I was scammed by a person claiming to be from London , a marine engineer , who sailed to Australia several times a year , he claimed to be widowed with a 7 yr old daughter , parents deceased , no siblings . His name Gary Armstrong ( Gray Armstrong via FB ) daughter name Lilly . He contacted first of Dec. 2012 via FB private message , just stated seen my profile pic and just wanted to say hi , and that I had a lovely smile . I had never talked to a unknown person on line and took me a few days to decide to answer and I did with simple questions as Did I know him , mutual friends , and that his FB page had very little info . He answered and asked me questions about myself , family etc... this went on for about a month , and then things got more serious and he asked me to switch over to yahoo messenger , his id there was [firstname.lastname@example.org] , relationship proceeded , and then he told me that the ship would be sailing soon to Australia , left on Jan 23 from Port Dover , emailed me a very detailed email about Port Dover and that he had his computer and cell phone and that he was able to pick up service all over the nation , that he would be stopping in south africa to buy diamonds that he was selling in Australia , then about 4 weeks into the trip he calls me ( after no communication for 2days and we talked usually twice a day via phone and messenger multiple times a day ) and says the ship had ran into pirates and they had to stop at an island in Maylasia , that they all have to secure their valuables , stated he had $800,000 us money ( to buy the diamonds ) and a rolex watch and a diamond ring for me , he was suppose to fly to the US - after arriving in Australia . Wanted to mail me the valuables , he got a consignment via a security company - Sky World Delivery Cargo and Security Company , a Dr. Thomas Young contacted me , they wanted $11,000 to deliver the package , I refused and would not call them back or answer their emails or phone calls . I realized then that this was a scam , and googled marine engineer/ ship / pirates / australia . and found scam stories identical as to what he was telling me , I confronted him and he denied , told me I was confused , professing his love for me and that he wanted to marry me . WTH , so it took another two months to get him to stop calling me or emailing me . I blocked him on FB , reported him and had his page removed , but found out he just started a new page . blocked him on yahoo messenger and reported him . I have filed a complaint with IC3 , never heard from them . But have continued to read about romance scams and wished I had been as educated before him as I am know of these scams . I will report him as often as I can . Its been a hard last 3 months , I have had a difficult time seperating the pictures from the scammer , this person english was good , not like some I have read since then , but now I see all the signs of it being a scam as I reread emails , messages . etc..... I keep thinking about the man in the picture and does he know his picture is being used in scams such as this . I hated myself for weeks after finding out about it , cried many a tear , ashamed , embarsed . but as I read there are so many people taken advantage of by these scammers . I want to physical hurt him - cut his heart out with a spoon . I hate him for what he did . Im telling my story of in hopes that it helps someone , as the saying is if it seems too good to be true then it is . I trusted him , I gave him my heart , and he shattered it to pieces . I am slowly picking up the pieces and placing my heart back together . I know it is all my fault for allowing it to happen . Thank you for your page and allowing people to post their stories , it does help .