Garry Oliver from Coffee Meets Bagel

by Melody
(Chicago)

Met a 37 year old white male named Garry Oliver from dating app called "Coffee Meets Bagel." His profile listed Coal City, Illinois as his home and I live in Chicago. He claims that he originally came from Finland. Says he works off shore as an engineer on an oil rig and was currently near the coast of Plymouth, UK.


We chatted on the app for 3-4 days and then exchanged phone numbers and started texting via Viber app. He exchanged a lot of photos of himself, though were all selfies and not a lot of description from them. At one point, his mom suddenly became ill and asked me to help send money because he couldn't do any financial transfers "on the ship."

I absolutely said no but he persisted for a couple days, even asking me to purchase a Chase liquid card for $50 then send the account number over so another friend of his could send money through that to get to his mom (who lives in Canada).

I still said no and he eventually stopped talking about that.

He then started asking for money to purchase a new phone because his current one fell in water. He claims that he cannot use his phone camera to send current pics as it is not allowed on the oil rig, same with his phone as it can only be used for calls between workers but can text with family.

I finally made him accept a phone call from me a couple days ago and knew his accent was not Finnish but that of an African one instead. He's very savvy and claimed his undying love and wanting me to be his wife very quickly - even calling me his fiancé.

The cell phone number that he uses is 604-426-0900, which is out of Vancouver, Canada.

He claims that it is a number given by his company so not to be distracted by other family if they are to use personal phone numbers.

Anyway, I found the real person (on Facebook) of the photos - Alexander Konig of Sweden. This was made possible by doing reverse google image search of just one of the photos. I actually sent him a message on Facebook to ask if he was aware of his photos being stolen and have yet to hear back.

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Mar 06, 2019
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Al/ Alden Fierro - Solar Power Company
by: Anonymous

Hi just wanna say that to everyone who's using this dating app, beware of this person. His online name is Al in CMB dating app, full name Alden Fierro (im not even sure if that is true). He said he is half American/ half Italian and I dont know if any of those are true. He's a very sweet guy indeed. He will make you fall for his words. He said he works in a solar power company and he is going to say that he is busy preparing for his tender. And then when the time comes and you are to meet he has to fly to Turkey for work and stay there for 3-5 weeks.

First he will talk to you everything about work and all of a sudden he will ask you for an iTunes gift card for $100 and then $200 until such time he will ask you to wire money amounting to $3000!!! Please beware of this guy. If you have the same experience or if you know him please free to comment.

BEWARE OF THIS GUY!!!

Mar 05, 2019
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Alden Fierro
by: Anonymous

I talked to this guy too by the name of Alden Fierro short for Al. He said he’s half american/half Italian guy who happened to move here in Ohio. He’s a very sweet guy so you’ll immediately be smitten with all those words. He seems to be a real deal but then he started asking for money.

First it was iTunes cards and then it gets bigger and bigger by the time. And I started to question everything and then happen to see in one of these comments about a name Alden who happens to work in a solar company too.

Please don’t be fool by this person. It’s a scam.

Mar 03, 2019
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UN Doctor
by: Anonymous

I live in Arizona and joined an app just for giggles and wanted to meet someone within 25 miles of me. He's actually 200 miles from me in a little town called Bullhead City Arizona. I asked why he didn't put the real City there and he said that coffee meets Bagel didn't give him a choice.

His story is his wife died of leukemia he's got a 13 year old daughter being taken care of by a nanny. We were talking one day and then he said oh didn't I tell you I had to get called to Syria. I'm there now. Kind of strange since Syria has been having a lot of military issues. Chatted for a few days no big deal. Told him I bought a new house and a picture of a house that isn't mine. Asked for my email because he wanted to email me how he was feeling and it was a long drawn-out mail letter saying that he wanted to pursue the idea of a long-distance relationship.

Latest texts asked if I was online I said yes, considering there's a two hour time difference between here and Syria you know. He said that he was taking care of a patient and this person was a general and was very sick and confided in him doctor-patient privilege you know, and this General supposedly had raided a Taliban members home and found a lot of cash and some jewelry and gave it to him and made him an immediate beneficiary.

I started Googling and realizing that there are indeed no un doctors in Syria now. So keep that in mind gals. Here's his letter

J××÷×:

hello, here are things you should know about me.I am the Only Child of my parents My father was a big well known business man in lund sweden and he travel alot and visit lots of place when i was still a Child... My father died in a car accident. the shock affected my Mother,she cried for years and developed high blood pressure.she passed away when i was 27.After my MD, i got my msc,phd i was employed to work with UN.I traveled so much. i always come to the states for vacation i met my late wife in Syria and she happens to live in Az. We fell in love and decided to get married .I got married at the age of 30.
I don't smoke,i drink little not much...I'm a fun to be man i like making my woman happy and proud,I love families too,I'm honest, faithful, loving, emotional, romantic, passionate, hardworking caring and God fearing...
I don't have allergies,i'm a pretty good cook.over the years i have always wanted to own my hospital' to help people that cannot really afford private hospital.i always donate to the the charity, i believe in the saying 'Givers never Lack' it's been working for me tho.i dislike lies i hate it when i'm been lied to, i would never trust the person again.i want to love and be loved back.i believe in distant relationship.Ever since my late wife passed away i tried going into relationship and i was hurt so many times, i decided to stay single.I believe God has a good plan for me.I never had child with my wife, she had complication in child bearing i had to go into surrogacy.My daughter is 13 years of age her name is Shannon and i love her so dearly.she calls me papa, i'm her best friend and she cries each time i live for work. i have been taken away from her during her tender age, i'm glad i have a great nanny she is the best, i couldn't have survived without her through the years of deployment.My daughter loves the color pink and her room is painted pink..lol, i spoil her each time i'm un_deployed. God blessed me with good health,i hardly take drugs, i have no health issues.
I also like women who are either spiritual but not necessary religious. I also enjoy attending a good church that leaves you feeling better about yourself when you leave.I like healthy foods such as a good seafood salad I love the color brown. I like to snuggle when it rains or read a good book,reading any of the self-help books, listening to romantic music or 60's music and exercising, I also enjoy,Golf,Running,Swimming,Volleyball.
I am 6'2 tall average body and man like when you first meet me. But I love to laugh and can be one of the man at time. When I meet people for the first time they say I have such grace and my mannerism is regal.......I just come across that way.......they don't see me gardening or raking leaves which I love to do.......lol.i like i said before while we text ..i have been married once but lost her to Cancer(Leukemia), I do want a woman who will make me happy because i believe everyone deserves an happiness,I have a big heart, literally and figuratively..I learned a lot from being married. I know I believe in marriage and think with the right person and open communication, a little hard work, and a lot of faith, marriage can be a wonderful experience. But, both people need to be honest with themselves and each other. I have not given up hope in finding my soul mate, best friend, confidant, and lover.
I've learned from my experiences to live by my rules because at the end of the day that's all you have... you and your conscience. If you're okay with what you've done, then everything and everybody else should be okay and if is not, then it was not meant to be. I've been trough a lot but feel like I'm emotionally available and ready for a relationship . Nobody wishes to live alone everybody wants to live happy in the company of friend and lover , same nature and views can help to stay together.I'm a gentle soul, quiet and certainly not what most people would assume - a social butterfly.. Instead I'm the quiet watchful, listener who will provide u with a listening ear after a tough day, and not judge, or assume or tell u what to do. I love nature, and water and feel an especial kinship to just being near water and having water right near my home..I feel all is not fair in love and war.. That is, i feel you should give someone your best and that you should exercise respect and honesty i appreciate genuine companionship and soul inspired relationship you the one in which you can feel the earth move beneath your feet with just one kiss. Or, one in which you spend idle moments just thinking about the other person. I feel the peace of the world in the breeze across the water, the lapping of the waves on the shore, the unassuming nature of water and nature..I like fishing,camping,reading,going to the movies,hanging around with friends,cracking jokes,listening to music,dancing, and also spending time with someone interesting.
I am looking forward to a lasting relationship with you and I hope that you would be able to understand.
I am an understanding and honest man with good heart to my woman because now I really need a family.
I am a man who will never cheat on my partner because I believe that God made one man for one woman and so I should be like that.
Nice and lovely looking Lady like you should not be single but should be happily married with the right man, and if I was blessed with a lady like you I will forever be thankful to God. Honestly I admire you.
At this point, it obvious that am willing to set out for this journey of faith and it’s imperative that the desired destination should be well defined.
I like to make something Clear as you read this. My intention should be made known early enough so that you could be able to know where am heading .

The only reason I am here and ready to devote time to make all the necessary communication is because I want a partner and desire to get closer to and see if there’s chemistry to yoke heart together because nothing works until someone work on it.
What I am looking for is someone who will get to know me, who like me..because am tired of being lonely, who desires a sincere relationship, who is willing to love again irrespective of the painful memories of the past., who is willing to merge her soul with mine and her heart with mine. Someone to share and spend the rest of my life with.

You see, I feel there are few very basic but essential elements of a relationship.. (1) Identifying the need to be in a relationship (2) decision and readiness to contribute to it success 3) HONESTY (4) TRUST (5) MUTUAL RESPECT, (6)DEVOTIONAL COMMITMENT WITH A READINESS TO MAKE SACRIFICES. knowing fully well that a Gold must go through fire before it can be purified and graded They are also to a degree sequential. I may choose First honesty and then respect

Feb 08, 2019
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Military scam
by: Anonymous

Military men who have no family, fiancee died in a car accident with his child. Need to send a package that is now stuck in customs and need 800 dollars western union

Whatup app, or viber.

Cheating girlfriend, single for four years only child. Need to send box of cash because he was rewarded by a prince. Need western union money to release secret box from customs.

Jan 28, 2019
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HOW do you report them?!?
by: Anonymous

I cannot find any way to report the scammers to CMB except to report the actual CMB chat, which of course contains none of the requests for money because they get you off the CMB app and into a third party text app as soon as they can.

Jan 20, 2019
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Scammers! Coffee meets Bagle
by: Anonymous

I connected with a scammer/catfish on CMB last month. Long story short, we had chatted/phone calls for about 3 weeks on CMB app and whatsapp. I was told he is an architect and structural engineer located in London UK. He ran into some project problems all of a sudden (his project building collapsed in Turkey) and asked $20K to solve his problem.

Yes only 20K not $20M (a building collapsed with some injured compensation only $20K??!!) He wrote decent english at the beginning but broken english at the end. Well, I know I have talked to some con artists! I blocked him and reported to my local police department and CMB immediately.

TODAY I FOUND THIS PROFILE WITH EXACTLY THE SAME PICTURES AND DESCRIPTIONS SHOWS UP IN MY "DISCOVER" SECTION AGAIN! WHAT DID CMB HANDLE OUR COMPLAINTS?!!

Jan 03, 2019
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Report as Fraud
by: Anonymous

I have met many scammers in this app. Do not believe anything until you really meet in person.

Remember you can report and block their accounts.

Jan 02, 2019
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Frank Alexander is a fraud!! he's JOSE
by: Anonymous

I almost bought into this guy. Went on google chat. He told me his phone is broken. Can I buy him one for his birthday which just happens to be January 5th. Then he said his money was stolen. He was careless. I was careless for spending any amount of time on this con-artist. I found him on google images as Jose and looks like he doesn't like women either. Frank Alexander is no engineer!

Dec 25, 2018
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Frank and Alden CMB scammers
by: Anonymous

Same guy Frank from Witchita is in "construction" and a widower is a scammer and also a guy named Al short for Alden. Had a Solar Freelance job and had to go to Turkey but neither asked for money but I wasn’t going to sit around and wait for them to scam me. Frank wanted to use google hangouts or text normally and Alden preferred the WhatsApp.

They also start being oddly interested and Alden has a repertoire of pics to entice you even baby pictures!

Please, please report these losers and don’t waste your time! I am doing online dating because I am a busy single working mom and want to meet people but I am getting off CMB as too much Garbage to deal with.

Dec 10, 2018
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Frank CMB
by: Anonymous

I think I am talking with a scammer, as he’s fitting the typical marks of super sweet widow with foreign university;)

I just geared the conversation to how many scammers are out there and it’s getting interesting lol. His name is Frank and he’s supposed to be in witchita although profile says grandview of course.

Dec 02, 2018
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Christopher Stromqvist is a Scammer
by: Anonymous

*Beware* I met him on coffee meets bagel and he is supposedly from Sweden. He wanted to get off the site immediately and only use email and whatsapp. I have sent several emails back and forth with him but have not met in person because there is always something going wrong in one of his nuclear power plants he manages.

He was just in DC but alas a new problem has broke out overseas! What to do? I don't buy it for a second and neither should you.

Be careful ladies! And never, I mean NEVER send money. Period. No matter what. I will be reporting him to any and all local authorities.

Nov 29, 2018
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ALERT-Coffee Meet Bagel Scammers
by: Anonymous

Out of the four guys that I have connected to on this site, ALL of them are scammers. None of their profiles are real. All they want is to victimize women and get money. Here is what to look out for:

1. All are from foreign countries, went to school in foreign countries and have an accent

2. All have children that they claim they are taking care of by themselves either because they are a widower or came out of a nasty divorce with full custody

3. They claim to fall in love with you very fast

4. They don't have any friends and their family has passed on

5. They cannot prove that they are real. They do not video chat. When asked to take a selfie with the date on a piece of paper, they cannot do it right away. It takes days for them to photoshop one and then that defeats the purpose

6. Two of the scammers claimed they worked on an oil rig

7. They never provide contact info

8. They try and get you off the site ASAP to chat in a different forum​

Be very aware of this site and men by the name of George Cohen, Vincent Smith, Mike Brown and Carlos Loriloto. They are very good at what they do.

Jun 26, 2018
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Sean Franklin for coffee meets bagel
by: Anonymous

I Met a man called Sean Franklin on CMB, and he said he was in the Army stationed in jacksonville NC, from florida Pensecola and his mother is dutch and his father from south Africa.

He claimed he has a 5 yr old son and his mother died of cancer. I have talked with him on the phone and all of a sudden he was deployed to Djibouti in east africa for 4 months. He asked for a Walmart gift card paid in cash only because he forgot to buy his son a gift before he left.

His phone number is 859-951-2011

His email address he uses is itz_sfranki@aol.com

Mar 14, 2018
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Thanks
by: Anonymous

I recently connected with someone in Bagel & Ciffee. Husband profile stated he’s from San Francisco, but when we did finally connect outside Bagel, when he called my number, the area code shows area code Washington DC. His profile started he’s an engineer working in the military.

I didn’t know that there is such a thing as a scammer in Bagel. I received notification from Bagel telling me that he left the chat and he was banned from chat for suspicious behaviour. Wow! That blew me away. I should have known! He sounded too good to be true and all sweet when texting or talking on the phone.

He posed himself as half Australian and half American. He has thic Australian accent when we spoke on the phone. When I asked why his phone showed with SC area code, he replied that he is currently in DC for government assignment. 😭😭😭😭 I should have known!

Thanks Bagel for alerting me this before it’s gone too far.

Oct 16, 2017
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Jessie O'Rourke Same kind of scam?
by: Anonymous

I recently connected with someone on CMB who shared army pics and claimed to be at camp. When he was supposed to finish he made an excuse that they wouldn't let him go and were going to deploy him to NK unless money was transferred. Similar story about a mom who returned to Norway and needing help transferring money.

Asked me to complete a transfer for him then said he had to leave for a night shift. Only texts and only at late night. When I mentioned it felt odd to me, he went silent. This person said his name was Jessie O'Rourke. No references online for a person named that in the Army.

Feb 27, 2017
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Thanks for the feedback
by: Melody

Thanks for your comments! I hope this continues to help people. Please be careful and never send money!

Continue to try to give feedback about Coffee meets Bagel - they have been terrible in responding to my emails to them.

Feb 27, 2017
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Robin Chris is a scammer
by: Anonymous

Met Robin Chris 37 years old on coffee meets bagel dating website. He claimed he is Swedish but moved to Seattle 7 years ago and is a marine engineer currently working offshore in a oil rig outside of Plymouth, UK.

He requested to move to Viber chat after we connected on the dating website. We talked on the phone for a few times and he has a strong accent.

After a month of chatting he stated that he needed my help to be his beneficiary in order to collect the money from his previous employer in order to pay for the equipment that he damaged on the current job.

He asked me to contact his lawyer and the lawyer asked for detail personal information: full name, address, birthday, copy of ID, phone number, occupation.

The email address of the lawyer is:

johnsonwoodhls@gmail.com

His phone number is 206-317-7198

Feb 14, 2017
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Now Gary Oliver is Robin Chris - BEWARE!!
by: Anonymous

This is a big scam on Coffee meets Bagel. Thanks for bringing it to light Melody. Now this guy claims he is from Sweden and has the same story! Luckily I couldn't find anyone with a name Robin Chris and I immediately knew something was fishy.

The number he is giving out is 206-317-7198 that is from Seattle, WA area.

Beware and keep a lookout for scammers like these who ruin the whole idea of dating!

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