am I being scammed
  • I have been talking to a man by the name of Patrick Lincoln Jones supposedly lives in Atlanta, Ga. Originally born in Australia works for a antique gallery in Atlanta, Ga by the name of Foxtails Antiques and Galleries. He is 46 yrs. old his mother's name is Colleen father is deaded died July 2011. He says he went to South Africa on buiness and his debit card isn't working there he left going there on May 8 today is May 24 I have spoke with him on the phone several times since he has been gone but mostly talked thru yahooIM. I met him on datehookup.com he has been very sweet and caring but keeps having delays about why he can't come home just yet but has never asked me to send him any of my money which I dont have and I made very clear at the beginning of our conversations.He never asked for my help I just volinteered to have money put Iinto my account to have it sent to him by Money Gram by me later on. In the mean time while waiting to do this my power was disconnected and I couldn't pay to have it turned back on but he told me when the client's money went in my account to take what I needed to pay my bill to have my power reconnected. The money til this day as of May 24 still has never went in my account and no money has been taken out it will soon be 3 weeks since we started talking and he says he can't and won't come home until his business and the client has sent the money to my account for me to send him to buy some kind of rare antiques he told what they were but I can't remember. I know this really sounds crazy but I truely love him and would do whatever it takes to help him so I could spend my life with him. I have 3 pictures of the same person but all in different places one of him in a business suit another in a t-shirt and jeans in a livingroom and one outside with a friend with a jacket on watching a rugby game. Please help me I'm so worried. Thnks Red
  • Please help me to know if this person aboutIis a scammer Patrick Lincoln Jones of Atlanta, Ga he had no children is divorced mothers name is Colleen father deceased as of July 2011.
  • Firstly you don't sound as if you have much money , and scammers only put money into bank accounts where they know there will be money, for once they have your bank details they can clean out your bank account or use your bank account to launder money to which you could become an accessory to a federal offence

    This is a scam and deep down you know it. The client should be sending money to the store and someone at the gallery should be sorting out problems not some woman he has only met on the internet.
    South Africa is not a poor country and has thousands of tourists every year so debit and credit cards do work. 

    How can you love someone you have never met? Have you ever Skyped with him? Does he have a US accent? Have you tried calling the gallery? You can't because it does not exist.  He is a scammer and you are deluding yourself if you think you are going to spend your life with him. 


  • No I have Skyed him I don't know what that is. Yes he has a US accent.Yes I called the Gallery it does exist I was told they have serval people working for them of buying, selling, and reseaching rare antiques and artifacts but they can't release any names to people over a phone of who works for them.
  • Skype is where you talk face to face via the computer it is free and you would then see if he is the same man as in his photos. The gallery does not exist it is a set up. Keep away from this man.
  • The Gallery does exist in Atlanta Georgia they have a very large website. I have a friend that her siter lives up there and they went in the store stuff is very expensive there.
  • he might've done his research and knows that this place exists and there would be no way for you to verify if he indeed works for them.  Skype if you don't have it upload it, if they refuse to Video chat, then that is a big red flag...check that out, and only 3 pictures?  and they have phone apps that they can call you from your own local area code so that you don't know where he's calling from.  have you been able to call him?  and they don't ask you for money at first, but having your acct info is like a gold mind to them...I've done plenty of research. Noone can tell you what to do, just be safe and keep your eyes open.  best of luck
  • We have downloaded skype to video chat yes it is the same person. He still to this day has never asked me for a cent.supposed to come back home Friday.
  • You still gave him your bank account details and his company did not assist when he claimed he had difficulties.
  • You say he's in South Africa? Then his story is crap. South Africa has first-world banking and infrastructure, with multiple easy ways to send and receive money. If you can send him a Moneygram, then why can't whoever was supposed to put the money in your account? I've personally received money from the US, Ireland, and Sweden via Western Union and electronic transfer. Seriously, he's lying.
  • Given your story, I think he lied you. In addition to the others comments, when someone you never met face-to-face ask you to send money with a money agent like Money Gram or Western Union, you can be sure it's a scam. They look very nice, they give you some details about them, they show you pictures, unfortunatly it's false. 

    How have you met this man? Have you received an email? Have you met him on a forum? To be sure he's lying, you can try to contact him with another address email, in the same context you met him the first time.You will see if he said the truth or not.

    I hope it will get better
  • Hi you are definitely being scammed.  I have been chatting to the exact same person and have seen the exact same 3 pictures of him as you have.  Only difference is, is that he told me that he is living in South Africa and that he was thinking of relocating to the UK to set up an Antique business here.  He gave me the sob story of £755,000.00 having been stolen from his home that some of his clients had allegedly given him for items he had to purchase.  I started chatting to him on the 5th May and its about a week ago on Sunday that he was supposedly robbed.  I've been accused of being uncompassionate and a mean person and not a very good friend as I wouldn't borrow him the money but I had cottoned onto him by then.  I have reported him to the fraud investigation team as I don't see why he should get away with scamming vulnerable, innocent people.

  • Good for you. They shouldn't get away with it. Thats awful.
  • I am encountering the same situation with a lady (33-yrs.old) who wants my personal banking information, so her client can deposit funds into my account, and then, for me to forward her the funds via MoneyGram to South Africa. She claims to be working on a zoo rehab project somewhere in South Africa. She told me some hillside region but no name of the zoo; and she has been working on this 'so-call' project for a year. There are three major zoos, Johannesburg, Nelspruit, and Pretoria, which do not need major rehab, at the moment, especially a years work. I also asked where she is staying and gave me fictitious hotel name at a city that does have that type of hotel. One point, I asked her to give me the name of her client, which did, including the phone numbers, so I called them both....they have slight British accents (like from India), they insisted for me to her this girl out by using my bank account. I told them to send her the money 'themselves' via MoneyGram, no way in hell they will get my accounts. I traced the numbers, which they are located in Philadelphia and Manhattan. So I called them back, told them that there are MoneyGram outlets nearby, so go pay this girl, and they got mad at me....must of touched a nerve. That same day, scam girl called me back furious about my actions.
    After a year of "on and off" communications, and the bull-shit piling up, I told her "no way"!
    The weird part, I met her through LinkedIn and Facebook, and she tried to lure me into a sweet loving relationship, if I help her and that when she backs to the states, she would make it up to me. Yeah right!
  • RemMarcus, thank goodness you had the good sense to recognise this woman is a scammer. Good luck for the future.
  • Thank you Alethia
    If any one needs advise on what to recognize with these scammers, feel free to ask.
    I hope no jeopardizes their finances and personal information.

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