Added: Genna Riveria - Date: 14.10.2021 20:52 - Views: 43808 - Clicks: 1105
Clues for spotting fake profiles. One day Georgina received a friend request from a serviceman on peacekeeping duties in Afghanistan. She decided to accept the request and allowed 'Jim' to be her Facebook friend. Soon after befriending her, Jim told Georgina he had lost his wife to cancer and his story of looking after her was similar to her own experience when her husband had died of cancer.
S military was nearly finished. He sent me pictures which I now know were stolen from someone on the internet. We became very close and he ed me every day saying it was easier for him than using Facebook.
Jim, who was a scammer, told Georgina he liked gemstones and wanted to set up a jewellery store when he retired. He said this was the best part of being in Nigeria because it was close to where the precious stones were being mined and he could buy them very cheaply.
It was a lot of money to send but she figured he was a good and honest serviceman and if things worked out they would spend the rest of their lives together. Cease contact with an online admirer if they ask you for financial helpno matter how genuine they sound. Customs officials seized the gemstones and demanded payment to have them released. I told him it would take some time to get the money and I had to borrow against the family home.
Georgina sent the money to Malaysian officials but was told Jim was now in gaol for smuggling and that she needed to contact his lawyer. Georgina sent the money but then Jim said there was another government official demanding payment to extend his visa while he waited for the court to process all the documents. They sent me certificates ed by officials, forms to fill out and bills for everything. If you wanted to get anything done quickly you had to pay another fee. It seemed to me that the whole Malaysian government was corrupt. I just wanted to help Jim and I honestly thought he would pay me back.
Unsure of what to do, Georgina finally talked to the police. They explained that her experience included the common features of a dating and romance scam and it would be very unlikely she would get her money back.
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