Dating Scam Civil Engineer in Turkey
My story involves a 5 month online, phone, text and email relationship with John Hedrick aka Damian Berkins. He contacted me on Match.com in June 2020. I believed him to be a scammer from the start.
He responded to my request for a custom pic and a skype video call. Alleged widower, age 60 with 19 yo daughter in school in Charlotte, NC, construction engineer with international projects.
He gave me his address in Hockessin, Delaware that really belongs to a young couple with kids. He never was really in the states. Fake boarding pass matched up with a real flight from Philadelphia to Dallas to Los Angeles for an engineer seminar and then later that month, LAX to Istanbul, Turkey.
He says he was building a hospital in Istanbul for International Medicana Istanbul, needed funds to pay his driver and for supplies. He is really a 50 year old scammer from Russia. Email is firstname.lastname@example.org. He's been reported to the FTC and police and soon the FBI.
His English is good and he is very quiet, soft spoken and cunning. What he's not good at is being a human being.
This Fall, I found another profile on Match.com with the exact same write up as his but with another man's picture - also included in this post but I never tried to contact the second man.
I spoke with the head of Match.com's fraud unit who confirmed the scam and the profiles were removed.
I have colleagues in international security who say that the inside of a prison in Russia and Turkey is not a nice place. It seems to me that international authorities should begin to organize to address this huge global criminal element. It also seems there are many people on this site ready to provide details that can put these criminals where they belong.
I'm posting this to make others aware and to perhaps avoid further pain. I wasn't able to find him on this site and his photos are real, not stolen. He made a custom pic for me within a few minutes and sent me one from his childhood that was a young version of him.
With this post I hope to ruin his ability to use them again. I have more pics and will likely add them in another post.
I welcome anyone who knows his name(s) or pic to reply to this post for an offline conversation.
Dating scammers, if you are reading all of these stories of hurt and loss, one day everyone closes their eyes for the last time and in that moment, you will be faced with the reality of your life.
Let me say that I wouldn't want to be you on that day.