Nigerian Scammer on Facebook


I was so naive having believed that I finally found the right man through the online chatting! Just wanted to share this story so that it will not happen to anyone again...

I am an educated woman, having a professional career in business. Believing in my destiny whatever will be will be, I never joined any online dating groups or tried to meet anyone news in the parties.

One and a half months ago, I got the message dropping on my Facebook account. He introduced himself as Alex Jonas, an American but originally from Venice Italy. His profile on Facebook was really interesting as he was graduated from famous University in Venice, claimed to have master degree in BIochemicals Engineering.

As usual, he is a widower with one 13 years old son. He wanted to be my friend. From the photos that must have been stolen from some where, it made me believe since the beginning he is a real decent man.

Therefore I think why not, this could be my destiny to meet a right man this way, so I replied. After few mails on FB, he suggested to use private e mail address then continued to instance messenger.

He said he is an independent contractor and works mostly on anything that affects human life such as oil spillage, mostly on shore (it sounded so interesting and impressive, right?).

So I totally believed him at that time. Then he said he just won the contract to clean up community in Nigeria from oil spillage. Everyday when he was in Nigeria on his work, he texted me and made sure that he would have the chance to chat with me every day.

So we chatted and getting to know each other more. Things were too good to be true so I rather hold back which he also realized about this. He
checked with me few times how emotional I could be. Though I felt it was strange that someone asking that question , but I was not much bothered.

Then came the day that his chemicals for cleaning up would arrive. The cost of chemicals was 250,000 USD.

He did not have enough cash for clearing as he expected to pay 5% not 10% he had to pay. Then he came up with so many other expenses to pay, for the lawyer, loading, etc.

I told him this is not a professional way he handled the situation. He admitted his mistake and asked whether I can help him out. Certainly I felt uncomfortable with the situation and I felt something not right. (actually already had odd feeling while chatting that he concluded so soon that we will end up marrying together!)

Fortunately I phoned up 2 good friends of mine, and they said this might ba a scammer. Finally I told him that I will respect a man who can handle the problem on his own and that I lost good feeling about him already.

Actually I wanted to play with him a bit longer to see how he would go with this, but I was too straight forward telling him that. So finally he realized I am not the right target that he can take the money from me so easily. I told him at the end that I know who he actually is and told him to stop doing this to the other innocent women.

What I regretted was that I sent him my photos which he may use for his next victim and of course it left me the feeling of being so naive and stupid with a bit of broken heart as I thought all the time that I have communicated with that decent looking man with a good profession....

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Jan 04, 2015
Larry Purcell
by: Anonymous

I have a similar story. Same scammer? From Ca. Originally from Quebec. Widowed, no children.

Working in Lagos on a hotel. Runs out of money, food etc. Poor writing skills, wants to come back to the States. LarryPurcell56@, 4242650323. Any information would be helpful.

Jun 23, 2014
Same guy
by: Anonymous

Yes I was contacted by the same guy who says he was from California but has a contract in Nigeria.

Same story blah blah blah how he loves me wants me to help him by sending money to come here and marry me. Also I talked to another women he told the same story and wish he could get caught but he probably never will because he uses several different names!

Jan 07, 2014
Same guy
by: Anonymous

It seems like that's the same guy that contacted me with the story he's a widower of course and a contractor from California working in Nigeria.

He ran out of money to finish his project wanted me to send him $20,000 so he can finish his project so he could return to the states and marry me lol!!

But when I started questioning him he got mad and told me that I ask too many questions. I wish I could post his pic causes it sounds like the same guy dark hair and handsome but he never got money from me.

Dec 30, 2013
by: Jen

Met this guy Mike Burrow on FB, yahoo is He said he is from Miami, Florida. Working with BP Oil Company at the Gulf of Mexico.

He is an engineer from Miami, Florida and sending a niece to school in Nigeria (Weird); he doesn't know who Lebron James of Miami Heat (Weirder!); Has a very thick African accent! His pic looks like a model (poor guy whose pic he used).

His info sums up to be a Nigerian scammer. He professed his undying love blah blah... but before he can ask for money, I did it first... I started asking money because I was kicked out of my apartment... and if he loves me, he would send me money (of course it is all a made up story)...I just gave these A$$es as taste of their own medicine...

I bugged him thru emails until he blocked me hahahaha.. but before he blocked me, he sent me an email accusing me to be a crook... which I replied, that makes the two of us!!


Jul 27, 2013
It apperas same scammer again
by: Anonymous

CAN we see his FALSE profile photograph to compare if is the same as mine scammer as profile looks sp much a like ....

Apr 18, 2013
I played the game and won
by: kathleen obrien

Same scammer - sounds like its the same one as mine was from Venice.

I told him the same thing that I caught him out. I posted all the photos of him i found on google image and he went quiet and told me that is this for real.

I said you are a damn liar and a scammer, and karma will come back to you. He kept sending messages to me declaring his love but never once asked for money.

Google image is the way to go and that's where I found him on all the sites. He has dark hair and is good looking so its the same one I think

Nov 25, 2012
They are professional scammers
by: Anonymous

Hi. I am sorry to hear you have been hurt by these scammers.

Please remember they are professionals. Their job is to fool people they are real and genuine. They employ psychologists to write their letters and advise them the right things to say.

The simple way to not get taken in by these scams is to remember :

Long distance love + request for money = scam

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