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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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Anyone have dealings with a 'Rick' Roberto Martinez? I have been chatting with him for about 3 weeks and he has just now started asking for money. Funeral costs for his mom who has died in Italy. Just curious if he has run this scam before.

Josiah (jos) medina is still on hinge. Luckily I googled and found this. But same m.o. combat medic. Has a son. Away at training. Gave me his kik smileypop44
I sent an alert to hinge. His Facebook is odd. Has a picture of him and his son but then the others pics are of a young boy that I believe maybe from Nigeria based on the comments of the pictures.

Check on woodhilton1978 instagram.
He's portraying USAF, deployed in Lebanon. Asking me to send him 100 dollars on a Sephora gift card.

Yep...met him on Tinder. Posed as Martinssen Coop Medina and asked to use Hangout app almost immediately. Deleted his Tinder account. Claims to have a son named Josiah that lives in Florida with his "nanny". Laid it on thick. Video chat attempts approx 3 times, but no sound. Said the connection was bad. Sound worked once..short called, but couldn't see his face. Asked me for a steam card for his son who was upset. Told him to take a hike immediately. Then goggled the name to see these comments. Glad I shut it down.

This is the same story Chris Apusen used on me, said he was stationed in Darwin RAAF base with his daughter living in Sydney with a nanny. Video called me but no sound which cut out and called again which made me question him, as it was the same video, exact same movements, where his eyes were looking as the previous one.

I google imaged searched and found the pictures he sent me were on #soulapp

Said he read my profile on line .Never had one .Wife died car crash .Daughter in boarding school Been on the rig 29 months no break .Requested i tunes steam cards money to get off rig unable to phone as security risk not allowed too .Played him at his own game called hom fake Git abusive said i was stingy and put him in danger as needed money for equipment Blocked him .contact johnhl avin608 Instragram pictures Fake and photoshopped luckey escape a

my mum talking with some man just 1 month from USA but he working at Afghanistan and he said that he has a son whose name is Samson Willson and he said that he want to get family and I was a shock. Today he ask my mum can she sent photo of her ID and she sent what we must do I said to mum that she does mistake. I'm really scary please can u tell us what we must do

It is best to stop talking to this person. Don't answer email or texts from him. It's OK to block him. Read about what to do to protect your ID.


I am going through the same thing right now. I met him on Pof he said that he is from Brazil and He has a 12 year old Son and he says that he works for the CIA and he said that he lives right here in Pittsburgh in Shadyside I spoke to him Briefly on the phone, He has an accent! The guy in the pictures is cute, I don’t think it’s him! And he sent me a ring too! Lol I been talking to him since August 3rd and he says that he is coming home before thanksgiving promise to get me all kinds of stuff and to travel. I told him. I don’t trust him, Now with everything I done read, I really don’t trust Him really wish I can talk to the man in the pictures he done sent me so I can. Let him know what is going on.

This guy Brock Wyatt was matched with me by Hinge and he scammed me for $100 itunes cards. only chatted on whatsapp using this number +1 (415) 930-6947. no phone call, meeting etc. Good profile pic of whoever he stole from - I wish I could tell the actual soldier that he was handsome. I have pictures of him. lemme know if anyone wants to validate if it was the same guy. Anyways, this guy said he lived in cobble hill, Brooklyn. He claimed to be a soldier working for US army stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He said was 'E28 captain of the alpha squad of the 3rd batallion regional army'. did two tours of iraq, 1 of afghan and 1 of chad two months ago. Said he was on IRR leave to visit his son. His mother, father, wife were all dead and his 8 yr old son 'Kyle' was being raised alone by a nanny. said he had several dogs and cats. His dog 'Jack' would go with him on tours. said he caught his wife cheating on him several times. said she died an year after divorce after marrying another man and was sick. he was married for 10 years. he was raised by his father. Met him on Sunday night, scammed me on Wednesday. 2 hours into chatting on Hinge, he claims to have met 'the' woman and after another hour, he switches to whatsapp. Kept saying I love you and all sorts of flattering stuff. asked me if I was seeing other men. On Monday morning says, he has summoned urgently to report to duty. told me he was deployed to train the next batch in rural north carolina. several red flags on his against what he was claiming. But he said his 'disabled' friend set up his account to see him with a woman. And yesterday he scammed me into buying two $50 gift cards for his son and himself. I of course denied at first and asked to ask someone else, he said he already tried. I said I needed to talk to him before helping him. he said its against protocol at the military. Later asked him to send a selfie of him - he said, he was with his soldiers and commander and he dare not take a selfie but will send a selfie first thing in the morning after 'patrol'. something made me believe him even in the middle of immense doubt and my mistake was to buy his itunes cards before doing research on google which is invariably do!!!

Please help track him down. we need to get our money back.
Also lot of my personal information is with him. I am worried it might be misused.

I am going through the same thing right now. I met him on Pof he said that he is from Brazil and He has a 12 year old Son and he says that he works for the CIA and he said that he lives right here in Pittsburgh in Shadyside I spoke to him Briefly on the phone, He has an accent! The guy in the pictures is cute, I don’t think it’s him! And he sent me a ring too! Lol I been talking to him since August 3rd and he says that he is coming home before thanksgiving promise to get me all kinds of stuff and to travel. I told him. I don’t trust him, Now with everything I done read, I really don’t trust Him really wish I can talk to the man in the pictures he done sent me so I can. Let him know what is going on.

Martisseen Medina single dad with an 8 year old boy similar scam asked
For name and phone number after a short exchange...Thank God for google and people who report

I have someone on hangout asking to buy him cell phones and he want to ship them over seas ..keithsweat 786 in return in 14 days I will get my money back ...

Be on the lookout for a Jeff Edward. He tried to scam me recently. Very quickly fell in love with me he said takes marriage etc. Says he has a 12 yr old son named Jake and he claims he is widowed wife died in childbirth. He has a bid in on a contract in South Africa many details about this. He finally wins the bit but now he needs 50k to do it. We talked for about 15 days. There were a few red flags but I tried to ride it out and see for sure. Once he asked me for money and wouldn't take no for an answer I knew he was a con. His email is Jeff.edward4me or Hangouts jeff2. edward 4me ,also on his PayPal his id of FreedLLC. And another email steven.nicholas14 His number is Austin TX 512 exchange. I deleted everything he sent me and blocked him all over. He did not get any money from me but he is good at romanving and the pics he sent were very believable. I met him on Farmers Dating Site. We started texting and Hangouts right away. He made threats to me when he saw I had his number lol. Leave this guy alone he's a heartbreak waiting to happen ladies. Oh one more thing he actually has a website pierce construction ltd

Does someone talk to a man introduced himself like Bravo Bryan, 46 years old, widower (his wife passed away 3 years ago from cancer) and he has 4 years daughter. He said he work in Geotek Engineering Nashville, TN. He is from Nashville, TN. He Asked me first to buy for her daughter Google play card for 150-250$. I've refused. Now because if his job asked me to find a way to help him out and pay his annual taxes which is about 5843$. But the bank accepts payment of 3000$ just to release his standing money in the bank which are for to buy the last purchase. However I didn't made any payments after when I've seen all this post for different type of same scams.
I lied to him and said I already made the payment and he was happy.

Some one using Dan jones money love scam

Any one hear of Alex Sigmon? Forifa daughter 9 named Mitchel. Special missions in Syria. Loves me unconditionally. Wants iTunes cards. Has 4 different phone numbers. Sent me a picture of his release of duty in Syria on the ,15th. Loves my kids. He's just a phony puke! Wants to live together when he's home. He's so phony. But he broke my heart,!!!!

Has anyone ever talked to a Dempsey Silva...from Utah ....miltary with a 12 yr old daughter....i have pics of him...a flight schedule and all....he is asking for money for a card activation ....plz let me know...

Yes, that same person contacted me, asking me $ 2,500 to pay a fee for his deployment from the military base. This happened May 2020.

Yes, I know a friend of mine who is involve in this situation with someone name Dempsey Silva, from Utah, she is constantly looking for money to send to this person, specially to buy bitcoins or give cards. because he needs to pay some gate fees at the military base in order to get out. He give her a ring at the military base in Massachusetts but they never can talk due to some restrictions at the military base, she is been sending him give cards and buying bit coins since may 2020. I can't find the way to tell her this is an scammer. what did you do?

Be ware of Micheal Author. Reached out to me via LinkedIn. Same MO. Widowed, has a daughter in boarding school. Working on an oil rig in Turkey. Started asking for Amazon gift cards. Has a gmail under james Parker too.

Has anyone came in contact with a Selpulveda Ben Ryg, claims to be in army based in Kubal Afganistan. Been talking to him for 4 months he is asking help for a emergency leave. Has a daughter 10 nanny takes care of. Wife was a drug addict in a wreck and was killed.

This has been happening to me for about 4 weeks now His name is George W. Robertson, his pictures are military except one. I think he stole this man's identity. On Facebook, friend request, make a long story short same thing fast moving wants to come to my home live w me, tells everything any woman would love to hear after 2 weeks asked for 650 to get home he says he's stuck in Turkey. He got 0 from me told him absolutely no, but will not stop trying. That's what I couldn't figure out. No money, you would think he would give up. Nope
Why does he not go elsewhere. He lives nowhere near me. I would like to send the pics and profile to the military or somewhere to let the real person know. Anyone have any ideas

I am currently being scammed by someone on instagram named allen_peters01. He was quite the charmer until he asked me to send him $1000 ebay gift cards to update his devices since he works doing offshore surveillance in Florida. I have several pics and actually I would like to find the real person in those pics, because i am pretty much in love with him now. lol. I did not buy any money and then he got nasty pretty quickly. I asked him for proof of who he is and he always avoided questions. Ugh. I have pictures if anyone else has been scammed by him. He also said his wife died.

Has anyone been scammed by a Natasha West, claiming she is a Dutch American orphan with a fortune that she wants to make you the sole beneficiary of and asked you to go to Dubai to claim it? Her “lawyer” is William pate, speaks with a Nigerian accent and they both use google hangouts. Also Jamie Scott from Ohio? And a Laurel Michelle? All google hangouts and all asked for gift cards.

I’m pretty sure I’m being scammed by a man who is 62. Met him on Match. Has an 18 year old daughter who works the scams with him. His mom is English and father is from Spain. He’s from Lakeland Florida. He has a solar panel company there (couldn’t find the name of it). Currently he says he’s in Dubai with his daughter and she broke her leg and the hospital won’t discharge her til he pays her bill. He says the bank put a hold on his credit card due to the different places he’s charged things. So, I called his bluff. Now he wants my Verizon account info so he can buy phones and sell them but charge it to my account. He’s pretty stupid!

Sounds like Charles Luke

Just want to follow up on comments that I posted on 10 September. I've been reading all comments everyday to see if mine was posted but yet I didn't see it. Please let me know. Thank you

Can someone sent me a picture cause I'm on whatup app with a Josiah Medina and he is really cute has tattoos and a 10 year old son.he sent me his army id and other pictures.

I may have what your looking for how do I contact you

Please contact me I'm talking with Jordan Josiah medina I have pics of his military id son Jerry wife died in car accident

I just met Martinssen Medina on Hinge today 11/5/19.
Within a few minutes of chatting he wanted to move our conversation to Google Chat.
I was busy with work but as soon as I finished I Googled him and found this site.
I'm glad everyone is getting the word out.
I called him out on his b.s. and glad I didn't waste longer than a few hours on him.
*Ladies, safety first! There is an entire internet at your fingertips ...check these guys out and never send anyone money.


Know this guy online by east meet east dating app. His name is mason zhang. He just got an engineering project in alaska and his valuable thing just got stolen. Ask me to pay $ 3800 to pay to the agent so he and his crew can get some food. Is this a fraud? Anybody know this guy?

Says he is from Minneapolis and has own business. Told me he loved me within one week. Wanted to come meet but had a sudden business trip to London. He then contacts me regarding a business deal that he didn’t have enough cash for. Needed around 12,000. Continues to ask me. I asked for proof of which he had none. Asked for his passport that looks legit but when comparing to mine it isn’t the same. Did second check against my husbands passport as well and also still doesn’t match up. He is quite handsome but has the same M.O. as the others, wants to text or talk on phone. Tells me he loves me, life together, then hits me up for money. He will not see a penny from me. He even sent me his flight itinerary which looks quite legit. Be careful everyone. If it’s too good to be true it probably is!!

Anybody know mason zhang?Met him in east meet east app. He is from california, leave in rancho dominiquez. Claimed to be an engineering to build tunnel or train. He is in alaska now for a 3 weeks project with his crew.Just got robbed and do not have money to buy food and water. Stuck in alaska, need money to buy food and drinks. Anybody knows him? Is he a scammers?

Has anyone meet a man in the army that's located in Iraq says his name is oh wait this is how he spells his Name -(Mattias Johnsen) he is a SGG
Security Gunner and said his Birthday was November 5th and wanted a ITunes or steam card and now asking for my full name and also my mother's info.
As soon as he asked me for something I new he was not real, so what do you think?


I’m talking to a supposed marine named Jeffrey Bristol Marcos. He’s on a peace keeping mission in Libya. Met on POF. Says he’s from NJ. Yesterday was asking about my salary. Asked for a steam gift card today to buy a sandwich. Very attractive pictures. Anything here sound familiar?

It all sounds to familiar! There all the same. When you call them on it then your the bad guy. All of them are the same. They all use someone else's profile pictures and what ever they can get there hands on. There all scammers just different place they say anyway.

I met a Jeffrey Bristol Marcos on Mutual, he also asked me for a steam card (to play video games). He's using the pictures of a Marine.

Martin Med is the latest name he’s using. Talking about Bitcoin and let’s text on our cell #s. It’s the same # 3015392985 Maryland. Total Scammer. Nigerian

Anyone had communications with a Brian Walker ?

Anyone on here heard of an army nurse in south africa with the world health organization? goes by the name Seth B. Cooper.
Met him on pof then he asked to talk on whatsapp. he was talking normal then one day he said he neeeded 200 bucks for him and i to keep communicating becaused his commander threatned to remove the wifi. then he said he has no money to buy meds. and now he said he needs money over there and asking me for my full name and mailing address so he can have the army mail me a check of his. i asked how i would then get it to him he said i send it through money order? does that sound fishy? oh and he keeps calling me sweetie alot

I met this man on uniform dating. He claims to be in the military.. the army! And, stationed over in Cameroon Africa.! He needs money for food every week!? Am I being scammed!? His name is John Brown..

I recently received some emails from a girl in Russia. We talked for about 2 months before she started asking for money she says it will be $510 usd to get here from Russia. She professed her love for me after about a month of contact. I’m not sure what to do but I have told her that if she wants to see me I will come to her and I will not send her any money because I think it’s only fair that if she actually loves me she will not ask me for $$$$. She had at first said that she had savings and she would be able to afford her flight to the u.s. and all the paperwork involved but then all of a sudden her grandmother died and it took all of her money to bury her so now she’s saying she only has $200 left but why would she be talking in u.s. dollars anyway she should be talking in rubbles right??? So I’m not sure if I’m doing the right thing and she is very beautiful or at least I think she is. If anyone could help me out on this I would be very great full.

Hi. I wanted some advice. I started talking to a guy on a dating website a month ago. It all seemed to be going well and we chatted every day. He said he was in the marines and that he had to go away for a few weeks. When it came to him arranging to come back he asked me to email his person in command to ask could he come home and not stay anymore. His email address ended in and the person in command Very early on he said he was falling for me and kept jokingly I thought asking me for my ring size. He started to say his bank was declining his flights back to the UK but never actually asked for money. Although I found it strange that being in the services for 10 years why would your bank be declining. Then when it came to his flight details he messaged to say he was flying back but the flight information he gave me said the flight had landed. I did confront him about things not adding up and he then turned around and said he didnt want to meet me anymore but would still message for now. Do you think this person was being truthful and I've accused the wrong person or was he grooming me for the bigger scam to come? I asked him to call me ince when he was on base and he said his phone kept cracking up so we never actually spoke but the tiny bit of cracking up convo we had I had my doubts over his accent but was too hard to tell.

I am currently in the middle of a scam and do I feel like a real idiot! At first I was skeptical, but then it took only 3 weeks and David Schultz Martinez started asking for money. I tried to Google his name, but nothing showed up. He’s very romantic, handsome and claims he loves me. I did wire some money for him to take a leave off of the oil rig in Poland-he’s originally from Australia but is a US citizen. But now he is asking for more money so he can get air fare to come and see me-claims he has lots of money and will reimburse me. I am sure I will break his heart when I tell him I can’t get the next wire transfer to him! Boy do I feel stupid! Now I will have to try to get my initial wire transfer money back! How can I report this guy to the authorities?? He found me on Instagram, and quickly wanted to email and use the Hang Out app. Help!

Aaron1 Joe smith in instagram with photos of his children and he got blue eyes possible scam been asking me to buy him Steam card

Block him they alwats want to talk on hangouts because they can hide the email info and I think once they get money they will just dissapear

Hi my name is adriana I had a guy named marcus raymond on Facebook and I found out he has other names with the same pic goes also as omar laquidara he scammed me fro 2, 350. Recently I saw him on the 6 news he did the same thing to as n older women but she caught up to him and told the 6 news. Idk where to go to say this and aware alot of ppl.


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