Man Falls In Love With Beautiful Woman Online, Gives Her $80,000 Before Realizing It’s A Scam

by Emerald Pellot
Emerald Pellot graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a degree in Writing & Popular Culture. She worked as Senior Editor of College Candy for 2 years, covering feminism, popular culture, and college life before joining LittleThings in 2015. Based in New York City, Emerald covers a wide range of topics from human interest pieces to celebrity news.

Greg Davis was a bachelor living in Houston. With two jobs, he didn’t have much time to meet women.

So he decided to try online dating. He created a profile and quickly met Malikah from Chicago. She sent him emails. They talked on the phone. And then she sent Greg a few provocative photos.

“She pursued me, too, so I was like, ‘This is it,'” he told KHOU. “This is how it works.”

Malikah then sent Greg a will claiming that her father had died and left her millions of dollars overseas. All she needed, she said, was for Greg to send her thousands of dollars to claim the money.

“It was increments of $5,000, $10,000,” he explained. “It was also spent trying to pay for the fine that was on the money in storage.”

Over the course of two years, Greg sent her money totaling roughly $80,000. Greg’s family became so concerned that they reached out to KHOU news for help.

When Greg asked Malikah for proof of the inheritance, he was sent a video of dozens of $100 dollar bills that had his name written on it. Greg recalled:

“I looked at it and took a $100 bill out of my pocket, and I put it down. And I said, ‘That’s not even close to being a currency.’ So that’s when I knew the whole thing was all a mess.”

Greg said he understands what happened and that he is back on his feet and doing well. He shared his story to protect others from online romance scams. offers guidelines for avoiding romance scams. They suggest to never give out personal information like social security or credit card numbers. If someone asks for money, photos, or personal information, report or block them. Be cautious and let a family or friend know you are online dating to have a safety net.

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Footage provided by KHOU Houston

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