Transcripts of a short investigation

Posted in Uncategorized on October 24, 2012 by donraymedia

The person writing is NOT Charee Peneda — it’s an imposter in the Philippines. But this person (male or female???) has “friended” 54 people — mostly professional men — journalists, professors, judges, etc. When she send me an instant message, I was determined to figure out what the scam was. Here’s the entire transcript.

 

Charee Pineda (remember, this is NOT THE REAL Charee Pineda)

  • Conversation started Tuesday

8:25pm

Charee Pineda

hey there

8:44pm

Don Ray

Hello

8:44pm

Charee Pineda

how are you

8:45pm

Don Ray

Working hard and a bit frustrated.

8:45pm

Charee Pineda

cool

were are you n ow\

now??

8:46pm

Don Ray

I’m at my desk at my office in Burbank. Why?

8:46pm

Charee Pineda

nothing wat are you doing now”?

8:47pm

Don Ray

I’m on a deadline. I would love to be able to chat with you, but I’m crazy busy. Why am I so lucky that you wrote to me?

8:48pm

Charee Pineda

nope bcz
i am bored here in my room and horny right now are you alone to?

8:48pm

Don Ray

No, my wife is here.

8:48pm

Charee Pineda

awwwwwwwwwwwwwwts

 

were is it?

8:49pm

Don Ray

what does it matter?

8:50pm

Charee Pineda

are you working on it ??

8:50pm

Don Ray

on what? What were you hoping would happen if you wrote to me. Be honest and to the point. Thanks.

8:51pm

Charee Pineda

no are you working on go to restroom now i mean

8:51pm

Don Ray

what? tell me what you want.

8:52pm

Charee Pineda

freinds why?

8:52pm

Don Ray

Friends understand when a friend says he’s busy.

8:53pm

Charee Pineda

tell me if you dont like to chattting with me

im looking for haveng fun now

8:53pm

Don Ray

Not now. Later maybe?

8:53pm

Charee Pineda

ok

10:25pm

Don Ray

OK, a couple of questions:
Where are you located?
What is your definition of “having fun?”
What is you actual age?
What is your gender?
What is your real name?
Are you aware that you are talking to a happily married man who is also an investigative journalist who wants to understand and report on what you are doing?
I await your response.
Thanks very much.
Don Ray

11:14pm

Charee Pineda

ok located: los angeles
having fun :
i am looking for having fun and any things.
age : 19
gender : FEMALE
REAL name : Garilene Ispiritu
ok now

no more questions:???

11:16pm

Don Ray

Are you the person in the photos?

11:17pm

Charee Pineda

yes

11:17pm

Don Ray

Are you from Manila?

11:18pm

Charee Pineda

yes

11:18pm

Don Ray

UST?

I’m really flattered to be in contact with you.

What could you possibly gain by writing to a fat, old married man?

11:21pm

Charee Pineda

bcz i want to real love

11:22pm

Don Ray

But with your beauty and being in all of those films and beauty contests, couldn’t you do better?

11:23pm

Charee Pineda

LOL thanks but other guy is fake to love how about you you are real to love me?

11:23pm

Don Ray

Tell me what made you select me among all of the better men in the world. Please be honest.

11:25pm

Charee Pineda

wat do you mean i not honest?

11:26pm

Don Ray

Honesty is good, isn’t it? Why did you select me?

11:28pm

Charee Pineda

bcz i looking for true love

life

11:28pm

Don Ray

Why me?

11:29pm

Charee Pineda

bcz you looking honnest to love with me

11:30pm

Don Ray

I’d like to talk to you on the phone. Phone number?

11:32pm

Charee Pineda

i dont have phone bcz my mom said the guy said the other guy is fucking lair

11:32pm

Don Ray

What? What other guy? ??????

11:33pm

Charee Pineda

my mom said any guy is liar in phone

11:34pm

Don Ray

Oh, In understand. Your mother is very smart. OK, let’s talk by messages. You didn’t answer my question about UST.

11:34pm

Charee Pineda

UST wat mean UST??

11:35pm

Don Ray

Never mind. It’s not important. What can I do for you? How can I help you?

11:36pm

Charee Pineda

you love me??

11:37pm

Don Ray

Exactly how do I do that for you using instant messaging?

11:40pm

Charee Pineda

really you love me?

11:41pm

Don Ray

Don’t be silly. I don’t know you. What can I do to help you? Tell me directly. No games.

11:42pm

Charee Pineda

really you help me?

11:42pm

Don Ray

Tell me how I can help you? I can’t wait forever to help you. Tell me how I can help you.

11:43pm

Charee Pineda

i want to come to your country and get to married with you thats all

11:44pm

Don Ray

OK, let’s start talking. First, you have to start telling the truth. You are not Charee. What do you have to offer the man who marries you and brings you to the United State? Let’s get down to business.

11:46pm

Charee Pineda

busness wat do you mean to business??

11:47pm

Don Ray

It’s an English expression. Tell me exactly what should happen next. I cannot waste time. Be honest. Give me the information I need to help you.

11:48pm

Charee Pineda

you help me?

11:50pm

Don Ray

Tell me right now what I must do to help you.

11:51pm

Charee Pineda

ok dereck to the piont

11:51pm

Don Ray

Yes. Direct and to the point!

11:52pm

Charee Pineda

iu need money ok

11:53pm

Don Ray

How much? Where do I send it?

11:53pm

Charee Pineda

350$ me

you send it to me

11:54pm

Don Ray

Where and how?

11:54pm

Charee Pineda

philippines

11:55pm

Don Ray

I need an exact address. You know that.

11:57pm

Charee Pineda

address: solib florida blanca pampanga philippines

name: Garilene Ispiritu

ok

11:57pm

Don Ray

OK, address?

11:57pm

Charee Pineda

address: solib florida blanca pampanga philippines

11:58pm

Don Ray

What does it mean? What exactly is “solib florida blanca pampanga” mean?

11:58pm

Charee Pineda

my address in philippines

you send it now??

12:00am

Don Ray

what is pampanga? I’m confused.

12:00am

Charee Pineda

my country

12:00am

Don Ray

Your country is Philippines. Your city is floridablanca. What is pampanga?

12:02am

Charee Pineda

my city is florida blanca pampanga

ok

12:02am

Don Ray

What street is your house on. I can’t send money to a city!!!!!!!!!!

12:03am

Charee Pineda

no you send it to westernunio

ok

12:04am

Don Ray

OK, but first I must know for sure that you are telling the truth. Do you have a camera?

12:04am

Charee Pineda

nope

why?

12:05am

Don Ray

OK, never mind. I don’t trust you. Goodbye. I thought that you were serious.

12:05am

Charee Pineda

wat do you mean??

you dont trust me why??

12:11am

Don Ray

Do you think that I am crazy? Do you think that I’m a fool? You want someone to send you $350 to Western Union in the Philippines and you claim that you do not have a camera? I already know that you lied when you put up a Facebook page and pretended to be a famous Philippine movie star. I believe in helping people, but only if I know for sure that they are not lying. Why would anyone want to help a liar? Why should I trust you? You’re 19 years old and you don’t have a camera? You don’t have a friend with a camera? You don’t have access to a telephone? I believe you that you want to marry an American man and that you probably need money. But don’t lie to me. Goodbye!

12:13am

Charee Pineda

my mom is rigth ok bye

my mother said you try the guy to money and my mother said you dont give the phone number bcz you try it

 

  • you probably need money. But don’t lie to me. Goodbye!

12:13am

Charee Pineda

my mom is rigth ok bye

my mother said you try the guy to money and my mother said you dont give the phone number bcz you try it

i have camera now LOL i testeng you for im looking you love me so my mother is rigth all the old man is lair LOL

12:18am

Don Ray

OK, send me a picture of you in the next five minutes. It’s late here!

12:21am

Charee Pineda

ok this is the firs and this is the last ok

 

 

12:23am

Don Ray

No, it’s not the last. Now send a photo and hold up your left hand. My mother also told me to be careful of people.

12:31am

Don Ray

Hello???? It looks like my mother was right. I should never trust people — even when they say they are being honest. When you learn what UST is, you should go there and then you can afford to come to the United States and find a nice man or woman (in case you’re not really a woman). Goodbye.

12:32am

Charee Pineda

no that is the last ok

12:32am

Don Ray

Good luck.

12:33am

Charee Pineda

?

12:32am

Charee Pineda

no that is the last ok

12:32am

Don Ray

Good luck.

12:33am

Charee Pineda

?

good luck for wat?

12:41am

Don Ray

I hope that you have good luck in finding a way to live a better life. I believe that it is difficult for people to live a good life. I understand why you would lie to people who live in the United States so that you can either get money, a husband or a visa to come to the United States. I travel the world helping people and I have great love for everyone. Unfortunately, I’m not wealthy enough to help everyone. Fortunately, I’m married to a wonderful woman and I love her more than anything. As I told you in the beginning, I’m a journalist and I write stories. I wrote to you to see if there could be a happy story with a happy ending. There is no happy ending to the story. Maybe, one day, you will have good luck and you will find an honest person who wants to help you. I recommend that you be honest with people. I’m sure that the real Charee Pineda would not be happy that you pretended to be her. I’m not going to tell her. It’s none of my business. Just do me a favor. Please don’t send messages to my friends.
Thanks. And, I sincerely wish you the best of luck.

12:42am

Charee Pineda

?

ok

 

 

 

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