Oil Rig Scammer

by Valerie Armstrong Roberts
(Houston,Texas, U.S.)

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Mar 13, 2019
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Oil Rig Scammer Fawaz Dennis Buruk a.k.a Fawaz Dennis
by: Anonymous

I met someone going by the name of Fawaz Dennis Buruk at a website for singles seeking marriage. His profile had pictures of someone working on an oil rig. When we first started texting, he told me he would be leaving for an oil rig in the next few days for three months. I asked him for a video chat but before we could do that he left for the rig where he said he could not make calls and could only send text messages (first red flag).

After a few weeks he proposed marriage by text and we began planning to marry once he left the rig. He sent me gifts by mail and I thought he was sincere and genuine.

About six weeks into the relationship, he said the drilling machine was broken, and that he wanted me to help him find parts to repair it. He had me contact a drilling company and ask for an invoice, which came to $770,000. He then asked me if I could help him raise $100,000 to put with the money he had for the repairs and parts. We spent two whole weeks back and forth arguing almost daily about where I could get this money to help him.

Finally, he asked if I could raise $40,000 instead and withdraw the funds from my 401(k), promising to repay the funds when he got his first IMO payment on the contract. When he realized he wasn't getting that money, he asked me to buy $1,000 in iTunes cards so that he could make calls from the rig for help. I reluctantly purchased $500 worth so that he could call me, and I received a call the next day from someone whose voice did not match the picture in any way, however, the call quality was very very poor.

The next story he came up with was that he needed $5,000 to get the chopper to pick him up so he could go onshore to resolve an issue with his BB&T bank account. He sent me a fake CitiBank account to wire the money to. Once he saw that I was not going to send him the $5,000 that he had persistently asked for, he then asked for another $500 in iTunes cards to make calls for help.

I have quite a few pictures of this person, including a 100% fake drivers license that he sent me when I asked for proof of identity.

Ladies, beware. Anyone at all who claims to be working on an oil rig and then suddenly asks you for money for any reason is in all probability a scam artist.

Mar 12, 2019
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Alexis Orten
by: Anonymous

Oil rig scam through Instagram. Goes by Alexis Orten IG name is Alex_pennymoon. Says daughter is Parveen 11, Curtis 14. He lives in Nashville TN, children live with his mother in Hopkinsville KY. Their mother has brain neurological disorder. When he supposedly got to the rig he sent a video clip of him being lowered from the helicopter.

He asked for an amazon gift card for his daughters birthday. I did a reverse search on his phone, it's a non-fixed VOIP, and he doesn't come up on Skopeo, and reverse image searches didnt have any matches. I would like to alert the man whose pictures are being used as his kids are in them. I dont know how to do find him. I have all the pictures to post but dont see how to do it here.

I used advice from this site to do all these reverse searches and asked him for a selfie with the date written on his hand and ocean behind him. He answered with "ok, thanks".

Can anyone help me find the real person so he can report this to IG and protect his kids identity?

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Mar 12, 2019
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Jeff Harrison
by: Anonymous

I would like to report a Jeff Harrison
607-218-7093. Claims he’s in the Arctic sea digging for oil and used professional photos from what I am assuming as a model. Very beautiful photos and claims he’s widowed, wife died during childbirth. This man is a con artist so ladies stay away.

Also his email is Jeffharrison0147@gmail.com.

Please respond to me as I’d love to hear if you’ve had a similar interaction with him. I met him on OkCupid. I have reported him to the website and they have taken his profile down

Mar 05, 2019
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Oil Rig Scammer
by: Anonymous

I met "Matt Wood" on Facebook, he was supposed to be from Milan Italy living in Houston Texas, in his 60s, living with his daughter and granddaughters, we spoke on the phone and on the internet. I had his phone number so I thought he must be legit, I fell for him hard and fast and of course no mention of money of any kind and he told me he was falling in love with me and like a fool I believed him. I am 71 yrs old but I never gave him money. I dont have money to give so he wanted ITunes gift cards, at first $300 worth, and he at one point asked me to sell my house and come be with him. I refused & told him you will never get one red cent out of me, and I thought that was the end but he still talked to me for a while, then started ghosting me on FB

I got so stressed out by it all I ended up in ICU in the hospital, I was just heartbroke as oh he was supposed to be going to a oil rig job to finish out a contract in Scotland, showed pics of his passport, on the plane and pics of him on site, all fake and when he was done with this job he was going to come meet me and then thats when he asked for Itune cards.

Today is March 5th 2019 and he still ghosts me occasionally but no communication for months so why he still ghosts me I cant figure out unless he just likes to torment me. I am slowly getting over it and just glad I didnt give him money cause all I have is my social security but I still love him but I will survive

Mar 04, 2019
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Rayone Honest/Honest Rayone
by: Chris B

Contacted on Instagram by DM by one of 5 different names I later came across using what turns out to be Grant Cardone's image of him & family. One of 50 most scammed images used. Did some basic checking, but clearly not enough. Oil rig supervisor retiring & moving to Spokane, WA from Atlanta w/two little girls 7 & 5 (who has a congenital heart defect). Widower married 15 years. Parents died when he was toddler (lung disease/cancer), raised by grandmother in France.

Very thick accent when speaking on the phone which was only a couple of times (due to poor reception on rig). Planned to move to Spokane to invest in a hotel. Knew the area (mentioned new apartments in our downtown area) which added to credibility. Talked for about 3 weeks. Concerned friend alerted me to a possible scam, did more research & found more. Confronted him by text late at night. Received frantic text/voicemail not understanding what I was talking about & wanted to video conference next day.

This is the part I still can't figure out. I got a video call (arranged through Hangouts) & although cutting in and out, I could see video of this man with an ocean in the background. I also asked him to send me a picture of him blowing me a kiss, which he did using this man's image. After this, I continued conversation until this Mar. 2nd, when he texted saying his little girl was running low on her heart meds. Nanny had raised some money, but needed $3330 for remainder. Trying to get off rig, but chopper is needing repairs & not available for days.

Bank also has contacted him regarding fraud attempts & wants him to personally take care of problem in the states. Attempts to suggest solutions were met with excuses & lies. Only I could save his little girl. When I refused to send any money, he became angry & accused me of being inhuman and insane for thinking he was a liar. His texting became even more broken English & he continued to beg me for money, promising to pay back double when he got to states.

I told him to stop & would be reporting him to authorities. He then became even angrier, hoping my mother & I would die a horrible death. Fortunately, my self-esteem & bank accounts are in tact. I've contacted the FBI, Instagram, & Grant Cardone directly to alert them to this scam.

Feb 21, 2019
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David
by: Anonymous

I’m thinking a man who contacted me is a scammer too. His name is David and has a similar story of working on an oil rig. Seems to want to get serious fast, and the way he is acting has a lot of red flags.

Feb 19, 2019
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Oil rig scammer david billi
by: Anonymous

He put $5000 counterfeit wired in my account. He wanted me to buy iTunes cards quickly but the bank told me it was a fraud. He showered me with love and promises of a life of luxury if I could send money so he could get off the rig with a helicopter.

Talked me into iTunes card to keep his phone on to talk to me. When I refused to send more money the conversation turned nasty.

Feb 09, 2019
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Philip Smith
by: Anonymous

His name is Philip Smith and he has scammed my nana out of 2500 and says he works on an oil rig. He needs iTunes cards and wants to come home to her but needs money for a chopper! And then money for a pilot. Hes very demanding and we told her hes not real but she doesn't believe us.

Dec 13, 2018
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Edwin-Eekhof
by: Anonymous

I would like to report one that just recently happened to me. His name is Edwin-Eekhof - an engineer. Went to Turkey on a job and got stuck there. Huge explosion at the site where he was working. A worker is seriously injured. Then he has to get a lawyer. Then his passport is taken away. Then he needs money to get equipment to the job site. His Bank of America account is closed because of a foreign transfer.

Then the family of the injured worker wants money from him. Then he tries and leaves Turkey but his VISA has expired and need $4K to pay the fine. Then he tries to leave Turkey and no flights are available for business class. He leaves Turkey and winds up in Dubai and then headed to NY but had to get on a different plane and go to Calgary where the company resides who contracted with him for 6 million dollars once the job was done.

But wait.... a few more weeks go by and he is waiting for the shipment of stones to arrive via a boat. Then he starts having bad headaches which result in a brain tumor. Benign of course. All along he is in love with me. I opened up my personal life to him. Gave him money here and there with the promise he will be back in Dallas any day to repay me. Then last Wednesday he is having brain surgery.

A fictitious Dr calls me to give me an update. The next day he is in a coma. Then Sunday I get a text saying he went into cardiac arrest then died. This Dr needs me to go to Western Canada to claim the body and return him to the states. He was gorgeous. He tugged at my heart strings. I checked the hospitals in the entire country of Canada and nothing.

I called the morgue a few days after his "death " and there is more to this story.

I am emotionally done.

Dec 11, 2018
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Steven James or James Stevens scammer
by: Anonymous

Tries to scam women on Words with Friends. Lives in Houston, on a oil rig in Tblisi, Georgia, claims he works for ExxonMobil. Called him out on his scam.

Stay away.

Nov 15, 2018
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Anyone know this guy
by: Anonymous

My roommate has been talking to a man by the name of Fred Preston for several months. Similar story as I have read on this page and the hint of money just recently happened. No money was sent, but now he is not talking to her anymore.

I thought from the beginning NIGERIAN CON MAN but here is my hang up. She has face timed with this man so she literally has seen this mans face and it matches the profile. So what is the gimmick here because on his friend list is a ton of Nigerians but yet he presents as an American man that is an engineer.

Nov 14, 2018
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Frank Gibson
by: Anonymous

Frank Gibson, Petroleum Engineer from Belgium living in LA tried to scam my 75 year old mother.

Nov 13, 2018
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Is he a scammer
by: Anonymous

He is working on a rig in Vancouver Canada and he wants me to send him a iTunes card and he is a engineer. He says they use them to buy food. From Italy and I don’t know if he scamming or not.

He kept saying he needed me to get him 25,ooo then anything I can.

Nov 13, 2018
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Edward Noble Sanchez
by: Anonymous

Edward Noble Sanchez Engineer Scam. I have read through the reports from others and have a similar story to report. After about 8 weeks of texting and phone calls, my spidey senses were peaked after he asked me to sign into HIS bank account and transfer money for him - he was on an oil rig, working on a Shell project in New Zealand.

He messaged me at appropriate times based on the time zone yada yada - same details others are reporting. He had all the right answers - I am a smart women and fell for the story but not the scam - so watch yourselves ladies because this guy is really good at what he does!

Nov 06, 2018
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Ip address
by: Anonymous

How do i look up the IP address

Oct 07, 2018
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Guillaume Baudouin
by: Anonymous

Guillaume Baudouin from Our Time. He is French. He is a petroleum engineer from CA. He is in CA on a rig. He said that he would move to Arizona to open a restaurant and wine store. We texted for a month. Then he needed money to get his crew on land. His account in France was frozen. He needed to get his money back and could I help him arrange for an application to get his assets back.

We skyped once, and he was the same person on the pictures. There was no sound. He said that he only communicated with one person at a time, but I would see him once in a while on the dating site.

This week, I checked his profile, and he had made some changes. I knew that the moment was coming when it was the last week when he was supposed to leave the rig. When he finally asked for the money, I was relieved that he confirmed that this romance was too good to be true.

It was!

Oct 07, 2018
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John Mark
by: Anonymous

My wife has had a oil rig scammer and his name is John Mark. On the North Sea oil rig and his son is in America. John is divorced and he sends pictures of himself on a beach underwater on a oil rig and he needs iTunes cards so he can talk as the whole rig computer system is getting shut down.

He is very demanding and loves her and wants her to move to America, like yesterday. He sends emojis to her and he wants her to send her location.

She did not send anything only a picture of her face

Oct 01, 2018
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Mom doesn’t know she is being scammed
by: Anonymous

Same story as many here. Mom was contacted by a guy saying he was on a rig and couldn’t get cash to take care of his daughter. He started asking for gift cards. The family intervened trying to help but she won’t listen.

The guy says he loves her and his "daughter". Told her she just wants somebody to call "Mom". He keeps asking for more money for help while he is gone on the rig. Not sure how to convince her this is a scam.

I’ve sent links to this site, found images of this guy on scammer sites etc to convince here.

Just need to stop this before it gets worse!

Sep 30, 2018
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Scammers
by: Anonymous

Rodney Maxwell has been scamming my mother for months.

Ladies beware of RODNEY MAXWELL.

Aug 08, 2018
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Instagram scammer
by: Anonymous

I received a "hello, thanks for liking my pic", and a few days later he was professing his love to me. Widower, 17 y.o. Daughter in a boarding school in LA, looking for a wife/ mother for daughter, wife died of cancer, blah, blah, blah. Works on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, needs $2,000 to pay for trouble with a crane ($23,000 total, but he had $21,000).

Simon William, from Greece, lives in LA. I unfortunately felt lonely enough to believe him and sent the $$. He then came back in a few days and needed $10,000 to grease the crane! No matter how much I said I didnt have it, he treated me terrible and told me to get a loan!!! That was it - done!!!

Fascinatingly scary!!! Please be warned and wary!!!

Aug 07, 2018
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Instagram scammer
by: Anonymous

I received a "hello, thanks for liking my pic", and a few days later he was professing his love to me. Widower, 17 y.o. Daughter in a boarding school in LA, looking for a wife/ mother for daughter, wife died of cancer, blah, blah, blah.

Works on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, needs $2,000 to pay for trouble with a crane ($23,000 total, but he had $21,000).

Simon William, from Greece, lives in LA. I unfortunately felt lonely enough to believe him and sent the $$. He then came back in a few days and needed $10,000 to grease the crane!

No matter how much I said I didn't have it, he treated me terribly and told me to get a loan!!! That was it - done!!!

Fascinatingly scary!!! Please be warned and wary!!!

Jul 27, 2018
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Scammed thrugh dating site
by: Margaret

I guess there are legitimate people just looking for someone on dating sites, but I ran afoul of a scammer my first day of signing up on an over-55 site.

First red flag should have been that within a couple of minutes of joining the site, I got a message from someone saying that his friend who wasn't on the site would like to meet me. He sent me said friend's name, Richard Townsend. I sent "Richard" an email and I soon got a message back along with three pictures allegedly of himself, a good-looking but not drop-dead handsome man, shown in one of the pictures with his dog and in one with a young man he said was his son. The real Richard Townsend may very well have been the victim of identity theft.

The picture of me on the dating site isn't especially flattering - I didn't want to deceive anyone - but Richard kept telling me how beautiful I am. He was also 18 years younger than me but that didn't matter either, he said.
I sent him my phone number after the first day and he explained his accent by saying he was born in Portugal but was a naturalized citizen. The picture he sent didn't look at all Hispanic and the voice sounded younger than the picture.

The third day he called me and told me he was on his way to the airport to fly to his job on an oil rig. He wanted me to visit him there; I was supposed to go to a certain site and make arrangements - it cost $6500 for a helicopter to the oil rig. He explained the high cost by saying it was a specially arranged flight. We were going to share the cost, he would give me $4000 when I got to the rig. This was supposedly a round trip.

I called the bank where I was supposed to transfer the money for the helicopter and gave them the number and routing number of the account. The woman I talked to told me that the account was a scam, specifically a romance scam, so I didn't deposit any money.

He called me that night and I told him what the woman from the bank had said. He was of course highly indignant, that wasn't at all true. He also said that he couldn't get off the rig until his stint was finished. He was supposedly committed to being there for two months. He just couldn't wait for two months for us to meet. He offered to send $4000, which was all the cash he had, to the bank by a fellow worker who was able to get ashore. He even sent me a copy of the transfer confirmation, which I could have worked up in 30 minutes with Pagemaker. So now he was asking me for only $2500 which I would have to pay before I could come to the rig to see him.

He also sent me a copy of his passport which if it was a fake was an excellent one. This was to confirm that he was the person whose picture he had sent me. The picture on the passport and those he had sent earlier were of the same person, but I don't think they were of the person who was calling and talking to me.

At first I was supposed to be going there on a Wednesday. I went to the extent of making plane reservations but then got cold feet and backed off; he talked me into rescheduling for Friday. All this time he is calling me or emailing me ten or twelve times a day, calling me "Sweetie" and "Honey" and telling me how beautiful I am. I kept proposing that we wait until the two month stint was up; then I would fly to New Orleans and meet him at the airport when he arrived back. He kept saying he just couldn't wait that long to meet.

I finally said I wouldn't put out any money, that it was either meet at the end of the two month stint or bag it. Needless to say, he chose to bag it. FWIW, he did sign off with "I wish you the best, really."

Could have been much, much worse. I didn't actually deposit any money, and I wasn't sufficiently involved that I felt much emotional loss. I was mostly annoyed. Since then I've gotten a couple of other feelers from men who are actually members of the site that are grammatically inferior - these from men who claim to be college graduates. I haven't talked to any of them yet, so I don't know if they have accents. I'm beginning to wonder if there's any chance I'll meet someone here; I'm about ready to hang it up and not take any more chances. But it seems that when you hear the words "oil rig," you'd better run, not walk, away.

Apr 19, 2018
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Scammed from Texas
by: Patricia

I met Fred on Tinder in February 2018, and he was the sweetest thing i ever met. He loved me practically from the first time we spoke. When you are a lonely widow you take any kind of affection even if its from someone in a picture.

He sent me all the documentation of his contract, parts ordered, money spent on the contract and the amount paid after the job was done, going all into my bank account. Then when the job was almost done that's when he started telling me he was in over his head and needed money to pay taxes owed on the supplies.

I ended up giving him 60,000 dollars american (im canadian), apparently he ended up in jail and needed 10,000 more to get out of jail. He called me from 'jail' for about 10 days, from private numbers and then stopped when I couldn't supply him with anymore money. I am very angry with myself to be so gullible that I let this happen.

I have gone to the local police to report my situation pretty much knowing I have been scammed. These people are professionals that ruin peoples lves. They have no morals, and I dont know how they sleep at night. Praying God works in mysterious ways and these people are eventually caught

Sep 28, 2017
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Neil Hansen, DC-MeetUp Site
by: Anonymous

I have a man contact me on MeetUp. The same kind of thing. He said he was a 50 year old structural engineer that designed and maintained oil rigs in the gulf of Mexico. He supposedly lived in DC but was on his way for a 2-week stay in the gulf. He said a chopper would take him and his crew to the oil refinery landing.

His story was that his American mother from CT married a Dutch engineer and lived in the Netherlands until he was 15 years old (thus the accent)and then moved back to America with his mother. He was a widower with a 9 year old daughter that lived in CT with him mother that has lung cancer.

I was suspicious at the start of a handsome and religious man was not finding a woman to date in his area, even if he worked all the time. His favorite lines were, "The world is your oyster" and "knowing someone and believing in someone are two different things."

After 3 months of calls and texting, he was calling me darling, honey and sunshine as pet names. I asked for the company he worked with, Pustola & Associates. I called. There wasn't an employee by his name employed there. He then said he was a contractor that worked with Pustola & Associates. I asked for another picture and the one he sent I did a reverse lookup on google.com.

He came up on other MeetUp sites in Milwaukee, Chicago, and Houston. The same picture except there were groups for German speaking, Irish Speaking and under different assumed names. I also noticed that each time he called his voice sounded different. At first it sounded like an African male with an accent.

As I became suspicious and asked more questions, it sounded more like a Australian accent of a white man. He never mentioned the word love or asked for money, but I'm sure he would have in time. He was saying that I was the woman he'd been looking for. He would have never gotten money from me.

I was suspicious from the start and wanted to see where the calls and texts would lead. We never did exchange emails. I think it was because he know I could look up the IP address. The similarities are too much alike. Be weary of scammers.

If they can't meet you in person within 2 weeks, block them.

Jun 11, 2017
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Good for you
by: Anonymous

That is exactly why I set up this page... These pictures are nothing but someone that is not real.. Cute guy but a class act scammer. I fell in love with a picture, and I was so naive with his smooth talking charm. I'm so glad to post these scamming pictures, I told FB he was a fake and get him off this site!!

Well he is still on there. Be safe my friends, he did not hold a gun to me for money, but he did shoot my heart & took my money.

6 months of charm(RAT)

Jun 10, 2017
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Ray and Fred
by: Anonymous

I have had request from them both on Facebook. I did not accept them because I do not need to be scammed again. This is why I like seeing names and pictures as it has saved me many times on Facebook. Sorry but sure hope you're careful. They are scammers as my friend told me she talked to Fred I believe it was. Told her to get him off that he is a scammer.

So she did also block him.

Be careful

Jun 10, 2017
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Ray / Fred Hansen
by: Anonymous

I'm a little confused on the comment. These pictures on my site have contacted you on FB? Or is this guy in my pictures the real person commenting someone is using their picture?

Jun 08, 2017
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Ray and Fred
by: Anonymous

I have a request from them also on my Facebook Page, geez they get around hey? No I did not accept, no more of that for me. One guy's picture is on here and I wrote him saying sorry you're a scammer and he said oh no.

I reported him to Facebook as someone is using my picture. Funny he left all of a sudden. He is standing on a platform doing windows on a high rise.

Be Careful.

Jun 05, 2017
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So sorry
by: linda Mason

Been there done that but thank God mine was only $50,000. compared to yours. I wish you the best of luck.

Jun 04, 2017
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Ray Donald / Fred Hansen
by: Anonymous

Ray Donald / Fred Hansen are the same person, with a different picture of the same guy. He wanted me as a FB friend. Very smooth talker. He sent me flowers, teddy bear and candy. We were on Facebook, messenger, e-mail, home phone and cell phone. He said he was 50, with a son Charles 10 years old. His wife died of brain cancer 3 years ago.

Had an accent and he used "am" instead of "I'm". He said he lived in Houston, was born in Poland his parents died in a car crash and he moved to New York to live with his grand parents, he was a petroleum engineer contractor for BP Oil.

Ray said he designed a rig out in the Gulf of Mexico. Things went well, then he had a problem at the rig and had to go fix it or he was going to get sued. While on the rig this is when the needing money for the dermurage for the supplies he ordered from Mexico. Next was for the international taxes. Ray was on the Rig for around 4 months. Needed more for money for a chopper with his crew to Mexico. I took money out of my 401k to help him out, said he would pay me back at 30% plus the 10% charge for taking out 401k.

Said he would return the loan when he Received 10 million dollars for the work, also sending me a fake lawyers agreement. Well in Mexico he fell down the stairs and broke his pelvis because he was being stalked by a company called Hale Logistics he owed money to. Needed money for hospital bills and he was a diabetic and always complained about his high blood pressure.

Said he was released from the hospital and would be home that weekend and wanted to meet me at the airport. This was a 6 month relationship with never meeting him. We did skype for a few seconds and he was the guy in the profile pictures. His last words were "Am in Florida now". Never heard from him again, then he came thru 2 months later under Fred Hansen.... all together he scammed me out of $126 thousand dollors that I will never see.

Ladies these creatures are smooth talkers, and are ready for a serious relationship very fast. Told me he loved me for 6 months. He not only took my money also my heart. Lets get these scum bag Nigerians/ yahoo boys off these sites.

Please be careful out there, they prey on widows and single women. I too was nice till I found this site.

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