David Hartman pursued me a short time after I joined a dating site. He called me, sent cards, gifts of food, flowers, numerous baskets of different items and jewelry. He stated he was a mineral scientist from Germany and was living in North Carolina at the time. He suddenly had to travel to Italy on a "contract" bid and then had to travel on to Ghana. The morning he was leaving for Italy, he alleges he dropped his cellphone in water and had no time to replace it and would I purchase one and have it sent to him in Italy. Reluctantly I did this. Then on to Ghana where he needed a specific kind of laptop - as he would be back to his home within a few days and would pay me for my expenses, I sent the laptop to Ghana.
From then on he purchased a large amount of gold for his contract...even provided numerous receipts of such purchases. [continued below]....
..... However, he continued to need money as he had to purchase different certificates to have the gold confirmed to be his and registered within Ghana and then for the taxes on the gold. I reluctantly sent the money until it became almost a daily situation. I can only say that somehow it felt like this man had kind of "put me in a trance" and was controlling my mind and I did all that he asked and even cried when I could not make his demands happen.
Eventually, I stopped sending money and other items. I started doing research on him and found out that he did not live where he had indicated and had never lived there. I also had businesses calling me because the gifts he had sent to me were through stolen credit cards. Also, when I found out he did not live where he had indicated, the rental management advised me that there had been calls from other women on the same man for the same reasons. I reported David Hartman onto a romance scam site and to Pigbusters.net. From those reports I heard from another woman that David Hartman was currently talking with. She gave me his current telephone number and email address. I contacted David Hartman and he was quite angry that I had contacted him, but again, he promised to pay me the money he had taken from me. This never happened.
I learned that he was living in the Dallas, Texas area and not in North Carolina as he had advised me. He was in Ghana at different times and was actually known at the KLM Airlines in Amsterdam. To date, he has not paid any reimbursement and he will not return any calls or emails sent to him. I have reported him to the local police and have tried to report him to the FBI as it involves across state lines and involves scamming from another country. The FBI personnel actually laughed at me when I tried to report it to him.
This man is alive and still scamming/extorting women across the country. He also has had individuals contacting Pigbusters.net and trying to having his profile deleted from that site. An employee of Western Union told me once that I may not want to send money to this man in Ghana and when I asked why, she said there is a lot of activity with him receiving money from a number of other people. That was all she would say to me. So, in seeing his picture on Match.com I know he is still active in this business on scamming/extorting women, especially the retired and widowed women.
Thank you for your consideration on this report. I have found this man listed already in a report of bogus checks being sent from Canada. He has been quite convincing to many women and they have been devastated by his scamming/extorting to them.