Woman Scammed by Fake Marine Major

| March 20, 2019

Hopefully, everyone remembers Dan Noyes, a journalist who takes Stolen Valor seriously and reports on it often.

Dan is working on a new story where a woman was scammed out of her life’s savings of $273 thousand dollars.

The story is currently being carried by ABC 7 and Yahoo Finance.

A single woman was scammed out of $273K by a man posing as a U.S. Marine Corps Major on Match.com.

Yin, a 56-year-old hairstylist from Oakland, Calif., told ABC 7 that she purchased a $107 six-month membership to Match.com and started talking to “David Perez” of San Fransisco, a divorced Marine Corps Major with a 10-year-old daughter.

They hadn’t met in person but Yin told ABC 7, “I fell in love with him quickly, you know. Like really deeply fall in love with him, trust in everything he said.”


Five weeks into the online relationship, Perez told Yin he was being deployed on a clandestine mission to Afghanistan and he needed money deposited into a Chinese bank account. “I know you’re doing everything to help me, but I just want you to try your best,” Perez wrote to Yin, according to ABC 7.


Since most scammers are overseas, primarily in places such as Nigeria or Ghana, they can be hard to catch and prosecute, says Baker, due to challenging extradition processes.

From the dating scams reported to us they have many similar themes:

  • Usually, they grab photos of active duty military, use a common name like “Smith,” “Brown,” or “Rodriguez.”
  • Always claim they are in a “hotspot” that US troops are usually not to some degree: Yemen, Iran, etc.
  • Always claim they are widowed and have a 9-12 year old child
  • After some time, they manufacture an “emergency” where they need money wired: i.e. come home on leave to visit child, or meet up, etc.

Category: Exploitation, Internet, Politics

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  1. Combat Historian says:

    Fer the gazillionth time, NEVER SEND MONEY TO ANYONE YOU’VE ONLY MET ONLINE!!!!…(as C.H. pounds his head on the keyboard in abject frustration at how gullible folks can be…)

  2. MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:

    Dan is a hard charger.

    • HMCS(FMF) ret says:

      Dan always does good work with his Stolen Valor stories… a rare breed of journalist in this day and age.

  3. Comm Center Rat says:

    I’m impressed that Yin, a hairstylist from Oakland, CA, was able to save a nest egg of $273K! Sounds like a smart and capable woman who let her reasoning be short-circuited by a matter of the heart. Sometimes “love” bites.

  4. jim h says:

    gotta love the fact that she was completely, totally blindsided after *only* 273k. nothing EVER set off the alarm bells before that, huh? ah, California….land of fruits and nuts.

    • rgr1480 says:

      You left out flakes.

      “California, the breakfast cereal state: full of fruits, flakes, and nuts.”

  5. Club Manager, USA ret. says:

    I am shocked, shocked I say that a low life would take advantage of an unsuspecting woman who was dumb enough to give him lots of money. Wonder if she has any left and is interested in meeting a deserving Chief Warrant Officer with a coveted NSDM and photos available. Anyone have her account contact info?

  6. MSG Eric says:

    I’m sure if we tell the Chinese about this, they’ll get right on top of the fraud. They’re a communist country after all, which means they don’t allow fraud or other nefarious actions to occur….

    • 5JC says:

      Actually in the unlikely chance the offender gets caught they are likely to do 25 years of hard labor mining rare earth metals or some other equally rewarding task.

      • rgr769 says:

        But that assumes they would go to the trouble to find the offender and prosecute him. I agree it is “unlikely,” but would add the adjective “highly” to your comment.

    • Commissar says:

      China is not a communist country. It is ruled by a technocratic intraparty disctatorship and it uses a market economy for the overwhelming majority of goods and services.

      Fraud is treated with broad discretion form no action whatsoever to execution depending on who you defrauded.

      • 5JC says:

        You should go to China and tell them that. See what they say. Let us know when you get released from custody. At the very least update Wikipedia. Let us know how that goes.

        “China’s constitution states that The People’s Republic of China “is a socialist state under the people’s democratic dictatorship led by the working class and based on the alliance of workers and peasants,” and that the state organs “apply the principle of democratic centralism.” The PRC is one of the world’s only socialist states openly endorsing communism.”

        • 5JC says:

          It is quite the curiosity that so many Chinese immigrants to the US renounce Socialism and then become Republicans. Something about experience being the great educator.

      • 11B-Mailclerk says:

        Did you eat the whole pot of Stupid Soup?

  7. Ex-PH2 says:

    How many times does this happen before these wimmin wake up?

  8. FatCircles0311 says:

    Damn that is one thirsty broad.

  9. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    “There’s a sucker born every minute.” – P. T. Barnum

  10. Daisy Cutter says:

    Thank goodness she got her $107 back from Match.com.

  11. 5th/77th FA says:

    Some sympathy, but not much. Buyer beware. Especially an innerweb buyer.

    Maybe we should put Dan on WW’s POS Brother?

    We gonna see an update when the Ching Chong Chinese bust this one and she gets her money back? /s/

    • Wilted Willy says:

      How I wish somebody would be interested in a scammer that has screwed us all out of 750K of my very hard earned money! I hope I live long enough to piss on his grave! I have almost given up hope of him ever being arrested and put back in prison where he belongs!!!

      • AnotherPat says:

        Note to thebesig:

        Bring back Wet Willie’s Brother for “Blast From The Past”.

        😉

      • Mason says:

        What I’m hearing is we need to catfish your brother out of his ill-gotten gains…

        • Wilted Willy says:

          I hope he chokes on his ill gotten gains! And yes, I live in Florida, so my willy gets wet all the time, everytime I jump in the pool! I just hope that someone puts his ass in prison before I die? Any ideas will be gratefully accepted!!!

  12. rgr769 says:

    My wife was watching Dr. Phil the other day and he told the story of some lonely woman who was scammed out of $1.2 million in some catfishing scam last year. It was her entire life savings.

    • AnotherPat says:

      There was a guy who was featured on Dr. Phil who was conned out of a lot of money.

      Despite his friends and Dr. Phil proving to him that someone from Nigeria was scamming him, he continued to send money.

      So sad.