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419 Scam – Love scams (fake checks)

One of the most cruel type of online scammers are so called "love scammers" or "romance scammers". Mostly they are guys targeting single women, but in other cases it's guys pretending to be young, pretty women who target men.

The variant targeting men is mostly the "Senegal sweetheart scam" involving a fake orphan refugee who stands to inherit millions of dollars from her late father. In other scams the female will be pretending to be traveling to the victim's country but will need money for tickets or for a "Travelers Assurance Fund" (TAF) to leave her country.

The variant targeting women is mostly a fake check scam. The criminals first try to hook their female victims by professing their love, sending poetry and sometimes gifts. They usually claim to be US citzines temporaily staying in Africa or Europe. Eventually they mail their victim's a fake or stolen check, which they ask them to cash. If the victim cashes the check and wires them money to Africa as instructed, she will be held responsible by the bank for repaying the entire amount when the check eventually bounces. Some women have even gone to prison for being involved in such scams.

Another common element of romance scam storylines are relatives that fall ill and need urgent surgery and will likely die unless the victims wires cash.

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From: kevin phillip carmichael <>
Date: November 16, 2006 8:38:59 AM PST
To: Firstname <emailaddress>
Subject: Re: Good Morning My Time

Hello Firstname
How are you doings..Well its so nice to hear from you.Well i Grew up speaking German and English is my second language.Firstname i dont mind abt ur kitchen if you re too tired to clean it up me and ur son could do it or i'll do it.Firstname i feel for you so much and dont wanna loose you.I dont mind if you re skinny or a little fat all i want is to be with you and feel loved
Today is it! I want to tell you I want you here with me, if only for one night cos this dream of mine sweep me off my fit.. I live day to day thinking of you. I picture in my mind everything about you, as if you were really here beside me. When I fall asleep I dream that you're next to me and I can feel your skin underneath my hand. I dream of you running your hands through my hair, down my back, and over every part of my body. I want to share my bed with you.
My world is spinning; I can feel defeat, why can't I sleep? Why does my throat close whenever you speak from your heart? My heart breaks just to be around you. I take in the way you move, the way you talk, and the way you smell whenever you are around. My eyes directed down when your gaze falls upon me, that bashful smile - I want you so badly! This tension, it kills me. My unspoken attraction is enough to fill up volumes.
How can I get close to you? I'm too shy to talk to you; so at this moment it feels safer to watch you from afar with no rejections. You have taken up residence in my mind. I want so badly for you to tell me everything I want to hear, I want you to tell me that you want me. Every time I think of you I can feel the butterflies fluttering inside me. You don't notice me or the way I look at you; maybe it's 'cause you only see me as a friend and nothing more, but when I look at your photo, nothing could turn my eyes away from your photo.
At night I lay in bed and dream of you coming to my door grabbing me in your arms and kissing me. I dream of you and me lying side by side; running my hands down your chest, across your stomach ... feeling every inch of you with my fingers. I imagine kissing you all over your body. Whispering in your ear how badly I want you. I want you to hold me and I want to hear your voice soonest. I imagine being wrapped in your arms and pressed against your chest. I would want you making me feel like part of you ... and every time we touch; we would feel like we were the only two in existence. As we lay there I would beg you to make love to me over and over.
But, as I sit here watching the sun set into the horizon, my heart sinks with it. My secret for you babey. i will write you later in the day.

From: kevin phillip carmichael <>
Date: December 5, 2006 12:31:09 PM PST
To: Firstname <emailaddress>
Subject: Re: Good afternoon

Hello Sweetie,
I want you to know that you brought love and laughter to my empty, sad
and boring life. My heart had known only emptiness until the day you
came and filled my heart to overflowing with your jovial ways. Your
sense of humor has turned my frown into a smile.
You taught me how to love again, you taught me to give and receive
love by trusting in you and believing. You taught me to go the extra
mile. And though there are miles between us, I never stop thinking of
you, you have brought a change into my life and my heart is forever

I can never forget you, or keep thoughts of you out of my mind. I
think of your sweet lips and kisses, feel them as if it was yesterday.
Thoughts of you warm my heart. You complete me, you are everything my
heart desire.

Loving You Always,

From: kevin phillip carmichael <>

Hello Sweetie
How are u doing???hows ur cold now and the head ache and the running
nose well all three of them on you i guess u must has felt so sorry and i hope u re ok now..I know u want to make
friends but dont rush in wanting to get friends and get urself into
trouble or make the wrong friends well i should guess u know wats
right for you.I dont go to casino's and i dont gamble too.well when am
done here i will be coming home to PA and then will come and see
you..Well we will be together in about 2 weeks from now trust me on
this ok...
I need to get back to work i will email you later

From: kevin phillip carmichael <>

Hello there, my sweet love. How are you? I know it has been hard for you to be alone there, but remember one thing ... Sweetie, I am always here, and there, in your heart. Think of me and my warmth will be the blanket for you to sleep tight in the night. Look to the sky at night, and when you see a sparkle of a very shining star ... that's me, Sweetie, thinking of how much I love you and miss you. Look to the moon, thousands of miles away from you ... I will be looking at the moon too - thinking of you.
I am struggling a lot here, through thick and thin, but I am doing fine so don't worry - you live in me and will always. Sweetie ... I will be back very soon ok.
In your deep, eyes I fell in love, victimized by the spell your eyes showed and I am trapped in you,please don't ever let me go - as our love starts at forever and ends at never.

Yours and only yours forever,

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