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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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Do you know Charles Rodriguez?

Hi, anyone been talking to a George Adams or Adam’s Howell, both asking for money , George is a construction engineer working in Cape Town and Adam’s is on an oil rig both have the same pictures

I dont know if im being scared or not...by a guy name Jeff anderson he is in Bagdad right..he is a staffing srg...I asked him what base he didn't respond. We did have a video chat...it was the same guy as I was shown being talking to so I don't know if he's fake or not someone else let me know if they have this same problem

I’ve been talking to man who claims to have lived in Minnesota but just yesterday went to Scotland to work on a oil rig as an engineer. He claims to have a daughter named Nancy. He just asked me to send him a steam wallet card. His name is Mark Richardson

My contact claimed to be a wealthy business owner who had just filed for divorce and the divorce was getting messy - his accounts are frozen and she hit him with a penalty for selling property out from under her, couldn't I loan him what I can and he'll pay me back ASAP so that we can 'be together'?
I won't even loan money to my siblings, much less a stranger who is in 'love' with me.
I wisely advised him to 'talk to his lawyer' about a hardship release of the frozen assets and he kept hounding me to get the money - please honey/baby/sweetheart. I firmly said NO and blocked him. (Good ol' HangOuts... What an awful scammer zone!)
Yuck! (Meow HISSSS)

Anyone speaking to Scott Bentley us army ??

I have been talking to a man who says he is in Afghanistan. He is to ship me a box of his belongings. Right to my door.
This was what he said to me:
“Ohh, I made all the necessary payment tho but the manager said I couldn't pay for airport clearance and import duties from here.. that it'd be paid in the states.”

Is any of this legit? Bc I’m told it’s gonna cost like $3000?

Anyone come across Sergeant David Gabriel Covington, claim US Military, widow, seeking a wife to retire. Need money for leave, trying to get back to Maryland or California. Claim he has gold bars, was stopped and beaten in Ireland by Customs. Been in hospital for broken ribs. Requesting phone cards, bitcoin for meds, food etc. Now trying to get gold out of Ireland by going to court. If you heard this story before than we know it's not true.

Martiness Median is a big lier he can't get his lies together yes he does have a good woman but he love to cheat for money because he doesn't have ball to be trueful about history or his life and his self he is cazy

Does the name jackson Howard 60 yrs old today working in the gulf of Mexico, has a daughter 17tn has salt pepper hair with a beard, blue eyes born Swedish also asked for money, wife wás killed 5yrsxago car accident

I met a guy online very handsome has a six-year-old daughter and was working in West Africa and claimed he was robbed by some bandits stole his wallet of $4500 Bowers and he was going by some material and that's when he got robbed got robbed now hes asking for airline ticket money to come home him and his daughter

Ive been talking to a guy almost a year, wish I would have found this site before i did. They seem to tell all the same story, oil riggers, Surgeons, and servicemen! The best thing to do is google search and keep checking back, check twitter , Instagram, Facebook, scam sites..there are alot of sites on line to look for these darn scammers that still your heart!!Mine used a wealthy realtor man for his picture, alot of men have also too. I finally found pictures on Instagram of pictures his stole from this other man ..its taken me months of researching. He denies it says this person using his personality...he owes me money says he'll pay be back when he gets back to the states but needs alittle more to fly over..lol I'll be darn if Im sending more! Says he cant access his accounts from overseas until he gets back to the states! They all say that...I have a broken heart..we still text ..im hoping to get back some of my money....a very hard lesson to learn! They seem to go for divorced, or widowed or lonely women...sad part is I was told i could even be talking to a woman!!! OMG!! I sure have learned alot from this site..I'll make sure I never fall for these scammers again!!!

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