Jody from Missouri has had experiences talking to three different romance scammers online. She formed romantic relationships with each one. Two of the romance scammers named Harrison Thomas and Edward Gilles claimed to live in Missouri, while one named Calvin Hugo claimed to live in Texas. She met Harrison and Edward on the dating site Match.com and met Calvin on Instagram. These romance scammers duped her out of $22,000 using other men’s photos.
Why Did Jody Start Online Dating?
Her husband passed away after working on a Tuesday and Wednesday. He woke up from a nap around 3 PM and felt like something was wrong with him, but didn’t go to the doctor. Jody went to go run errands then came home to find him gone.
Her husband was 17 years older than her, so she expected him to pass on before her. However, she wasn’t expecting his passing to be so sudden. After being widowed in November of 2019, she decided to try online dating in June 2020 after healing from her grief.
How Did She Meet One of Her Romance Scammers?
She met her first romance scammer, Harrison, in June, and he immediately made her fall for him with his non-stop conversations via emailing and text messaging. He would even talk on the phone with her, which made her like him faster than she wanted to.
She liked the attention he was giving her when he called her “babe” or “honey.” She thought that it felt good to read those words of endearment and to feel wanted. She felt like she had someone in her life again whenever she would communicate with him.
How Did the Romance Scammers Start Asking Her For Money?
However, after six weeks of communicating with him, he started discussing an investment plan that he wanted to do with Jody. He asked her if he could borrow $135,000 from her, then asked to see her drivers’ license and passport. When Jody told him he wasn’t going to get any money or information from her, he stopped communicating with her.
Calvin was kind of subtle when he asked Jody for money, even though he asked for it within two weeks of their relationship. He needed $400 for a drill and $1,500 for his coworkers who ended up in a supposed accident and needed to be sent home. Then, he would ask for more and more money throughout the relationship. She ended up sending them the money, thinking it wasn’t that much.
Edward never asked her for money up-front. He would send her flirty messages and poems, which made him sweep Jody off her feet. The last day she spoke to him was on Thanksgiving Day in 2020. He claimed that he lost his job and needed $30,000 for an oil drill. When Jody told Edward she will not help cover the costs of the drill, he ghosted her and never talked to her again.
Jody is still online dating in hopes that she can find that guy who will sweep her off her feet. She knows that not every guy is a romance scammer that she meets online, and knows that one day the right one will come along.
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