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ROMANCE SCAMMER Bengie Leatherwood
First name: Bengie
Last name: Leatherwood
Age: 53
Name aliases:
Romance scammer's Location(s):
Cotonou (Benin)
Also claims to be in:
Rockmart, GA (USA)
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REPORT N1 (added on October, 4, 2013)
Vanessa (USA)

I met Ben on Zoosk. He states that he is an architect. He says he is a widower with no children, only step-children. He says that his wife died of breast cancer a few years ago and told me he had not seen anyone else since her passing. He seemed like quite a catch, actually. Our conversations seemed to be quite deep and I truly felt like we were really getting to know each other well. His values and my values seemed to parallel and our ways of working seemed to parallel as well. I did check him out in the town he lived in and, although the Ben Leatherwood I found there didn't look the same and his career didn't seem to match, I thought maybe there was a mix-up. I tried to pull up obituaries (parents and spouse) to see if I could link him up, but the obituaries didn't list relatives left behind. Several days after meeting him, he told me he had a business venture in the Benin Republic (Africa) and would be gone for 14 days. We talked often while he was gone. He told me on a Sunday that he was going to have to move out of his home in March or April of next year and wanted to move to a house we could buy together. The next day, I received an email telling me he needed to pay taxes on the job he was over there doing and that this was his first out-of-the-country venture. He said he didn't realize that he would have to do that and that they wouldn't just withhold the money from his pay. He told me he had $70K of the $80K he needed to pay them and wanted me to help him out until his payment from them cleared. I told him I couldn't financially help him and I haven't heard from him since.

Scam Letters

Romance scam letter(s) from Bengie Leatherwood to Vanessa (USA)
Hello Vanessa,

How are you doing and how was your day ? So nice to meet you! I am quite moved that you felt compelled to express your interest - thank you. I was really happy to hear back from you. What I am looking for in a relationship?....the best part of a relationship is to have my best friend who knows me and I know her well because we take the time to build trust, understanding, respect and knowledge and our communication is brilliant and honest and often.

I want to have a connection so deep as a friend and a lover that I could not imagine my life without this person... -- timing is everything and character is so important. I think two people should share the same values -- such as honesty and integrity, thoughtfulness and kindness. I also wish to have someone who takes care of herself inside and out....what we think we become.. so having a healthy mind and spirit will lead to and sustain a healthy body. I do care for myself and take of myself well,I


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Created: 2013-10-04    Last updated: 2018-01-11    Views: 1066