Giselle Baidoo from Accra

by Joseph
(Iowa, U.S.A.)

I met a girl on Match.com who claimed to be a Christian from Wisconsin. After 2 messages she wanted to move it to text because of slow connection. After 2 weeks she wanted to move to Skype so we could see each other.


The video was of poor quality and lasted only a few seconds because (she said) of a poor connection. She then told me she was in Ghana with her mother, she was Canadian and her Wisconsin dad was dead and she had to leave the States because her stepmother was trying to kill her for her inheritance. She said she hated Ghana and would do anything to leave.

She eventually said she loved me and we could marry and have children and I could make her happy. She then, after about 5 weeks, said she was short of money for her internet and could I send her money to keep it on so we could keep corresponding. I refused because I am broke myself and she got angry saying I didn't Believe enough or that I didn't love her.

A week later she Skyped back that she had taken an advance from work for the internet but now she was out of money for 'foodstuffs' and she was starving could I send her some money. I was still broke and said I couldn't.

The next day my Skype conversations with her mysteriously disappeared. I couldn't tell what happened and I couldn't contact her again. After 2 weeks I got another cell text as to why I was not answering her Skype so I responded on Skype where she told me she could get her inheritance if she got married and she loved me and knew I wasn't after her for her money. She wanted my email so her family attorney could send me the details.

She claimed he was an American and that he was working in Ukraine. So I created a gmail account and messaged the atty. He sent me an image of certificate of ownership of alluvial gold 224kg or 32 bars. I asked what I had to do and he said there was $3 a day for 5 years storage that needed to be paid before it would be released to her.

So I emailed the Ghana Ministry of Interior and asked if the certificate is real. After reading the scam reviews, I am not convinced that the Ministry is trustworthy and so I am going to stop baiting her because I had felt all along that it was a scam but wanted to know for sure.

Clues... The typing went from well done to sloppy and misspelled by turns. Her phrasing was strange at times. She would use 'these' for 'this'. She didn't sound Canadian. She repeated long sections with no spelling errors verbatim from weeks before, no change of phrases. She would become angry and curse at me that I was letting her down.

She said don't tell anyone, to trust my heart, it never lies. She would give me no direct answers to direct questions. She changed her age. Her Skype profile didn't match her age either and said she was from Accra even though she said she was from a small town.

Her attorney wouldn't google. There were lots others.

Oh, well, it was fun while it lasted.

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Apr 06, 2017
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Thank you
by: Sharon Henson

Thank you Joseph. This has been a awful experience for me, one I will never allow to happen again but you just made it a little better for me. I needed to try to make something good out of what happened to me and if I helped you, even a little then that was my something good.

I will admit, it is still a struggle but not as often as it first was. I still miss the man in the pictures and pray somehow we will meet but that can't stop me from looking for someone else. They (not sure who they are) say there is someone out there for everyone, and I plan on finding my someone. Im never giving up. You will find your someone too.

Take care.

Sharon

Apr 05, 2017
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Correction
by: Joseph

Thanks Sharon. Just a correction. The name was Melissa Matthews (Mathew, Matters) not Mitchell as I erroneously remembered before. I guess I am still flustered. And Giselle Baidoo seems to be a legitimate person in Ghana. I don't want any more innocent victims by my mistake.

And once again, I can't thank you enough and I will make it my task to try to help others in the same situation following your model.

You are a true inspiration!

Joe Gallagher

Apr 05, 2017
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Joseph
by: Sharon Henson

I'm sorry Joseph, the pain for us is real even if the person we think we are talking to isn't. I'm very proud of you for remaining strong and not sending her any money, you should be proud of yourself too. There is someone out there for you and for me, I believe that. I know I will continue looking and am now but I am also being so careful.

I know now if the person seems too good to be true then they probably are. I wish you luck in your search for happiness. Remember you are not alone in this, there is always someone to vent to or talk to on here willing to help. Read others stories, know you are not a fool for believing her, but instead you are a kind, caring person with a good heart.

Take care.

Apr 05, 2017
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Details
by: joseph

Oh and I almost forgot. I found her on 6 other dating sites with different names and profiles. Her stage name is Melissa Mitchell (with various spellings) and her dating names are (were) Lisa Crowley from Texas and Dinealle from Los Angeles.

The U.K dating profiles used I.D. numbers so no names. Anyone that may be reading this can be warned, and I will make a point of posting on other warning sites this information to maybe help others to not fall into this snare, pleasant though it may be.

Apr 05, 2017
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Final word?
by: joseph

Well, Sharon, you were right. I did an image search and with a little digging got a positive I.D. of the person I had seen in video skype and the selfies which were given by request. She is a porn star from the U.K. who has worked extensively online.

Certain unique tattoos have convinced me beyond doubt. Also the phone number was a land line from Michigan and her refusal to get me any photos of her work as a nurse (with plausible excuses) clinched it. I am still unsure if she was the actor behind the texts and the skype messaging or if there are still other people involved but it makes no difference at this point.

So, needless to say, I won't remain emotionally involved with this woman. Any and all interactions we may have will be on the order of a transaction negotiated freely. But I did get my wish to see 'more' of her. I no longer have hopes of marriage or a life with her. I still find her immensely attractive but that is her stock in trade. It was a pleasant fantasy but that was all that it was.

So a little older and a little bit wiser but fortunately not financially depleted I can go on with my life. I still hope there is someone out there for me and I will keep looking with a little more caution.

Thanks again for your words of wisdom and experience.

I will be forever grateful!

Apr 03, 2017
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by: Joseph

Thanks again Sharon. I can't tell you how much I appreciate your input. I have to stay clear minded on this. Your suggestion about the phone number is a good one. I have done some searching for her pictures and have not come up with anything but my search was incomplete.

I have checked her and her "lawyer's" name and have come up blank except for another Giselle Baidoo in Accra who is not a blonde blue eyed woman but seems to be real at least. Anyway, I haven't sent her any money, and I am resisting the urge to skip paying some bills so I have some cash for her.

It is helping me tremendously to read your comments. They keep me grounded.

I will keep you posted.

Joe

Apr 03, 2017
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Joseph
by: Sharon Henson

Joseph, the person I wired the money to for my spammer lived in Washington state. I was told by the FBI that she was probably someone that the scammers had something on and they were forcing her to help them or they would use whatever they had on her against her.

These guys asked for nudie pictures and blackmail women to help them. This could definitely be a possibility. Please consider that before you send her money. Have you done a Google image search on her pictures? Or searched her phone number to see who it is registered to?

Please stay strong.

I thought your comparison to feeling like a addict right now is spot on. I felt the same way. Even after I knew I didn't send money to the man in the pictures and that he wasn't who I was talking to, I still contacted him a few more times.

It was like a drug.

Stay strong Joseph. I wish I had that money back now to spend on something that would make me happy. Whatever you decide is your decision, make the one you can live with. I wish I had seen this site before I made my decision, hopefully my decision would have been different but I'll never know.

Just remember we, me and others who have been through this, will be here for you, no judgement.

Take care Joseph.

Apr 02, 2017
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by: joseph

Thanks Sharon. I realize in my brain that it is impossible, but she has got my heart hypnotized that she is the exception to the rule, that this is the one true thing that all the scams are copied on that they are fake but she is real.

It keeps running around and around in my head...Real, fake, real, fake...It's driving me to distraction. I find myself wanting to pay a loan forever just on the off chance that it is true, part of me says it would be worth it just to know for sure. She says I doubt her, but what I really doubt are my own thoughts and my own judgement.

It's like a junkie with the drugs, I keep wanting to pick it up again even though I know it's no good.

Thanks for reminding me to believe in myself.

Apr 02, 2017
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Stay Strong
by: Sharon Henson

Joseph, it won't stop with giving her money this time, she will continue to want more and more. She'll say she will come to you but never will. There will always be a reason she can't.

Read some of these other stories on here, there are women who have lost absolutely everything because they never stop asking for money. These women never get to see these men. I lost less money but he continued asking and I never would have met him.

You are strong, you posted your story, there are not alot of stories on this site that are posted by men.

Stay strong. Don't send her money.

I am slowy getting over the heartbreak my scammer caused me but I will be paying payments on the loan I took from the bank to help him for a much longer time.

It's not worth it. You are strong, tell yourself that and believe it.

Apr 02, 2017
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by: joseph

So I am having trouble being strong. She has contacted me repeatedly and is so nice. She is encouraging, upbeat, positive and seems so very sincere. When I expressed doubts, she video skyped me again and we got an adequate connection where I heard and saw her for about 20 minutes and I can't help it, she is so very beautiful and knows just what to say to fluster me.

She wants me to pay for a marriage license and the holding fee for the gold inheritance so we can start our life together. Very pleasant fantasy. I need to be strong but I am having trouble.

Mar 31, 2017
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by: Anonymous

Thanks Sharon. I am surprised at myself for falling so hard. I find myself wanting to send her the money even though I know it's in all likelihood a scam.

I even went so far as to see if she was on Facebook. She was but with nothing but a picture, no info, no nothing.

So I know where you're coming from and I feel for you. I will take your advice to stay strong.

Better days are coming.

Mar 31, 2017
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Don't
by: Sharon Henson

Joseph, Sorry she is still contacting you. I'm glad you haven't sent her anything. Please don't no matter how much she begs and pulls at your heartstrings. You will never see her or that money.

I know from experience.

I sent money to the person I thought I was talking to, a man in pictures that I was sent. I sent over $4000 to have his belongings sent to me. Only on the day they should have been delivered, there was some customs hold up and he needed more money. I didn't send anymore, turned everything over to the FBI.

Lost my heart to a nameless man in a picture, lost a lot of money to a nameless, faceless creature that will never be punished.

Stay strong.

Take care.

Mar 31, 2017
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by: joseph

Thanks for reading my story. Since then she has contacted me again through her attorney with the money total for a marriage license and release of the gold and wants me to get a loan to pay it.

She is talking very sweet and it makes me sad but I am not falling for it.

Mar 31, 2017
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Joseph
by: Sharon Henson

Thank you for sharing your story. Male or female, the stories are all basically the same.

Thankfully you didn't lose any money.

Good luck to you Joseph.

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