Interpals – username petersongrant
Phone +1 484 831 4070
First class lieutenant with the US Army out of Nellis Air Force Base
Commander in field currently deployed in Syria for 18 months on a peace-keeping mission with the UN
Age 50 (birthday 7 March 1968)
Widower – wife Tania died in an accident ‘years ago’ even though it couldn’t have been more that 5 years as his son is only 5
1 son 5-yrs old Alexander in boarding school in east coast
Parents dead, only child
I went on the Interpals website to find penpals who speaks French and would email/communicate in French to help with my French classes when I received a message from this person on 16/1/18. It seemed legitimate enough. We communicated at first via email but switched to WhatsApp on 18/1/18. We started talking on WhatsApp on 20/1/18 via audio and chat. Didn’t hear back until 23/1/18 when he said he had been away on a mission for about 16 hours and have just returned to the military base so we started to chat again on WhatsApp. Did not think much of it, he wanted a penpal and anything to make his life easy while deployed overseas in a war zone. I was in a relationship so I’m not looking for romance.
On 31/1/18 he declared that I have been so good and caring to him that he fell in love with me. That was fine with me. I was not in love with him I was in a relationship (on a side note my partner and I do have an open relationship so there was the possibility of getting involved with him). He was well aware of this fact and did not seem to worry him. We continued to chat via messaging and audio.
On 4/2/18 when had a long phone conversation and we talked about different things when he felt he believed in me and trusted me as I was the closest person to him. He told me that he had made a deal with an oil company in Syria and they had paid him to assign security patrol to the company and its staff, in which he was paid that earned him US$5 million. I didn’t think much of this and this didn’t bother or impress me as I don’t care about money so I didn’t bring this up again. It was his secret that he shared with me so it’s fine.
On 8/2/18 after he and his troops came back from a 6 hour patrol, he called me and said that due to the security in the base he had been trying to get in touch with me, he was stressed and exhausted that he dropped his mobile phone and it got damaged. I provided the necessary sympathy and reprovement saying he should be more careful and to take better care of things as things are not easily replace in a war-torn country. He started giving me sob story about how damaged the phone was and that he wouldn’t be able to breathe if he can’t communicate with his son and with me. So I said I would help him. I have a spare iPhone, he needed to let me know where to send it. He then came to realised that second-hand phones can’t be sent to the military base due to high security reasons – there may be tracking device, etc so it had to be a brand new one. So I said fine I will organise to send $800 money for a brand new phone. The next week he received his new phone and we could continue to communicate. But he said the money I sent was not enough as the security personnel needed to be bribed in order for the contracted military doctors to smuggle the package in to the base and that he needed additional $600. So I organised to get this sent as well. I was not concerned about the money, I was happy to help out. I had the means. I was more concerned about his well-being,
We continued to chat and started making plans for the future. Even though I keep saying I can’t leave my partner, we can still be good friends and be in each other’s lives. He wanted me to become the mother of his child. I told him that because of my genes, I was unable to have children and I give all my maternal instincts to my 2 dogs. I realised at this point that yes I will get that chance finally to have a child, albeit not biologically. I think this is when I became the most vulnerable and I let down guard completely.
We continued to chat, I was starting to think about our future, considering leaving my partner of 18 years and starting a new life with someone new. I guess I was living out my fantasy of having a family. During this time I have not been asked to send money until one day the power bank that was apparently powering his mobile phone was damaged due to his carelessness and he needed a new one. I said there is no possible way I can send any more money as I have a mortgage, I had big bills coming up that I needed to pay and I was saving money for my overseas holiday. That was when he brought up the US$5 million he has that would be enough for us to start a new life. He will organise to send it to me to keep it safe and that I would have it within 2 weeks as he is already making enquiries as to how it can be smuggled out of the Syria. I can use the money to get the money I sent and a little bit. He will buy me the best of everything because I deserve it. He wanted me to buy a house, a car and everything else necessary for a new life.