This is the correspondence between an Internet dating service scammer (honestlylaura) and myself. I was pretty sure this was a scam from the start, so I played along for fun. I hoped to get as much identifying info about the scammer as possible so I could report it to the Internet Crimes division of the FBI. My notes are in [ brackets ].
In a message dated 3/21/2007 5:22:10 P.M. Central Daylight Time, email@example.com
Hello This Is Laura From Americansingles..Let me know if u got this..
[ I don't see a profile for this person on AmericanSingles, so I ask. ]
Hello Laura From Americansingles. Yes, I got this. Do you have a profile on AS? If so, can you link me to it?
In a message dated 3/23/2007 4:51:39 P.M. Central Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dont know how to..So tell me more about yourself and family and what u r really looking for..i hope to hear from u soon.
[ Don't know how? Yeah, right ... better explain. I get her computer IP address from the email headers and do a search to find out where it's from. Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria - http://whois.domaintools.com/18.104.22.168
All you have to do is tell me your AS username and I can look up your profile.
Are you in the United States?
In a message dated 3/23/2007 5:06:03 P.M. Central Daylight Time, email@example.com
Lauren4real07 check me out
[ Lauren? For real? Why is it Lauren now instead of Laura? The profile says she's in Ohio. I Google the name honestlylaura2024 ... A scam as I suspected. Time to play. ]
Yes, I think you're exactly what I've been looking for.
I'm looking for someone to spend my life with just like you are.
I'm a 38 years old investment entrepreneur with large real estate holdings across the country. I have a house on the Gulf of Mexico with a spectacular view. I like to spend time on my yacht traveling between here and my condo in the Bahamas. It's a good life, but I'm lonely. Tell me about yourself. Is your name Laura or Lauren?
[ There's the bait. ]
In a message dated 3/23/2007 5:52:43 P.M. Central Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org
How re u doing ?My name is Laura Kenneth, i was born and raised in USA, But i move down here after the death of my parents some years ago , i currently live west africa Nigeria and willing to relocate, i'm 29 , single, kind, loyal, honest , careing and loving .Its nice to hear from you,I read your mail and i got excited you sounds such a man have been searching for..you are such a nice and special man to me,it seems like we are looking for the same thing in common and we have alot in common,we couild be a perfect match,i just want u to know thgat age is just a number and honestly is most important,it would be so great to meet you in person and see where it lead us to.. I'm searching for my life long partner to share a Great Life of Love with; romance, long slow kisses, feeling very special, intimacy, spirituality, pleasurable communication, dancing, meeting of the minds, opening a door for you, flowers, traveling and other exciting interests and adventures, A GREAT LIFE of LOVE! I am one who strongly believes in respect and that without respect, you cant experience true love and generate a healthy relationship. I believe in a smaller "wow" when it is first a friendship and then a larger "Wow" later as it evolves into a Beautiful Loving
committed relationship. I believe its not just what you are like on the outside, but more about what you are like on the inside. Im seeking friendship first, (no game playing please) with someone who appreciates some of the same temperaments and interests I enjoy.I will try to send you some of my pictures later..
That special someone is a man with integrity, is spiritually compatible with me, having similar beliefs - New Age and is responsible, intelligent, has a sense of humour, positive, is clean and neat in habit and appearance, romantic, passionate about living and loving. I would prefer that someone to show interest and be supportive of my spiritual work. He should be financially secure, and has 'been there, done that'.I like an adventurous person who likes travel, nature and enjoys being home. He is a man who is at peace with himself. I am hoping to connect with people of like minds to form friendship first and then leave the rest to the Universe.i will like to see more photos of u and tell me more about ur self too. And also i will like to know what you doing for hobbies or sport, Do you love kids cos i love kids and i wish to have my what type of animal do you like most i love domestica and aquatic animal like,cat,dog,fishes and others like birds i will be very happy to read you mail and once again nice to meet you....I will be looking forward hearing from you sooner.
[ Wow, that was a long, rambling fib. Back to the name Laura. Continue. I throw in some stats from the Google results and change her name in the process. ]
Yes, I love kids. You sound like such a nice person. Just like the person I have been looking for. You must be my dream come true. For so long I have wished and hoped for just the right woman to come into my life to share my love and fortunes. How lucky I am this day to have found such a wonderful person to open my heart to. You are just the right age for me too. You look great for being 30 years old. And to be a Cancer like me is such a coincidence. What day in June is your birthday? You truly are amazing. I think I'm in love. Do you believe in love at first sight Lauren? I do. I am on a friend's computer right now, so I can't send you more pictures, but will you please send me some of you?
[ See if she notices that I somehow knew her birthday is in June and she is 30 instead of 29 and I changed her name to Lauren. ]
In a message dated 3/23/2007 8:10:08 P.M. Central Daylight Time, email@example.com
Dear,its nice to hear from you..You sounds such a nice and special man to me..You sounds such a wonderful man..yes i do belive in love at first sight..You are my dream comes true..it seems like we are looking for the same thiing in common and we have alot in common..we could be a perfect match..you sounds such a man have been searching for..June 6..It would be so great to meet u in person and see where it lead us to..i will be thinking about u and dreaming about you..i hope to hear from u sooner.
[ Dear, ..? She forgot to paste my name in there. She sends me a picture of Lauren from http://www.focushawaii.com/model-talent ... lauren.htm
. Time to lay it on. Keep calling her Lauren. ]
Lauren My Love, I can't stop thinking about you. I don't think I have ever felt so strongly about someone before. I really believe we are soul mates and that we are made for each other. You are so beautiful in your picture. I feel as though I have seen you someplace before. It must just be our mental connection. I can't wait to meet you.
[ Yeah, I've seen her someplace before alright. ]
In a message dated 3/24/2007 2:59:13 A.M. Central Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello My Love
Its nice to hear from you..I am very excited darling...I cant wait to meet u also..I have been thinking about u and dreaming about you..I wrote your name in the sky, but the wind blew it away.I wrote your name in the sand, but the waves washed it away.
I wrote your name in my heart, and forever it will stay....I really want to see u someday....You are my dream comes true..You are heaven sent me..my heart is set on you..It has been so long have been searching for u..I thank GOD everynight since i found you..You came into my life when everything seems so dark and ligten up my life..Thank you for that..it would be so great to meet u in person and see where it lead us to..Dear i do check for the flight ticket to u there and it cost me $1550 and dont have the money..Dear i would like to ask if u can try help me come up with the money so i can get the flight book and come to u there..as soon i book it i will send u the flight schedule..You just need to give me the name of the nearest airport to u that u want me to land to so u can be able to pick me up at the airport..it would be so great to meet u in person and get to know u more better nd see where it lead us to..I cant wait to meet you..Darling let me know if u need my address so u can send me the money..so i can get the flight book and as soon i book it i will send u the flight details right away..I will be thinking about u and dreaming about you..i hope to hear from you soon.
Lots of love
[ And for the low, low price of only $1550, you can get a cheesy poem and a bad aftertaste. Well, I can do cheesy too. ]
Lauren, the love of my life, the apple of my eye, and the fruit of my loins.
Oh, yes, I do want to meet you so much. Every breath you take is only for us so that we can sink into the caverns of unconditional love. Every move you make sends tiny little vibrations of ecstasy rushing through every minute pore of my very being. Every bond you break sends a wave of seduction straight to the gray matter in my very sensual head. Every step you take brings us closer together so we can become one in the light of eternal bliss. You are the most fascinating and intriguing woman I have ever met. We were made for each other. I would be so happy to give you money to come meet me. Money is no object. A girl like you is worth all of the money in the world. Please send me your credit card and bank account information so I can wire the money directly to your bank account or credit card. I will send it to you as soon as I can. I will even send you extra money so you can buy some meals on your long flight.
[ Trying to pry credit or bank information so she can be more easily traced. ]
In a message dated 3/24/2007 10:42:36 A.M. Central Daylight Time, email@example.com
Hello My Dear
Its nice to hear from You..I am very happy to recieve your mail..I thank GOD ever since i met u..I know that you are the one for me..I know that we are meant to be together..You are heaven sent me..Dear You are to send me the money Western Union..Do u know any western union location near you?if not look for one near you and go and send the money there to this address..
Name Laura Kenneth
Address 2 venus drive
I hope u got it...I dreamt about us tonight we are making love and holding hands in public and i know that we become real someday sooner...Dear u need to email me the Western Union info u use to send the money as soon u send it..I will be thinking about u and dreaming about you..i hope to hear from you soon.
Lots Of Love
[ It's probably a fake address. You can pick up your money at any Western Union location, so address is no use. Continue to try to get bank or credit info. ]
My dearest Lauren, queen of my nighttime world,
I am unable to transfer funds through Western Union or the postal service. Please send me your bank account or credit
card information so I can send the money directly to your account. I just know we will be the best of all lovers and we will spend our days in an intoxicated love-trance. No distance is too great for our undying love to span. Just thinking about you sends a frenzy of shivers up and down my very sexy spine. As soon as you send me your bank information, we will be one step closer to being in a state of overwhelmingly pleasurable euphoria.
Your virtual muffin of lust,
In a message dated 3/24/2007 12:34:15 P.M. Central Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello My Love
I did not have a credit card neither bank account..I did not have any..Darling U just need to send it thru Western Union money transfer thats the only way i can get it..Pls go look for any western union location near u and send the money...and as soon u send it ..email me the Western Union info u use to send it..i will be looking forward hearing
from you soon.
[ Uh huh, no credit card or bank account? At least she's bright enough to not give out that information. Continue. ]
Dearest Lauren, my sweet cherry pie,
Since the day I laid my very sexy eyes upon you, I knew you were the one for me. All you have to do is send me your bank account or credit card information. As I said, I can't send Western Union because there is no Western Union here, but I will transfer directly to your bank account. It is very easy to open a bank account. If you really love me you will do this one thing for me.
Your life mate forever,
In a message dated 3/24/2007 4:03:10 P.M. Central Daylight Time, email@example.com
Give me your home address so i can help u look for the nearest western union to u there...okay i am waiting..
[ She's even willing to find me the closest Western Union. How sweet. I wonder if she noticed that I changed my name to Jake? Time to throw a wrench at her. ]
I am flying to Lagos, Nigeria to meet you so you do not have to travel. I leave tonight. I am the man (the very sexy man), so I should be the one to come to you. I will be there tomorrow and I will have a guide direct me to your home at 2 Venus Drive. I can't wait to meet you. See you soon my sweet African love goddess.
Your lover for life,
[ NO REPLY FROM LAURA ]
Where are you? I miss you so much. I think maybe you made a mistake in your address. I have to see you. You make my heart thirst for just one sip from your oozing fountain of passion. I have to make sure you are okay. I don't think I can live another day without you. I have filed a missing persons report with the authorities and I have also hired a private investigator to help me find you. I have provided the investigators with your computer's IP address to help us find you as soon as possible. I have to know that you're safe. I'm coming for you baby. We'll be together soon.
Your sensuous lump of desire,
[ End Correspondence ]