Information on romance scams and scammers.
#167469 by began steele Fri May 31, 2013 9:52 am
Shasta it looks like broken links. I don't know why. If it is scamwarners it may be a site fault for now. It has run out of bandwidth, it says , so links are broken until it gets it's new allocation. Maybe at the start of June ?

We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. ~~ George Orwell.

#167487 by Degas Fri May 31, 2013 1:48 pm

This man contacted me on Facebook and he said his name was Adam Smith and working for the U.S. Army. He says he is 45 years old, his wife died in a car accident a few years ago, he has a 10 year old son who lives with his grandmother in the U.S.. He has a house in Miami, Florida, but he also spend time at his house in Texas. Currently, he serves as a Sergeant in Kabul, Afghanistan. He seemed very nice and I was flattered by his messages...
I felt sorry for him when he told me how hard he had it in Afghanistan with all the killing... He wanted me to send money to him via Western Union so that he could buy a phone (so he could call me and hear my voice... :roll: ) and food to eat. Luckily, I searched on the internet to send money to a soldier in the field and I found this Page... lucky for me!!! I played along with him for a while to be 100 % sure that it was a scammer I was dealing with ... and after a while it came... he wanted me to ask for his leave from the military so that he could visit me in Sweden ... Yes!! He is a scammer! :twisted:

He changed after a while picture on Facebook to this:

This picture he sent to me when we was chatting :

I do not think it is the same man in all three pictures, or what do you think ... :wink:

I can not help wondering who the man on the first picture is ... but I will probably never know :( Just hope he's okay! He will probably continue to be in my thoughts for a while...

#167519 by began steele Sat Jun 01, 2013 4:51 am
Degas here are your pics . You click the image box above your text box and put the links between the two sets of brackets.
He is a prolific scammer but could we have the links to the sites profile please. The photos this scammer uses are everywhere. The person in photo one is not same person.
Email addresses are also needed.
See here. viewtopic.php?p=97946
Hi, my name is Sgt.Charles Donald. I'm a 40 year-old American male, currently in Mountain View, United States. I last logged in on 14th Apr 2012 and I have 8 friends around the world.
Am sgt.charles am a military man am a novice to the life style am here seeking for the real woman who is caring,honest and trust worthy

We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. ~~ George Orwell.
#167626 by USArmyRetired Sun Jun 02, 2013 12:40 pm
Okay I have contacted the real SSG Todd again...thank God he is understanding and a good guy. That Nichols P Todd account will be down from Facebook in a day or so.

The one that Degas posted I will start working on. Began can you send me the originals without the scammer tag on them so I can send them to a few friends that are in Psyops (since thats the patch he is wearing). Maybe they will know him or how to reach him.


I will always place the mission first. I will never accept defeat.
I will never quit. I will never leave a fallen comrade.
#167646 by began steele Sun Jun 02, 2013 5:14 pm
I can't repost with no warnings . I fixed the link above from Degas so it worked properly.

We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. ~~ George Orwell.
#167694 by Degas Mon Jun 03, 2013 6:43 am
Here's the link to Adam Smith page on Facebook:

Should I contact Facebook and tell them that the account used by a scammer? He seems to only have female friends, some of them (or all of them...) surely have been victims of his fraud :(

Unfortunately, I never got any mailadress from him when we only had contact through the chat...

USArmyRetired! I can send a pm with the original pictures to you this afternoon (Swedish time) when I have access to my computer where I have the pictures.

#167697 by began steele Mon Jun 03, 2013 7:27 am
It is impossible to report anyone as a scammer on "Fakebook" I am afraid. You can report for a number of reasons none of which include the reason you like. If you are able you can possibly get the email address from the scammer, but tell him nothing and don't mention this posting.

We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. ~~ George Orwell.
#172460 by MDearest Sat Jul 27, 2013 1:30 am
I would like to share my experience with a military imposter who TRIED to scam me out of almost $1000.00 for a military leave. I encountered him on a dating site I had joined about 5 weeks ago. I started to get the feeling that he was too good to be true when his profile dissappeared 2 days after he gave me his email and phone #. His profile said N.J. but then states he is active military in Afghanistan til Nov. 2013. Widower with a 7 yr old being cared for by an elderly nanny in Az. Suddenly his tour is extended to 1/10/2014 and wants me to request a leave for him to come home to see me and his son. Not knowing I agree and send the email. While I'm awaitinfg a reply I do a little background check on his name and come up empty he doesn't exsist. His excuse was he's on a high priority mission so of course there are no records of him. I wasn't born yesterday. I got a response from "The Army" about the leave being granted and than the cost to send him and where to send the money. To a woman named Melanie Roberts in Alabama. That is when I found this site and I see the same papers to download and from the same General Stanley/ John Allen. I played it off with the guy telling him I'll contact my cousin in Cali. who's on leave to see if we can get him home for free. I got text messages telling me not to do it I'LL RUIN HIS MILITARY CAREER AND HIS LIFE. I told him I know a scam when I see it and I tracked his IP address to a apartment complex in Redmond ,Wa. Needless to say I have not heard from him since. Who do I contact with his email and phone # to stop him from doing this to someone else?
#172471 by Dotti Sat Jul 27, 2013 6:06 am
I tracked his IP address to a apartment complex in Redmond ,Wa.

Microsoft has servers in Redmond. The IP you found would have been Microsoft's servers, not the scammer's location. He could be anywhere in the world, but statistically is most likely to be in Nigeria, Ghana, or Malaysia.

As to posting him, the best thing to do is to start a new topic on him. Post his email address, phone numbers (which will almost certainly be magicjack or VOIP numbers if they appear to be US numbers) and the first couple of emails he sent you. Also post the email address used for the phony "leave request" and the email message around it. These particular emails (first ones and the leave storyline) are the ones that are most likely to be scripts that will be used again and again, which is why posting them will help others.)

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#172520 by lovemay5286 Sat Jul 27, 2013 10:42 pm
Hi l am a nanny here in hongkong i want to share my experienced i meet a us army man in a one site badoo...named Mike Murray Marshall he was from san diego. He was base now in tunis tunisia . He is eeverygood and a nice man the way he talkeeeeee the way he cares eto me.. We exchange pictures. Chat with each other and call with each otheher e one time i fell inlove with him he has a lot of promise to me and i believed it until one time he decide to meet me he said in order to see me i will pay ah 400 us dollar for the liberty fee theni give that amount not knowing that t is scam i send it through western union and all my address information he know it already he bring trouble to me i didnt know what to do ....still can i get back the money in westetn union
#173699 by topdancer Fri Aug 09, 2013 5:34 pm
heres another from Facebook what he doesn't realise is this photograph was used about 2 years ago trying to scam me on facebook I,ve led him on thus far and copied the write up about the request for leave being false and he,s now trying to wriggle out of it. he,s asked for a pic of my son but told him I cant as he,s part of the fraud squad and cant use his pic .............. hope this helps
#178220 by looking4love Mon Oct 07, 2013 4:46 pm
I would like help with identifying Sgt Redeem ahmed Medina a army soldier he says overseas i Google his name n i seen pics basically the same ones i have he has never asked for money or anything i met home on tagg or badoo chat site cant find his profile anymore i went to army site it says this is a current soldier but i still don't no how can i find out ipod address pls help with identifying
#180209 by Chynadoll2 Sun Nov 03, 2013 1:40 pm
Hello, I recently joined and I am glad that I did, recently I have been texting a wanna-be soldier, who states the following: (and I feel he is not real, because he doesn't talk too good English, broken language) see for yourself. I feel he has stolen a soldier's identity, and anyone who does that, needs to be shown for the person they really are. Here is the introductory letter I received from this Captain who professes to be Captain Robero Crespo, but he goes by the name of Thomas Ryan. His gmail address is: [email protected] and he has asked me to send a letter to the department of Army Services at and to ask for a leave for him, so he can come back to the states. Here is the letter:

Ryan Thomas
My Little history. I'm Capt roberto crespo. I'm 45yrs old, I'm 5'9' Ft Tall, I'm currently serving the US Army, I'm presently in Afghanistan now in camp Blackjack. I had been in the service now going to 20yrs. It has been my dream since I was young to serve my country and am happy I made it a reality. I lost my Dad 15yrs ago. He was a nice father and brother to me.I am a Combat Engineer specialised on Combat,Acuri C-130 and other war planes maintainance,I am a 25 Uniform (25U), which is a Signal Support Systems Specialist,As a 25 Uniform my job description entails working on radios. If a radio goes down it's my job to find it and fix it or send it to the right people to fix it My personality is outgoing and I have a good sense of humor. I am a kind and very tenderhearted person. I am loving, in fact I sometimes think that I love to deeply when I love someone. I am a very honest person.
I am too trusting at times and I am loyal to my companion and friends. But, I do have a streak of impatience at times which is not a good trait, but I am doing much, much better at being patient. It takes a lot of prayer for me in that area. Oh, and I am a romantic at heart. I love romance.There is a place where you can go dance without the drinking, smoking, cursing and all that going on.. I like that. It's terrible that a lot of men curse and drink far worse than i could imagine.. I think a man should act like a man. I want to be respected for being a man. I like to act, dress and look like a guy.

I found him on I can paste a photo, but i have to go back and copy it. He sends me instant messages on gmail. Please tell me if this guy is a scammer or what. How disappointing to find out people will use the United States soldiers for their own monetary use. Thank you.

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