Extortion? Help what do I do..

  1. So I was on a website where I met a fellow nurse, he was so excited that I as finishing nursing school and was offering to help with ACLS and things like that as he has been a nurse since 1990. He told me he could get me a job in the town that I really want to live and work in which is a difficult town to find a job in and I was very excited. He then wanted to practice NCLEX and questions, but I politely declined as I can not study with others, nothing against him I just didn't retain information that way.

    Fast forward to where I need help. This person asked if I wanted to see this show in a town about 5 hours from me, and I said maybe and he kept pushing so I agreed to go on a day I had off. The morning of the show I woke up to start my journey and my car was snowed in completely and my neighbors and father had asked me to please not drive over this crazy pass as there was chain controls and the weather was only supposed to get worse, and I confirmed that with a weather App. I texted this person to let them know that I am uncomfortable heading that way because I did not want to get stuck overnight, and I did not want to miss work the following day due to weather. He completely changed his attitude, he told me at first he worked for this show company as a nurse and could get tickets whenever, and now he was saying that he paid $140 for each ticket and money for a hotel room so that I owed him $200. I felt bad and agreed to pay contingent on him showing proof that he PAID that price, and he sent a cropped picture of two tickets priced at $140 but no proof that they were under his name or anything. I asked for reciept proof and he said "I am not dumb, that has my credit card information on it" And I said he is more than welcome to blur that information out I just wanted to see that he had paid that amount so that I felt comfortable forking up $200. He kept saying he was sorry I was so fearful of driving and it isn't his fault that I took weather warnings so seriously (they closed that pass for 4 hours the next day by the way).

    Here is the scary part, he was helping me with getting work - he has my resume. I have all the texts and submitted a police report but am not sure what else to do. He threatened to edit my resume in a poor way and send it to all local hospitals. He claims he is well known and can get me a job anywhere if I pay him the $200, but is then calling me shady and a flake and threatening to send out my resume to everywhere and he says he will "kindly edit it correctly" to show how shady I am. Can he do this? Is there a way I can contact a hospital to see if this is happening? I have only until Thursday to pay him before he said he will do this and I really don't want to ruin my chances of working where I want to be but I feel what he is doing is illegal. I am scared
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  2. 23 Comments

  3. by   Wile E Coyote
    Your contact is likely not who he claims to be.
    Any nurse would be intimately familiar with written communications being subject to forensic examination, so this jive turkey knows he has nothing to lose. Meaning, he's not currently licensed, or never was, in my opinion.
    You say the police are involved, let them tell you your next move as far as criminal proceedings. As far as the rest of the story...stop all communication.
    If your ssn, birth date, etc. was in the info you sent to Mr. Turkey, then you have to go through the steps to lock your credit down, as well.
  4. by   missyak92
    I agree, I have him blocked and all messages saved. He is a California registered nurse with an active license since 1990, I looked it up:/ It scares me that someone that works in such an amazing field can be so sick.
  5. by   missyak92
    Do you think any hospital would take him seriously? Wouldn't they realize like oh we have two resumes for the same person and one is awful and not sent from their email that is listed?
  6. by   Wile E Coyote
    Quote from missyak92
    I agree, I have him blocked and all messages saved. He is a California registered nurse with an active license since 1990, I looked it up:/ It scares me that someone that works in such an amazing field can be so sick.
    So you looked him up, just like someone who wanted to impersonate an active nurse could, RIGHT? See where I'm going with this?
  7. by   MrChicagoRN
    Quote from missyak92
    I agree, I have him blocked and all messages saved. He is a California registered nurse with an active license since 1990, I looked it up:/ It scares me that someone that works in such an amazing field can be so sick.
    He still may not be who he says he is. Do you know that he is actually the same "Joe Smith", or even Joe Smith at all.

    There are several doctors in Illinois with the same name as me. I could easily start sending out emails under my name, claiming to be one of those doctors.

    Chin up!
  8. by   missyak92
    I do but I did meet him and saw identification, he definitely is an RN that is active that is not something I question. I am questioning why he is doing this, and if his opinion of me and edit of my resume could prevent me from getting hired, I feel like what he is up to is not legal and it scares me.
  9. by   missyak92
    I did meet him and saw his identification, so that is why I looked him up in the Nursys area to see if he was really an RN after all of this craziness and he is.
  10. by   mrsboots87
    How old are you? Not to a kick a horse while they're down, but why would you ever give this kind of info to a complete stranger. For the most part, older male nurses dont just start getting excited about young female nurses graduating and offering the things he did. The kind of men who do this are creeps. Nurse or otherwise. It just boggles my mind that you would have seen all the red flags listed from just the info you gave us.

    As for aime advice, he is now reported to the police. You can also report him to the BON since I'm sure extortion is not a BON approved activity.

    Also, seeing his ID means nothing. Multiple people can have the same names. People make fake IDs. Based on what the weirdo is doing to you, I wouldn't put it past him to be impersonating a nurse. But yes, if he were to send a resume with your social to a hospital, and then you try again, their system will recognize two attempts at applying with the same social. Whether or not this effects your hire ability would be unknown.

    I hope you have learned not to trust people with so much personal info. A nurse who truly wanted to help you get a job, wouldn't need all that personal info. You would just apply to positions yourself and they would put in a good word for you.
  11. by   traumaRUs
    Moved to break room - I would keep in contact with police.
  12. by   Farawyn
    Wow.

    OP, I hope you find this here and keep us posted.
    Guy is a class A creep. You have NOTHING to lose. You've saved it all, you've already called the police, your parents are aware.

    Be vigilant. My bigger fear than him editing your resume (that's pure garbage, btw.) is that he will COME FOR YOU.

    You have been naive. You don't need a lecture. Just PLEASE be careful.
  13. by   Farawyn
    Quote from traumaRUs
    Moved to break room - I would keep in contact with police.
    trauma, does the OP know it's here? I would want her to F/U and see any future responses.
  14. by   Davey Do
    Farawyn:

    "Consider the drop of water and you will know your affect on history."
    -Anthony De Mello

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