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A person pretends to be someone you trust and tries to convince you to send them money. They’re called imposter scams, and scammers use all kinds of angles to make their stories sound believable. If you — or your friends and family — haven’t been targeted by one yet, it’s almost certain you will be.

To help you recognize and avoid these types of scams, the FTC has four new videos on IRS imposters, tech support schemers, online dating con artists and “grandkid” scammers. Check them out at or in Spanish.

Here’s a sneak peek:

While you’re at it, check out our four new articles on imposter scams. The articles are part of our Pass It On campaign, which encourages older adults to talk with family, friends, and neighbors about avoiding common scams.

Have you been targeted by an imposter scam? Let the FTC know by filing a complaint at But don’t stop there. Help your friends and family avoid imposter scams: you can post the videos on social media, spread the word about, and order free copies of the articles at


I think my identity is being used by a lot of these scammers and fraudsters. Identity theft. But not sure sincerely Monica

Great info, thanks for providing. I've added the FTC email address for scam messages and just forward all the crazy Nigerian scams.
Thanks for all that you do!

Yes been many scam people sending things can we post the videos on our social site?

Yes, it you may share these videos.  All videos and information from the FTC is free to share and link to.

You can link to videos from your social media page, or you can add the videos directly to your page.

Go to the Imposter Scam page to see all four videos. Each video has a "Share" link in the top right corner. Click the "Share" link and you'll see how to add a link, or embed the video in your page.

PLEASE tell folks about the current MICROSOFT scam. Like a dummy, I bought it hook, line and sinker. Thankfully, I called my bank to stop the charges. It was WELL over $600!!!!!!!!!!!

We've heard that lots of people are getting calls from scammers pretending to offer tech support. You'll find tips in this article about Tech Support Scams.

Please share the link to the article ( - or information from the article -  with your friends and others who may not know about the scam. All FTC information is free and in the public domain, so you can share as you wish.

This is a great service you are providing. I always tell my clients to be aware of those scammers. I re-send this e-mail to all my list. Thanks for your information.

It's great that you're sharing this information. Thanks!

You could encourage your friends to subscribe to get Scam Alerts and Consumer Information Updates themselves.

And, you can order free copies of information to share with friends and neighbors. You can get tips about imposter scams and other issues like credit, debt and identity theft at

A little irreverence is necessary. Don't be too afraid to challenge authority legitimate or otherwise. Fear has its limits.

I think I've just been scammed!! I answered a post to A Rose Williams. On Instagram. Her post said send $100 get $1,000 and the more you send the more you get. So to see if it was legit I sent $100 by western union.

She then told me I had to send a transfer fee to release the money, but by the time she told me that the western union closed so therefore I couldn't sent it till the next day. I sent it. She I turn told me the banker Denzil Millier flipped the money that morning and could now get $3,000 instead of the $1,000 but needed to send the release for the money and I could no longer get the $1,000 because it's already flipped.

Needless to say they've done this several times using the same banker at the western union as well as 2 others. now that Ive told them I won't send them any more money they are saying I can't get any of the money that they promised me unless I come up with another $250. What do I do because I'm freaking out!!! They are still contacting me and I'm still trying to get my money, but i will not send anymore money to them.

You can report this to the FTC at The information you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

You can also report the scam to the wire transfer company.

I have gotten 2 calls stating that they will garnish my pay for not repaying a pay day loan. I have never had a payday loan. so what so I do/

This FTC article has information about what to do if a fake debt collector contacts you.

I have received multiple calls from IRS scam artists. They would speak in really thick Indian accents, and would use western names like Paul, Michael etc. Then I started to get prerecorded voice mails by a female and now they just left me another prerecorded voice message in males voice. In this message they stated that someone will soon be coming to my house and that I should have ID prepared. Asking to call back @ 206-432-4360. Has anyone else received this voice message?

206-432-4360 calls my wife and I. I actually spoke to a person once. First they tell you to give the case number then they ask you to provide some sort of personnel ID like confirm your SSN or confirm your birthday. I explained that I recognized this scam and then I reported this to the FBI via their website, but the calls began again.

Unfortunately my mother in law was scammed in the midle of the night. They claimed her grandson was in jail and needed money wired immediately. She was devistated.


This is really nice

i want to report this guy ladies be aware, he is know as christopher marino, michael donati, christopher moretti, he is a scammer i met him at

Can you tell me more. I think I know him. Please share.

Hi Lisa, He says that you are a blogger and trying to ruin his life. That none of this is true. I have a very bad feeling about him and I have been looking him up everywhere. Just stumbled on this when I was going to give up. Have lost over 30k to this animal.

I think I have been scammed by this guy this summer. Christopher ‘Marino met on Please share more info of you can. I have lost money to this guy.

Re: Christopher Marino in response to Beenscammedtoo: Met him on Match the end of May. Father from Chicago, mother from Ukraine. Lived in Florida for quiet a while before moving to New York in summer 2016. Never married but had a fiancee who died from brain cancer. No kids.

He Was going on a job on an oil rig in gulf of mexico - then at end of July had to fly to Venezuela from rig to get final check from oil company that hired him. We even skyped most days and the guy on skype was the guy in the pictures from Match and others he sent me. Handsome dark hair, close beard and mustache. Had an eastern European accent. Story was he got caught up with two other oil rig guys who were arrested for using marijuana and even though he didn't go to jail, was fined by judge and had to pay $40k+ to be able to leave. HE even sent me a link to an oil industry blog site that had an article written about the incident with his photo and two other people - it was VERY authentic looking.

So I helped him out - again because everything looked legitimate. THen on the day he was leaving he was held at airport because he didn't pay estimated taxes to Venezuelan gov. on earnings from the Venezuelan oil company. This is actually a true fact - foreign workers who are paid by venezuelan companies DO indeed have to pay estimated taxes and have to prove same before they can leave venezuela. This time needed $36K to pay. Again everything looked genuine. He is VERY VERY GOOD at what he does. I had googled and searched DAILY from the beginning and nothing ever came up.

It was only when he was once again delayed having flown out of Venezuela via Panama - he had an incident in the airport there - that I just felt there is no way one person can have such bad luck. It was only then that things began to not add up. My sister found the comment on this link from July 20th (two months after I had become involved with him) - and that was it. I confronted him and blocked his numbers etc. Unfortunately, I had lost a LOT of money to him.. Did you get the same story from him? Email he used was: amazingcmarino @ ; skype name Christopher Marino. Phone numbers used: 646-820-7113 and 561-425-8907. Hopefully someone else will come across our posts BEFORE they lose money to this despicable, evil person(s)..

I met a Christopher Marino on this summer. Have unforunately lost money to this guy - so yes, ladies PLEASE BEWARE. Did a lot of scam searches but his name never came up on any of them. Thank you justafriend for alerting me...

Can you contact me?

I have also lost money to this guy. I really believed him. He said he lived in Florida and lost his fiancé to brain cancer. Father from Chicago, mother from Ukraine. His DOB is 04/14/73. I completely believed him and feel like a fool now. He says he is working in the Gulf of Mexico on an oil rig and calls and skypes me constantly. I am so glad I just found this as he is now asking me for more money for his mothers surgery in Ukraine. Even had his GodFather skype me from Ukraine. Says he is adding me to his checking account and going to pay my bills once he gets home. I have never been scammed before. I met him on Match. I will report him to Match to hopefully save someone else. Thank you all for writing on here. Oh and he says he has an orphanage in the Ukraine.

To Gail: Yes, Gail he is very, very slick and professional. The skyping duped me too - as most scammers apparently never do this. This put me at ease. I too had never been scammed before - and thought I was smart in doing my due diligence in googling him. Nothing ever came up. I too reported him to Match at the end of October - but guess they did nothing!

I lost a LOT of money to him - all my savings actually. He even paid my credit card bill as a way of showing his honesty!!! However, 2 months later the payment was rescinded! - this was after I called him out as a fraud.
When I checked with my credit card company they said it was reported to them as having been paid fraudulently. I told them my story and they made a note in my file that it was a scam payment - they also noted the bank account it came from and contacted that bank re same.

Thank you Bosco. I am going to start a website with all of his information so that no one else will have to spend months trying to find this string. Did he tell you about an off shore account?

To OilRigScam. Yes, he had an offshore account!
Supposedly has over two million dollars in it. Again the site looked authentic and legit. The “account” was an English offshore digital bank. Again, there actually is an English online banking company by the same name “Smile” - so all looked legit.
Anything we can do to help someone else from falling prey to this guy will be a plus.

Christopher Marino is Evil and will steal all of your money. He will tell you that the people who write on this site are out to get him. That Lisa who he met in a grocery store was married and she wants him. Since she can't have him her and her friends wrote bad things about him. This is not true. Christopher Marino is a scam artist. Make no doubt he is very good at what he does. I have been taken for over $20k others have been taken for much more. amazingcmarino christophermarino this is the only site that currently has any information about him. If you have found this like us you have probably given him money. Stop, it is all lies. His GodFather, His mother Elizabeth who needs surgery. All of it is not true. He asks you to log onto his offshore account. He says he trusts you. The money you transfer on his behalf will never hit your account. The credit card bills he pays for you will eventually be returned. Please beware of Christopher Marino the man is pure evil.

Update on Christopher Marino. Be aware everyone he is now also operating as Carlos Perottii. Showed up on my Skype as a “mutual contact”.!! Unbelievable - they never stop!!!

Thank you Bosco for the update on Christopher Marino. I am in the process of hiring an attorney. I want to get in touch with you but I am sure just as I feel you don't trust anyone. Let me know what you think.

You can help law enforcement by reporting this to the FTC at The information you give will go into a secure database that the FTC and other law enforcement agencies use for investigations.

The comments you put here on the blog do not go into the law enforcement database.

I am in the middle of uploading all my info into the FTC side as we speak. Hopefully if we all do the same thing - we can shut down this Christopher Marino - or whomever he really is.

I uploaded everything to the FTC site. This Scum accidentally text me the other day which means someone else is falling pray to him. It makes me sick. Christopher Marino rot in hell

I also posted about him on Rip of Report and put his photo up on there. He will probably change his name. At least when you google Christopher Marino you can tell immediately that he is a scammer. He text me by mistake the other day from another number 631-223-8192 Beware of this monster. Christopher Marino is a scam artist, a very good one. He will take all of your money and you will never see him.

Thank you everyone for all the postings - and hopefully we have all uploaded our info in the FTC site. I have also discovered that he has used the name Carlos Perrotti - it came up as a "mutual friend" on my Skype account. This is a name he used in 2014 from what I have been able to find out, using the phoone number 561-425-8907 under that name Carlos Perrotti. He has also used the name Michael Donati.

After I called "Christopher" out, He tried to call me on numerous occasions using other numbers, under the guise of being friend's of Christopher!!!. Here are all the numbers that I know of that he has used: 646-820-7113; 646-653-5561; 929-500-1049; 631-223-8192; 561-425-8907; 602-497-3561; 531-333-2064.

Names on two accounts he had me send money too: Peter Daniels and Christopher Daniels. Hope these postings can help others.

Do you have a picture of this guy?
I started talking to guy guy named Joshua Daniel's and I'm wondering of it's the same guy trying to pull things over on me now

I want to check out Henry Scot01 THAT is his instagram user name. Lives in Texas USA now working on rig in Nigeria

was wondering if anybody has ever heard of this jenny davids or jenny David's harrison before....says she deals with African artifacts out of nigeria...also deals with a guy by the name of Lawrence odalapo edmond. she has claimed NJin order to recieve the artifacts....I would have to help her by paying for fees to release them. please,if anybody has heard those names before let me know

I have been talking to a man on line from Morning Bagels and Coffee. He immediately wanted me to go to “hangouts “. He goes by the name “John Stella “. He says that he is a Bio-Chemist working with the United Nations as a civilian. He to has a deceased wife and a 7 year old daughter named Julie. His parents supposedly died when he was very young and grew up in an orphanage in Australia . He often is off line and says it’s either because he was in the hospital and didn’t have his phone and the most recent was he couldn’t talk because the barracks where he is stationed at was attacked and no one was allowed to use the internet. I said that I was wondering why he could talk to his daughter everyday but he couldn’t talk to me. He said he understood that and if I could help him out and purchase a iTunes card he could up-grave his phone and we could talk. I explained that I wouldn’t be able to do this until next week due to my limited budget. I felt that he was upset about this and have not heard back from him. I did text him and said that I did research and that consumer report said that you could not use iTunes cards to call people. Again- no response.

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