Scammer Jennifer Maratas Chu-che

1987 September 12
Lapu-Lapu, Philippines
Lapu-Lapu, Philippines

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Jen contacted me and immediately requested we correspond by email. She began by sending me a detailed summary of her and her family in somewhat broken English. Once I replied and told her about myself, she became extremely affectionate and talked about falling in love and starting a life together. She sent me emails daily, usually three or four at a time, along with pictures of herself and her daughter Methina. The filenames of the pictures suggested that almost all of them came from Facebook.

Despite the many red flags, I suggested sending her money for her daughter's upcoming birthday. She did not have a bank account, and suggested sending via Xoom or MoneyGram. Unsurprisingly, she told me she lost her ID, and asked me to send the money to her younger brother, Antonio D. Maratas Jr. I imagine this is the real name of the person I was communicating with. After some difficulty with verification, I sent her 5000 PHP. She told me this would be used to buy milk and diapers for her child.

Around this point she became increasingly needy, repeatedly sending me emails insisting I call her or send a reply. I called her a total of three times, and between the poor connection and her very muffled voice, communication was extremely difficult. A week later, she emailed me asking to call immediately, that it was an emergency. She asked for another 6000 PHP to purchase medication for her mother, who had been admitted to the hospital.

I then accepted that I was being romance scammed. I had previously sent a video of myself, and asked her to do the same to prove her identity. In her reply, she claimed her mother had died, and talked about how upset she was. The next day, she said in no uncertain terms that she was considering suicide. I told her to go to the hospital, and gave her an ultimatum: she sends me a video to prove her identity, or I would no longer be in contact. In stark contrast to the extreme distress seen in her last several emails, the last message I got from her was short and unemotional. She said she can't force me to believe her, but if I don't, it's no problem.

This all happened over the course of a month.