Has an online love interest asked you for money?

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Looking to start a new relationship? For some, that may mean meeting a new love interest online. Word to the wise: sometimes it’s best to lead with your head and not your heart.

Millions of Americans use dating sites, social networking sites, and chat rooms to meet people. And many forge successful relationships. But scammers also use these sites to meet potential victims. They create fake profiles to build online relationships, and eventually convince people to send money in the name of love.

The Federal Trade Commission receives thousands of reports each year about romance scammers who create fake online relationships only to steal their victims’ money.

Unfortunately, an online love interest who asks for money is almost certainly a scam artist.

The FTC’s new infographic, developed with the American Bankers Association Foundation, lists common signs of online dating scams and what to do if someone you meet online asks you for money.

Below are some tips to identify a real romance versus a scammer cruising for a target.

Online Dating Scams. Has an online love interest asked you for money? That's a scam. Scammers know millions of people use online dating sites. They are there, too, hiding behind fake profiles. Signs of a scam: Professes love quickly. Claims to be from the U.S., but is overseas for business or military service. Asks for money, and lures you off the dating site. Claims to need money — for emergencies, hospital bills, or travel. Plans to visit, but can’t because of an emergency. $220 million lost in 2016. $56 million lost in 2012. Reports to the FBI tripled over 5 years (4,476 reports in 2012; 14,546 reports in 2016) What to do: Slow down — and talk to someone you trust. Don’t let a scammer rush you. Never wire money, put money on a gift or cash reload card, or send cash to an online love interest. You won’t get it back. Contact your bank right away if you think you’ve sent money to a scammer. Report your experience to: • The online dating site • Federal Trade Commission: ftc.gov/complaint • Federal Bureau of Investigation: ic3.gov. Learn more at ftc.gov/imposters and aba.com/engagement

Please share this information with others. Victims may be embarrassed to talk about their experiences, but you can help. A simple phone call, email or text, saying “Look what I just found” and sharing this information may make a difference in someone else’s life.

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Sounds very familiar,he friend requested on Facebook and said how he lost his wife,son , daughter in law and granddaughter in an accident.Had a son in boarding school! Didn't take me long to block "Micheal Jespersen" when he started to ask for money. Said he works for bisso marine.

I have had only bad experiences with Christian dating sites. Met foreign speaking men professing their undying love and then asking for money or even iTunes cards. Sorry to hear your sad stories but at least I know I am not alone. Of course I did not comply with their requests. Better luck to all.

Oh my I am talking to a guy on an oil rig in Ghana I’m about to send money to I would give anything to know for sure that he is real we’ve been talking for over a year and yes twice he was coming to meet me both times something happened. Someone help me please

don't send him any money hes conning you - he sitting in a hotel in Ghana getting women to support him - hes never leaving Ghana he a catfish

everytime hes coming to you something happens - example his visa expired, hes thrown in jail and detained, he's sick has a fever, hes robbed, or he gets arrested for not paying medical bill - there is no medical bills in Ghana and you always send money to his driver am I right? stay clear from him and report him

If shore oil rig? Name if Richard?

Hi, Iam currently chatting on- and offline with a man called Peter XXXX... from (supposedly) Dallas, Texas and after two weeks of conversations he started also to ask for money as he supposedly went abroad to Singapore as a contractor. He said he was mugged and has no access to his bank account. Interested in showing each other some photos of this guy?

lol, my guy is in Beijing, says he is a civil engineer. he was mugged also. His POF account is Mike Lee5401. Been working me for over a month. I have turned him in, but doubtful anything will be done. Got me for $200 yes. He thinks he's getting $6,000 from me, but he is not getting it. Another guy on POF, his name is Dylan Vittorio. He is supposedly working in Istanbul. First time he asked me for money, I really let him have it, he acted shocked, I had to laugh.

I think I’m being scammed to by a guy I met on tinder . Says he was based at lakenheath base and we exchange numbers this was a couple of months ago when I said about meeting up he suddenly had been posted to Scotland. He messaged me ever day and night saying to me how much he loves me and wants to wed me ? Witch I was like yeah right and we’ve never met , he sent me pictures of him and videos of him at the gym and I’d ask him can we talk on the phone as we only ever whatsapp but he comes out with all different excuses like he’s not allowed to talk in the phone due to his military job . And I’ve tried to ring his phone but it says number is not recognised?? He’s asked me to pay for him to fly back to Norfolk where I live so he can b with me as he’s left his credit card at lakenheath base and he will give me the money when he gets here . He says I can book his flight for him . I told him I don’t have the money at the moment to do that but maybe after Xmas .. then last week he asked me for a I-tunes card . Well alarm bells started ringing as I’ve heard all this before . I told him no as I think he’s scamming me and I reported him on FB for having a fake profile witch he went mental at me when he found out . He swears he’s not fake and not scamming me but I really really don’t know ?? Only when I read your story about u waiting at the airport I’m now thinking this guy is fake .. please give me some advice as I will b proper gutted as this guy is gorgeous

No one deployed overseas in a hot spot should be using a dating site. Violating security protocols. My would be scammer asked me to let his bank wire his money into my account to save it from being confiscated. At least I recognized that as a variant of the Nigerian scam. Wish they could be caught half as easily as they seem to catch their would be victims.

I also met this gentleman on the TAGG website, who calls himself Johnson Smith. He is in the United States Marine Corp,deployed to Egypt. We chatted for a little while, and he suggested a different website (Whats App) to continue talking. We talked for about two days, before he gave me the story about bad food over there, and he needed money to buy American food, and it was expensive. He asked me to send him $700...which I have not done. First he said send it Western Union,then he said no, send it through Money Gram. This should not be happening. I decided to Google scams, and found this site.

This is the same individual that tried to scam me just recently on hi5 he uses the name “Johnson s”. He asked me to add him on what’s up app and he gave me the same story about bad food in Egypt and he was deployed in Egypt. He tried to ask me money $300-$100 for him to buy American food . He said he works for us marines and he wanted me to send him money through money gram. I had deleted my hi5 and tagged accounts for my safety and to let other know so this does not happen to them!

Oh my God. Someone posing as a hot white girl named Linda did the same thing. She says she was in love with me and said that both she and her mom had lost their home in America and had to go live in Gauna where her mom was born, but she wanted to come back and live in the US with me and needed $300 to help pay for her plane ticket to come back to the US.

I have been talking to the same girl Linda S Parker living in Accra Ghana has taken over $5,400 from me and I'm sure it's the same girl long black hair very pretty and very large breasted it is what it is it just ended like 2 weeks ago so it looks like you're the next victim

Did you send it?475-328-2202

Do you have pictures of this low life?

Her name is Linda Parker and she has gotten rich from this game

Can you send me a pic of her, I think she's trying to scam me 559-977-3695 too

For sure ,she is a scammer.

Does anyone have pictures of this Linda scammer?

She was thrown out of the United States for not having a valid passport and being an illegal immigrant and she got more than upal she got a bunch of us

Sounds like a girl named Alice.

This guy called Peter Yandle said hi to me on my Instagram. He said he was from the the states but having business in the UK. He’s oil investor and is working in an oil rig offshore. We soon changed to talk on WhatsApp. About a month later, he said he made a private deal and got millions of dollars. He wanted to send it to me because it was easier for him to do some investments in China. Anyway the so-called private courier company informed me that the ‘package ‘ was on hold by Turkish custom. I paid 1,850 via Western Union and then just as I expected, ‘they’ said I had to pay another 7,750 to have the package released. This guy is still luring me to do the second payment and keeps saying things to make me feel quilty... After reading so many comments about the experiences the victims shared here, I finally understand I am scammed! How stupid I am !

I have talked to this Johnson guy. I blocked him after about three days. He asked for money because he was sick from bad food. Right??? Blocked

Is his first name Andy. Oil rig company working on an offshore project? Complained about getting sick, paying taxes, can’t pay workers , blah blah blah! He got me good...15k.

I’ve been talking to a guy supposedly named Antoni Maddox who is supposedly from Texas and now is supposedly on an offshore rig out of Edinburgh Scotland and he supposedly loves me and wants to marry me when he gets back sometime in December. He says he is sick from the water and needs me to send money to his corporate so they can send bottled water . He supposedly has a daughter but wife died from something. He got me to download Hangouts so we could talk without others knowing . Long story short, I’ve been talking for about a month and I caught on when he claimed being so sick he might die and needed water sent. I’ve been a fool.

I just got a request from a woman claiming to be a marine stationed on a peace keeping mission in Nigeria, she said she needed money for food lol

Thanks for the heads up I too been scam earlier today this girl I met on dating site asked me for money for about fifty dollars gift card for Amazon she said that she was in Nigeria

Same thing happened to me, I started dating a girl online on okcupid.com, she was in love with me after three days of chatting, which seemed really weird to me. When I asked her to meet up, she said she was been deployed to Syria the next day, so we could not meet up. The next day, after 24 hours she texted me saying that she got to Syria safe, and asked me if I could buy her a $50 itunes card so she could watch movies. I told her that I did not have money at that time, and she insisted me to do it, but I did not. The next day she said that her brother was really ill and she needed to send him a check cause he was getting a surgery. I told her to send the money to her mother, but she said she did not have contact with her mother, and she needed to send me the check, so I could take some money and then give the rest to her brother. I said no right away. She insisted, and started to make me feel bad for not helping her. I deleted her from my account and I blocked her contact after letting her know that she was a scam. Crazy people.

Did that person send you a picture

Don't send a penny. Same happened to me but with a guy named Ukay Amaogu.

Was her name Catherine hannisick???

I've been a victim of many scams by several banks and individual all in the same group they have scam me for over $6,000 I have their emails and phone numbers

I think that this is a group of people with one man/woman posing as a love interest. Then they would use names or contact info of the member of their group to pose as someone else like an attorney, teacher etc then use information of those person to show as if they're real. But are impostors. Then will ask money for many reasons.
Becaise I think right now I am communicating with one. First he asked me to pay his daughter's books and lodging then when I did not send money. He then asked me to send $3,500 for a bank documents for his attorney to transfer his funds to me. Then got mad when I did not send the money. Too obvious as scammer.

I met a Nigerian from Aba Abia named Ukay Amaogu for over a year now. He started making sad stories about a sick lil sister he even send a video. I send dome $ then he said he would sleep outside he needed 800.00 to pay rent etc etc continually asking for money and making sad stories and making me feel guilty like I shoukd send him money without him asking bec I knew about his hustle. Omg that pists me off. There are tbousands of scammers in Nigeria said by himself. How stupid. Just spread the news and don't send $ or give bank info.

Is there any way I can add photos to my comments? I have 3 photos of men not listed and current chars of them wanting money

No, we can't post pictures on the blog.

Is there a place that has listed known scammer phone number that I can look at or names 458-212-3064

Can we put there names on here I also have pictures

This is person on facebook claiming to be General Stephen Townsned. Very attractive man. He is trying to scam people like myself, says he is in love with me and wants to meet me and spend the rest of his life with me. Want me to sent him lots of money for flight to come here and meet me and marry me.

Same person claiming to be General Townsend, born in Griffin Georgia, and is overseas fight the war.......wanted me to send two I-tunes cards because he's not able to have any money and can't access his bank while there..........hmmmmm go figure He's is also in love with me and wants us to be together when he gets back to the states......................

This is all too familiar working on sea no access to money due to a contract. Wife died , said he loved me asked for $950 to be sent to come meet me. Next son is in hospital needs money for the bill so the doctor will release him. Got mad when i said no said lovers do anything.
I disagree with the western union and money gram. He said right from day one he wanted to get married. Hard when your life is on sea.

Hi someone mentioned..worked on the sea, son in hospital. Anyone ?
I have a guy asking for medical bills for his little boy. He don't have a bank account, wants iTunes cards for food.

Hi.
I got one now, fishing boat, son in hospital needs medical costs and iTunes cards for food! Nice looking, beautiful little boy, the mom died, name Jonathan? Lives in Ohio? Wants to come and marry me.

Did you see a picture of the dad and "the little boy"?? I have one says he's from Texas, wife got caught in bed wint another man. She didn't ever want anything to do with the child. He's in Dubai, needs money because he didn't take enough when he left. Little boy broke ankle. Need money to make up difference for surgery. Boy passed away. No money sent

This sounds similar to a man I met online last year. I got sucked in big time. He got at least £400. Feel so stupid. He pressured me into sending money for his dying son and ended up saying that his son had died and needed money for a funeral. These people are evil!

I’ve been scammed by a man who claims to be in the Marines deployed to Afghanistan in April 2018 then redeployed to Syria in September 2018. He saids his name is Jacob Smith Schroeder, that he has a son named Randy, his wife died during child birth and both his parents are deceased and he has no siblings. Also that his Granny who raised him died of cancer. He’s asked for iTunes cards, my bank information, asked for me to receive money from western union. I haven’t because I sensed he’s a scam. He’s on hangouts app and his number is a Georgia number 1-912-235-0838. He was on Instagram but I reported him to the U.S. Marines and his Instagram account was shut down. I have pictures he’s sent me but I don’t know where I can post them.

Hi this sounds similar to one I've got going now! He rang me this morning because he knows I don't trust him. After 6 days he loves me. His son wants to call me mum He needs a £30 iTunes card He's sent me his bank details to prove he's very wealthy so no just after money. I wish I could see a picture of your guy!

Is his name Xavier Morris. Mark percy Morris?

I have a guy named Jerry Smith overseas just asked for a iTunes card. Professing his love. He is young and sent pics. He is in a army shirt. Does anyone have this info in him?

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