Derrick Meyer the South African who broke my heart

by Joanna
(Charles Town, WV)

It started out on Tinder with some basic chitchat. We started using Google hangouts to chat and he would email me every day. The emails were so lengthy and full of personal questions and responses. I fell head over heals for this man who was everything I had been seeking.


Derrick, as he calls himself, said he had been awarded a bit in Benin and was there for a total of 6 weeks to return home in 4 weeks time. He called me once but his voice did not match his pictures. He said he dropped his phone and broke it so he could only use his digital camera. He sent me more pictures on his days off.

He was concerned for hours each day before and after what would make sense as typical working hours. I looked up his email and phone from the US and the name he gave me and nothing flagged online. His Facebook profile was sparse but most of the men in my family don’t use Facebook so I wasn’t concerned.

He sent me a picture of his 12 year old son and of him with his mom. His story seemed legitimate.

Then, he said he fell ill and was in the hospital with kidney stones, but had to negotiate to get released because his account was overdrawn. He would get paid after the final inspection but he needed medicine and food to get him through the last 12 days.

That was when I knew something was wrong.

I looked up the pictures from Facebook and finally found a match. Pictures from websites that were from 2006. I then found this site and knew I had been scammed.

I messaged him some of the screenshots to show what I had found on the reverse google image search. I now have to move on from the plans we had been making and the feeling that someone truly wanted to be with me. I’m embarrassed and hurt and angry.

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Nov 26, 2017
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Tinder a dating site wasteland
by: Anonymous

Sorry for your negative experience on tinder. I have found over the past year of baiting catfishers on Tinder, that 99% of the profiles are fake. All are either from Ghana, Nigeria or Benin. I have had a handful come clean, and tell me who they are and send photos. Then comes the reverse scam...now that they are being honest they explain there sad story of destitute.

Then ask for money. Meaningful love is not on Tinder. Everyday I report scammers profiles to Tinder. I find their compatible facebook page and report that too. Its a small deterant but sends them a message and messes up there game. Just yesterday I recieved 17 messages from catfishers. I currently have a catfisher I have been playing with one for 15 months and he wont give it up.

I guess its become more a challenge for him and me a battle of wills. He knows he's not getting money, yet spends alot of time calling and texting me but for this one I never let down my guard.

Good luck and if it walks and quacks like a duck..its what it is...the nigerian cat fishers are very, very smart and know how to play on your emotions. They study you like a book asking alot of personal questions..they will try to convince you they need you, you are all they have in the world...you are their all and everything.

The profile of a scammer on this site is accurate. Anytime a sentence is started with "Am"... Dont walk...run

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