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    AMYJO1967   49,552
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Tuesday, August 07, 2012

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Hi Fellow Sparkers! - wanted to get your attention, because I believe I have been receiving mail thru the SparkMail system from a scammer. This person calls himself PAULTANNER and claims to be looking for information to help his mom lose weight. I replied to his first email giving some tips about how to use this site, and then in his 2nd email he thanked me for the tips, then said he's actually interested in being friends with me, and can we start an email correspondence, and he leaves a hotmail address and asks me for my personal email address.

The reasons I believe he is a scammer are: his letters are written in such a way that indicates that english is "his" second language, they also tend to arrive at around 4am CST, indicating that this person probably does not live in the US. Furthermore, whoever this person is, they are trying to take our correspondence off of this site and find out my personal email address, and then of course there's the fact that he claims to be doing this to help his "mum" but has not set up a profile for HER or had her contact me in any way. Also he does not have a SparkPage, just an ID.

I have found through using dating websites that these scammers often target overweight 30-40-something women thinking they are probably vulnerable to a man who claims to be very caring, attractive, financially secure, and most of all, interested in them romantically. They use a lot of flowery language, talking about how they can see the woman's inner beauty radiating in their eyes/smile, whatever. They often come off as too good to be true, because they are.

One such man contacted me through MySpace many moons ago, and his pictures were just way too pretty, as was his story. Attractive, successful, caring, lonely man who's wife had passed away, lived in California, but was currently out of the country on business...yeah...right....he walked right out of a Lifetime special! LOL! I googled "male models" and found the same set of pictures on an amateur modeling website within about 5 minutes tops. I contacted the website asking them to notify this aspiring model that his pictures were being stolen and used by at least one scammer, providing a link to the MySpace page they were posted on. I reported him as having a fictitious profile on MySpace and included links to the modeling site where he swiped this pictures.

I also contacted other women who were listed as friends on his page and found that he had been giving them all the same sad story, with a few conflicting details here and there. I struck up a friendship with one of these ladies and while I had blocked this jerk off from contacting me, she decided to follow along and see where he'd take it. He eventually got around to telling her he wanted to meet her, but all his money was tied up in investments or foreign accounts or some such nonsense and would she mind paying for his plane fare, with the plan of him paying her back plus extra when he arrived. It seems insane that anyone would actually fall for one of these scams, but apparently they do, because otherwise they wouldn't keep trying.

I wanted to make sure you were all aware of this person, in case they have found you through my page and been emailing you also.

I reported his most recent email to Sparks telling them I believe he is a scammer and asking them to please investigate.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
AMYJO1967 8/9/2012 10:10PM

    I reported his email as inappropriate and gave them information as to why I thought it was suspicious and asked that they please investigate. I've never done this before on Sparks, so I don't know if they get back to you in any way when you report someone.

By the way, I've gotten emails from others saying this guy has contacted them too.

If I'm wrong, and he's not a scammer, I feel kinda bad, but something seemed fishy to me, so I thought it best to err on the side of caution, and get the word out that this guy may be up to no good.

Safe Sparking everyone!

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KATYDID412 8/9/2012 9:31PM

    I got a message from PAULTANNER today. I didn't have time to deal with it earlier, but was a little suspicious and thought I would email him tonight and ask what kind of advice he thought his "mum" could use. Then I thought ... if he's trying to help his mother, why does he have his own profile? Then I searched his username on SP and found this blog. I'm blocking him immediately.

Does anyone know if there's a way to report this kind of behavior on SP?

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KPETSCHE 8/8/2012 1:11AM

    Thanks for the important info that you've shared. Hopefully it gets stopped immediately.

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MOMMA-MOOSE 8/7/2012 4:51PM

    Wow - good detective work!

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GUITARWOMAN 8/7/2012 3:21PM

    Terrible what people will do.....

Good for you for reporting it!


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BRENDABUNNY 8/7/2012 3:11PM

    Thank you so much for sharing this information with all of us emoticon

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ROCKMAN6797 8/7/2012 2:53PM

    It seems they are everywhere!
Good catch!

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BUSYGRANNY5 8/7/2012 11:38AM

    Thanks for sharing this information!!!

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GONNAGITGOAL 8/7/2012 11:06AM

    Wow! Thanks for the head's up!

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JENNIFERH625 8/7/2012 11:00AM

    Thank you for the heads up!

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THERESATAYLOR31 8/7/2012 10:59AM

    Good info!!!!!Thanks for this.... emoticon

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STHAX10 8/7/2012 10:58AM

    Thank you for sharing this important message!!! emoticon

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