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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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Hi where can we post photos of scammer so everyone will know and aware of it.
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Can proved that he is a real scammer and bad for him i got best evidence by recording our video call so he cant denied that his pictures was being stolen from social media and someone used it not him am talking..
I think this rare to recorded clearly the video call showing his face while talking to send him money again.
Can someone tell me how to and where to upload it so he must learn his lesson?

What if the pictures dont come back with any profile links or any information o n the internet does that mean they are real?

As you know online dating can be risky and dangerous. Never give into the asking of money on any occasion.Save yourself time and aggravated tension.
Be safe.

It is so easy to fall into the traps these scammers use! They will tell you just what you want to hear and profess their forever love.... than they will set you up with a fake emergency until you don't think twice about sending them money. Remember - these are fake people using fake stories for the sole purpose of separating you from your money. Don't do it!!!

I've been scammed by a love interest of over 10,000 before I realized it was a scam.

Me too. Don't beat yourself up......like I have a thousand times, over and over again. I'd love to be there when they have to answer to the Big Guy upstairs.

i live in seattle washington and my man scammed me for three years . his name is Michael Bernard Dugaw very attractive charming trickster. i am embarassed that i could experience this at my age 49 i want to warn every one about this liar. be careful .

My sister is being scammed by a Joshua Williams who claims to be in the military. He says he’s from Florida. She sends him 25 dollars a week in iTunes cards for his phone bill! We had he ask him what branch he was and he didn’t know! We convinced her not to send money and he has her crying all day now! Please help!,

May I ask where in Florida he says he is from and also what name he is using. I have a guy that I believe is trying to scam me. I’m trying to see if it’s possibly the same person. He even gave me a Florida cell phone number.

Hey I'm being scammed by a chick who says she lives in Florida. Hihali. Her name is Marieny Diaz. I asked how she says that and she didn't answer.

I was also scammed by a man claimed to be from Florida but working in Africa claiming to be a contractor making a large sum of money. Asking for money for his flight to get home.

What did he say his name was? I bet its the same guy that tried scamming me??

I have a man who claims to be a doctor working for the US in Syria . Says he needs money until he gets states side His name that he uses is DR. Walker. Bryan. Anybody else been contacted by this guy. He says he owns a home in Jacksonville FL.

What part of Syria did he say he was from?

That Bryan Walker contacted me about a year ago. I just quit talking to him so nothing ever came about me giving him money.

Ho I think my sister is getting scammed by a miller walker... he says he is a mechanic from austria vienna & just before he was due to book plane his mother passed away & then lost his job & had no where to live ect, hes constantly asked for money & is very pushy saying he has no food & if she dont sent money he obviously dont care for him! Hes sent pictures that I believe are fake, he wont do video call & has a Nigerian accent... I believe shes being scammed but she dont believe me! She has been talking to him for over a year now

Does anyone have a picture of this Bryan Walker from Syria?

I think we have the same guy only he says his name is Dr.Frank Henderson says he is a doctor in Syria under contract with the UN says he has a daughter who is here in the states living with her teacher and his parents are dead I'll bet we have the same guy I found tons of pictures that match the picture he says is him I really wish we could find out I'd love to catch him

I think we have the same guy only he says his name is Dr.Frank Henderson says he is a doctor in Syria under contract with the UN says he has a daughter who is here in the states living with her teacher and his parents are dead I'll bet we have the same guy I found tons of pictures that match the picture he says is him I really wish we could find out I'd love to catch him

Please please contact me I know we’re talking to same guy and I need verification. We have been talking for over a year and he’s gotten over 5000$ from me

Well, he’s now Frank Weston and he’s been bothering me. He found me on Facebook said though a friend of mine which had just died( he did do some homework). Asked when my husband passed I said he hasn’t he’s right here. That hasn’t bothered him a bit. Dr. In Syria. Young daughter, boarding school head teacher taking care of her, really? Wife died 3 years ago, parents died. From Sweden, works for the US government his a diplomat all money is frozen. Right away wants to use hangouts gov took him off Facebook because of security. Needed $200.amazon card to talk with daughter, (yes right) tried to play on my sympathy as a grandmother and mom) then tried to sweet talk me as a man, texting me all day long about his feeling, extremely pushy. Then phone calls. Then he went to 50.00 again I would not do it. I had my husband answer the phone. He would not talk with him it finally stopped! What a coward! Trouble was he did know some personal stuff scary guy!

I’ve been talking to a Florida man (Orlando) he claim is on oil rig in Norway his name is Daniel Anderson age 56 I do have a picture of him if you want to see. Thank you

Can I please have the picture of Daniel the oil rig man

Hello Jerri.
I don't know if my message was sent but if you habe a photo lf this Daniel Anderson i would like to see it as they change their names and the initials are the as mine but with a different last name . Almost the same age mine is 55. They won't tell you where they live either. I don't know how we can get the photo neither how to send
Thand you bery much

I think I’ve been talking to the same man... do you have a picture?

Hello. I have been contacted by a Daniel Anderson about a month ago off Instagram. Says has 1 son who’s mother passed away in a car accident. Says he is from Houston TX, based out of
Georgia and is in Syria right now on deployment. Can I see a pic of who u have so I can see if it is the same person?

Please send me photos

Hi, I think I’m talking now he has got a lot of money from me. Goes by W. Bill has a large bank account but can’t get in it. Wants you to pay money promises to pay back.

Omg this is scary i was talking with Daniel Anderson too and he said his wife and children died in a car accident, He told me that he is a marine engineer and that his father died and that he inherited his company in Canada but that he lives in Texas and is aboard a ship.

Jerri, I have been talking to D Anderson as well. How do I see your picture?

Hi, I’ve also been talking to DA ( david Anderson) on an oil rig? Can I see the picture too? He asked me to send his son a laptop! Told him he was an ass and can explain it to the police!

I texted with David Anderson too in spring 2019, mainly via kik and WhatsApp. He pretended to be from Sweden, working on an offshore oil platform. He sent me several photos, very well dressed and one - funny as it is - with my name written on a crisps bag.
He told me his pregnant wife was killed in an accident and he wanted to start a new life close to where I live.
After almost two months, we even spoke on the phone, he wanted me to send four new apple notebooks. Of course I never did and he became very angry.

How can I get your picture? I’m afraid I being scammed by the same person...

He is a scammer he or she uses diffrent names and stolen pictures of men and women always calls you baby and queen and asks for all kinds of cards like steam and google play cards and money dont trust he or she

May isee the picture please.

I have been contacted by a chap called Robert John via Twitter, he DM me last week (20/9/19) , says he is on the Oseberg Oil Rig Norway, been there 3 months with a yr contract, cant get home to California for a yr, 2 sons, girlfriend took an overdose.Half American half Dutch age 52. his twitter a/c is Robert John @ RobertJ 29430368, written english is appalling. It's a shame as the guy in the photo looks nice but I fear he has been a victim too.

I think we have the same guy. We can exchange pictures.

I would like to see a pic, your guy sounds similar to mine

Do you have a picture? I've been contacted by a man named Cade Walker. Supposedly 43 and has a 5 year old son. Claims he is a marine engineer from Virginia but has an accent.

Cade Walker lives in Orlando. Divorced and have a 7 year old kid. Supposedly a Marine engineer working in Norway. I only talked to him for 2 days and I knew it was fake. He has 2 profiles on instagram. I already reported him. Be careful!

Cade Walker lives in Orlando. Divorced and have a 7 year old kid.
I also got a friend request from him on Instagram, the pictures seemed fake, but he also had pictures of his kid, I spoke to him for 2 days and had doubts after he did not want to face time me, he faked a 5 second video through hangouts the person on the video kind of looked like him, but it is the same story: marine engineer, in Norway with 1 kid.
He sent voice notes had a weird accent, and he didn't have the best grammar.

Thanks for reporting this.

Do you have a picture of this Cade Walker.

Do you have a picture I think is the same guy?

I have came in contact with a Cade Walker. No family and friends, has a son named Alex. The mother of the child died 3 years ago and now he makes an fortune working on sea and is looking for a new relationship. He has dark hair, a beard and works out a lot.

He is 6 feet 1 tall en there is something about his grammar. Crazy for him to think that I believe he has no friends and makes a lot of money. With that kind of amount, you won’t be working like that.

But I think it’s a scam

Can u have the pic of daniel anderson if its match the one im talking.thnx

Please you have a pic this guy claim he is Robert Anderson talking to him now please send a pic I have a pic too

Daniel anderson is a scammer he goes by difgrent names of women and men ,he or she has lots of accounts always uses anderson for last name but changes his first name to women or men name always calls you baby or queen says he has a sick daugther .always asks for cards and money..tells you to go on kik or hangouts.he got ne on wheel of fortune .he is a big scammer becareful

A men called Jose Brian Anderson contact me and ask to chat on hanghout. He said he went to The University of Chicago and lived in Richmond Philadelphia. His grammar is really bad. First he told me that his father is from Brazil, but dead when he was 10 and his mother from USA, but dead on 2015. He said he is on a medical contract from the United States department of Energy to treat and care for the US batch of workers on a joint oil exploration project. He felt in love of yoy just in 2 days and asked you to married him. Then he askes some money for a tranfer of medical devices. If someone recognize the pattern and have a picture of him, please let me know so I can discover is the same person.

I have pictures of a man names David Anderson. Let's exchange. I have been talking to him for three months not. He asked me for $500 but I did not send it becasue I felt something was not right

How do we share photos of these scammers? I was contacted by David Anderson. Said he was retiring and on his last contract in the South China Seas on an oil rig. Daughter died in a car accident 4 years ago. Has a 16 year old grandson who is all he has. Says he lives in Boston and went to the University of Michigan and was born in the Philippines and left after his mom died and he went to college. Professing his love and very smooth talking on Hangouts. After 2 days, said he wanted to update his iPhone so he could talk to me and asked me to send a photo of an Amazon card so he could use that. Phone voice does not match photos he sent. Very heavy accent.

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