Romance Scammer: Chanson Louis

As we have learned from many women, romance scams can be emotionally brutal for the victim, in addition to their financial loss. At the end of February, 2024 we heard from a Canadian woman who had been tricked to give money to a man she met online. He used the name “Chanson Louis.”  Coincidentally, on February 17, a woman from Austria had also contacted us to report a man as a fraud whom she had met on the dating site Hinge. She had also been building a relationship with him for months and his name was also “Chanson Louis.” The photos both women shared with us matched the same man. After becoming suspicious, the Austrian woman did some online searching for things related to Chanson Louis and found our articles about the romance scammer from Zimbabwe. (Here is the original article and a follow-up article about this particular romance scammer. We have found a few important “breadcrumbs” connecting our previous articles about the Zimbabwe scammer to this scammer calling himself Chanson Louis.) Also, the woman from Austria met another woman online in a victim’s Facebook group. This other woman also reported that she was approached online in the last few months by a man using the name “Chanson Louis.” And, as we later learned, the photos of the man called “Chanson Louis” were stolen from an educator living in Latvia, who is married with children and has a significant online presence. This romance scammer has stolen lots of his photos to use in his fraud.

To help expose this man’s fraud, the scammer using the alias Chanson Louis also gives the following information…

  • Uses the nickname “Dino
  • Phone +447723518478 and +447397223251
  • Skype IDs associated with:  live:.cid.be5ee9a651945ab0 and live:.cid.2826f7523acd7f10 (+447723518478, +447397223251)
  • Email: chansonlouis6@gmail.com (This email was used in communication with both victims)
  • Claims to be from Sydney, Australia, but residing in London at 4 Chelsfield Avenue, Edmonton, London N9 8EY. 
  • Claims to have graduated from the University of Sydney with a degree in Civil Engineering
  • Claims that both his parents are deceased, mother was French, father was Australian. Also says that he has a step-sister who is a recovering drug addict. (Or possibly his father was French, mother Australian)
  • Claims to be divorced (2020) and has no children
  • Claims to be Jewish (though he belongs to a Church)
  • Claims that his birthday is July 7, 1975, making him about 48 and 1/2 years old at the time he was reported to us. (However, his Hinge profile said he was 52 years old)
  • Claims to be a freelance Building Engineer and have a company called ChansonLtd (Google cannot find any such company on the Internet, or any references to this company)

“Chanson Louis” also uses lots of photos stolen from a Latvian man named Egils Purvins. (This is Mr. Purvins YouTube channel,  Facebook page and Instagram page, from which many photos were stolen by the romance scammer.) Here are a just a few of the stolen photos of Mr. Purvins that were sent to the victims by this scammer….

With the help of the Canadian and Austrian women, we’ve pieced together this man’s fraud. We’ll begin with the Austrian woman, whom we’ll call “Maria” to protect her identity. Maria met Chanson on October 17, 2023 on the dating app Hinge. (Important to note that Chanson met the Canadian woman on Hinge on September 24, about 3 weeks earlier.) Chanson used the nickname “Dino.” Four days later, he asked if they could communicate over Skype, saying that his phone wasn’t working well in his current location. They texted and had many phone calls every day and it wasn’t long before Chanson was telling Maria that he loved her. In fact, she tells us, it was on November 12, less than two months after they met online. Keep in mind that they had never met in person and had only one video chat. (This video chat was of very poor quality. The Canadian woman describes below how this scammer was able to pretend he was in a video chat with these women.) The overwhelming majority of communication with this scammer was through texts and emails.

By early December, Chanson was promising to fly to Vienna to visit Maria in Austria. He even sent Maria a screenshot of his airline ticket. Though it is very hard to make out the details of this blurred ticket, we were able to easily trace the QR code that this scammer used in creating this fiction. Instead of pointing to ticket information at Austrian Airlines, the QR code points to blog called FlyingwithFish.boardingarea.com!

As you might expect, Chanson had to cancel his flight the day before he was to leave. He claimed that he suddenly had to fly to York for “another job interview,” where he was shortlisted as a finalist. On January 10, 2024, Chanson told Maria that he got the job and that he would be in Malaysia (Sarawak) for 3 months. (He added that the previous engineer had died of COVID-19 and had already been in charge of the project for 7 months. Now Chanson was supposed to finish the project in 3 months, by the end of March 2024.) Below is a copy of the contract award that Chanson Louis sent to Maria, as proof that he will be paid $2,900,000.00 USD for work with the Petronas Company of Malaysia. But this contract is a complete lie! Notice the incorrect English in this contract. Also, the signature of the Chairman DOES NOT MATCH the Chairman’s name. It isn’t even close to his name on the contract!

It’s important to point out that this scammer, who masquerades as “Dino” / Chanson Louis, often complains of problems with WIFI and his phone. These convenient “problems” allow him to avoid video chats, or sending pictures. It also enables him to change phone numbers and Skype accounts often. Here’s what he said in a text conversation to the woman in Austria…

“Babe I want to switch to my old phone because this mobile is making a mess. Today it fell to the ground and the screen has been stuck for hours and now it gets so hot easily.”

“I will try to switch my Skype into my old phone today baby. If it’s possible then i can send you a message on the new phone.”

“When I try to make a call the call will cut. I think the phone is now very bad. I miss you so much baby.”


In January, 2024, Chanson began his fraudulent ploy to manipulate Maria into sending him lots of money. As these scammers often say, Chanson complained of serious WIFI/Internet problems interfering with his work. As a part of his scheme, he
asked Maria to sign a document stating that they were to be married. Chanson said it was to help him complete some business. However, they talked about how it might be if they were to marry. He asks to use this marriage document as leverage to help him move money. In fact, he tells Maria that the Petronas company needs this confirmation or he won’t get the contract. (This is, of course, an absurd lie and made Maria suspicious.) Chanson also showed Maria that he has LOTS of money by sending her the photo below of the $2,900,000.00 check he received from Petronas for ALL of his contract work up front. (It is not customary for a company to pay a contractor ALL costs up front. Typically a down payment is made and the balance is due once the contract has been completed.)  Chanson says that some of this money must be used to pay for supplies to complete his contract work for Petronas, while in Malaysia. But he also says that a lot of this money will remain as his payment for the work done. Chanson then asks Maria to do things on his behalf, related to his work, since his WIFI connection is so poor.

[NOTE: According to GoBankingRates.com, “639962” is not the HSBC Bank routing number in either the UK or USA.]

 

These are just a few of the documents and emails that were part of this scheme. Chanson claimed to be contracted for the Petronas Company in Malaysia, but this is a lie. He also claims to be communicating with Mrs. Kirsten Gitte, Line Manager for a business called Ligenic Hubs Plc. It is this company from which he needs to purchase equipment needed for his contract work with Petronas. (He texted Maria on February 7 saying “I am still not able to access the internet because of the bad network and am still not able to finalize the payment of the equipment and this stresses me so baby.” He needs Maria’s help to make the equipment payment and this is the critical part of his scam! He also told Maria that he needed to get this done before coming to visit her.  But there is no REAL business called Ligenic Hubs Plc! We reported on this fake business in our 2nd article about the Zimbabwe Romance Scammer, published in October, 2023! Both the FAKE business “Ligenic Hubs Plc” AND the FAKE BANK “States Enterprise Bank” were used in a romance scam in the Fall, 2023 that had previously targeted the Canadian woman in this article.  BOTH of these FAKE businesses are used by Maria’s scammer! That is why we believe this scammer is the “Zimbabwe Romance Scammer.” (We’ve spoken to more than a dozen victims of this scammer over the last few years.)

 

[NOTE: Mrs. Kirsten Gitte says that the International Banking Number (IBAN) for her bank, State Enterprises Bank Plc., is DK700030261134. According to IBAN.com, there is NO BANK associated with this number and the number has insufficient number of digits to be an IBAN number!]

By mid-January, Maria tells us that she was becoming suspicious about some of the things that Chanson Louis was telling her and asking her to do on his behalf.  After sending the above email to Mrs. Kirsten Gitte, Line Manager for Ligenic Hubs Ltd, Maria started searching online for information about the companies and people whom Chanson was involved with. On February 8, her search led her to our article #2 about the Zimbabwe Romance Scammer. In this article we detailed how this scammer fooled a woman we called “Maggie” into wiring lots of money to him. For those details, read: https://www.thedailyscam.com/zimbabwe-romance-scammer-strikes-again/  That scammer also used the fake businesses Ligenic Hubs Ltd and States Enterprises Bank in his scam.

This romance scammer also sent Maria a copy of his electronic Visa (eVisa) for Malaysia as support of his fictitious story. However, we see signs that this digital document has been stolen and altered. It looks as though this scammer took this sample document posted on the Malaysian Government website and photoshopped it!  For example, several sets of numbers on the sample document provided by the Malaysian Government are identical to Chanson’s eVisa. The QR code on the sample document connects to the exact same string of characters in Chanson’s eVisa, meaning that these QR codes are identical. Also, the date format on the sample document provided by the Malaysian Government shows 4-digits used for all years shown on the document. Chanson’s eVisa uses 2-digits for years in the bottom two values. When you look closely, both of these year dates show evidence of being photoshopped/manipulated when we zoom in.

We began this article by saying how horribly victims feel once this fraud has been exposed months after building a loving relationship with this scammer.  This is what Maria told us…

“It was and is not easy for me. My mind has understood everything, but emotionally it’s not so easy to get over. I got involved with this person and put all my trust in him. We had plans for the future, it’s all like a bad film. Just before it all came to light, he actually asked me if I could imagine adopting a child with him; that I should think about it…how crazy is that?….He definitely broke my heart, but not me. I’m sure it will take some time, but I’ll get over it. It’s just so strange that this has happened at all, that there are people who play with other people’s feelings in such a calculating and deceitful way, manipulating them and ultimately damaging them financially. I also have read about people who have taken their lives because they saw no way out; because everything was taken from them (money, dignity…). All romance-scammers are despicable and should be held accountable.”

Later on February 8, Maria sent “Chanson” the link to our article and called him out as a scammer.  Over the next 2 hours this scammer, as “Chanson Louis,” sent Maria 90 texts trying to explain and support his fraudulent story, all the while referring to the loving and supportive relationship they had built together. During the next five days, this scammer sent Maria more than 50 texts and tried calling her multiple times, pleading with her that he was real and not a scammer. But he never answered some of the critical questions that Maria had asked him as proof of what he said. For example, she asked him for a picture of his passport. He never sent it. Here are several of the voice messages that this scammer sent to Maria while pretending to be Chanson Louis / Dino:

Here are several audio recording that Maria received from the scammer “Chanson Louis.” She has given us permission to post them in this article so that others may recognize the scammer playing this part. Keep in mind that Chanson is supposed to be from Australia but he CLEARLY does not have an Australian accent. We hear an African accent but are unable to place the location of this accent in Africa.

1. Chanson talks about the network being “shite”

2. I’m trying to contact you!

3. Chanson calls the night before his flight.

4. Chanson talks about being judged unfairly (after Maria says he is a scammer).

5. Chanson talks again about being judged (one of the last calls to Maria).

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Maggie’s Story About Chanson Louis

Most unfortunately, we believe that Maggie was successfully targeted by the same romance scammer who had victimzed her in the first half of 2023. He pretended to be a man named Boyan Chumak and we published Maggie’s story here. Our experience with scammers has taught us that if they are successful, or nearly successful targeting a victim, they will try to target them again and again. Maggie told us that Chanson Louis reached out to her first.

Maggie first met Chanson Louis on September 24, 2023 through the dating app Hinge. (This was about ten days before Chanson also connected with the Austrian woman we’ve called Maria.) Remarkably, and atypically for a scammer, Maggie had 3 short video calls with Chanson between late September and mid-October. HOWEVER, each of these 3 short video calls (no more than a few minutes) were poor quality and Maggie said that the screen often froze. Chanson’s voice was therefore not in sync with the video. Also, Maggie has since looked at the YouTube videos posted by the REAL owner of these videos/photos, Mr. Purviņš YouTube channel. She told us that when Chanson’s video calls froze, she now sees the same background in some of Egils Purviņš videos. It appears that this scammer actually tried to use Mr. Purviņš videos to make Maggie think that she was communicating with Chanson over video.

Here are just a few of the many photos that this scammer, pretending to be Chanson Louis, sent to Maggie. Most of these are the same photos that he shared with Maria as well.

As this scammer often does, he came up with another excuse why he had problems communicating with Maggie. On October 18, Chanson said that he dropped his phone into the toilet and because of this the camera stopped working. (How convenient!) Also notice that Chanson calls Maggie “baby” just like he did with Maria. (He probably calls all of his victims “baby.”) Also, notice how much he claims to care about Maggie about 3 weeks after meeting her online!

Since mid-October, Maggie says that she and Chanson Louis were talking on the phone and/or texting almost every day.  But, she added, that it was sometimes very hard to get in touch with him. She said that she was always the one who took the initiative. On Dec 6, 2023 he suddenly said his Skype account got hacked and he need to created a new one. (As we have learned about this scammer, we think it is more likely that someone reported his Skype account as a fraud.) On Dec 19, 2023 Maggie told us that she wasn’t able to contact Chanson for almost an entire day. This was not their norm.  Once she did make contact, he sent Maggie the following message…

“Baby i am so sad and also at same time very ashamed of myself. Yesterday I thought about my life and all that has happened before I met you and now i met you. Baby i don’t know why my life has been such a difficult one. After i met you i have been so happy but still a part of me keep asking me one question everyday “Am i good enough for you?”. Do i deserve such an amazing woman like you? I think i don’t because everyday you give me and i don’t give nothing. I can’t sleep and yet i can’t also pick up your call because i don’t want you to see me like this my love. I’m so broken today and i feel so low of myself right now. I can’t buy a ticket to you because am so confused on getting a ticket or fighting for what belongs to me in France. I’m weak everyday and it’s only your love that has kept me going but maybe today reality came knocking because i feel am such a useless son to my parents. My step sister still uses drugs,I made my parents a promise i get her clean but still all my efforts has been proved useless because she’s still not drug free. Baby I am sorry but i really need to beat myself so much and maybe it makes me better or gets me even more depressed. I still keep asking myself “ Am i good enough for you my love??.

I can’t stop crying and feeling so broken.

It’s not easy babe

Also in December, Maggie wanted to send Chanson a Christmas card and asked him for his address. Oddly, when he provided it he also said that he shared this address with a neighbor and if he didn’t get the card, perhaps his neighbor did. (To us, this is very suspicious and suggests that Chanson doesn’t live at the address he claimed to live at.)

In January, Chanson told Maggie that he was in the hospital briefly with an ulcer. He often talked about paying money to help take care of his sister who was in a care facility due to her drug addiction. Maggie has since told us that she now understands that this scammer always tries to get her sympathy and make her feel that he’s humble and kind. She told us that one time when he called her she was with a group of friends. He actually asked to say hello to them.  But eventually Maggie came to a conclusion… “I finally understand that why I always couldn’t get in touch with him because he’s busy with other scams.” This scammer is exceptionally good at telling women what they want to hear. He comes off as sympathetic, compassionate and caring when, in fact, the opposite is true!

Chanson claimed that he had phone problems for months to Maggie, preventing any more video chats. On February 2, 2024 Maggie actually offered to buy him a used phone after he said that he needed to take his phone to a repair shop again.  But this time, Chanson ALSO asked Maggie if she would be willing to help him take care of his sister who was supposedly in private home care because of her drug addiction. Maggie refused to do this and Chanson called her “selfish.” He didn’t talk to her for a few days, followed by this VERY manipulative email message….

“I have had sleepless night and restless days just to think that we have been together 4months and still very easy for you to move on. I don’t like to judge but it’s obvious how much you didn’t love me. You only came into my life so you can be able to forget the hurt the man you met on Hinge before me caused you and that’s why you always try to tell me how to act and how i shouldn’t act. I have always been real,patient and understanding with us but what do I get? Your criticism and selfish wants and you trying to make me your puppet. I really said I don’t want to write or tell you how i feel but right now I feel worthless and hopeless. People value phones over people’s health and well-being. You can help me to buy a phone but you can’t help my sister. You think only GOD can help her. I tell you one thing GOD help people through humans so let’s not act like GOD is going to come down from Heaven and help.

You don’t know the meaning of love or care so don’t try to pretend like you care.

Don’t worry about my sister i will do my best to give all the care she needs.

Don’t also worry about me ok…”

Sadly, Chanson’s email to manipulate Maggie worked. On February 9 Maggie agreed to help him by wiring money for both a replacement phone and to help with the costs to take care of his sister. Maggie sent two MoneyGrams on behalf of Chanson Louis, at his request, to a woman in the UK who had an African sounding name. Her first name is “Blessed.” Oddly, Chanson explained that the money could only be wired to an employee of the money transfer store and it was this woman named “Blessed.” (Maggie later learned that this was a complete lie!) The total amount wired was $1,127.06 GBP, or about $1,435 USD. Weeks later, and after this scam was exposed, Maggie contacted Blessed to try to learn more about her association with Chanson. The woman actually admitted to Maggie that she had met Chanson on Facebook and they had been friends “for some time now.” However, Blessed said that she only communicated with Chanson on FB Instant Messenger and through phone calls. She had no video chats with him and claimed that she never met him in person. Blessed also claimed that Chanson had once asked her for “help with (buying) iTunes gift cards” valued at 1000 GBP. Blessed purchased them and, according to her, was never paid back by Chanson. Blessed says that she trusted Chanson at first because “he is a black person.” (All of the photos that Chanson used to represent himself are photos of a white man.)

Maggie continued to chat with Blessed on Whatsapp over a few days. At one point Maggie sent Blessed a voice recording she had of Chanson. She asked Blessed if she recognized Chanson’s voice. Blessed said “the voice (sounds) like the one I’ve heard” followed by “the voice has a Nigerian accent.” When Maggie told Blessed that Chanson claimed to be an Australian living in the UK, Blessed called him a liar. She also claimed that Chanson had another Facebook account in another name but couldn’t remember that name. (Maggie now suspects that Blessed may have worked with this scammer at some point but their relationship ended poorly.)

On February 13, Chanson started a new scam targeting Maggie with the following story:
One of Chanson’s Uncles asked him to go to France to discuss his late father’s inheritance with the other two Uncles. However, Chanson needed money for the trip and said he would use some of the money Maggie had sent him for the replacement phone and to help his sister. He said he would use it to buy a train ticket to Paris the next day to visit his Uncle there. But in mid-February, while dealing with “issues in Paris,” Chanson informed Maggie that he and his Uncle needed to hire a private lawyer because “they refused to settle outside the court” in reference to his father’s inheritance. On February 21, Chanson told Maggie that he wanted to settle this as soon as possible “so that I can go back to UK to find a job.” HOWEVER, Chanson and his Uncle needed to pay a deposit of €1000 to a lawyer before he returned to London.  He asked Maggie if she would lend him the money, as well as another €1000 for his food and transportation when he gets back to the United Kingdom. Chanson confidently told Maggie that he expects “100% to win the case.”  

By this time, Maggie was suspicious of Chanson. In a phone call, she asked Chanson to send her the information for this new money transfer, as well as a receipt from his sister about the private home care. Maggie also wanted to video chat with him when he was together with his Uncle. Maggie wanted to meet the Uncle. But after the call ended, Maggie said Chanson Louis disappeared for days. He did not respond to any texts or calls from Maggie. Maggie was actually growing very concerned since it was unusual not to hear from him daily. Between February 24 – 28 she actually contacted the UK Metropolitan Police to report a missing person.  The police told her that she needed to contact the Australian Embassy located in Paris to report that Chanson Louis was missing. But what she learned from the Embassy shocked her! According to the staff person she exchanged emails with at the Australian Embassy in Paris, there was no Australian citizen named “Chanson Louis.”  This was the proof that confirmed her growing suspicions. On February 29, 2024 Maggie contacted us again with her information.

Maggie has shared the following voicemessages that Chanson Louis left on her phone and given us permission to share them with our readers:

1. Three happy messages from Chanson Louis

2. Chanson saying “you’re my everything, babe!”

3. Chanson is sick.

[FINAL NOTE: We are extremely grateful to Maria and Maggie for contacting us and providing so many details about their months-long relationship with this scammer! In fact, both of the them did a lot of their own investigative work to uncover some of the lies that “Chanson Louis” had told them. And these strong, brave women shared that information with us to include in this article.]