Houston man Greg Davis wanted someone special in his life but he didn’t have the time. With working two jobs, he was often too tired to go out. Wanting companionship, he decided to try online dating and he met a beautiful woman named Malikah. He would soon find out the meeting someone online is not always the best decision.
Here’s What Happened:
In an interview with KHOU, Houston man, Greg Davis, met a beautiful woman named Malikah who was from Chicago via Match.com. Not only was she beautiful, Greg and Malikah hit it off right away. Their attraction for each other was mutual. Very quickly they began communicating often via email, phone calls, and text messages that included provocative photos of Malikah.
She pursued me, too, so I was like, ‘This is it,’ he recalled with KHOU. This is how it works.
During the course of their relationship, Greg received an email from Malikah with a copy of her father’s will. She revealed that her father had died and left her millions of dollars. However, she needed Greg’s help to retrieve the money. Malikah asked him to front her some money for taxes and shipping as the money was kept in storage.
It was increments of $5,000, $10,000, Davis said. It was also spent trying to pay for the fine that was on the money in storage.
All in the name of love, Greg sent Malikah thousands of dollars for 2 years. He drained his retirement, maxed out credit cards, and took out more than a dozen payday loans all for a woman that he had never met in person. Davis’ total loss is nearly $80,000.
I feel kind of stupid, Greg admits.
Davis finally began to feel like something was wrong so he asked Malikah for proof that the money existed. He was sent a video not from Malikah but from a man who isn’t seen on camera. In that video, a heavy-accented man is holding a stack of cash. There are rows of 100 dollar bills with “GREGORY” printed on every single note. It’s clear to see that the money was fake.
It wasn’t until Davis watched that video that he realized he was being scammed.
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Looking back, Gregory wonders if he was ever communicating with a woman. As for the woman named Malikah, Gregory believes that she could be anyone. After conducting research, KHOU discovered that the photos Davis received matched a Facebook page for a Colombian porn star. Surprisingly, her name is not Malikah.
Make sure you’re actually face-to-face with that person you’re supposed to be dealing with, because the internet dating thing, you don’t know what you’re getting, Davis said.
Sadly, stories like this are not uncommon. KHOU reported that in 2016, the FBI said that 1,000 Texans reported being victims of the romance scam. Their loss is more than $16 million. Nationally, almost 15,000 victims forked over more than $230 million. Reading this shouldn’t deter you from meeting someone online because there are successful love stories that began online. However, in order to ensure that you’re not being scammed, do your homework and find out if the person is real or just some African man trying to get your money.