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Melvin Troxell - eHarmony

Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:51 pm

Posted on behalf of the targeted victim.

I connected through eharmony Canada with the person who called himself Melvin Troxell ( The cell phone number shows up as an Alberta, Canada phone number and is 587-207-0347. He said he was an engineer living in Edmonton, Alberta and had to leave for a job in Istanbul, Turkey to repair an oil pipeline for Chevron. He said his birthday was October 10, 1960. He sent me a fake Alberta Driver’s License and a fake home address (605 Stewart Cres SW Edmonton T6X 1B5). He said that he was originally from Malta, but had become a permanent resident in Canada 7 years ago. He came to Canada after his wife died of cancer.

Once he got to Turkey several issues arose. He said that the Turkish government blocks websites and so he couldn’t track his incoming shipment with goods needed for work. He asked me to track the shipment and it was a fake website at: https: // He asked me several times to check when his shipment would arrive at the port in Turkey. He said that in Turkey, he incurred charges at the port to clear goods that he had shipped there for the job. He asked me to help pay for clearance of these goods by saying that access to his banking website was blocked in Turkey due to government control of the websites. I refused and then he asked me to sign into his bank account to transfer money. The account had a large sum of money in it and he promised to use this money to pay me back. It was a fake bank website for Bank of Beirut ( and of course the transfer didn’t work. I transferred money to him by wire transfer to his “Agent”. The bank account information is :

S. H. H.,
xxx, Istanbul, Turkey,
IBAN: TR3900064000002124001xxxx,
Bank: Turkiye is Bankasi A.S.,
Bank Asys No 89 A, Nazim Hikmet Blv, Esenyurt, Istanbul, Turkey, 34000.

I made several transfers in USD and Euros over 4 months for various issues that he was having, such as paying an additional tax to release the goods, to pay off a family for an injured worker on his site due to the lack of worker’s insurance. He also had a friend, Fred Ewan (, that would contact me and tell me that he was also sending money, but it was never enough. Fred had 2 phone numbers (718-618-6679 and 44-7448263801). One time “Melvin” asked me to send money by Money Gram, but it was rejected. He told me to send it to the Hotel Manager who I was told was Hakan Ogut, Istanbul, Turkey.

He also convinced me that he was who he said by Skyping me, but I later found out that this was somehow a fake Skype call. From my own internet searches, I found out that all the pictures he had sent me were previously used in romance scams and actually belong to a Russian business man that had photos stolen from his social media (All the photos I received were actually of Ivan Alekhin).

When I pressured him to pay me back, he said that he will get a off-shore bank account set up in my name with the money from his job deposited in it so that I can transfer the money to myself. Of course the bank had numerous fees and the bank website was a fake website for the QNB Finasbank in Turkey (www. and used emails (belonging to Mr. Danut Bucur who supposedly worked in the Foreign Remittance Department, QNB FinansBankasi (Esentepe Mahallesi Buyukdere Caddesi, Kristal Kule Binasi, No: 215, Istanbul/Turkey) and


Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:57 pm

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Fake document used in fraud:


Skype fake accounts used in fraud:

Skype name: live: pau.woods70
Skype name: fred.kiyo63


Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:58 pm

Additional fake character used in fraud:

The email address was reported in 2017 by a Facebook user targeted in another romance scam, while receiving the message:

Wilford Rooner <>

Hello Dear,

Good morning my angel and i trust this mail finds you in good health?
However let me introduce myself, I'm a 54 years old man, divorced.
It's not that I don't want to get married for the second time, because
you might be asking why i have not found someone to marry till now,
it's simply because I have not found my perfect match for marriage
ever since my divorced. Maybe you are God's sent to me.

Let me tell you the simple truth, my previous marriage didn't go well
along the line. I had a daughter with my ex- her name is Jadira. She's
12 years old, living and staying with her mom( my ex-wife).

I think I made the wrong choice in the first place. But as life may
have it, I have to move on for a better future, when things don't work
out the way they should be, one has to move on because there's a
better life and good partner ahead of you who would appreciate your
love and love you too. To me, I see past as an experience which
propels you for a good and better future.

Some people do say that I look very younger than my age, but I tell
you 54 years is my real age. I'm very matured when it comes to
reasoning and what a man can do. I'm an easy going young man,
independent, well reserved, well trained, educated, has sense of humor
and lots more. Some people do say that I'm funny, yes, it's true, I do
make funny jokes, especially when I'm not stressed with my work. I
like travelling because it's part of my job.

Also, I love seeing the beauty of nature in so many geographical
locations, making friends, making researches and discovery. Some other
things I like to do are: watching football(soccer)I'm a die hard
Manchester United fan, swimming, playing snooker, listening to pop,
soul, RnB and any good sound of music only when I'm free.

Honestly, it's my pleasure to know you. And I'm very glad for the
impression and polite attitudes you have showed to me towards replying
my first message to you. I would like to know more about you. Could
you please tell me your age, your occupation, and other interesting
things about yourself?

Most importantly, do keep in touch because keeping in touch always is
the only way we can build a reliable relationship irrespective of the
fact that we're in different geographical locations. Our differences
in location will not be a barrier as soon as we find love in each
other. Love brings and binds two people from different regions or
locations together.

Together we can make this a reality.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Much love,

Wilford Reooner.

Phone numbers used in fraud:

587-207-0347 / +15872070347
Number billable as geographic number
Country or destination Canada
City or exchange location Hanna
Original network provider* Iristel Inc.

718-618-6679 / +17186186679
Type: Non-Fixed VoIP (e.g. Skype or Google Voice)
Original carrier: Verizon New York Inc.

44-7448263801 / +447448263801
Number billable as mobile number
Country or destination United Kingdom
Original network provider* Lycamobile UK Limited

For the fake sites used in this fraud details in viewtopic.php?f=17&t=73474.

Francis Briggs -

Sun Jun 23, 2019 2:24 am

Fake character used in scam:

Francis Briggs
Phone: +16177185186
Address: Block 234 Washington St, App 24, 77077 Houston Texas
United State

Stolen picture used:


He pretends to have over $3Mill. in a fake Bank of America account, using a fraudulent website active from the domain name

Type: Non-Fixed VoIP (e.g. Skype or Google Voice)
Original carrier: Rcn Telecom Services, Inc. - Ma
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