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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: • Federal Bureau of Investigation: Learn more at and

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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Anyone ever heard of a certain Docor Scott Brian MD, you can find him on twitter.

To be clear, I didn’t give him any money.
But boy oh boy, he had a great story. I almost fell for it.
Beware of this guy...

Anyone know a Dr James Douglas working as a surgeon in Syria at a un army camp? Born in LA has a 14 yr old son....i fell hook line and sinker..

I met this dude on Whisper. We started talking and exchanging photos, and eventually started talking on Google Hangouts. He told me his name was William Stones, and that he lost his girlfriend to cancer, and was a single father to a boy. Confused he was in love with me within a week. Then, he started to ask for gift cards for his son’s birthday, and other things. Told me if I got him gift cards he would pay me back double. I called him a fake scammer and he showed his true colors. I am pissed because I sent photos and told him personal things I was going through. Whoever this scammer is he has to be using photos from a guy that posts or posted a lot because we exchange many photos. I never sent any money, but my feelings are hurt.

I met a beautiful Belgium woman on match 45 days ago, after 3 weeks of talking she was in love and wanted to share her life with me.
Now she's asking me for $$$ as a loan to conclude her businness, she needs $159k but she says anything I can give/loan her will help. She said she'll pay me back in 30 days with interest.
I've never seen her only pics.
I asked for a copy of her European passport, DL and address in San Francisco..she got very irritated she said if we are in love why do you need my passport, DL and address. She claimed to live in San Francisco and will move to my city in a few months.
But now based on everyone else's experience looks like she's a scam artist.
Thank you.

One scammer tried to get me from Instagram
Used this ID: Calvinharrisprivate
Later he asked me add him to hangouts
ID: calvinharris578 @gmail. com Be careful from this guy

Marshall Schmidt is a scam from Instagram. Profess love quickly. Lives in Palm Beach, wife died 5 years ago. Son and daughter with nanny homeschool, no friends both parents died, luggage stolen in Dubai need money for emergency passport. Block and delete immediately

Out of the more than 300 facebook girlfriends I have all but two haven't asked me for money, I feel at least 85% of the people on Facebook are just waiting to hear from a lonely old person, so they can jump on them and rob them. Sad isn't it?

Does anyone know the name Morgan Travis, a Orthopedic Doctor in Seria, daughter is Lisa 14 yrs.

I HAVE a man,that wants me to send iTunes card for music,and videos,well stationed,out of U.S. Could it be legit? Yes he wants a LOVE and a wife,who does not want to be happy.
THINKING OF doing it..It has to be tough,life..

I had a similar guy talking to me. Same thing. First he asked me to receive a check and send money to his cousin then he asked me to give him $5000 for his dad and then I gave him $400 in gift cards to Amazon and iTunes. Military that is deployed want things they can't get there like food or other things not gift cards.

I have had there scammers contact me, Kent Warren, who claims he is a contractor on a ship near Africa, got extremely angry when I wouldn't send him money, Arthur's David, who claims to be an orthopedic surgeon from California with a young son, and Dwayne Johnson Conner, who works for a government fraud agency (haha) out of the United States, but is based in Nigeria at the moment.. all asking for iTunes cards.. one asking me to get a loan for 10 grand so he can settle his fines and come here. They all have very nice profile pictures and are full of fake romance. I have not seen any of them money.. nor will I ever send them money. You can tell that they are not American by the terrible grammar they use in their messages. They all like to talk on WhatsApp or hangouts.

I am toying with a dude like that right now. He claims to be from Australia and to be an gemologist, stuck in Turkey. Supposedly from RI, but he can't leave his project and his CC and bank account is blocked for international transfers. First he asked me to help him pay equipment fees so the equipment isn't pulled off the project (14K bill), than he asked to login to his bank account and see if I can make a transfer to my account... (LOL, money laundering - thinking of reporting this to the FBI), now he just wants a $400 iTunes card to buy international calling card.
He has the worst Aussie accent ever, can't pronounce a "th" and refers to himself as a Kiwi... that's a total no, no for Australians, Kiwi's are from New Zealand.
It's just fun to reply with totally innocent questions and see what comes next.
I am a very realistic person, there is no falling in love based on text messages or emails. Any of that stuff is just an invitation to start playing.
This dude Riccardo Gassman is taking the cake and it's fun to take him for a ride.
A friend ran into a similar situation with a guy called Anthony Mastroianni.

Bless his heart, Riccardo Gassman is still hard at work...just another con man looking for love, wanting to know everything about you, and writing in English as a second language. Please don't take this fella seriously in any way!

Contacted me yesterday, cant talk to the site, immediately went to Hangouts. Red flag. Messages ridiculously over the top about how beautiful I am ect.. Same name, same story so far... Australian, In Turkey, Gemologist. I have already blocked him and reported to Match. Thank you for posting this, it helped me to confirm quickly and easily the suspicions I had.

I started talking to a girl.who went by the name.Donna Trudell on connecting singles. She gave me her cell #, we talked once and did Skype once but I could only see her and could not hear her. She sent me Just yesterday she said she was looking at setting up a beauty salon, and then today she sent me pictures of the place she was looking to rent + a copy of the lease agreement. She then proceeded to ask me for 7,000 to cover.part of the rental agreement. I told her no that i did have the money to give her.

found this site trying to find out information about what was happening to me ! ...
Some guy contacted me though Facebook Name Mathew Sparks we started chatting through messanger then he asked me to download hangouts so we could be in contact with each other on hangouts he goes by the name of Mathew Howard he says he's military 44 years old, wife died in fatal crash had a 10 year old daughter ask me to married him after two or three days I was very surprised of course I told him no !! was to soon we didn't know each other he didn't like that he also showed aggressiveness after that he apologize and started being very sweet after that, saying he was deeply in love with me and from there started asking me for iTunes cards at first I told him no he tried to make me feel guilty so I end up doing it I did it two times and was about to do it again tomorrow but after I read all of these experiences from different people I can say it looks like we are talking about the same person I can't believe it !!!!
P.S. I got pictures and phone number as well he has a (512 )area code .

My mother has been a victim of this....for over 2 yrs now. Guys name is Chris (Christian) Ambrosini. Sipposedly he was working on the oil pipeline off Alaska and bank would not let him have his money. He has scammed her out of at least 600,000. ....all of her retirement. He is good. She sent a large sum within 2 weeks they started talking.

I posted earlier about G.K. Forgot to say that I checked the date that he gave me for his BD and wife's death and they matched. He also sent me a photo of the "contract" he had with Egypt. When I thought he was coming home, I sent a picture of his changed, ticket to Philadelphia. He was very smooth.

Says his name is Phillip Wright, and that he’s on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Supposedly has a mother and daughter living in Key West. Says he’s sick (ulcer), was getting drugs, but medical won’t give him any more until he starts paying for them. Wants me to get an iTunes gift cards and send him the number so he can sell the card for cash, also needs $2,000 to get a piece of machinery plus himself off the rig. Those who work on oil rigs are paid a lot of money.

I have a supposed American who speaks with broken English claiming that I am his wife. He was going to ask me for $3000 for his dad which was down from $5000 and now wants iTunes gift cards from me for $200 to fix his cell phone while he is deployed in Afghanistan and he has been there for 7 years. He quickly called me his girlfriend and now he calls me his wife. His name is Alfred Mark Layton and he found me on Instagram and is listed as Alfred Mark on there. I am unable to find him on any Google or people searches and the broken English was a giveaway to me but I am in love with love so I opened up to him. Now he has my full name and address. His email was invalid to iTunes so they initially tipped me off to this as a scam. I hate that I am in love with love so that I can protect myself. My mistake. There went $400 though. :(

I have a scammer using Von deisel’s name and pictures. He moves fast. Says he is in love and divorced from his wife. In Nigeria doing a movie now. Proved his love to me by saying all sweet things and will be with me in a few months when he is finished filming. He wanted a $200 iTunes gift card today. I knew he was a scammer all along but wanted to see how far he would go until he started to ask for money. So today was the day after about 4 days of chatting on Instagram. He wanted me to use Hangout app.

Got contacted on Instagram by a guy claiming to be the actor, Ryan Reynolds. He had created a fake direct message account and even used the real Ryan Reynolds’ profile pic and similar IG account name. Real Ryan Reynolds is vancityreynolds and this guy claimed to be vancityreynolds13.

Fake Ryan messaged me and expressed interest in wanting to know me. He gave me a private email and told me to chat with him on Google hangouts app. Within a few days, he started professing his love and saying that he and Blake Lively were privately divorced because she cheated on him. He said he had 9 weeks of filming left and then planned to come be with me. He also said he didn’t have his personal iPhone with him, and therefore, couldn’t contact me by voice. He got all insisted that he was the real deal and that he wanted my love and trust. I went a long with it at first but then several things occurred and I knew it wasn’t him.

First, his grammar and spelling was not that good. Second, when I asked him to tell me about himself, he took his movie history Wikipedia and copied it changing only a few words here and there. Third, he sent me a bad photo shopped picture of himself holding up a sign that said that he loved me. Fourth, he said his connection was really bad where he was out in Japan and said he needed me to get him a steam wallet card in order to help him with the connection. He claimed that he had no credit card with him that was the only one I could help him. I got him a $50 steam while I gift card but turned him down when he kept insisting he then wanted $100 Amazon gift card. I had started to sniff out that something wasn’t right about this and I was not going for it. When I asked him what he was doing he said he was staying at a hotel, but then couldn’t give me a phone number to contact him out. Fifth, he claimed that he was in a movie sessions feel me. But the news at one point clearly show that he was out with Blake Lively on her premiere for a simple favor. Sixth, he asked me to help him because he had $200 million in a security briefcase and he needed to have it sent to my home here in California because the hurricane over Florida was impacting his security company and he had no way to go from overseas to the US to get grab it from them. I turned him down on this and told him I wasn’t going to do it because I wanted to contact an attorney to make sure this is legitimate. He got insistent that I not contact anybody about it because he wanted to to be only me and him. He also tried saying that he had a chase bank account that he could prove to me he was the real Ryan Reynolds and he would give me the login and the password and everything. I declined because that was incredibly scary to me and I didn’t want another person’s bank information because I had a feeling it was illegal. Seventh, Ryan Reynolds, the real Ryan Reynolds, had arrived in Florence Italy on September 17 to start filming with Michael Bay for a Netflix movie called six underground. The fake Ryan Reynolds told me that same day that he was in Japan because it was an emergency that he had to do. Seventh, Ryan Reynolds, the real Ryan Reynolds, had arrived in Florence Italy on September 17 to start filming with Michael Bay for a Netflix movie called six underground. The fake Ryan Reynolds told me that same day that he was in Japan because it was an emergency shoot that he had to do.

I finally had had enough and I blocked him and I reported him to Instagram. I’m planning to file a report with the local police department and report him on the national government website. The only thing I lost out on with this was time, a $50 steam wallet gift card, and yet I feel stronger for realizing that this can be placed back in my own control. All of this lasted for about three weeks. I hope none of you meet up with this person because he is definitely a fake and Using a well-known actor to do this with. I wish there was a way for me to report this to the real Ryan Reynolds so that he would be aware of it.

BRAGA ,has anyone been scammed with this name.

Anybody have a run in with a Luciana Williams, Luciana Delores, Luciana D. Williams, Lucy Williams etc etc on Instagram or Hangouts...asking for itunes, professes to love you..etc etc

I have met Jane Marsh from Raleigh/Durham, NC. She found me on Plenty of Fish. She is pretty. A little too pretty to be real to me......She has professed that she cannot stop thinking about me.

Anyway, she said she had to go to Turkey for sculptures that her mother had already had paid to have made. Her mother passed away recently. She went and we communicated via Hangouts. She was gone for a week. She said she was detained at the airport by Customs for not having the taxes paid on that shipment. She said the contacted the US Embassy rep at the airport and was told that it was a business issue and that she should get help from home.

She has not asked for money. However, when I suggested that she contact her mother's accountant, she said that she had not completed the authorization process of her mothers account. She said that she is required to be in country to be able to do any transactions. She actually wanted me to confirm that the account was active.

All this just seems a little strange to me. She said that she has to pay $3200 in taxes before Turkish authorities will release her passport back to her and allow her to leave the country.

It is just very odd to me. Does she mistake me for dense and gullible??? Well, not this one!

I was contacted in October by the same Jane Marsh and yes, she sent pics and I also that she was very good looking and thought it was too good to be true. She gave me the same story about going to Turkey for sculptures. She supposedly just went two days ago so I've been waiting for the sob story that she needs money. Glad I saw your message her so I know I was right to know this was a scam.

Ha! She tried to get me caught up too, but I sensed it was a scam. I did enjoy our text messages, though, and her pics were hot too. It's easy to see how someone can get caught up in it. I wonder if the person who's photos she's using is even aware she's being used as part of this scam.

Hello Almostgotcaughtup, Quite often scammers use female porn star for their fake profile picture.

Hello, this type of scam is call a PACKAGE SCAM, there is no package, the victims pay for fee, taxes, and any other expenses that just happens to come up. Dont pay anything.

He friend requested me on facebook, as James Baker born in Finland and lives in Greenville S.C. talked for a few months and then won a bid in Syria...supposedly traveld there... kept calling me messg me...then asked if I could accept some family things that he had been expecting from Finland and hold them for him until he got back...a real line!!! ok I fell for it and he sent a bond that he had paid for this stuff and it was being held, when I contacted this Emprise company, they said it would cost another $4,500 for taxes as it had to come through customs to the US...I needed to wire money to the agent in California..."James" told me oh please can you do this and hold his familys treasures until he comes home he will have a lot of money after working over in Syria and will pay me back right away... foolish me I did as he still called me and mesg me everyday...for over a year... well I kept asking about the money and the stuff and he said the website had been there was a hold up...that since I was the one that wanted the stuff that I had to deal with them not him??? geezus...well I took his pictures and found the photography Sheila Carroll that did his pictures under his FACEBook I found his name to be Charles G. in Belmont NC??? well this made me think what the heck...all his phone numbers were different but the photos that James sent me was of C.G. but none were on his facebook page some graphic pictures where I recognized his I contacted C.G. he denies ever knowing me and blocked me from his FB and phone...where do I go from here, I have a ton of evidence but not sure how to go about it. what is the next step I still try mesging J.B. but he never answers me. I suspect it is because he is really C.G.

Anyone talked to someone by the name of Andrew Porter? He messaged me on Instagram. We started chatting, then moved to texting. He claims he lives in NYC, but his area code is a SC area code. He says he has a 9 year old daughter named Gwen and he's widowed, of course! He's supposedly in Japan now on business. Things seemed to be going well until today he asked me to get him an iTunes card. I told him I couldn't. Haven't heard from him.

I’ve been texting a man named Harry who is on an oil rig in Alaska. He only asked once for ITunes card and I said no. After a few more chats told me to forget about it. We only exchanged first names and I use a private phone number for texting.
We never exchanged personal info. I’m nervous that he may be a very scammer. He lives in NJ but has a daughter in Florida. There haven’t been too many red flags. He isn’t on any social media. And admitted his phone is an internet phone.
We literally haven’t exchanged any personal info.
He says he is coming home on 9 October. Am I waiting for the other shoe to drop? Says he loves me and sent photos. Help!

Sounds exactly like the guy, Harry, I am talking to. Did he send you lots of country songs via youtube? Did he say he spoke french, italian and Portuguese? Very handsome.

Meet a man Harry on POF. We have been chatting on WhatsApp for a month and the love word is in almost every text. He says he’s on an oil rig in theArctic and will be back on 9/10. Only asked for an iTunes card once. I said no and he never asked again. He’s American and no real red flags yet. He 70 and a widowed daughter is married.
His English and grammar are on the mark but I’m cautious. No last names or personal info has been exchanged nor asked. Could this be real? How can I tell. Don’t worry I have no intentions of sending any money not even a penny.

Met a guy on Instagram. Said he was from Australia, on an oil rig in Rhode Island. Was going to wire a large sum of money to me. I didn't want it, but he wore me down. Then before the money hit my account he suddenly needs some of it wired back. Can't provide any proof that money was transferred. Closed my account and re-opened a new one. Blocked him. He has about 20 IG accounts, that I keep blocking. Had me talking & texting on Google Hangouts. Blocked him there also. His name is Richard Miles in case anyone else is being scammed by this SOB.

met a girl online says she is from texas but stuck in Nigeria always broke name they go by is LAURA BENITA always wanting itune cards have sent some now wants me to send her plane fair from Africa here also asking for ssn so beware has got me for several I tune cards

I was chatting with a guy named ARTHUR HEARN. Originally contacted me via FB Messenger, then asked me to move to either Hangouts or Kik to chat. I did have Kik, and on there it says his name was MELAHN COLLINS. He claimed to be in the U.S. Army, stationed in South Carolina. Said his parents were killed in a plane accident, his wife died in childbirth, and he has an 8 year old son. Claims to be in Oman in the Middle East currently. In the beginning he asked me to send money from my PayPal account, when I refused to do that he asked for an iTunes card for his son’s birthday. At that point I cut off contact. Anyone else had contact with this jerk?

Have any of u been scammed by a man named Peter miller!

I was catfished few months ago. $7000 Is there any help out there ??

Met a,man on Zoosk name Steven Mifflin just asked me for a CVS voucher if I could help. I said no. Haven't heard back since also on a guy called to Moore with German accent Fake pictures.

I have a soldier in Afghanistan right now says he on a peace keeping mission name is James Walker or so he says he is wanting me to send him money to come home on but I know its a scam. Also a guy named Eakins Evan needs me to let him put money in my bank account so I can take it out and send it to a third person so he can get home he is on a oil rig. And another is Bryan Lawrence in Africa stayed in hospital 2 months because of a cut hand begging me for money to pay his bill with. And another one is Zack Grayton was going to send me 600,000 dollars that he found out on patrol hes in Syria he is asking for itune cards to update an app on his phone. Please if anyone has had any contact with these men please let me know. They are all trying to run scams.

Beware of.....
Chris Brandon
Johnson Long
Byron Tanner
Steve Smith Lopez

All scammers wanting money or cards. Use WhatsApp & hangout

Has anyone come across an Eric Busque a software engineer from Chicago, wife died in childbirth and has 3 kids? Also a Bernard Austin who lives in Miami with a 4 year old son whose wife died of cancer? Currently stating that he is in Estonia in talks for getting his dead wife's inheritance?

Does anybody chat with a guy named Thomas Frosch or widowed , with a 14 yr old son, working in Pakistan as a ship captain.. wife and only brother died of motorcycle accident,....he chatted with me in messenger and wanted me to move to hangouts...he is a thick faced scammer...

I am from singapore. I went to this website Tantan. I met a few scammers already. I didn’t lose a cent. I chatted with this guy, Korean, said he was brought up in USA. Anyway, he left as he couldn’t get anything from me. Then I again saw his face in Tantan and I purposely chat with him. He totally didn’t recognise it’s me. So I reckon those photos we saw and chatting with from these sites are being brought or syndicate. It’s not them.

Watch out for a guy named Marcel Giovanni. He is using someone else's photos. There are some Facebook profiles with other names using the same face. Marcel Giovanni Morgan and David Brown Morgan. He claimed to be a geologist, widowed with a young daughter. I feel sorry for the guy he stole the photos from.

Someone in Nigeria started instagramming me said he loved me- professed u dying
Love - asked continuously for money had a large sum in An account in USA that he could not use since he was out of the country.. working on Petroleum rigs. Supposedly got hurt needed surgery .... last time he asked for money I ended it saying when u back in the States contact me. Do not ha d the money...Have not heard from him since.. was really hurt...

Any one get asked for their verizon password?

I would go to Verizon and ask if they can tell if your phone has been hacked.
Supposedly there is some code or indicator on cell phones when someone has or has tried to hack into your phone.
Google" how can I detect if my cell phone has been hacked ?"
Good luck!

Met a woman supposed to be 38 years old lived in Killeen Texas Facebook went by the name Sara kiss then changed it to Ruth kiss .
Has some kind of connection to Nigeria can speak pidgin have no doubt she or he is Nigerian...asks for Amazon cards


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