Oil rig scammers

by Joy
(USA)

I have been scammed twice by men who supposedly worked on oil rigs. Surely there are some honest ones out there, but these two just wanted to get my heart, then my money! The first one, MIchael James was from California and I did send him $245 worth of ITune cards for his sick daughter, Rose, who, according to him, recently died then he asked me to contribute what I could towards a 45,000 $ funeral for her!


Then when I said no way, he got nasty with me and that was the end of him!

The second one gave me all the love texts, etc, some sexting, which, I have to admit I enjoyed, but his back story was, he was going to retire and come live with me but was stuck on a rig in the gulf due to the hurricanes. HE wanted me to contribute to a helicopter to get him and his crew off the rig.

When that didn't work, he wanted me to accept his pay as a wire transfer at my bank and I almost did it, he was that believable, but when he began telling me how stupid I was for not following his directions, I had had enough and told him to get lost!

His name, so he said, was William Cam'ron and I have a social security number for him that I saved, not knowing how to verify it. The name of the bank supposedly holding his money is Hanson Financial Services Limited out of the UK. He never would tell me the name of the rig he was on, and when I suggested he try to get credit in his name to finance a helicopter himself, he never replied.

I was smitten, but not so stupid that I fell for his tactics of trying to get me to finance anything.

Please, don't fall for these guys!

They can talk love til the cows come home, but all they want is your money! Micheal James found me through Facebook, and Wm Cam"ron met on POF, a dating site. I contacted POF yesterday to remove him due to him being a scammer.

Again, they give the honest oil rig men a bad name!

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Apr 09, 2019
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Oil rig widower
by: Anonymous

I play words with friends and occasionally will get requests for games from strangers. I accept and play. Not really interested in chatting, but I am not rude when people talk. I am happily married with a family so I have no interest in anything else and I put that out there if someone starts chatting. Anyway, this guy starts chatting me up and becomes a little aggressive but always kind, aggressive by asking "can I have your phone number I enjoy spending time with you, you are easy to talk to" "lets use hangouts I am hardly on word with words" to me that is aggressive since I only typed four incomplete sentences. LOL, anyway I told him no I don't give out my number. We are still chatting. If anything I am wasting his time so he does not scam someone else, best I can do since he most likely cannot be caught. Oh and he has a daughter in boarding school, lost his son and wife in an accident coming home from a pta meeting, he is from ac and is in a rig off the shore of Alabama. Tonight I think he was leading up to requesting money, dropped phone in the ocean ( but still wanted my number?), using a laptop, lost all contacts to his daughters teachers at her boarding school. Concerned about her safety etc. Before he could ask I told him to looked the school up on the internet and send them an email, I was going to sleep sleeping pills were kicking in and tol him to let me know how he makes out.

Sorry to anyone that was a victim to this.

Mar 24, 2019
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Larry Bendt
by: Anonymous

New fake website. http://www.lbtechglobal.com/community-environmental-stewardship/index.html

Mar 16, 2019
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Andres Erik
by: Anonymous

Another oil rig scammer. Story goes Engineer from Norway. Erik Steele is his company. 16 yr old son, Tyler. Widower. Late wife from Thailand. Tyler lives in Norway with grandma, June, but visits. Andres wants to buy a house in SF so Tyler can move here. I saw photos of "Tyler"

Andres has a dog named Molly. He was born 10/22/69. Lives at Portreo 1010 in SF: Had been talking with him a couple weeks then about the time we were to meet he had an interview for a contract with BP. Flew from SF to Texas with his team. Had meeting, waited hours to hear then low and behold they got the contract. We were to meet the next day but BP wanted an immediate site visit in Alaska.

Got to rig and they wanted them to start right away. He would be there two weeks. Cant call and text but no internet. Asked me to check emails for him. I saw a copy of a contract with his name from COSL a CHINA oil company. I composed emails for him from his text and inquired about costs for steel for the job. He asked me to purchase steel from his account (Entris Bank in his name) I set up his purchase. All seemed legit for weeks. I showed him a pic of my passport so he would know I would not steal from him!

When I asked for the same he told me the crews passports were locked up and he would need time. Needless to say, when I inquired, I got more excuses that didnt make sense. This guy is so good I am still wondering if he is legit. I dont know if I helped him buy steel or not but I never gave him money. Then I got locked out of account and he said he had a mandate on his account that required him to appear in person to correct any issues with his account so he would Need money. Not sure whats real but assuming hes a fake. I have photos of him but dont know how to post them. Tried to report to FBI online but the site gave me problems.

What do I do? So glad to find this forum. Im sick over this and feel crazy and stupid. I have online dated many years and never met a crook.

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Mar 04, 2019
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Scammer David Nowak
by: Anonymous

To the lady that wrote up the scam regarding David Nowak on Feb 7, 2019, I wrote up the Nov 26 write up regarding David Nowak, what you wrote up is exactly word for word what he told me and what he did to me, unfortunately I lost a lot of money, everything I had which was a lot.

I would do anything to catch this scumbag, I want him to pay for what he has done to me. I’m a single mother with a young daughter and he took everything from me. I’ve filed with the FBI but I have heard nothing back. We really need to do something somehow to stop this scammer, I would love to get in contact with you somehow.

Mar 03, 2019
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Oil Rigger Stephan Michael Hunter/ Larry
by: Anonymous

Stephan Michael Hunter after year out of
hospital now stuck in Manchester Uk. Staying with a Couple there. 707 474 8386. London number
+442033223578 is in isle of man. I played him
and found out he is a seller trader on PAXFUL.

BITCOINS AND HOW THEY USE ITUNES. THEY MAKE
GOOD MONEY...voip phone landline number and
Can't find info about him. I think he also
uses Larry. He is a crier.

Talked with his brother NOW HIS BROTHER SAYS
HE DIED SO ANOTHER EXCUSE NOT TO MEET. HE USES GOD AND HE IS A LIAR. STAY AWAY. BEWARE. ITUNES MAKE FOR GOOD MONEY IN NIGERIA.

Feb 07, 2019
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David Nowak is a SCAM! RUN!!
by: Anonymous

I also got involved with David Nowak, through Match.com. Very smooth and committed to making the hook and taking your money. He spent five weeks courting me before the attack. Texting morning, noon and night. He says he is Polish American, graduated from Texas A & M, his parents are deceased and he is all alone. He has an accent and hard to understand over the phone. He giggles. He will lose his phone multiple times during your courtship. He will write you long, loving emails and texts, professing his love and devotion and telling you that you are the best thing to ever come into his life. He won't say your name, will call you "Babe" and always say, "I love you more". He will ask you for your ring size and tell you that he has a surprise for you when he comes home. He will talk about wanting a beach wedding and going to Santorini Greece for a honeymoon. He will encourage you to start the wedding planning because when he gets home he doesn't want to spend one day apart. If, at any point, you doubt him, he will tell you that you've hurt him deeply and that he can't bear it...he can't be hurt yet again.
Same story...
Divorced 5 years after finding out his wife was having an affair with his "ex-best friend".
Lost his home in Houston to the hurricane last year and moved to Pennsylvania.
Is an Independent Petroleum Engineering contractor trying to start his own business.
Wants a "Queen" to love and who will be loyal only to him because he'd been hurt so badly.
Has a 13 y/o daughter, Lisa, in boarding school in Missouri, where his ex-wife lives. Lisa's birthday is March 24. His birthday is August 29. His mother's name is Rose and he will have a dream about her where she tells him that you are the one he is to spend his life with. OMG!
He has a friend, Frank Clifford (wife Sherri) who was in an automobile accident in New Jersey a few days after he arrives on the job and is now in a coma in perpetuity. Don't try researching any of this because you won't find it. You won't find much about him on-line either; he won't give you addresses and wants to keep your relationship a secret until he can tell Frank, his best friend about you because Frank also met his wife on Match.com four years ago and they have been happily married ever since. David will tell you that he went on Match at Frank's encouragement.
He is the General Contractor on his first major job on an oil rig in the Canadian Archipelago, Baffin Island, Terr. of Nunavit, Province of Ontario, with a team of 32 men and his assistant, Albert. He stands to earn $5+ Million for completion of the job plus a $2.4 Million bonus. He got the job because he bid the contract with a company in Houston. Of course he will never tell you the name of the company. First he supposedly spent two weeks in Houston and then, once he got awarded the job, he had to spend two weeks in Sonoma California to buy equipment before flying his team to the rig for what was to be a three week job. The job was for "Nitrogen lifting and flow of the oil wells and turn around maintenance and drilling, initiate production on a well following work over or overbalance completion." When he completes the job, he will get paid immediately and come home to your loving arms. Once he got there, the equipment failed because he bought old equipment due to costs and it won't work in the cold temperatures. (Oh, and he will tell you how cold he is all the time and he needs you to keep him warm and needs to come home-- and wants to spend days alone with just you--he wants to give you the world.) Back to the story: He flew in "experts" who said parts were needed.
That's when the first request for money came...he needed $50,000 to get parts--money to be sent to an account in Atlanta, then he needed multiple amounts (350-$500 each time) of itune cards to run all sorts of computer diagnostics on the equipment, then he needed itune cards to keep his team happy when they weren't working because they were all threatening to leave the job. Then, the big hit....the parts didn't work and the experts told him he needed another part that would have to come from Turkey. That part cost $140,000 and he didn't have any money because he'd spent it all on equipment and was leveraged to the max. It was the only way he could get the job done or he'd lose everything. He said he'd called all of his friends and was trying to round up money but he couldn't get enough. He also needed to return $30,000 to a friend who loaned him money because the friend's mother was ill and he needed the money to care for her right away.
I was stupid enough to believe this crap and gave him the money.....BUT.... luckily my financial advisor was all the wiser and questioned the transaction....it was deposited into a fraudulent Bank of America account for a Theresa Miles in Arizona. Both my financial institution and Bank of America worked together and froze the account in time. Phew! I was told that three other widows had deposited the same amount of money within days of my deposit. He will tell you that he will give you 10% of his company when he is paid.
Oh, and while all of this was going on, he also needed more supplies because the job was going on too long....he needed a $12,500 cashiers check mailed to a David Wariboko in Houston to have food supplies shipped to the rig.
And, yes I got caught up in the sexting too. Ladies, he is very smooth and will have you falling in love with him because he acts like a wounded little boy desperate for love. He has quite a sexual appetite. He will send you only a handful of pictures (sunglasses on his forehead, a blurry one with a longer beard and one with his dog, Ace) but will want many of you. He can't send any pictures from the job because they aren't allowed to have cameras due to security and radiation. He will love your smile and send you songs--he likes Westlife--very unusual music for a man in his 50's. It is all a con! Don't fall for it. Run as fast as you can! Look for someone to love that you can touch and see, not a figment of your imagination. Don't fall into the same trap I did and DO NOT SEND ANY MONEY!!

Jan 09, 2019
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Cagric Williams
by: Anonymous

This scammer is EXTREMELY dangerous. When I refused to send him $3000 this morning at 5:00 AM, he pulled up some compromising photos (I'm stupid I know but thought he was trustworthy and loved me!) and threatened to start sending them to everyone on my contact list. I immediately called the police, have deleted my facebook account, and changed by phone number.

If your scammer has sent you anything, they also have your home address. When I blocked his calls, I started getting calls from a foreign country. I found 2 other pictures of 2 different men on the same photos that he had sent me.

The photoshopping is well done. Ladies beware!!! These guys are extremely seductive and know all the things we want to hear.

I will share pictures if you want.

Nov 26, 2018
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David Nowak
by: Anonymous

I met a man online who said he was David Nowak. We have been chatting for months now. He told me he caught his wife cheating on him with his best friend. Says he is a Independent Oil Contractor with 33 men on his team. Supposedly he has this big contract and he is working off the coast of Hill Island in Ontario Canada. The rig broke and he needed parts to fix the rig and money to install new software so of course I sent lots of money.

He said he has a 13 year old Daughter named Lisa in a boarding school in Missouri. I have pictures of him and his passport and he has a profile on LinkedIn. I have asked him to prove himself to me but I keep getting excuses.

Aug 28, 2018
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Same scenario
by: Anonymous

I met someone through Words With Friends. His picture on the posting was with his mother. He is a handsome man. We went off site and sent pictures. He actually sent one of him on a rig. He asked for me to send itune cards. I did.

He kept asking for more. He needed them on the rig and would reimburse me when his contract was up in October. He also invited me to go on the rig and I did what was necessary to get a security clearance. I made plane reservations to go to Houston & the night before I was to leave I got a call, he told me not to come. PMT's came on board & his well was not pumping & his license was pulled, he was put on another rig & I could not come.

I sent his money to get his license back and more money for other things.

He eventually cleaned out my savings

Aug 04, 2018
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Oil Rigger
by: Anonymous

Stephan Michael Hunter says Polish America. Plenty of fish profile as only child. I asked for family and he gave me the number for his Brother. Good thing was he was at Sea during 2017 hurricane in Texas gulf. Workers in Jail, then workers hurt during hurricane, then his oil rig engineer contractor machinery went down.

Workers son visited Nigeria on vacation but didn't have money to eat, then lied and money stole so needed more. So much more. Delayed at Sea to finish the job. Begged for funds to leave Nov.22 17, and used a visa he send a copy of the Flight. Suddenly he must go to the UK to sign a contract to get paid. On way to the airport there was an accident. On Thanksgiving Day got a text from his phone 7074748386 with a 234 in front of the number and I looked it up and its an international code and it's a Nigerian Mobile but it's a landline California number.

A Dr. Says my number was the only one on his phone Hummm! He was brought into hospital unconscious and needed surgery. I requested pics from the doctor but he was very arrogant. The dr. Discharged him 12-17-17 and today is 8-18 and he is still in hospital.

My Savings gone.

Ladies he is a real romantic music user. So not much info did he give me. Says he wants out of hospital and my holiday ruined in 2017. No funds. I'm not sending any again. He asked for ITunes and would want 2. He says His phone service will be Disconnected.

Beware. He is smoothe. Wish we could add pics.
He has 3 pics of me and each pic has been used - one on 96 sites, the other 101 sites and a pic no one has is on 125 social sites.

His lost wife says she was on 7. I sent a pic to see and now on 96 sites. I got also a text from 900080004222 which was his lost wives number. I believe he has many numbers doing what he does. Why would I hear from his wife. Ladies he wants a God fearing Woman.

Well he has heard in Abundance about what God says he is doing. Give Romans 13:4 If Ye Do Evil Be Afraid.

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Nov 09, 2017
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Adams Davis/Smith
by: Anonymous

This guy contacted me through Words with Friends then he asked to talk to me through the what's up app then changed it to the hangouts app. He supposedly works in Turkey on an oil rig. Of course he is a widow with a 15 year old son in boarding school or with a nanny -- he changed his story.

Of course he loved me right away. I haven't believed one word he said. So idiotic. Today he asked for guess what ?? Money of course close to $10,000.

Crazy I won't give him one red cent.

Sep 15, 2017
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Michael James
by: Anonymous

Michael James tried to scam me, too! He said he was from Corona, CA, but originally from Oslo, Belgium (This was the first red flag - Oslo is in Norway!) He lost his wife in childbirth of their 2nd daughter (yeah, right!)

We met on Words with Friends. He finally quit writing me since I declined all his attempts to start a new game with him. He asked for ITunes cards and for me to accept money on his behalf - I didn't give him anything!

He later told me his real name was Brian Smith - Smith? Really? Whatever!

Run ladies!

Sep 15, 2017
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Joy
by: Helen

You would not believe how many scammers that I have been talking to. They really think that they got me but they don't. I just let them talk and say what they want to say until I find something that isn't right with them which is practically everything.

I just let them go on and on and on and on and I would not give a man my money for anything in the world. I work two jobs and I'm not giving my money to them. I do not care what they say about how beautiful I am I know I am so I don't need anyone else to tell me that I am.

Everyone please be careful out there and don't give anyone your heart or your hard earned money.

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