I think my mother in law is being scammed by an online scammer and I need someone else' input. Please note this may seem long but I have to explain the entire situation.
My mother in law is a recently widowed lady. She is very trusting and a Christian and has not dated on over thirty years and never online before. About six months ago a man contacted me on my Facebook page. He asked me if I knew any single Christian women that would be looking for someone to talk to. He was about my mother in law's age so I sent him to her Facebook page. They began talking and he suggested they move to Yahoo Messanger so they could do live chat with instant messaging.
He said his full name was Duke Paul Green and he said he owned a house in Texas. He said his wife was killed five years ago in a car accident and he has one 15 year old daughter named Mary who is going to a school in Canada. He is working for a company called KCA Deutag out of Aberdeen Scotland. He said he is currently on contract through Deutag with Shevron oil and is working on a platform oil rig in sea outside of UK. He said his housekeeper is taking care of his home while he works overseas and his contract ends in June and he is coming back to US.
Anyway him and my mother in law talked day and night for several months. He sent her romantic letters and E cards and she fell in love with him. The first red flag cae up for me in Feb. of this year. He said his daughter Mary went on a school trip to Nigeria Africa with her school guide Mr. Edward White. He asked my mother if she would like her email address so she could contact her. Mary started writing us and said her birthday was next week and she wanted a laptop for her birthday so she could write us and her dad. Duke asked my mom if she could send $600.00 via Western Union to Mr. White in Nigeria so he could get her the laptop and he would pay us back later. I was suspicious but my mother did it because she loved Mary and Duke. Mary sent her an E mail saying thank you for her gift.
A short time later Duke called my mother all upset. He claims to be of Mexican background but he had a super thick accent that sounded very foreign and not Mexican to me at all. He said Mary was playing around with her school friends and fell and was injured. He said she was in the hospital and needed surgery. He said since it was her fault Mary was hurt the school would not pay for it to be done. He wanted my mother to send Mr. White $800.00 for her operation so she could go back to her school in Canada. I begged my mother not to but she cares so much for Mary she did it. Mary sent her a thank you letter saying she is now back in her school and doing better.
Well, a few months later, Duke proposed to my mom. He said he will come to where we live in Ohio as soon as his contract is up in June and marry her. A few days ago he called all upset. He said one of the machines broke down on his ship and he has to have it fixed before he can come home. He said the cost of fixing it is $18,000. He said some of his workers' wives sent money for the cost of it and he only needs $3,000 to get it done. My mother began to doubt him then so he let her talk to one of his men. The man had a thick British accent and said Duke is a good man and loves my mom very much. He said he is coming to their wedding. Duke wants the money sent to a Mr. Williams in London England. He as been begging my mother to send the money. He said if she doesnt send it by end of June the company will not release his check and he has to stay on ship until it gets fixed. I am very suspicious. I thought maybe he was a Nigerian scammer as he sounds Nigerian on the phone. We called our phone company and they said his calls are comng from the UK. The whole situation makes me so mad because my mother in law is an elderly lady that is trying to raise her grandson all alone on little money. She honestly thinks Duke is going to marry her and his daughter come live with them. I suspect Mary is Duke because they both write exaclty the same in broken English. The pictures he sent are of a good looking white Germanic looking man but he says he is Mexican and sounds Nigerian. He says "mum" instead of mom "lundry" instead of laundry "Greet you" instead of talk to you and always leaves out the word I and refers to himself as Duke. For example "Duke is a lovely, hard working man. Am so happy here with you, babe." Any aid is appriciated.