Beware of

by Sharon
(Asheville, NC USA)

I decided to go on plenty of fish and set up a profile. My husband died 18 months ago and I decided this year to move on with my life and find someone to spend the rest of my life with.

The 2nd day I was on there I got a message from a guy named George. He said his friend who is not in to Internet dating saw my profile through his account and was dying for him to have me contact this guy named Jeffrey. He described the guy to me and said I 'could thank him later'.

I sent Jeff an email and our "romance" began.

The pictures he sent to me were of a really nice looking guy close to my age of 66. He claimed to be an oil consultant and a chemical engineer. He said he was German but had been in the US for 25 years. I began questioning things in my mind. His english was choppy but I continued to go along with him giving him the benefit of the doubt.

When we finally talked on the phone I could barely understand him. Finally he said he wanted to come and spend the weekend with me. Reservations were made and the day before he was to come I received a beautiful bouquet of flowers along with a teddy bear and candy.

That night he called to tell me that he wasn't going to be able to come because he had to go to England for a job related to the oil industry. First after he had been there a few days he said he was having phone problems and needed me to purchase 2 iTunes gift cards and send him @$50 each.

Like an idiot I did and sent him the codes.

Not sure what the angle was there with the gift cards. I knew right then if he started asking for money I would know it was a scam. Sure enough 3 days later he concocted a crazy story about an explosion on the site where he was working and that his friend had gotten injured, he had to replace a part that was broken and needed money.

At that point I broke things off. Sent him a long email and told him I had suspected him all along, that I wasn't born yesterday and would not be sending him any money nor giving my account info to anybody.

I won't go into detail as to the ways he tried to minipulate me. Luckily I was smart enough to recognize a scam unlike so many widows out there looking for love & attention. This guy was a real charmer!

I am lucky I am only out $100, I must have had a blond moment that made me even send him that. I guess I ended up paying for the flowers, teddy bear and candy myself.


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Mar 16, 2017
by: Sharon Henson

Sharon, I'm glad you figured out it was a scam early on. I was recently scammed and didn't figure it out. I recently joined and have had many of the same type emails. Luckily I know more what to look for now. Would it be possible to post the pictures of the man you were sent? That way we can all be on the lookout.

I wish you luck in your search for happiness. There has to be good men out there somewhere.

Here's hoping we can find one soon.

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