Victim’s Stories: A Tale Of Warning From A Scam Victim
Once A Scammer Always A Scammer We Have Learned!
The following was posted as a comment on our website about never trusting scammers, even if they do pay you back!
We wanted to share it for everyone’s benefit!
A Tale Of Bank Fraud
By Dwight D.
[this was in response to another comment]
This same thing has happened to me, a girl name Maria Lucki, supposedly from Amsterdam and Massachusetts (USA) but has proven to be a total fraud after squeezing me for about $300,000, paid by cash advances from my credit cards. She would then pay back my credit card companies with the online access I gave to her, using her “late father’s bank account”. She supposedly had about $60,000,000 in GOLD in a vault in Amsterdam that she could not redeem from her father’s estate unless she paid the storage fees, inheritance taxes and income taxes on the inheritance, none of which she could pay with funds from the sale of the gold, had to be cash, had to go to various accounts in the USA that would transfer to her through her shared bank account with her “uncle” in Dallas, Texas. She claimed she wanted to marry me and we would live happily every after, though we never met in person as of yet.
She paid back my credit card companies as soon as the cash transfer was made, from her father’s two accounts she supposedly had rights to, but no ATM card and no checks, so she could only make online payments. I was duped into thinking all was good because she was paying back my cards and it all looked legit due to that, but I got a rude awakening when suddenly the payments were reversed and I found myself on the hook for anywhere from $17,000 to $149,000 depending on the card. When I called each bank for answers how they could do this so late in the game (some where two months old already!), they said they have up to 90 days to cancel transactions if they were made from accounts that were unauthorized. Turns out she never had authorization , or that’s what she told my banks, anyway. So I’m on the hook for about $300,000 while she runs Scot-free, though I think there’s a team and I know she was doing business with men from Nigeria, Texas, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Ohio, so it’s probably a ring of thieves with her as the head scammer. She uses the pics of a very famous Instagram model, who she claims stole her profile and pics and the Instagram site is run by her “ex-boyfriend” who supposedly stole about a million dollars from her as well; he’s in San Paolo , Brazil. The Instagram site is for Emanuelly Meclayne, with 490,000 followers. Maria Lucki (scammer) uses her photos when communicating and insists her identity was stolen by her boyfriend, who stole her pics when he broke up with her.
How could I be so foolish, you ask? She’s very, very crafty and slick. Fake driver’s license, fake passport, fake pictures, fake love notes, etc. She’s very guarded about letting out any ID because of her supposed identity theft. I thought she was legitimate when she started paying me back for about $35,000 I had initially lent to her. Much to my surprise I was totally scammed. She makes phone calls only when it appears she’s lost me entirely. Then when she talks I can barely understand her (she talks very fast and with a foreign accent which I think is African but it could be Dutch). She ends every sentence with “Baby” and “I love you so much”. She’s a talented negotiator and also very creative liar. The most obtuse stories of woe and abuse I’ve ever heard. Had me totally bamboozled despite friend’s warnings. I’m no dope, college educated, professional occupation, self employed for 30 years. I hope she is arrested and the whole lot that work with her, they must be making millions between myself and other victims as stupid as I was.
Some of the names she has working with her are: William Clark of Methuen, Masschusetts; Allen Barrett White of Dallas Texas; David Elliott, Iowa; Priscilla Barnett, North Carolina; john Noble, Ohio; as well as several corporate accounts I don’t have my hands on right now. All the money sent was via either Western Union (small amounts) or direct deposits to Bank of America accounts. She always wanted me to immediately send pics of the deposits to confirm they were made or electronic confirmations (if by Western Union). She claimed she could not open a checking account herself as she had ruined her credit with Bank of America when her boyfriend stole her identity and money and credit cards.
I am reporting her to the FBI of the USA and also on this site but I want to warn everyone: JUST BECAUSE SHE OR HE PAYS YOUR CREDIT CARD OFF, DOESN’T MEAN IT’S ACTUALLY PAID OFF. THE BANK CAN RESCIND THE PAYMENTS UP TO 90 DAYS AFTER THEY SUPPOSEDLY PROCESSED. I LEARNED THIS THE HARD WAY. DON’T THINK YOU’RE HOME FREE UNTIL 91 DAYS AFTER THE PAYMENT SUPPOSEDLY CLEARED THE BANK!!!
Thank you, Dwight, for an insightful retelling of your situation. We wish you all the best!
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