Not everyone using online dating sites is looking for love. Scammers create fake online profiles using photos of other people — even stolen pictures of real military personnel.
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They profess their love quickly. And they tug at your heartstrings with made-up stories about how they need money — for emergencies, hospital bills, or travel. Why all of the tricks? The scammers transfer stolen money into the newand then tell their victims to wire the money out of the country.
Here are some warning s that an online love interest might be a fake. They ask you to:. Unfortunately, online dating scams are all too common. There may be tens of thousands of victims, and only a small fraction report it to the FTC. If this happens to you, please report it at ftc.
I actually went to Ghana and met with a black guy and I went there because he had convinced me to marry him. A woman from the U. I am happy I never married him, but I met with him in Ghana and he was a scammer. So beware there are some guys in Ghana that actually meet with you and keep on asking you for money.
And it sounds so familiar because actually those are the words he used, asked me to go and see who he was and what kind of a person he was, so that I could see how wonderful he was. Does he tell you he is going to love you till the end of time?
And his love is pure love? These are young guys that convince you, but I think there is also other people involved in this. They actually have places that they say they live in and they show a lot of poverty.
They show you how much they suffer, and you of course want to save the world. Be careful, these people don't really even need the money. Their families have house snice cars that they don't show you. But in FaceBook they show a lot of riches.
These men are just lazy and they are hustlers. These Ghana guys who are anxious to meet you, and will even marry you, are only after one thing. Or, maybe two.
I was due to go to Ghana to marry my 'fiance' last May. When I saw how glibly my future husband was proposing to spend my money when I arrived, having already had a small fortune from me to help him keep his business running, I broke the engagement. There's more, but I don't need to write a novel.
Did this guy ever sent you his real picture? I did the same last year - I went to Ghana and there were plan to marry him but we never did get married. Is this a black young guy that plays soccer? What kind of business did he have? Something like special woods business? Did he say he was the son of a king chief in his village? Did he get a lot of money from you?
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He got a lot of money from me and he said he would pay it back - till today nothing of course. Please let me know - it maybe the same guy. Does he have a brother and did he tell you in case something would happen to him his brother was supposed to take care of you and protect you? Yes, Angel,I had a million and one photos of him, his small son, his family, his friends, all his usual locations, his home, his father's home, funerals he attended, weddings and all sorts of occasions.
We also Skyped.
He was using his real name, not hiding behind a fake identity. However, although there are many similarities with your story, ie, he wanted me to believe the business I had funded and helped him set up an electrical goods store had burned down, he often used stories about what his son needed to get me to send money, he had a very great deal of money out of me, over an 18 month period, some of it borrowed, which is clear I will never see again, yet, after the 'fire', he was able to build a house from the proceedshe's definitely not the same guy.
My guy is in Tamale, he's nearly 40, he's Muslim, his father is a retired driver and, although he does have brothers, one of which I got to know, there was never talk of him protecting me, should anything happen to my darstardly cheeky chappie.
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Also, his name doesn't begin with an 'E'. Playing the 'marriage game' is becoming more and more common amongst young guys in Ghana. They have everything to gain and little to lose. Their foreign wives, however, have everything to lose and often do, with extremely little to gain.
The guy I went to see in Ghana took me to the house he was supposedly building. He has two girls though - not son, but then again he could have been lying. His house also burnt, his other tribal like name starts with A and his last name sounds like something we have most everyday. He took a lot of money - with sad stories out of me and the funny thing is that when I was there he said he was going to Tamale to find a job.
He was young though plays soccer.
Tell me if his name started with "E" - he probably wanted to marry you and me. Was it in Accra? Did you meet his father and mother? What kind of business he had? I was there in the middle of September.
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Wouldn't that be something if it was the same guy. Did he have a brother? Was his father a chief of one of the villages? James Bongani - was on NZ Dating site, be careful ladies, very charming, calls you sweetly, photo shops his photo, says he works for a dredging company, or construction Company He's Dodgy I've been dealing with a man for over 4 years with the same writing style as above and says babe, sweets, honey, my wife etc.
The name doesn't matter as it changes for every victim. I was dragged through his crap from Nigeria, Malaysia, Dubai, UK, South Africa, America and recently he contacted again and yep demanding more money and believe it into bank s in Estonia and the Czech Republic and the holders behind the business s are Nigerian as I checked company records for these countries.
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Anyway in summary these despicable Nigerian are all over the world working in gangs. I think in most cases the police just give up as there are just too many complaints but I'm surely going to shut down the big guys behind my gang very soon ie PRISON where they belong!
That's how they start the conversation. Hello Baby and how was you day. I finally told him I know what you are doing. He has threatened me and my family. He s so stupid he wrote it in an IM. I reported it to FB. Waiting for FB reply. His name is Gary Michael Smith.
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Lives in New York. Ph xxx-xxxx.
I had the same kind of scammer talking to me. We even talked on the phone.
And let me tell you, his voice could melt icebergs. Fortunately I didn't fall for it, although I came close. You know, I have met more scammers wanting money for some reason or other than I have met legitimate men.