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First name: Alex
Last name: Menno
Age: 62
Dennis van Coons, Brad Steelburg
Dennis van Coons, Brad Steelburg
Name aliases:
Aleks, Alexi, Alexis, Bradd, Denis, Denny
Romance scammer's Location(s):
Lagos (Nigeria)
Also claims to be in:
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Glasgow, Scotland; Los Angeles, California, USA; Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA; Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone number(s):
E-mail address(es):
Operates on site(s):
Our Time, Plenty of Fish, Tinder, Viber
Scam fake docs:
Scam media:
Audio 1, Video 1, Video 2


REPORT N1 (added on December, 21, 2017)
Margaret (USA)

This man contacted me on Plenty of Fish website. He quickly talked me into going off POF and deleting our profiles because we wanted to be a couple. He sent me several well written letters, which I have now found to be plagarized material. We began talking on November 5th, and our last conversation was Dec. 6th. He claimed to be a veterinarian working in Salt Lake City, but was returning to Scotland within 2 weeks. I asked him for photos and he obliged me. Before he went back to Scotland, he asked me to marry him, but he didnt want me to come out to Utah to meet him before he left to go to Scotland. He said he could sell his home and we could use the money here in the states. He asked me for $20,000.00 to help him make renovations to his house so he could get more money for it when he sold it. He stated he would repay me the money. Then he wanted $25,000.00, which I let him have. Later he showed me a paper that stated he sold the house for almost a million american dollars. The logo on the paper was from a realty company that was now defunct, and the phone number was bad. He then began asking me for more money, another $25,000.00, which I told him no. Then he badgered me so much I relented and said yes. And then he asked me for $30,000.00. I told him no, no way I was giving him every cent I had. At that point, he began talking to me in an accusing, sarcastic manner, and I broke up with him. He told me he would still send me back my $25,000.00, but yes, I am still waiting for that.
I have reported him to the FBI, and the Federal Trade Commission. I will probably never get over this financial loss, and also I am still in love with him. This is what hurts the most. The letter he used to get me hooked (1st one) was almost a carbon copy of other emails that have been used in other scams. I found this out by using a website called Grammerly.
REPORT N2 (added on June, 5, 2019)
Marion (Austria)

We matched on Tinder, he wrote in English, searching in Vienna Austria because he claimed he has a house here. He would retire within a month and move over from Los Angeles to Vienna.
At the moment he claims to be an architect and in the beginning, I knew him just as Dennis, 61 years old, born on June 20th, 1957. He deleted his Tinder account after a few days as did I and we moved to Viber messenger.
After a few days, I was told he fell in love with me and this went on until he wanted to spend his life with me. He sent quite a lot of photos, from him, with his mother, older black and white pics, singing to me via audio files. Enough material so it wasn't too obvious. But it was my first online dating and it felt funny from the beginning, but I sent him photos too, talked about love. We talked quite often by Viber phone, too.
He had to finish the last project for which he told me he has to fly to North Cyprus. As he told me when his flight would leave for Istanbul and afterwards on to Cyprus I checked the only Turkish Airline flight out of L.A. and it arrived 2 hours late. He could hardly have caught the flight to Cyprus, but he claimed to be there and even gave me a phone number.
There it started to get really fishy. He sent a photo from a hospital, telling me he was diagnosed with Coronary Artery Disease. Two days later he phoned me telling me he wasn't insured and he needed 32.000 (the currency was never specified) and he had only 12.000.
This also was the time when I asked him about his name. He wrote Dennis van Coons, which was believable as he claimed he has a father from the Netherlands and his mother is American, living with her sister in the Dallas-Area. I searched the internet and found a website which is more than fishy, claiming Steven Halls work as an architect as his own as well as a LinkedIn Account with a Haxmax Construction Company. The website of the company doesn't exist and is listed as a scam-website on the internet.
Now I was quite sure this all was a scam. The next days, he hardly wrote again as I told him I can't send him any money. I just got the info he still hasn't all money and the splint surgery has to be done by Friday. Well, I sent him proposals whom he could contact, like his embassy or his family.
He really is quite good I give him that, I'm just lucky I never trusted him from the beginning, so I never really fell in love with him, otherwise I would have suffered greatly.
First contact was around April 28, 2019, last contact was June 4, 2019. Viber account is still active.
REPORT N3 (added on October, 18, 2019)
Mary (USA)

His emails are identical to ones posted scamwarners site. Claims he cant meet because he is working in Dubai. Some excerpts:
There is no Mr right until we make him right. A relationship is never about how much at the beginning but how much we could make it grow into. My old friend and pastor would tell me, if you aren't ready to feel or look stupid, then don't fall in love ,lol But sincerely that is the bitter truth. He told me that the fact that something good ends doesn't mean something better can't start. Can you prove that right? I have come to realize that let a man write a better book, let him preach a better sermon, let him sing the best of songs, let him gain wealth beyond dreams, he is reduced to nothing except he has a woman to call, my wife, my best friend and co-pilot.

Scam Letters

Romance scam letter(s) from Alex Menno to Margaret (USA)
My dearest Maggie,
You would agree, we are corresponding to know each other better? I will share with you in this letter, which I am; I will give you a chance to know me, without even having met me in person. I know that relationships are developed, we must meet, spend time together to know for sure. I think it is important that you know me, and I share with you who I am, even through my letters. Take special care to read my letter.
Go somewhere still and quiet, so you can be alone with me, give me this special time with you, with no distractions. Read my letter with your heart, and you will hear my voice, you will hear my heart beating, you will feel my gentleness, my care, my passion, my emotion, my laughter, my joy, my positive energy.

Maggie, before i went to bed yesterday I was so thrilled that I met you and was thinking about it to sleep. I am new to the church here and the pastor gave me a chance to Minister because of what he explained as "filled with G

Romance scam letter(s) from Alex Menno to Mary (USA)
How are you doing today? I am really sorry for my late reply. You sound like a very Interesting person to know. I am not here for games or to play with your heart hence I believe am way too old for that. I believe is high time I found a soul mate and that is why am here. It will be my pleasure to tell you more about myself. Let me start by telling you some basic but important things about me. I am currently on my way to Dubai, U.A.E for a business Trip. Due to this business trip it would not be possible for us to have a physical meeting within the next 2 weeks. Exchanging emails would be the best way for us to know ourselves better. My job is a long story, simply put, I am a Private Contractor in the Building Construction Industry and a Certified Architect. Explaining the details of what I do would have to be in another email. I used to smoke but I quit 2 years ago. I drink occasionally though.

I seek for a complete honest woman, who will come home to me, love m


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Created: 2017-12-21    Last updated: 2021-02-09    Views: 1965