Kelvin Silver – Internet Dating Nigerian Scammer
Here is a letter sent to us regarding internet scammer Kelvin Silver.
I didn’t realize online dating was so dangerous. I recently encountered a man on Confiro by the name of Kelvin Silver. We chatted on yahoo messenger for some time and then Kelvin Silver told me he really wanted to meet me. Kelvin Silver said he had a good paying job in Elmira, New York. He told me about his daughter who was turning 5.
Kelvin Silver and I sent emails back and forth and we exchanged pictures. He sent the most kind emails. On Tuesday, October 1,2012 he mentioned he was in California for work. He said could wait no longer to meet me and that he talked with a travel agent and was told airfare would be $1250 to fly to see me. Kelvin Silver gave me the excuse that he used his salary to send to the states where his daughter was having her Birthday. He then asked me if I could sent him some money to help him get here. I said no. that I have my livelihood to take care of. Kelvin Silver then told me to take care and that he hopes that I find a good match. I was devastated to say the least, I was hoping to meet him in person. And to think that was not even the real picture of him and his daughter.
So the one time I decided to go on dating sites Kelvin Silver spoiled my whole experience. I feel that I have been stripped of my self esteem needless to say I almost fell for it. Here are the few pictures Kelvin Silver sent me.
Thank you for having this site to where you can report scam artists. I call them thieves of hearts.
Martin Jackson – Internet Dating Scam Victims Stories
Am in Colorado… I will keep you posted on when am leaving..
You mean so much to me..The contract am going for now, it’s abandon project that I need to finish up..Kisses
I am attaching three photos:
one photo is supposedly Martin Jackson, but who knows who he really is?
one document is the Certificate of Approval for the construction in Cape Town
another photo is “Martin Jackson and his daughther Sherry”…..
Finally he asked for 6,500.00 and that day I knew this was not real.
Ladies……Be alert, and watch out for Martin Jackson and any man or woman asking for money.
Phillip Moore – Internet Dating Dangers
We just received an email about Phillip Moore. Phillip Moore is just another Nigerian scammer saying the same old lies, and looking for victims to send him money via Western Union.
Here is the email sent in regarding Phillip Moore:
Here is a copy of the email that I received from Phillip Moore. He also posted a fake profile using another one of this gentleman’s pictures on Linkedin. I attached the pictures. Thank you so much for what you are doing, and warning readers of scammers like Phillip Moore.
How are you doing?
I hope your day is going on well? My name is Phillip Moore.
Thanks you so much for writing me ,i feel honored,I just thought you should truly know me better.
My profile was unable to come up because it expired….12 to 3am will be fine for me.I hope we can chat soon.My yahoo id is phillipmoore704.You can add me up.Thank you so much for the lovely pics. You are really so beautiful. You have a very lovely smile. I attached some for you. I hope you will like them.
I don’t really know how this is to work, but hey! here is an exclusive. If at my age i do not know what and when to say, then what would i be? When a wise man sees he has probably spent about half of his time in life already, he begins to assess his main goals in life. What could be more important than a happy ending?
No matter his achievements, he is reduced to nothing if he has no crown to complete him and that is a woman to call his own. Wife and Best friend.
A woman who knows that even while arguing they still need to hold hands. A woman whom i can call a partner in crime. A woman whom you can tell anything. How could
you think anything can make you happier in life than finding a love that knows no bound.
I just thought i’d share my background with you to enable you know me more.I come from a middle-class background
I was born in Arizona february 24th, 1966 and the only child of my parents,
My mother is from UK while my dad is from here…. My father has worked a variety of jobs,but he ended up in construction before he died when i was 5years old. I decided to take after my father in construction but in a different style and manner(Architecture/Construction/Building Engineering).
My mum was working as a medical biller for the government, she bills claims and medical stuffs,she died 8 years ago i spent most time with my mum and was very close to her. when my dad died,we went back to the UK and later relocated back here when i was 15 years old, most times we travel down to UK for Holidays when i started schooling here in the states so i have a little accent.
I was married for 16months….We got divorced 11 years ago, It was hell for me, i tried so much to make things work but i guess we were not meant to be and she was scared of being a perfect mother, her life style wouldn’t let her commit to me alone.All efforts to convince her to stay failed
I have not felt the love of a woman for long time now and i really miss it, to be sincere, am scared but just want to be bold, like i said,i am a one man to one woman relationship type and when i love, i love real hard, i listen to my partner and understand a lot.. .
Some day I hope to help people make healthier, more loving decisions with their lives. Perhaps as a kind of counselor. In the mean time, I’m happy with what I am doing because I know that the work I do makes a difference.
I love everything about building and construction, I love to create new things everyday, am into building of houses,hospitals, construction of roads, building of structures for companies and underground laying of oil pipes, i hardly get angry because i do believe that energy and time should be put into something good.
This will be all for now and thanks for reading, hope that you find nothing offensive in what i have written,if there is anything else you would like to know, please do not hold back to ask and would like to know more about you.
Cheers and a big hug from me to you.
It would only be a matter of time before Phillip Moore got a job overseas. Then Phillip Moore would wind up in Nigeria, where no foreigners really work
Jason McDonald – Internet Dating Scams and Scammers
Jason McDonald is a Nigerian scammer that a reader wrote to share her experience with us. Beware of Jason McDonald because he is a total fraud and is looking to get money from his victims.
Jason Mc Donald is alive and thriving in Nigeria. A Nigerian scammer is using the name Jason McDonald, and this time the story is that he has a 12 yr old daughter. Jason McDonald sent me pictures of his daughter, who is wanting a ‘mum’ so badly. Jason Mcdonald claims to have moved out of the textile business and has moved into the electronics business instead. Jason McDonald uses the same phone number now, as was mentioned on previous blogs of women who ran across him in 2009. Jason McDonald wouldn’t leave a message on my phone ever. He sent lots of emails full of romantic language and promises that he could not, and had no intention of keeping. At one point I had to save him from going to jail by paying the BTA so he could leave the country of Lago, Nigeria.
Jason McDonalds m.o. is to have you send money via Western Union to Jimmy Jones, who is the hotel manager where he is staying. James McDonald is a sweet talker who lasted only about 2 1/2 weeks of ‘chatting’ on yahoo messenger before he started to ask for money. I figured it out after sending him $8000.00. I hate that I was scammed by Jason McDonald, and embarrassed I fell for him con. I am out $8,000.00 thanks to this Nigerian scammer, and hope my sending you this email will help others not to become vicitms of Jason McDonald.
Please beware of the tricks Jason McDonald uses to reel his victims in. He will have a time and day set so you can talk to his daughter. When you talk to her, her voice sounds an awful lot like his. I believe it was him, not a child talking to me. Jason McDonald will tell you all about his daughter, and how she likes to read, and the pictures he sends of her is of a quite pretty young girl.
It got to the point that it didn’t matter what time of the day or night I was sleeping, Jason McDonald would call.
He sent what looked like a legitimate flight schedule and reservation on KLM airlines.
My radar went up when the details didn’t make sense and he started to contradict himself.
To get money, he will claim their visa expired while there and had to be renewed!!
The biggest lie, one to make you feel bad for both him and his daughter, is that his wife, who was a surgeon, died in a car crash driving to work and he has been raising Emily on his own. Jason McDonald says he moved to Seattle to take care of his mum, but she too has passed away leaving him the only family member. This is why he cannot get money from anyone but his victims, of course.
Jason McDonald is a smooth talker, and it is all lies, just to get money!
Harry Brandon-Internet Dating Scams and Scammers
Mike Wurfel -Internet Dating Nigerian Scammer
This email came to us from a reader who met Mike Wurfel on an internet dating site. Here is the email meant to warn others to steer clear of Nigerian scammer Mike Wurfel.
This photo is from Mike Wurful, a match.com scammer from Lagos Nigeria, He says his name is Mike Wurfel, and that the photo is really him, but the name and the picture are of course fake. Mike Wurfel was so gracious and wonderful emailing back and forth then wanted to go to Yahoo messenger to continue our conversations. I had been warned of Nigerian scammers but was not aware they were on most of the internet dating sites. I had heard a story about a match.com scammer and how the scammer said he needed to leave the country to work and then asked for money from the victim. So, at least I was aware Nigerian scammers existed. Mike Wurfel and I began to chat every day on yahoo messenger. I now know why Nigerian scammers like yahoo messenger so much. Nigerian scammers like Mike Wurfel need a free service like yahoo, and since emails can take too long, they prefer yahoo messenger. Nigerian scammers like to use internet cafes where they pay by the minute, and would rather spend the time chatting rather than emailing so move things along faster. Nigerian scammers want to ask and get money from their victims right away, and yahoo messenger helps to speed the process up.
Mike Wurfel said he was returning home on a Saturday and we were to meet right away. I started getting suspicious over this past weekend. He said he lived in the Virginia Highlands area in Atlanta, Georgia. He had sent me a picture of him playing the piano. Behind him outside the window were tropical flowers. I asked where the picture was taken. He said his apartment in Atlanta, which was my first red flag. Tropical flowers like those in the photo do not grow in Atlanta. Then I went back to past emails he said he was a widower, one email said 3 years ago and another said 5 years ago, second red flag. Mike Wurfel could not keep his lies straight. The third red flag was that as soon as we started talking on yahoo messenger, he ended his match.com subscription and wanted me to end mine. When he let me know he was out of the country working did I mind at that time because people travel all the time. What I did not know is how HARD it really is to work in another country, and that it is rare that people that do not live in Africa work in Africa.
Mike Wurfel sent me his flight schedule and wanted me to pick him up . I said yes, but when I got to work yesterday I was really becoming very nervous, and I felt something was not right. Mike Wurfel then got on yahoo messenger and was waiting for me, and told me how he had such a bad day. I did not ask him what made it such a bad day for him, because I knew what was comming. He then said he was worried about me. I asked why and he said it was because I did not ask him what happened. I asked what happened and he said had lost his wallet with $2,500.00 cash and his credit cards. I asked if he has any family he could ask for help and he said no. I asked about his best friend and he said he was also out of the country and could not reach him. I now knew for sure I had a Nigerian scammer on my hands.
I sat on yahoo messenger and said nothing. I refused to take the bait. I told him I was sorry and wished there was something I could do. He said he wished I could do something also, he had tried to get a loan but could not, and he had not eaten since breakfast. I was annoyed at this point. I finally asked him if he was asking for money from me. He replied, yes, I would really appreciate it. Well, then I told him I had heard stories like this about Nigerian scammers, and he would not get a dime out of me. Mike Wurfel instantly replied that he was not a scammer and was hurt that I accused him of being one. He tried to get in touch with me since, but I deleted and blocked him.
I have blocked Mike Wurfel from match.com. His yahoo messenger id is mikewfl59 and his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Herbert – Nigerian Scammer on Facebook
A reader who met Paul Herbert (ever notice how they always use two first names for their full name?) on facebook wanted us to warn our readers about him. Here is the email about Paul Herbert.
I was contacted by Paul Herbert via Facebook. Paul Herbert said he was a 51 year old man living in Denton, TX, with an EE degree from N. Texas. Paul Herbert sent me three pictures of an extremely handsome guy: silver hair on sides, red on top, moustache and beard; also one with him on a bike and one with him by a motorcycle. Ex-wife living in Ohio; she cheated on him. Two kids… first he told me girl 5 and boy 15. I asked about the age difference, and he then said he’d been kidding, that really he had a girl, Yvonne 21, and boy, Jeff 18. He wrote like someone whose first language is not English. He sent very romantic emails. There was a line in one of them: ” Do you know her?” they asked me in jealous whispers, and as you smiled at me I simply answered with the truth, “Better than I know myself.” seemed familiar. I googled it. Lo and behold, at least half a dozen other people posted the same “dream” their scammer had written to them, verbatim. Same MO. Paul was in London, selling a solar something or other and then flew to Ghana for same job. It didn’t get far enough for him to ask me for money, though! Idiots.
Some more info about Paul Herbert: He said his dad was of Irish descent, but he (his dad) was born and raised in Serbia and fought in a war there on Serbia’s side. He then married an Irish woman and moved to Dublin, where Paul was born. His mother died during childbirth. His Dad moved the two of them to the US and eventually married a woman named “Karen” here. (That’s how he found my account on Facebook…looking for his step-mother with the same first name.) His dad died 7 years ago in a car accident. His dad was his hero. Blah, blah, blah.
I knew Paul herbert was too good to be true. I couldn’t find him online when I did a search. I couldn’t find his two kids on Facebook, andfor their ages, that seemed incredibly odd to me. He had only two friends on his FB account, and neither were family. Almost immediately, those two friends were no longer showing up.
I hope now the name Paul Herbert shows up on Google searches. I know, though, it’ll just be a different name next time.
Peter Ostachinni – Internet Dating Scams and Scammers
Here is an email and fake photos of a Nigerian scammer using the name Peter Ostachinni. A reader sent in this email last night as a warning, so no one else falls victim to Peter Ostachinni.
I’m very glad that I saw this blog last night as I have been contacted by a man on match.com and we exchanged other email addresses. This scammer uses the name of Peter Ostachinni and he sent me a long letter with pictures. I noticed one that was on your blog. I searched for the name Peter Ostachinni as I felt that there might be more to it and it seemed unusual. Here is a copy of the letter Peter Ostachinni wrote.I’m very glad I found your website last night.
I am pleased to receive your response and thank you very much for giving me your email so that i can communicate freely with the woman that will make me happy and I guess you should truly know who I am. I don’t really know how this works, but hey! here is an exclusive. If at my age i do not know what and when to say, then what would i be? Let me tell you a little about myself. I’m a realist, a hopeless romantic, I really am that really nice guy who you thought wasnt out there anymore……hahahahaha, just kidding.I am warm, down to earth and a little quirky with a fantastic sense of humour. I am always the first to make light of most situations including having a good chuckle at myself. I am very social and tend to make friends easily. Although I love to play I am mature with a serious side. When a wise man sees he has probably spent about half of his time in life already, he begins to assess his main goals in life. What could be more important than a happy ending? LOL,. A man needs to live his life full of joy and happiness. No matter his achievements, he is reduced to nothing if he has no crown to complete him and that is a woman to call his own wife and Best friend. A woman who knows that even while arguing they still need to hold hands. A woman whom i can call a partner in crime, lol.. A woman whom you can tell anything. How could you think anything can make you happier in life than finding a love that knows no bound. To make you know more about me, I will break this down to segments and it would be like a case study.
I am Peter Ostachinni, most friends call me Pete lol. I was born to a loving a home, by an Italian/British man from Manchester in London and an Australian/British woman. My father was an international business man when met this British orphan whose only family were close friends. She says there was something about the man that no woman could ever resist. sometimes she says she sees same in me,lol. During my father’s global movement as a result of business, when i was twelve i left to study in the Santa Monica High School from where i graduated to Pepperdine University for my Bachelor Degree in Civil and Construction Engineering. I proceeded to the Monash University in Australia for a short course in Petroleum and Rig Engineering. I have to shuttle between my base that is wherever i am working or have a contract to Manchester so that i can be closer to my only son who is 7yrs old now. He needs me now as his mother gave up custody of the child during our Divorce and my own Mum has passed away.
Right now i am a Business Man into contracts and construction Jobs and supplies for both the Military, Government and Private Groups/Individuals. Engineering job has taken me to over 12 countries of the world ranging from Asia, Middle east , Europe , Ocean and Africa. I do basically rig constructions and renovations or over water bridges. We have worked at many countries across the globe. I have a great Job, i thank God for that, but its really been boring not having someone to share it with, i get home daily and i just wish someone was home waiting to give me a big bear hug and kiss…but all i got is my little man….my son…(Ken), He means the world to me, he is a sensitive, intelligent and kind child.
The present project i have with the Malaysian Government and Petronas/Santos Oil is my last on the field and i shall quit field works and continue my works from my home office while my men do the field ops. I think i really have gotten to this height because i embraced work for so long. Now i feel i can settle down and have a family.
I’m creatively driven, hard-working, generous, kind, considerate, compassionate and ethical- I always try to do the right thing-even though that’s usually the more difficult path.Love to laugh (really, who doesn’t?), hearing others do so brings me great joy. Few things make me smile more than hearing the unrestrained laughter of children. I’m in favor of quality over quantity, in all aspects of my life., I just want to spend the rest of my life enjoying the fruit of my labor. I just want a woman who would be my best friend and everything. You know someone whom we would still love each other more as the days pass by, even when we cant make love anymore and all we could do is play bingo and ping pong ,LOL. I love cars and I have a weakness for shirts and shoes when shopping for myself. The above are part of who I am and some of the things that matter to me and by the way i love to write poems at my spare time maybe as time goes on i would write you one……hmmmm.I know it sounds cliche, but, I’m pretty much looking for someone to rock my world!
I am a total package , i only need someone who understands the value of a good smile.
I cant wait to hear back from you. Pls write me soon my dear. I will not be here for so long can’t wait to read from you soonest
Peter Ostachinni is a Nigerian scammer, and of course nothing he has said about himself is true. It would only be a matter of time before Peter Ostachinni needed money, for whatever emergency came up while still out of the United States. If you are contacted by Peter Ostachinni write us and let us know.
Nigerian Scammer Fred Taylor
Fred Taylor From Cleveland, Ohio is a fake persona used by a Nigerian scammer. Fred Taylor says he works as an antique wholesaler, when in reality he makes his money with internet dating scams. A reader saw our site and asked that we include her email on our internet dating stories to warn others of the dangers out there. Below is their email.
Fred Taylor emailed me at an internet dating site here in Australia last 19th of March, 2009. I saw his photos in his profile and he was so good looking with black hair, a mustache and of mixed race. I have been a widow for seven years and felt it is about time to start finding someone that I could be with , now that I am 61 years old.
Fred Taylor emailed me asking me what are my likes and dislikes in a man. I emailed him back and gave him my answers to his questions and gave him my telephone number and he rang me twice in one day by phone. Within a week ,Fred Taylor asked me to terminate my profile on the internet dating site, and all internet dating sites, as he is getting seriously interested in me. Fred Taylor and had also asked me to connect to chat messenger Yahoo. Fred emailed me with the photos of two dogs, two is Cheddar’s, ( St. Bernard Dog) , one of his photo and two others with Chloe (collie) in bed with him and the other one was in the kitchen. He told me they are his only family. He is from Cleveland ,Ohio, divorced, no kids, both parents are from UK and they both died when he was first year in college. He went to US to be with his uncle who is in the antique business. He left his uncle when he was 30 years old, started his own antique business, got married when he was 43 years old and divorced at 46. He is now 50 years old. Fred Taylor would chat with me in the morning, emailed me love letters and love poems and we chat for three to four hours a day when I come home from work. Fred emailed me beautiful love letters same as the ones I saw in his emails to other women on this website. He told me age does not matter and he likes Asian women better. On the 31st of March,2009 Fred Taylor told me he is living for Italy because he won a big contract to supply his clients in US some rare antique’s. While in Italy, Fred would email me with all the love poems,long love letters, he is missing me so much and dying to be with me. He proposed to me three times while in Italy. He told me when he comes back to Australia we are going to get married, buy a house here in Queensland and will spend the rest of his life with me and we will travel overseas a lot because of his business. The following morning, Fred Taylor emailed me another love letter and attachment of the personal photo that I saw at the messenger. I noticed that at the background of his body there was a common dog ( one that you will see from the third world country). I did not ask Fred why was there a dog at the background when he is supposed to be in a Hotel room in Italy.
On the 6th of April,2009, Fred told me he has to go to West Africa because most of the antique’s that he needed are there.He told me he is busy organizing transferring money US$60,000.00 to the country of destination and also getting his ticket. On Tuesday, the 7th of April, Fred Taylor left for Lagos, Nigeria. He rang me from the airport and told me the plane was delayed and the flight is five hours from Italy to Nigeria. I did not hear from Fred whole day on Wednesday, the 8th of April. On Easter Thursday, the 9th of April.
at 5:a.m., Fred rang me and told me he had a big problem that something had happened at the airport. Fred asked me to go to my computer so we can chat and he told me that his luggage was lost with all the documents, cash money of US$5,000.00 and some jewelry supposed to be for me as his present. Fred wants me to send him US$5,000.00 because he needs to pay his Hotel in 1 Clay Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria or else he will be evicted he said. I was so shocked with his news. I do not know where will I get that money as it is a holiday and I am so busy at work. Fred rang me a few times and told me he is not well and haven’t eaten for days because he does not have money. He told me the police told him they are looking for his luggage and gave him an address in Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria where I can send him money via Western Union. Fred told me he has to wait for the money that he transferred from Italy, (US$60,000.00 ) before he can come back to Australia. On the 14th of April, I sent Fred Taylor US$1,000.00. Fred told me his laptap and passport are being kept at his Hotel as a means of security till he can pay them in full. Fred Taylor told me he can no longer contact me.I told Fred Taylor to
contact the US Embassy in Lagos to ask for help. I emailed Fred when I sent the money and asked him three questions :Why he does not have an insurance considering he is a businessman?. Why he does not have visa , mastercard or amex and why can’t he not ask his bank to transfer or send him some money ? Fred Taylor did not reply to my email. I have not seen Fred Taylor and all the above has happened within the past six weeks only. I checked Fred’s address in Sydney and it was a wrong address. He told me he is here on a two years working visa. I emailed the US Embassy in Lagos and they told me they haven’t heard from Fred Taylor as they are willing to help any genuine US Citizen that needed help BUT, the Embassy warned me that if I haven’t meet this person this could be a scam and never send any money or never contact the person again.I am asking myself, when Fred Taylor emailed me at RSVP was he in Australia or Nigeria ? When I checked with my telephone provided and asked the destinations of my calls they told me the roaming was in UK. Fred Taylor told me his telephone is registered in US because of his antique business in US. I emailed Fred Taylor after sending the money telling him I emailed the US Embassy in Lagos, Nigeria so they can help him but he did not reply. Instead, I received an email from Mrs. Mary Susan Derrick of Mrs.email@example.com asking me to stop contacting those people and also, for me to contact Mr. John Simpson of John331954@hotmail.com because there is money waiting for me. I read in one of the website that this crooks are at Yahoo chat messenger looking for victims. I did check the Yahoo chat and I am sure one of them was Fred Taylor. The words that Fred used are exactly the same as this man. Most of his poems and letters are also from Loving you.com
I console myself now that the US$1,000.00 dollars that I gave Fred Taylor is a very small price for my life. When Fred was asking for more money, I told him I do not have it and he told me if I was the one in need he will sell his HEAD for me because he loves me. I told
Fred Taylor that I am not the lady for him and he just hung up on me. I reported this matter to the police and they told me it is hard to prosecute these people because they are overseas. I think Nigerian dating scams should be advertised more often like other crimes to warn people. Also, the internet dating sites must have responsibility to the public for the quality of people they have in their site.
Beware of Scot Williams as he is trolling internet dating sites and is a Nigerian scammer. A reader wrote to us of her experience with Scot Williams. He claimed to be from East Meadows, New York and wanted her to move there with him, but this woman caught him in numerous lies. Although Scott Williams said he was from East Meadows, New York he had no idea that it was on Long Island. He was unfamiliar with any of the boroughs (queens, bronx, etc.) which anyone from there would know. Scot Williams said he was in London on business when suddenly a job came up. Where? Yup, NIGERIA. Here is one of Scot Williams emails to her, which has his yahoo email address and im id. From: scot williams <firstname.lastname@example.org>Subject: Re:To: “XXX” Date: Monday, September 28, 2009, 4:29 AM
Hi XXX, how are you today hope you cool…am so much sorry for not been online i worked pretty lates thats why i will be seeing you this Month okay…Baby i hate missing you…I wish I didn’t have to miss you. If only you could be with me always. I know I could never be any happier. But then again, I know that the day will come when I will be able to spend my every waking moment with you. I even miss you when I am sleeping! I love you, babe. You are my first and my only love, and I thank you for be so kind with my heart. Hopefully, soon I won’t have to hate missing you.Love Always,
Scot Williams then went on his alleged business trip to Nigerian. Once he got there, the typical Nigerian scammers nonsense started up. He needed money for food and asked her to send it to him Western Union. She told Scot Williams she could not send him money and he got furious with her and did not speak to her for a few days. Then she received another email from Scot Williams claiming to have been robbed and needing her to send him some money due to that so he could get home. She sent us her email to warn others of internet dating dangers, and of Scot Williams.