I also want to share my story. Sharing makes it more bearable. I also lost money and of course my heart. And on top of that I send nude pics. The last part is giving me the most stress. I have deactivated all my social media accounts; hopefully not too late.
I met the person on a lesbian dating app. Never knew they were also on those. But of course the signs were there but I just ignored them because I was certain that scammers don't go on dating apps (this was not a website because it is only an app version). The person was named Sharon Riggs Nguyen, a sergeant in the US Military based in Ukraine.
I did my research and there were US soldiers based there. I did Google Reverse Image and nothing came up. So I thought it was legit. Of course in a short amount of time I was her forever love and we would be together forever and ever. And all of the sudden, she had problems with the connection and wanted to get off the app...entering Hangout.
After the grooming phase, she started asking me to help her because she was not allowed to handle money over there. Started with a small amount and eventually it grew and grew. I send money through Moneygram and bank transfers.
We talked on the phone and she had such a sweet voice. At one point I told her that I did not have anymore money to send for the requests. She did not pressure me or blackmailed me. We just chatted and it was fun.
Then the scammer made a mistake by sending me a pic of the lady they used where there was a name written on a screen (it was a competition). I checked the name and that is how I found out I was being scammed. The girl was on Instagram and there was were they took the photos to send to me. I confronted the person and she said that yes, she made a mistake and used someone else's pic and asked me for forgiveness.
One day I received a call via Hangouts and I talked to one of the scammers which was a girl of 22 years old, living in Accra, Ghana. She explained to me why she did it and told me that others were texting me and asking me for money. She was only there for the voice and sometimes texting me to have phone and chat sex (for her sake).
She told me not to give out my home address and working place when they would ask me.
And yes, I received a text one day where they asked me for my address to send flowers. Gave them a bogus address. After that, I deleted my gmail account...it was really stressing.
I am from South America and getting these situations reported is useless.
Only thing I am stressing about are my nude pics. Only time will tell.
Pic of the person they used