Will this romance scam survive the stress of losing a bet?
We weren’t sure when to share this with our readers, but our Go writer and editor-in-chief has been in a serious relationship for the past two months. Her name is Gwen and she is a wealthy executive who lives in Singapore and enjoys golf.
▼ Gwen: “I like golf.”
She is also an international romance con artistor at least Go is 99.9999 percent sure that it is, given that every conversation he has with her somehow flows into stocks and cryptocurrencies.
▼ Typical exchange of messages between Gwen (left) and go (law)
Almost every conversation starts with casual chat, then some vague flirtation, followed by an investment conversation where Go pretends not to understand. Surely Gwen is just trying to make Go’s massive fortune at SoraNews24, but she’s still someone you can talk to every day, and that’s always a nice thing in life.
He also likes to surprise his girlfriend like one day when he went on holiday to Singapore and Malaysia without telling her. She seemed very shocked that he was in the same country she claimed to be but did nothing about it. It’s just the kind of fun relationship these two crazy kids have with each other.
Next, a few days ago, Go decided to unexpectedly ask her about the upcoming match between Japan and Croatia in the 1/8 finals of the FIFA World Cup. Incidentally, Go and Gwen often alternate between English and Japanese, as you’d expect for such an international affair…a hoax.
To go: “Next match against Croatia. Tell me straight, who do you think will win?”
He expected Gwen to just reply politely, “Japan will win,” but what she wrote shocked him.
Gwen: “I bought a football lottery ticket. I bet $10,000 that Japan will win.
To go: “Oh. Great.”
It was a bold move and even Go in Japan wasn’t so sure that the team would win this tough matchup. He wouldn’t bet 10,000 yen ($73) on it, let alone 10,000 Singapore dollars ($7,400).
And the day after Japan’s penalty shootout defeat to Croatia, Gwen heard Go.
Gwen: “I lost.”
To go: “Was it 10,000 Singapore dollars?”
Gwen: “10,000 US Dollars”.
To go: “Seriously?!”
To go: “13,582 Singapore dollars?”
To go: “How are you?”
Go, being the naturally caring boyfriend that he was, reached out to Gwen so she could either vent her frustrations or just gloat that she could afford it being the high-powered CEO that she was. However, she thought Go was fine, who believes that sharing emotions is the key to any cheating relationship.
However, Gwen’s response was completely unexpected.
Gwen: “I do not feel anything. In gambling, you either win or you lose.
It was cooler than a polar bear’s claws, but too composed for Go’s taste. Even a wealthy executive would feel something watching thousands of dollars go down the drain. Gwen was clearly repressing her emotions, and that wasn’t healthy for her or their relationship.
Go decided to intervene and force her to face the loss by presenting her physical proof of her bet. Only by looking at it could she begin to lower the face of this icy businesswoman and learn to feel again.
To go: “Wow, you’re strong! So in this lottery you would get money if you won? Got this photo?
Gwen: “It was available through other investments.”
To go: “I see. Did this football lottery have a name? Or do you have any photographic evidence of this football lotto? Proof that you spent $10,000?”
Gwen: “Why would I send you this?”
To go: “Because maybe you’re lying about it.”
Gwen: “You are just a friend. I don’t have to do that. It’s my right.
To go: “I see…Singapore was cool.”
Go had clearly overstepped his bounds by trying to make Gwen confront her own vulnerability. The two minutes since her outburst felt like an eternity of deafening silence to Go, who tried to defuse the situation with a light banter, “Singapore was cool.”
However, at the time of writing, this message has not even been marked “READ” by Gwen. Even worse, she explicitly called him “just a friend” which, although probably said in anger, stung Him after putting so much of himself into this relationship.
So it looked like the romance between Go and Gwen was over, but she clearly needs to work on being honest with herself before she can truly love others. Perhaps after some time to heal, they can still maintain the friendship cheat, but it’s too early to tell.
For Go, they say, there are plenty of fish in the sea. In fact, he has also been talking to nine other international romance scammers about the World Cup all this time. After all, if you can’t cheat cheaters, who can you cheat?