Man pays $200,000 to save fake girlfriend in online scam

By on February 27, 2011, 11:14 PM
A 48-year-old Illinois man has experienced an online scam that was particularly devastating, both financially and emotionally. A woman he believed to be his online girlfriend turned out to be a fake, and his money has disappeared with her.

The scam was recently revealed because he went to the police asking for help to rescue the woman, insisting that she had been kidnapped in London. The online "relationship" between the two began over two years ago, during which he wired about $200,000 to several different bank accounts in Nigeria, Malaysia, England, and the US. That's all according to a police report cited by the Naperville Sun, which explained the nonexistence of the woman:

An identification card the woman provided to the man was a sample driverís license from Florida, the report said. According to the report, when the officer stated the female did not exist, the man "was in disbelief." The case is under investigation.

We knew that love, offline or online, was blind, but we never thought it could be pushed to this extent. He's not the brightest man alive, but given your experiences with love, do you feel sorry for him?





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aj_the_kidd said:

There's no fricking way i would fork out over $200,000 for a girl over 2 years online or in person. But yeah i feel sorry for the guy, i imagine an exercise in common sense would have prevented this from occurring, but i guess the guy was too lonely

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Haha, I'm sorry... I just... BWAHAHAHAHA! *******.

You see kids, THIS is why you need to leave the computer chair and go OUT!

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

Do I feel sorry for him? Hell no.

Smart enough to amass $200k and stupid enough to blow it on what sounds like a plot from a bad tv episode.

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public- H.L.Mencken

HaMsTeYr HaMsTeYr said:

Similarly enough, my sympathies are also reserved for the non idiotic... for the matter that she was an online girlfriend as well... haha 200,000 bucks? good luck to him. He could've used that money to see if they can treat low IQ.

and yes i'm mean.

Jurassic4096 said:

i dont feel sorry for this man at all.

intelinside said:

aaaaaaaaa hahahahaha!!!! I still dont get it how he made $200k at the first place. inheritence, may be?

Applaud goes to the other guy (or gal).

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

In other news ....a Chicago bank across town was held up when the robbers sent a stick up note and the gun in the drive-thru tube.

Haha, I'm sorry... I just... BWAHAHAHAHA! *******.

You see kids, THIS is why you need to leave the computer chair and go OUT!

They keep saying that....but there's this big scary glowing orb in the sky! :p

lipe123 said:

ROFL!!!

What a waste of money tho, he could have used that money to get a real life instead.

Wow it's just so mind boggling dumb that I'm really at a lack of words, I mean sure my younger self had some online disappointments but I was never stupid enough to send money!

negroplasty negroplasty said:

Awesome, what a *******.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

The Scarlett "L"........(For "loser"

This is the kind of nitwit that would let this happen to him, then go on the 6 o'clock local TV news and bellyache about online scams. As if that isn't bad enough, the reporters would most likely pander to him. Hey, this guys even stupid enough to think that they actually give a crap.

Anyway, no such thing would ever happen in my "hood". The "escorts" cost less than the Viagra. For fifty bucks you can probably make it a threesome.

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

If he wanted to blow away all his money, I think he could have been better off spending it with 'girls' from a certain 'adult entertainment' magazine house (I am sure all of you remembered that scam which came out couple of years ago) instead on some guy pretending to be a woman. At least he would have gotten his money's worth in someway.

Edit:

Captain has hit on the same point, but I took into account the sum involved and accordingly adjusted the standard of 'escorts'.

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

If he wanted to blow away all his money

..he probably should go hang out in Caps hood..

For fifty bucks you can probably make it a threesome.

instead on some guy pretending to be a woman (I am sure all of you remembered that scam which came out couple of years ago). At least he would have gotten his money's worth in someway.

...Check please...:p

dcrosenthal said:

Wendig0 said:

Haha, I'm sorry... I just... BWAHAHAHAHA! *******.

You see kids, THIS is why you need to leave the computer chair and go OUT!

Shouldn't you take your own advice? I mean what were you doing when you wrote this? LOL..

Leeky Leeky said:

Wonders if his "online girlfriend" was really a "Cam girl".....

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

@Red

Thanks correction made and for any further clarification just search

TitoBXNY TitoBXNY said:

Stupid is what stupid does. Estupido! Epic Fail!

Lurker101 said:

Wow people are stupid. No sympathy from me, at all.

tragicallyhip said:

The guy has probably been bald,over weight,and a social cripple all his life.The pic's that were sent to him must have made him feel very special,I can see how someone this emotionally and socially stunted got burned.

bakape said:

tragicallyhip said:

The guy has probably been bald,over weight,and a social cripple all his life.The pic's that were sent to him must have made him feel very special,I can see how someone this emotionally and socially stunted got burned.

First sensible comment of the day. It's not stupidity, it's a socially inexperienced introvert letting his despair take hold of him. IQ comes into play, but that is not the main point.

yRaz yRaz said:

I am writing an essay about the need for social acceptance as I logged on to read this >.<. I'm going to cite this and use it in my essay.

But I would much rather spend that $200k on 40,000 $50 whores...that or a computer that can play crysis.

Tazo The Vault Tazo The Vault said:

Wow. Just...wow. There's just no excuse for that. This man is an *****, plain and simple. I'd feel more sorry for him if it didn't go so perfectly for Mr./Mrs. Scammer.

LightHeart said:

I do feel sorry for him; obviously he is a very lonely man who let his emotions get the better of him. He spent $200K not on himself but to try and help someone else. Should he have looked before he leapt, of course though I don't feel I should be any less compassionate for him. Hopefully he has not only learned an important lesson but will be an example to others to check things out and verify things before parting with some hard earned cash.

stewi0001 stewi0001 said:

I can sort of understand. Feeling lonely can be really hard, especially for us guys. It is even worse if you have medical problems like depression.

So do I feel sorry for him, yea. But I am also shaking my head and saying what were you thinking... He can send me $200K and I'll set him up with a sweet server (and his own desktop) to have fun on atleast.

g4mer said:

I don't feel sorry for him at all. I would kill anyone who has online girlfriends.

ansh1993 said:

I feel really sorry for that man . $200k is a lot of money gone for nothing .

We should always Remember that all other internet users are strangers. You do not know who you are chatting with.

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

They keep saying that....but there's this big scary glowing orb in the sky! :p

Damn you big scary glowing orb in the sky! Damn youuuuuuu!

Shouldn't you take your own advice? I mean what were you doing when you wrote this? LOL..

If I went into all the details, I'd most likely get banned.

Benny26 Benny26, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Poor sod...Obviously not everybody knows that if the word 'Nigeria' comes into the fray, it's an out right scam.

He had his trousers taken down alright...Although not for the reasons he probably wanted.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Let's Do the Math Together, Shall We........?

If he wanted to blow away all his money, I think he could have been better off spending it with 'girls' from a certain 'adult entertainment' magazine house (I am sure all of you remembered that scam which came out couple of years ago) instead on some guy pretending to be a woman. At least he would have gotten his money's worth in someway.

Edit:

Captain has hit on the same point, but I took into account the sum involved and accordingly adjusted the standard of 'escorts'.

Hey look, I never said they would be willing to wash, (or brush their teeth), for a ten buck bag of crack. That said, 1 out of 6 probably is HIV positive. So, it's like playing Russian Roulette with crack w*****s. "Take a walk on the wild side". (Lou Reed).

In any event, there's usually, "washy waxy" available at a China Town near you!

For a step up, consider a high class escort @ a thousand bucks a pop. If you a least have some impluse control, and can limit your "outings" to say, once a month, then 200K would last 200 months, or almost 17 years.

The guy has probably been bald,over weight,and a social cripple all his life.The pic's that were sent to him must have made him feel very special,I can see how someone this emotionally and socially stunted got burned.
First sensible comment of the day. It's not stupidity, it's a socially inexperienced introvert letting his despair take hold of him. IQ comes into play, but that is not the main point.
You call, "sensible comment", that which I call, "stating the obvious". After which, these, "socially inexperienced introverts" , like to bask in the attention and "pity" of the local news. (But I already said that, I suppose it was overlooked).

As far as the potential for "true love", (at least in the segment of our, "male dominated society" I'm familiar with), what I see is morbidly obese women being serviced by "drones" for their social security checks. (While they sell crack out the front door). Your tax dollars pay for the free ambulance rides, the power chairs, home nursing visits, type 2 diabetes treatments, ad nauseum. In the old days the tribe would leave the useless and non productive behind to feed the wolves. Forgive me, I wax nostalgic.

Yeah, and while we're on the subject, if these social misfits only companionship outlet is the internet, then they should hitch their wagon to something real, like "Techspot".

In summation, captaincrankfuscious say, "to think with one's tool, is to become that tool".

Relic Relic, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

While I do understand the harsh criticism given here, I find it to be a little premature with the information given. I would hope this guy didn't just fall victim to the stereotypical Nigerian scam we all see so often, and would imagine it being a more sophisticated scam given the time spent and money taken. Whoever scammed him may have spent a considerable amount of time working him, but that would seem strange as scammers tend to move on if nothing develops.

tragicallyhip said:

The guy has probably been bald,over weight,and a social cripple all his life.The pic's that were sent to him must have made him feel very special,I can see how someone this emotionally and socially stunted got burned.

It wouldn't surprise me if the man was socially awkward & inexperienced and likely emotionally manipulated. I do feel bad for him and anyone in these situations as the world can be a cruel place, but at some point you have to be a realist and if the situation seems dubious it likely is.

BrianUMR said:

One thing I haven't seen anyone post but what happened that the scammer became missing? Seems the scammer messed up and ended the scam sooner than he/she could have.

It seems typically this kinds of stories come out after a family member finally gets through to them or the police or FBI become involved from information they find out about the scam. I don't remember reading about a case where the person getting scammed went to the cops for help finding his/her scammer.

CamaroMullet said:

Wow, that poor bastid. Yeah, he obviously has some mental/social issues. Probably one of those AOL users too that's on Highspeed internet but still paying for dial up service in addition. Someone should put together an awareness campaign for old people. Advertise on Murder She wrote reruns, or 60 minutes.

tonylukac said:

Sounds like what my brother would do. He paid child support for 16 years with the first marriage, and guess what? Divorce again. Another 14 years of child support! Give 'em up for adoption I say.

Tanstar said:

yRaz said:

I am writing an essay about the need for social acceptance as I logged on to read this >.<. I'm going to cite this and use it in my essay.

But I would much rather spend that $200k on 40,000 $50 whores...that or a computer that can play crysis.

That's hilarious, but it would only buy you 4,000 $50 whores. 40,000 would cost you $2M.

yRaz yRaz said:

Tanstar said:

yRaz said:

I am writing an essay about the need for social acceptance as I logged on to read this >.<. I'm going to cite this and use it in my essay.

But I would much rather spend that $200k on 40,000 $50 whores...that or a computer that can play crysis.

That's hilarious, but it would only buy you 4,000 $50 whores. 40,000 would cost you $2M.

bah, my mental math skills have been lacking lately. Do you think it would cost 2m to build a computer that can play crysis?

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

In summation, captaincrankfuscious say, "to think with one's tool, is to become that tool".

You sounded like very pedantic there .... but rather factual one.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

That's hilarious, but it would only buy you 4,000 $50 whores. 40,000 would cost you $2M.
Wow, I couldn't bang my way through that many skanks, even in my prime.......

anonymoose2000 said:

I just hope he doesn't have any offspring (from a real relationship :-) ) to pass his genes on too ...

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

I just hope he doesn't have any offspring (from a real relationship :-) ) to pass his genes on too ...
Congratulations, most people can't even spell that version of "too". Sadly, that's the one that means "also". That whittles your remaining choices down to either, "two" or "to".

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

Wow, I couldn't bang my way through that many skanks, even in my prime.......

I guess we can rule out your real identity as being Charlie Sheen

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

There's a Huge Difference Between Having a perpetual Erection....

And Being a Perpetual Erection.......Mr. Sheen falls into the latter category

Wow, I couldn't bang my way through that many skanks, even in my prime.......
I guess we can rule out your real identity as being Charlie Sheen
I pretty sure he couldn't either. Most of them would probably fall asleep listening to him tell them what a grand favor they were being treated to. With that being said, and in an attempt to bring this back to topic, I pose this question, "do you think Charlie's new porn star girlfriend, will get $200.000 dollars from him before they're done with each other"? Will he pay it to "save" her perhaps?

While we're on the subject, I hated both, "Friends" and "Seinfeld", and found it mandatory to change the channel on, "2 1/2 Men" as soon as I was confronted with it. Methinks that studio execs are as stupid as the subject of this thread for paying that kind of money to actors for shows that are only charitably considered "funny". I mean really, they paid David Scwimmer about a mil an episode to portray a whiny, annoying, cuckold. He was rather good at it though, I suppose.

Benny26 Benny26, TechSpot Paladin, said:

What's with all the Sheen bashing? (Pun?)

He was alright in Rookie......Well sort of.....Well, a little bit.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

What's with all the Sheen bashing? (Pun?)

He was alright in Rookie......Well sort of.....Well, a little bit.

Ain't Hollywood grand? All you need is a famous parent, and one mediocre movie to be set for the rest of your life.

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Oh and I didn't knew about all this until you guys pointed out ........ hmmm and this seems interesting Captain.

Leeky Leeky said:

Ain't Hollywood grand? All you need is a famous parent, and one mediocre movie to be set for the rest of your life.

You sound jealous...

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

I pose this question, "do you think Charlie's new porn star girlfriend, will get $200.000 dollars from him before they're done with each other"? Will he pay it to "save" her perhaps?

Save her from whom? Lexington Steele ? I really don't think Bree Olson wants to be saved

While we're on the subject, I hated both, "Friends" and "Seinfeld", and found it mandatory to change the channel on, "2 1/2 Men"

I thought that part of the Constitution read:

"We hold these sit-coms to be self-evident, that all characters are created equally inane, that they are endowed by their writers with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Self-importance, Residuals and the pursuit of Vacuousness."

I've never watched 2.50 Men or a full episode of Friends. I have seen Seinfeld, thanks to a once-trusted friend who swore that American TV humour was maturing (into what precisely was never clarified). Arrested Development seemed "ok"

Leeky Leeky said:

Just been reading up on some of Charlie Sheen's antics... He likes his pornstars doesn't he!!!

I think he'd make a rather awesome reality TV show - though I'm not very sure he'd give the best impression of the USA as a whole. :P

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

A reality show? How can he be in it with two pornstar girlfriends and a (estranged) wife ?

Benny26 Benny26, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Just been reading up on some of Charlie Sheen's antics... He likes his pornstars doesn't he!!!

I think he'd make a rather awesome reality TV show - though I'm not very sure he'd give the best impression of the USA as a whole. :P

"Charlie Sheen's next bit on the side"...Car crash TV at its finest!

TrekExpert TrekExpert said:

They keep saying that....but there's this big scary glowing orb in the sky! :p

What????? Definitely not going out side now......

yRaz yRaz said:

Tanstar said:

yRaz said:

I am writing an essay about the need for social acceptance as I logged on to read this >.<. I'm going to cite this and use it in my essay.

But I would much rather spend that $200k on 40,000 $50 whores...that or a computer that can play crysis.

That's hilarious, but it would only buy you 4,000 $50 whores. 40,000 would cost you $2M.

bah, my mental math skills have been lacking lately. Do you think it would cost 2m to build a computer that can play crysis?

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