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Online love asking for money? It’s a scam.

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While plenty of successful relationships begin online, scammers also use online dating sites, apps, and chat rooms to trick you into sending them money. These imposters create fake profiles to build online relationships, and eventually convince people to send money in the name of love. Some even make wedding plans before disappearing with the money. It’s a big problem: reports to the FBI about online romance scams tripled between 2012 and 2016, and imposter scams were among the top reports to the Federal Trade Commission for both the general population and the military community.

These scams can take a military angle with imposters stealing servicemembers’ photos to create phony profiles. They might claim to be servicemembers who can’t get into their accounts overseas or who need money fast. The first sign of a scam is an online love interest who asks for money. But the Army’s Criminal Investigative Service (CIS) says that the military doesn’t charge servicemembers to go on leave, get married, communicate with their family, go online, or feed and house themselves on deployment. We have also heard of scammers re-using servicemembers’ photos again and again, so it can be helpful to do some online research on the love interest’s name, photos, and details to check the story out.

If an online love interest asks you for money:

  • Slow down and talk to someone you trust. These scammers want to rush you, often professing love right away; or pressuring you to move your conversation off the dating site.
  • Never wire money, put money on a gift card or cash reload card, or send cash to an online love interest. You won’t get it back.
  • If you sent money to a scammer, contact the company you used to send the money (wire transfer service, gift card company, or cash reload card company) and tell them it was a fraudulent transaction. Ask to have the transaction reversed if possible.
  • Report your experience to the dating site and to the FTC.

For Military Consumer Month, share this video to help military consumers steer clear of online romance scams.

 

 

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Can you please send me pic of him i believe i am talking to him now

My mom is being scammed. Has anyone heard of the name Ray Kosgas. He says he is over in cape town South Africa using the email greeceray @gmail. com she has sent him 23,000 and still doesn’t believe he is a scam. He says he lives in GA but stuck over there because of work and can’t get back. Please help if you have talk to this man

Has anyone been in contact with a person named Claud May? He claims he is in the marines. His IG name is Cruzz_188. He says they are in Africa on a mission. He is always requesting steam wallet gift cards to give to his colleague for using his internet while there.

This guy supposedly named Richard Medina or Richard Josiah Medina says he’s in the army and needs a steam gift card for his sons birthday. He’s way sexy boy I’ve caught him in multiple lies and his accent is not American by far. Anyone know anything please help because I am falling for him :-(

I think I know you’re talking about even send me a picture of the young child if you want to contact me we can swap pictures and see if we have the same guy.

Hello... Yes please let me know how i cam contact you He has just started to tall to me. N showed me pics of his son. Very handsome.. looks like the rook has tattoos n said he needed a Google play card. JOSIAH MEDINA. CORAL SPRINGS

Yes, he's a scammer. He is talking to me. Asked for 100 because he's in Germany and his bank card is locked. Said he'd send me money back on Monday. Gets upset when you tell him no.

My friend is talking to a guy named medina who is in the army, has a son, w a florida number... can anyone send me a pic of the guy u r talking about?

Is this him? Shot won’t let me send a pic. Pretty sure it is the same guy who was scamming me at the same time. Jordan Medina. Son Josiah. Tattoos. Medina on his forearm?

I think I may have pics of him and his son as well but he's under the name Joseph Medina

Did you find anything out about this guy? A similar guy is contacting me. He calls himself Jackson Medina and has a son by the name Josiah.

Looks like a scam let's talk

Josiah logan medina is asking me to get a steam card for his sons birthday. I also have a Joel Stephen asking about marriage.

Hello, it sounds like the same guy I have come across. I met him on Hinge and he immediately wanted to chat on Whatsapp and deleted his profile. After 5 days of chatting he asked if I could help him out with getting a steam gift card for his son. I told him no and then he tried asking me again and I sent him an image about a scam and he got upset.

Sounds like this guy i met named Josiah Medina on Hinge. Do you have a pic?

Medina Martinssen with a son named Josiah got me for $50 game card

Hi, I have a pic of him and his son. I’m thinking it’s the same person can we swap pics

I'm also talking to that guy...profile on tinder... named himself Martin. Son is 8.. tried calling on WhatsApp...didnt work... added me on hangouts: medinajosiah64@
When he started saying he is worried about his son... tried to get him an online game card...he got deducted a few times... I got suspicious about the "deducted "...an American world not say it like that... the number he gave me: +1(774)4219132... I found the pictures he had on tinder when I googled his sons name... definitely a big SCAM!!

Please send me a pic of this guy and his son

Hey,
The name I got was Medina Richard and has a son named Josiah. Can we swap pics to see if it’s the same guy?

Yup! He changed his name to Nelson Medina

Same guy tried me on Hinge. Went by Jos (short for Josiah I was told), his pictures showed last name Medina. He gasses you up with an hour of texting, goes cold for a couple of days, then warms you back up and asks for the playstation giftcard.

Can you send me a pic? I just met someone online with the name Josiah Medina on hinge.

Is he an Army combat medic? Yeah, he’s a scammer. He sweet talks to you and then makes you feel like you’re not trying to help a man in need who is serving his country. He asked me for 100 steam gift card and then said he was going to wire the money and I never got anything. I only told him to send it through Zelle. No bank info was given. But he made excuses so I started digging on the Internet.

I too became a of victim of Josiah Medina. We met on Hinge. He went by Jos. I started to talking to him on Kik. He asked for money because he had to submit papers for his travel back. I fell for the bait. He is smooth and persistent. Said he would paypal the money back, no response after that. It makes me sick to my stomach. I am a single mom and I just thought that maybe he was a good person. I googled him after he stopped talking to me after I sent the money. I came across this string of comments. I can't stop beating myself up for being so naive.

Yes he tried it on me? Wonder if it’s the same guy

This guy is going on online dating websites and trying to hook women straight away...hasn't asked me for money yet but my suspicions made me do intensive search into him and found this website! listen to your intuition ladies.

Josiah Medina contacted me on a dating app and right away I felt something was wrong. None of his stories add up. His English is off. And some of the military information he gives isn’t accurate because I have family in the military. I entertained him all day hoping to keep him from contacting some other unsuspecting person and giving me time to hopefully get help from law enforcement or someone who can stop him. I’ve been screenshooting everything he sends.

Omg does he talk to you ladies on hangouts??? Or text you from a Florida number.

He text using a Florida number

Look him up on IG under Josiah Medina. He has several accounts. He was on FB under Josiah Medina.

I've been talking to him for months finally got fed up with the lies I Called him a scammer and he blocked me

Look at the back ground in pics he sends same back ground with black curtain

Is this Medina person black based on online profile? I was talking to a Collin Medina also known as Richard Medina Collin. I think he is working with a team. They use his pics but different person on the phone and most likely different person texting me.

OMG! I've been chatting with this guy. He goes by Medina Martinseen. After just 5 days of chatting with him he asked me to help him out by buying a steam gift card because he is so busy at work. I tell him I am uncomfortable and he is all hurt because he needs to make sure that the person he is with has his son's best interest and carry his burden. He tries again and I lay into him and then send him info about the steam card being a scam. He tells he is insulted that I would consider he is a scammer, he can't believe what kind of mother I am and to never contact him again. I am so glad I found this site.

Yes, just came across this man he is going to down at work....same issue...except he said his name was Martinssen Medina. mentioned something yesterday about a steam gift card and not getting the card, but didn't ask for money. i was doing my own investigation and started feeling like him something was off...sent him this link and told him his name was in this article

What email and phone number is he using? I am talking to someone by the name Josiah Medina although his hangout says Jordan Medina.

+1 301-539-2985 Josiah Medina on Hangouts or Martin Medina...... Full scam ... Uses a video like he's video chatting you an it goes in and out.... the only reason you can figure out that is a video is because when it comes back in he still saying the same as at word he was as when it was going out.... Started talking about bitcoins last night what's raised my suspicions... I met him on BLK beware ladies

Yep that is him!

I’m chatting with Jordan Medina right damn now. I showed my mom his pic. And she said where’s his rank? That raised a red flag so I started googling. If he was a smart scammer he wouldn’t give his whole name to folks. Met him on BLK app

Can u send me pic of him I think I’m talking to the same guy

Damn... I think I'm talking to the same guy. He said his name is Medina Martinssen and his sons name is Josiah and is supposed to be stationed in Germany.

Do u have pics of this Josiah medina.i do he's also on whatup app.lets compare

Medina contacted me on Instagram Jordan Medina and his son Josh is mexiczn

Mark Andrian Anthony? From Italy...Has anyone heard of him?

I think my mom has been contacted by the same guy. Goes by Luke Anthony or Luke Antonio. Said he was from italy,!but has Nigerian accent.

My Mom has fallen in love with some military guy that reached out to her on facebook. He goes by the name of Michael Rodriguez, he is overseas now but lives in Houston Texas. I just found his picture on an scammers website. Someone is using the real Michael pictures to try and scam middle age and unsecured women like my Mom. She does not listen and believes everything that he tells her. So far she had not send him any money. Good luck to all!

Yes! My mom is in a simular situation. Same name but working in Turkey. Is there any way to contact you to discuss?

Dave Ramsey and friends got my mother for about $200,000. She still doesn’t believe it’s a scam. Now so deep in debt, she’s likely to become homeless. Same scenarios I’ve seen here, started on Facebook and went to hangouts.

how do i report a scammer asking for more and more money my mom think he love her and is yelling at her for money

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