Internet Scammer Gets Lucky
Though Maria Grette was scammed out of thousands of dollars due To a man’s conniving online plot, she still became his friend – and his college benefactor.
The Swedish woman started corresponding with a guy named Johnny after She created an online dating profile after her divorce a few years previously. A romance blossomed with someone she thought was a 58-year-old Danish man.
The next phone call Maria received was from Johnny claiming that they The man’s bank didn’t have any branches in Africa, wire transfers took a few days to process, and surgeons apparently took a one thousand euro payment in order to proceed with Nick’s life-saving operation.
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Maria did not think twice about shelling out the essential cash to save her beloved and his loved ones.
When he continued to ask for more money to cover therapy, however, she came to her senses and stopped answering his messages.
Explained that he was a 24-year-old Nigerian “419” scammer who committed fraud because, even though he had finished university two years before he had no job.
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The Swedish girl and the scammer lasted communicating until they Developed a friendship – one that was actually based on honesty.
Then Maria started to feel that the net wasn’t good enough and She wanted to meet ‘Johnny’ in real life – so in October 2009, she took a two week vacation to Abuja, Nigeria. Johnny’s friends, who also paid their bills through internet fraud, turned out to be amiable young guys, enjoyable to be around.
In an attempt to make a difference in the lives of her new companions, Maria has spent the past five years assisting African artists to attend European art exhibitions and competitions. She’s helped supply international grants and other funds to bring more opportunities to her new friends.
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The 69-year-old teacher has not only enjoyed giving a leg-up to Nigerian artists, she’s also paid for Johnny to study in America. The two send every other regular updates on their lives.
“He’s very dear to me,” Maria told the BBC. “He has asked me so many times to forgive him and I told him that the most important thing is to forgive himself.”
Johnny now has a job in the petroleum sector and he has used his new earnings To purchase one of Maria’s paintings, which she shipped to him in America.