Jodi met her romance scammer back in 2014 after swiping through matches on Match.com. She was completely in love with him and thought that nothing was going wrong. He would ask for financial help here and there, but it wasn’t anything major so she would never question it. Then one day, she was watching Dr. Phil and started seeing episodes where he was catching a bunch of catfish. That’s when she started questioning whether Collin was a real person or just another catfish. She reached out to Social Catfish for help and we found his true identity as we help her with busting a romance scam.
Jodi’s Romance Scam Story
Jodi was single and looking for love, and after comparing prices decided to go with Match.com. She wasn’t getting any matches at first, then one night she got a message from Collin. He was young and handsome while also sweet-talking Jodi with cute phrases and nicknames. This would ultimately make her fall for him.
He would also tell her that if she trusted him that he would trust her back, which goes to show that he was trying to rush her trust in him. They have talked on the phone before, but a lot of their conversations are done through texting.
Jodi and Collin were really hitting it off and things were getting serious. They have been messaging each other online for over seven years, and Collin made tons of promises to Jodi showing that he supposedly wants a serious relationship with her.
He’s promising to marry her, buy her a new car, and pay for their new house in cash to wherever she wants to go. He claims that he has a lot of money as he is serving his country. Her favorite thing that he has done for her is he has sent her roses through his friend in Italy and called her while she was in the hospital. He also claims that she and his son will have an amazing relationship.
When Did He Start Asking Her For Money?
He would ask for $30 here and there, then increased the amount of money to $100 whenever he would ask her. He asked for money a few months after they started talking and claimed it was for tickets, medical bills, groceries, documentation, late fees, medical bills for his son, money so his son could live, etc.
She is not sure about the amount of money she has sent him now. For a while, she kept track of how much money she has sent him, but now she is unsure. However, she estimates that it is close to $30,000, which is the money that she received from her disability and social security.
She would take a little bit here and there to send to him, and it got to the point where she almost couldn’t pay her rent. She decided to move from New York to Nebraska where she is now living with her mother rent-free. She doesn’t help much with the bills because a lot of the money that she gets from disability has been going to him.
The last time she bought something for herself was a pair of jeans and her bed, which she bought on a payment plan. After he found this out, he was wanting her to return the bed so that she could send him payments instead. She told him no, but also told him that she would still send him something this month she just doesn’t know how much. She also wants to get a new phone and a new pair of shoes since she thinks she deserves them. She wants to know whether we are busting the romance scam or if he is real.
What Have Jodi’s Feelings Been During the Romance Scam?
Jodi has been feeling miserable and is trying to keep everything to herself since her mother does not approve. Her mom has been calling him names, such as scammer, which makes Jodi want to slap her. It’s been hard and has left her confused, angry, upset, and miserable.
If Social Catfish were to tell her he’s real, she would be ecstatic and would be on Cloud 20. She wants us to help her determine if this person is real like he claims to be, or fake like she is scared he could be. He claims he is real and keeps saying that, but also tells her to stay away from scam shows, but she refuses.
Our Search Specialist Starts Busting This Romance Scam
Linnie looked through the photos of Collin and his supposed son, David. She looked through the photos of David in the hospital who was supposedly in there for a UTI. However, Linnie proved this was false when she found a stock photo that looked the exact same as the photo Jodi has.
There was a photo of Collin holding up two fingers and another photo of him holding up a sign that said, “I love you Jodi.” However, when looking at both of these things closely, you can see that his face and hat in both photos are exactly the same, showing that both photos are photoshopped. Along with this, one photo is dated in 2007 and another is dated in 2008.
Social Catfish ran a photo through our image search and found a photo we think is him. It is a stock photo in an article with a boy on his shoulders in an article. This photo also reads that it’s from a news file when you download it, which shows that it is a stock photo.
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There’s a photo of Collin in a blue shirt and a jacket that has a logo on it with the letter “Y” in a circle. When we looked at that logo, we realized that it was a logo from Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah. They found an article featuring this man, and he doesn’t go by the name of Collin.
Instead, his name is actually William who is a former pitcher for BYU. He is still in the military and is on active duty at a base in Texas. With this information, we can prove that Collin isn’t who he says he is. We also found that the man in the blue shirt isn’t the same man as the man holding up two fingers, they are two different men.
All the photos that were sent to us have also been reported several times on scam photo websites. There’s also a photo with a beehive logo on it, which shows that the photo was taken in Utah since that’s the beehive state. This proves that the photo of him in a blue shirt was taken at BYU.
Linnie could confirm that Collin wasn’t real and even mentioned that if he was, they would’ve video chatted by now. However, Jodi claimed that it was her fault too since she said no to video chatting at first. Linnie also mentioned that he could’ve suggested it too after seven years.
Jodi was having a hard time believing everything, so Drew, our videographer, tried to comfort Jodi. He tried to let her see the reality placed in front of her. He told her how everything that Collin told her was a lie so that he could get his hands on her money. He also confirmed that the best thing she could do is block him and report the scam to the FTC, local police, and FBI. He gave her the information to join our SCF Seekers Facebook group to find people to give her the support she needs after busting a romance scam.
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