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My Name is Ekaterina: Can I be Your Girlfriend? Part 7

Today we are continuing our series on our talented scammers,  Ekaterina.  Ekaterina is notable by the fact that our ‘conversation’  lasted more than a month.  We survived the first demand of money, $570 to  purchase ‘airplane tickets’, only to have the demand repeated two weeks  later.  Where these requests were made, I will include some of my  conversation to show how I deflected this attempt at fraud.  This is the last post on ‘this’ Ekaterina.

Ekaterina appears to be a very young girl, despite the  fact that she claims to be 29 years old.  I believe that this is a  common practice by these types of scammers, to more reliably entice intended  victims; it is slimy and very regrettable.

This Part 7 of our series on her (and the scammers that are  using her image and name).  Parts OneTwo ,  ThreeFour,  Five and Six  can be found by following the links.

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On Another Beautiful Thursday in Paradise…

Hi my love Cliff! I have received your message.Today  I have reached agency and my agent has informed me that my visa is approved and  that I need to pay the remained sum of contract 570 US dollars. Please send me this money today or tomorrow that I a haze to receive them and to pay  to my agent. As soon as you will send to me of money you owe me the full  address and a full name as should inform me control number of transfer that I could receive your money. As soon as I will receive  your money I will pay to their agent for payment of my contract.

I very much miss  on you and I wish to arrive somewhat quicker to you. You for me the unique man  on this earth and me more are necessary nobody. I wish to spend all my life  only with you and any more with whom. I every minute and every second think of  you and I can do nothing with myself. Now I will finish the message and with  impatience I will expect your message.

One million  kisses. Your love Ekaterina

And the next day my owl flew in with this missive…

Hi my love Cliff!
I was very glad to receive your message. It is pleasant to me to read all that  you write to me. I wish to be your wife and more a drawn  game.  I  very much love you and I wish to spend with you all my life.  You  for  me the unique man on this planet and more such as you are  not  present.  I wish to appear in your embraces and to feel your gentle  kisses.  I wish to be always near to you and to support you in all.

 But  all  problem in money I hate money because money now solves presently
all.  I  do not want that money was a problem before us and would  prevent  together  I  cannot  go  through  it.  My  mum is very disturbed  by it. She wants that I had a  beloved which will care of me and  will love me. I am ready on all to  arrive to you. At me in a head many  silly  thoughts how to get money  to arrive to you I are ready to plunder  bank is ready on all if only to  be with you. I think that you understand  me. I do not know that to me to  do I even am ready on that to  go  to  work as the prostitute to  earn money and to arrive to you.

This  very  bad idea but is unique chance that I could earn money but I think  that  after  that you will not love me more but for me a unique way  to  arrive  to you I do not wish it to do and I wish to make love only  only to you. If I do not arrive to you as soon as possible that I do  not  know  that I with myself will make I cannot live without you.

This  damned  money  all  business  in  any  papers  which anything in comparison  with love. I am ready to work  at once on several works and not to sleep if only at me there was this money  but I do not know such way  except  prostitution to earn this money  so quickly but besides me other  men will touch and you will not forgive  me it but I any more do not  see  other exit. I could take the loan  in bank but to me will not give  because I earn very little. I do not know  that to me do I cannot to  constrain  some  the tears of grief  and feeling that I cannot make anything  with  it…  Now  I will finish the message because I cannot write any more and to me it is very  bad.

Your love for  ever Ekaterina

The next day…

I love you with every fiber of my being. If I could do  anything to get the money to you in the next week, I would do so. My only  alternative is to steal the money from a bank or other place of money. I cannot  do that.

There is a difference between I cannot send the money  (because I don’t have it) and I will not send the money  (assuming that I can get it but, for many reason refuse to do so). My situation  is that I DO NOT HAVE IT AND  CANNOT SEND WHAT I DON’T  HAVE! Your agent can put all the deadlines that he wants to  impose, but if it is not available – I say GET ANOTHER AGENT! Who is this agent  anyhow? Perhaps if I talk to him I can appeal to his better nature.

Greetings my love, my future sweet husband Cliff!!!

I read your letter and I am very glad, that you have  written to me.

How your health? How you have lead day? You thought  about me?

I think about you constantly, every waking moment and  when I dream as well. I cannot get you out of my mind.

So you do not suffice me here. At me all time of idea Only about you and  all my desires it only you. I of you Very strongly I like also to me it is very  a pity, that we not together.

I very much miss you, without your words, at me drip  Tears from eyes when I think of us with you. I pay Because I can not live without you, my tenderness.

My head is hammered by ideas only about you, about  mine Handsome man!!!!! At work I can not concentrate, therefore That before my  eyes only your image, your beautiful Eyes, your gentle hair, your strong  body…

My dear, at me heart can not without you. My heart  Young and gentle, sensitive to all. I have grown fond of you All soul and all  heart. If you will injure this heart, That I can not live in this world more  and I can not more To grow fond of whom – that, because you and only you my  most The big love in my life and as I love you, I whom not Liked. You became my  beacon in my way. You have made me The happiest in this world, you have  presented me a lot of happiness.

And I want to give you a lot of happiness and each  second. I wish To be yours the main person in life, your assistant and Your  desired woman.

My sweet, we should try to reunite the friend with The  friend that it would do not cost to us. For the sake of you I shall bypass all  terrestrial Sphere on foot. I want to go to you and to know, that with everyone  past In meter, I all is closer and closer to you. You want it? If yes, That I  today shall go to a way.

I shall run to you and to not stop For one second. I  shall cross through the seas and oceans only to be Near to you and to feel your heat. And if I in a way, People will tell about  me, that what not clever, was lost for the sake of love.

But I am ready for the sake of us with you to make  not possible(probable), my future husband.

My love to you is huge and very strong as a nuclear  bomb.

My prince, I you see already wrote to you, that at my  sister in Moscow am The girlfriend. She is ready to help us. She will try to  make all quickly And it is good. My husband, I wants to arrive to you and to kiss you all life.

Let’s start movement each other, because under a  laying stone Water does not flow. We should aspire to each other and then the  god Will help us. I know, that he on our party and I pray for it.

If I had opportunity and means I not would began to  ask At you the help, and all would make and has arrived to you, my fruit.

But you know, that I earn very little though I work  very much Much very much I try. Why in Russia a standard of living so low? I  Executed these people which think out different laws at us. People

Very much work also their work here so it is a little estimated.

My loved if you have opportunity to approach our  hearts And on always to connect them enable me to arrive to you and I shall  thank You the life love and a fidelity to you. Lovely, I can not It is more to  sit on a place. My soul is torn to you and my heart is poured Hot blood from  distance of us with you. You understand me?

Let’s not wait for a miracle, and we shall create  this miracle. And this miracle Will consist in our happy and long life with  you!!!!!!!!

My agent has told, that he will not wait neither this  nor other month.

As there has passed a lot of time. The agency can wait  week. After that will not work any more with me, and it means, that I cannot be  with you. I to all girlfriends have told, that soon I will with you and to  sunbathe on a beach, to bathe with you in the sea, to have a rest on the  nature. It is all all means what not to be to us together because of money. If  you can send next week I will arrive to you. If is not present, my heart means  will be broken and I can not be with you.

Your damn agent can wait as long as it is necessary! Where  does this agent get the power to tell HIS CUSTOMER when the customer will  travel, and when his customer pays? It is none of his damned business ‘when’;  It is only his business about the ‘how’. Tell this damned primadonna to quit  treating us like we OWE HIM a favor. He is our AGENT. HE WORKS FOR US! He gets profit from our ticket purchase – nothing more. HE HAS NO POWER OVER US ABOUT THE  WHEN!  Damned asshole! What the heck;  does he live in Russia or something? In the modern world, HE serves US!


My mister, I hope, that all have clearly written.  It is very a pity to me, that my time comes to an end. I shall write to you later, my future husband.

I give you the most gentle kisses and!!!!!!!!!

Your loving Ekaterina on always.

As you have clearly written, I too have written clearly. We  will pay when we can. He will arrange the tickets when we tell him to do so.  Until then he can stick his god dammed deadline up his ass!

I love you my darling Ekaterina. Please give this message  directly to that poor excuse of an agent directly. I am not a pushover. I know  our proper roles in this transaction.

I will see you soon my Love!

I love you,


And on the last day…

My beautiful love,

I’m sorry that you don’t understand my situation. It is not  that I don’t WANT to send you the money this week; it is that I CANNOT send you  the money this week – I don’t have it and can’t get it. I know that you are  unhappy – so am I

 And in the final chapter…

Hello my lovely Cliff!!!!

To me was a little sad to read your last letter. Yes, I understand your fears, that you can deceive. Means you have no full trust to me.

It is insulting for me because I trust you. Though we  did not meet in the person never. But I have no opportunity to find such money.

 All my friends and familiar have no such money. I went to bank and tried to  take the credit, but to me have given up in the credit because my wages are  small very much and according to the manager of bank I have no guarantees to
pay then my credit. It has upset me very much. Now all your and my dreams will  be destroyed only because I have no money.

Think, if I had money I would not ask you about the  help. Yes, now it is difficult to receive the visa in the USA. But having cash  it is possible to receive the visa without special problems and to buy tickets.

 You really worry about our joint future. But now we have only 2 variants. The  first – we when we can not meet and it is bad, because my heart again will be
broken!!! I did not tell to you when, but I loved once one man strongly very
much, but he deceived me and met other women. he liked to drink vodka. And in a  result he has thrown me! My heart has been broken. I could not reconcile to it  during 1 year, it was hurt me on soul and bad. But now I have understood, that  I was possible has again found my love, but money solve all! I hate money
because now everyone solve only money. And if the person has money he can make  everything and if the person has no money he cannot make that. But for me money  not the main thing. But without money I cannot arrive to you and except for you  to me not to whom to help with money. I promise you when I shall come to you I  be employed and I shall gradually give you money.

But all right. If not will trust me, all right. I  leave the option to you! I want that you listened only to the heart!!! Variant  of the second. If you decide to send money I shall come to you! And it is  possible we shall be happy up to the end of our lives. I shall not speak more  about money. I want that you have decided that you to do. But please make a correct choice. But if you decide to  not send money I shall understand you it is your choice and a choice of each  any person is solved correct.

For ever yours and only your loving and gentle

My heart aches to tell you this. My heart too, with the  large hole left in from the death of my wife hoped that you would fill that  space. Unfortunately, unless we wait until I can earn the money or you get a  new agent, we cannot be. For that I am very, very, sorry.

It is what it is my Love,



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My Name is Helina; Can I be Your Girlfriend? Part 7


Today we are wrapping up our little expose of our charming Helina.  There is no cause for you to fear however, because Helina is not the only scammer out there, committing this amazing fraud to the lonely, the desperate, the unhappy, and the disillusioned.  There are many more and we will take a look at a few of them in the coming weeks.

Here are the previous Helina posts:

For background, please see:

Part One:

Part Two:

Part Three:

Part Four

Part Five

Part Six

 Our story continues with a note from Lex’s (another victim of Helina) note from Kim (Lex’s caring daughter), I received this note back to her from Helina:

From: Kimberly ****** <****>
Date: Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 11:56 PM
Subject: Re: love
To: Helina Nartey <>


Thank you for contacting me, I do want to try and help you understand where I am coming from and how much I love my dad.

I above anyone on this earth have wanted for YEARS for my dad to find happiness.  He is the type of man that finds the good in any situation and anyone.  He has made the best of the chaos he has had to live in for the past 10 years.  He is loved by all that meet him and brings to a smile to everyone he comes in contact with.  He is a good man and deserves a happy peaceful life.  I want you to be real, for him, for his future but there is this nagging voice in the back of my head and heart that tells me not to trust you.  Set aside all of the poetic lyrics and romantic dreams and these are the warnings and red flags I have come across time after time on each item you have given or asked of my dad.

 1.  When I first learned of your communication with my dad I googled dating in Ghana– first 15 things that came up were warnings of scammers that professed love just like you are professing to my dad.  Quick and wildly romantic. 

2.  The more I looked the more your pictures resembled the others that have been scammed.

3.  One of the warnings that were common in each scam were a sick mother getting deathly ill and needing money.  It wasn’t 1 week later that your mom, whom you had been setting the stage with telling my dad about the stove being tricky/broken whatever and that you worried she would one day burn herself, claimed to have burn almost to death and you needed money from my dad.

4.  Your mom was in a hospital that could not be found????? 

5.  You asked for a large sum of money from a person you have “known” for a couple of months?!?!  Who does that?  I would NEVER ask for money from someone that I hardly knew, much less never met in person.

6.  You gave my dad a “Declaration Fee Note” so I google it- the first 15 items come up warning me that this is not real.  I can’t find one thing that states that this is a real form, even from the Ghana Embassy.  Again asking for $5,000 now! My dad is not made of money and does not have $7,000 to blow on something that isn’t real.

7.  I check out the names on the form- again not real.  I understand there are many people out there with the same last name but I also understand if I google “George Bush in the United States” the important George Bush will come up before some common guy from Alabama comes up looking for love on Netlog!  So I look up the Chief of Staff Officer– again not the right name.  So my dad tells you that the information is not current- then you say “Oh yeah that’s an old form” – NOT a good way of covering your tracts.

8.  Then we google you.  Your picture comes up with warnings attached stating you have scammed others using the name Lolita and Suzi and who knows what else.  Fact is if you look up my photo you will not find it scattered all over the Internet as a scam or a porn star, and I would expect the majority of the people that you google would not come up that way, so that this is all a coincidence is not looking good. For one it is sordof embarrassing that my step-mom was the one that found it and second that now my brothers are aware that you masturbate and show nude pictures of yourself for money.  I don’t care how hard up for money you are, this is not an acceptable way to get money.  If you are real, how embarrassing would that be for my brothers to have their friends google you and find that!  It makes me shake my head just thinking about it.  They are boys, but they are good boys and deserve a good and decent stepmom.  You claim those are old pictures but the ones you sent dad holding his picture were of you in the exact same chair with the exact same outfit on with your hair the exact same way.  Now come on, we are girls, we are not going to just happen to look the exact same in two pictures supposedly taken a couple of years apart.

9.  I googled your name- not a single person did I find with the last name of Nartey was white…

 Whoever you are- I am not willing to sacrifice my dad for you.  You ask him to come see you.  Ok, this is my problem with that.  Nothing you have said has equaled up- if he goes over there and you are real and you come back great, I will apologize.  If you are NOT real, but my dad goes over there and you end up kidnapping him, torturing him for money, or worse killing him I would loose my mind!  He has 3 sons, a daughter and a grand-daughter that love him too much to risk loosing him forever.  You may think that this sounds crazy or dramatic but hell this whole situation you have had with him has been crazy and dramatic.  At this point, anything is possible.  You live in a country that is not protected the way we are here and even here there are politics and bad people in government positions so anything can happen.  All in all, I don’t have a good feeling about this and bottom line I am NOT willing to risk my dad’s life to find out if this is real.  I am sorry but he is too important to us.


  And apparently back to Kim from Helina:

On Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 2:16 PM, Helina Nartey <> wrote:

Hi Kimberly, how are you doing. I have nothing to say against all you are saying. But I want you to know i am not behind all those scam activities and that you should check all google say about me you will notice most of them are not from Ghana. I am not writing to tell you i am not a scam. but i want you to know what i have for your dad is real and give me one chance to proof it to real. I am not wanting your dad to waist any money on me, he says he flys free and him coming here will not affect him. just allow him a 3 days visit to Ghana . After he gets my visa worked out . i will come and chat with you. I know when you hear my story you will believe.You take care of your self and Bentley,

March 16, 2011

nartiehI: your love


Our Helina; Ready for Bed?

Mrs Jones That is what i wear to to bed . its mostly hot hear . but some time when its cold i change it i will send you that one too.  Loving you is all i want to do. i have sent a copy of my passport and birth certificate too.


Sent to my dad yesterday…

Kim April 2, 2011nartiehI: Dear Lex,
It hurts to be pointed out as something you’re not. I’m short of words and surprised at the way you act towards me these days. Lex, you’ve been totally good to me and don’t really know me. A lot of people down here suffer from the rest of the bad seeds around them. I wish I’d never got too exited about this whole thing about us or even reveal to one too many friends about my intentions.
I read all you sent me and can’t force your hand you  my dearest Lex. I was only giving out an idea I could rely and bank on. Truely speaking, i made up my mind not to fall in love again but ever since you came in to my life every thing changed. SCAM, this is just a word now synonymous with almost every African who is in need of assistance from a foreigner.
Sincerely I am really bothered about the doubt casts on me, you where there for me and my family when I needed a breather and I really appreciated every bit of the care and assistance you rendered without cause. I’m sorry for all I put you through and I make this promise Lex: That all of our discussions, transactions as much as intimacy will not lead to a bowl of regrets on your part. I’m eventually stuck and don’t know how to go about this current situation my dear
You are all I have, and all I wanted. I wouldn’t forgive myself or the world if things go haywire with us. I wonder why you’ve gotten the notion about me not giving a f—k! I’m a lady who wants to be happy and can’t treat goodness with any sort of evil act. A wise old man once told me, that; Apart from an understanding of the values our hearts were made for, all of our efforts to provide for the future will ultimately fail. After a long walk to the beach and back i realize there is no need to die when my other half is still on earth i know how you will feel when i am no more. that is the same i will feel. I walked all the way here to write you this email. its late and i have to walk back home. its not safe but walking will take the stress of me .
Finally, I have explained every event that took place to my mom and she is so let down at my being unable travel as planned. I will try to take things one at a time and make sure I put a huge smile back on her face.  I wish God grants you wisdom on who to trust.
 Alway with you in Heart,
 Above all, I still love and miss you very much and want to be with you as soon as possible.

And, more from Kim (in a note to Me):

Kimberly: So she is still communicating with you?  I forwarded your website to my dad and I think he has FINALLY decided that she is a fake!!!  I cannot thank you enough!!!!  He has confronted her about it and they are still trying to get him over there! CRAZY!!!! 


After the realization that her little confidence game was no longer going to work, this is a summary of Helina’s conversation with “Lex”.

 nartiehI: Are you there

Good Moorning

Why is it that you only bring up this scam thing when ever I ask you for help? I have tried dear tried to make this work for us. You think I love it when they call me that name. How do you feel when you are call something you are not? I don’t know what to think dear. I have cried all night , wondering If you still love me. You put me into more pain when I need your help the most.

Lex: I wonder how much of this is out there. Kimberly does not want me to come there for fear of my life. There are people nation wide upset at you !! One person tells of going to see you and is attacked and robbed when he arrives Accra .. The risks over the rewards is there !! I want to believe but every day the odds of you being real dwindle . I have tried to convince Kimberly but she is at zero and taking a stand for my safety and sanity !! Today will be a day I pray for reason to continue !! I love you .. Lex

How can something of such beauty be destructive to so many hearts ??   Lex

And back from Helina:

nartiehI: I feel like diein wheni think of this things? I walked from the cafe to the house last night wishing someone will just will just attack and kill me but I didn’t meet an ant. Your family don’t like me and will never like me. I have never given birth but I have so many problems why me God

Lex: It’s not you , it’s the reputation that has been built around you!!  I would not wish this on anyone but yes it will control your life . It is very sad that something like this can happen to anyone !! You are the focus of my prayers today !! My family is taking the advise of many to protect me !! Yes common logic tells anyone you are not real. The dream of that perfect sole mate leads many down a rocky path that then dead ends!! Pray for us today !!   Lex

Lex: I wonder If there will ever be us
It is up to US to keep the dream alive . TRUE LOVE and believing in each other will triumph ! I do have a big heart and compassion for my fellow man ! I too know when to defer a losing battle and seek to win with life’s rewards. I need to wake up and smell the roses. If this rose is to highlight my garden then I will nourish it !!   Lex

nartiehI: I have done all I can its left with you to decide. Now they think you will be kill when you come here. Now what do you say

Lex: Rockin in Black Ice .. Song ” My my my once bitten twice shy ”   Not a good start but a smart start to my day !! This can’t be left up to me !! WE will need to step up and face our decisions . Like ” The Stairway to Heaven ” there is still time to change the road you are on !! We have two paths .. I pray we are on the same path ..   Lex

nartiehI: Right now!! I am at the beach thinking of where to keep my things and where to sleep because the landlord want me out of the house. That all I think off now

Lex: Where is Mavis ???   (Presumably Helina’s mother)

nartiehI: You want me to answer that? I think you already know

Lex: No you have not mentioned in a long time ?

Lex: She is a part of my daily prayers !!   Lex

nartiehI: Do you really care about her?

nartiehI: She is my problem
Yes .. Remember  I lost my mother last November !!
You say you care about her ? That nicely said , maybe. Living her in her state of death xnd thinking just want your money another way to show you care.


Lex: Remember I am besieged with pictures of the one I love in scams and porn sites . I believe I have remained true to the cause but cautious ! I have to listen to my family and then make MY decision !!!   Lex

nartiehI: That what I want to know what is your decision! I am tied of thinking you are there for me when you are not there

Lex: That’s just IT , you are there and I am here for you !! My children have asked me not to send money until we have touched and confirmed this relationship. I will honor their request. After we have spent time together I will search my heart and move us in the right direction for success !! I am onboard with this even with all the negative daggers that have flown my way!! Until I get there you will need to go into survival mode or seek help ! From the web sites alone somebody owes you a bunch of money !!! Just
coming to see you will cost me 2000$ in overtime pay to cover my absence. I am investing in this !!   I love you !! Lex

nartiehI:If you love me you will help me just on this one please

Lex:  Every week you have a 2000$ emergency . This is what your country advises Americans to avoid!! Like the employee at the photo shop when you needed 5000$ for visa , the scammers make it hard for you.

Lex:  The only one left is the customs agent at the airport that will want 2000$ to fix your passport !! Baby all if this hard to handle . 5000$ visa. 3000$ hospital . 2000$ landlord … I have sent you 4000$ of the 10000$ you have needed over the past month???   Lex

nartiehI: Why do you say all this!! Please don’t do this to me

Lex: Ok Mandy !!! What can Cliff and get you!! Kimberly found you out !!! BITCH   Lex

nartiehI:Oh God I am not Mandy !!

Lex:  Read your email !!! Cliff and I have the same LOVE !!! I saved everything we said for OUR future .. I will donate it to Cliff for his next book ! Expensive book for me !!! Lex

 Lex: Was I going to robbed at the airport ??

nartiehI:I think I will still go to Amsterdam  !!
Come and see I told you not to come with anything worhy stealing. Want to know the truth come and see for your self no money nothing just come with a return ticket. You can live the same day. Your family don’t want is together. So no more affairs between us. Just be my withbess some day. Come see If I am Mandy or Amanda or any of that

Lex: Have you read the email ???

nartiehI: No

Lex: Please do !! I have my copies of exactly what you told Cliff . Remember he was coming to see you on the 14APR too ???

nartiehI: I feel the need to find one of my Mexican girl friends and let her know how special she can be !!

nartiehI: I never loved cliff. I met him before you on the same website. On video chat. Yes I always do video chat with cliff. As time went on I saw he wasn’t interested in me so I stop talking to him. I want to him for help when I need money for my mom and you would help me. The only I will get help from him was to make him come here so I told him to come here. You have my heart and I was never going to marry cliff.

Lex: My ex is rubbing it in that you are a scam !!! You really know how to f-k a guy up !!
Lex: My Mexican friend had compassion !! I had shown a picture of Mandy to her. She sent me a picture of her in a mountain climbing suit (Teddy)
Lex: Jacuzzi time .. Helina hour has been canceled!!!

nartiehI: Lol God bless you. For every thing. I want to advice you. Don’t follow cliff because he is passing out wrong information I am not Mandy or amada burrell. You take care of your self . Every thing we had is real just a little complicated (money wanting )

Lex: We had a great weekend partner !!!! Lex
Lex: Did you check out the information Cliff sent me ??
Lex: Kimberly is speaking with Cliff and the FBI ?? Don’t see how the FBI cares if we are stupid!!
Lex: You were right !! Kimberly said Cliff might pay me if I send him a copy of all our conversations !
Good Morning
We had a great day partner !!


As all of this has transpired, I believe that the sequence of events was that our ‘Mandy’ had 30+ sets of photographs taken, the subject matter being soft porn.  At that time she would have been 25-30 (about right) if she is 38 today.   This occurred apparently, back in the late 90’s – early 2000’s.  Subscriptions were sold to (presumably) men (and boy’s?) for monthly access.  This was probably late in the game as our ‘Mandy’ has sold her photos all over the net, under an incredibly long list of names.’s specifics (according to WHOIS, are as follows:  


   Registrar: FABULOUS.COM PTY LTD.  ß———–  NOTE: Australia Registered

   Whois Server:

   Referral URL:

   Name Server: NS1.EVILTECH.COM

   Name Server: NS2.EVILTECH.COM

   Status: clientDeleteProhibited

   Status: clientTransferProhibited

   Updated Date: 31-may-2010

   Creation Date: 19-jun-2003

   Expiration Date: 19-jun-2011

What do you want to bet on the domain’s renewal?

And my last communication with this little con artist

Date: April 6, 2011
To: Helina Nartey <>
Subject: Re: Test

‘Helina’ my love,

Ran across today.  I feel cheated.  Did you sue the hack that sold you that boob job!  I would have.

On Apr 3, 2011, at 11:08 PM, Helina Nartey <> wrote:

oh cliff dear. you are angry you couldn’t get me. sorry . By the way let me tell you incase you dont know. You are passing out wrong information and other people no me more than you think you do so. Be advised i am not mandy or amanda burrell this two are different people and i am sure some one will love to search your gortune with you. just keep writting more about me. Hey dont think i want you to stop continue your good work. author!!!

 So, the latest is that we have been picked up by the WordPress listings for the week of April 4, 2011, on their Social Networks thread.  The word is indeed getting out!

That’s all the time that I intend to spend on this miscreant.  I have volumes more information on Helina and will publish it all if I decide to turn this series of adventures into a proper book.  Coming up,

My Name is Olga: Can I be your Girlfriend?

Enjoy the weekend all.

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My name is Helina: Can I be your Girlfriend? Part 5

Part Five of our little expose of unsuspecting lonely men and women around the world, being scammed for whatever they will send the scammer.  No consideration is given by these unscrupulous cretins. 

For background, please see:

Part One:

Part Two:

Part Three:

Part Four

The next day I am the recipient of an eMail from Helina

From: Helina Nartey <>

Date: Sun, Mar 27, 20II at 8:2I AM

To: Cliff Feightner <>

I thank God every night since I found you. You came into my life when everything seemed so dark but you provided the light to find my way. I’ve never been so certain of anything in my life like I am of us. You have totally changed my outlook in life and I thank you for that. 

I never thought that someone could love me like you do, but guess what? I love you more that that  too. I feel as if I’m walking over clouds just thinking about you. You make my life complete.  I love you so much and I know you love me too. 

I know that others looking into our relationship might think that we’re saying too many things too soon but they just don’t know how we feel about each other. 

There’s nothing wrong about the things I’ve told you, I meant every word I said. I love you, I would do anything, I love you so much.. Today I promise you that I would do anything in my power to make you a great person, outstanding father and loving husband. I LOVE YOU!!


Your Helina

DING goes Messenger

Helina: <ding>

Helina: ho ware you doing dear

Helina: no. i am sorry i didnt have any airtime on my phone and like i told you i have no money too so i had to stay at the shop late

Helina: oh ok  

Image of Lady Diana‘s wedding ring sent to Helina

Helina: when am i coming there? 

nartiehI: it that what i think it is?

 nartiehI: I love you dear

nartiehI: are you coming to Ghana?

nartiehI: I4 of April?nartiehI: dear why golden tulip?

nartiehI: it far from where i live and i dont think its the best

  nartiehI: are you booking it online

  artiehI: why not let me take care of that for you?  i will get the finest hotels here

nartiehI: that what i want to do to get a car till you go back

nartiehI: i love you dearOur last conversations were via text messages, between phones (I guess she just magically found airtime money).

In reality, she secured her airtime money from another interested person, as you will discover in subsequent posts.

I told her I was coming to Ghana, that I would resolve all open issues.

Her next text message came in the form of a plea.  It seems that her mother set their apartment on fire and that she was very badly burned.  She asked me for $1,000 so that she might be treated.  I refused to send the money, saying I would pay all outstanding debts when I arrived in Ghana on 14, April.  That didn’t go over well.

A little time passed.  BUZZ goes my cell phone.  Helina called from ‘Ghana’.  I must say that the Caller ID spoof that they used was very effective!  It almost fooled me but there were too many inconsistencies along the way.

I told her:

  • That she was no more in Ghana than I was.
  • That the electrical outlet in one of her pictures carried an Underwriters Lab patent.  That this outlet was only used in North America, and that it was not capable of carrying the 220V power, standard in Ghana.
  • That I had found photographs on the Internet that matched the photos that she had sent me from Ghana. I had analyzed the photos and they were the same, same camera, exposure, density, and dates of creation. 
  • The furniture matched in the Internet photos and her ‘Ghana’ photos and that she was a fraud.


Time passes and the phone rings again.  Please, Please help me, my mother is dying and that I am her only hope.  NO, same story.


Closely following Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, the next call was full of anger, recriminations, and tears.  Protestations of why I was doing this to her and that it was unfair to call her a fraud when she just asked for a little mercy and help. Yada Yada…

I told my dear Helina that I was done with ‘This Play’ and that I wished both her and her mother Godspeed.

'Helina' at a Ghanaian Baby christening

And then, one final plea from my dear Helina.  She sent me four photos that were purportedly taken of her at a recent “Baby Naming” ceremony in Ghana.  She pleaded that “was this not proof that she was who she said that she was?  If you look at the four pictures (all four will be in the coming book), you see that the faces are taken from two different sides, and that they are at varying zoom factors, and each is a different dress – but the face is the same, even down to the flirtatious strand of hair that runs down the (her) right side of her beautiful face. 

Look at the picture closely (if you choose).  You will notice that the dress detail is very sharp but the face is somewhat blurry.  These are the ‘footprints’ of Photoshop alterations. No, not evidence of bonafide; confirmation of attempted fraud!

Exit Helina

Don’t despair; we will have much more about Helina!

To be continued…

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 nartiehI: wow? When are we getting married , when will I be there? 

Information Delivery: Times Marches On

There has been a lot of discussion about the future of books. 

Views from Sandhausen Website - First Draft

As we look back at the Record, Movie, and Entertainment systems evolution, we see a shift of media; content reigns and delivery system evolves.  Since the same things are happening to all of these information delivery systems, it tells us that it is not about these ‘Information Niches’; it is more about how we are evolving as a species.

As an abject Lover of books, it has been of concern to me personally. As I strive to move forward in my writing and publishing efforts, I feel like I felt in my 30’s when White Water Rafting meant so much to me.  The analogy is not only solid, it is absolutely fundamental to what we are experiencing.  We avoid the rocks (new ideas), are sucked into whirlpools (when we bet on an innovation that proves to be a dry well), and are relentlessly pushed by the overpowering force that we feel (Time) to our greater glory – or total destruction.

As said by Julius Wiedemann in his recent (excellent analysis) post The Book Is Dead. Long Live The Publishing Industry! , “We are moving toward an ever-growing differentiation between the book as object versus content delivery system. As this occurs, we cannot ignore the fact that our lives are shifting dramatically toward a digitalized experience. This shift is happening not just for the sake of technology; it is happening because we–as in, society–are changing, as is our behavior.”

My lifelong desire was to write and publish a book.  I love to write so it was just a matter of time.   I published Lynn’s Story in a hardback version only.  It went to close family and friends who intimately loved and shared joys with Lynn and me.  I am publishing Views from Sandhausen in all formats less audio.


The paperback proof copy of Views from Sandhausen was just delivered!  It is Brilliant!!!  I may sleep with it tonight.  WOW!!!

 As pointed out in Mr. Wiedmann’s post, I expect that people will still buy a physical copy of the book, if they liked the eBook that they have read.  If this comes to pass, it is VITAL that eBooks have the same pagination as does the hard or soft cover edition.  The current practice of paginating eBook’s as ‘screens’ will make it slightly more difficult to read the eBook on your commute, the PC version in the office (whoops, did I say that?), and the hard/soft cover version whilst trying to fall asleep.  Not impossible mind you, just more difficult.

I intend to leverage that trend by offering book bundles Hard + eBook, or Soft + eBook, on my personal sell site,  OF course, pricing breaks will be offered.

Other happenings: (things are moving very fast) over the last two days, include my sending the first round of comments back to Smart Author Sites on the look and feel of the site that they are currently designing. Today’s photo will give you a quick look at the first draft of the site Home Page.  Please feel free to comment on what you see!  (You always are welcome to leave me comments: it makes both you and I better!)

The Twitter following continues to grow; I am weeding out the ‘chaff’ and adding people who are ‘movers and shakers’ in this business.  If I’ve learned something from you (and I know that you don’t care) – I’m following You!  Lastly, I’m continuing to work with PhotoFunia and their very clever software that produces images like this:

What a great tool for subtle advertising!!

Views from Sandhausen Advertising

Now take a further few moments and read Julius Wiedmann’s insightful post The Book Is Dead. Long Live The Publishing Industry!

2010 in Review

The 2010 Results are In: My First Year of Blogging was Successful!

One nice thing about a WordPress blog is that they give you a report at the end of the year on how your blog did against the competition, on WordPress.  I would like to thank all of my readers for following my bittersweet ramblings, and I promise that 2011 will be more upbeat, and contain more useful information for my readers.  Without further adieu, here are the results for the blog.

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,600 times in 2010. That’s about 4 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 72 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 60 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 17mb. That’s about 1 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was October 2nd with 70 views. The most popular post that day was Can I Write? – Feedback from My Editor.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for views from sandhausen, public isolation, public isolation project, internet world map 2010, and internet structure.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Can I Write? – Feedback from My Editor October 2010


About the Authors July 2010


Public Isolation Project November 2010


Views from Sandhausen – Proposed book cover September 2010
3 comments and 1 Like on,


Thoughts from an Unemployed Professional November 2010
1 Like on,

These results are very modest, compared to my competition, but have served to introduce Views from Sandhausen: Experiences from a Foreign Service Assignment.  For an author, it is all about building a platform before releasing a book.  Given that half of my income in 2010 was consumed by medical expenditures, and that was WITH great medical coverage, the end of the tunnel is in sight and you can expect more in 2011, afer my finances stabilize.

As I have told you all before, May your year of 2011 be the best ever for all of you (and me)!


Blog Design Comments – Matt Jacob, “Edit me FAST”

I think the picture header really catches the visitor’s eye, and the overall layout is user-friendly. Plus you have descriptive and informative posts that give the visitor a view, if you will, into the editing, publication and marketing processes. And I just love the My Posts section where you can hover over the date and get a preview of the post before you jump down to it. The basic color scheme also really works with the dark outline of the picture. By no means am I an expert in design or blogging, but it certainly caught my eye (and is backed by substance in the posts).” (NOTE: I said that I thought it was pedestrian). “ It might be pedestrian in the sense that the layout is fairly straightforward, but I can assure you (from personal experience) that for some people, making a design ‘straightforward’ and effective can be very difficult. Just my opinion.

Central Train Station Antwerp – Something Different

This is a great video of the central train station in Antwerp Belgium.

  It is not something you see every day; I know I never saw it while I was there.  It is very useful though because it shows a cross-section of Europeans having a great time.  While I am not naive enough to not believe that it was a complete set-up, it is useful to see normally reserved people “Letting Loose” for a few moments.  Also please note the lack of really heavy people.  This too is indigenous to that part of the world.


Thank You All

The contributions continue to roll into the site and on behalf of both Lynn and I want to thank you for your contribution

I doubt that we will reach our goal,  so it will cost you nothing in the end.  I do appreciate your support!  I continue to climb the mountain that is learning how to effectively market “Views from Sandhausen”.  The publishing business has undergone a “Sea Change” with respect to the process. 

We, on the ‘read a book’ side have not seen it, other than finding the book that we want in multiple channels.  I’m sure that, if you read a Really Good Book, you will be buying it in multiple formats, just so that you have it where you want it, when you want it.  That means multiple purchases and that means that the industry will thrive and prosper well into the future.