Let me introduce myself. My name is Eva, I am a documentary filmmaker currently researching the phenomenon of romance scamming. The people from romancescam.com are helping me in this process. I have been researching since february this year and apart from this research I work on different projects. They include a children's philosophy programme for Dutch television, a documentary that is now finished (you can watch it here: https://vimeo.com/80457793
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I've spoken to quite a few male and female victims of these scams in The Netherlands and I have spoken extensively with Cees Schep from the anti-fraud centre here. He told me a lot about the way scammers work and how the police in Nigeria works. All these people have given me insights of the works of the scammers, the feeling of being scammed and many spoke to me about their previous relationships - their love cv so to speak.
It is my intention to make a documentary in which I closely follow two or three people who have a long-distance relationship with someone who might not be who he or she says he/she is and people who have just discovered that this is definitely the case. The reason I want to do this is that I have discovered throughout my research that there are many taboo’s still when it comes to being single and online dating, especially for people over forty. The people I have spoken to however were braver than most of their peers to end a bad marriage or to try and make a new start and rediscover themselves. Being brave enough to rediscover who you are and experiment with who you want to be are important motives in this film. When you have been scammed there are many times you don’t feel brave at all, but rather powerless and ashamed. Still, there is an immense power and braveness in people who are adamant to make life as good as it can get. Both these highs and lows I want to show in this film that will hopefully help a little break taboos around the topic of love in the 21st century.
Therefore I am asking you, the reader of this post, to contact me if you are interested in meeting me. I am interested in all your stories, especially when you have just discovered you were scammed - or you are not sure - and want to talk about your experiences. It is important for you to know that our first contact will be via e-mail, or if you prefer, Skype or telephone. I will NOT publish the story anywhere or make it public in any other way. It is solely for my understanding of the problem of scamming and the purpose of getting in touch with victims who might be interested in taking part in the documentary at a later stage.
I am looking forward to talking to you. You can send me a PM via this website or contact me directly at eva-at-evavanpelt.nl. If you feel a little apprehensive about contacting me you can always ask frumpy or Hula-Girl about my credentials. Hula-Girl was scammed almost two years ago and she wrote a wonderful diary about all her up’s and downs, I can recommend it if you haven’t already read it. You can find it here: http://www.romancescam.com/forum/viewto ... 11#p361511
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