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Who Can I Trust? Examples From Scam Hall of Fame


We had hoped that in our Christian site, that we would not have the same problems with persons who sought to take advantage of other persons.  Unfortunately, in our first year at Christian Filipina, we’ve found that with the success and popularity of our website, we’ve also attracted some dishonest persons.

masks - can you trust them?

What are some signs that you can't trust someone you've met online? When their stories constantly change but the stories all end with a request for your money.

While we believe almost all of our members are honest, we have decided to share with our members a few examples when we have learned of scam persons who have tried to defraud other members.  We also want to pass along to you the link to This is a site where you can read more accounts of internet scamming than you want to read.  We don’t have any relation to that site or know how much of the information is accurate, but we think it can be helpful to talk with others to be wise when getting to know people from a different culture. You might also learn from more general fraud-information sites like, FraudAid , and .

On our own site, I will share with you two examples from August of 2009. The first was a scam by a person claiming to be a woman employed as a petrochemical engineer living in the United States and operating her own oil drilling company.  She signed up for the site and upgraded her account to a paid membership.  She then apparently sent an email to several site members, and some of those responded offline.  The men she responded with (in the two examples we heard about) thought something was fishy – especially when the woman seemed to have a male voice on the phone – and then found it especially strange when the woman came up with an elaborate scheme to donate supplies to the Philippines, which would require a western union payment from the man in order to release two suitcases of luggage containing these supplies.  Here is the fake receipt from the supposed shipping company in Nigeria:

We have received a confirmation letter from your fiancee Miss Kodrea Smith who insured and deposited some luggage in our custody. Deposit number. GSC – O576 – PLG45, Sort/Clearance Code: GSC / 576-45/MP56 33, Deposit Certificate #: 405576.Confidentially saying we should deliver 2boxes luggage to you . We are pleased to inform you that we render diplomatic delivery services worldwide. We have agents such as; UPS international, DHL, FedEx express and many others who run a professional and quality delivery services all over the world. Our affiliate runs quality services at your disposal up to your doorsteps. The luggage would be sent by flight to the address you gave us has we have been earlier informed by your fiancee. Below are the charges for our service delivery direct to your doorstep


INSURANCE FEE :                                   $ 510 .00
CLEARANCE :                                          $ 330 .00
SECURITY:                                               $ 210 .00
SHIPMENT &TRANSPORT FEE :               $ 520.00
TOTALS :                                                 $1570.00 

Amount paid by Miss Kodrea Smith             $920.00
Total balance ro pay                                  $650.00

You are required to pay the total sum of U S D $1070.00 for services delivery to be done appropriately. Your tracking number will be sent to you so has to enable you know the movement of the luggage after payment of the above fee.

The luggage will be delivering to this recipient address given to us (confidential) Your contact address is needed where the luggages is going shipped.


Payment should be made through WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER agent nearest to you with the following information.
ZIPCODE : 23401
Send the information you use for the payment to us for necessary documentation and shipment processing. Your ability to make payment as soon as possible determined the fastness of our services delivery. Thank you for consulting and using our services and be rest assured that your luggage are safe and secured for delivery. At INTER GLOBAL SHIPPING COMPANY,we serve you better with peace of mind. A trial will convince you. We hope to hear from you.

Yours Sincerely,
NJOKU KINGSLEY [Custodian Manager]

We are glad that our member sent us the scam report instead of sending the money to Nigeria!  Never send money anywhere, especially Nigeria!  Here is another example of a fraud that a user reported receiving from a member:

23/24 Cocody Avenue

Abidjan Cote divoire

Dearest One,

I know this mail will come to you as a surprise since we have not had previous
correspondence, please bear with me. I will really like to have a good bussiness relationship
with you, and I have a special reason why I decided to contact you. I am Miss Sokona Nnam 18
years old girl from Cote d Ivoire, the only daughter of Late Mr Edward Nnam I
am constrained to contact you because of the maltreatment I am receiving from
my Uncles.

They planned to take away all my late father’s treasury and properties from me
since the unexpected death of my beloved Parents.Meanwhile I wanted to escape
to anywhere i can have a good life but he hides away my international passport
and other valuable travelling documents. Luckily he did not discover where I
kept my fathers File which contains important documents.So I decided to run to
an orphanage camp where I am presenty hiding under Reform Abidjan Cote DIovoire
where my late father deposited some amount of money in a bank. I wish to
contact you personally for a long term business relationship and investment
assistance in anywhere in the world.

My late father deposited the sum of US5.5 million (Five million Five Hundred
united state dollars) in one of the leading bank with my name as the next of

However, I shall forward to you with the necessary documents on confirmation of
your acceptance to assist me for the transfer of the money to your account, and
investment of the fund. As you will help me in an investment, and I will like
to complete my studies, as I was formerly a medical student, when the crisis
started. If you are willing to help me in this kindly get back to me as soon as

I am waiting for your urgent and positive response. Please do keep this only to
your self please I plead you not to disclose it till I come over to your
country after the transfer.I am willing to offer you 20% of the total sum as
compensation of your effort and 5% for any other expence you made after a
successful transfer.

Thank you and God bless
Miss Sokona Nnam

Well, we are ashamed that it happened using our site, and we are going to try to keep our members up to date that they have to keep their common sense.  And please, as soon as you are suspicious of any member, report it immediately.  We will soon be installing a new feature to make reporting potential scam even easier, but for now you can easily use the Feedback Form link at the bottom of the page.

Remember, although these two extreme examples come from Africa, it’s also possible that a friend you meet on the site might ask for money even if she is a Filipina who is in your own denomination.  We have a strict rule against members soliciting money from other members.  Please report this behavior as soon as possible, and we will immediately suspend the violating member.  It doesn’t matter whether it’s bad teeth, dead caribou, school expenses, sick grandmother, etc, it’s simply inappropriate, and it’s a violation of our terms of service.

We do value you as members of the site.  We’re sorry that we have had to relay this information.  Remember, don’t send money to anyone you meet online who you have never met in person!

Have a great day.  Take your time to meet new friends.  When you have a chance, take a trip to meet friends in person and learn about a new culture.  Let me know if you have any comments or questions, by using the feedback link at the bottom of the page.

God bless you all.


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  1. Hi Jen,
    I am reasonably new to this site. I find it to be very well done and refreshing. I was wandering what the success rate is for meeting ladies interested in long term relationship. It just seems so hard to know who is real and who is not. Any advice?

    All the best


    Comment by robert medley — November 26, 2009 @ 1:20 am

  2. Hi Robert,

    Welcome to the site. I’m sorry that we don’t have data to give you a precise past success rate. We actually just opened the site this year.

    About disingenuous persons, to be honest we were caught off guard ourselves by some of the predatory individuals who attempted to take advantage of others through our site. We clearly had to make a choice when we began to notice that what was going on at other dating sites, was also spreading to ours. We responded by more carefully screening profiles of new members and also by making it easier for members to report abuse of the system by others. We believe that (with the help of many members) that we have been successful in significantly reducing the percentage of disingenuous members.

    I’ll be continuing to write blog entries over time to help our members navigate this somewhat complicated territory of meeting Filipinas. However, let me offer a few tips here and now. Don’t forget the basics! First of all, you should think about your values and your lifestyle. If you like hunting and gardening and building your own house, you probably won’t have much in common with someone who has never left the city. Or if you love philosophical discussions in the city and have no interest in dirt or farm animals, you might not have much in common with someone who grew up planting rice all day who might not even have good English grammar and vocabulary. Equally, what is the role of God in your life, and how open are you to someone who might have a different relationship with God? One of the silliest mistakes some one can make is to fall in love with a picture. Those brief infatuations rarely result in lasting mutual satisfaction. Do you agree? So the first thing is to remember is your own values, and to set the pictures aside and communicate with another person to see whether those values are shared.

    When it comes to dating sites regarding the Philippines, I also advise you not to fall in love over the internet. My recommendation to you is to get to know several people over the internet, and then to meet them in person, before falling in love with any of them. Don’t forget: you are in the driver’s seat. You should have a firm rule that you don’t send money to anyone you have never met in person, and you should promptly let anyone you chat with know that this is your policy. The sincere ladies will not be offended. You should also have a firm rule that you should insist on using webcam chat from time to time. You should look carefully to see that the person typing is the person sitting at the computer and chatting, and you should watch to know whether they are just chatting with you or trying to carry on multiple chat conversations. We are almost ready to launch our video chat feature on our site (if you are an upgraded member and would like to try it, just let me know and I’ll add you to the access list to help us test it).

    If you have any questions or concerns about a specific member, write to us. Many of our members do write to us with questions, and together we are able to understand better when to trust and when to be cautious.

    Take your time. The first person to write back might be a professional internet chat scammer (if one slipped through our profile review). Sometimes the sincere and professional ladies can only go to the internet cafe every few days or once a week. Be patient, write to many people, don’t be shy, and enjoy the process of learning about Christian Filipinas.


    Comment by Christian Filipina — November 26, 2009 @ 3:18 am

  3. Jen,
    Thank you so much for the comments I really found this to be helpful. It is hard to know with so many ladies writing who is sincere and who is not but you have given me many good tips. Thank you

    Comment by Robert Medley — November 29, 2009 @ 8:00 am

  4. [...] asking for money.  It’s a definite no-no!  We did create a separate web page called the Scammer Hall of Fame – where you can read about our recent “petrochemical engineer” who turned out to be a [...]

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  5. Dear sir or madam,
    I am the one of your member to your site and i meet the woman that she is beautiful and got interest to her,she is looking someone and her message she like helping people and she told me she is taking a curse of nursing and going a graduate in this April 2 and she have a broken family and she is only supporting herself for her schooling.Her name is Loraine Dine Cruz and her age is going to 25 years old in this April 5 and she is living to Davao city,she gave to me her address but i don’t know if this is true or not!her address is 90 Claveria st.Buhangin,davao city.8000,she gave to me more story about her situations to her life.I fell pity to her and one day when i call her she told me about her problem about financial needs for her school and for her food and she is trying to go someone else to lend money but no one else borrow for money for her.While she is told me about that happen she is crying to me that is why i send for money for her to help her needs,i gave 4,000 first and second time again she told me that she have a problem about her graduation,because she don’t enough money to pay her toga for her graduation in this coming April 2 and that moment while she is talking 2 me she is crying again and told me no one borrow for money and i ask her,do you eat for your lunch and she told me,not yet and she is more crying to me!So i feel pity again to her and i promise i send money again 5,000 for her food and paying for her toga and for her debts for her room mates,because is living only to boarding house.After i send a money in the morning when i call her in the afternoon she gave to me good reply and when the evening came i call again to her she never answer me!In the morning i try again to call her when she open her cellphone she don’t answer me just she is only hang the many times i tried to call her and when she is answer me she told me i am sorry while she is saying that is crying!She make a call recording to me she said I love you and i promise that i pay you back your money!i tried to call her but she never answer me any more,even i gave her message to text but she never answer me!Before while she have a communication to me she is very sweet and she’s always say to me i love you!I urge to her to allow me to meet her to Davao and she said yes and she have more strong promise that she allow me to meet her to Davao!after all i was feel pity to her for her situation and help her,she make dishonest to me.Please if this person again she is trying to register again don’t allow her to avoid another men.I try to look her pictures and her registration but nothing to my list.I think i got her site between October to December because i leave to our country Dec.23 going to Caribbean and i got more communication to her when i came back here on February 23.when she answer me to your site she gave to me a cell#09205907757 and she gave me also her email you will help me to post again that site when i got her picture i will sent to you!thank you very much to your site and God bless your company.I gave to your site the age i want before between 24-30 years old.

    Comment by arnold M.Gonzales — March 21, 2010 @ 9:47 pm

  6. Hi Arnold,

    I’m sorry to hear what happened. Clearly that person was and is a criminal playing with your emotions. I urge you to let go of any remaining interest you have in such a person who is not worthy of your love. Sometimes we want so much to believe and give someone a chance, and have in mind the stories and the proverbs, and then we find out that we were taken advantage of. The only good thing about it is that you are now still at a point where you can let go of it and move on. In our opinion, no decent person would ever ask you for money shortly after meeting, period. Please read all of our blog entries carefully, and be sure to adamantly follow the rule strictly to never send money to anyone you have not met in person. If you wish to be charitable, please make a donation to the Red Cross or the United Way or your local congregation.

    If you are serious to meet someone, sending money is not going to improve your chances of meeting a mature person, but rather reduce your chances of it. Save your money, plan a trip to the Philippines, and please immediately report any member who ever asks you for money, and we will suspend them immediately. Asking for money directly or indirectly is a clear violation of our terms of service, it’s a breach of common decency, and it’s the mark of a criminal who has fallen for the temptations, not a friend who you could ever count on.

    I encourage you to slow down, let go of what happened, and then take your time to wait until you meet a person who respects you more than did that person. You’re clearly a caring, supportive man, and I’m sure that the Lord has something in mind for you.

    Peter (along with Jen, site owners)

    Comment by Christian Filipina — March 21, 2010 @ 10:37 pm

  7. Hi i have talk one guy fron new jersey USA we been talking for almost 5 months he is so attractive sweet and i felt he is serious!we been chated each other most fo the time!!and one day he offered me money so i accept it then,one day he said he have to travel for a few weeks in to Taiwan,so i was being suspicious what he gonna do there but i allow him,when he comeback we been talking again,so i tried to search his name on facebook then i saw a girl face,so i added it to my account,then when she accept it,its not his account its account of the girl from taiwan,i check there pictures and i found out he also have a girl in taiwan they have lots of pictures and happy moments together,i was so hurt,i havent thought it would happened to me,i didnt talk to him anymore,lots of white man playing Filipino hearts,God bless

    Comment by caroline — October 31, 2010 @ 10:52 pm

  8. Hi Caroline, I noticed that you just joined our site recently. Was this someone you met on our site with a previous account, or someone you met at another site? It does sound suspicious and probably someone you don’t want to waste any more time with. Glad to hear that you have moved beyond that experience and are still optimistic about life.

    Comment by Christian Filipina — October 31, 2010 @ 11:08 pm

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