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Name: Tony (Antonio) Willson
Address: Nashville, TN; Accord, MA; Acton, MA
Other Comments: This was typical of the other scammers from what I'm reading. I approached him on Match.com. Within two weeks he was saying he loved me. He said that he had raised his sister's son after she died when he was 27 and that because he was so work oriented, no relationships worked, so he was still single. He said he was born in the US but moved to Portugal when he was 2 after his parent's divorce. Then, his parents reunited when he was nine and his father and sister joined the mother and him in Portugal. He claims to be a lawyer in Portugal who has now spent the last eight years running family businesses.
He said he was 45, ran his uncles construction company in Nashville, TN as well a diamond importing and stock brokerage company that his father started. the toll free number for the construction company is 866-980-7773 and is answered as Teneton Construction, but the first two times I called it was Nantec Construction. The phone number is owned by a VOIP company in Nashville. I assume that is how the scammer managed to make outgoing calls from that number.
He said he was originally from Portugal, and also spoke Spanish, Italian, and French.
The pictures he sent along never included a pic of the son/nephew, but beware,I asked for ne wpictures and got two that day with the correct time stamp on them. I have no real idea of how he managed to do that.
He claimed to be travelling all the time when I offered for us to meet in a neutral place like NYC. I often wondered why he never seemed to sleep, now realize that there was probably more than one person at the other end.
It is amazing that he/they managed to keep all details of my life straight, and yes, we talked on the phone almost daily.
I hesitate to post pictures out of respect for the other victim in this, the person whose photos were passed off as being 'Tony Willson'. I am sure that the person whose pictures I received was probably the victim of a female scammer. I will post two pics that I received, and for one reason...because I almost believed that this was not a scammer simply because I did not find his pictures anywhere on this site.
I did, int he last month, received two dozen roses and also viewed an intinerary on line to the name of Tony Willson, no doubt paid for with a stolen credit card.
Without this site, I would never have thought to check for the originating IP address, thank you for the info. Every email I received from him came from Ghana, regardless of where he said he was.
There were a couple of slip ups that I not only noticed but called him out on. One was when he took a trip to Vegas and said he was flying home at a particular time but I checked flight scheduled and found no flights that would have put him back in Nashville as quickly as he got there. The second slip up was when he sent me an email that had the exactly same paragraph that I'd received in an email two days earlier. I think you have to pay attention to that stuff, but it's far easier to just find out where the email is coming from. Tennessee email does not route through Ghana.
In checking some web sites about Ghana, I found that the USN ship the USS Tennessee is docked there and has been for months, so perhaps that is where the Tennessee connection came from. I met this man on MATCH.COM...which I had always thought was a safe place to meet someone. Since reactivating my profile on that site, I have received approximately four or five emails a day from far flung users, and all of them sound consistent with teh scammer MO I saw...'I will treat you like a Queen', misspellings, bad grammer, etc.
Good points, Agent 86. I do think comparing notes is part of the healing process. I guess not everyone feels that way and we have to follow our own path. What's interesting is that I felt like this communication with him was taking up a lot of my time, I cna't imagine that he had enough time to do it with many women. I am sure the emails are done by a team, as the emails have shown up on this forum 'from' other people. But I am very certain tht I was only speaking to one person, and sometimes we spoke via Skype for up to three hours....and pretty much daily.
anonymous from United States
It's called multi-tasking. While talking to you, he had IM going on with others. That's how he kept people straight too. You were on skype, while another would be on yahoo, etc ect ... ON the different laptops that he suckered out of people. NO one had all his 100% of his attention for the entire time. Didn't you ever get a response of hmmmmmmmmmmmm (so he could review material), your right, that's right, the famous I love you more each day and this love makes me a better person, or I can't wait any longer so I'm buying you a plane ticket to come see me .... which didn't quite match the conversation??
Just think what these people could do, if they used their intelligence for good instead of scamming. The sad thing is, they are probably educated with degrees in psychology, sociology, and all areas of technology. Probably from the U.S. too.... I know people picture these poor group of people sitting around the cafe drinking their share of coffee, but come on..... The investment of set up you need as well as the man power takes knowledge/skills. Is truly amazing in an evil way.
They are getting busted by people earlier b/c of awareness, but also due to the 'apprentices'skills aren't up to par. The main man doesn't have time to teach b/c he's beginning to loose the millions he was making.
OJAS from United States
Good point, Exchangendr,
people picture these poor group of people sitting around the cafe
We can add Alan Armstrong and Mack Jones is his latest name to the list. Dam!!! sleep, food, and other urges must never be met to make this scam work!! Maybe that's why they work so hard b/c they don't have the urges to actually be loved and experience the entire realm of the emotional to the physical. How sad is that.... So to the boys/girls operating the scams..... look at what you have missed... being loved by some really great people and experiencing happiness on a normal level...
Wow, this looks like a Man who lives here in tampa,FL.. I see him atleast one time a week when he comes into where I work at.. I can't Imagine him pulling a Scam.. It looks like a Ringer for HIM.. The only Difference is DANIEL has his head shaved closely.. The 1st picture and the last ones ARE the ones that are the RINGERS for DANIEL...
Agent,86 from Salem, United States
Anonymous from the USA
It may be the guy, You have seen.
Scammers use stolen photo's nearly all the time.
The victim may not even know, His pictures have been used in a scam.
You are almost guaranteed when, You are hooked up with a scammer.
You never see who it is writing. They even use fake web cams now.
They use fake names and have many e mail addresses.
Thanks, Agent 86.
Anon US 2009-05-19, 12:35:42 Identity Theft http://youtube.com/..jGF9T325Y
IP forging is a different issue. Simply, anyone can send a beautiful picture of the Brooklyn Bridge, and for a prospective victim, ONLY $900!
Is Tony (Antonio) Willson the same fucker as Ronald Bevan?
Is he American?
Thank you, all.
anonymous from United States
Does anyone know whether any of these scammers have been arrested?
Is the FBI helpful?
anonymous from United States
Anyone who have actually talked to Tony (Antonio) Willson, can you please tell me whether he speaks with an American accent or a foreign tongue? I am just trying to ascertain whether some Americans are operating this racket out of Nigeria and Ghana.
anonymous from United States
To the above Anonumous 911,
I didn't speak with him very often or long b/c he spoke with a foreign tongue. His articulation was incorrect, grammar usuage wasn't correct, and he was very choppy when he spoke. It was very hard for me to understand him vocally and I felt he was reading from a script not from knowing our language.
You have to remember though, they work as a team so who I spoke to might not be who you are talking too.
I believe page 1 and 2 has e-mail address of the two that talked to him more. Check them out.
What site and where is operating from now?
Thanks for sharing. So, he is definitely not American. But some of his emails are quite Americanized so I wonder if they employ someone to do the emailing. I found him in match.com and his emails are from yahoo.com and I suspect from Ghana/Nigeria. Did the FBI ever trace them?
Those pics above and any pics posted are definitely not the real thief. He is probably a BLACK, if he speaks with a foreign tongue. He must have stole the above pics and other pics for posting.