Online dating scam

by Marilyn
(San Francisco, CA)

Was contacted through Match by a man stating his name was James Stevenson. He did not mention his company initially but there was a website set up under JS Urban Engineering Company in Dallas Texas.

He said he had moved to San Francisco area but had been in Dallas for a few months completing a fabrication project for Dragon Oil PLC in Dubai. He said he was a engineer, his wife had a drinking problem and died of liver failure and he had one son in college in Houston, Texas.

Things went along and then there was an accident with the equipment and the company was going to cancel his contract (he sent a copy of the letter from Dragon Oil). Then he started asking for funds. Unfortunately, I provided them. It was the first time I had ever been on a dating site and was very naïve.

Additionally, he may say that his father was in the navy and died while he was young and that his mom and sister live in the UK. All evidence I asked for, he was able to provide -- copies of wire receipts, copies of bank statement, etc. He was really very good. We were supposed to meet in Dallas.

He did not show up and then sent a text telling me he was sorry but that everything had been untrue...

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Dec 27, 2020
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Ethan Scott POF 2020
by: Anonymous

Started messaging Ethan Scott on Plenty of Fish in October 2020. Stated he had just moved to Phoenix in August after moving back from Australia right before the borders closed for COVID. We messaged a while when he asked for my number to start texting.

Then he started calling. He’s very smooth and charming. Said he had to go to Virginia for some big contract but would be back for the holidays so we could spend them together. Also said the same stuff about how his ex wife was diagnosed with cancer right after their divorce so he stayed with her 2 years until she passed. That he has a daughter who is getting her masters degree in VA.

Sent pictures of him and his daughter, him and his dog Major, some pictures of the machines he was building in VA. He has a family house in VA that is too big for his daughter to care for so he would probably sell it and buy a house here in Phoenix. He wants to retire in a few years etc.

Then he gives me his daughters number because I don’t hear from for 3 days and he says he ended up in the hospital over Christmas due to all the stress of this contract.

I googled the number and landed on this page.

Duped for a little bit but would never had given him money.

BE AWARE

May 18, 2020
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Scott Ethan Match.com
by: Anonymous

His name: Scott Ethan
Website: Match
Pictures were provided, same as email above. Him howling next to a wolf pic, he and his son, and him with in a t-shirt that said future.

He claimed he was from Norway, had a sister and Mom in UK. Son in college in Houston, just like the other people who wrote in. He works fast in my case, asked for a date after the first week.

The phone number he provided sounded fishy, I googled it and it was a landline he asked me to text. Upon further investigation I found this page. The player becomes the played.

Ladies, if it's too good to be true...you know the rest.

Jun 06, 2019
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James Stevens
by: Anonymous

On fitness singles too. Thank you for posting to this site so I could avoid a heartbreak. His numbers 216-714-2511 and 778-949-5056. Same story engineer working on a big contract in Ohio. Had been in Vancouver BC. Sister and mother in UK. Son. Dog Major. Thank you

Apr 27, 2019
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Broke my heart but not my wallet
by: BrokenHearted

April 2019 Beware!! James Stevenson new number is 216-714-2511 and his work is based out of 1920 McKinney Avenue Dallas TX 75201. DO NOT SEND MONEY!!!

Apr 27, 2019
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Broke my heart but not my wallet
by: BrokenHearted

I met the same James Stevenson on Match.com in Feb 2019. Profile of a widower and engineer that was in the midst of completing a deal that would be the nest egg of his retirement. Without me asking, he sent a picture of him and his son, him and his dog(Major), and of him howling next to a picture of a wolf. Also, a picture at work in a suit - 6", salt & pepper hair, blue eyes. After over coming my many objections about having a long distance relationship. He convinced me that he would have the means to relocate given the completion of his deal. Like the above story, he sent pictures of the letter threatening to terminate his contract with Dragon Oil, having to return the deposit of $671,500. Then asking for $2,500. This con man is alive and well, trying to take advantage of women. PLEASE NEVER GIVE ANY MONEY TO ANYONE THAT YOU HAVE NEVER MET!! I communicated through Match.com, email, text, then by phone but we never met. The carrot, to keep me going was the possibility of finally meeting and having a happy thereafter. What goes around comes around and I have no doubt that he will get his. He is older now but still uses the younger pictures of himself to lure women to heart break, some to financial ruin, and worse yet some to both. PLEASE BEWARE. LOVE but do it wisely.

Jan 26, 2018
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James Stevenson POF
by: Australian

Hi. I was shocked to see the story on James Stevenson advising he had a contract job go wrong and needed money. I was very naïve and foolish and did send money as I believed the story.

Dragon Oil products was an existing company and James Stevenson had a profile on a website JS Urban Engineering. He sent photos, copies of company letters and cheques and a passport. ALL Fake.

I have been devastated by this person as I did not have money and took out a credit card debt for him which was to be repaid in a week. THe only money I had I sent and now I have nothing but a massive debt to pay.

He took advantage of me as I was very sick in hospital and being Christmas I felt bad for him.
I now need the money for my treatment but of course he is not going to repay me.

I have notified Banks, Company etc in the hope to save someone else falling into the prey of this calculating person. I feel sorry for the profile he has stolen.

Please report any information you may have to authorities to help stop him.

I am from Australia and he was on Plenty of Fish dating website.

Jul 28, 2017
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James Stevenson
by: Anonymous

Do you exercise regularly?
you considerate and thoughtful of others?
How often do you lose your temper?
What do you do when you're alone?
When you go anywhere are you usually on time?
How often do you like to go out?


When dining out what food do you enjoy?
How much do you enjoy a walk on the beach?
How much do you like reading?
Do you enjoy going to the movies?
Which sports do you most enjoy watching?
What car do you Drive?
What type of music do you prefer

Jul 26, 2017
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James Stevenson
by: Anonymous

Always provide a picture. This guy's make up printed copies of letters that show real companies that exist. However call the company and see if they work their as usually they do not.

First rule never ever send money. You could also end up in a money laundering scam. DO Not ever send money as these guys do not love you only want your money.

Date guys close to where you live. I have heard a lot of stories but I will not send 💰 Also if they have such good jobs why do they need your funds.

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