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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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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!

Oh holy crap!
Am talking to this guy name david Powell and he has a picture of him and a little boy on Big Fish Games. And he says to work on a drillship in the Mediterranean Sea. He tells me how stressed he is for money and that he will pay back. But he never says how much he needs. I have not given him any money cause since I’ve been talking him (2months) he has been telling me all these foggy and complicated stories about his origins. I will not give him half a penny. He is so handsome tho. He is 54 with a full head of white hair and honey brown eyes. His kid on the picture resembles him but the kid has brown hair. They are both white. He claims to live in North Carolina. But is in turkey. OMG I have sent him already a ton it article from here. When he sees how similar to his these stories are... he will lay and egg. Lol

+1 (442) 243-3308 Daniel Giovanni. From KC area. In Dubai and job overbid. Needs $4000. Sone in Alabama at boarding school. Account “dormant”. When I told him I have a brother in FBI (lied) and he would need to be investigated he freaked. Met on POF and he moved our conversation to WhatsApp. In love with me within a week. Referred to me as his wife. Wife died during childbirth ....... blah blah. Now he is panicking thinking I really have The fbi in his business. Tell the scammer you will send the money once your “brother with the fbi” clears him/her. Blew up my phone he was so scared. Hahaha. Fabulous! Deleted the WhatsApp and who knows what he is thinking now. Jerk!!

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!

Sounds exactly the same as one I've been talking to. Sent me photos, bank details, son wants to call me mom, wanted $200 iTunes card. When I said that I couldn't afford it, it dropped to $100. Haven't sent a dime.

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?

I had some guy same type of thing from Instagram. Asked me to buy iTunes gift card and send the info on the back of it. Supposedly a MP from army some place in Africa. This guys name is Jake

Hi. His name is Richard, and he worked on the sea. Hes a Marine Engineer. He says that he was a widow. His wife died in a car accident. Had a daughter and her relatives was taking care of them. Hes 57nyrs old. Lives in the US, but works on a ship. Hes gone a lot from home. Befriended me and sent lots of pictures, very handsome guy. Said he loved me and wanted to possibly marry me in the future. Very charming. After about 2 months, he had a story about needing money through a 3rd party to get some delivery here to the state
Of course I then figured out that he is trying to scam me. I then told him that I was not giving any money, nor info to him about my personal affairs. He then got a little quiet and stop responding as much, and also stop telling me he loved me. Its funny when you say no, all of sudden they get distant and dont want to talk about much anymore. Well too bad. He should have made sure he brought an umbrella, because I'm not sorry that I rained on his party.. Wish I could ser some pictures of this suppose to be Richard.

I got pretty much the same story from a guy named Derek. Marine Engineer working on an oil rig in West Africa, wife died in a horrific car crash, has a son, wants to marry me some day, 63 years old, and quite handsome. He got very angry when I questioned him about it. Unfortunately, by this time, I had shared some very personal information without thinking. He said he needed an iTunes card to boost his cellphone signal when he was working on the oil rig. I 'm so glad that I checked this site.

Same song little different story. Dr wanting $2500 up front to treat a boy that was in accident. Can't help this child that is in critical condition. He is Mayor General in Damascus Syria

Has this General Stephen, Gen Townsend from Griffin, Gen (Stephen Griffin) ever call from a CA # 209-442-47?? He has a couple of Army pics with Griffin on the tag. White Male 60 & 70 yrs old.

I would like to see your picks. I have been searching for sites with pica of men scammers. It seems to be hard to find them.

I have been getting chatted up by a guy called Wilfred Joe, who claims to work on oil rigs and has a young son called Wilson. He asked if I would send him money for leave from the rigs. I have been looking here to check him out and note he has been using lots of different names like Daniel Markel, Roland Smith etc. Thankfully I did the photo search and found out he is a scammer. I have read what other people have said and note that in his profile under various names that he has used different locations as his home country and also different dates of birth. I'm glad I didn't send him any cash and kept refusing his request to send him money.

I met a doc Wilson on line working in Syria as medical doctor for us army but working for United Nations and is 57 and wants early retirement. Very romantic and good with words and sending music links and within 3 days of being on dating site he wanted to move to email and professed his love quickly and felt I was his soul mate. He
Uses Emails hangouts and Skype! wanted me to send £2800 for flights Dubai to uk business class as he reckons he has diplomatic passport & services would fly him to
Dubai from Syria. after 8 weeks of daily contact I said no and said he was a scammer.
He is still contacting me saying him loved me and I have made it clear I’m sending no money, His name is Kev but he likes to be addressed as Wilson..

Could his name be Kelvin Teddy

Kelvin John. ..... same story..,

I recently had a doctor from the UNITED NATION'S saying that he was looking for someone like me. He said that he had a daughter and was living in Maryland, and his daughter was in boarding school. He said he was in Syria,send there for a year. He told me that he had 3 months to go. He used the name of Adams Harold Anthony jr. He said he was American. He called me and as soon as I heard his voice I knew he was a scammer. I keep hearing a rooster in the background. His said that the military camp was close to Syria homes. He then told me that all he could do was think about me. He had only text me a few times. So I hung up on him? And blocked him. Now I have another one saying the same thing but this one is on a oil rig. Blocking that one too.

Oil rig ...whats his name ...i got a name and pic see if its the same one

Mine said he was on a oil rig he says his name is Michael Gomez he has a son named Kelvin that went to boarding school in CA his pictures are very hot looking. I fell in love just from his pictures and words that he spoke. Just after about 4 days he told me that we were going to live as man and wife. I even started to plain a wedding he was so coopertive with the plans it was so appealing to me. He had me but I only lost $1000.00 dollars that I had extra because my car was hit and that was the money from the insurenc copany i was to give the macanic for the work that was done to my car. He said he would pay me back but I will never see that money again and I ended up paying for the car with a credit card and I can barely pay my bills right now

Mine said he had a son named Kelvin also. The name he used is Alvin Robert. Said he works on an oil rig and needed money to pay for his connection so he could talk to me. I blocked him.

Mine also said he needed an iTunes card for a better connection. I blocked him, but made the mistake of unblocking. He was furious and keeps asking for the card which he isn't going to get. Made the mistake of sharing some very personal information. I feel like such a jerk!

Craig Welshpool
Son in boarding school/health issues/ needs surgery

we were planning our wedding too - but everytime hes coming home to me another crisis comes and I think hes African and will never leave country - he tells you want you want to hear - block him and send him no money and report him to the authorities - good luck hes not marrying anyone he thinks us American ladies are just his atm machine not happening

I have been texting with fella for 6 months.He says his name is chris adam works on oil rig in saudi arabia.I cant find any info on him.how can I check him out

Can I post some pics of persons pics being used? If so how??

Anyone asking for iTunes.. steampacket cards western union .Chase bank .Fed ex etc...are scammers . The photos you are sent are stolen . Do a reverse photo image google it and take a look . Most say they're Army .. oil rigs.. Captains ..all are either widowers with children .. they all profess love .. it's all lies

Thanks Carol!
I met a guy on eharmony dating site back in August. Every thing was ok, texting and chatting and soon he got comfortable asking me to buy a ITunes for his daughter, I was completely blown away, and questioned it, he soon became very irate with me, and used trust issues against me, started to put me down completely, and then just recently asked me again for 2 separate ITunes cards for $100.00 a piece! And just a couple of days ago , he had a business offer and was awarded a contract, to go to England , and out of the blue, started to ask for my bank information!
Account number, name and routing number so he can wire me money! Wow! Red flags every where on this guy, and I only known him for a couple of months, never met him, sent me pictures of himself, now I’m doubtful of that!

I think I am in a scam “relationship”. Here is a brief summary of my story. I have been talking to this guy who says he is in the Army and stationed in California. He asked me once for an iTunes card so he can download some music and games. I told him it was way to early to be asking me to buy him things( since it had only been about 3-4 days) he apologized for asking and said he just gets bored at the base. He said it’s okay no need to send it. Which I had no intention of doing anyway. It has now been a little over a week and he has already confessed his love for me and how he wants to spend the rest of his life with me. I think this is way to fast. But because I’m a hopeless romantic and he sent me pictures of “him” and the man in the pictures is gorgeous so I have continued to talk with him. But all kinds of red flags are starting to pop up now. His camera broke and can’t take pictures anymore when I asked for a specific picture but then continue to send some when I asked how he said he was using his friends phone. So my real question here is how do I do the search on the pictures he has been sending to me. The revise something you said... I really want to see if this is him or not.

What is a reverse image on google?Richard Poole deployed to Iraq. Wants his son Grey to be his mom. Wanted me to actually speak with his son, in Africa with caregivers. I said its too soon I wont lie to a child. Then 2 days later he askes if there is a Walmart near my work. He even said that a friend helped him out and texted me 2 itune checks for 100$ each..H e l p.

How do you do a reverse Google pictures search?

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