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My girlfriend asks for money all the time

  • Posted by Moderator: Biju Mathew
  • Published 10:15 October 30, 2012

I want to end this relationship, but she keeps threatening me

A reader who wishes to remain anonymous asks: I am 30-years old. I have been living in the UAE for the past four years.

Let me tell you in detail: I am from India. Currently, I live and work in Abu Dhabi. I am having a very stress full and painful time. I am in a relationship with a girl, I met her online through a dating site.

First  year we had a perfect relationship. After a year she started to ask me money, I was like so blind in love with her that I never thought about myself and my future and I started sending her money as per her wish.

I was so dedicated to her that as if she was more than a family member to me. I preferred my girl friend above my family. All was fine between us until one day. It was my job appraisal time and like always it was the biggest blunder I committed. She told me whatever the appraisal is I need money, from that time I realized that she was just behind the money. It was late but I realized she wasn't loving me.

When I wanted to end my relationship with her she started blackmailing me, I tried ending my relationship several times, but she won't spare me: "You took away four years of my life, I won't leave you until my death," she says. If I start ignoring or tell anything about ending relationship she starts blackmailing: "I will ruin your career, your house, put all your family members behind bars".
She blackmails me and I don't know what to do. I can't even discuss with my parents. If I stop calling her she threatens of exposing our secrets we shared during our relationship. She said she will post it online.
I am still on talking terms with her. At the moment, I have lied to her that I have been terminated from my job otherwise she will keep asking for money. What do I do?

Carey Kirk, Program Coordinator for the Raymee Grief Center and a licensed counselor with The LightHouse Arabia, Dubai, replies: It does sound like you are having a very stressful and painful time. Let me be very clear, people who love each other do not threaten or blackmail each other. My first advice to you is to alert the police that this woman is threatening you and blackmailing you for money. Do you have any documented evidence of these threats? Has she sent you threats via email or do you have any taped phone conversations? If so, I encourage you to take this evidence to the police. This evidence can also be used as the basis for a restraining order, which may be needed if this woman refuses to stop harassing you.

From your description, it sounds as though this woman is very manipulative. It can be very scary and emotionally exhausting to deal with a person who makes such intense threats as ruining your career, house, putting your family members in jail, and spreading the secrets you shared in the confidence of your relationship to the media if you do not play by her rules. This is a form of desperate psychological control on her part to trap you into doing what she wants (eg: giving her money). I encourage you to contact a lawyer to help assess how realistic her threats are and to explore your options for taking legal action against her. You might think that legal action is an extreme measure, but her behavior is extreme and you have a right to live your life without this type of harassment.

I also encourage you stop all contact with this woman. If you feel comfortable, you can let her know that you have informed the police about her threats and will take further legal action against her if she continues to harass you. You do not need to be on speaking terms with someone who is making your life miserable. She will most likely continue to call you and make threats. You have to be very firm. Do not answer her calls. If the frequency of her calls escalates to where she is calling you numerous times a day or if she is leaving you threatening messages, you can talk to your phone provider and work with them to block her calls. These phone records and messages can also be used as evidence by the authorities in any legal action you take against her.

Having the strength to cut ties with this woman and then weathering the storm will be hard. You will need emotional support during this time. I know you said you can’t bring yourself to discuss what you have been going through with your parents. Is there anyone else in your life you can confide in and get support from? If your answer is no, then I encourage you to get support from a licensed counselor or psychologist who can also work with you on strengthening your personal boundaries and learning who to trust. It is natural to feel anxious and guarded after this experience. Some supportive therapeutic work may be needed to reinforce the idea that not everyone is so untrustworthy.

Lastly, if you were to consider using an online dating site again in the future, keeping the following tips in mind may help lessen the likelihood of negative experiences in the future:

  1. Use a reputable site. These generally employ more safeguards to screen users.
  2. Slow interactions down and try not to share really personal information early on. Online dating sites and long-distance relationships create an artificial atmosphere where people are more likely to share intimate information at a faster rate than they would have done in-person. This can set us up for trouble later if the person turns out to be untrustworthy.
  3. Always bring a friend when you meet in-person for the first time. Never go alone to meet someone you have only interacted with over the internet or by phone. This is important to ensure your safety.
  4. Do not send the person money or give them access to your property, passwords, or any other valuables. Online dating sites and long-distance communication create one-dimensional relationships where our perception of the other person is based only on what they say about themselves. When we don't have experience of how they really behave in social situations and can't get feedback about them from friends and family, it becomes easier for people to misrepresent themselves and their intentions.

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Comments (43)

  1. Added 17:41 November 3, 2012

    R u scared of her.. or your parents ...or whom.. u dont even live as of now.. being scared all the time.. Tell her to move on n u move on... u are also scared to face the truth in your life.. go n tell ur parents I sure they will understand.. all kids go through up n downs.. so chill n live life..

    Jason Bourne, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 08:31 November 3, 2012

    Don't mess up love & money.......

    Mohammed saud, muscat, Oman

  3. Added 12:57 November 2, 2012

    I have always been against meeting people online for serious dating but I hope this man can get out of his predicament soon. The expert counsellor's tips are spot on, I think if it is possible you should abruptly leave your current location and just tell your family to keep it a secret your whereabouts. This man really needs time alone to rest and get his nerves relaxed again.

    Dea, Sydney, Australia

  4. Added 18:09 October 31, 2012

    Be sensible and logical. If you havent done anything wrong, then you need not be afraid of her threats. To safeguard your interest do keep a copy of all your correspondence with her including the threat emails. Should you wish to proceed with any legal action.

    M.Paul, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 11:32 October 31, 2012

    Its easy 2 give advise wen it comes 2 others, but i wonder how many of u have faced this kinda issues boldly. Jus dnt worry & ignore her calls & inform your parents. Am sure u will get out of this issue without any problms. For all those who have passed on sarcastic comments on this guy. If u cannot give good advise 2 sum1 then bettr dnt comment on such forums, stop being sarcastic & remembr that each one of us come across such issues in life, only some are bold enough 2 discuss such things.

    VJ, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 11:04 October 31, 2012

    ok, we are all discussing about how to grab the evidences from this hypocrite lady, please ask or advice this guy what evidence she has with her on the basis of that she is blackmailing him. Again okay i will say, record the calls everything, as she said she can post online what is that material? and its ingenuity. Perhaps that can be a problem, may be some unwanted pictures with her, i hope all you guys understanding the situation what i mean? So advice on that as well and person need solution. It seems easy but the ground reality is something else.

    Kool, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 08:10 October 31, 2012

    From your details i can come to know that you seem to be a really emotional guy now let me tell you something that dating sites they themselves claim that people should not be more emotional because they knew it would end up this way and i can manipulate that somebody might have cracked an idea towards you and you without knowing past, present or future jumped in to the well like a foolish. Well you have to involve police because in this part of world respecting its regulations women are rightly given more rights than man and if anything goes wrong you will be in a bit of spat. Act smart involve police and try and record some evidence when you talk to her next time it would be helpful.

    Ali Akbar, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 20:37 October 30, 2012

    My Friend she can blackmail you only if she has pictures or videos of the private moments that you spent together. What you have done is correct , telling her that you have been terminated. Now , a second step tell her that you have got a job in some other part of the world then tell her that you are leaving to that place soon. Go for a vacation for a month or two. after you come back , change all your contacts and inform your friends abt this matter and create a blunder that you have left this place. No contacts & no blackmailing and even if she wants to blackmail you then she would be 50% responsible for the thing happened between you guys . so leave it and enjoy your life and next time be careful.

    sadik, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 20:28 October 30, 2012

    Dear Friends , I have noticed LOT of such cases in the society but the young men involved are not fully aware of the way out - In order to combat this menace we should start a blog or a website to share our experience and also the name and phone numbers of such criminal women - trust me i am sure we will discover these are gang of few women who approach different young men with different names. This is an instance of Organized Crime - (blackmailing) and this should be dealt with in a severe way , let us take first step in exposing such criminals

    Anonymous, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 19:31 October 30, 2012

    Lets think.. why she started to ask money after one year.....? and why u didnt marry her after one year. Maybe she really feels herself that she losted time with u?

    Aisha, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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