She Got Scammed So Badly...

One of the flowers gracing my home :)
@bluesa (15115)
Johannesburg, South Africa
September 21, 2017 7:56am CST
She got scammed so badly, a very sweet "mute and and hard of hearing" lady got taken for thousands of Rands (South Africa's currency) . She met an of course, American in the US Army, on facebook. He of course had money owed to him and she needed to send money for him to get a box that had all the money owed to him. Then he would come to South Africa because he loved her so much and they would live happily ever after. Now, we all know this was NOT an American, this was a scammer somewhere else in the world. This sweet lady is as I said, mute, so I wrote out questions and she could at least answer in writing, this took 3 hours. We got the police out and now we shall see what can be done. Please, lonely ladies and men out there, don't look for love on Facebook, in fact try to remember that finding love online is a very dodgy situation and could leave your bank account empty along with your heart. Photo is of one of the flowers gracing my home with their beauty and to add a bit of cheer to this very sad situation.
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@LadyDuck (177220)
• Switzerland
21 Sep 17
What a sad story. I cannot understand how people can trust someone they met on Facebook. I fee so sorry for this woman.
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@bluesa (15115)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
22 Sep 17
Yes, Anna, I can't understand it either. And to then still be mute and taken such advantage of is just terrible. Sorry for answering so late, I have been having a crazy day. I hope all is well with you.
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@LadyDuck (177220)
• Switzerland
23 Sep 17
@bluesa Do not worry for a late answer, we all have busy days. I got the cold from my husband, watery eyes, running nose, a bit tired. Nothing serious but annoying.
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@bluesa (15115)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
23 Sep 17
@LadyDuck oh no, I am sorry you have a cold that is very annoying, try vitamin C and keep hydrated. I hope you will feel better soon.
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@YrNemo (14719)
21 Sep 17
One keeps hearing sad stories like that. Loneliness makes some people become too trusting!
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@bluesa (15115)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
22 Sep 17
Yes, sadly, loneliness has much to answer for in cases such as this.
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@ramapo17 (25624)
• Melbourne, Florida
18 Oct 17
You are absolutely right @YNemo.
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@hereandthere (32796)
• Philippines
21 Sep 17
it seems that texting and the internet has made it more tempting and easier to deceive people now.
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@bluesa (15115)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
23 Sep 17
Yes, it has added a whole new danger to our lives, sadly.
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• Philippines
23 Sep 17
@bluesa it makes you wonder if people have become more materialistic because we get glimpses into anyone's and everyone's lives so it reinforces keeping up with the jones's and any action or behavior that would make them hesitate before, or never even cross their minds, now, it's nothing because you also see a lot of people posting about cheat sheets and how to get away with something. the internet is a double-edged sword.
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@bluesa (15115)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
23 Sep 17
@hereandthere it does make a person wonder. There are those that would do anything to have a certain life style and the internet is an easy source to find targets to help them do so. Yes, I agree, it is a double-edged sword.
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@Corbin5 (116530)
• United States
21 Sep 17
Oh, this is so sad. It seems that scammers prey on those who are disable or elderly. I do hope the police can help.
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@bluesa (15115)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
23 Sep 17
She was definitely more susceptible. I hope so too.
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@moffittjc (45398)
• Gainesville, Florida
22 Sep 17
We shouldn't look for love on Facebook? Damn, I've been doing it wrong all this time. How about Tinder, is that app okay? Lol Seriously, sorry to hear she fell for such a scam. Sadly, millions from around the world fall for these things every day. People put way too much trust and faith in their fellow man. That's why these crooks are able to scam so many people so easily.
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@bluesa (15115)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
22 Sep 17
No, we shouldn't! It is dangerous and there are nasty mean people out there! I am so sorry you've been doing it wrong all this time, truly...I hope I have now saved your heart! Tinder? I wouldn't know...if you're feeling adventurous you could try....Lol! But yeah, I am also so sorry she fell for this, I wish people would realise that finding love online is very risky.
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@moffittjc (45398)
• Gainesville, Florida
22 Sep 17
@bluesa There's mean people online? I must be living under a rock or something. I thought everyone was so nice and friendly and honest on Facebook! lol
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@bluesa (15115)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
23 Sep 17
@moffittjc yeah, Uh, you've been living under a rock, I am so happy I was able to enlighten you! Lol!
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@ridingbet (59684)
• Philippines
22 Sep 17
oh golly. i also read a news feed on FB about an old lady being scammed by a young man, but it was good the lady did not heed to the request of the man and instead played with him.
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@bluesa (15115)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
23 Sep 17
Good the lady played him at his own game, I wish more would teach these scammers a lesson.
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@ridingbet (59684)
• Philippines
24 Sep 17
@bluesa during these times, we should be wiser.
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@ramapo17 (25624)
• Melbourne, Florida
25 Oct
@bluesa Maybe there should be some easy lessons on the computer for people. Both the elderly and the very young are most trusting.
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• United States
21 Sep 17
She was a prime target. This happens so often and is so sad.
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@bluesa (15115)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
22 Sep 17
Hi, dear OT, sorry for getting back to you so late, it has been a day. Yes, she was a prime target, I wish someone had been able to prevent this. I hope all is well with you and you're having a good Friday.
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• United States
22 Sep 17
@bluesa Yes not bad thanks..hope you are fine too dear friend, have a nice weekend coming up
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@bluesa (15115)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
22 Sep 17
@TiarasOceanView , I have a headache straight out of hell to tell the truth, but I am trying to catch up here, I feel terrible getting back so late. But might have to throw in the towel soon. I hope you'll have a nice weekend too.
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@just4him (127271)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
21 Sep 17
That is sad. I hope the police can do something for her. I almost had that happen to me in an online dating situation. He didn't get any money from me and I quit the site.
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@bluesa (15115)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
23 Sep 17
Thank goodness you figured out what was going on and I am happy you did not give him a cent, just sorry that nearly happened to you.
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@just4him (127271)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
23 Sep 17
@bluesa Yes, it nearly did. Thank you.
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@ramapo17 (25624)
• Melbourne, Florida
24 Oct
@just4him Now a days we can't be to careful.
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@YesWay (3447)
22 Sep 17
This is such a sad tale. How can anyone do such a horrendous thing to a poor old lady.
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@bluesa (15115)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
23 Sep 17
I know, there is no respect in life anymore, anyone is taken advantage of.
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@YesWay (3447)
23 Sep 17
@bluesa It's so awful
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@MarymargII (10569)
• Toronto, Ontario
22 Sep 17
I'm so sad- they just want it so badly to be true. A horrible thing to do to her and others, but it is getting too common!
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@bluesa (15115)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
23 Sep 17
Yes, it is getting too common, it is heart breaking.
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@MarymargII (10569)
• Toronto, Ontario
26 Sep 17
@bluesa Well you were very kind to help her out!
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@Kandae11 (40368)
21 Sep 17
Scammers all over are living the high life off of other people's money.
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@bluesa (15115)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
23 Sep 17
That's true. It is so upsetting to realise that though
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@ramapo17 (25624)
• Melbourne, Florida
24 Oct
It happens in every country and city.
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@DianneN (85356)
• United States
22 Sep 17
How terribly sad for this woman. Most of us are aware of these scams, but it never fails to amaze me how so many are duped, and all in the name of "love"! I hope the police can track this scammer down.
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@bluesa (15115)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
22 Sep 17
Dianne, I agree, because she so badly wanted a bit of love in her life he got away with this. I hope the police can help too
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@Scrapper88 (1332)
• United States
21 Sep 17
This is a sad story, I have been hearing a lot of stories like this.
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@bluesa (15115)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
23 Sep 17
Yes, this type of thing does seem to be escalating, sadly.
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@dodoazo (21449)
• Philippines
21 Sep 17
Several years ago, many had been victimized but those matron so to speak never learneda lesson.
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@bluesa (15115)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
23 Sep 17
I am sorry they never learned from being deceived like that.
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@kepweng (18746)
• Waikoloa, Hawaii
21 Sep 17
im sorry very sad story mostlymy neigbors relatives find love online and they bring them in thier country
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@bluesa (15115)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
23 Sep 17
And I am sorry there are those that need to look for love online for what they hope will be a better life in a different country
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@m_audrey6788 (15366)
• Philippines
21 Sep 17
Gosh! So sad for her
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@bluesa (15115)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
23 Sep 17
Yes, I felt so very sad for her situation.
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• Mombasa, Kenya
21 Sep 17
Sad
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@JESSY3236 (7294)
• United States
22 Sep 17
That's sad story. I did my fiance online many years ago. But yeah finding love online nowadays is scarier.
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@kepweng (18746)
• Waikoloa, Hawaii
23 Sep 17
@JESSY3236 so your married in your fiance now?? and you meet him online in internet?
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@bluesa (15115)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
23 Sep 17
I am happy you met a good guy online, that is rare, because the online world is getting scarier.
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@JESSY3236 (7294)
• United States
26 Sep 17
@kepweng I'm not married yet. Yeah I met him on a teen message board many years ago.I was 14 and he was 18. We weren't a couple until I was 17 and we met in person when I was 17.
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@1hopefulman (32603)
• Canada
22 Sep 17
Very sad that these kind of things go on! Was this one of your neighbors?
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@bluesa (15115)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
23 Sep 17
It really is. No, it wasn't a neighbour, it was a lady at our local library that I know, she was in such a state.
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@1hopefulman (32603)
• Canada
23 Sep 17
@bluesa Did the police give her any hope of recovering the money?
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@bluesa (15115)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
23 Sep 17
@1hopefulman unfortunately it seems not much is going to be able to be done to recover it. I think that money is gone for good.
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@PainsOnSlate (20587)
• Canada
22 Sep 17
We read about that happening every day, It breaks my heart that the elderly are conned so often.
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@bluesa (15115)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
23 Sep 17
Yes, with so much news about you would think people would be more aware and yet this seems to be amping up.
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@ramapo17 (25624)
• Melbourne, Florida
24 Oct
@bluesa I don't think some of the older people can hear well and just trust everyone.
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@bluesa (15115)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
24 Oct
@ramapo17 Yes, sadly that can be the case.
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