Dear Staff at RomanceScam,
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your site. I think of myself as a savvy person, but, had no idea there were ways to trace these people to their origins. I've spent time reading about the poor unfortunate people that have been scammed by these gangs of rats/vermin. These people have been emotionally rapped and robbed of their hard earned dollars/euros/pounds, my heart goes out to them. What a wonderful service you provide. Wish I had found this site earlier, I could have supplied information on many of the pictures you have on file.
I joined Netlog two years ago. Initially I was stunned and surprised by the message contents received also noticed while browsing there were several pictures of the same person with different names. My antenna (ears) perked up and my gut feelings took over - felt something not kosher about this. I've never used a picture in my profile to attract attention still the same types of messages came by the dozens as did requests for money. The first year I willingly gave out my e-mail address and chat line. I've refused to do so since May of this year. Dawned on me one day this was their way to avoid asking for money on Netlog as there would be no evidence of such a request on file. Didn't know about your site and the wonderful work you are doing to expose these low life criminals.
I've been blocked by Netlog on 4 occasions. Three because I sent them, on each of the 3 occasions, those form letters (estate/dormant account money letters) and they blocked me instead of the abuser of the form letter. Their response when I asked why was 'sorry for the misunderstanding'. The two other occasions the response was 'Your account is active.' It should never have been inactive or blocked in the first place if they were doing their job properly. I don't bother notifying Netlog any more. Third occasion happened quite recently where I called someone a Nigerian and pointed out to him his dreadful English and told him he was obviously not American and he should go back to school and learn proper English. Being from some other part of Africa he/she became upset with me and used the 'F' word several times including in no uncertain terms what he wished would happen to me and my family.
When I discovered Netlog had blocked me, again, I was furious. Sent them a note telling them what I thought of their site and how they protect scammers. Told them the name of the game was money, the more names they have the more they get from advertisers. I have no idea if this is true or not but I suspect they (Netlog) are in it for the money. I can't see any good reason now to think otherwise. When you can trace an IP address for these people and know where they are from in an instant. Also asked Netlog on one occasion why they allow multiple profiles, and listed three profiles wherein the parties had asked for money, their response to me was 'What can we do for you?" They re-instated me each time but I have no love for Netlog. They, in my opinion, are well aware of what's going on and are doing absolutely nothing to stop it and innocent people are being robbed of their money and the trauma of it all, when it is obvious they can dump these people in an instant by checking their IP addresses, as I learned from your site.
I have been dealing with these scammers in my own way. Generally telling them to find a 50 story building and take a flying leap and take all their cronies with them and wish them Happy Landing and blacklist them. They all ask for a chat line and e-mail address. My response now is "I don't do chat or e-mails" - they never respond. Occasionally the odd one will ask why and I say this is the perfect system (meaning Netlog) for two-way communication, end of story. I will quiz them up and down about where they say they are from. I also tell them I don't believe their far fetched stories. Also tell them how amazing it is that the only professions on Netlog are people in the oil/bridge building/import/export of cars/antique traders and yet none of you can write simple English, what a waste of education. Of course I realize now from your site I was making them better scammers by saying such things.
As I said, earlier, I've never actually used a picture of myself in my profile. I have two pictures I rotate, one of butterflies around flowers and the other is a lovely lightening strike over the CN Tower here in Toronto. Last May I added some picture of Dame Maggie Smith, the British actress, everyone tells me I look like her, I'm flattered, of course. Since these are all African's they have no idea who Dame Maggie Smith is, you need to be British/Canadian/American to know who she is. I also have two message on my system. One a blog I put up in May as follows:
Please read my message in the section 'More about me' while visiting my profile. You may also check the picture section, if you wish.
26 May 2012
Hi, I'm Una,
Thanks for stopping by, feel free to contact me - I don't bite ....
I never reply to messages left in friends request. If you want to contact me, please use the message system.
Proficiency in English a must - NO pidgin/patois English - nor do I speak French.
If you are a scammer/con artist you are wasting your time.
No military, and, especially those faking military.
No ladies, respect you, not interested.
I'm a serious, fun loving, female with a wonderful sense of humour. I don't use a picture in my profile, prefer to remain the Elusive Butterfly and away from prying eyes.
This is how best I know how to deal with these people, they can't even be called people, scum is what I call them, the dregs of humanity. On joining Netlog I signed a fictitious name, chat line and e-mail address to protect myself, (I'm so glad I did). I have never ever given my real name, address, phone number or any other personal information to any of these scammers/con artists. I have met a few, the word is few, legitimate people on Netlog. We stay in constant contact and compare notes on the world of male/female scammers and Netlog in general.
I made it a ritual from about 3 days into joining Netlog when I sign on each day I first check new additions and new pictures so I'm well familiar with the faces and name changes on a daily basis even before they hit my site. Perhaps that is why I never entertain these people for long they don't like me asking questions and I respond by saying it's a woman's privilege to ask questions if you don't want to answer I say 'adieu'.
I'm not sure if I can be of any assistance to you as I plan never to give out my e-mail or chat line again to detestable vermin. And thank my lucky stars after reading your site I'm more determined. What a serious education that was on the evils of dating sites not just Netlog as I had thought.. And the glorious information on how to make ourselves tech savvy. I know this is extremely long winded and I don't know where to send it without cluttering up your site when you have more pressing matters to attend to.
Again, congratulations on your hard work and dedication - commendable. What a wonderful service you are offering and hopefully more people will find your site before it's too late. Pity it can't be cross reference with dating sites such as Netlog but only available for those with legitimate IP addresses. I expect Netlog would be out of business if that was the case.
Best wishes to all of you and keep up the good work. Amazing, amazing, amazing!!!!!! You are truly wonderful people.
P.S. I've become aware recently, maybe you have to, of the blatant ones using the head of the picture they use to super impose it on a military uniform. Most are badly done and easy to detect but maybe that's only because I'm familiar with these people from seeing the same faces for two years running. Almost without fail there are several that have 3/4 new profile names on a daily basis on Netlog. Yes, those ludicrous ridiculous names that stand out like a sore thumb that in itself is a dead give away.