Fritz Springmeier Burned by Filipina Bride Scam
April 14, 2012
(Fritz, left, looks much younger than his 57 years)
After being released from jail, Fritz Springmeier made finding a mate his first priority, with disastrous consequences.
by Fritz Springmeier
Being scammed by Filipino ladies is easy. I write from experience. Cupid hit Stupid.
Oh, the adventure begins innocently by some lovely Filipina being used as bait to initiate a well-crafted age-old stratagem complete with highly skilled subterfuge and acting that rivals Hollywood.
An American with four Catholic Filipino wives (yes, polygamy) who befriended me said that the situation in the Philippines is so desperate that I could get whatever I wanted in a wife...just make out a list of qualities I wanted, and he'd tell his people, and she would be found. I supplied the list, but only got excuses. Undaunted, I struck out on my own!
During the first match, I detected a scam when the handwriting changed on the letters I received. Being a certified handwriting expert came in handy.
Next match was by Internet, which significantly speeds up the dating (um, scamming) process. As they say, "speed kills". With Skype and Yahoo Messenger! and a web cam one can talk face to face with your lady for free for hours.
And Western Union, Xoom, and Moneygram will take your money to her almost instantly. (As an aside, the Philippine government is constantly trying to stop the rampant use of the Internet by Filipino ladies who make money by exposing their bodies.)
Using a dating site, I rapidly sifted through hundreds of female profiles to find that special lady. Once discovered, she amazingly said all the right things, including how she feared and loved God and would only do me right. She quoted Scripture. She was only a "simple" country girl.
Later I learned that "simple" is used as a ploy to get your guard down. Who would ever suspect a simple sweet lady of being able to script a complex cold-blooded scam? It's not within our normal experience.
One Filipina said 85% of the Filipinas on the Internet are running scams on foreign men. Another experienced one simply said if you find one on the Internet, it is a scam. She should know; she was doing it.
I had to learn the hard way, and learn I did, ouch! I thought my girl was different; no one knew her. My fiancee repeatedly claimed she'd show them wrong and make me a happy man.
Once in love and committed to the relationship, I was warned that it would have to cease because my darling could not afford to continue her Internet. This is where the scammers decided I would be a sucker.
Naturally concerned that everything relationally would go down the drain, I reluctantly coughed up $756. Fortunately for the scammers, a typhoon hit and I didn't get anything for my $756.
She began using Internet cafes, inflating their costs. That is typical. Foreigners traveling in the Philippines will be charged inflated prices even by airline and government officials. Foreigners seem to wear an invisible target proclaiming us to be rich suckers, which is usually the case.
After the typhoon, she 'hesitated" to let me see her on the web cam because she didn't want me to worry about the wounds all over her body including her face/head. I insisted and asked her if she was doing anything for it. She said washing it with water. I asked if she had clean water after the typhoon, and she said, no it was dirty, but better than nothing. On my own initiative Sir Galahad sent her $40 for hydrogen peroxide.
Upon reflection overnight, I realized her head wound could get infected and cause quick death. The seriousness of her wounds required serious hospital treatment. She began to die, her sister came from another province to help, she lost consciousness, and now I was chatting with family members rather than my beloved. Could I allow someone I loved to die? Here was a crisis of conscience, and the answer was, No I could not allow her to die. So I sent another $2,500 for her to be hospitalized.
Mother Nature was kind to the Filipino scammers; she kept sending more typhoons to provide more certifiable disasters. I was worn out paying for her to survive one disaster after another. It would be cheaper to bring her here where we don't have a headline making disaster or emergency striking every week. Bear in mind, I had helped her through these once-a-week emergencies for 7 months now, being shredded each time with sadness over her suffering and pain. But I was determined she was not going to die on my watch.
To make her acceptable to receive a tourist visa because no countries trust Filipinos to leave once they enter a country, I proceeded to make her look good for her visa interview. Starting with a passport, I got her land with a house, a term of college for fall 2012, and temporarily placed my own money for bills (like taxes, bills and rent) to the tune of $9,000 in her bank account. She repeatedly assured me she would send my money back after her visa interview so I could survive my mounting bills. She would prove to the world how she loved me and was not a scam.
( Devastation caused by Typhoon)
Now the final act in this crazy drama got played out. Rather than come to America and have a future, she ripped me off; and the evidence accumulated that this had been a scam all along. Who would have thought a sweet fun-loving Christian lady would rather scam my very last dime and repay unconditional love with destruction, rather than have a future life in America?
The overall amount lost in this affair is truly obscene. I could have been well off instead. That nation could teach the gypsies tricks. All the right words are given, and the lies are told as smooth as silk. For instance, she'll just "happen" to "like" your favorite songs, and even know them.
Even if the foreign male uses the right head to think with, his swindlers are way ahead of the game, manipulating good hearts, squeezing one's love and conscience for the filthy lucre they covet.
Repeatedly, the target feels no choice but to help. Later, it was helpful to find a website where dozens of other victims told about their scams, many of the same ones that had worked on me.
She was no "simple" country girl. If I save one male, this article will be worth it. Lol.
First Comment by David:
I noticed your recent article about that guy being scammed by a Filipina, and wanted to tell you that the same exact thing happened to me just a couple of weeks ago. She scammed me out of $15,000. And the same exact things that guy said happened to him was the EXACT same thing that happened to me.
They are master manipulators, having it down to a science, clearly having practiced it their entire lives.
I'm further come to realize in my investigation of the Philippines that the whole country is a scamming lying country, corrupt beyond measure.
I wouldn't even step one foot in the Philippines, people have no idea the risk they are taking, people are being extorted by the Philippines government themselves and being put into jail and detained for years in immigration, losing everything they had in the Philippines as these people then take their possessions.
The Philippines people are the most corrupt people I have ever seen before, by a million times, never have I seen such lying and corruption all in the name of God.
My Filipina girl who ripped me off was a former Nun...
And after she ripped me off she went to her convent and came back "holy" and "blessed"...
These people give new meaning to the word hypocrite, I have never seen anything like this before in my entire life.
Just wanted to add my two cents worth Henry....