Scam Tip Report #94653 - Tinder Scammer

Scam ReporterScam Tips Received
Singapore, Central Singapore Community Development Council, Singapore
2019-03-09 20:05:42
Dating Scam
Tinder Scammer 
Country of Scam:
United States (US)
Hello all. I've unfortunately fallen trap to a scammer i got to know online (never met) and helped him pay his housing lease deposit. It's a shitty situation and i've tried searching for their identity online, but to no avail. All the information i have is:

James Cole Albert (probably a fake name)
Mobile: +1(512)3636599.

He claims to work at National Oilwell Varco and is currently working offshore, hence is unable to transfer money to the landlady himself. The scammer asked me to help him with part of the deposit while he sends me a cheque. I also meant to help him with the house viewing in Singapore but the landlady emailed me to say that she has a funeral to attend to in Indonesia and hence is unable to let me view the house. Then she stressed that someone else wants the house too so i will have to make a deposit in order to secure it. In the mean time, the scammer told me he has sent a package with the cheque inside so i can help him pay the deposit of the house lease. However i received a text message from a courier man the next day to say that the cheque got delayed at customs.

The scammer convinces me to help him fork out the amount first and the package will eventually get to me. I trusted him and was stupid not to have gotten any information from him or the landlady even before i transferred the sum.

I realised it was a scam after a few days but was very confused because all 3 characters (scammer, landlady and courier man) are constant'y in communication with me. But then i found out that they only wanted more money from me. The story now is that the scammer said that he has aligned with the landlady and she has agreed to refund me my money if i fork out an extra $1000 as a cancellation fee. It's not common practice here in Singapore and she refuses to draft out a contract which comes off as extremely shady.

The least i can do is get the story out to prevent anyone from getting scammed by this person.

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