Oil Rig Scammer

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

Ray Donald

Ray Donald

Ray Donald Fred Hansen

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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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