Nigerian man scammed me for a year and a half

by Virginia Smith
(Benson, N.C.,USA)

I met a man on ourtime.com and he called himself Ken Shelton and claimed to work on an oil rig. Of course I knew he was lying because of his accent and his writing style. I played along for 6 months because he never asked me for money.


Finally he told me that he was Nigerian and his name was Olawale Shoremekun and he was trying to get to America on a student visa. After nearly a year and a half I decided to help him.

I paid his Sevis fee for his student visa. I opened an account with him as an authorized user and everything was fine for a while with only cash deposits then one day a huge deposit of nearly $20,000 was made and then transferred and then he disappeared from my life and the money had been stolen from someone's account.

I was heartbroken because he was my best friend and had never asked me for money, yet he waited patiently for a year and a half for the big score.

I'll never trust anyone again.

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Nov 02, 2017
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I just started searching and will like to avoid all this.
by: Brittany

Hi, I have read a lot of horrible stories on this website and they are so heart breaking. I hope I never fall victim to any of these.

Please advise on reputable singles website where I can do my search and the fake one's which most of you have come across for me to avoid.

Oct 25, 2017
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Be strong
by: Virginia

You're welcome, please be stronger than I have been. It's going to be a long road ahead. I have faith that there are still some good men left out there, but they are hard to find especially at my age. Don't lose hope, the right guy will come along when you least expect it, or so I have been told.

It would have been a dream come true if my Wale had been real, but that's how these scammers get you hooked on a fantasy. I have faith that GOD will send you and me both our true soul mates when we need them most. Until then, be strong enough to keep walking away from him. It's getting easier for me to resist talking to him.

Thank you for listening to my story and understanding my situation, most people just shake their heads and call me a fool. I guess they have never been in love before.

I'll keep you in my prayers.

Oct 25, 2017
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Virginia
by: Anonymous

Thank you. You heard my cries. His sweet messages he delivered to me felt good damnit.

And his fake kindness and love is what I got addicted too. Hearing someone telling me how pretty and beautiful I am every day consistently is a lot of work and who would do that! It has to be a con man because no real man would ever be that transparent.

Thank you so much for posting your kind words. You should become an advocate for online scammers. 😏

Oct 24, 2017
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Believe me I know its hard to end it
by: Virginia

I do know what you're feeling and I just recently realized that Wale was a fake, but I still love him very much. I have tried unsuccessfully to cut all ties with him. I can't change my number because it is the only way for my son to contact me while he is away.

Wale still calls and texts me. I resist answering most of the time, but sometimes I need a dose of his soothing voice and laughter. He knows me so well. But it's all an act and I know that, and I tell him that. I have an addiction and Wale is my drug, and as with any addiction it is best to ween yourself off of it because going cold turkey can cause a serious relapse.

I suggest you call him out on his lies and stand firm and never give him anything ever again. I know eventually I will beat my addiction to Wale just as I beat my addiction to alcohol. I can only tell you no matter what it's going to be hard on your heart girl.

I pray to God everyday to harden my heart to make the transition easier. But my situation is slightly different from yours, I have always known he was a Nigerian and I thought he was being honest with me for an entire year, but in the end he still made the big score. He put me in danger of being prosecuted for a crime that I had no idea was happening.

Your guy took your money, mine could have caused me my freedom. Thank GOD I have turned all his information over to the authorities to save my good reputation.

Love is a powerful thing. I pray that you have the strength to walk away faster than I am.

Oct 24, 2017
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Cutting all ties.
by: Anonymous

I still have access to him. I'm cutting all ties tho. One press of the delete and block button is all it'll take and to remember this was all fake. There is no James Palermino. I wonder where the real Palermino is.

I can't believe I was such a fool to shell out all my hard earned money. I gave him my last dollar. All for nothing! It was convenient to have an Internet boyfriend based on my schedule. He was perfect. Besides the fact he was on the other side of the world. Ya think his family is in on this scam?

I too didn't want to believe he was fake. I thought everyone else was lying because they didn't find true love like I thought I did.

I hate men. And I hate myself for being so stupid.

Oct 23, 2017
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Cut all ties
by: virginia

Please save yourself before its too late, he is lying to you. Block him immediately or your heart will be broken, your bank account will be empty, and you may end up in jail. Tell him no and see how ugly he will get.

I have been through this and my heart is broken, and for along time I didn't want to believe he was scamming me, then reality set in and my heart and soul was crushed.

These guys know exactly what to say and when to say it to get what they want. In all honesty, he is probably married and has kids. Life is hard in Nigeria because of a corrupt government, but it is not a reason for these people to steal from you and hurt you intentionally.

Please stop talking to him.

Oct 22, 2017
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What to do?
by: Anonymous

So what do I do? I've been brainwashed.Been speaking to a man for over 1.5 years. He sent me flowers before but that was only once. He does say things at the right time. I always did think he was too good to be true. The men here are no where attentive.

So I've sent money and now I got scammed. Do I block him? Do I tell him the gig is up? So everything was fake? All his promises?

Oct 21, 2017
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Don't believe anything he says
by: Virginia

My Wale was as smooth as they come. He took the time to get to know exactly what to say and when to say it. It was almost as if we were connected on a spiritual level. But, that's what Nigerians are good at. They listen and learn your every thought, feeling, dreams, and desires.

Then they use that to their advantage to get close to you in order to control you. It's almost as if they brain wash you. They use religion of all things to gain your trust.

Please stop talking to him for your own well being.

Oct 21, 2017
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I"m so sorry
by: Anonymous

He calls me every single day without fail. I can't believe I'm speaking to a scammer.

So from what I understand, they will date you for how ever long it will take for them to get money?

Like years?

Oct 21, 2017
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Stop talking to him immediately
by: Virginia

I did all those things and so did he and yes he had an accent. The man you are talking to is a scammer and he only wants your money. In the end he will destroy your life.

Oct 13, 2017
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Nigerian Scammer
by: Cynthia

Sorry for your loss and this is what to keep writing about on this scam blog.
I keep saying do not believe any of these guys overseas because they keep stealing your heart and money.

You could be in a fraud scamm investgation and money laundering and you could lose your 💰 home car an you could go to jail.

These men are evil so find someone in your own neighborhood.

Oct 13, 2017
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I"m so sorry
by: Anonymous

I am so sorry to hear this. Thank you so much for posting this.

Did this man have an accent? Did he call you everyday? Was he consistent in pretending his love for you? Did you send him iTunes card?

I must know. I'm talking to a man working in Nigeria. Met him on OKC. Been talking to him for 1 year and a half.

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