This has also just happened to me. I noticed some of these posts were from exactly one year ago. These scammers must really love to take advantage of lonely people on Christmas. I too have been lonely, and thought that my prayers had finally led me to someone who cared. I try to be good to people, a good friend, and honest person. I pray all the time for a good man and this man completely took advantage of that. He contacted me on facebook, said he was a divorced single father named Lawrence Alvin on his Facebook but said to me he is called "Alvin by name" living in Alabama for more than 6 years. he is from Belgium and said he was a Civil Engineer. He wrote me the most beautiful things. I did not question his writing and broken English as he said he was foreign born. he even called a few times. He talked about real stuff, even described how he love to make fruit in his food dehydrator, and went into detail. (He lifted all of that WORD FOR WORD off of a yahoo forum) In fact, I started googling everything in his messages and found that 90% of it was lifted from lovingyou.com and other similar sites. I also found almost every other scammer site I have been on has people of both sexes who have been scammed by these EXACT same words. They ALL use the same words and phrase. For some reason they also like to say "my dear" a LOT. I found out my "guy" was a fake the day before Christmas. I had been depressed for so long I forgot what it felt like to be so happy and feel so loved. He stole my hopes and my dreams from me. I really fell for him. It has been many many years since I have had someone to love. I was on top of the world, and felt like a different person. I couldn't believe how lucky I was to finally find a kind man. I thought he was just lonely too. Now, i am just in shock and in a daze. He didn't ask me for money thankfully, but that is only because I started questioning him a lot. I wa worried he might be lying about being single as he didn't contact me often in evenings or weekends and always mostly in the morning. Sometimes would take 24 hours to get a new contact, sometimes several a day. He would just ignore them and profess his love with more flowery words. I became persistent at which point he stopped contacting me. I blocked him on FB and made my settings very private. 2 days later he takes all of the info about my family that he got from my page and now tries to send me a friend request from a "Heidi Ford" (no picture just joined FB that day) and said he was my cousin and her account was hacked and not to tell anyone, but could I please give her my families emails and phone numbers and all of that again? "She" claims she lost them. Right. "She" mentioned everyone BY NAME. He really did some reasearch on my family. I am SURE it is the same scammer. I reported them both to FB and to IC3 and here too. I have to update my report with the info on the "woman". So now it is Christmas Eve/Day and I am so depressed I can't get out of bed. I cancelled my plans with my family because I am too sad to do anything. I haven;t felt that good about myself in over 15 years the way he made me feel and to find out it was never even real has been a real blow to me. My self esteem has been very low and I thought "wow" this nice looking kind man really wants a relationship with me. I never thought I would find someone to love me again. he sent me pictures and I really fell for him. I too wish I could find the guy in the pictures and see if he is single. Maybe he would like me, maybe not but i would like to try. Have tried reverse photo search on my own, but nothing. I am thinking of trying a private investigator. I know that sounds pathetic but what if the REAL guy behind the photos is single and actually a nice guy? The worst part of all of this is if I would have found out he had been in a relationship and just hiding it from me it would have been easier to get over than the fact that NOTHING he said to me was EVER real. That is what huts the most. I hope ALL of these scammers end up being tortured in horrible ways in the horrible third world countries. I really do. To prey on lonely people is bad enough, but on Christmas is HORRIBLE. They also pretend to be big churchgoers and Christians and that is what made me believe in him probably more than I should. He even had the nerve to contact me on Christmas Eve as that new person. What kind of people do this?? I just still wish he was real. I am having a hard time getting over that he isn't. I am so much more depressed now than I was before. Yeah, Merry Christmas. Right.