My eHarmony match said all the right things. Was he too good to be true?

Subtle humor peppers his sentences. As a writer, I like that. I don’t remember who reaches out first, but he is the one who suggests we cut the messaging and get on the phone. I’m game.

His words are halting and choppy. Might be a slight speech impediment. Or perhaps English is not his first language. He’s clumsy in conversation, so I pick up the slack. The next morning, he texts, calls again that night.

The verbal chop is perplexing, but time, I figure, will expose its source. He blames the poor connection on an old BlackBerry, soon to be replaced with an iPhone. His daughter’s been nagging him. I weigh whether to engage longer or move on.

My friend Susan arrives from Florida. “Give the guy more time,” she urges. “Doctors are socially awkward, podiatrists even more so, I bet.”

So much so that around Valentine’s Day every year the FBI issues a news release cautioning hopeful lovebirds against cat-fishing scammers

A few nights later, he ends our conversation with an audacious prediction, finished in a whisper: “After we meet this Friday, I think you’ll look at me and say, ‘That’s David. He makes me really happy.’ ” His approach could not be more timely or better scripted.

I meet my friends Gerald, Elsa and Eric for our monthly happy hour. Like many happily married friends, Elsa and Eric live vicariously through Gerald’s and my reportage on matters of the heart.

“I believe I have a suitor,” I declare, and I outline David’s bio: United Nations doctor stationed in Syria, on leave now, at the end of his contract. His wife died of cancer three years ago. Born in Denily moved to Utah. Yes, he still has his accent. Gerald’s eyebrows peak.

Wednesday night, I have dinner with friends and sneak into the bathroom to read and respond to his texts. He finds my behavior so funny and cute.

An hour ago, the United Nations called, he says, and he must leave immediately for a briefing in New York. He redeploys Friday. Thomas, a dear friend and his replacement in Syria, was ambushed, his body found yesterday.

He calls before takeoff, again from New York. He doesn’t know when we’ll connect again, he says, but email might work. Get ready, I tell him, because we writers are prolific online.

A podiatrist by profession, his profile says, and he’s looking for a serious relationship

The last time we talk it’s 4:30 a.m. my time. I make one request: “Please, give your daughter my number. Should anything happen, I’d like to know the truth.”

Gerald, Elsa and Eric reply with texts of monosyllabic surprise. “I can hear your skepticism,” I write back, “but I know he’s legit.”

My sister, the family genealogist, goes uncharacteristically silent when I tell her. I ask if she can find David’s wife’s obituary.

My phone rings within the hour. No obit, she says, and his name isn’t on the U.N.’s list of doctors in Syria. She does, however, find detailed accounts of ashley madison giriЕџ dating scams. Turns out my experience follows a rutted path.

In 2017, over 15,000 people in the United States were bilked out of more than $211 million through what the FBI calls confidence or romance fraud. Such schemes involve deceiving someone into believing that the perpetrator is a family member, friend or potential romantic partner. Actual losses are likely much higher. A study from the Better Business Bureau cites Federal Trade Commission estimates that fewer than 10 percent of victims report their financial losses to law enforcement.

あなたにとってのいらないモノをゴミにすることなく、また誰かに使ってもらう。 エコランドの「エコ回収」は、「いらない」世界を変える、モノを大切する社会の実現をミッションとしています。
これまでも、日々さまざまな「いらないモノ」とたくさんのお客さまと向き合ってきました。昔は「モノを大切にしましょう」とよく耳にしたものですが、大切にするどころか、今の世の中はいらないモノで溢れかえっています。
いらなくなったらポイッと捨てるか、処分の仕方もわからないし面倒だし、何より重いからそのまま放置しておく…という方も少なくないでしょう。

でも、ちょっと待ってください。もしかしたら、それは誰かが「欲しい!」と思っているモノかもしれません。
あなたが今まで大切にしてきた、まだまだ使える「いらないモノ」を誰かの欲しいにつなげて、また大切に使ってもらいませんか?
エコランドのエコ回収では、いらないモノを、欲しいと思っている誰かにつなげるお手伝いをしています。

また、誰かにまた使ってもらえるという流れは、地球に優しいエコな世の中に変えていくことにもつながっています。モノが溢れかえっている世の中だからこそ、モノのあり方を再度見直してみましょう。

エコ回収では、お客さまが大切にしてきた家具や家電など、愛着のあるモノを丁寧におあずかりし、さまざまな独自のルートで販売または寄付をいたします。
販売が成功したら、10%の成功額をお客さまへキャッシュバック、または寄付を選べます。

また、いらないモノの引き取りは、お客さまのご都合に合わせてご自宅にまで伺いますので、お客さまご自身が重い家電や家具を持ち上げて運ぶ必要はありません。
あなたも、これまで大切にしていた「いらないモノ」を、また大切に使ってくれる誰かに渡る感動を体験してみませんか?

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