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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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Did he say he had a 6 year old daughter and his wife died of cancer because I’m experiencing the same thing with a guy who says he’s American, lives in Australia and works for a crude oil company.

This sounds very familiar and I have been chatting with someone similar but says he works for United Nations

I was scammed by a heartless guy going by the name George fenandez rodriguez i wish i had knew of this site sooner to save me from heartache. He claims to be Puerto Rican stays in Australia but is from the US. He scammed me £500 he was very convincing and good looking and i fell for his lies. Claims to be widowed(lost wife to cancer) and has a 6 year old daughter that lives with the mum in the US

Do you have a picture of this guy? Mine claims to have a now 7 year old daughter but stationed in Syria. Her birthday was September 11th.

This sounds very similar to my experience. It was a crude oil shipment and of course he was on a ship. Trying to make me feel guilty because I wouldn't send the money. There appears to be a legitimate shipping company involved also. They have a website but the correspondence isn't quite right. There are at least 4 people from the site sending correspondence.

My experience was with a guy who claimed to be on an oil ship and wanted to ship me his valuables as he was immediate danger. The shipping company website looked legit but on searching their address it was not there. Also, they wanted me to wire the money or mail it to a strange address that was like a post office box.

please tell me his name. looks like I am dealing with him right now

I meet a guy 4 months ago claims to be in crude oil business needs fees pay to be able to get off the ship. Do you know if that is true or not. I don't want to send money if I'll never get it back his company is asking me to send 8, 864. 94 if not pay soon he will not be able to leave if anyone could tell me rather this is a scam or not

It is a scam. Don’t believe anything and don’t send anything.

It's a scam his name to me Robert Anderson

Wonder if that’s the same one as I had but his name was philip Anderson stick on a rig wanted a 1000 pound couldn’t access his money

Yes. Hun that is a scam. I was engaged to a guy that was a safty engineer on a oil rig for Shell. The company ALWAYS transports them to and from rig.

Having the same issue right now. Nothing adds up. Been in the US for 25 years from Australia but has a Brazilian or Spanish accent.

what did he look like

Funny you should ask. That was another reason I was suspicious. The pictures he sent without my asking, were of a really good-looking "older male-model" type---too good to be true!

I was scammed for a lot of money similar stories. Guys in turkey. Name justin Allen Martinez. Met on pof

so this guy called Justin Allen Martinez do you have photo of him what is his story? I met a man with the name of Justin Robinson on POF and I've been talking to him for two years and i just want to know if he is who he says he is. Everyone keeps tell me he is not real so i found this page and was reading it when i seen the name Justin from POF please help me. Do you have his email add?

I met the same guy, He scammed me for a lot of money too. Stuck in Turkey needs money to get home. Also met on pof 1/ 2017.

Similar stories with Mathew Walter, Mike Wood and Frank Milne. All from a dating site. All had lots of photos, handsome men, texted in a foreign kind of accent. Wanted iTunes cards. I had a son that was in a hospital and needed money to help cover the surgery he needed. One needed to pay his overseas hotel Hill so he could get back to the US. All crap. And when I called them out, they wanted to argue with me. Never talked in the oh nevermind it met in person. All via dating sites or texts.

Sounds like my story only mine had a son...

Sounds just like my guy. What was his name and where was he from?

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.

Jerry Wood Says he’s a gorgeous white guy but sounds Caribbean. Logged onto my banking from Nigeria. Claims to have a daughter named Ann Whose mother died of breast cancer.

Micheal Welch. Lost a daughter and later his wife in childbirth. Is currently in the gulf of Mexico. There was an accident on the oil rig. Can't get to his money to get the expensive parts he needs because he's offshore. Needs money to rent the piece of equipment to finish drilling the oil. Would fly to me as soon as done.

I have a similar guy who has a daughter and is widow who's wife died of cancer. He's an engineer on contract on off shore rig in UK. He's asking for money to pay for delivery of money he sent me. Its ridiculous. His name is albert Walker. Has a Texas number from Bew York and Germany. Also uses a 518 #. Let me know if you have more info

My person had a similar story, wife died of cancer, one daughter in marines. Civil engineer, tall 6.2 silver hair really handsome. Italian American, He’s asking for $25k had to make an emergency wk trip to a Turkey And owes the gov. Taxes, going by the Name Frank Mauro,

What did he sound like? What did photos look like? My guy sounds Norwegian a bit, says " oh la la" When he likes something. Has a very nice voice, has a ta pool e of birds chirping a n.v d likes country music. Says he has spent time in France and traveling the world. States owns oil drilling business. Has not asked me for money (Yet) but I am guessing will after reading these posts. So Sad and hard to swallow that this happens! Thank you for sharing.

I am talking to a guy named Jason Davis. He’s Norwegian. Loves country music. Has a 14 year old daughter who stays with his cousin while he’s working. Lives in North Carolina. His wife died from Cancer. I have foolishly sent over $3000. Claims an explosion happened and he hurt his head. Dr. Has been emailing me asking when I am sending the remainder of the money. I have Cancer. Am currently undergoing Chemo. I have fallen for him. He says he’s coming to see me. Says he wants to treat me like a Queen. I don’t know...

I met my guy Gabriel Morgan on WWF2 and then talking on Hangouts. Was in love after a couple of days. Wants money to fix a machine that’s down and not able to drill. I can’t afford it. So I didn’t send. He keeps saying he is not a scammer.

I'm talking to a Micheal Welch sounds like the same guy you were talking to. He hasn't asked for money yet.

That sounds like what happened to me I was on a dating site and a female sent me a message we got to talking after about an hour she told me to delete my account then we started talking and after 4 or 5 days she told me she loved me. She told me she lived in Atlanta Georgia she wanted me to send her a $100 so me being a sweet person I did when I saw that the duction in my bank it said it went to San Jose California so I called the pay pal I was able to get my 100 back then she told me she was going to be a nurse and part of her certification was she had to go to Columbia for 3 weeks we are still texting back-and-forth then she asked me to send 200 to Ghana West Africa I did and they rejected it but they took the money out of my account so now I have the way 3 to 5 days to get my money back if any of you come across this scammer she is going by the name of Sandra ham

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?

Richard?? What is your Richard’s last name? The one that has been scamming my widowed MIL also goes by this name!!!

Was it Richard Maxwell??

Yes his name was Richard. And this guy said that he was a widow, and had a child and that he worked on a ship as an Engineer. He said he lived in the US, but worked on the ship a lot. We had a good and I mean sweet online relationship until he managed to ask me for money through a 3rd party. Once he did that, as the Bible says, with Adam and Eve, my eyes were opened to what he was trying to do to me. I was so disappointed with him, and still am to this day. I also said to myself, hes just an ignorant fool, because I could have been a good person for him, little did his greedy, dishonest self know this. But soon he will get caught and as the old saying goes, what goes around comes around. Just glad I didn't depart with any monies. And hes also very charming and very handsome, if it was him in the pictures. Beware ladies..

Richard Maxwell??

Richard Larson works oil rig in either gulf of Alaska or north seas.

I've been chatting with some by the name of Richard also, who is a supervisor on a oil rig station near Dallas Tx., never gave him anything and will not give him a penny. What is the last of the Richard you have engaged conversation with..

I am also talking to a Richard. Different location. Do you have any photos?

I do, send me your email and I will send his picture to you.

OMG! I have been texting with a guy named Richard. We spoke on the phone once. His texts indicate an accent. His voice has a heavy accent. He told me he lives in Rhode Island, is a widow, and has an 18 year old daughter who goes to Providence College. She has also texted me. He has sent pictures of them together & she has sent me pictures as well. He is handsome and she looks like him. Recently he asked if I would buy a $250 Visa card for her. He cant because he is currently in Dubai. He says he is a personal
investor in oil. Very early, he started to express some very strong feelings for me & would hope to get married. Please help! I met him on pof.

Hunny he is talking the same to me and I have pictures and he marrying me to, lol he's a scammer look up Paul hollywood. British baker pictures and more he uses them! He scammed me for 27,000.00 he's threatening me now

This is happening to me, he says he's an underwater welder and they are short on supplies want me to send money to an "agent" to help.

Do you have photos or can I send a photo

I too have been chatting with a Morgan Richard... sounds eerily similar to your story.... I have pics to confirm if it's the same guy...
Ps. I think he's just about to ask me to purchase his flight tix to go see his boys for Christmas who are boarding in Sweden.... apparently you cannot purchase online if your on n offshore oil rig...

Richard rihlan aoil rig contractor been stuck on the rig for2 yrs..contract 1 million dollars..from dallas tx..dad was killed..mom died on cancer..has 2 boys matthew maybe 12 greg 25 living with nanny..has house..boats..cars.truck..got a loan from the bnk for contract..63 yrs old handsome..wants gift cards..first it was 10k to pay helicopter pilot and a guy to take his contract..now 5k to get a helicopter bck to tx..has check in hand but no $..going to.mke me his wife! Dont think so..heavy accent to..phone broke cant take pictures..cant take pictures on the rig..fire hazard every excuse

I m dealing with a Richard also.

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