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Faking it — scammers’ tricks to steal your heart and money

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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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send me your e-mail address and I will send you photos.
He is currently in Madrid and wants 8000.00 US to get his box of
money out of custos

Hi do you have a pic I think I am being scammed too

Please send me photos of him as well. I think it's the same guy I've been talking to.

The same guy uses photos of different people to make fake profiles. Exchanging photos is completely meaningless.

Anyone familiar with AnthonyCScott- Major deployed in Syria Damascus - from Long Island New York has a gmail CharlesCScott. too — Jamaican accent strong at first ! Madly in love wants to get married and live in Canada after a week and more !

Hey - did he contact you off instagram? I was approached and and chatting with a guy that in Aleppo and Damascus. His sister has thyroid cancer, hes got gold and is trying to get is sent here but cant bc various reasons. Blonde, has a compass tattoo on his chest?

Mine , Anthony Scott Graham admiral in navy, was deployed to Syria Damascus from Boston, for last 7 months been talking wants to marry, even had me carrying on conversation with his daughter who is 17 years old in boarding school in England, he's now stuck in Israel needs help getting home, because he can't access is bank accounts for security reasons, i broke it off about 2 weeks ago, the story never ends on why can't get back to usa

Exchanging photos isn't completely meaningless because if they turn out to be the same photo then at least the ladies who have been conversing with the so called 'soldier' will definitely know that their being scammed due to them all having the same photo, no matter what name the scammer is using.

love interest in Martina Franca works for eni oil. Has box of money needs fee to process 3500$ Rob Michael didn’t pay any as I don’t have any was not asked for cards

Since October I have been involved with a man on line who texts often and has sent me multiple pictures of himself and children he also sent a beautiful bracelet. Claims he is military and
in Texas. He has never called me nor sent a letter and will not take a selfie am I being played and how can I find out who really is in the photos?

Hi, please can you send me pics of this scammer. As I was nearly scammed too, wanted I tunes card and then went from that to asking for money to be sent too him and into his bank as he was out on oil rigs in manila, Philippines working and couldn't get funds. Would appreciate pics too see if its same person.

I have been chatting with someone who claims to be an army captain statioed in Syria on a peacekeeping mission. He has declatred his derp undying love for me. He asked me to accept a package for him. Then suddenly I needed to send 800 to get the package out of Germany. He hevmcame very upset. Now he wants me to give him my cell ohone account information so he can order phones for Syrian orphans and charge it to his credit card. I have said no to both.

Deborah, did he use the name Billy Harry? I got someone with the exact same story, yet hasn’t asked anything of me yet. Also said that he was from Miami, Florida. We have only been texting for 24 hours. I became suspicious because his wording in the texts isn’t typical of that of an American citizen’s. I’ll let it play out to see if he asks for anything. What would be the chances of having 2 army captains in Syria on a peacekeeping mission? We’ll see what happens!

Deborah

What was his name or do you have a picture? Sounds like the guy I was talking to.

Hi Sandra,
Can send me the photo too, just want to make sure it is the same guy..

I had a guy ask to.bemy friend on facebook about 4 monthscago. The pictures of him were of general douglas frasier. After talking for about a week he ask if i would start using the Hangout App to talk to him. He said his wife and daughter were killed by gunmen 5 years ago. He said he has a 15 yearold son in a school.in new york. He says hes in afghanistan right now on a peace mission. After a month he starts telling me about a box at global securities that has his million dollars in it and need s someone to acc e pt it for him here. First its 5,000 to get it here, then its 1500.00 he needs to send his son in school and no w its 35,000 because the person bringing the money is held up in customs for fees and tage and such. Of course he wants to marry me and of course loves me more than life. He says he wants to leave afghanistan but i will need to send a private jet for him another 30,000. No I am not going to send any more money. He already got me for 6500.
How could i be so stupied. He uses the name of jason Carser and pictures of general.zdpuglas Frasier.

Can I have the picture of the guy too? I think it is a same person. Sweet talker

I’m talking to a medical surgeon also by the name of Michael James Spittle who just retired in military from Europe stationed in Afghanistan then transferred to Nigeria doesn’t have money to get home however found 17.2 million in diamonds wanting 10000 dollars to ship to me

had the same thing happen to me except he was in florida. He was very persistent I tried to block him but he showed up somewhere else, On Facebook or Gooogle We’re you guys ever able to exchange photos When I refused to give him Yeah don't be fooled. I wasn't. I was waiting for him to ask money he went another route and asked for pay his friend to his borrowed he treated me because he has a fake nude picture
His name is FRANK HILTON Yeah don't be fooled. I wasn't. I was waiting for him to ask for money. REPORT A SCAMMERS!!!! Please reported that guy

I'm texting with a general surgeon for the Who, handsome 6'1, pleasant but doesnt sound too smart. He brags about how much money he has, beautiful cars, most expensive perfumes, house in Milan, dead cheating wife of course, and retiring from the world health organization soon and ready to grow old with the first woman he meets on Jswipe. Beware. Dr. Dave Belman , in Kabul,
Lol, wont come up in any search cause his work is top secret...

WHO is World Health Organization. He told me a bunch of colleagues were captured and killed so the WHO erased their info on the internet...hahaha

Who is WHO/UN Sunshine

Dr DAve Belman scammed me from March 13th until recently. Claimed to be a General Surgeon for the WHO/UN in Kabul. He is very good. Used pictures of a handsome man about 6 foot , Italian and German, from Milan, went to school in Seattle Washington, son name Kelvin in boarding school...blah blah blah.

Dave Belman
His name is coming up a lot lately! Who is WHO, night owl described him exactly, with slight differences, but he is a smooth romancer, I too am embarrassed, but in texting and talking to him on Chums and WhatsApp I realized now, the questions he asked caused me to tell him my vulnerability. I am a widow, I lost my husband of almost 40 yrs. Unexpectedly from a heart attack. We sat down for dinner at home, and that was it, he died in my arms. I was so deep into my grief and I let my guard down. I’m angry at myself, because I got so caught up in everything, that I foolishly gave him about half of my entire savings, which was not much to begin with. Now with Social Security as only income. I am in dire straights! “Could you send money “ ha. It helps to joke a little, otherwise I would lose the rest of mind.
Dave Belman is not one person, I read where they take shifts talking to you. All the signs were there...sometimes it was the same accent, but sounded younger, and I heard others in the background. I heard an angry woman talking in another language, and a small child crying or squealing . He would say he didn’t hear anything, it must be on my end. I knew it was a scam toward the end, but it was too late. I wish they could find these people! But the damage is done. That is why we have to keep warning others.

These guys seem to find me and I like to mess with them. They tell you how much money they have, I don’t have enough money to come home?

I am going through the same same circumstances right now if it is possible to send me a picture and name anything in about this person please do so as quickly as possible I am like right in the middle of it right now . Kim.

Do you have a picture of him

100% SCAM

Has anyone come across the name

Morrison EUGENE
Morrison EUGINE

I'm currently chatting with a guy called Morrison Eugine. Do you know anything about him?

Could it be Randy Eugene Morrison

At the moment I have morris walker on mine there's not much originality when it's coming to the names

Helen. A friend of mine got tricked by someone claiming to be Sullivan. He claimed to be a US soldier based in Syria who won the battle against ISIS and the president of Syria gave his team a lump sum of money and a bar of gold. He claimed he sent the package to her to keep for him. The tracking number from Planet Logistics worked well until it hot to a state close to where my friend lives. She was asked to send money to help clear the package and she did.

Anyway it will only be a matter of time before the FBI catches up with those evil scammers. God is alive he is not sleeping

Hi Daisy, I am sorry about your friend but I need to say that my friend was tricked by this same guy. This Nigerian is very slick. He actually has my friend believing he loves her and sadly she now has feelings for him. His initial profile on Instigram is Anthony Sullivan, a decorated soldier (Stolen Valor) and he approached her with that profile until finally getting her on a video chat in which he showed him self to be Nigerian. He says he goes by the name 'Pride' and that he told her that he has scammed people in the past and is reformed and gave her some sob story about him losing his mom. He claims he is coming here to Phoenix to be with her in March and is totally playing with her heart strings. It is just sickening. No matter how much I try to explain things to her she is just caught up in his web. This man is sick and calls her many times daily. I wish there was a way someone could catch up to him and make him stop his scamming of women. He has multiple phone numbers but the one I was able to get from her was 734-288-7932. The Instagram profile he uses is anthonysull48 and he talks to women using an app called 'Whatsapp'. I wish the real soldier shown in his Instagram profile could be found. I tried to get on her phone with him and he just hangs up because he knows im not going to fall for his nonsense. I feel so sorry for my friend and all women this Nigerian man is manipulating and wish there was something that can be done to stop him. Scamming people out of money is a horrible thing but a woman's heart is not something to play with. I hope someone can stop him.

I’ve been talking with a guy that says he is a USA soldier stationed in Syria and that he found gold and money while in a mission. He wants my address and phone number so he can send me a box with money along with a ring as a proof of his love for me. But I’m not stupid I told him I’m not gonna do that and that I don’t give my personal information to no one. And I don’t believe that story and that he picked up the wrong woman to scam. I immediately blocked him on Google Hangouts. Just in case he goes by the name of Dave Wellington so please be careful with this guy.

Hi I have just experienced the charm of Dave Wellington. Similar story just that he was sending me some gifts and then it turned out that I had to pay for customs clearance. I can’t believe these scums make a living out of genuine people. Watch out for this guy girls

I have been chatting with Dave Wellington from Nashville says hes 57 yrs old, single, I am wondering if this the same guy

I just got scam or catfished for $100 . The story was different he was mechanical engineer got a contract for 1.9m in Ukraine. Because he was middle of ocean need a card to contact his son who was studying in Europe. There were several red flags. Tried to google him try to look him up on been verified no such person. Be glad you only sent the $50. I reported him. He even has a Facebook page with pictures of some other person with financial stability. He finally called me had a heavy African accent but the man in the picture was a Caucasian man.
I talked with a FBI person and said its not a Federal crime to impersonate a person but is when they extort money from a person...

On a Jeevan Saathi portal, I found a man a doctor. Must not be American though. He told me that he belongs to USA and is posted in Iraq. He told me he sent some medical equipment and books and asked me to pay transit charges of rupees 2.77 lakhs. I told him I am poor and not able to do it. He discontinued talking.

I met that guy too on IG. Couple of message and we switched to whatsapp. He told me he was norwegian settled in Scotland , mechanical engineer. When he sent the first message on whataspp I saw he used an US phone No. I blocked him on IG and whtasapp . After one week he texted me on whatsapp with Ukrainien phone NO. He claimed he has a contract there. On iIG he uses ID : Michael Blake381

Hi! Do u have a pic of him? Pls send it to me. We have some kind of story. Thank u for the help.

That's the guy I'm talking to. But goes by sambottje. A norweigan who went to school in Scotland but working in Cyprus.

This is the man Ive been talking to. He says he is from Norway, but educated in Scotland. He has a contract in Cyprus...even gave me a Cyprus phone number. I first got a message from him on POF. He goes by bottjesam. He even provided several different pics of himself and has been contacting me for three months. He needs money from me to buy electronics so he can finish his contract there and shower me with gifts.

Omg this is the Same guy he is waiting for money now for a shipment 5000 he is handsome he has alot of tattoos tall I have pictures and ID as I ask for please let's exchange pictures please

Is his name Antonio I been speaking to one also in Norway said he's there for a contract 10 months tall Italian raspy voice always in suits

I've been getting messages from a man who says he's stationed in Norway but will be coming home to Kansas City in April. He's handsome and says he's an engineer but I never let it get any further than that. He asked if we could communicated by email instead of POF which made no sense to me. He still sends me messages from time to time but I just ignore them. I get messages like this about once a week.....

I’m talking to Antonio. Tall dark and handsome. His company is based in Scotland and he speaks with a deep husky Colombian accent. Not asked for anything yet!

Omg yes I think I was talking to the same guy. Antonio frank or Felix

Can we exchange pics? It sounds like someone I am talking to

This gent started talking to me as a surgeon who was from Maryland. He went to school in Belgium but originally told me he was from Aberdeen Scotland where his dad was an engineer. He said he had been working with Doctors Without Borders for thirty years. He had pictures of a doctor, family. He had three kids in picture but mentioned he lost a son at age 25. He had a daughter in grade 9, he never mentioned extra teen.
His name is Dr Lawson Matt and said he graduated from Harvard.
Well I did several searches at Harvard alumni)medical and Doctors Without Borders. No name. Plus his language was not grammatically correct for one of such intelligence. He was snappy with sending YouTube music, however . I never left instragram. Yes his pictures were quite handsome and I could tell he lied about his age. Oh there is a Dr Matt Larson in Florida,
So watch out for a wonderful grin with the IQ like his picture with a stuffed panda
Oh he is in Syria for two more years....as a surgeon

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