follow up story to "I've sunk to a new low"
After reading about OLD scams and seeing him fitting the profile: they usually have jobs as engineer, widowed (w or w/o child), traveling abroad at the time, target women older than them - his age range is 40-99, attractive, long winded love emails, quickly wanting to use personal email - I decided to look into it further.
Wow, the trouble the scammer went through to forge an identify. The linkd profile with a picture says he's self-employed mining engineer with the name of his company. The company is also listed on a couple of business type web hosts with an address and a phone number locally. I called and got a voice message of a man with an Italian accent.
Just last night I found another owner of that same company, same last name but different first name. What do you make of that?
there's also a facebook page without contents for the company.
He sent me a total of 10 pics. One is already on OKcupid, full length shot. One is from linkd, two head shots looks like taken at some kind of conference, one sitting at his home office, one rowing a kayak, one outdoors with a dog - this one is a professional photo, a pic of his living room, kitchen, and office. Very attractive man, 50 yo, tall, thin - attractive in the scholarly way - which is what I like, does look like a nerdy engineer type. Rooms modern and impecable, dog is beautiful.
I examined the pics in detail. they were of different men although I don't know how many, two, three? They did a good job picking men who look so similar it's very hard to tell apart especially consider the different settings: outdoors at dusk, outdoors professional, indoors with light, extremely hard to tell if they were different men. One picture gave it away. This is the one of him sideway where the ear is in clear view. this ear has a very thin lobe. The rest of the pics with slightly longer hair and front view the ears don't show as much but I could tell have more lobulated lobes.
I also heard they want you to call an out of the country number so you would get charged exorbitant amounts. He told me he as a cell phone in S. africa and to call him there. Good thing I didn't call it. with my calling plan At&T charges 3.99/mo and 53 cents per minute. Too high still but these scam phones can also rake up charges from their end, kinda like the 900 number scam a while back I guess. I read somebody got a charge of $1000 for phone calls.
Remember he called me on google phone (?) and magic Jack while he was supposed to be in TX (before going to Africa). Why didn't he use the cell phone? Well you can make the excuse that nerd types can find clever way to save money with phone calls. Suppose he has a cell phone but found it more convenient to talk on the computer b/c he was on the computer at the time. I myself prefer my landline over the cellphone while I'm at home even when the minutes are free at night.
He even put on an Italian accent. What the hell? supposedly went to college in TX from 89-94. Let see he would have been 29. Assuming he was a new comer to the US, understandably would retain an accent. But my conversations with him was always brief. I tried to ask questions about what he was doing, what he was doing at his job. Always got brief answers b/c he called me either late at night (his time) or while he was taking a break during work.
I'm 10% scammed b/c I havent' given him my address or full name, the email is a special one for OLD, not my regular email. The scammed part is I sent him 3 pics of mine. Goes to show my attitude about not sending more pics were right on.
When I have time will report him to some scam dating website and OKC too.