Description: This article focuses on the match login, which is a report that aired in NYC and on Fox affiliates around the country about an online scam that used a picture to defraud a woman. You need to be very careful on these dating sites.
I thought that he was perfect and good-looking. All the profiles say the right thing that he’s handsome, fit and single. He looks like a nice honest man. That’s what the lady said. You will be showed more from the man behind the photo later.
But first let’s see what one of the women lured in by his good looks said. I am a typical single parent raising two kids by myself barely making ends meet. She wants to make sure everyone hears her story before they go searching for the perfect match.
This is a nightmare, it all started with a simple click, Rachelle joined match.com and before long she got a message from a man with a picture and this profile. He was a handsome looking man claiming to be Joel Walker and he said something like I love the way your eyes look in your profile.
They chatted almost every day about where he was from Rhode Island not far from her and what he did, he was a timber importer exporter and that’s why he was in Nigeria doing business, the fact is that he originated from here and was doing business there.
Early on she says he told her I love you, I told him I’m uncomfortable with you saying that because we don’t know each other and what he would say is that we know each other through our profile, our profiles match.
They kept messaging back and forth for weeks and then an email about his eight-year-old little girl in the hospital, at the time I’m thinking of a father with a daughter stuck in another country, Joel wasn’t asking to borrow money.
He claimed he was having trouble cashing his checks overseas and wanted to send Rachelle some money orders that she could deposit and then wire transfer him the cash, Rachelle was skeptical, I thought about it.
I said now I’m not sending him money, I’m sending him his own money, $4,500 in money orders came to her house, Rachelle deposited them into her bank account.
The girl in the bank said they’ll be ready to business day, the next day Rochelle wired out the cash and it all seemed fine until days later the bank told her the money orders were fakes, her accounts were overdrawn and all of her own money was gone. After the scam was found, my son went online, put in Joel Walker.
On sites like romancescam.com, there is the same picture with other women sharing their stories. I was humiliated and embarrassed, we tracked down the real man behind the photo and its name isn’t Joel Walker, it’s Jeff Joslin and he’s not looking for love online. That’s not him.
It turns out that he’s a victim too, he’s an actor who started a page on myspace, hoping it would get him some work not relationships, he had no idea women like Rochelle were getting taken by scammers using his photos.
There have been three sites in less than a year that I showed up on, Jeff thinks that scammers lifted his pictures from MySpace and created a profile on match.com to lure in innocent women. I feel bad for the women, they felt comfortable trusting this person online.
Jeff even sent an email to the address listed in the fake profile telling him to stop, he said you’ll never stop me in your wildest dreams, even after Rochelle says she warned match.com about the love scam, the fake keeps popping up.
I’m scrolling all over luck, there’s Jeff Joel, weeks later, we could still pull up the phony profile this time under a different name, I don’t want anything to hurt my reputation, because this is my business, this is what I do and my image is all I’ve got, my reputation is all I got.
If they had flagged a picture, it would never have been on, I would never have seen his profile, I would never have been scammed, she reported it to match.com, the police, even the FBI, now she has bill collectors chasing after her.
When we told match about it, they told us it’s impossible to flag a photo, so it’s automatically rejected, they don’t keep profiles up if they know that they are false, they also said they’ll investigate the profile we told them about, you need to be careful on those sites and don’t wire money to someone that you don’t know.