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I just checked Match.com, and Steve/Patrick/Scambag’s profile has been removed. A story that’s played out countless times a day in the world of online dating scams. The city he chose to use happened to be within my search area so the profile showed up in my search results. I came across the same profile on tonight that my scammer used to lure me in with–less than two weeks after I figured out he was a scammer and broke off contact. I think I’ve been doing a pretty good job of recovering from what happened to me–but suddenly I feel like it’s happening all over again. When you’re on Match.com, there’s a link suggesting you check out e Harmony.com, where an in-depth questionnaire is used to streamline the matching process. Another funny thing: one day, of my five “Daily 5” suggestions on Match, two were obvious scammers.
The sad thing is, that profile will no doubt reappear under yet another name, in another city, and the scammer will troll for new victims. PS: I kind of like the new name I just coined for him: Scambag 🙂 I AM SO MAD RIGHT NOW. So let me get this straight, for twenty bucks a month, I get the privilege of being exposed to African romance scammers AND convicted murderers? You know how easy it would be for Match to verify things like location? Or you know, barring that, maybe they could put some prominent information on their site warning about romance scammers. Their disclaimers section is (naturally) far more detailed–everything you can’t hold them accountable for should things go wrong. You get to pay even more for e Harmony, and they STILL don’t do background or location checks.
EVERYTHING I know about romance scams came from my personal experience and my personal research– not a word of it from Two weeks into the relationship, “Steve” was in Cape Town, building a road for Shell Corporation, his son Vincent recovered from his emergency appendectomy home in England. I found sweet, loving, romantic emails in my inbox each morning; random text messages throughout the day; online chats in the afternoons. I deleted the chats when I realized he was a liar–I kind of wish I hadn’t now.The chats usually lasted an hour or two; sometimes longer. We talked about life, love, romance, intimacy, food, the future, his day, my day.Looking back, I recall we talked a lot more about me than about him. I guess it’s flattering that someone is so interested in knowing about you…so flattering that I didn’t notice I was giving more information than I was receiving. So the story was that once the road was completed, the inspectors would come from England and issue Steve a check if they approved the project. Obsession with scammers based on recent experience? Anyway, I looked at my “Daily 5” today, and two of them were obvious scammers.Oh, another red flag: He asked to view my webcam, but couldn’t reciprocate because his webcam wasn’t working. They want to see you on the cam but theirs is always broken. some people think it’s so the scammer can get a look at your surroundings and thereby judge how much money you might have. But I did, a couple of times, before I became uncomfortable with him being able to see me while I couldn’t see him. This inspection was delayed several times, but finally happened on Monday, June 14. He’d been to three banks in Cape Town, and none of them would honor his check, which was written on Barclays Bank of England in British pounds. Casey and he had helped each other out of situations before. Casey would send him enough money to get home to England, where he could cash the check. Here are some pictures of the road project: Why am I still on Match, you ask? That’s right: a full FORTY PERCENT (granted, the sample size was small, but still.) It wasn’t obvious until I read down to their Other Interests sections: the exact same words, verbatim–and lousy grammar at that. I reported them both to Match, not that I really think they care.