Hi. I came to this forum to tell my story about how I was scammed and wish I could get my money back. The story begins when i was 15 or 16 back in 2004-2005 on the chat messenger service known as Paltalk. I am a Muslim and I would often frequent Islamic chat rooms and even had my own. Anyways, one day I was in the chat room and a girl came in claiming she wanted to convert to Islam. I told her the procedure to convert to Islam and she claimed she followed it. Anyways later on one of my friends (or so i think) on paltalk wanted to "set me up" with the girl so that i could marry her. She seemed to like the idea and seemed to want to follow through with it. We exchanged pictures and she said she thought I was cute. She claimed she was actually half jordanian half white. She claimed her father was Muslim but died when she was younger and that her mother raised her as a Catholic. She sent me very pretty pictures of whom she claimed was herself as a white arab girl. She also claimed she was a cheerleader and a all A student. She wrote on her MSN that her name was Melinda Hudieb. Anyways, later that week she claimed that she started to wear the hijab (traditional Muslim headscarf) to school and that her mother got mad at her for doing so. She claimed her mother kicked her out of her house. She claimed she went to another 'girl' whom who was also on paltalk and stayed with her. Eventually she said she was going to live on her own. At the the time she said she was 16 years old like I was. She said she quit school and got a job full time at a flower shop and that she got an apartment. I was so caught up in the story that I told her i would get a job to help her. Thats exactly what I did. I got a part time job while going to highschool at a local grocery store. I sent her some money. I didnt think much of it. Eventually she would say that she didnt have enough money to pay the rent so she asked me for more. I ended up spending probably at least a 1000$ of my hard earned cash on this 'girl', all the while being completely infatuated and in love with her. All the while I told my dad about her and that i wanted to marry her. He told me that she is probably not who I think she is. I should have listened to him. Anyways, I told her one day that I wanted to meet her in person. She said okay and i told my dad i wanted him to take me to meet her. He said okay. Coincidentally she disappeared without telling me her address or anything. I dont remember the excuse she gave for disappearing. I should have took this as a sign that something was up but i didnt. Eventually she claimed that her mother was looking for her and that she was basically a run away. I told her that in Islam we should be good to our parents so she should return to her mom. Then she disappeared again for another few months. During that time I got very impatient and started to become involved with another girl on Paltalk. When she returned from her disappearance she said her mother found her and sent her to another state. She heard that I was starting to get involved with this other girl. However I wanted her back so i told her im sorry but she told me she just wanted to focus on school for then on. That was the last time i spoke to her. After that I thought everything was my fault. I thought that i shouldnt have talked to the other girl and should have just waited for her to come back. This was in 2005. I went into a deep depression and was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder Recurrent. It was my last year of highschool and my grades dropped significantly. Years later I still felt like I had feelings for this beautiful half arab half white girl. At times i would go back to the internet and try to search for her. I would search her name on different people websites as well as her email. Nothing would come up. Eventually one day about a year ago I wanted to get to the bottom of where she went so i could contact her. I got the idea that i would look up the old transactions that i had sent money to her with from paypal. She had claimed when i sent her the money that it was going to her cousin. The name on her paypal was Thera Chatman. I searched thera chatman on facebook and black woman came up. It said she had cousins with the last name Hudieb(the same name that she had used on her Messenger) and that she had a cousin named Melinda Cayabyab. You can still see their names on facebook. None of them had white mothers but rather were some sort of polynesian, arab, and black family. None of them wore hijab or had any sign that they were Muslim. Right then I started to come to the realization that there is no girl with the legal name Melinda Hudieb but she had used that name to give the appearance she was part white part arab.. When i went over the story with my friend he told me that the whole thing was a romance scam. My brother told me the same thing. I am still coming to terms with the fact that Ive been scammed and that these girls used religion to get me to feel for the plight of a damsel in distress supposedly that was Muslim and thus give them money. Anyways I hope you enjoyed this story. The only question i have now is there any way i could get my money back from them now that I know their information and who they really are.
The email she used and paltalk name she used was Melinda0786@hotmail.com
and Melinda0786. She used the same email Melinda0786@hotmail.com
for the paypal that i sent money to.