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It’s Valentine’s Day and love is in the air. You may think you spend a lot on flowers or chocolate, but losing money in a romance scam would cost you even more. Last year, people reported losing $143 million to romance scams – a higher total than for any other type of scam reported to the FTC. And, according to a new FTC Data Spotlight, reports of romance scams are on the rise.

What do we mean by romance scams? We’re not talking about the person you thought was “the one” but ended up being a dud. We’re talking about people you meet online, who lavish you with attention … and then ask for money. Usually they want the money by wire transfer or gift card. They might claim they need it for a medical emergency or to come visit you. Then they take your money, but there’s no surgery and no trip.

Romance scammers are hard at work wooing people on dating apps and social media. They may lift photos to create an attractive profile or even steal the identity of a real person. Just like with real romances, it may take them some time to gain your trust, but the scammer’s payoff can be big. Last year, people reported a median loss of $2,600 from romance scams.

How can you avoid romance scams?

  • Never send money or gifts to a sweetheart you haven’t met in person.
  • Take it slowly. Ask questions and look for inconsistent answers. Check the person’s photo using your search engine’s “search by image” feature. If the same picture shows up with a different name, that’s a red flag.
  • Talk to someone about this new love interest. And pay attention if your friends or family are concerned.
  • If you suspect a romance scam, cut off contact right away. Then, report to the scam to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint. Notify the dating site where you met the scammer, too.

For more information, read Online Dating Scams or watch this video:

 

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Hi I have been chatting via email to a so called Doctor in Yemen for a few months. He claims he is working under the United Nations and is from New York. Recently he said they were attacked on the way back from a clinic run. He said he lost all his cards and laptop in the incident. Later he asked me for $1600 to get his flight ticket saying that he will have his debit cards sent to me as it will take 4 weeks for him to receive them. I told him I dont have the money then he says "do you want something bad to happen to me here". He is aware now that i am sure he is a scammer. He is using the name Dr Christian Nelson Mateo.

Ok. This is identical to what I'm dealing with. Except he is a dr in Germany, with an account tied up until January. Asking me to deposit 1000 usd into a LLC acct through the UN. The letters received in the email dont have a letter head. All communication are on hangouts.

I have been talking to a guy, claims he lives in Oregon but from New Jersey. Says he is on a mission in Yemen. No family that he talks to. Calls and texts everyday. Sounds almost Arabic and his English is really good both spoken and written. Has similar humour and grammar. Loves me, wants to marry me blah blah blah.

I had a notion I was being fooled and I spoke to someone at a scam agency. She did a quick check and found that all of the pictures were of a Russian man with a different name. He never asked me for money and when I mentioned that my mom was worried about me because of the special she watched on W5, he demanded to know what I tell people about him and his job and then told me he loved me but needed some time.

Fast forward a week, he called and said that we are over. Because of me, he was forced back to the US and his mission is cancelled. I violated government intelligence. He blocked me...

Dear how did you find him on internet.please advice me.i am in same situation.

I too found out that the person I was talking to was using a Russian man’s pictures with a different name. I would like to compare pictures and share stories to see if it may have been the same person.

This sounds very similar to a man I met on Mutual by the name of Joseph Dickson from Michigan. I did request a leave from the UN for him, he told me exactly what to say. The next day they told me how much it would cost. He was in Cyprus as an investigator then in Paris. He got angry when I called him a scammer, however I saw his picture and profile twice on Mutual with a different name and profile. I reported both incidences. These men have no conscience.

dickson Joseph has been writing to me for about a week. I assumed it was a scammer and have been telling him about my cars and money..lol.. waiting for the bomb to drop. He is using decent technology as face time looks legit from a far. The words dont line up with the mouth movements so you can tell that it is tec driven... still he gets a b for efforts. His story gets weird as he forgets things he has said hence the change of name from what is his first and last. He also forgets his daughters age and when he is out of town he boards her... i think he got confused with his pets...

I've been contacted by a US doctor supposedly working in a dangerous situation in Yemen. He hasn't asked me for any money yet but says he is going on a dangerous mission and may be killed. Do UN doctors go on dangerous missions? I've looked him up online and the person he says he is appears to be a doctor but one involved with liposuction not the UN! Has anyone else been contacted by this guy?

I am in similar situation. Same story line just different name and place.

Tell him to take a hike! Plain and simple! delete his email and block him!

Sounds familiar got one now who says he's in Yemen a orthopedic surgeon David Powell wants me to do the same. How you want to come to the states and you supposed to have a daughter you haven't seen in 2yrd or more. I thought this was real but flags are flying. No money is exchanging here

Yes this guy claims to be an Orthopaedic Surgeon as well. Says he has a daughter who he doesnt see because of the child mother. He also claims that he pays for a caregiver to look after his sick mother. He first messaged me on Badoo (dating site). Location was Ecuador where he said he was on a medical conference. No money exchanged, haven't heard from him in days thank god.

Been there done that you all. I kept copies of every conversation were he asked for money. Copies and of Ria papers WU receipts and all receipts dealing with money transfers. First go to your local police with names dates conversations everything. Then file a complaint with the FTC and FBI’s internet crime unit. Next time block the idiot and report them immediately don’t believe anything they tell you.

I currently have a so-called Dr Jordan Gunther orthopaedic surgeon, working in Damascus Syria for the UN and asking to pay for his leave to the United States so we can get married. It’s all one big scam.

New development, he’s madly in love with me and wants me to write to the UN to release him to come home for vacation. He sent me exactly what he needed the email to say. I never sent the email but yesterday I received a reply from them telling me how much money to pay at particular locations so he can return to the USA to come marry me. Then I received a document that looks real but when I zoomed in, it’s dated 2017 and signed by the UN Secretary from that time frame!
What should I do with it? Who can I turn it into! He urgently wants me to pay the money that I have repeatedly told him I do not have!
H E L P!!!

This sounds like an Antonio Rodriguez. He claims to be an orthopedic surgeon in the army, widowed, 13 year old going to school in Turkey. First he was running out of minutes and could I get a gift card that he could use for minutes. Then calm for a couple of weeks. Then said he was on a mission, got shot and was awarded money by the Iranian Govt, 2.5 million to be sent to me because it was unsafe with Isis. Then it was their camp had been discovered and shot up but he escaped and needed 700 to get him out ASAP. Now luckily I kept saying no, and never sent him anything

Could we exchange emails?? I would love to see if it’s the same guy I was talking too. Adrian Rodriguez is what he went by, orthopaedic surgeon in Yemen.......

Yeah, this orthopedic doctor in Africa telling me he lost wife to Cancer. this was on facebook and the page looked legit but I figured it out when he started asking for my email and ignored that I stated happily Married. His Name was Mark David. Googled and found this guy looked nothing like any Mark David and no one by that name an orthooedic doctor.

Mine goes by David Mark but a contractor in oil and gas living in Detroit and has an offshore oil pipeline project in Sarawak Malaysia. He uses photos of a Brazilian broadcast journalist by the name of Dony De Nuccio when I did reverse image search on Google with the most recent photo he sent to me on WhatsApp. Haven’t asked for money yet but I got suspicious when he called me on WhatsApp but doesn’t speak like an American at all and he claimed that because he’s mixed and avoided answering when I asked him what else is in his parentage when he claimed that his grandfather is Portuguese and his grandmother Chinese. https:// instagram .com/ donydenuccio?

Had 3 week encounter with Dr Wilson Robert in Syria through UN and NATO. Wife died 5 yrs ago while on a business trip, has son 11 yrs old. Owen just had birthday April 26th and Wilson's bday is May 4th!!

I think I am also a victim, can anyone send a picture of this guy?

Well, looks like I have been added to the scammer's victims. Sounds like the same guy. How can we see a picture ?

This is the guy that has been messaging me friend requested me on Instagram then told me to speak to him on hang out what a sweet talker he is lol asked me the same questions every tine he spoke to me .... I'm married so I wondered why he wanted to marry me SO BLOCKED HIM

Frank Williams is without a doubt a scam artist. Tried it with me but I love to investigate things...

I have been approached by the same one, I guess.. How can I share a photo with you for reassurance?

Is it possible that they can blackmail you?

I know what you mean. I met a guy online. He is in Afghanistan working. He is an orthopedic doctor. A widow with a daughter. He asked for an iTunes card to upgrade an Apple computer.

I probable talked to the same guy....an orthopedic doctor in Afghanistan working. A widow with a daughter. So far no money but I quit talking to him because he was 19 yrs. younger,,,,said age was not a problem, he was attracted to me!! Red flag.....stopped corresponding with him!

A lot of these "same" guys are working from a call room with the same script. It's a job, they leave at the end of their shift. Sometimes the feds can work with foreign gov't to stop this but most often not - the call room just moves. Beware of anyone that you don't know personally asking for money and even those that you do know be weary.

His name is Nicolas Hamson except now he is in solmia his daughter sonia isboarding school in cleveland because. His wife died in a horrible car accident while carrying his second child to bad he couldn't remember her name. Hes been texting me for the better part of 3 months and I am suppose to send him 500.00fir his vacation certificate but I need to send it to the un buy way of a man named gilbert in istanbule .does anyone know what this scumbags real name and photo are

I had the same story that his wife got killed in a car accident in Germany on Valentine’s Day 7 years ago. He went by the name of Travis Gary and claimed to be on an Oil platform in the Black Sea. His story was that the Finance Ministry of Georgia wouldn’t let him leave the platform until taxes were paid on the supposed 4 million dollars he got paid for his contract. He told me that he lived in Rochester, NY. I did some checking and the address he gave me didn’t exist. Travis had 2 sons Bryan and James that were left without a mother and had to stay with their grandmother until he could come home. I started digging some more and found out the pic he used for his profile was stolen. I confronted him and called him a scammer and a liar. Travis also got very upset when I called him that. I also had his cell number traced and it lead right to Nigeria. He actually threatened me after I told him I had his cell number tracked. There were lots of fake documents in my scam story as well and Hangouts is where he hung out. One day I decided to enter his cell number on WhatsApp just to see if he used it as well. Not only did he use it, a real picture of him came up and I saved it.
I have a big binder bursting at the seams with information on this scammer Travis Gary. I think we are all getting the same person or group of scammers. I cannot believe how similar our stories are. If only we could all put our documents together and share with the FTC and FBI they could
open up 1 big case and apprehend these scammers. I would be happy with catching one scammer at a time just to make a small dent into this big problem. My case involved fraud and money laundering and 3 mules in the US knowingly or unknowingly aided and abetted these thieves.

Could you post a picture

I have been taking w Nicholas Hansen too. I have pictures. Said he was Divorced with two children in California

Omg I talked to him too. He’s very articulate but also a liar.

Yes his name us Frank William's stop talking to him he is a scammer

I have a Sargent stationed in Afghanistan and supposedly he just returned to US on Saturday. The difference here is, 1. He has sent gifts to both my daughter and me and at times we get into big arguments about different things. I believe he is a scammer and I haven’t heard from him since he left Afghanistan 3 days ago. I am on messenger with him, he gave me his messenger ID and password and he hasn’t blocked me in messenger. I have sent him gift cards but I am not sure what is going on with him, I have over 25 pictures of him, I have been chatting with him since Thanksgiving of last year and he is divorced with a 6 yo son and his name is Allan. I will share pictures if anyone has this type of senecio.

Is his name Robert Danut?

Yes he scammed me says was from Miami Florida.He blocked me yesterday.As I asked for my money he's also involved in the occult.Strange things kept happened to yest I fell 2 months ago fell broke my toes knee cap ankle foot.Yet 2 days later me in excruciating pain I he'd to go get his ( +_+ ) Damn cards always saying they we're redeemed by another person he got my Gmail I saw all his pals on Hangouts Simon Anthony help me with this I'm so sick cry and cry

I too was talking to a so called orthopedic Dr. who said his wife was dead and his daughter is currently quite ill in boarding school in England. I sent no money. He went by Freddy Starks.

Do you have a picture? He said she wasn’t a problem it was the love we have for each other is what was important....

I am going through the same thing. He is an orthopedic doctor in the military in Syria from London with a 12 year old daughter at boarding school. No family other than her. I am his queen and he just got emergency orders and needs to ship his personal belongings to me. $1950 from a shipping company was what it would cost. He goes by Williams Beyan Ajebo, Kelvin Williams is his email.

Do you remember which deluvery company he used?

Is this company by any chance named Express Go Alliance?

Mine was also an orthopedic surgeon from Afghanistan but no kids not married according to him. I'm wondering where did he say he was from?

Do you have a picture of what he looks like and what is his first name

Dear DrBSBFF, A ortho surgeon, Frank Hughes, was a scam. Divorced and 1 kid at Boston. Another guy, Williams Bravo did a romance scam on me. So sad. Then came the pitch, he needed $$ on a AMAZON CARD. Next came the 'consignment box'. He would send me the box-filled with $$,all I had to do was pay the delivery fee..5

What is the name of the game

I have been playing words with friends with an orthopaedic surgeon in Syria, whose wife died from cancer, and has two wonderful boys back in US. He hasnt asked me for money as yet, and the game is nearly finished!! Haha. But he did invite me to join him for Christmas even tho i told him i am married. Thats when i got suspicious. His name is Kenneth Wilhelm. Apparently there are no UN doctors working in Syria. Be careful folks!

I have been scammed by a guy saying hes Dr. Wilson Scott, saud hes widower with a 16 yr. Old son going to school in Texas Wilson saud he has work in Turkey and lost his luggage and wallet. Anyone know of him ?

Sounds like guy I’m talking to. Orthopedic surgeon, from Texas, he says. Says he has 17 year old son at Maritime Academy in California. Claims to work for the UN in Myanmar. Always gets angry when I ask him to call me. Only texts.

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