Romance Scam: Alvin Ryan, wife passed away, an engineer from UK, in shipping line, then pirates attack

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asked on Aug 5, 2013 at 09:57
edited on May 25, 2016 at 22:14
Conversation started July 22 6:48am
Alvin Ryan
Thanks for the little about yourself, now its my turn. I am from Italy and I lost my wife 4 years ago, No Kids and my both parents are gone..I have been single and alone since then. I think this is my time to move on. I can cook, clean, make my own bed well when I feel like it, Though all offers are welcome LOL. I am looking for a partner who doesn't mind sharing everything, the good times and the bad. Someone to watch a good movie with, for great conversation and see the world with. Good company and conversation essential. I have got a soft spot for intelligent and cute woman with opinions of their own; good looks are a bonus. Above all you must have a good sense of humor, Whilst I have my serious side, I tend to see the lighter and funnier side of life I love the beach, sailing, Love to go out to nice restaurants; am easy going, I could go anywhere at anytime and make it fun. I enjoy dancing to country music especially if I find a good companion to dance with, please note that you must laugh at all my jokes!! I consider myself a sincere man, very easy going, kindhearted, intelligent, hard working, loyal, understanding, creative woman that places spirituality as an important part of my life...LOL, honest and open. I can also be funny and I have a quick wit as well, I am a happy person, responsible, honest, considerate, caring,sincere, serious and have a good sense of humor. I am looking for a woman to possibly develop a relationship with. I am a Marine Engineer, I work with a Shipping Line here in the UK, I do enjoy my job though risky because we are always on the high sea. Am 50 years old, My birthday is 25/11/1962. I think this is all for now! Can you tell me more about yourself; your like and dislike? What are your hobbies? What do you do for a living? How old are you? Have a wonderful day ahead...Look forward to hear from you soon.
July 23 6:36pm
Alvin Ryan
I was so much excited to read your mail and thanks so much for taking your time to write me, I am confident you are in good health. Honestly there is so much I want to tell you and so many things I want to ask you, I don't know where to start, I am new at this on line relationship thing so please understand if I am a little awkward at it. I am writing this message to you not for the fun of it, but because I want you to take some time for yourself and read carefully. Let me start by saying that I thank God that we met, as you may have known, the fountain of any relationship must spring up in the mind. It is very important for me to express to you how much you really mean to me. I wish I could do this in person while gazing into your eyes, but since we are physically separated by miles of emptiness, this expression must come in the form of letters such as this. To me, you are first of all my friend and then...... something more greater in the near future.....God willing. To be honest with you, I am really short of words here, but one thing I do know is that I have the arms to give you a hug, ears to listen to whatever you want to talk about through chat, mail or phone, and I have a heart; a heart that is aching to see your smile. I would like to use this opportunity to say...I am delighted to have met you. To tell you more about me, I am an honest, kindhearted, hardworking man who does need the support of a loving woman. Ideally, I am someone who is confident in what he want and who he is, We all face tough situations in our lives and we sometimes tend to be mislead by it. A lot of times we often tend to give up. In this life, I have chosen to give up numerous times but I am proud to say that I have also chosen to stay strong and be patient all these years..... which has now led to my finding you. He who seek happiness; they say, by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts and multiply the grief which he purposes to remove. Your living is determined not so much by what life brings you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens. This is the reason I have decided to move on in life in spite of my incalculable loss. Yes! Distance doesn't permit the action to be seen, rather words convey the feelings when distance hinders. No matter the distance that separates us now, I can assure you that this gap will be bridged as we really get to know each other, as the saying goes: "True Love and Friendship knows no boundaries and no distance; miles and obstacles means absolutely nothing in the face of love" Though miles may lie between us right now, we'll never be apart forever, for friendship doesn't count the miles, it's measured by the heart and I can relocate for that special someone! Now that dishonesty and disbelieve seems to be taking over our souls these days, to know there are people like you makes all the problems look smaller. It’s great to be your friend and to be able to look into the future and see a mix of serenity and hope. This fairly recent friendship is something I consider to be sacred already. It makes me have faith again in some simple but fundamental human values which sometimes; for the lack of practice we swipe under the carpets of our memories and of our hearts. For me this new friendship is precious and that’s why I intend to keep it till the end of my days. I believe we can achieve that, because I have faith in you and I have more and more faith in life and in the future. Those who have a friend like you fear nothing, Always bear in mind that my affection and true friendship will be yours forever. Here are some of my pics and I do hope you will like them and do send me yours too if possible...My job will be taking me to Australia by tomorrow (Sailing for a month....) and we can still communicate on FB as I sail so we can get to know each other better! Have a wonderful day ahead! Look forward to hear from you soon
July 26 8:05am
Alvin Ryan
Thanks for the note and the compliment regards my photo, you look cute and gorgeous in your photos too.. We are sailing very smoothly and now in South Atlantic Ocean. Kind of you to share your past relationship with me and I am glad that you are ready to move on, loneliness is not what we need at this stage in life. My wife was a beautiful, Intelligent, caring, humorous, romantic and my soul mate. She passed away much too young and my heart was broken for years, time does heal a broken heart but I will never forget her. I did have a relationship with a stylish cute woman a few years after my Wife's death, She was a good friend and companion to me but my heartstrings were not tugged as much as I may have wanted. That being said am new to this online relationship and am ready to meet a very special woman who can pull on my heartstrings and make my heart skip a beat every time I see her. I do think an individual can love more than once and feel all the emotions that love can bring. I feel that I am ready to move on with that special someone and hopefully we will meet sometime soon. There is nothing better than to share the joys and even sorrows of life with a partner who can love you and be loved in return. You like exploring new places, which other country have you been to ? I have been to Greece, Ireland and tour Italy many times. I attend church regularly on Sundays if am around. Do you go to church at all? How do you always spend your day and what do you do with your free time? Wish you a wonderful week end. Look forward to hear from you soon.
Hugs and Kisses
Monday 7:22pm
Alvin Ryan
Its so wonderful to hear from you, hope you are having a good time. How is your daughter in-law and hope she deliver safely! If today a smile should appear on your face, it's because at this very minute, I am thinking of you and I am smiling too. I do not know how to express the conflicting emotions that have surged like a storm through my heart after reading your email. My heart has been illuminated by the radiance of your smile and constantly keeps beating as long as your mine. I can’t explain this feeling I must be dreaming or simply touched by an angel. Ever since I started communicating with you I do wake up every morning with a smile on my face hoping that one day you ll be right by my side and in my heart forever. You’ve changed my world in the blink of an eye. I am here with open arms where you will some day finally arrive..LOL....I like to be 100% well dressed and looked great as an Italian man. It has been so long since a woman has captured my attention so fully or made my heart beat the way it did. Anyway we will have to take it one day at a time. Have a wonderful day ahead, look forward to hear from you soon.
Hugs and Kisses

Ronan Keating - If Tomorrow Never Comes
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Friday 5:57am
Alvin Ryan
Hello my Angel, how are you today, I hope you are fine? Please I need your prayers.We are now at the Labuan Island close to Malaysia and our ship have develop a major fault and we are now moving at a very slow pace. Please Pray for me and the crew members that nothing happen to us. I love you.
My note to him:
Nothing can happen to you without God's permission. Your circumstances may seem out of control, but God is in complete control.
Friday 9:30am
Alvin Ryan
My Dearest, I have been trying to get across to you since and I am still trying to get access to internet since I sent my last message, our communication systems has a transmission problem, I want to thank you so much for your love and concern you have shown at this time. I thank God everyday for bringing us together as one family. My darling whatever situation I found myself I always give glory to God. The situation here is getting worse and we've done all we could to put the brain box of the ship in order but to no avail and beside we just received information from the Signal unit that there are some sea pirates blocking the sea. They are about 312 KM away from us and the nearest place for this Ship to anchor is an Island somewhere in South Asia. As it is now, we are no longer safe because we are all terrified and afraid of the Sea pirates attack because the ship is moving at a very slow pace now. Our captain has called for a rescue team to help convey the nu-insured goods in the ship but we are yet to get a response from our headquarters.

Our captain here in the Ship has equally announced that all crew members should offload their personal properties for any other means of transportation as the Ship will dock in a safe Island for someday until it's safe for us to continue sailing. Honey my problem now is my money (£450,000) British pounds (Four Hundred and Fifty thousand pounds) which I kept in my cabin safe box and my vital contract document, I do not want it stolen from me in the event of any attack. My plan was to use this money to buy Metal oil barrel from Australia and supply to the company in Mexico I already had contract agreement with. Honey, as the Director of Operation in this Ship, it’s not possible for me to leave the ship because I have to take care of this ship until all GOODS/PRODUCT is completely discharged
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answered on Nov 1, 2012 at 19:03
edited May 26, 2016 at 01:20
I was scammed in August by a guy claiming to be Danny Waynn from UK who works for a ship called the VELA. He played me so well and as a new person online, I fell for his lies and sent through Western Union the amount he requested so that the so called parcel can be released. After I sent the parcel, I was again asked to pay another fee which I felt was inappropriate. This Danny guy would call me non stop asking me to check every bank and sent the fee else the parcel would be confiscated. Lucky I never fell for the second fee as I somehow worked it out that it was all a scam. I know the name of the person whom I sent the money to in Malaysia. Is there a way of tracking down this guy?

I mean the Western Union in Malaysia can help only if we have someone working in there. I will log on again and find out the responses.
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answered on Nov 2, 2012 at 10:26
edited May 26, 2016 at 01:22

It's good you picked up on the scam, and I'm sorry to hear you lost money.

Unfortunately any names, jobs, addresses, emails and photos this person has used are not genuine.

What will help is if you can post the 'name' and email used, along with any copies of what you were sent (take out your personal info though). The scammers work on scripts, and other people googling that information will hopefully see it posted, and avoid being scammed.

Unfortunately Western Union does not need ID to collect on payments, which is why the scammer can give you any old name and address. Often they also use other people to launder their money and sometimes will provide the name and bank account details of someone else unaware they are caught up in a scam. So I'm sorry to say there is very little chance of finding them. Also be aware they might try and contact you again, and offer to get your money back (for another fee of course). This will also be another scam. Stay safe.
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answered on Sep 29, 2013 at 04:40
I have received some of the emails which you reported for Alvin Ryan. Mine were supposed to have come from Albert Ronald. The cover on his face book page was a ship from the fleet of the company he said he was working for. I have emailed the company in case the scammers have stolen the identity of one of their employees.
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answered on Sep 6, 2014 at 16:48
edited May 26, 2016 at 01:26
How to tell if you're being scammed

The most important thing is to post any information, from and by the scammer (please don't include your personal details such as your email address though), so if anyone else is being scammed by the same scammer, it comes up in a google search.

Also, do a google search on any of the words used in emails to you, as generally scammers tend to just repeat themselves, and copy and paste email words.

If the issue involves asking you to pay money via Western Union, and involves someone you've never met that is lavishing kind words on you and promising to send you gifts, then sorry to say, it's a scam and you will lose your money.

The people behind these scams are not who they say they are - they just make up names, emails and steal other people's photos.

If you send them money, there is a very high chance you will get scammed again, as they will pass your details on to another scammer, and try a different approach. Sometimes that will involve pretending they can get your money back. Don't fall for this.

The best thing to do is to google search, and ask questions here. If you've any doubt, then it's likely you are being scammed. Just cut off contact and don't respond any more. Never ever arrange to meet up with these people.

Stay safe.
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answered on Sep 9, 2014 at 19:25
edited May 26, 2016 at 01:27
Some more aspects should make you suspicious:

If the scammer is pretending to be sailing on a ship, he never describes any details about the actual position of a ship, rarely about any weather conditions, once about a non existent typhoon. The SMS and emails coming in at times that do not correspond to the possible actual position, even when he pretended to be still at his false home location. The times were corresponding to local time Malaysia.

In the Emails he is using always again only the same type of nice and sweet words, never describes his live, as a real man would do, who has deeply fallen in love. 
Mostly he does not respond to any concrete questions. He shows no worries about his pretended daughter.

There are several scammers, working together. Sometimes, SMS came with different phone numbers.

Some SMS had a stereotype text, not related to any actual situation.

The puzzle fell into pieces after having found this Forum.
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answered on Oct 4, 2014 at 00:44
edited May 25, 2016 at 23:03
He met me on Facebook about three weeks ago. He works in a ship. His name is William Steve Johnson and he got one thirteen year old daughter and his wife passed away three years back. He was looking for a life partner. This was the last trip for him in the ship because he resigned and he got a new contract to supply metal oil barrel from Australia to Mexico. He was born in Canada and lives in Italy, after 3 days of sailing they had really big problem in the ship and they had to dock the ship in some island near Malaysia. He had a big amount of cash (two hundred and fifty thousand pounds} and contract papers so he had to keep it safe and the only person he could trust was me because his daughter was too young to look after such a big amount of cash.

He asked me for my full name, home address, email and phone contact. I don't know what is his next step, so my friends be very careful of this. Please don't talk to strangers on any site.
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answered on Oct 15, 2014 at 00:39
edited May 25, 2016 at 22:58
Dear editor,

Thanks God for saving me from this scam. The same story I read here and the chat messages I received from this false guy... It's good that I browse the Internet when I received his tricky message. I will not post his name here for I know he will use another name next time he will fool around. Guys, please watch out. Thanks for this site!

From hershey of Philippines
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answered on Oct 18, 2014 at 00:39
edited May 25, 2016 at 22:53
My Love Chalyn,

Whatever situation I found myself I always give Glory to God. Please I need your prayers, we are in a very serious problem here and need God intervention. The brain box of the ship is having a very serious problem and we are all confuse here. We have received an information from the Signal house that there are sea pirates from Indonesia blocking the sea and they are about 312 KM away from us and we are so confused.

As it is now, we are no longer safe, we fear the pirates attack because the ship is very slow now. We have called for a rescue team but we are yet to get a response from our headquarters. The captains of the Ship have announced that all passengers should offload their goods for another means of transportation as the ship will duck here for another 20 days until its safe to continue sailing.

My Love, my problem now is, my money which I kept in my cabin safe box. I do not want it stolen from me in the event of any attack. My plan was to use this money to buy Metal oil in drums from Australia and supply to a company in Mexico I already had contract agreement with. My Dear, as the Director of Operation in this Ship, it’s not possible for me to move along with the passenger because I have to take care of this ship until all GOODS/PRODUCT are completely discharged.

Now there are many security company stands at the sea and I am thinking of what to do? and at this time I need you to stand by me.. I don't know what to do now, I want to quickly send you the money so that you can help me to secure it in your place until I have the chance to make my trip and meet you soonest. I know we have not met each other but I TRUST you and give you my whole heart so that life can move straight with us and I know you will never disappoint or hurt me because we are already two in one flesh. I have learned to take life as it happens as I remember everything happens for a reason. I will discussed with one of the security company here. They will proceed delivery immediately I get a confirmation from you to assist me in receiving this money because there is no bank here and I don't want to loose the money to sea pirates because I know how I suffered for it.

My Dear, quickly forward to me your information as follows to enable me send the money to you immediately through a Secured Security Company:-

Your Full Name:
Your Receiving Address:
Your Contact Phone Number:

Please get back to me as soon as possible,

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answered on Oct 18, 2014 at 00:59
edited Dec 20, 2016 at 09:24
My Darling Chalyn,

Thank you for your lovely email you sent to me and for your open sincerity, I like it and it gives me life and makes me creative like never before. My dear, in the realm of true friendship being married is never a barrier in a relationship what matters most is trust and sincerity. For this your open sincerity, I would love to compliment your gesture with this note of joy!.

Baby, sometime in life time, we meet people we have no expectation of meeting. Sometimes you meet people and your whole world experience reforms. I met you and started realizing the reason why I have to stay longer. There are times I search for who cares and loves me but I never see, until a day I went into this website we meant each other, i can not say much but to give thanks for a site like this. I never believe on love at first sight until i came across your profile. I know email and pictures are not a final way of knowing each other, but it bridge the gap between us until we meet and a picture is worth a thousand words.

Dear, my heart accelerates at the speed of light, every time I breathe, I hear the rhythms of your sweet name, so melodious and charming. Every time I breathe I notice the inclination in the level of love I have for you. Maybe it's because I keep you in the most integral part of my heart. Sometimes I try to stop loving you but I realize, "I can stop breathing, because even if I do, my brain will never cease in passing the impulse of you to my soul because my love for you is burning out control. When I found you, a new me was made. I just can't get you out of my mind, I really want to be close to you because a lot has been running through my head lately. Am having trouble putting my thoughts into words so you will have to bare with me through this.

I keep thinking about the future, about life, and what I want out of it. I keep thinking about us and what this relationship means to me. I keep thinking about these things and I realize they go hand in hand. This relationship is my future; it's what I want out of life. I want to grow old with you. I want to experience this crazy love forever and ever, and I really think I'm going to get to experience it. I want us to walk through new houses picking the one that would be just right for us. I want to see you walk around our house in a big t-shirt with your hair down and catch me staring at how gorgeous you are. I want you to pull the covers off me at night and then I have to get even closer, if it's possible, for you to keep warm. I want to see you laugh like crazy at me when I do stupid stuff. I want to rub lotion all over your body because you laid out in the sun too long. I want to hold you when you cry and smile with you when you smile. I want to fall asleep every night with you in my arms. I want you to fall asleep on my chest listening to the beat of my heart and know it beats for you, I want you to be the first thing I see when I wake up and the last thing I see when I go to sleep. I want to see your rough morning hair; I know it will be so cute. I want to sit on the beach with you and watch the sun set, and I want everyone to see and envy the love that we obviously have for each other. My heart burst with love for you, my emotions is on a roller-coaster, I very much hope that we will travel together, to try cuisines of the world.

I want to grow old and still make out with you like a little kid. I want to cook a meal with you and us totally ruin it and end up going out for dinner. I want to sit there talking to you for hours about nothing at all but in the same time everything or maybe we won't talk at all and just grin at each other realizing how lucky we are. I want you to get mad at me for doing something stupid, and I want you to bust out laughing when you try to yell at me. I want to lay with you in front of a fireplace and keep the heat going long after the fire goes out. I want to take trips with you to places we've never been and experience them together. I want us to go swimming in a hotel pool and get caught and streak back to our hotel room waking everyone up because we're laughing so hard. I want us to go and pick out the hot tub we want with the biggest grins on our faces the whole time. I want the sales rep to get embarrassed when we sit in them and make sure we have enough room to do the things we want to do. I want our friends to come over and get totally jealous because they don't share a love like we do.

I want to take your breath away every time I say, "I LOVE YOU" because you know it's coming from the heart. I want us to sit down with a box of strawberries, a bottle of chocolate syrup, and a mint chocolate ice cream; well, I'll let your imagination finish that one.. I want to love you and be with you for at least FOREVER or a little longer than FOREVER. I couldn't really express in words what I'm feeling right now so I decided to share with you some of the images and thoughts that have been running through my head.

I just want you to know that I had never found someone I wanted to spend the rest of my life with until I met you. I really am crazy about you, everything about you.

Love always,

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answered on Oct 18, 2014 at 01:09
edited May 25, 2016 at 22:44
From Johannes Viljoen Jacobus
My Love Chalyn,

Thanks so much for your concern. I so much trust you and I know you will never disappoint me and more so we are already two in one flesh. Honey, pray for me as the situation is getting worst and we are still waiting to hear from the rescue team. I need you to read this email carefully. Please and please do not tell anybody you are expecting a package.

I have sent you the money. It is (180,000 GBP) One hundred and eighty thousand pounds through a diplomatic Secured Security Company. This an independent security company on the Sea who are in charge of handling of freights and other consignments. They have evacuated because of the situation here. They told me they will contact you for the delivery when they arrived Malaysia because they have no office in Philippines except Malaysia. I have never trusted anybody in my life to entrust such money in his/her care, but I so much trust you. Honey, be careful with the money, it is part of the savings I made for 2 years. I sent it to you as my wife family personal effect and so the company is not aware of what is inside the box and so do not even tell them because i don't trust anybody except you, it's not to be scan or open, is only you that can open it as you received it.

Honey, I have attached the Airway bill because they will demand it from you when they get to Malaysia before delivery to you. I have paid the International charges here in the ship to send the box to you, I also asked them if you will pay any charges there to receive it, but they told me you are only going to pay for local charges to enable their office in Malaysia deliver the box to you in your Address. I had wanted to pay but they told me that it had to be paid direct to their office in Malaysia because they don't know the exact amount, their office in Malaysia have to pay for Malaysia government tax and local bills.

Honey, the Unlock code number is **7752** please keep it secret. I will join you as soon as I am through with this problem and get to Australia. God helping us and please pray for me, I have not slept since last night and we are still working in the engine room. Please Honey, as soon as they deliver to you, open the box and remove whatever amount you must have spent and keep the rest safe till I come over.

My love, please copy the box code number and keep it secret for safety reasons. They will need the Airway bill from you to prove you are the rightful recipient of the box. Honey, pray for my safety so that I can overcome this problem by his grace. We are still working very hard now to keep the ship floating until rescue team arrive. The company is a diplomatic security company and nobody will question them until they get to your destination and so do not be afraid for I will never put you into trouble. Love you and God bless you.

Honey, here is the security company contact email address: I want you to forward the Airway Bill to them on the email..

Your Love,

What will I do? I already gave my contact info.

I was thinking, why he had to entrust me his money? That's why I started researching and I found this site and I'm shock when I read the posting, its almost same emails I received from that stupid scammer. Thank for this site. I will not be a victim of that scam. Thank you again.
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