Dastardly Don Juan Dupes Montclair Woman Out of $86,000

The Montclair woman met the supposed civil engineer on the Match.com dating website.

A man used the photo of the man pictured above to scam a woman on an online dating site. He used a method similar to that of a man who scammed a Montclair woman out of nearly $100,000./Photo via whoscammedyou.com/scams/16463/Sergio_Jivin
A man used the photo of the man pictured above to scam a woman on an online dating site. He used a method similar to that of a man who scammed a Montclair woman out of nearly $100,000./Photo via whoscammedyou.com/scams/16463/Sergio_Jivin

A man posing as an engineer living in Malaysia scammed a New Jersey woman looking for love on a popular dating website out of $86,000, according to cops.

The Montclair woman had met the alleged American civil engineer on Match.com several months ago. She was wooed by the pitiless lothario and the woman developed a relationship with the man over several months. 

The man, who called himself Maxwell Yas, eventually told the woman that he was in financial arrears and needed her help. 

Before long she found herself duped into wiring the scam artist large sums of money, cops said.

The man then mailed the Montclair woman a check for $1 million and asked her to hold onto it because he was having trouble with Malaysian banks.

The check, unsurprisingly, was fraudulent, Montclair police said.

By the time the woman realized she was being played and reported the incident to police last Wednesday she had already lost $86,000 to the cheat.

Local cops this week urged residents to be aware that this is a common scam conducted on the internet. 

“Actors seek out people looking to connect on the internet,” according to a release. “They take advantage of victims who are seeking a relationship or companionship. Once they gain a level of trust they drop some kind of tragic story that has impacted them financially and ask the victim to help.”

The alias “Maxwell Yas” has been connected to similar online scams at least as far back as early 2012. Women around the country have also reported identical scams being carried out by a man using the alias “Serio Jivin" or "Sergio Jivin."

Scammers have used the photos of a former New Jersey man named Mark Sugar in their scams repeatedly for several years.

 “This has been a nightmare,” Sugar said Thursday evening. “I’ve heard about this several times.”

Sugar, who is in a committed relationship with a woman he met on Match.com in 2011, said he’s been told several times that other people have been using his photo on the dating website.

“I’ve been told that I’ve been living in Texas, Las Vegas, Philadelphia,” said Sugar, who was unaware of the latest incident until he read about it on Patch.com

Sugar, who currently lives in Florida, told Patch.com that he has no connections with anyone in Malaysia and has contacted Match.com representatives about the fraudulent use of his profile photos. One photo used on a bogus profile even includes a shot of his then 13-year-old son.

hrhppg March 14, 2014 at 12:07 PM
There was a story similar to this on 20/20 or Dateline a few years ago. Some stupid MAN was not only fooled into a money scam - he was actively committing a crime as par of an ID theft rings. Someone sent him a picture of some hot woman who claimed she from another country and madly in love with him. For months he was allowing her (and others) to have high end electronics sent to his address and then he shipped them out of the country. He had no clue until the cops showed up at his door for receiving stolen property. Guess we shouldn't vote for any white men again either as this one was so stupid huh Michael.
moose balinski March 14, 2014 at 12:19 PM
A former co-worker of mine posted on Match.com and met a very nice man. They dated, got engaged and married. They had two children together. Her family and friends (myself included) loved her new husband and thought how lucky she was to have found him. He bought a big beautiful house in Chester, NJ and she always drove new luxury cars, and went on luxury vacations at least three times a year. The kids all went to exclusive private schools. She was living a fairytale life we all thought. One day the Feds came with a search warrant, and in his floor safe they found $200,000. In the roof rafters of their garage they found plastic storage containers full of money... $600,000 in cash !! This WONDERFUL guy she had met on Match.Com was a international seller of helping immigrants obtain phoney American citizen papers and other documents. He ripped off thousands of people of their money, thinking they would become legal citizens (on paper anyway). He was so handsome and charming, everyone believed him to be whom he said he was. But he was a total fraud. Now my friend is divorced and the father of her children is in federal prison. Her whole world came crashing down on her head. I found out later that this "prince charming" had also taken thousands upon thousands of dollars from her family members and friends to invest for them in some type of investment scam. Everyone saw how luxuriously they were living in such a short amount of time, that they truly believed that this ripoff artist was the real thing. Remember folks, if it's too good to believe...it's probably total BS !! Proceed with caution when meeting people on social media !!!
John March 14, 2014 at 09:59 PM
We are living in the era of the backdoor , shakedown artist who hunt their prey on the Internet. They hide behind attractive ads and their intent is ruthless. The problem is you can't expect some local cop to hop on a plane to some third world never never land and go get your money back. It's "buyer beware" !!
gregory l. mitchell March 16, 2014 at 05:04 PM
Folks:Once reading the headlines I knew the insults and attacks would fly.A good number of an anonymous nature too.It should be enough that this poor soul was taken advantage of,she is more than aware of this now,perhaps unfortunately too late for her own good.Another scam perhaps some have heard about are the ones coming out of Upper Volta,Gambia,Cote D'Ivoire,Liberia or Senegal all in Western Africa.Their game is to contact someone here in the States telling them that that their name had appeared as a winner on a lottery that someone had entered for them and they were now the winner and all it would take for this agency to release the winnings(whatever that might be)would be for the winning party to pay the taxes of $5,10,20 Thousand dollars,or whatever and as soon as the cashiers check was received their winnings would be sent to them!!AND YES,YOU WOULD BE AMAZED AT HOW MANY PEOPLE COULDN'T WAIT TO GET DOWN TO THE BANK AND THE POST OFFICE THE NEXT DAY!!!As has been said,"You can't make this stuff up"! As John said above me,"Beware" Respectfully,Gregory L. Mitchell,West Caldwell,N.J.


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