This scammer approached me on Facebook, claiming he found me through our common Facebook friends. He is a good looking guy. His timeline photos show a mixture of both good and ugly pictures at different angles and time with extensive information on his profile. His Facebook profile was constructed in 2011. He had a few friends and several postings on his timeline since 2011 to recent.
He claimed to be of Irish descent who relocated to Bristol UK. He said he was a project engineer for six months project in Sabah Malaysia, constructing a bridge. This scam is very good and uses all the psychology in his bag of tricks. Everything that is written about how the online romance scammer works was reversed to sound like you are chatting with a normal, real person looking for a serious relationship. It was hardly detectable. There were no flowery words to lure you, but it just seemed like the normal chatting you do with real people online.
He asked lots of questions to get to know me. He sent lots and lots of photos. All the photos came with convincing stories. The first six weeks or so started with getting to know each other. The courtship started only after about four weeks. During the early days, he only gave hints. He said all he wanted was to find someone to settle down with for life. He said that at his stage in his life, he had accomplished everything he wanted in his life except having a loving wife and family. He indicated that if he found someone, he would like to get married in about three to six months. He also indicated that relocation and rearranging his life and career to be with the woman he loves was not a problem.
He claimed he hadn’t had relationship for six years because he couldn’t trust women -- until he met me. He claimed that knowing me and chatting with me made his life happy again.
He sounded like a normal, thoughtful guy with a keen interest in me, who was willing to travel and relocate to meet me first and see if we could work out things with our meeting and potential relationship. The way he found me is through an act of God or destiny bringing us together. He sounded like we have a lot in common. He acted like he did some kind of astrological profiling on me (or his victims). What is bizarre even is that we have the same birthdate.
These people converse as if they are really intelligent professionals, with no errors in grammar or punctuation, etc., which is common with Nigerian scammers. Their sentences are very well constructed and when you are chatting with them, their response is quick. One thing about him also is that he said he is a churchgoer and God-fearing person. It was only after few weeks of grooming me that he got to the next level by showing how sweet he is and claiming he was the person I was longing to have in your life. They know all the nice words to say.
He also prepared convincing evidence as well, like a booking confirmation from Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne, which he emailed to me to prove that he was flying to meet me and to see if we can make a happy future together. To prove that he was a well off successful businessman, he booked a business class, one way ticket, with the intention of staying in a five-star hotel. He was asking for money didn't get until the last two days of his intended arrival in Melbourne. He claimed he left his wallet in the taxi, with all his credit cards. The way he asked for money is not a vulgar way of asking for money from you. He got the conversation around so I would offer financial help. I ended up offering money, which he said he would return once he got his new card from the UK.
All was uneventful until the time I excitedly waited for his intended arrival at airport. Then, he didn't show up and I realized I had been scammed. I did some research on the photos he provided me and later found out they were stolen photos from someone else’s profile.