Then one day he called saying he went to Nigeria to buy more, but he was stuck -- he asked her for ,000 cash to get his purchases back to the States.At first, Best -- who juggles two part-time jobs working with developmentally-disabled adults and people with mental illness -- resisted, telling John she simply didn't have the money. "He was trying to get me to use my credit cards, borrow from my friends and family," said Best, who earlier told her saga to The Huffington Post.We also contacted the Mexican consulate in San Diego seeking more information, but have yet to hear back.Was a 12-year-old girl trapped inside a collapsed school?
We contacted Friedmann seeking further comment, but she has not replied.He spoke with what she thought was a British accent and his picture on Facebook portrayed a nice-looking man with graying hair and a beard.In July, "John" told her that he was traveling to the United Kingdom to buy antiques for his store.The disaster has brought out the best in humanity, as widespread destruction so often does; people have come together all over Mexico to help pull survivors from the rubble and bring food and aid to those left temporarily homeless. As with any large scale disaster, there are unscrupulous people who will use this earthquake to take money from well-meaning donors.Unfortunately, natural disasters at this scale also brings out misinformation and rampant rumors. Falling into that trap can be avoided by going to established channels.She searched Web forums, eventually finding another woman's story of a scammer with the same name. Mingle2, the dating site, did not respond to requests for comment. And in recent months, the International Crime Complaint Center has warned of a new dating extortion scam where scammers bait members of online dating sites into intimate conversations, then threaten to expose them if they don't pay up.