I recently had an incident that I decided to pursue because I wanted to see how scammers go about doing just that. It was a person who claimed to be Admiral James Stavridis from the Navy (right! – sure out of the blue he would be contacting me). Okay, so I decided to play along realizing right off the bat that this was a scammer, supposedly a wealthy man so where would money come in, I wondered.
Mr. Scammer did the typical. He worked on making me believe his story. In this case, off-the-record he had a son that no one knew about that he loved very much. The son was getting involved with a project having to do with oil drilling (this made me think – this is the angle he’s going to use). So, he continued to build his story so much so that I even got him to spend money (he must have really thought I believed him if the scammer was the one that ended up being scammed out of some of his $$$). I had to chuckle a lot with that one wondering just how he must have thought he was reeling me in.
There were lots more things he did to make me believe him, especially to counter that I told him right from the start I thought he was a scammer. But he took on the challenge and there were those times and things that made me think that there were a lot of people who would be convinced by his dialogue, especially because there were some things that made him different than most scammers. He was an excellent typist. He knew a lot about the Navy and about the Admiral. His English was excellent as was his grammar. He even at one point gave me a # to call where I was able to leave a message and in minutes he told me the message I’d left. You see because he was at such a high level (he explained) there was no way he could actually pick up the phone and call me until I was cleared with security. Oh, there were lots of reasons be gave me to convince me of this.
Eventually we came around to his scam. It took about a month. His deal was because of his high level he did not have access to his money but rather the government controlled everything. Since all his expenses were covered that was fine as far as he was concerned. So, and here it came… his son needed money to finalize the deal for oil that he was doing. His son needed a pittance for him of $14,000 and there was no way for him to get him this money. So, could I help him out?
Can you imagine someone coming to you for $14,000? Then he tried everything in the book to convince me. He’d give me a promissory note. He only needed me to lend him the money because as soon as he saw me when he was on his vacation he would have access to his money and he could pay me back. He tried to make me feel bad when I said I can’t and won’t do anything if it involves money.
Ultimately, he realized the scammer had been scammed and he simply moved on. I tell you this story because I want to be sure that even the most astute of you don’t fall into the trap of scammers like this and also because I’d like you to go on to Messenger – friend him – and let him know just what you think of what he is doing. His Messenger name is James Stavridis.
I think Yahoo should track this person down and I can help them. I have the # he had me call and he has a Yahoo email. So, Yahoo must have his information. I also have the flower shop that delivered the flowers to me and he had to pay them some way. So, I put this out to my Examiner followers. Friend Mr. James on Messenger and tell him just what you think of his scam!