Terry Philips – Romance Scammer

A reader has emailed me to tell me how she was nearly taken in by a romance scammer.  Fortunately she realised something wasn’t right when he started telling her stories about ridiculous gifts and courier companies.  The next step would undoubtedly have been requests for money.

The website for the, supposed, courier company is a scam website.  It is a copy of a legitimate site owned by an Australian Courier company and the domain name (.rapidcourieronline.com) was registered on 10 July 2012.

NEVER send money to someone you have met online, no matter how plausible their story.  Also, study the scammer’ techniques if you are looking at internet dating.  Poor use of language and over use of flattery are giveaways.

I received a friend request on Facebook and realize this guy is scamming me..we spoke via email about 5 times and suddenly the darling, kisses messages came through…he keeps asking for my tel nr so the courier company can contact me etc. etc.
Here are the last 2 mails

Hi Darling,
Am sorry for not writing you!!!! Went out of town and shopping along side, miss reading your mails! Honey I still sent the Gift as promised today and I put so many surprises. You will scream when you find out the most precious gift amongst all the items I put in the parcel. I think about you day after day, minutes after minutes and sec after secs. I love you my honey.
I don’t know if I have told you what is inside the parcel of the gift before,,,,, hummmm do you know what I put inside the parcel I put the sum of 100,000pounds, Electronic Dictionary, A model HP laptop, gold wristwatch, Apple iphone, Brown Envelope sealed, flowers, 7 Copies Of my Photograph, Manchester united football Club jersey and others that I want them to be a surprise to you. .hahaha, Honey the 100,000pounds is for you to help me pay for the apartment where I will stay when I come and also help me buy the jeep I hope you understand me honey I love you so much please as soon as you receive the parcel from the courier services just let me know so that we make more plans because I really want to enjoy my self with you hehe… have a nice time I love you hummkisss…
The name of the courier services company is RAPID COURIER this is the website ( www.rapidcourieronline.com) and the TRACKING NUMBER for the parcel is( REPTRK4115) and the pin code is (TerryKriel) they will deliver the parcel to you as soon as possible. Hummm kisses…please as soon as you receive the gift let me be informed. Honey make sure you always track the parcel for update ok.
Terry Philips

From: Terry Banks To: “my reader” Sent: Monday, 6 August 2012, 14:26Subject: Details received?
Hello Sweetie,How are you today, I am mailing to let you know that I receive your details sweetie and I am very happy that you have given me a chance to show you a little of how much I love. Honey you are going to love the gifts ok. I will and look for a convenient time to send you the gift because I am always very busy. Baby In my thoughts of you there are an underlying love that is present in every word, every glimpse I hope you feel it as I do, for it is what I am and ever I will be. I am thinking of you, in everything I do now. If it’s wrong to love you, then my heart just won’t let me be right. ‘Cause I’m drowned in you, and I won’t pull through, without you by my side.Thinking of you makes my life complete. You’re my golden clouds; you’re my smile. You are all the soulful love songs within my spirit, like an angel calling me… perfect for my soul. So, here I am, all by myself, thinking of you – no one else. There’s a feeling inside and as hard as I try, it just won’t go away. I will inform you when I send the gift ok. As for the accommodation I think I prefer the Grand Daddy Hotel, I would arrange how the booking and buying of the jeep would be in my subsequent mail to you.Please baby can you also enclosed your cell number so that the courier agent can contact you when the gift arrives your country because I am planning to send it tomorrow because I will be going offshore by Wednesday.Waiting your reply!!!!!!!Kisses!!!!!!!!

We only ever spoke as friends, till I decided to see if he is trying to scam me.