Longing For Love

By Jabo
@jaboUK (64956)
United Kingdom
June 18, 2021 11:15am CST
I was lonely, went online and joined a dating site, perhaps I'd find a man that way who'd be my Mr Right. I met a U.S. businessman who travels far abroad, we have so much in common, he really strikes a chord. I asked him what he looked like, he sent a gorgeous pic so debonair and handsome with hair so dark and thick. Chatting on the internet for hours every day we knew we loved each other, a love that's here to stay. He said he'd come to see me, things were progressing fast he even talked of marriage - Oh joy! a bride at last. I waited at the airport, alas he never came, then I got a call from him, said muggers were to blame. They'd robbed him at the roadside and left him black and blue took his cash and credit cards, his airplane ticket too. He said " I'm stranded here in China, I'm not sure what to do I don't know how I'll manage - at least I still have you. But sad to say my darling, I can't now come to stay I'm sick with disappointment - but wait - there is a way. Perhaps if you would lend me some cash to cover costs I'd buy another ticket and all will not be lost. I'm covered by insurance so when my claim comes through you'll get all your money back, I'll send it straight to you". I was dismayed and worried, my poor sweet loving man, no question that I'd help him and so we made a plan. When he'd received the money he'd get the first plane out and soon we'd be together of that I had no doubt. I wired him what he needed I did it in a trice I even sent him extra, no need for thinking twice. But now I'm really worried, this man who fills my dreams perhaps is ill or injured - he's vanished now it seems. ---------------------- I know now I've been stupid, he's scammed me it appears, I am ashamed and broken, alone now with my tears. ---------- This is fiction, I was just trying to get inside the heads of the gullible women who fall for this sort of thing.
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50 responses
@myklj999 (62969)
• Olney, Illinois
18 Jun
Here you go with the pomes agin I know someone (you can't choose who your blood relatives are unfortunately) that scammed a guy in Australia out of $1,000 in such a manner as this. Good to see you pop in.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
18 Jun
Thanks JJ - trying to get my mojo back.. So it was the other way round for your relative? It's usually the women who are the victims.
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@myklj999 (62969)
• Olney, Illinois
18 Jun
@jaboUK Yes, she got online in this chat room and had this guy convinced she was being beat and her 'boyfriend' was 'letting his friends rape her' and so on and so forth and she had no way to get away because she had no money and he controlled all of it and so on and forth...she comes by it naturally though, her entire branch of the family are scammers and they always have been.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
18 Jun
@myklj999 Oh goodness, what an evil woman.
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@sjvg1976 (31133)
• Delhi, India
18 Jun
Wow! A good message to the people who easily fall in love with the people online and get easily robbed .
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
18 Jun
Yes, we have to be so wary nowadays but the minute anyone asks for money is the time to get out.
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@sjvg1976 (31133)
• Delhi, India
18 Jun
@jaboUK we should always be conscious once a friend asks for money specially the online friend.
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@LadyDuck (386562)
• Switzerland
19 Jun
Brilliant... this is fiction but this happened to more than one gullible women.
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@marlina (143944)
• Canada
19 Jun
Oh yes, we hear about this on TV almost every day,
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@LadyDuck (386562)
• Switzerland
19 Jun
@marlina It happens more than we think. I cannot believe that so many are so much gullible.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
19 Jun
Yes it happens far too often. Those that fall for it must be living under a stone if they haven't seen the publicity about it.
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• United States
18 Jun
Very well done. I hope your clever message will open some eyes.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
18 Jun
Thanks. These women must be living under a stone if they've never heard of scams like this.
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• United States
18 Jun
@jaboUK They don't want to believe it can happen to them.
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@kanuck1 (3883)
18 Jun
I was beginning to feel really bad for you. You got me!
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
18 Jun
I thought the poem would have more imnpact if I wrote it in the First Person.
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@kanuck1 (3883)
19 Jun
@jaboUK It did have an impact!
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
19 Jun
@kanuck1 Thank you.
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• United States
18 Jun
Thats a great way to get the message across Janet. Too many women fall for this scam and lose their money. As always your message in a poem was enjoyable
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
18 Jun
You'd think that the minute they are asked for money that a red flag would go up for these women. Sadly not the case.
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• United States
18 Jun
@jaboUK you're right about asking for money being a red flag. I've seen some TV shows about women being suckered into a scam and losing a ton of money
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@rebelann (97461)
• El Paso, Texas
18 Jun
If it wasn't so true it'd be so very funny ............ I've never once trusted those sites but I worked with a gal who actually married a man she'd met online, not sure how that went as she flew to Phoenix AZ to get married and since I wasn't a close friend of hers I never heard how it went. I wondered when you'd be back, it's been quite a while, glad to see you're back
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
18 Jun
Thanks friend. My sister actually met her second husband online and they have been very happy for nearly 20 years, so it can work. A big no-no if they ask for money though - that should send out a clear message that they are up to no good.
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@rebelann (97461)
• El Paso, Texas
18 Jun
You're welcome. Yes, there are those who have had really good luck with it but they are few and far between. Dad taught me to beware of anyone asking for loans, he said to tell them to seek a bank.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
18 Jun
@rebelann That was good advice.
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@DianneN (243866)
• United States
18 Jun
Nice to see you back again! Well done! Many women seem to fall for this kind of scam. Glad you’re not one of them.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
18 Jun
No, I'm a bit too savvy for that - and also too OLD. Not in the market for a man.
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@DianneN (243866)
• United States
19 Jun
@jaboUK I know you are savvy, but never say too old for anything!
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
19 Jun
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@Kouponkaren (3193)
• United States
20 Jun
This was great, and I am very relieved to know that it was fake. I was quite worried for you at first!
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
20 Jun
Thanks, I thought the poem would have more impact if I wrote it as if it had happened to me.
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@kanuck1 (3883)
21 Jun
@Kouponkaren Looks like I wasn't the only one that thought it was a true story at the beginning.
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@Shiva49 (24184)
• Singapore
18 Jun
Oh, that explains your absence from here for so long! Prince charming is more of prince disappearing in a real world now. One of a kind, with your unique style written all over it. You were indeed missed Jabo. Hope all is well with you.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
18 Jun
Hi Shiva, thanks for your kind comments. I'm fine, as I hope you are too.
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@Shiva49 (24184)
• Singapore
18 Jun
@jaboUK Yes, thank you.
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@nzlz123 (6535)
• Indonesia
18 Jun
I thought it was you who experienced it, glad it wasn't you
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
18 Jun
No, not me fortunately. I've just read about this sort of thing happening and couldn't believe that the women could be so stupid.
@miftha (1653)
• Bekasi, Indonesia
18 Jun
It's an interesting message
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
18 Jun
A message that some women need to take to heart but I suppose there will always be women who get caught out.
@epiffanie (11228)
• Australia
12 Aug
It's awful what loneliness can do.. Many women still fall for this.. an some men too.. Anyway, I am just passing by to say hello..
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
13 Aug
Hello, it's good to see you. I'm not here very much myself lately.
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@epiffanie (11228)
• Australia
14 Aug
@jaboUK Yeah, I noticed that there not many familiar names around.. I just come by when I am on a brake from doing my art projects..
@much2say (53843)
• Los Angeles, California
20 Jun
I've heard such stories - but never set to poetry - well done! It's so unbelievable that someone could be so desperate to find love that they'd fall for such a scam . . . but sadly it happens.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
20 Jun
You're right, it is unbievable that people fall for these scams, but it happens far too often.
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@much2say (53843)
• Los Angeles, California
20 Jun
@jaboUK Especially in this day and age when people should know very well that there are opportunists everywhere (and we hear about these scams) - they should know better. But well, maybe some are too hopeful and trusting that they want to believe it is for real.
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• China
19 Jun
The guy was an utter crook ! Women who fall in love tend to be the unwary,it is when they have a low intelligence quotient,as we put it here.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
19 Jun
Hi Chang - I've seen some of these women on TV programmes and sometimes they are seemingly intelligent people, so who knows what goes on in their heads. I suppose they are so desperate for love that common sense flies out of the window.
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• China
20 Jun
@jaboUK Yes,they are prone to think the best of the men they love and do whatever for them ,in the end they get bogged down deeper and deeper.
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@cool83 (3834)
• Sri Lanka
19 Jun
That is nice fiction seems to be , Yeah usually we can`t sure about strangers rite ? ,Dating sites are also same , what do you think ?
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
19 Jun
Yes, dating sites can be fertile soil for scammers but I also know that they can work. My sister met her husband that way and they are very happy.
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@cool83 (3834)
• Sri Lanka
19 Jun
@jaboUK It is depend on the luck of the person , What do you think about it ?
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@profree2019 (1266)
• Barquisimeto, Venezuela
19 Jun
Even if what you contributed is fiction, it is good for people to know that this type of thing is seen very often when making friends or online contacts. You have to be very careful, there are many types of vermin there.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
19 Jun
Yes it's fiction but based on things I've heard and seen. The internet is a ripe picking ground for scammers.
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• Barquisimeto, Venezuela
19 Jun
@jaboUK You have said it very clearly friend.
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@vandana7 (90206)
• India
19 Jun
LOL...lovely one...just hoped it would have had a happy ending...but...reality bites. LOL
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
19 Jun
Well, it does have a sort of happy ending in that the victim wasn't actually me!
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@vandana7 (90206)
• India
21 Jun
@jaboUK Ah..well..yes..that IS A happy ending.
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@Dena91 (17714)
• United States
18 Jun
Sadly I lost a 25+ year friendship because my best friend got caught up in a scam like this. Her adult children and I warned her but she gave away everything she had to be left alone with no money. She got angry at us for telling her she was caught up in a scam. She doesn't talk with me or her two sons very much now. He daughter bought the family home and she lives with her and her husband. She did find someone on a local dating web site with the help of her daughter and they have been married for almost 3 years now. I am glad she has someone. I hate that people are so gullible and willingly give everything away, money and relationships to complete strangers.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
19 Jun
Sorry to hear about your friend, but glad that she found someone in the end. I believe that anger and disbelief are quite common reactions for women caught up in these scams. I saw a TV programme where one woman said she still loved the perpetrator and she just didn't believe he was capable of such behaviour. Even though she was presented with the damning evidence she still insisted there must be some mistake.
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@Dena91 (17714)
• United States
19 Jun
@jaboUK My friend said the same thing.
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@divalounger (5414)
• United States
18 Jun
Glad it is fictional! Hard to imagine, but people fall for con artists all the time--
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
19 Jun
Sadly that is true and it makes me wonder how these women haven't heard about these scams.
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• United States
21 Jun
@jaboUK loneliness can be a terrible thing. I think it tends to drive bad decisions
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