This started when a software engineer I was working with fell for the typical Craigslist dating scam, the Scam Date Verification. You can read that story here.
I researched and dug around in the muck for more than two months. Then I made a few posts on what I found on Craigslist in Pittsburgh. I made fun of them along the way; some of the scammer posts were so bad you just had to laugh.
The response was tremendous. One of my posts received 25 emails. That might not seem like much, but if you consider that it was only read by a small geographic area, and that it takes effort to respond via email, it is huge. To those who responded, THANK YOU so much. Your words of encouragement mean more than I can say. I regret that I did not send a thank you reply to all of you.
The other thing that happened was that the scammers did not appreciate me or my sense of humor very much. The posts were flagged and removed. I reposted because of the popularity, but again, flagged and removed. That’s when I decided I would start my own site.
I will still stir up the muck. It is my intent to keep tabs on what is happening in the world of dating scams.