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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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your story is similar to someone I met on Facebook let me know and I'll send you photos, I think it's the same guy

Sounds like mine, met on meetme. How do we share pics? Mine has braces

I think I may be talking with a scammer. Anyone been talking with someone who is a surgeon with the UN in Syria , wife died about 4 years ago, has a son. Says his name is Corey Levin.

I was talking with a scammer name Henry Harrison , cardiologist with a son , working with the UN in Aleppo Syria. I believe same person with a different name and they change a bit their story. Very good looking man , video chat was same person in his Instagram pictures but video never match up with sound and always froze , they can manipulate stolen videos. Henryharrison8 is his Instagram account do not Fall for him , this man asked me for iTunes cards for his son few days after we started to talk in hangouts also had email from his son asking me for money and wanted me to wire him 180.000 to Aleppo from his friend with the excused that he wanted to terminated his contract and he not getting pay and needed money for plane tickets , permission etc. I reassure him that he was lying and he was scammer he pull the card saying , you don’t care about us and to don’t want to help me get out, I deleted the hangouts app and block him from WhatsApp. This man is scammer his contact number is from Nigeria. His Instagram pictures most of them are from profesional photographer and he looks very well financially. His grammar is poor also he professes his love immediately and lots of his messages didn’t follow hw previous one making me suspect that more than one person was replying and calling .

I was talking with a scammer name Henry Harrison , cardiologist with a son , working with the UN in Aleppo Syria. I believe same person with a different name and they change a bit their story. Very good looking man , video chat was same person in his Instagram pictures but video never match up with sound and always froze , they can manipulate stolen videos. Henryharrison8 is his Instagram account do not Fall for him , this man asked me for iTunes cards for his son few days after we started to talk in hangouts also had email from his son asking me for money and wanted me to wire him 180.000 to Aleppo from his friend with the excused that he wanted to terminated his contract and he not getting pay and needed money for plane tickets , permission etc. I reassure him that he was lying and he was scammer he pull the card saying , you don’t care about us and to don’t want to help me get out, I deleted the hangouts app and block him from WhatsApp. This man is scammer his contact number is from Nigeria. His Instagram pictures most of them are from profesional photographer and he looks very well financially. His grammar is poor also he professes his love immediately and lots of his messages didn’t follow hw previous one making me suspect that more than one person was replying and calling .

My guy is named John Prada and he says he is on a “Secret Mission” and is unable to disclose his location until December 2020! I never bought that! Come on! He says he is a widower for 4 years and his 14 y/o son is at boarding school. Started chatting me up immediately on Chess with Friends. Professed his love, etc. beware!

I found scammers named John Rios, Baron WIlliams, Williams Graham, Mac Hendry, Spencer Arthur. please check on them.

I've been talking to a Jeff Todd from Alaska for a few months. He talked and asked for money but I said no and he still wants a relationship. Is this normal for scammers? I'm trying not to think of him as one, but everyone says as soon as they ask for money they must be one. Any idea?

Yes! They just want to ware you down so you can go deeper into the rabbit whole!

Name Oliver Frank. He is use own photos and face, use video-calls. He is from Germany, but live in Manchester. After a month of chatting and after he said “I love you” he asked a money, because his step brother was a victim on crash in Madeira 17.04.2019 and needed a surgery. Asked 4000€ After I refuced he sent “his” photo from the hospital and continiued insist. It was a fake from the internet. Also he wanted meet in reality. But vanished after was catched. Ladies, be careful, never give money to online strangers. He said he work as a computer’s ingeneer but his english very bad. Phone number +44 7480 059894

Ive gone through this now for a number of years, I'm older and use my real photo on social media, this year it has gotten worse.. I don't get hit on facebook anylonger, I weed those out fast when they want to be friends.. but twitter, instagram . I have an old account with pof, and recently was hit twice in one week on that old account, the men claiming to be residents of my state. What I do is run the photos posted on google, and that comes up fast showing the stolen photos and different sites. If your 70 and the guy looks 20 to 55, don't buy into it.. curb your ego and realize real fast.. they are fakes, your going to loose money and your pride.

Anyone know of a Miley Walla Robert that’s in the military asking for money from Instagram senior citizens being a scam artist??

Well I am on the same page as all of you. I feel like a total idiot. At first I did not believe him at all because it sounded to good to be true. And as time passed I guess I was somewhat convinced. Knowing allot about military life because my dad was in the army for 25 years i stated to ask him question and i would not get a response . His story was that his wife passed away and he has a daughter that is in New York being cared for by a friend and her grandmother. I got pictures videos but never a phone call or a video call he said its not allowed. Then he ask if I could send him a phone when I ask him the APO or FPO mailing address he said that it was not allowed to receive phone or mail that it would have to be sent to a friend in Nigeria and it would get to him soon so we could video chat (that never happen ). We would argue about me sending the phone because i did not want to send it he would tell me that i did not trust him and how would we get married if i did not believe him . We keep taking and I finally expected to send him a phone. Then he ask if i could send him money to get the phone to him i told him no i did not have it he told me he did not have access to his money and really wanted to video chat with me. I keep telling him no that i dont have the money and never got a call from him just text by hangout . He has not ask for the money anymore or anything but keeps telling me how much he loves me and missed me . Wish i could put up pictures so you can see.

I would love to see a picture of him. Please I wished they was a web site to go and share these pictures of scammers. but can you tell me what his pro files picture looks like?

Anyone chatting to Rose Merritt -US Army, mission in Iraq, single parent, etc....

yeah i have a few guys that they say are in the military and over seas. they all ask for money for air far home or i tunes or money for medical bills. all of them say they are in afacia. most of them say they are in the army but one says he is a marine. and one was dumb enough to ask me to marry him. they all got mad when i did not give them the stuff they wanted. i would tell them i didnt have the money or i would say yeah i would love an i tune card too. i have also been asked for my bank info so they could send me money and i would lie and say i dont have one. all of them are very good looking guys and all say very sweet things. um some of the names that i can remember are ray ott he was the marine. tyler jesus, stephen, gibson roy. i did talk to more and once some of them realized that they were not getting anything they went away. but some kept on talking to me. when they would ask what i was doing right now i would give them some random thing or told them i was somewhere that i was not near just to make it sound like i was having fun. i hope their names ring a bell for some of you. i know it is hard to not to fall for what they say cause it is so nice to hear those things. im one of those women who have lots of padding lets say and im not use to guys talking to me and being nice to me. i just hope if you see one of those names to stay away. if i find anymore names or remember any i will post them for you guys

I play Words with friends and recently blocked some guy FredFrank who immediately started chatting to me. I like to play the game not chat. I chatted back a little and he all of a sudden told me the scammer story of being a doctor from Germany and was stationed in Syria for the United Nations. Whoa, too much information right away. Asked about marital status and family. After I stated happy married. No more plays however he was able to chat. Blocked him especially after checking that there are no United Nations Doctors in Syria. Please let your friends know that they are targets in any of the games that allow chatting also. This is the second guy that got too personal right away on the same game site. The first one I told I was uncomforatble chatting, then blocked him, with in two weeks.

I had been talking to a guy named Chris Porter everything was going fine, we talked about family his dreams of owning a gym someday showed me all his military credentials which looked really legit.. so since he sent me his credentials he wanted me to send my license to make sure it was me.stupid woman I did.I know better but he seemed so legit. Then asked me for iTunes cards. Didn't send them. Sent a pic of me in the shower ( nothing showing ) my face though. I'm so scared he'll identity theft me.i blocked him on hangouts and was wondering if once blocked can he still see my pics? I pray not. I'm so scared. This was 4 months ago nothing has happened so far.

Be careful from someone Frank Tyler Hammanh. He is a scammer. He speaks very sweet. Honey, i love you, my heart code, my life companion, my queen, i want to marry you, God believer. After 3 week's hhe bakes for money. Tàlk on houngouts. Met on Facebook and after 3 daus he closed it. Has dogs a dauther studies in Australia, wife left him 5 years ago. Nanny cleans the House and cares about the dogs. Oil gas inginieur in Russia and Mexico, lives in New York. 50 yeas old. Never spoke to him in phone only message because not good network. He bakes everyday for money. I sent him 500 Euros and dessapeared after that. I feel so bad. Be careful please.

Anyone hear of the girl Sarah collinson says she’s from Phoenix Arizona

Has anyone heard of a Wilson j Barton?

John Prada is a scammer. He says he is a UN peace keeper. Likes to use hang outs app. Uses story that wife had a car accident and died 4 years ago and hasn’t dated since. His 12 year old son, Tyler lives with his old sister in law in Houston, TX. Sweet guy will charm you with romance. Than wants you to get him home soon by sending an email to the UN and pay 15 to 20 thousand.

Thommy Wareen. He is a fraud. Contacted me on instagram. Said he is a wildlife photographer, divorced, and rich, but working out of country and can't access his accounts. Wanted itunes cards. Told him you can't buy anything with those cards except stuff from Apple. He got very upset. Promised to pay me back. Glad i didn't fall for it.

I did contact others on his account who lost several thousands of dollars to him. Hope karma pays him pack double. He deserves to suffer after scamming those women.

Texting a man name Patrick Antonio. Says he is engineer and is trying to get to Italy for a job building a bridge. He says his wife died 3 years ago in car accident and has 2 children in college. Supposedly he was mugged and is now having trouble with his bank account because muggers hacked into it.

Lucie Razvan she had send following request and i was accepted and then she ask me my whatsapp number. i had give it her my whatsapp number. then she chat with my whatsapp last 10 days then she just told me that she is coming to my country and she want meet me. then one day later she told me she is in india and she arrived at airport . she told me some reason she said aiport authority asking some custom duty chareges some money then she told help her to give that money to airport authority.

My friend was scammed by James Wesley.....supposedly a marine engineer living in Florida, widower with a son in boarding school. He approached her on Instagram then quickly went to Hangouts.....his love grew etc He asked for money. She paid some and he asked for more. At that point she contacted me. I requested to follow him. The next day he started on me. Oh you are so pretty, download Hangouts etc etc. I fobbed him off till my friend completed bank paper work to hopefully retrieve her last donation to this scum bag. He told me he lived in the Bronks. Funny though, the bank account she sent the funds to were in New Zealand and in the name of Ziad Mohammed saheed. He has many profiles and jameswesley509 is one he seems to have forgotten about. When we were Instagram friends I did message him saying my account wasn't my real identity. He tried to make out I had the wrong person etc And he blocked me!

I chatted with a man Turki Naibil from Germany and using telephone from USA . He doesn’t show face only voice on WhatsApp

I started talking to a man claiming to be a doctor stationed in Syria called Alex Ray.He only chats on Google hangouts and won’t let me see him on video chat as he says it’s not allowed on his mission lol.After three weeks he asked me to send him a google play card for $50 because his phone is full and he needs it for making more space on it to make room to chat to me.I sent him stupidly only a 5$ card .After a few days he asked me for a $50 one again claiming he had no credit cards in Syria.I said no . Yes know he is fake and I wonder if anyone else has come across this person .He claims he is Dutch but grew up in Virginia.I don’t understand why he asked for google play cards.He still talks to me after I said no to him

If he's a younger guy, dark hair, handsome, tall, & has a Spanish accent. He's a scammer. Sounds like the same line of bull he tried to tell me.

Words with Friends on Facebook is covered up with them. I'm not looking for a relationship, don't usually like to even chat but will try to at least be cordial until they immediately start asking about relationship status and/or if I will chat with them on hangouts. I shut them down immediately.

I was on Tinder and was contacted by John Kennedy who sweet talked me and we talked for and are still talking, I want to see how far he goes. He has pledged his eternal love for me and what not. He had a business trip to Lome, Africa to help build something on the border with Ghana. Three days into his trip he says he needs a Steam card so that he could download games. I pretended to send it but never sent it as it seemed fishy. A week in a half he says that he tried to take money using his ATM and that it doesn't work. He has contacted his friends and nothing so far. He hasn't asked me for me yet and I haven't offered either. His WhatsApp is not receiving messages. I put his pictures through TinEye which is an image search and recognition company, but he did not pop up anywhere on social media which raises more red flags. So we will see what happens

I answered this dude on facebook after a while his request was removed. He loved me and wanted to marry him wanted money and sent him 12,000 thru a friend of his. Now he wants 4,700 for a flight ticket. Had a very loving relationship . Now I feel I was used.

I am going through the same thing. Guy was totally sweet, and it seemed like we really clicked. Now that I denied sending him, he has been quiet. Hasn't blocked me on WhatsApp so we will see his next move

Same story... i sent money.once .. but when refused to send - he is quiet but did not blocked me on WhatsApp. What is next?

Does he have a German/Swiss accent?

I have girl who is thirty telling me she will send money but wants money in exchange how do i get rid of her

Block her on your social media, that way she cannot get in touch with you.

Hi,beware of a Robert Petruzzi,I chatted to him on pof,then on Hangouts. He was very nice,drew me in,saying he had lost his wife and child through the delivery,lost his parents etc,was in Malaysia,going to be a millionaire,due to his inheritance,asked me to send him an Amazon gift card as he needed £100,I blocked him straight away,a very sick,nasty person

Just wondering if anyone has come across a guy that goes by johnsonmonland1111 on Instagram then soon asks to chat on hangouts.
Apparently in the us army on a peace mission in Afghanistan.
His parents were killed in an accident when he was 10 years old
He has a 9 year old daughter but lost his wife.
We started talking just as friends but he soon turned it romantic anyway to cut a long story short he said he's sent me a parcel.
I then get an email of 'ups' saying i need to pay 3180 so the parcel can be released from Turkey international airport and delivered to me.
When i tried the tracking number on the main ups site it didn't work, but if i followed the link i was sent by him then it work.
I told him last night i had no way of paying it and he went on about me finding a way so we can start out life together.
Ive had a look on Google and the same pictures go under the name Johnson Morrison.

Just had a Chat with an
' American' who was on a peace keeping mission in Afghanistan .
Scott . Been married 14 years, wife cheated on him , looking for a mother for his kids!!
All didn't add up so blocked him , still tried to send a message and then 'someone else' tried to follow me on Instagram...almost same name Scott Williams.
Funny because said I was old enough to be his grandmother and this 'new person' looks like a grandfather !

For you he told you so! Damn this person is really a scam, the past few months, I have also been chatting with the same guy known as Jones Scott, who tried to steal my heart, but after then he just tried to say that he will send me some gifts I mean presents in parcel form, but their is a deficit if money to pay for the transport so as the parcel to reach to me..
But, unfortunately I wasn't able to send him, any kind of money, instead I have him different opportunities on how he will be able to send that parcel. Mmh! This person is absolutely a scam..

Today I just talk with a sergent Melissa Roberts, from Delaware. She said to me that she is sergent right now in Afganistan and she is in love with me. I don't believe this and I will not send any money.

Mine wasn't match but words with friends online game. Got friendly. Was going out of country for work. His name using James Smith LOL. WAS SENDING ME A PARCEL FROM A COURIER IN Bahrain. Get an email from courier telling me I need to pay $12,750.00 for a permit to send to the USA. Told carrier no. Told me authorities will take care of me. Then Mr. Smith gets in touch with me and he has a plan to get me the money to get this parcel. He needed bank info user name password etc. Yeah right. He's also sending authorities and I will rot in jail. Come get me.

Anybody know a Richard Adams oil rig guy in Lagos Nigeria????

After meeting on Online Dating Site (Zoosk) and talking for
about a monthPatrick Cook asked me to open an account on Coinbase which I did but never completed. He said he did very well and wanted me to. I said I did not want to do anything until I returned from a 30 day trip. Upon my return Patrick asked me to open a new bank account but not tell the bank it was for crytocurrency. I didn't open one. Then he asked me to look through my stock portfolio and see which stocks were not doing well and cash them out. I didn't and he got very angry and said I must not be serious about making money. I told him I did not want to discuss any financial information with him until we had met in person which was supposed to be this June. He said he wasn't go to waste any more of his time and hung up. He had been very kind and solicitous up until this point. I have since blocked him on my phone and on Skpe. His Skype name was Patrick.Cook34 and his Zoosk online name was fantasticsmile. He also is supposed to have a residence in Cleveland Ohio. He is supposed to be originally from the Netherlands. Has a daughter named Rosemary who is a stockbroker and a grandson named Eric. His wife died from cancer 8 years ago and of course he took care of her. (see a pattern here)Supposedly he also worked in design. I have many pictures as well as texts but really none alluding to him wanting to get money from me. He was a very attractive 61yo DOB 7/11/57. Completely gray, piercing blue eyes and supposedly about 6 ft tall. Tried to a reverse image search but never found the pictures elsewhere. He claims to have 2 homes one in Cleveland, Ohio and another in Panama City, Florida. He played me because he knew I have a strong faith but don't assume kindness as weakness. I would like to see these kind of scammers stopped before they take advantage of anyone else. At least I did not loose any money however because it was so subtle I wanted to make others aware. I think on some level I wanted to believe his profession of us being meant to be but never really did.

I also have a conversation with a woman from USA she asked me to send her 80000000 million dollars God punish all of una way they here dey waste time time wasted na e be una name

I was followed on Ig by a guy named Austin Bryan proclaiming to be interested in me. When he asked me about buying Google cards a red flag went up!!! How you ask someone to buy something for you and you haven't ever met in person.!!! Really?Then when I didn't do what he wanted to do the communication started to decrease. I Thank GOD for clarification and confirmation.

Anyone hear of a scammer named GoodKendra22 @gmail .com? Apparently getting money directly deposited in Green Dot accounts?

Ronald Maverick Carson, AKA Carson Ronald, AKA Roland Maverick Carson. Anyone come across this guy run, run fast and far away. I fell into the scam and I'm an idiot. Love blinds everything. I wish I could post pictures of him. So he can be found and imprisoned for life.

Ronald Maverick Carson uses OK Cupid claiming that he’s a solar engineer on his way to Nigeria. He even sent me a fake delta airline boarding pass thinking I won’t do a simple google search. He’s definitely a scammer. Keep out!

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