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. 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?
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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. This happened to me, but just deleted them. Wife and son died in car crash 8 months ago, daughter of 7 he had to put her in a boarding school as no one to look after her.
He apologised profusely then a week later told me his daughter was ill, he needed me to go and buy him Steam Packet Wallet because he needed it to find how his daughter was. Good job I have my guard up, because many people would have sent them money or whatever he needed. Those two scam both came through playing the Game Words With Friends, seems women are targeting people through that now.
Debbie or Nancy id really like to talk to you guys Savannah Nancy. My god he calls and texts all the time. Hi does anyone know about dating fallon. An engineer in uk, widow, has 14 yold daughter, ask me he need vacation so he can visit me here, i was falling in love with him alread will still talking.
I heard also about itunecards, school exam, bday, and coat of vacation. Still thinking its not a scam bec i seem Him good guy and good looking too. He send pictures of his daugthwr and late wfe.
I dont know but i love him really. I got the "do you mind if we share photos through ? I felt something was off from the beginning. I am contacting the guy on the pics that he sent me and let them know what is going on.
Didn't get a thing from me. Hi lucimill40, Can you describe what he looks like in the pictures he sent you? I have been talking to this guy I met also on an online dating site. Please don't believe it.
So many people have the same stories The "guys" start off as sweet and kind, gaining your trust but sometimes months after, needing money from you. Common qualities that should put up red flags: -A son or daughter in boarding school. Often times, an illness, someone else dying, their kid is sick, etc. It's very easy to get stock photos or the really good ones even photo shop! Some days ago someone tried to cheat me telling that he is alone in his cargo in the hospital in another country. His name is Alexis Martinez. Hi, we are talking to the same person.
I have been talking to him, for 4 months.
He gave me the exact same story that he gave you! He started asking me to send him money, for various reasons.
He got so upset, because he said that he Loved me so much! He is actually in Nigeria! And, he is Much younger than he said he was And, this is how he makes his living. He also uses FB! He has a distinct accent! He said he was an Engineer, on a ship, in Scotland, Hus 14 yr. His wife died 3 yrs. He was going to retire after his contract was finished.
He also, wanted me to receive his Conment Boxes, that contained several million dollars! These people are in a ring! They all work together!
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Please Do Not send the man you are talking to money! He is just scamming you! They are extremely good at making women fall in Love with them! They get you to tell them all about yourself. And, that's how they reel you in!! I am so sorry that you are also a victim, of this scam!!
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Had guy also very good looking raised in uk but marine engineer in China at moment widowed with son in boarding school in Uk Nicholas brown anyone heard of. Key words that bother me: itunes cards to buy software, engineer, oil, young daughter, wife that passed away, bank funds tied up. He's in Dubai now on a job and needs money cause the bank froze funds lol Weird thing is he has a local.
Daughter is living with Grandma in London but moving here this summer. Anyone else have this situation? Deb just read your story I've talked to the person you described.
Yes A total scammer. Impersonating a celebrity chef. Even after he wanted my credit card and I said no, we still talked for a few more weeks. He said I would never hold that against you, but just last week he stopped texting. And just mess with him My mom is getting scammed I know it, I feel it, but she insists on talking with this scum dog: My story is about the same, Oil Rig worker, young son 14 yrs old in UK -- has a briefcase stuck in customs needs 5, to release and his life savings is in the case over 2mil 00 Right!
How do I post his picture on here so you can get a look at him????
You can use the FTC article about online dating scams to help your mother. It lists common stories the scammers tell about themselves, and common excuses they use to try to get money. Please tell her that the FTC, the FBI and the Attorney General in her state want to protect her from criminals Sending money to criminals helps them continue the scams.
Faking it — scammers’ tricks to steal your heart and money
The information you give will go into a secure database that law enforcement uses for investigations. Hi I have been reading these and I just knew it!! Mhy mom has been talking to this guy David Georgie on Hangouts for over a month now. He started saying I Love you by week one. She has been widowed for 4 years and has been through so much! What a scum!
I would give anything to catch him He is supposedli on an oil Rig and and has 2 daughters in boarding school who supposedly her and call her mom. This is crazy!
Im disgusted. Do u have any pictures? I have a guy messaging me saying he is on a oil rig off Greece till September has twin girls who are in boarding school in Texas.
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He says he is from South Carolina? Does this sound like same guy? I'm in the same boat. My mom's been talking to the same guy for a year. I've showed her evidence that he isn't who he says he is US Military sites with pictures he's sent her and his various alias' kind of proof and he's convinced her that those pictures are his and that someone's stolen his identity.
He goes by the name Johnson Cooper, aged around A Sargent in the US military based in Nigeria or a US base in the North-east region of Africa, I can't remember specificallyand he has a teenage daughter that lives with his mother in California. They do the whole "honey, i love you" "wish you were here" stuff, and it breaks my heart. He has her communicating with him on a separate app.