Romance Scammer Alert
The real man in this photo is Eneko Knörr. He is a prominent businessman and public figure in Spain. Therefore, his Instagram and Facebook photos are open for the public to view which makes them easy to be stolen by romance scammers. Eneko and I have been in contact, and he has given me permission (as of January 26th, 2021) to use his photos on anti-scammer sites so that they will stop being used. I used several reverse image searches as his photos were given to me by the scammer, but no matching images or faces came up in my search. However, when I had someone in Europe search the exact same photos, Eneko’s pictures and social media pages came up immediately. Your reverse images searches are not as powerful a tool as you may think! Be careful!
I met this scammer on the Plenty of Fish dating app in November of 2020. He was a paid member so that is why I felt safer talking to him rather than the free members. He claimed to be Greg Thompson, born in Brussels, Belgium on March 12th, 1975 (age 45) and raised to speak Dutch and English. He still has a heavy accent but claims he cannot remember Dutch because he moved to Utah, USA at age 14 and they only spoke English from then on. He moved to Vancouver, Canada around 2016 after his 11-year-old daughter Betty died of cancer, and he caught his wife Kate in bed with one of his best friends. His mom died years ago and his dad is in a Utah nursing home suffering amnesia from a brain tumor. He also claims to be a Quantity Surveyor and after a week of talking, said he had to go to Haifa, Israel to manage a 4-month gas field surveying project since there were no decent domestic jobs available. He will call and text daily to build trust. He will also attempt a video call, but the audio and video are choppy as if the connection is poor. He is actually using video footage stolen from Eneko’s Facebook page, and using a voice over technique to use your name on the Skype call. He will eventually ask you to send iTunes gift cards because he needs ones with a Canadian code and cannot get them in Israel. Then he will ask you to help him pay his equipment suppliers because his online bank was frozen due to logging in from a foreign IP address. He will send you the login info for his bank account but it is a fake bank and website (libertycapitals.com/onlinebank or westernskyfb.com are fake!). He will also call you from active phone numbers 289-298-0457 (Ontario, Canada) and 385-237-5145 (Utah, USA) and use the email address email@example.com.
This has been reported to Plenty of Fish and the appropriate USA and Canadian authorities. Please share this photos to any and all scammer sites you know so Eneko’s pictures start to show up on North American reverse Image searches!
He is still at it. He is using the name William Thomas Koppen and is a Canadian working on Leviathan Gas fields in Israel. He “was” living in Boise, Idaho while he cared for his dying mother. He says to be divorced after 18 years together.