I replied to you but maybe should have done it this way. I was widowed and went on the dating site just for a laugh. This man got in touch who said he lived in Pitlochry and he was Dutch. Then he said he had to deliver some medical equipment to Ghana. When he got there he had his bank cards stolen. His name supposedly is Bryan Sullivan. I have proof through my bank and through moneygram
Hi,Yes. You cannot reply to the JA email and get me. That email is an auto-generated notice and any reply to that goes into cyberspace. You have to upload your answer onto this thread and that way I can see it and we can have a dialogue.In the fraud examiner category, I don't get to give a lot of good news, and this is no exception. You fell for a romance scam.These are pretty much scripted and we hear stories like yours here all day every day. The tale of the on-line love that sweeps you off your feet only to have to leave on business to Ghana, Nigeria or Malaysia before he can see you and who over there gets into an emergency situation for which only your money will save the day, is prototypical.As you've sent the money you will find if you haven't already, that he will ask you for more of it, a larger amount than last time, in fact. And that's only just the beginning, since he will keep neediing more for as long as you keep wanting to send it.Any time an online romance who you have never met personally and established a real time dating relationship with asks you for money, he's a scammer. There's no exception to that rule. The money request is the #1 sign of a romance scam. Asking for money is not something that a legitimate stranger will ask of another.His request is not only unreasonable, seeing that he has never met you in person. It is also ridiculous. The Dutch Embassy could get him access to his money. He doesn't need yours, if he's for real. But somehow a self-sufficient businessman hasn't got a dime to his name and needs to borrow from a total stranger. You may want to believe him because you think that you care for him, but you'd b wrong to do so.Just think about it. If someone you never met before walked up to you on the street and said, "I love you and believe I can make you the happiest woman in the world. Just give me several thousand dollars because I've lost my bank cards, would you believe him? No, of course you wouldn't. That's because in the real world, your life experience tells that a stranger who would do and say this would have to be a beggar, a con artist or a lunatic.It should be exactly the same on the web. Anyone can pretend to be anyone else, anywhere in the world and get away with it, thanks to the internet and today's technology. That means everyone on the web is only a stranger until you meet him or her in person and see for the first time who he or she really is.What scammers do -- and why it works -- is to rush their victims headlong into a passionate romantic relationship so that when they have their first emergency and ask for money, the victim doesn't see this as an unreasonable request from a stranger. But in fact, he IS a stranger and it's quite unreasonable.He's not Dutch. His name isn't Bryan Sullivan, a rather unusual name for a Dutchman, if ever I heard one, incidentally. He's a group of Ghanaian thieves looking to steal your personal identifying information and all of your money. The romance scam is a Ghana specialty.If you could catch him, you can sue or have him prosecuted, but none of the information you have on this man will check out. He will not be who, what or where you really think he is. That means that this is a job for law enforcement. Your only chance of getting your money back is if someone can find the scammer and bring him to justice. Since the technology that allows scammers to appear to be anyone, anywhere in the world is more sophisticated than the technology that exists to catch them, the overwhelming number of online scammers get completely away with their crime.
So report the fraud to actionfraud.police.uk.I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news.