UNICEF “RN” Scam

One of the newer scams going around the internet these days is the “UNICEF” scam.  This is just a new type of romance scam.  It is recently popular in Africa, especially Ghana.  The scammer meets sincere persons on dating sites by creating dozens of Careful of Online Scamsfake profiles at many dating sites (often copied profiles and stolen pictures) and claims to be a RN (registered nurse) or other type of UNICEF worker.

Then, after developing an online “relationship” the scammer asks for funding, either because he/she lost her passport, or need money to get an educational certificate, or for a plane ticket, etc,etc.

In short, the whole story about UNICEF (or any other organization) is a cover and in fact nobody was ever born in the USA/Philippines/Russia/France.  These are simply African scammers creating a story to trick honest people into sending them money.

Never send money to someone you met online but have not met in person.  If you ever meet someone with this story on our site, or any story that seems similar, contact us immediately.  If you meet someone from a different site with a story like this, you are still welcome to post your experience in the comments for this blog to help others avoid falling into these kinds of traps.

Here is an example UNICEF profile that we suspended from our site:

Personal Details

Age: 32
Gender: Woman
Location: Makati, Manila, Philippines
About myself: I am looking for a man who truly wants to find a good woman to place in his life for a meaningful relationship which could lead to marriage.There is nothing more precious than being with the person you love and having a family to call your own, and having someone to love you and care for you. Are you looking for a wonderful, spirit-filled Christian Lady? Well i am a Registered Nurse (RNs) by Profession working under UNICEF as a Volunteer.I have been to so many country’s because of my Voluntary work with UNICEF.Have you been searching for the love of your life? Then, am the only good lady for you.Well I am however concerned with the mental maturity of the individual and the inner beauty My Man possess. I am looking for a man who truly wants to find a good woman to place in his life for a meaningful relationship which could lead to marriage. Isaiah 35:4 your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.” that’s me for you. I want a man who can appreciate me for all that I am, treats me with respect and consideration,a man who will understands me even better than I understand myself, sometimes just looks at me with out words but knows what is going on.I want someone that I will miss when we are not together, and are looking forward to the next time we connect.

You can sometimes find profiles like that by searching for “unicef” at other dating sites if you would like to communicate with a scammer on your own (we do not recommend it!)

However, of course most of these scammers are not dumb enough to actually put UNICEF right in their profile because we would never allow them on the site.  So they simply copy another member profile, and only later let on about the “unicef” or other charitable project later in a personal message.

Here are some phrases from actual scammers that should clue you in to this kind of scam:

Thanks,I am gentle and romantic Lady with real principles. Honesty, trust and mutual respect are the pillars of my relationship and life philosophy. I like to play with open cards.No games, lies, tricks and double life.I want to have a strong relationship, My future partner must be a serious , clever and responsible man who is able to love, respect and appreciate Woman as a personality, who is able for sincere , loving and tender feelings, who is able for honesty and devotion towards beloved Woman.I have been to so many Country’s because of my work with UNICEF.I was in TN and FL for a Medical program and Research on health care for the Orphans and Valuable Kids,i really love it there.am in West Africa right now for my last volunteer work which would be ending Early next Month.Take care and looking forward to hear from you soon if you are intrested in moving this relationship forward by knowing everything about each other.(rich2loveu1@yahoo.com) rich2loveu1 at yh dot com. Or rich2loveu1@gmail.com Thanks and You can also connect me,on facebook.com: Richlove Care Amanier.
Respectively
Richlove.
thanks very much for the mail..I am happy to read ur profile and i will like to know u.I am Filipino and i work as a Nurse for UNICEF united nations.Togo-Ghana boarder branch.I am at the moment in France for a conference meeting.Please email me direct to unicef_luvrita11@yahoo.com
Thanks and looking forward to hear from you.
Sincere.
Rita
Thanks for your respond back,am doing great here,Lets know more about each other and see where this friendship will lead us too,Distance is not a barrier at all.I don’t have much experience with this online dating thing but in a strange kind of a way, I find it somewhat fascinating,2 of my best friends met their husbands on this dating site.So am also giving it a try and i know God will make a way for me.I have noticed that whiles some women and men are genuinely looking for a serious relationship on a dating site, someone are also on for games, posting spam profiles or fake and pretending to be someone they’re not. This causes a lot of skepticism to the whole online dating things which is very bad,but i know God is on our side we will be in the right hands.Richlove is my name,am a mixed race borne in Albuquerque, New Mexico,a Registered Nurse (RNs) by Profession working Under UNICEF as a Volunteer.

I have been to so many country’s because of my work with UNICEF,almost 27 country’s.I just came back from the state,I was in 7 State’s in the USA and in Canada as well for a Medical Research on Health Care for the Orphans and Vulnerable Kids,am here in West Africa now for my last Voluntary work with UNICEF which will be ending next month.If you’re still interested to know more about me,lets start to communicate,you can find me on Fcaebook as well: RichLove Care Amanier, my contact is: rich2loveu1@yahoo.com and rich2loveu1 gmail com,write to me so we can move on from there and share some pictures and more learn more about each other.
Thanks looking forward to hear from u soon.Richlove.

nice to read your mail.well what i ma looking for in man is God fearing,loving and faithful man to settle down with,i am willing to locate.
unicef_luvrita11@yahoo.com
nice to reed your email.My name is RITA and i am from Filipina,I work as Nurse for UNICEF Togo-Ghana Boarder branch.I am at the moment in France with my Boss for a conference,i would like to know you.this is my email unicef_luvrita11@yahoo.com,Write me and lets get to know each other well.
Sincere,
RITA

Thanks for your respond back,am doing great here,Lets know more about each other and see where this friendship will lead us too,Distance is not a barrier at all.I don’t have much experience with this online dating thing but in a strange kind of a way, I find it somewhat fascinating,2 of my best friends met their husbands on this dating site.So am also giving it a try and i know God will make a way for me.I have noticed that whiles some women and men are genuinely looking for a serious relationship on a dating site, someone are also on for games, posting spam profiles or fake and pretending to be someone they’re not. This causes a lot of skepticism to the whole online dating things which is very bad,but i know God is on our side we will be in the right hands.Richlove is my name,am a mixed race borne in Albuquerque, New Mexico,a Registered Nurse (RNs) by Profession working Under UNICEF as a Volunteer.

if it please you email me and tell me more about yourself…at efiw00@yahoo.com hope to hear from you soon

Ina

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  1. Trying to be scammed at this moment by a woman claiming to be from new jersey but is a nurse in the uk working for UNICEF. She goes by the name Brownson Stacy. Asking for money to pay her bills and a plane ticket to come visit me

    Comment by Mark — July 12, 2012 @ 3:21 pm

  2. Hi Mark, Yes that’s a scam for sure. Where did you meet that “lady” scammer?

    Comment by Christian Filipina — July 12, 2012 @ 7:50 pm

  3. i think Im currently being scammed by a woman named deborah demilio who claims to work with UNICEF (met on Tagged.Com)

    Comment by Sean knight — August 1, 2012 @ 4:08 am

  4. Hi Sean, Sorry to hear that. We have not heard of that person but if it matches the pattern of what we are describing and you are sending money, it’s a scam unfortunately.

    Comment by Christian Filipina — August 1, 2012 @ 9:44 am

  5. i’m from US got contacted by a cute girl from Skout.com living in kansas but working with Unicef on west africa. asked for money becouse she had some problems with her credit card and didn’t get paid till friday. asked me to help her with money to pay the hotel. I actually send money but 2 hours later another girl from same daiting site. gave me a very similar story. I canceled the transaction right away. so I was saved by another scamer. name of girl #1 is Monica Edwardo. name of girl #2 is Brittany Benhard. I have some e-mails that i dont know how to share.

    Comment by mazo — August 6, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

  6. Sean that deborah demilio contacted me and I almost believed her im lucky I didn’t fall for it

    Comment by Ben Westfall — August 12, 2012 @ 6:57 am

  7. Are scammers here too? How do i avoide them?

    Comment by Akingboye franklin — August 15, 2012 @ 2:16 pm

  8. Hi, We pride ourselves on the high quality of our member base with far fewer scammers than other sites. You’re on the right step by joining our site, and by reading our advice articles. Take your time, and of course never send money to someone you have never met in person. Let us know if you ever have any questions or concerns about any member by using the feedback form link located on every user’s profile page.

    Comment by Christian Filipina — August 15, 2012 @ 2:34 pm

  9. right at this moment, this girl by the name ‘Heline Lance’ (from http www shaadi com)
    from ‘holland’ is trying to scam me as well. her folks are living in Austin,TX and she happens to be dutch, just finished training in London,UK, and now in S Africa. The moment she told me she is in Africa, I knew she is scamster. Be aware folks, these jackals are everywhere.

    What a shame and what a sham !!

    Comment by Vic — August 26, 2012 @ 6:52 pm

  10. Hi Vic, Sorry to hear that. Certainly sounds like a scam. Most likely the person has no connection to Holland, London, or Austin, TX. Might not even be in South Africa. For some reason these kinds of scams are becoming popular in Africa, I guess because the story sounds believable enough to many people. Yet it’s just one lie after the other. I’m glad you found our blog and won’t be continuing any correspondence with that scammer.

    Comment by Christian Filipina — August 26, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

  11. A person is using most of the profile text (including errors) on ConnectingSingles.com “Her” profile name there is offei01YAHOO. “She” does not mention being a nurse though.

    Comment by Bob — September 5, 2012 @ 4:51 am

  12. I have been approached by girl calling herself Heline Lance, about whom you already know. She came on to me at such an incredible pace I knew it had to be dishonest and when she said she was Dutch I called her bluff as I speak Dutch quitge fluently. She kept on but changed the subject very rapidly and did not reply to what I had written. I have a photograph which purports to be of her. I have told her to go away.

    Comment by Allan — September 25, 2012 @ 3:33 am

  13. I think their is a Girl named Pamela Perry going around on adult dating sites (met on AdultFriendFinder), I haven’t been ask for money yet but I know it is coming because every time we email each other she alway mentions unicef and keeps asking about my history! I keep making up fake stories and posting pictures from Yahoo of fake family! She is S-O-L if she ask me for money! Hey Allan What does her picture look like, because I have a few of her! She says she is blonde in her emails but picture are of a brunette!

    Comment by Harry Mann — September 27, 2012 @ 9:40 am

  14. To see picture go to We Dating and put the name ‘Heline’ in the search. Have to be quick though as I just asked them to blow her/him away

    Comment by Allan — September 27, 2012 @ 10:21 am

  15. To help members screen Unicef scammers, here is a message received from ‘Heline Lance’ in full…
    Hello Allan.!!!,

    Thank you so much for your lovely message and photos!!!…you seemed to be a nice man from your message cos i could figure that out…yes you are older than me but remember we don’t count age for men in a relationship….it only affects women naturally…i am very busy with our training over here….I am Heline Lance from Netherlands,I am 33. About my family, I have a brother who is living with my elder sister Julli in Austin Texas. We are three in our family I and my elder sister and my younger Brother. My mother is still alive and she is leaving with my elder sister since my father passed away after my high school. I have only Dutch nationality. I spent most of my child hood life in Netherlands cos it was where I grew up. I do go to visit my Sister occasionally in Austin Texas cos it was where I had my nursing school… I joined the site cos i am in UK London for training program and i am hoping to meet someone so special as i like UK and i would like to reside here if i found a soul mate..
    My dear, I must tell you that I am taking my time to see if i could hook up with a nice man, a man with great sense of humors. A man that will have respect for me and care for me with his whole heart. A man that would understand my feelings and my weaknesses as a woman. My last relationship went a kind of having my heart broken by my partner, but it was when I was in the nursing school..i am so sorry you lost your wife few months back……xxxx.

    Well I am full of love and i am a passionate girl that understands people around me and life. I need a passionate man that is open, a man who is full of love and caring…I’m in love with honesty trust ,respect and true love…I love outdoor games and enjoy listening to music…Love is all about understanding each other and creating the right relationship based on trust…

    I am working with UNICEF world organization under UK but we travel around the world because it is the nature of our job. I’m here alone working for the world and hoping to meet a good man that I will be happy with him till the rest of my life…..finding you is nice and I hope this will take us some where……. What do you expect from me as your woman? What are your likes and dislikes? Does what I say about me interest you? Do you like my job as a nurse?…i hope you like my pics too cos i like yours..
    I wish I was able to meet you earlier by now…. Our organization UNICEF will be sending us to other countries for assignments and to help save lives of Children dying from polio diseases and also to distribute medicine and teach the society about health. i hope we will keep in touch and also I am hoping for the best. Write me soon and ask questions of what more you would like to know about me ok. here is our office address in London UNICEF: Africa House, 64-78 Kingsway: London: WC2B 6NB..

    I will wait till I read back from you …Take good care of yourself, I will wait for your mail hope this mail will find you interesting about me..….xxx

    Cares,

    Heline..xxx

    Comment by Allan — September 27, 2012 @ 10:28 am

  16. Christian Philipinas is like all other asian dating sites….MANY SCAMMERS…..waych out

    Comment by bruce buck — October 5, 2012 @ 4:28 pm

  17. Hi Bruce,

    Sorry to hear that you are having trouble. Please call us toll free at 800 578 1469 so we can help you learn to find ladies who are right for you.

    With hundreds of new members joining every day, it’s true that sometime we might miss a few people who initially appear to be sincere but in fact are not. For this reason, we educate all our members on good and bad signs. We also rely on you to help keep the membership base clean by reporting if you ever are asked by money from someone you met on the site or encounter dishonesty.

    Based on the experience of our members who had previously joined other Filipina dating sites, ours always ranks #1 in terms of the quality of the membership (fewest scammers, most sincere members) as well as #1 in our customer service.

    If you or any member would like to do a careful study by joining our site as well as the sites of our competitors, we invite you to do so, and we will be happy to help you publish the results of your study on our site.

    Comment by Christian Filipina — October 5, 2012 @ 4:54 pm

  18. member #96878 writes this to me:

    Good Morning to you and hope you are doing great there and everything is okay with you today.well sweetheart i am ever ready to come to you or meet you soon at where ever you wants us to meet,to Make love to you and build a loving Christian home with each other for ever.As i told you in our chat that i will find out what it will take for our meeting soon and i have told them am coming to you, they were happy for me that am going to meet my Future Husband. I supposed to pay $3,270 Dollars to our UNICEF, Travel and Certificate Department to process my Certificates,Letters and CVs with UNICEF Which would Speak for me in my Job Searching as a Registered Nurse By Profession and also Confirmed all the experiences I had with UNICEF and Position’s on our Volunteer Trips to 27 Country’s. I supposed to pay 3,270 Dollars for all this but because the UNICEF is helping and supporting me to be able to get Job when i come,so what i was asked to pay is $1,570 Dollars for all the process, sweetheart i will also need the Name of the International Airport in or where ever you want us to meet for my booking when i made the Payment.for our meeting..please try your best for me so i can come to you soon,I need to be in your Arms,Kiss and Make Hot Love to each other soon.Love always and take care sweetheart.Waiting to hear from you soon.

    ORJI

    Comment by bruce buck — October 8, 2012 @ 3:25 am

  19. Hi Bruce, Thanks for reporting that message. We have permanently suspended that member from our site. Sorry that we missed that one in our initial review.

    Comment by Christian Filipina — October 8, 2012 @ 9:58 am

  20. This scam is also in spanish so the sophistication, the translation is pretty good. Can you send a dollar to waste their time? Or so it can be tracked? Is’nt there a way to fight back. They are cutting and pasting so I am too. Having some fun with it now. Just takes a couple of seconds to cut an paste.Here is a piece

    Hey,
    Me acabo de regresar de su trabajo sólo para comprobar mi correo si usted ha escrito o algo así y me sentí tan feliz .. lo hiciste .. Bueno, te voy a decir más sobre mí mismo …. Estoy trabajando como enfermera unido a UNICEF y actualmente estoy en un viaje de trabajo … me hubiera encantado encontrarme con ustedes muy pronto, pero por ahora estoy actualmente con el equipo de UNICEF con la misión de Reino unido y voy a estar de vuelta el próximo mes. Espero que usted pueda esperar tanto tiempo sólo para encontrarse .. Espero que usted puede esperar porque eso nos dará suficiente tiempo para hablar más y saber más unos de otros .. Anyways las cosas van bien para nosotros aquí y espero que de seguir así … Bueno, hablando de las relaciones, he pasado por mucho estar en una relación y no permitir que el pasado me arruinará ganar, creo que el fracaso enseña éxito y construir mi futuro con la experiencia que tuve. Creo que dentro de miradas determinaría si las parejas son compatibles, aunque la atracción es parte de ella, pero la cosa más importante que lo hace todo es los rasgos de personalidad .

    Comment by frank — October 11, 2012 @ 7:22 am

  21. I had a nice chat with a scammer a few days before trying Christian Filipina, came off a site called mate1, and called them self Rose Mensah, at first glance everything looked ok, their story of why the were in ghana, a face book page,only thing is pretty much was trying to throw themselves at me over the net, well after texting on skype for a bit I simply called and took them by surprise , needless to say the guy trying to make a whiny pitched voice in the background didnt work, well that and all the while I was doing searches and one of the top google match was Rose Mensah ghana warning of a dating site scam. No mention of Unicef but still was ghana and ya skype gives tracking location of calls, something the scammers didnt realize. would also say there are a lot of ways to Look up people qucikly on the web , good for detecting scammers but also means for safety you have got to watch any and all info you put out too or those same scammers( or worst someone wanting to do harm to you) can use it against you.

    Comment by Kat — October 31, 2012 @ 10:36 pm

  22. Oh and just another tip, post in detail on any profile a few ways that you have no money and wont ever send anyone money, may just turn a few scammers away and less to deal with.

    Comment by Kat — October 31, 2012 @ 10:41 pm

  23. So I was on the site “flirt” and a girl that viewed my profile sent me her email address . She was very attractive , so of course I mailed her . We emailed about a week and we exchanged all kind of stories. Finally she mentioned the food there was making her sick . She said she didn’t get paid until after her tour and needed a loan to by her own food and some medical expenses . She wanted me to wire it to her “Doctor” there in Nigeria and he would take care of it . The sad part is I’ve truly fallen in love with the pics of her…whoever she is ! I have a pic of her in her UNICEF uniform . Is there any way to find out who she really is ? Just want to let her know someone is using her pics for fraud and maybe get a little closure. Forgot to mention she claims to be Kimberly Jackson from Portland,Oregon and is 26 years old .

    Comment by Michael Messner — November 24, 2012 @ 6:35 pm

  24. Hi Michael, Sorry to hear about that. If you really wanted to, you could probably find the person. First thing to check might be tineyeye.com to see if there is a match. On the other hand, the best for your soul might be to just let go of it and promise yourself not to make the same mistake again.

    Comment by Christian Filipina — November 24, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

  25. I met a woman online at tagged and we’ve been communicating only by text she says her dad is from NYC and mother from Nigeria she also claims to be a nurse she asked money I didn’t send any because I lied God forgive me what could I say to let her know it’s a scam you’re busted

    Comment by Embarrassed — November 26, 2012 @ 8:53 pm

  26. Hi Embarassed, Don’t be too hard on yourself. These people are professional con artists. They have tried hundreds of stories and learned which ones work. Glad you did some research and can quit while you are ahead.

    Comment by Christian Filipina — November 26, 2012 @ 8:57 pm

  27. so what would be the next step

    Comment by Embarrassed — November 26, 2012 @ 9:04 pm

  28. quit communication okay

    Comment by Embarrassed — November 26, 2012 @ 9:12 pm

  29. Hi Embarassed, Call up your best friend and admit how you (almost) or (slightly) fell for a scammer. Obviously, there’s no reason to continue communication with any scammer. If you are interested in meeting a sincere lady, consider signing up at our site Christian Filipina.

    Comment by Christian Filipina — November 26, 2012 @ 9:19 pm

  30. i met a guy from tagged.com and dated for few days. He’s from America. but he said that he’s in trouble and need help. I don’t have cash here. Should i lend my friend money to give him?

    Comment by Jinny — December 6, 2012 @ 6:27 am

  31. Hi Jinny, We always advise you to never send money to anyone you have not yet met in person. So just don’t do it.

    Comment by Christian Filipina — December 6, 2012 @ 10:44 am

  32. I met him in person. He seems like a nice guy, on facebook or space or other website, he seems nice.

    Comment by Jinny — December 6, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

  33. Hi Jinny, Meeting someone on tagged, facebook, myspace, or even on our site does not mean you have met in person. We don’t know what you mean by “dated” but one thing we do know is just don’t give money to people you don’t know well. And definitely don’t if you have to borrow the money!

    Comment by Christian Filipina — December 6, 2012 @ 8:14 pm

  34. I met a girl online and she said she was working for UNICEF. She used the name Meaghan Thomas. She has asked for money but I think it is a scam

    Comment by Brendan — December 24, 2012 @ 5:54 am

  35. Hi Brendan, Probably a scam like you say. It might not even be a girl, but rather some guy in Nigeria, Ivory Coast, or Ghana, posing as a girl for you.

    Comment by Christian Filipina — December 24, 2012 @ 9:50 am

  36. Hey. I just want to agree with comment #23. I too met a girl on Flirt claiming to be Kimberly Jackson. I have about 33 photos of her and a few are the real thing. I requested something specific from her. Nothing lewd or sexy. She looked just like her pics that she sent me. I was able to verify thru another website that the very first 10 or 12 emails she sent me were verbatim from what I read about another scammer. Only the names were changed. I hear you Michael Messner. I too fell in love with her pics. We can all see her pics on http://www.baileysroom.com. Her face is plastered all over the home page. I have variations of the pics on the page that she sent me. I must admit I got duped by her for more than I care to admit to. I was so hoping she would turn out to be real. She ain’t. My closest friend said I’m not one to get hustled very easily. I’ve got a pretty good BS detector. But she gave me just enough info to satisfy me. Any pics a girl from overseas or from a dating site should be checked with http://www.tineye.com. I know now. Won’t get fooled again.

    Comment by Terry Moffitt — December 27, 2012 @ 8:05 pm

  37. met a 22 yr. old on line a while ago on http Disabledpassions ..She tells me she is in Togo Africa but lives in Arizona. I have asked for her Unicef staff and the kids she says she volunteers for..but I never get any, and she won’t answer simple dating questions either?? She wants me to pick her up at a local airport, so we can be together…Hmmmmm?! Kind of evil if its all not true..I’m still digging..Thks. Scott ps Her name is Carol Nugent, or Carol Triplettt ?Won’t send me any photos of her in Togo…

    Comment by Scott Severud — January 7, 2013 @ 9:53 am

  38. The first email from www idate4you com was really presented nicely but seeing as I am a writer if you were to speak this letter out loud you could hear someone with an accent saying it also things like the use of cos as opposed to because seem to be a common theme. I spent a lot of time abroad which has taught me that people tend to speak and write in broken English when it is not their first language, anyone else get an Daniela Garcia?

    “Am really sorry about the lost of your mom do accept my sympathy and i do appreciate all you have to tell me about you well I just came back from work and was thinking of how nice it would have been if we got the opportunity to meet real soon……and i just came back from work just to check my mail if you’ve written me or something and i felt so happy..you did..and i came to notice i keep checking my mail more than regular since we started talking…and baby Well,let me tell you more about myself….I’m working as a nurse attached to UNICEF and presently i’m on a working trip…i would have loved meeting up with you real soon but as of now I’m currently with the UNICEF team on a mission to Western Part Of Africa and i’m gonna be with you next month . I hope you can wait that long just to meet me up..:)”

    Comment by Scott — January 11, 2013 @ 5:15 am

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