Scammer Laura Ben

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First name:Laura
Last name:Ben
Age: 36
Location(s): Lagos (Nigeria)
Address(es): unknown
Phone number(s): unknown
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Report N1 (added on November, 21, 2012)

The scammer contacted me on a website called Pink Sofa, a website for women looking for women. She flirted with me and wanted to correspond on hotmail almost immediately and I have corresponded with the scammer for about three months. I noticed some weird things like not answering questions, even if they weren't that personal. The so traditional scenario of losing her parents was present and no close relative or friends were found. The only other person she ever mentioned was her personal assistant/accountant James Simon. I also found it weird that she wrote poems that were easily traced to As she said she was from the Netherlands originally I didn 't react upon bad grammar etc.
The first money request was initiated when she supposedly returned to Dubai from Auckland. She had left Auckland for the UK first to get more funds for finishing her project, the construction of a childrens hospital in Dubai. She had problems with a tax debt and the construction site had been closed down. She asked for about $8000 and I helped her out with about $5000. The money were sent via WU to Laura Ben and James Simon.
After about a week a new catastrophy occured. She didn't have money for the running cost. I helped her out a little again and money were sent to the same names as before.
After this nothing special happened and I was kind of lured in to safety again. Then I recieved a mail that she had finished the project and were heading to the UK to cash in. By then I had a feeling that something was going to happend again and yes it did. To be able to get her pay that now was in an escrow account because she didn't fulfil the contract on the estimated time, she needed to pay either 150.000 or 90.000. By this time I was convinced something was wrong and denied her all kind of help. We've had contact after I denied her but today I blocked her mail. I've been checking the documents she sent and are sure they are fake as well as a lot in her story is the same as in a lot of other romance scams.

Cathrina (Sweden)