DR. GRAEME CODRINGTON
Found this guy on Coffee meets Bagel. Somehow his messages weren't coming through that I could view them, so I gave him a cell # (Google voice of course, not my real one). His grammar was terrible in sentences, claims he has a 7 year old son, (he's 62), lost his wife 5 years ago to cancer and is an engineer (supervises construction sites). (Sound familiar?). Stated he's Catholic (of course) and at 8:15am yesterday, he was getting ready for "church". Yeah right. Stated when he got home he would be "resting". Sure enough, around 2:00pm, he messages me, asks how I am and I simply responded "fine". Asks what I've been doing. Told him "out and about running errands". He then responded back with "I'm all tucked in under the covers". I said "it's only 2:15 in the afternoon, that makes no sense".
He said "it's my only day to rest and I've had a hard week". I then said "well you sure put in a good day at church apparently". He said "have you ever been to a Catholic church"? I said "yes, several times, and the only time it takes 5 hours is usually a Catholic wedding unless you're going to more than one service". No reply. I said "I don't understand how someone can go to bed at 2 in the afternoon unless you're having to get up at midnight to get ready to go to work by 3am the next day".
He said "well I'm a private person, don't go out, and when I've nothing else to do on a Sunday I usually just go to bed. I truly want to meet someone that makes me want to go out and enjoy life". I responded back "No one person except yourself can make you want to do that. But I do wonder, who's watching your son if you're sleeping all day?" He said back "I hired a nanny. A black woman".
I was still driving finishing up my errands, but thought, WHO says that? Do I care what someone's race is? And coupled with all the other similarities of every other scammer with the SAME stories, I made my mind up to run his CMB pic through YANDEX.COM. I told him "well I'm almost home I'll let you get some sleep". He responded back quickly, "oh well if you're home I can stay up just a bit longer and talk". Since my gut was ALREADY telling me he's a Nigerian loser, which happens to be 8 hours ahead of California, (which I know would be bedtime over there), I said "ok" and decided to play along until I could check his picture. Sure enough, I run his picture through yandex, and there it is--he's using the identity of Dr Graeme Codrington, who happens to be an" expert on the future world of work and the disruptive forces that are shaping it.". He is also "an author and researcher, his insights and analysis are sought after by business schools and CEOs around the world, with five degrees and four best selling books.". He's ALL OVER the internet. Suspicions confirmed. Reported him to CMB and blocked him on the site.
Wrote to him, "You know, you might want to ask your prospective match what they do for a living, since you just never know who you're talking to on a dating site. He wrote back "I don't understand dear, I want to get to know you better, I think we have a deep connection and are a good match". I said "well ok, since you live literally 10 miles from me, how about we meet at Olive Garden and have an early dinner?". He took awhile to respond back (checking with someone on his end of course on what to say since I know I caught him off guard), and he said "well we should take the time to get to know one another here first and then plan on meeting down the road when we're comfortable".
I said "well since it's the WOMAN who should feel more comfortable than the man does, I can tell you since I know you're NOWHERE in the location that you CLAIM, and in a different country and time zone, I know that you're nothing but a worthless scammer, and NO you're not getting money for me for ANYTHING. You think I'm stupid? He shoots back, "so what do you do for a living?" I said "you don't get to ask that. But I can tell you this: I'm 100x smarter on one of my WORST days, than you ever could be on one of your BEST days". And blocked his #.
So ladies, be wise. RUN the "love of your lifes" picture through YANDEX.COM as it really DOES work. And as it's been stated time and time again, they're ALL engineers, Catholic, Sundays are ALWAYS about going to church, they have young children (regardless of their age), lost their spouses to cancer or a car accident, and feel a "connection" within a matter of a few messages.
DON'T FALL FOR THEM!!!!! Do your homework, and then report them. Just don't give them money!!!!! They do not care, this is their job, and you're one of MANY they're talking to at the same time. No one has ever worked their lives in a job just to give it away to a person you will NEVER meet. The stories here aren't made up, they are true to life, these scammers are EVERYWHERE, and it's up to you to do your due diligence to protect yourself.
Hope this helps.