Here is the Story of One Ms Grette and a Nigerian boy named Jonny(Not his real name).
It may interest you to know that Jonny was once an internet fraudster but after a while confessed and gave up his devilish acts.
Now, Jonny with the help on Ms Grette whom Jonny had initially scammed, Jonny has completed his education courtesy of Ms Grette and now has a Job in the United States.
When Maria Grette first discovered that the 58-year-old Danish man with whom she had fallen in love was actually a 24-year-old Nigerian “419” internet scammer, the 62-year-old Swede was very sad.
Ms Grette, happens to come from Sweden and works as an arts teacher, painter and arts therapist.
Ms Grette’s had a relationship with Johnny (not his real name) after she signed up for an online dating website. A few years before this, she had gone through a traumatic divorce, and her friends teased her about finally starting a new relationship.
She had met Jonny who posed as a Dane raised in South Carolina, USA; a civil engineer working on a contract in England; a widower with a son in a Manchester university.
They fell in love with each other and started exchanging romantic messages. After a while Jonny started calling her with a UK based number and although she couldn’t place the accent she fell deeply in love with him.
Jonny then told her that he was planning for his retirement; had Sweden in mind for a place to settle; owned a house in Denmark inherited from his parents; wanted to leave that to his son, Nick, who was very attached to it, while he looked for a new home for himself in Sweden. All she wanted was to get to meet him.
However after a while Jonny told Me Grette that he and his son needed to make a quick trip to Nigeria for a job interview. And after a while that his son has sustained gunshot wounds and needed immediate medical attention.
Ms Grette sent him about 1000 euros and continued sending him more money until things began to add up. That was after sending several thousands of euro later.
After a while Maria Grette stopped responding to Jonny’s messages and three weeks after her silence, he called her and confessed. He told her that he was not who she thought he was.
He told her that he was a 24-year-old Nigerian “419” scammer. He had finished university two years earlier but had no job and that was why he went into internet fraud.
From this point on, their communication took a new turn as there were no further requests for cash and Jonny turned turned a new leaf.
In October 2009, Ms Grette travelled to Africa, precisely Nigeria for the first time in her life.
When she saw him at the airport in Abuja, tears fell over Jonny’s face and she said she felt like she had him all her life.
Due to the nature at which Jonny who was formerly a Yahoo boy had changed, Ms Grette decided to start helping Nigerian youths and although she is 69 now and living in Norway, she is elated at the opportunity to improve the lives of young Nigerians. She has assisted them to source international grants and other funding to advance their work.
According to her “Johnny has given me more than he took,” she said, “Without him, I would not have met Africa.”
“He is very dear to me,” she said.
“He has asked me so many times to forgive him and I told him that the most important thing is to forgive himself.”
When she’d visited him in Abuja, Johnny promised Ms Grette that he would give up scamming.
With her assistance, he left Nigeria shortly afterwards, to study in America.
Although they have not met each other again since, she continued to provide him with financial assistance until he completed his degree a few years ago and got a job in the American oil sector.
They still communicate frequently, updating themselves on each other’s lives; and after few years, she said he bought one of her paintings which she shipped over to him in America.