 12:34 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Maybe this girl is listed in the dragonladies forum?

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 11:09 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Sorry for the late response...

She doesn't look familiar, but the scam of course is very familar.

We can help look for evidence this is a scam, and maybe even bait the person, if the poster asks for help in the 'I have a friend or family member..." forum at dragonladies.org.

'Too pretty pictures', often means a ladyboy is pulling the scam, or a middleaged lady with 2 chins and 7 kids.

You can't accept pictures as proof you are on contact with that person, and in the situation you have pictures being used of a possible celebrity, be wary of recordings being played over the webcam of that person.

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Jantar
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2011 3:52 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Well I couldn't convince him it was a scam, but I did get him to agree to be carefull and to not hand over any more money. He flew to Manilla on two days ago to meet her, and today I received a text message acknowledging that it was likely a scam.

She was supposed to meet him at the airport in Maniila, but didn't show up. So at least he is having a holiday, and not costing him any extra.

When he returns, I'll get her contact details and have som fun with a little baiting.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2011 7:46 am Reply with quoteBack to top

If he hasn't been to the Philippines, or done extensive research before he went, his problems may just be starting.

If you are still in touch with him, encourage him to do some research online in case he runs into a new girlfriend. It's very easy to be rushed into a marriage, real or fake, and then ongoing financial support (Not fake) is expected. The Philippines is a place you can't wander around naive, and uh....'lonely'.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 2:14 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Thanks for that advice Stepan. I am in touch via txt, and fortunately he has learned a valuable lesson. I don't think he'll be caught a second time.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 2:53 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Good luck

You can suggest he visit dragonladies for help, or http://livingincebu.com/living_in_cebu.htm
is a forum with a lot of expats who can help with local knowledge

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