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Randy Puckett100 Engle Plaza Russellville, Alabama USA
Randy Puckett Russellville Alabama aka Michael James Scott - POF Military Scam - Identity Theft Huge online dating military scam using the identity of service men and romancing women for large amounts of money Russellville Alabama
I’m the most recent victim of these romantic POF military scams. Started communicating with someone from POF the end of May, Greatfulheart921. He had the most attractive pix, the cutest face, a Doctor, PhD, 57 years old, I actually made the first move and never imagined I’d get a response. I was delighted when I did, his name, Michael James Scott. He gave me his cell and we started texting a bit, and then he removed his POF profile. His text messages were all stamped us.army.mil at the end and he confirmed he was in the Army. It developed into the most romantic email exchange, from firstname.lastname@example.org, he sent several more pictures, he wrote very romantic letters, he answered most of my questions thoroughly, he even sent e-cards from email@example.com, everything about this seemed completely genuine. After asking him several times, he finally revealed he was at a military base in Afghanistan, a Doctor in the Army and he’s coming home in a few weeks for good, after serving our country for over 33 years. He seemed completely real in wanting to find true love in his new civilian life and was hoping he found that with me. There was no doubt in my mind about anything and we were both falling for each other.
Then something of importance needed to be discussed, a large amount of money to help get his name off a deployment list. Through Yahoo Messenger, he said he was working with a DA in Alabama who was helping these men get their names off the list. I was supposed to send a certified check for $13,250 to Randy Puckett in Russellville, Alabama, but I soon learned there is no DA in Alabama with that name, not even a licensed attorney there. And the address was going to a HUD housing project in the boonies with no one by that name at that address. I came so close to losing $13k as I was truly falling in love with this man, and then my wonderful son alerted me to these scams. What was so strange is that he first gave me his bank account information and SSN for me to check the balance in his account, and then he said he needed an extra $13k to send to the DA. He never once asked me for any personal information but he gave me his, to win my trust, which was all so confusing. I found out that bank account and SSN are not tied to his name at all, it is some business account. Once I was on to the scam and questioned him, he refused to send me any real time photo to prove his face was the one in the POF profile pix, but he still tried to convince me by sending me Army documents, awards, and Army enlistment papers with the name James Scott. After that, I still wanted to believe there was something real in all this after all these weeks of being romanced by him in a huge way. But I kept researching and finding so many lies.
In the end it actually got quite creepy, because he changed his story and said he was actually Randy Puckett and he was helping his best friend, Michael, to find true love when he comes home. He said he had fallen in love with me, though, but I was in love with his friend, Michael. OMG, that was so sick, couldn’t believe the game this guy played with my heart and how very close I came to being completely taken by this romantic scam. I am usually very wise to internet scams but this guy was really good, really thorough and everything lined up correctly for several weeks until money became the issue.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 06/28/2014 03:02 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Randy-Puckett/Russellville-Alabama-35653/Randy-Puckett-Russellville-Alabama-aka-Michael-James-Scott-POF-Military-Scam-Identity-1158217. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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