Montclair Crime: $86,000 Stolen By Online Dating Scammer

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 4:55pm  |  COMMENTS (7)


A Montclair resident made an online match from hell. Police took a walk in fraud report on March 5, from a Montclair resident who had met someone on Maxwell Yas was the name used and he claimed to be an American Civil engineer working in Malaysia. Over the course of several months, the victim states that Yas convinced the victim to wire him large sums of money to help him as he had been having some financial problems.

“Yas” mailed a check in the amount of $1,000,000 to the victim asking her to hold onto it for safe keeping as he was having trouble with the banks in Malaysia. This check was actually fraudulent. The victim was taken for $86,000.

Montclair police urge residents to be aware that this is a common scam conducted on the internet. Actors seek out people looking to connect on the internet. They take advantage of victims who are seeking a relationship or companionship. Once they gain a level of trust they drop some kind of tragic story that has impacted them financially and ask the victim to help.

More police blotter from DLt. Angel Roman, Montclair Police Department


On 03/06/2014, at approx. 2129 hours, officers responded to a Chestnut Street address on a burglary. Officers were informed by the homeowner that between March 4th 1530 hours and March 6th 2100 hours someone entered the home and stole the following items;

LCD Projector (no brand provided) valued at approximately $1000.00
Westinghouse Flat Screen Television valued at approximately $300.00
Dell Computer and Speakers valued at approximately $2000.00
Home Comfort space heater valued at approximately $90.00

No signs of forced entry. It appears a contractor may have inadvertently left a door unlocked. Anyone with information contact Det. Cunningham at 973 509 4716.


On 03/07/2014, at approx. 1221hours, officers responded to Romany Liquors on Glenridge Avenue on a report of a shoplifting. Officers were informed by the store manager that he had his back to a customer as he was walking towards the cash register. When he turned around the customer quickly ran out of the store. He realized he had taken (2) Johnny Walker Double Black bottles of Scotch (value $48.99 each). The suspect is described as a black male, with a goatee, 40-48 years of age, approximately 5’9″, 210 pounds, last seen wearing a black skull cap, a dark black or brown down jacket, black pants, and white sneakers. Anyone with information contact Det. Turner at 973 509 4724.


On 03/05/2014, at approx. 1417 hours, officers responded to the Pathmark at Lackawanna Plaza on a shoplifter in custody. Pathmark security was holding 48 year old Anthony Colvin in their security office. Colvin was observed putting 15 bottles of Dove Soap ($124.85) into a blue canvass bag he was carrying and attempted to leave the store. He was stopped by security and held for police. Anthony was transported to headquarters and charged with shoplifting.

On 3/08/2014, at approx 0440 hours, officers on patrol in the area of Wayside and Llewellyn Road observed black Jeep Grand Cherokee traveling westbound on Llewellyn at a high rate of speed. A motor vehicle stop was conducted near South Mountain Avenue and the driver was found to have an outstanding warrant in the amount of $857 out of Cedar Grove. 29 yr old Darrell Thompson was taken into custody without incident. Cedar Grove released Darrell and issued him a new court date.


  1. POSTED BY oliveoyle  |  March 11, 2014 @ 6:23 pm

    How can anyone fall for this type of scam anymore? Sending “large sums of money” to someone in Malaysia? Really? I suggest less Facebook and more Dr. Phil..

  2. POSTED BY cathar  |  March 11, 2014 @ 7:36 pm

    That’s easy for you to say, Olive Oyle. As for self, however, I eagerly await my share of some $47 million stashed away in a Caymans account by the widow of a murdered mining engineer and Mugabe opponent in Zimbabwe who merely needed $1500 to buy a one-way ticket out of the country. Which I gladly supplied.

    I also like the way, in our e-mail exchanges, that she both always cites Jesus and calls me “My precious.”

  3. POSTED BY whowantwhat  |  March 11, 2014 @ 9:11 pm

    It should be a crime to fall victim to one of these scams. You’re creating more spam email for everyone else, its not fair.

  4. POSTED BY lucinda  |  March 12, 2014 @ 9:57 am

    So, wait, what you’re saying is I shouldn’t go meet the Nigerian diplomat at JFK to claim my $1 million? lol

  5. POSTED BY profwilliams  |  March 12, 2014 @ 10:53 am

    And poor gets slagged for the stupidity of its users.

    (btw, 3 of the 6 “Related Posts” pix’s are unidentifiable.)

  6. POSTED BY hrhppg  |  March 12, 2014 @ 12:00 pm

    There is a thing called scambaiting where people pretend to be victims and string the scammers along Some of the email exchanges can be found online and are really funny. It’s nice to see someone wasting the crooks time and getting their hopes up.

  7. POSTED BY PAZ  |  March 12, 2014 @ 12:05 pm

    I must be not hip to this but why Dove soap? Is it used in making crystal meth??? Or is he just a clean freak?

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