Online dating scam
(San Francisco, CA)
Was contacted through Match by a man stating his name was James Stevenson. He did not mention his company initially but there was a website set up under JS Urban Engineering Company in Dallas Texas.
He said he had moved to San Francisco area but had been in Dallas for a few months completing a fabrication project for Dragon Oil PLC in Dubai. He said he was a engineer, his wife had a drinking problem and died of liver failure and he had one son in college in Houston, Texas.
Things went along and then there was an accident with the equipment and the company was going to cancel his contract (he sent a copy of the letter from Dragon Oil). Then he started asking for funds. Unfortunately, I provided them. It was the first time I had ever been on a dating site and was very naïve.
Additionally, he may say that his father was in the navy and died while he was young and that his mom and sister live in the UK. All evidence I asked for, he was able to provide -- copies of wire receipts, copies of bank statement, etc. He was really very good. We were supposed to meet in Dallas.
He did not show up and then sent a text telling me he was sorry but that everything had been untrue...