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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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Scam Tags:  Romance Scams

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Don’t be fooled with a pretty face and all lies . Fletcher Bryan with a son and a nanny . Lives in Alabama but stationed in army for 6 months 45 years old orthopedic surgeon who loves me in the second week . Wanted stuff for his son birthday cause his money was not available till he return to states to activate pin code. Called me Daily three times a day and sent poems with flower capture . Said no face time or Vidio calls cause was not allowed . Ask for iTunes or wallet cash cards . Very aggressive when I said no. Called his son my son. Son Anderson went into a coma and he needed 17k for surgery bill. Two months waisted . Nanny even called to talk a s send photos . Voice did not go with picture. Said he was originally from Brazil and college was spent in Alaska. Voice had a heavy accent . Worse part was the night time prayers spoke of god and would pray all the time . I’m so glad I found this info . No money sent .

been texting for a couple months with a handsome guy from Facebook Dating "Michael James" lives in DC, from Germany, working in Scotland as a telecommunications engineer. Fell in love with me right away, said all the right things and I fell for him too. Couldn't wait to get back home and be with me. Gave me his number but we have not spoken. Today, asks me for $100 on a Steam gift card cause he's "out of data." I am heartbroken. I know i have been scammed. I really liked this guy, so sad.

Richard Marini. Ladies beware of him. Same pitiful story. Engineer working on oil rig.!Fire. Needs money to fix it. He doesn’t exist on any search sites. Do not give him your money!

Has anyone had a runin with a woman named Cathie Colen?

Stay away from Steve Rupert he claimed is the owner of telecommunications website: sr-telecom.net. Australian- American he claimed. His phone # 617 -706-4472 and it’s weird because if I called he won’t answer. And he claimed he moved from Boston, MA to Minneapolis and went to Alaska for a project and told me his bank was frozen and sent me a picture of his bank and after a month of chatting he asked me to send money for his parents caregiver for $2000 to sent it to Bitcoin ATM and I refused to send and he went crazy. Watch out ladies his a scammer!

Has anyone spoken with a person going by the name of Wilfred Greg. He's supposedly working in a shipping job in Turkey. Been professing his love for me, telling me he is a widow. Want to get married after he returns to the states. Then....he asked for $4000 to help get some equipment he need to finish his contract. NOT! Sent pictures. Spoken on google hangouts a couple times. I have pics and a number connected to it. Will share if someone tells me how to do it.

Is anyone else texting only with a guy named Daniel Bucky stuck on oil rig though claims to be Millionaire??

Well the Request finally came after 3 months of texting he needs $5,000 to get the equipment fixed so he can come home to me!! BEWARE of Daniel Bucky whose on Hangout,,, a real CHARMER!!

Ive been talking to a man named james stone he says he is the engineering contractor for aaron oil and gas it started out as a friendship fir about 5 months them it turned romantic he said he had to go on a buisness trip to canada to the oil rig and had to fix it. Then he text me saying he needed an apple card for tutorials to fix a machine then he kept asking for more yesturday james asked me for $8300 in bitcoins. For which i dint have he has 4 Facebook pages and one on linkedin. He has a daughter named sherry and a son named junior james is a very handsome man so its easy to fall for him he always said he had money and forgot the apple cards at home. Wanted to marry me Now he is threatening to go to another woman for the money he has called me rude names told me i was stupid because i posted his fraud on facebook all because i told him no i cant give him anymore money.

What out for Johnnell(Jay) Williams sr from Vallejo Ca. He is a scammer who meets women on line (match.com) and scams them out of money

Had a guy from Toulouse France asked for money to get his shipment out of customs has a coffee import export company

Anyone have an encounter with a guy named Jean Claude Giesseppe from Toulouse France

Talked to a Peter Nelson from Romania since Dec every single day. Feel as if we’ve known each other all our lives. He took job in Saudi he says and needs money for material shipment expenses. Seems so sincere. I’m in love and want to start over. Has anyone spoke to him???

Hi, I have not spoken to your guy. But just wanted to caution you....be careful, I thought I was in love but turn out my guy was a scamner..they start with the same MO, that is, call you everyday, say they love you, text you, send you songs etc. Then they accept a job far away (mine said TURKEY), the equipment broke after few months chatting, asked for money . If you love them you'll help them. I was in denial has I wanted our relationship to be true. When I refused to give money, he asked twice. He ended it. I was hurt but you know something I wish it ended sooner as after that saw the same guy on different sites, different names profiles, locations. All I thought was thank GOD I didn't send money. These guys know what they're doing. I read up alot after the scam. Learned and can pretty much spot them and their MO. ask him a few questions, test the waters. I know you don't want to beleive. You may hear he's stuck there, wants to came home to you. I did a reverse search with pic unbelievable how many profiles. Plz be careful!!! Does Peter Nelson sound Romanian to you?

Theodore Harry contacted me on Scrabble Go. Said he was widow, wife died of drug abuse 5 years ago and has a 7 year old daughter. Aged 57. Engineer working for Shell. Lived in Australia but spent many years in US. Usual sweet talk. Had video chat which didn't last very long. The chat was with him and daughter. I detected an accent like South African. Then had a job on oil rig in India. After 5 days asked for money as he wouldn't be able to continue communicating without it. I didn't give him any money. Did some digging and reverse photo and discovered he is a prolific scammer using many alias names and fake Facebook accounts. He also uses the names Daniel Bulton Tony Gilbert, Martin Lemanna, Chris Morgan, Bernard Smith, Mark Williams, Russell Thomas James Cameron, Allen Byron, Bjornar Jerry, Moore Victor and Thomas Rawson. He has grey hair, blue eyes and good looking. Please don't get involved. He has been doing this since 2014.

I meet a guy 5 mos ago . Went by David Moritz . Was going find when he said he was awarded a contract but because of COVID couldn’t get equipment He was a structural
Enugu wee from Germany but working in UK . Because of banking laws couldn’t get equipment would I
Buy it and he was coming in a week and give me check. I believed I wired 45.000 to bank in USA . He told
Me was sorry but lost money n he was gone.

Been contacted by a guy named Peter Kufus, living in Chicago but suddenly on a rig in the Gulf of Mexico because I asked to video chat. Sent pictures but not convinced it's him. Spoke on the phone and has an accent which he says is Czech as his mum is from there but his dad was American... started asking for gift cards to pay for phone bill and Internet.. not sent any. Anyone else had similar contact with him?

Alex Peterson claims his daughter died at the age of 4 with leukemia and he split from his partner as she was sleeping with his best mate.
On a rig in the North Sea.
Claims his bank account frozen and needs to have his life savings delivered to me but needs me to transfer £250 for the delivery!!!

Meet a girl on a dating site being text her for a week on hangouts the other day she did ask me for money but has no charge her mind and said she will sort it her should but still won't to be with me can someone please tell me what i shall do

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