|Aka:||Christopher Smith, Francesco, James Russell
Chris, Christo, Cristopher, Dan, Fracnesco, Jamie, Russel
|Location(s):||Cape Town (South Africa); Lagos (Nigeria)
|Also claims to be in:||Rutherglen (Scotland); Coconut Grove, FL (USA); Miami, Fl (USA); Italy; Tucson, AZ (USA)
|Operates on website(s):||
Report N1 (added on March, 24, 2016)
Warning signs? Started off by saying he was a gemologist (I had put I was interested in collecting rocks and minerals), and owned a ladies fashion company. I said I didn't do fashion and nothing more was said about it. The gemology changed to third generation gold merchant.
His wife had died of cancer - I am just recovering from breast cancer. I asked about his wife, but he said he didn't talk about her as it as all in the past and he had to move on.
He was supposed to be Norwegian, and had lived in Manchester for 9 years and Scotland for 5. His written English was very poor for a man dealing in an international world. "I was born in Oslo in Norway.I was looking for the pictures i finish reading but i just received it lol.Nice pictures and your photo is nice as well.If you really wants to have a great relationship with me you need to put the past behind you.I will love to introduce you to my work if you will be interested in.Its a very profitable business."
He said he had to go to Belgium to deliver papers so a 250kg shipment of gold could be forwarded to Glasgow before going to Manchester. He was supposed to be getting ?10,000 commission on each bar, adding up to ?2.5 million pounds. He sent me the shipping company website and a tracking number. It showed the shipment was there. I cannot find any details about the company on the Internet, and the feedback link just gives reviews of a web design company. The News and Events link is just to web design as well, and the gallery link just has old photographs of buses, general tourist scenes and an antique lamp. This is obviously a bogus site. Although he went to deliver the papers yesterday, the shipment is still 'waiting' and it is supposed to be delivered tomorrow.
From about the second day of contacting me he said he was in love with me, and when he got the commission he would buy us a house.
I can find no trace of him on the Internet. He said he didn't do social media, and I can find no mention of his name in connection with gemology, fashion or gold merchants.
I had my suspicions early on and told him that I wouldn't be taken advantage of. He was very hurt. I shouldn't be on dating sites if I didn't trust. I let the correspondence continue to see what else would be said. When I got the offer of the house I knew it was too good to be true as he had never even met me. I challenged him again and he said he hated what I was saying and felt too ill with a cold to write anymore.
I don't expect to hear from him again, and I will keep an eye on the tracking of the gold shipment. I think it will probably be in Belgium for evermore!
Eleanor (United Kingdom)
Report N2 (added on March, 24, 2016)
I met Francesco on Match. When I called the number the voice recording said it was a text messaging service. When I finally spoke to Francesco, I asked him where he lived in Miami, he said Coconut Grove for 1 year from Italy and he had no family or friends here, he was alone. When I asked him what part of Coconut Grove he lived in, he could not answer the question. He got upset and asked me why I wanted to know...I told him that I lived in Coconut Grove. And on his site he said that he had a dog that he loved so much. When I inquired about his dog, he said the dog died several weeks ago...than I asked him what breed, it took him awhile to say Pit Bull. His information is making me very uncomfortable because I reported someone recently who knows my info, and now this man appears using it.....I have photos. When I went back to Match.com his profile was unavailable....gone!
Report N3 (added on April, 27, 2016)
I met James on Chemistry. Typical scammer.