The images have been watermarked as this is not the real scammer - CW
This man scammed my sister out of thousands. I name and shame him only in the hope that this saves another unsuspecting victim out there, but as we all know they change their name. He goes by Mark Donald and, as with all the usual scammers, will insist to communicate mainly by instant messenger or phonecalls so he can't be traced. He found my sister by a message on Facebook saying he was looking for new friends in the area when he moved back to the UK....the normal rubbish...at the moment he's a Canadian engineer working in Nigeria, but can't get back because of flooding...All very familiar scam criteria, yet she was convinced he was genuine.
He sent the occasional email with photos of a man very good looking and much younger than he clams he is. Always uses different email addresses each time. He has a sob story about his wife cheating on him and leaving him with the kids - their ages don't add up as he claims he's 60 with a 2 year old! Also the English in his emails really isn't that great - no capital letters - bad use of full stops - he calls her Honey every other sentence. Then horror, something happens to his daughter and he needs some money sent over as he's unable to cash his money orders and my sister obliges . He only asks for a small amount at first (couple of hundred I think) and has promises of helping her set up a business with him when he gets back. At this point he'd been grooming her for about a month with no mention of money. He sends her a few fake Money Orders that she finds are not valid when she goes to the bank YET STILL SHE CARRIED ON COMMUNICATION.
He also said he would visit her, but coincidentally his plane is cancelled due to flooding. Its around this time I found out as she was upset he didn't make it over and confides in me. Luckily by this point she had sent over what added up to less than £500 by several Western Union transfers, but even then I was shocked.
After showing her the plentiful online info on nigerian romance scammers and showing her articles such as this (http://edition.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/03/17 ... index.html) I think she believes me, but then months later I find a Western Union transfer receipt for £3,000 in her kitchen. I confront her and she then confesses to having sent over apx £9,000 worth of transfers but says that she'll be getting it all back. I call a police officer friend who pops round. He gives her a brief talk explaining that her money could be funding criminal activity even human trafficking or child prostitution. I hope that she is finally convinced.
A week later she calls me in tears saying she has refused to send over anymore money. He says the life of his daughter is in her hands as he needs it for a private operation. she says that in further calls he gets angry and threatens her saying he has contacts that will find her. He apologises. Then on the final call he says that he will send people to find her and all the family she has told him about. He says he has shot a woman in the face before and he will do the same to her. Now finally she admits his african accent was clearer. She halts all calls and won't sleep in her house for over a week.
I feel hopeless and shocked by my sister's naivety and belief in this man. She is a very social, active, young spirited and sensible lady and so it shows they can get to anyone - not just unsuspecting lonely widows. She now has her house up for sale and is determined to start again, but lives in fear of him tracking her down. We both shudder when she remembers considering going to visit him - would he have kidnapped her? It makes me shiver to think that she engaged with such an evil, calculated person for so long and believed his tales. I only hope this will help another victim out there believe quicker than my sister or if you are trying to help someone it doesn't get to this point.
Last edited by Con Warner on Sat Nov 05, 2011 3:17 pm, edited 1 time in total. Reason: Edited images to protect innocent.
wishing luck to all scam victims and their families.