Not everyone using online dating sites is looking for love.
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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?
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.
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The profile pic's is not the same has other picture. Does the name "Ben Clifford" an engineer for Mercedes Benz sound familiar?
Does he have a Facebook or tinder he just ed in March ? Is he saying he is in love with you and wants to marry you but he's traveling a lot? My friend is going through this and I'm trying to find answers for her Saying he is in love, wants to get married, have children, and has only been talking for a few weeks. He sounds German or something foreign. He's been saying he will be in town and meet in person but something always comes up. Recently, it's been that his father is dying at the hospital out of state. When he Skypes you can never see him, something is always technically wrong.
He sends tons of pictures of his family and friends but none of his family or friends are on his facebook he only has single women as friends.
Faking it — scammers’ tricks to steal your heart and money
He insists he's not a scammer, that he is wealthy with many cars, etc. He has even tried to send his own credit card to use to prove that he has money and to trust him These people can lead you on for weeks, months, or years. It's their job and they are good at it. Can you post more about your story? My mom is currently being scammed but still needs convincing. Thomas Burke is her scammer who has been detained in Turkey.
Thank you for this site. I gather I should file a formal report with the ftc at this point but it sounds like it may fall on deaf ears. I Had no idea this was so very real or pervasive.
My "guy" is called Tyson Blanchard or, Alan Mueller or a combo of the above. He is currently in Nigeria ring a bell? But nooooo Ajiya or something similar will "kick him out of the hospital". Miraculously his hotel bill has been paid even tho he never checked out. Swear to God I have an IQ over but these guys are good.
Still the heart hurts. I think i been talking to the same guy lives in reading met him on match. My guys name was Steve G. Same scenerio but different names. We need to catch this piece of scum. I met him on ChristianCafe. Yeah right! I had the same scenario as you have describe.
He claims he is from Long Beach and gave me specific address. He had given me access to his bank to wire money for his contracts in China, as he said he can not access his from China, I followed his instructions and transferred funds in his behalf to contractors in CHINA. Then ,all of a sudden his "lawyer" said that there are anti money laundering fees clearances to be paid to the Seattle women dating scam Govt, and Tax clearances and so that the funds can be cleared and transferred to my in his behalf.
All the clearances had been provided but they needed money from me to help to pay the fee,which they have instructed me to wire to them for immediate release of funds. I believed, I have fooled and stupid by falling into this trap. It appears to be so real though. What do you think?
Love & money
A scammer may pretend to be interested in romance, but really he wants your help to transfer money. A scammer can transfer stolen money into anand then tell you to wire the money out of the country. You might think you are helping a romantic partner, but you are actually aiding and abetting a crime.
If you show you are willing to send your own money, a scammer will keep asking you Seattle women dating scam send more. He might have other people contact you and make up stories to convince you to send money. I am grateful to have come upon this website. Why is it that no one from the government is getting involved with anyone who has posted here?
I and others are right in the middle of the scamming process. Haven't been asked for money yet, but the questions are coming. Wanting my last name and address etc.????? Wouldn't a nice sting be appropriate here? This seems like millions of dollars are involved. Thank you. I have a scammer to but could you please me and walk me thru how to do a background check and I have pictures I would like to find the poor man the scammer is using.
Needed money to get his gold bar shippment over here. Write's poems all the time. Uses terms like Hey babe I hope you stopped talking to him. I just want to help since I was also scammed and I learned a lot of researching everything and not to believe everything what they say. Please research Take care. I've been contacted by Greg Van Hoof from reef oil and gas as well. I searched his name and found that he did work for reef oil and Gas accoroto ZoomInfo- could this person have stolen someone's identity?
This guy writes poetry- is from Netherlands, dual citizenship American and Dutch. Retiring supposedly after current project- living is Salisbury NC. Do you know which website you found his information? And which modeling web site you found in real person?
I try to find this person if is scam, the story is silmlarbut never find any from scam listing or list or picture? Hi I think I have been talking to this guy. He is going by Johnson Albert and has the same story Ex wife cheated. Do you have pictures you can share? I got one saying he is John Mellencamp private messages.
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He even has a John Mellencamp FB but its not the verified one, it looks like the real one but it doesn't have the blue check mark where FB verifies them. Josie, I am in the same situation you were in. I met a guy and he said all the right things! I have had a bad childhood as well as into adulthood even now. I was lucky in that I was "aware" of scammers because of dealing with them in the past.