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Nikos Barnabas

Nikos Barnabas Nigeria shipment Bauxite

Lagos, Manchester, UK

scammed me out of $25K... Jan 2010. Spoke of past love, never knew love until he met me.... quoted scriptures, said very meaningful and indepth prayers when I was nervous about the money which calmed me and convinced me that no one could pray like that if he were not true. wrote me poems and meaningful notes. Very intense on the love factor and that he had been searching for me all his life. Called me his wife. said he was going to make his vows to me upon our first meeting....

Said he was building in the UK and needed a shipment of bauxite to come from Nigeria. Everything mad sense. said he put his house up to finish the contract and was $50 short, he was selling his SUV and his uncle was loaning him some but still needed $25K more....that's where I came in... he did it in such a way that I offered and therefore I thot this could not be a scam if I offered versus him asking.

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He said he would pay me back in about 1 month when he was paid out for the completion of the project. I told him just the amount i paid him and keep the profit for our future...
follow who scammed who case #1965 as well

Unfortunately when I was googling him nothing came up except the confirmation that he "was in the white pages" under Round Rock Texas "as he stated"...

He has used the same profile 5 times since Mid January.... except under different names....

niksogirl - anonymous here
lets compare timelines
you said you gave him money in Jan 1010. I met him under soulsmile1967 on August 7, 2010. In September, he told me he was short onf the final funds for the bauxite shipment, that it was on hold in Nigeria until he paid the final $ for it to be shipped to UK. In late Sep/Early Oct after some 'customs' problems, on hold in UK, said the project was completed. Also, did you ever 'see' the mall project he was 'working' on? Were you and he still in contact then?

He also sent me poems and songs. One of those was 'our love story' that was grounded in passages from the bible. Said he had been up all night writing it. Did you receive the same love story? The majority of the intense 'love' content was from Aug - Oct. It was mid October that he did not arrive on the flight to FL as 'planned'. Were you and he still in contact/was he telling you he loved you during that time frame?
anonymous, from post 1965, here again. In Jan 2011, he was telling me that he was in Lagos, on legal hold, with 'fine' of 50K and that he needed $25K to pay 1/2 of the fine for the 'breach of contract' legal issue. Did you send him the 25K in Jan 2011? or Jan 2010? Was it Jan 2011 he was telling you he needed the money for the bauxite shipment?
Dear "Believed"
Yes is scammed us both simultaneously. I meant January 2011.

Yes he sent me "Our Love story as in God's eyes" which took him a "very long time to put together".
Check my posting,,, and if you want... call this cell number
(850) 226-9224
Thought I'd post it here, in case it's helpful to you or anyone.

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I though maybe reading this may be helpful for others that they are not alone in this exploitation and betrayal. This is a copy of an email I sent to 'Nikos' in earl February after I really learned 'the truth'.

I want to ask 'why', but already know the answer, because you could.
I want to tell you how betrayed I feel, but you won't hear it.
I want to tell you I deserve better, but you don't care anyway.
I wanted to know the 'truth' and now I know at least the most important parts of it.

Inside me, it feels as though you 'fed' on me, like a vulture, taking bite after bite.
It feels like you sliced and diced my heart
Stole my love,
Stole some of my faith in mankind.
Stole some of my hope.

I know God will heal these things in me.
I know that love, faith and hope come from God and He can and will restore all of this in me and more.
I take full responsiblity for how I opened the doors to you and the decisions, grounded in love, that I made.
And I acknowledge fully your responsiblity.
It is now extremely clear you exploited my, and others' love for money.
That you betrayed my trust, with no concern at all for the impact on me.
That you did all you could to elicit my trust in you, made promises you had no intention of ever keeping, for money.
That you would have allowed me to do as much as possible for you, even if it had meant my going into financial ruin,
With no concern for the impact on me, financially, emotionally, in trust, faith, love.
I pray for your soul, and if you won't let the light in, I pray for God to stop you from being able to do this to anyone else.
I pray for God to put barriers in your path so you can no longer exploit the beautiful innocence of true love, true hearts.

I had been praying, telling God I was ready to know the 'truth'. And then I found your 'old' profile. Prayers are always answered, one way or the other.

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i met this guy (for the lack of other words) on (his name now is fedor kallistos and he uses different usernames in match- i try to follow him and report to match but i think match should act about it) and yes he was so romantic and so supportive. now he uses TN as home base. he told me a hear breaking story how his parents died when he was a child in Greece. he also told me a story how he is so broken because his love of his life died from cancer and he was so destroyed that he had to leave TX. he said that he is now in UK work on this big project of millions of dollar and things are going barely. he sold everything and he lives in apartment without heating. he cried and sounded hones. when i didn't believe me he manipulated me to believe that i am wrong to do so. we decide to forget about the money and we indeed forgot about it getting closer a month later he asked again and i broke and gave him the money. needless to say that we fought a lot about the money issue. the story is too long but all the posts are very similar word to word to what i encountered.

here is the info he asked to send the money:
Agent's name: Steve Brawal
Address: 1189 Victoria Island
City: Lagos
State: Lagos
Country: Nigeria
Zipcode: 23401


Security question: Shipment doc for fedor?

Ans: Done

Agent 2

Wale Thompson

same Info

amount 2500usd.

same security question text and answer.

YOu will send me the MTCN (Money Transfer Control Number) its a 10digit on the reciept for each of them..and the detail of the sender's name(you) name as on the receipt and zipcode.

he is so good that he even continue to be in communication for several months later. until one time he stopped. needless to say that each time i asked for my money back he asked for more time.

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