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Image of cupid and heartNot 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? They’re looking to steal your money.

As if all that isn’t bad enough, romance scammers are now involving their victims in online bank fraud. Here’s how it works: The scammers set up dating profiles to meet potential victims. After they form a “relationship,” they come up with reasons to ask their love interest to set up a new bank account. The scammers transfer stolen money into the new account, and then tell their victims to wire the money out of the country. Victims think they’re just helping out their soulmate, never realizing they’re aiding and abetting a crime.  

Here are some warning signs that an online love interest might be a fake. They ask you to:

  • chat off of the dating site immediately, using personal email, text, or phone
  • wire money using Western Union or Money Gram
  • set up a new bank account

Did you know you can do an image search of your love interest’s photo in your favorite search engine? If you do an image search and the person’s photo appears under several different names, you’re probably dealing with a scammer. And if the person’s online profile disappears a few days after they meet you, that’s another tip-off.

Here’s the real deal: Don’t send money to someone you met online — for any reason. If your online sweetheart asks for money, you can expect it’s a scam.

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.gov/complaint — click on Scams and Rip-Offs, then select Romance Scams.

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Scam Tags:  Romance Scams

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Cheryl, This sounds very familiar to my story, which you can find on page 4 of this blog. I met my scammer on Chemistry and he would tell me he missed me and the week he was supposed to "Fly in to see me" he suddenly had to go to S Africa for 4 weeks for contract work.....don't be surprised if his luggage suddenly gets lost and needs you send him money to replace equipment

My mother has been scammed out of $4500 by a man who claims to be Vietnamese, is widowed, is a CEO of a Texas Company who can't speak English or Vietnamese properly. He said he is right now in Turkey securing a contract and needs money to pay tax for his contract since, to him, my mother is his "wife". She keeps this a secret from me and everyone, and borrowed money from a lot of people to help him. We don't have money to begin with, and now we lost $4,500 (she used MoneyGram to send money to him in Turkey). The worst thing is that my mother forbids me from telling the police because it might "hurt him," while he is clearly determined to scam her one last time of $2,500. She says that if I tell the police, she is going to severe all ties with me. Geez... I honestly don't know what to do.

You can report a scammer to Western Union consumer fraud hotline at 1-800-448-1492. Ask if they can block the scammer from getting money through Western Union. You can report fraud to MoneyGram at 1-800-926-9400.  I

if the scammer is using a dating website or social media site, you can report him to the companies that own the sites.

If your mother is making frequent withdrawals from a bank, you could ask the bank staff how they talk with people who are being scammed.

I was recently scammed. I met a man online who told me to send him some videos and he'll send me money. I did that and he send me screenshots of the 'money' he'd send to me through western union. I believed him and didn't check if the money was really there. I did that for almost a week and the last video I send he promised me a huge sum of money of which he send the screenshots to prove. so yesterday I go to the bank to withdraw the money and was told all the mtcn were fake, I almost fainted in the bank. I tried to reach the person and I found out I've been blocked on all sites. it really broke my heart and I only did all that coz I was trying to make the money to pay my fees. now am afraid the videos might leak out. I just wish someone could help me reach this person. he told me he's Colombian living in England. please help

You can report the person to the website where you found his profile, and explain what happened.  If you sent money with a wire transfer company, you can report him to the wire transfer company. If you told him your bank account number, contact your bank and ask how to protect your account. When you tell someone your bank account number, they can take your money.

My sista experienced similar thing recently from a dude I believe is behind yours. Pls what's his name and if possible want to see the pics of money he sent to you. Thanks

Has anyone been scammer by William (Willi) Hanks? From NYC stuck in Germany.

I met a guy from asiandating , he send me message and we start to exchange email and end up communicate via Whatsapp . His name is Mark P         (fake name), 42 years old and single. He email me few photos with his US ARMY uniform with P           name on it. This is his email address marp     @      and contact no +17738006231 He said that his father from USA and mother from Romania, his mother passed away when he was 2 years old and father passed away when he was 18 yo. He has nobody so join the army and been deploy to Afghanistan for 4 years now.

He ask me to marry him and I say yes to him but after we meet each other for real and I want a proper proposal. I ask him for skype, he said in the camp they not allow to do so, internet usage is very strict so he unable to talk on the phone nor video call. He said will submit retire from us army and come to my country to be with me and set a business for our future. 2 days after that he said his retirement was approved by US Army, he sent me all the retirement certificate and payment from government for his 4 years dedication in Afghanistan for $610k and give him a supply project of $900k, he needs to pay deposit 70% which $630k for first payment to get the profit from project and his money $610k before he leave the camp.

He ask me to open bank account, I said no. Few days after he said his money for deposit is not enough and ask me to send 10k to him. I told him that I dont have money on hand because I just paid my medical treatment and he try to convince me that he will pay me back with interest and my medical bill and sponsor the trip to see my parents. We are still in touch till now because I said I will try to get some money for him but actually I wanna know what he will do once he realize I will not send him even 1cent.

Btw, from the photos he sent me with "P         " name on it, I take my time to search on facebook and finally find the real photos owner. I manage to contact the real P           and his wife. He is happily married with 4 cute kids. I told him to put all his photos on private setting. He has a good look and definitely girls will fall for him. This real photos owner inform the dating site about his fake profile using his photos on it too.

For all the woman out there , please .... Never ever send money to the man that you not even see them in person. I understand this is emotionally involve, I fall for him because he sounds so caring and promising. But in real life everything need to be real too. Have a great day everyone :)

Hi.today i was talking to that man.he told me the same story.

Yes i am talking to him as well..

Good day! I had search this about a month ago, I just wanna know, when a chatmate asking phone number and address, is it a trick of scammer?and during video call, it was just seconds then disappear, and said due to signal, then heared only voice call until the end of the conversatio. Thank you, I am hoping for a favorable response.

I see a lot of information about men running this scam, but I'm pretty sure a woman I met on Plenty of Fish is also part of this ring. Claims her mom was American and dad was from a small country inbetween France and Spain. Her parents passed away and now she is running the family business that isn't registered in the US. We were supposed to meet face to face and conveniently she canceled our plans at the last minute because she got a contact and now had to go out of the country (Canada and then Africa) for the next three weeks. As she is supposedly boarding the plane to Canada, she texts that her daughter will not pick up her dog to watch it while she is gone unless mom pays her $400, but because she is boarding the plane, she doesn't have time to transfer the money so could I do it for her and she would pay me back. She had the time to send me the account info though.

Next I hear from her it is from a new number (from Canada). A day and after I didn't give her the $400 she sends me a text asking me to go online and purchase her a $100 iTunes gift card so she can pay for the temp Canadian phone or it will be shut off.

I didn't send her money either time and even stopped responding to her text for several days. Now she is supposedly in Africa and her bankcard was blocked and she has absolutely no money and has missed her meetings so she doesn't think she will be able to finish the job she was hired for. She hasn't yet asked me for money to help her, but she is supposedly going to a bank in the morning to see if they can help her with a transfer of funds, so I am patiently waiting for the request.

Other red flags include:
-She deleted her profile on the dating website
-Her FB page has the same two photos from her POF profile, but has had no activity since 11/2015
-The "about" on FB indicates she is very rooted in TX, but her POF and everything she tells me is Fullerton, CA
-She only texts. Supposedly her phone is not set up for her to place or receive calls. Called the number and it just rings.

Has anyone ever heard of a Kelly Stewart, widowed with a daughter, originally from Texas. an oil engineer who says he is being detained in London until he pays $90k in income taxes. Met my friend on FB, they talk on phone, she has even talked to his daughter but he wants money now

I am trying to contact P74 regarding a person I have been in contact with I had started an answer but had to close my phone and now can't find the comment.

A man introduced himself to me on Facebook! He said he was a Doctor deployed to Syria. We chatted for 6 weeks. I fell hard for him! He said he wanted to leave the war zone of Syria, and I could help him! He said he was entitled to $1.2 million refugee award, and could leave Syria, and come home to me! He even called me his wife! I filled the necessary paperwork for NATO, the funds were to be depositated into my BOA checking acct, but first I needed to wire $2850 to a bank in Germany. I said NO, he became very upset with me, called me an idiot and moron, no more enduring names like honey, sweetheart or baby! I blocked him from Facebook now I have to go to BOA and open a new checking acct, as they have my acct number! Devastated!!!

Hi, this sounds like what is happening to my mother. Give me more info please??? I'm so worried about her and its the same story. I guy from england living in Syria who is a doctor. He says his job can pay him out money but he need 40000 first before they pay out. He wants to pay it in her bank acc. Please help!!

It's not a good idea to accept money from a scammer.

Some scammers use people to help them transfer stolen money. They meet people online, create a relationship, and ask their new sweetheart to use her bank account to receive and transfer money.

If you do this for a scammer, your name is on the bank account and on the money transfer forms. If you get involved with one of these schemes, you could lose money and personal information, and you could get into legal trouble.

 

Other scammers send a fake check, or deposit stolen money into your account, and ask you to transfer money to them right away. If you send money immediately, before the bank confirms that the check has cleared, or the deposit is legitimate, you will lose money. It can take weeks to discover a forgery. If you send money immediately, and the bank later finds out the deposit was not good, you are responsible for the funds you withdrew. That means you really sent the scammer your money. 

OK I have a scammer be aware of David Judge Ladies he is a piece of work. He has a son named James who is in boarding school in Canada. He is working for the UN as a ortho Dr. He lives in North Carolina and he will send pics and he will tell you he loves you in a week. He never asked me for money but come on a Dr. cant find a wife in North Carolina Im sure I defriended him before he could ask. Anyone knoe David with a big nose

hello, I know someone who is a friend of the family. we all suspect that she is being scammed. I found out about one. but then she has another one. she wont listen to anything we say. we looked up his name and hes supposed to be dead... which obviously gives us signs point to he isn't who he says. He sends her boxes from "brazil" and has her to send them to other people in our country. I'm just trying to figure out some more and try to help her so she doesn't cont. to get involved into this bs. if you have anymore info. that might help please let me know!!

Your friend might be helping a criminal, and putting herself at risk. Please tell her that if she's involved with a scam, she could lose money and personal information, and get into legal trouble.

Some criminal search for victims on online dating websites or  work-at-home sites. They might pretend to have a romantic relationships, and they ask the victims to do things like receive and ship merchandise that was purchased with stolen credit cards or bank information. Or, they ask the victim to open a bank account, and they transfer stolen money or checks through that account.

This US Department of Justice press release lists some of the names and aliases of several criminals who were charged with these crimes. It explains how the criminals find and connect with victims.

Reading every one's story makes me feel alittle better but I just got scammed. I met Richard L Calvert on Ourtime.com his name was FunRichyca... gorgeous guy who told me he was an Architect/ Builder/Designer. It just happens that the first week we talked he won a big project and had to leave town ASAP to Bangkok to do the project. I was very Leary because he right away started calling me "baby" and "sweetheart" and he wasn't a big talker (well we text not talked) but he was very genuine and would answer my questions etc... Oh he was also a millionaire, so he said. I prayed every night he wasn't scamming me and I grew very fond of him and I would also hint about him being "real" or "deceiving me" etc... He always had a very warming response that just melts the heart. Yesterday he sends me a text stating he was in a big mess and I literally stopped exercising and my heart melted! So I played along and asked him what was wrong. He stated his bank card was compromised and the banks there couldn't help him so he was flying back to Houston for a couple of days to straighten it out and if I could pick him up at the airport. Now mind you, we've never met in person at all... So I said yes, but it depended on what time. He said he was on his way to airport and would tell me once he got a flight. Couple of hours later I sent him a text that I wasn't going to pick him up and preferred we meet in a neutral place. This morning he text me that he was fine with that and couldn't wait to meet me finally. Then he said the magic words... "can you do me a favor" I played along with him and said sure, anything... so he states he's stuck at airport and has to pay airline fees, guesthouse fee and car rental and his friend was wiring him money but didn't have enough. The amount was 2732.75. I told him off, called him a scammer and have been anywhere I can on websites warning people of him. Again, he said his name was Richard L Calvert, born in Rome, grew up in London. Married for 20 years, divorced for 5 and she cheated on him with his close friend. Again, not sure if the pic's he posted and sent me as well are him or not. I would imagine they aren't him because he has many posted on the website. Oh and I did a phone look up in the beginning and it turned up being an app

I met this Lady on skype, Her father is From Ghana, her mother is White American, we have video chatted a lot, Suddenly, she asks for money for food, I say 5$ OK? ( 5$ =$22 Ghana money. She said No She needs 100 for food and Medicine. She told me she goes to nursing school there, and showed me the schools link, She was from Texas, her parents sent her to Africa to live with her paternal Grandmother,,what caught me, was she keeps calling me baby, dear, and says she wants to marry me and raise kids, No woman in my life has ever been so desperate.I feel Honored, BUT I'm not doing it.I told her to contact the US embassy In Ghana. she said she tried they don't listen. HA they do. But that's her loss, not mine. I deleted her once, and she came back with another account.

Hello everyone.
I have read every single one of these post and my heart is broken for everyone and including myself. After reading these post, I feel completely and utterly stupid. I was afraid that I might have been one to have fallen victim as well, but now I know I have been suckered. Three-months ago I signed on Match.com and met someone almost instantly. Her name is Esther Stella Peters. She claims to be a Licensed Nurse who lives close to me, but she is currently working in Lagos Nigeria as a Nurse in an orphanage as a missionary volunteer for a church group called "Growing Faith". And she will be coming back home soon. I am a widower and have been through a lot being a single father with three kids and she comforted me and said all the right things. It made me feel real good and wanted. But then I noticed within about three weeks she was telling me that she was falling in love with me And she feels that I'm the one she's been looking for. I felt stange about it but she made me feel alive and loved. I believe that love has no time and no limits, but Then she said how much she wants to marry me, have kids, and a real family since she never had one before. Her father abandoned her and her mom when she was two and her mom died when she was eleven. I felt her her. I told her ok and I'm all for that, but let's get to know each other better and make this work. But the she kept making excuses on coming home I thought something was weird about that. Then she told me she has great news... They just have her a gratuity check for 40,000+ and She said "I'm coming home to you sweetie" "I'm coming to you so we can start our life together"... But then she said there was a problem. Since The check is a U.S. check, The amount was to large for the banks of Nigeria to cash. She needs my help with $2,400 for the plain ticket and she'll cash it here. Then she'll give it back to me. I told her no I can't do that and the amount is too much. She asked it I can raise the money for Her and she promises to pay it back. Of course I never gave her the money, but I have fallen victim to sending her money for groceries before. She has asked for my bank account info to deposit some money that her so-called friends (when she claim had no one to help her) were going to help her, because she said that her man wouldn't do it. I told her no and she got all mad and upset saying that I don't love her and I'm not serious about being together and blah, blah, blah. Three-months later she's still over there, we've still haven't met and I still haven't heard her voice. I resently cut all ties with her about three weeks ago. And she's sent me several email saying she's sorry and she misses me and want to be with me. All she needs is for me to help her to come home to me....
I must say. She really had me convinced and fooled. She had Perfect grammer, funny jokes, knew about music and movies. But after reading all these experiences. I know she wasn't real. She did everthing you all said. It really hurt me. She was beautiful and became real and now.... All I am is Embarrassed, Saddened, and Used...But my user name discibes me well. Heart of seal....

On August 23rd, 2016, I was contacted via email by a man that I met online through a dating site. He asked me for my phone number, but I felt more comfortable giving him my email address. He immediately began emailing me and we began corresponding. By the first weeks of September we had been corresponding for a couple of weeks and had exchanged phone numbers. He had began writing that he wanted to meet me and stated he was going to fly in to meet me on a specified date. This person claimed to be a self-employed contractor in Topeka, KS and that he was a widower with a young daughter. He stated he would be flying in with his daughter to meet me. On the Monday of the week he was supposed to be flying, he informed me that he had just closed a huge contract in South Africa and would be leaving immediately, which would mess up our meeting for the following weekend. He profusely apologized and begged for forgiveness, stated he would only be gone for 4 weeks and then he would return and we could meet. He stated that while he was in S Africa, we could continue to correspond via email and call every day. He called me the day he "arrived" in S Africa and claimed that his luggage with his laptop, cellphone and iPad had been lost in customs. He stated that he needed all this equipment to complete the contract in Africa and that the Customs officers were looking for his luggage. By the following Monday, his luggage had still not been found and he pled with me to purchase new equipment for him, send it to him and when he returned to the states in 4 weeks he would repay me for all the equipment using his business account.

I believed all of it and sent him a laptop, an ipad and cell phone to the address he provided. When I questioned the name of whom I was sending the equipment to, he stated this was his construction manager and that I could not send it to him because his passport and ID had been stolen along with his luggage. He stated that he would not be allowed to accept any packages because he had no ID to prove who he was. Despite my instincts that something was wrong with this whole situation, I sent the equipment. He confirmed that he had received all the equipment and that the job could be done correctly now. Over the next week we corresponded via email and phone, he ensured me the job was going well and he would be returning to the states in a matter of weeks.

On Monday September 26, I received another email from him, asking me to call him. The email stated the following: "...I was told i was suppose to register with them as a foreign contractor before doing any job. All blame to the site engineer because he did not tell me anything like that i would have made provision for it. I don't have all that they are demanding from me. $17,000. (Seventeen Thousand Dollars)... I have channeled all my cash to every department of the job by paying down for everything because i do not want to keep any cash with me, rather than money to pay workers daily. I was told not to go back to the site until i have registered with them. They have given me just a short notice to settle everything to avoid permanent closure of the site. I have invested so much in this project...i do not want anything like that to happen. I am so confuse right now and don't know what to do. I really need to go back to work to be able to meet the set target as i do not want to disappoint you and the contractors. The contract award committee will be coming for first inspection on Friday. I do not want to disappoint them by not meeting up to their expectation with the delay this closure will cost me over this job."

I called him and asked him what was going on with the job. He repeated the above information and stated that he had $8000 and pled with me to send him the additional $9000 to pay the municipalities. Alarm bells were going off! When I informed him I did not have this kind of money and that I had maxed out my credit card sending him the equipment, he became upset and said he was sorry for bothering me with his problems. I attempted to talk to him and tell him that if I had the money I would send it to him, but I just don't have that kind of money lying around.

I tried to give him some alternate solutions to his problems (go to the municipalities and offer to give them the $8000 that he has and pay the rest on Friday when he receives 40% of the contract pay for completing 1/2 of the job, call his bank here in the states and ask for an extension on the loan, call his credit card company and ask for cash advance, etc.) He had an answer for every situation as to why he couldn't do that and again pled for me to send him the cash. I again told him I did not have the cash and he would have to go to the municipalities and ask for an extension on the fees. He stated he would try that and keep me updated about the situation. I received a text message a couple of hours later that stated he had gone to the municipality office and they would not accept anything less than $10000. He stated he still needs $2000 and asked me to send him that.

I again told him I have absolutely no cash, anywhere. Again I told him to call his credit card company, his bank, etc. and again he had an excuse as to why they would not give him any money. He eventually hung up on me. I began doing research online about scams and came across this website. Every story I have read is very similar to my experience. I have filed a complaint with IC3 as suggested. I know I will not get any of my money that I have already invested in this man back and know now that I have been scammed.

I should have listened to my gut instincts in the first place. I have kept every email this man has ever sent me, I have pictures that he has sent me that is supposedly "him and his daughter", I have his cell phone number, his email address. I feel like a complete fool, I am not a stupid person, I am educated, I am very well aware of the scams in this world, but was completely duped by this man. He is charming, knows exactly what to say in his emails. I have run his "pictures" through google images and other image websites to no avail. But I know this is a scam, particularly after he hung up on me when I refused to send him cash.

THIS MAN IS GOING BY THE NAME HANS WOLFBURG FROM TOPEKA KANSAS. HE SAYS HIS DAUGHTER'S NAME IS JORDAN. HE IS CLAIMING THAT HIS WIFE DIED IN CHILDBIRTH AND THAT HE MARRIED A WOMAN APPROXIMATELY 6 YEARS AGO THAT CHEATED ON HIM WITH HIS BEST FRIEND. HE CONSISTENTLY TALKS ABOUT HIS BROKEN HEART AND LOOKING FOR "THE ONE".

Please report this to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The information you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

I have reported this incident to the Internet Crime complaint Center and also to the FTC as you suggested. Thanks for the tip.

After reporting this guy to the FTC and IC3 website, he continued to call me for a day or two and I played along like I didn't know anything. He asked me to go get a payday loan or a small personal loan for $2500 and send to him. I told him I would go the next day and apply for the loan. (OF COURSE, I DIDN'T GO AND APPLY FOR ANY LOAN) At the end of the next day, I emailed him and told him that I had been out all day trying to get the loan for him and that everyone had turned me down for a loan and that I was unable to obtain any money for him. That was 2 days ago. I haven't heard from him since.

I am communicating with a Hans Wolfburg right now. He says he and his daughter Jordan wants to fly into Atlanta next weekend to meet me. He has a strong German accent...promises me the world....says he has two houses, one in Texas and one in Kansas and wants to buy one in Atlanta to be with me. How many times has he done this?

Dear Lynn,

THIS IS HIM! DO NOT FALL FOR HIS LIES, DO NOT SEND HIM MONEY, EQUIPMENT, ANYTHING! HE DID THE SAME TO ME, said he was going to move to TN to be with me, let me be a mother to his daughter. We had plans to meet and the weekend he was supposedly coming to TN, he had to "go to Africa" for a huge job he was working on.

I'm ashamed to say it, but he scammed me out of a laptop and smartphone, with promises to pay me back. Just today I received a threatening email from him. I am copying and pasting the email for you to see:

Dear ******, Good morning and Merry Christmas to you. I know you don't expect to see my mail but i want to email you so i can warn you of you putting my name on the internet as a scam... How deer you call me a scam? I am never a scam and will pay you back the little money you used in helping me out. I warn you to please for the good of both of us, go and remove that nonsense you wrote about me on the internet otherwise, i will make you regret the day you were born. I warn you again.. Just go and remove that nonsense.. I was stressed and you left me in my stress because i asked you for help. How deer you call me a scam and speak evil of me. Enjoy your holiday.. Hans

I have every email he ever sent me, does any of this sound familiar:

"Always thinking about you"      "You are always on my mind" "You make my heart happy"      "I want a life with you"     "You are deep in my heart"     "I will love you like no one has ever loved you.     I will make you the happiest woman on earth...    I will love you will death do us part...    I have so much to share with you...    I have lots of love to show... 

I would be more than happy to send you more if you are not yet convinced of his criminality.

idiot savant we are talking to the same man .. OMG.. but his name to me is Kimble Tamara and this is the same thing I am going thru .. you have no ideal how now before anything goes any further and I sent him anymore money that this is further confirming he is a scammer.. Thank you I have been hunting everywhere to see if someone or his picture would come up somewhere on scammers. thank you thank you!!!!

HI Tracy,      He just recently sent me a threatening email telling me to take down all the negative things that I have written about him and told me I would regret it if I didn't. I called his bluff and told him to send me the money that he owes me and then I would remove the negative comments. I threatened him as well and told him if he didn't send me the money I would turn him to internet crimes division and the FBI. Haven't heard from him since. DO NOT SEND HIM ANYMORE MONEY AND PLEASE REPORT HIM. I am so sorry that this has happened to you as well.

Thank you idiot savant... he stopped emailing me after I sent him money for a ticket and now he in touch once again.. did he ever ask you for your address to sent a package?

I met Thomas Downs on Tinder 2/14/18 and I have been corresponding with him since. He claimed to be a Geologist and had a contract to work in Thailand for 3 weeks and then would return home to Tampa, FL. We spoke regularly, I received the same type of emails and he even sent a dozen roses to my home in Florida. The day before I was to pick him up at the airport he claimed to have been stopped by Dubai customs and had to pay a large some of money to continue home. In brief, for several months he sweet talked me into helping him and sadly I wound up being arrested as he sent a fake check for me to deposit. He too had a daughter and a son and I also was unable to find any information about him nor did the pictures process through Google. I have been searching and searching to try and assist my case. Lastly, I too am an educated woman and would NEVER, EVER do this...he certainly made a fool out of me. I would certainly appreciate comparing info with you...it would help me immensely.

I believe I met George a couple weeks ago. Sends me pictures daily and Wanted to pay my credit cards off and I have had real guys do incredible things for me. He sent me a screen shot of his bank account and so I let him and now he wants me to be a personal shopper for him using these cards. That rang a bell with me as I have heard of scams buying products. So I am calling my credit card company and having them double check the funds. I suspect this is all bull. Too bad for this guy that I am smart and I have plenty of real men in my life that I don't need to play this game.

I know I have been scammed. I have talking to a guy named George Brumfield who contacted me on FB. I don't usually accept FB requests from people I don't know or have a friend in common, but I thought why not. My intentions were to flirt with him because I needed some fun in my life after losing my husband. We talked for awhile and then he told me he had to leave for Canada as an oil rig foreman. A week later he sent me chocolate, a bear, and a beautiful bouquet of 12 red roses. The roses weren't the cheap ones. They lasted for two weeks. We continued to talk online and he suddenly asked me for $1200 for a new phone.

I was to send the money to a Shirley Sullivan in KY. Money gram flagged that transfer and he never received the money. He then asked me for money because he was ill and needed medication. I sent him that and it did go through. During this time he continues to tell me that his check is coming and he will give me the money back and he is coming "home" to see me. He claimed he lived in NJ and was divorced and had two children in boarding school in Princeton, NJ.

The red flags went up when he asked me for $95,000 to get his check notarized. He knew I am a widow, so I assume he thought I had a lot of money. I may have fallen for him once, but not a second time for $95,000. After conducting a google image search, I found out he may be using the pictures of someone on FB. I have informed the guy who's pictures are being stolen, but he has not contacted me back. In the mean time, I have told George I know he is a scam, yet he continues to contact me and profess his love for me. I have filed a report, but using the innocent man's name. I have not told George that I filed a report, but this has now become a game for me. I am so curious and want to know how long he will continue to text me knowing I know he is fake. I met my husband who passed online and we built a wonderful life together. I thought I could do the same again. Beware of the scammers. I know this won't happen to me a second time.

Dear All,

I met a guy from Online dating. His name Mr. Fox Maxwell, 39 yrs, work as US military personnel in Afghanistan. And I knew him about 03 weeks. And after then, he asked for help as below:

My dear, there is something I want to tell you and will need your help on it because it is my life and all I have worked for as a military officer. We discovered some money and treasure in the mission we went for. We got to the hideout where the Taliban's/terrorist were camping, we broke in and managed to get another leader of the tali-bans and gun down 12others. while moving into the premises and searching for ammunition's that they might possess, we discovered an amount of 42 million united states dollars,diamond stones and Gold bars. I ordered My men to carry this treasures to the camp.

When we got to the camp,the General called I and 14 other top officers and told us that we are going to share the money among ourselves. His reasons are because, whenever we find things like this and return it to the American Government, they never give us anything in return. they tell us they will compensate us and our families when we leave Afghanistan; but from what we have been told by the soldiers who have completed their duties here, the US government never keeps to their words and they still have to chase them around to get even their salaries owed them.

Now, the money has been shared amongst us and other soldiers who went for the mission and My share was an amount of 1.9 million united states dollars. I have packed mine inside two boxes that was used by the medical crew who came to treat us and I have asked the lead doctor to help me deposit it to any finance and security company he knows around. They will be traveling to Syria and Mali to also give medications to wounded soldiers there, after then , he will make the deposit and send all the details to me.

My dear,Why i will need you to help me is that, I will want you to contact the security/finance company and tell them that you are my fiancé and would like them to transfer the boxes to you. My dear, I will really be grateful if you can do this for me as this is my life and can not imagine loosing everything I have labored for. I hope you understand me completely. Write back to me my love to let me know your opinion about this.

I have been recently a victim from a fellow via jswipe and the online courting led to me sending $157US which for me is alot even with the conversion. The indvidual didn't stop at that but wanted me to accept funds for him on behalf of work done. After agreeing to do this i reconsidered and said no i was advised by my accountant to not to and that terminated contact. My friend tried to contact him via What's App to return the money and to stop taking money from women. Please stay away from Muller Schweitzer although that is one of many names he goes by.

anonymous annee,My story is so like the others, he was born in usa but raised in italy, was working on pipe line in the middle of the atlantic sea, enginer, wife passed away had a 14 yr old, withen 2 weeks hehad fallen in love, em 2 times aday, talking marriage,beauiful works, coffee pic's in the morning pictures of flowers sooo sweet then he wanted to talk to me i gave him my number as soon as i heard him talk(broken) i knew that was not an italian accent, maybe nigeria or african, i knew my third husband was italian, so in a few days i told him his accent was not italian,he got angry and gave himself up by saying i hope you find some italian men and since i did'nt trust him and i would not help him by wiring money to a hotel for a payment and payments (thats what the hotel page said that he had sent) so he was not going to contact or em me any more, i said Good bye.

i told him i was house sitting for my friend and she was having a hard time with her x husband so she had a recorder hooked up to her phone and i listend to it when i played it back and thats when i knew for sure, that was not his picture or name, he was using Robert Amadeo, if you see that name on pof back up you dont want any part of that, i am glad he did not have my phone no. and i have the recording, i had no idea this sort of thing was so widespread, i am also glad i told him no i was not sending money, we em for a month and if he had been for real, he would have been great, i als found on his google account he had 17 women going at once, i am also going to turn this in to pof, that will get one more off. Be careful ladies.

Ive been scammed but I don't want my family to worry about me. He goes by the name of Andy Chess (at this point he maybe using a different name now) with a handsome look from Lancaster UK (from the picture he sent me)and a mechanical engineer and working as an independent contractor in offshore platform maintenance based in UK.

He is widow of 6 years whose wife died of kidney infection, lonely and looking for an Asian partner upon the suggestion of his friend who found his partner on FB. He is the only child and his lovely father passed away in 2014 due to heart failure and that he is supposed to claim this contract payment from Petronas oil company in Malaysia. So he'd been communicating with Petronas chairman for the last one year to claim the due payment for his father's work contact with them.

I accidentally confirm his friend request on FB and he seems nice so I accepted. I gave him my email address and my phone #after he gave his saying that he is open minded and he is for real.he said that yes there are lots of bad people out there and also good people and he belongs to those good people.

He always write me email and text me that he loves me so much and that he misses me after only 2 weeks of chatting. The first time I heard his voice, I thought I couldn't understand his English and i thought he sounds like he is African but maybe I was wrong. I brought this up when we were chatting and he always say I am insulting him (because its' true i realize later). I told him I couldn't match the handsome photo he sent me with his voice and he always gets defensive.

Then after 3 weeks of communicating with him, he said he already bought his ticket to travel to Malaysia and claim the payment from Petronas. He even was texting me while he was leaving his "home" in Lancaster and when he was checking in and boarding his flight to Malaysia with connection to Dubai. It was great so I don't have to be bothered by his constant texting and phone call. But all the sweet talking and poems, and loving email are endearing and heart melting but at the same time I was having reservation about how a person can fall in love so quickly without even seeing each other in person.

So when he "arrived' in Malaysia, he called me with a Malaysian phone # that showed on my caller ID. He said to save it since we will be communicating thru the local phone instead of his UK phone. He emailed me or texted me his movement while he was "working" on processing the documents. he said he couldn't wait to get this procssing over so he can fly to US and we can meet. He already claimed me as his fiancee. I told him that you haven't even propose yet. He called me his future wife and he is my future husband.

For 5 days he was in Malaysia the moment of truth came when he start telling me that there taxes due before he can claim the payment of $1,400,000.00 and that he only has $9K and he needs the $5K since the there is a 1% tax due on the certificate. I was stunned and i knew its a scam but maybe not at the same time. I believed him thinking that if I come up with that money that will speed up his trip to the US and then we can meet.

I told him I have $1K and that I need to get a loan of $4. he said he's going to pay once he gets to the US. He is going to invest this money on an oil drilling business here in US. Even if I ask hi, he always has believable reason. I told him okay I will send the $1K thru western union. Because of the time difference, I got a phone call in the middle of the night that he has trouble picking up the money. I sent him info about my transaction including my home address which was a mistake.

He sounded upset and I thought he is the one asking for favor and yet he was upset. The next day, I came back to western union to get my money back and on the way home I got a call from western union fraud dept that it is a scam. I was so embarrassed when they asked me if I have met the guy and I told them the truth.

Western Union returned my money including the transaction charge. But this is not the end of the story. He kept asking to give him the benefit of the doubt which I was saying to him. I thought maybe since I really want to see him in person and that if I help him that will solve his problem and then we can be together as he promised. He gave an account through Wells FArgo thru Good News Marketing as a recipient. Its a money changer he said.

So I sent it and I was devastated when he didnt answer the 14phone calls I made. I knew I was scammed. I called him many times and texted him to demand him to give me my money back. He said he will but I know its not going to happen. I pretended to play along with and when he started asking for more money for the taxes that still due, I blocked his phone # but saved all information about him. So ladies out there beware, this is my story and hard lesson for me. I never do online romance but I was taken by accident.

Thanks. Please tell me more. Im from Texas and going back there to get my money from her me t we'd,

Hi everyone. It's so upsetting to see so many hurt people the same as I am hurting now. I befriended a man by the name TOM DERICK, Dutch living in Cleveland Ohio. Said he was a widower. He said he worked for a mining company in oil exploration and has a daughter by the name of Kyla.

I like so many others never normally accept friend requests from people I don't know but on this occasion I did. He said he was new to Facebook and found me whilst looking for his cousin. He totally romanced me and I confess I was hooked. He made excuses why he couldn't speak to me and only messaged. Eventually he did and the voice didn't seem right. He then made a mistake about where his mother lived. First it was California then Amsterdam. I queried it and he said I must have misunderstood.

Then I had a friends request from the same man but different picture under the name of CHARLIE MARTIN a marine in Kabul. I realised straight away I was being played and I was in tears. He said someone had stolen photos of him. That he was flying to England to see me etc etc. First a contract had come up he had to deal with in the Benin Republic Africa after that he would come to me. I so wanted to believe him but knew it was all too convenient. We had been messaging 2/3 hrs a day and all of a sudden it went quiet for a couple of days. I didn't message him as I had looked on this sight and seen that my story matched so many others.

Then it came. A message saying he had been beaten an robbed when he had arrived in the country and had been unconscious in hospital. Said everything had been taken, money passport clothes. Begged me to help. I went along with it saying yes and what did he want me to do. He asked for $2000 to pay his hospital bill and get a hotel and he would pay me back. I was gutted as this is what I was expecting but praying I was wrong. I sent him a quick response saying I would try and help the person whose identity he stole.

I instantly blocked him on FB an messenger. His email was TOM999DERICK         He sent me a song by Sade called by your side beautiful song I don't know if this profile matches anyone else's. he said he had 3 cars and a bike and a boat. Sent quite a few pictures so it all looked legitimate. There was a few pictures of his daughter who was 11 no living with his mother. I lost my partner nearly 3 yrs ago I am 50 and this guy dob was 1st may 66 so also 50. It sucks when you feel someone has been playing with your heart strings. Anyway I hope this helps anyone who may be talking to someone with a similar profile.

Hi Everyone,just want everyone to comment on this name and story of this scammer and you all need to be careful of his SCAMMER,his always on Match. com,goes by the Name Scott Laurent and always come with this STORY. "The man said he was in Dubai getting antiques. A man he had hired died in a accident while working for him. The local people got mad at him and told him he had to pay wife a certain amount of money before he could leave. So he asked me for money to help pay and get him home" Please Drop your Comment if you know that Story and Name.

Has anyone talked to someone named Emmanuel Phillip

I was a 23 year old male, I met a beautiful woman supposedly named "Roxana Patrana" on Facebook, She immediately set up a Skype date, it quickly became romantic. She told me everything I would ever want to hear and treated me better than I had ever been treated, But it was ALL a lie. She was playing me while she had a boyfriend named Cristian Udrea the whole time. She talked about marriage, a family a new life with me in the states, but little did I know these Romanian people were laughing hysterically at me in a language I couldnt even read right below our lovey dovey comments. I was a joke to hundreds of romanians. I had no clue, She said she was I'll I sent her money in which she said she needed because she was living in Spain and as being a Romanian she needed money or something to purchase the healthcare there. I sent her 500 dollars She was not really ill, she was making fake pain grimaces... I sent her the money and a few weeks later I would never get to see her or speak to her again. It sincerly ruined my mind. and I haven't been able to act normal or keep the friends I have, the mental trauma, left me alone and a hermit. nobody understands my pain... so they left my life and now I have nobody, even my own mother avoids me. This Roxana Patrana person ruined my life.

Contacted just a couple of minutes ago fro a Match.com member SweetHeart aka Vida who uses the number:734.3456335... Sent me a message to Text her... after the 1st text message, she added me to gmail hangout... this is the beginning pattern... Beware of her... Photos available... From Ann Arbor Michigan

I have been duped by a male using Stephan Mark, for almost 2 years now. I am saddened learning this path he continues to choose as I believe with God everything is possible. Says he is 49 years old from the UK, and came to the US to meet me by boat/ cargo..I haven't wanted to believe that people are willing to sell their soul to the devil.He says he's believer in Christ. Has a daughter Tracy 10 years old.

My last payment was $465.00 to India for a courier delivery of an expected loan to come meet me. I am creating a new forum for victims who want to fight back, I will be back with my details. Sounds to me we could almost all be dealing with the same person. I intend to dedicate my life to going after people who are doing this to people, I think it's up to us to do something about it, -be back with information.

Sadly my son still believes this persons stories, latest being as soon as she gets here she's giving him all his money back....he will not believe me even with the proof I have, maybe seeing your response will help. Thank you...

I'm texting right now with a man who's my dream come true, rich, good job, is from Australia and is working in Ohio right now. I met him on Plenty of Fish. we've been texting and emailing for 2 weeks, then we were to meet last Saturday for dinner. He cancelled in the morning saying he had to fly to Cairo Egypt to get a part for a machine that broke down and when he gets back this Friday we will go out.

He sent my a pic of his contract with Chevron showing his name and $1.455 million for the contract to drill for oil in Ohio. I've been doing phone reverse search on his number, face search and have only come up with his phone being in or from or at, Hawley PA. This afternoon he asked me if i had access to my bank online. I said yes, he didn't ask for any info other than my banks name.

but he then asked if he could send me $40,000.00 to my bank and then have me send it by wire transfer to him to pay for the part he needs for his job. I said I'm seeing red flags, a money scam, he said no baby, I love you, don't you trust me? I asked him why his company couldn't send it to him. he said cause he don't have a bank in Cairo to get the money. I'm 61 and he's 54.

i have been seeing these money scams in the news for years. He always calls me baby, but in his emails he does address it to my first name. Just means he's smart enough to copy and paste. We've never talked on the phone, I've asked him several times to call me but he just stops texting til later. Probably thinks I'm to scared of loosing him if I pushed things. He's promised me a home, travel, all the money I need, and he'll pay all my bills, and is so happy and lucky to have found his soulmate in me, Really? after 3 days. He must think I'm old, lonely and stupid. I called my bank, they said they can't do anything til I get the money and send it to him.

I called the police and made a report. but it's just going to sit there. And I just filed a report here at the FTC. they can't do anything either until fraud happens. This guy has stolen the identity of a real person and his photos. I wish there was some way to get in touch with him. The name he is using is Terry           , from Australia, working for P&H mine Pro Australasia. This is a real guy, but he's not the one who's contacting me, I'm sure of it that he's been hacked. He also said he has a daughter named Alice and has a home in Washington. Birth date 9-21-1962.

Thank you for reporting this to the FTC. Law enforcement wants to know when scammers try to defraud people, because those details can be useful in investigations.

If you give him your bank account number, he can take your money, even if he says he's going to deposit money. And if the money or checks he deposits in your account are fraudulent or stolen, you could lose money or get into legal trouble.

Hi I think I'm a victim of a scam! Has anyone heard of a Sgt. David fits Marshall? In Mali his agent name is Ajayi ?

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