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If you’ve seen the news, ‘romance scammers’ are among the eighty defendants indicted today by the Department of Justice in a scheme that stole millions from Americans.

Check out this video about how to spot and protect yourself from romance scams. Then share it with your friends.

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People reported losing $143 million in romance schemes last year, more than any other type of fraud reported to the Federal Trade Commission. But there are steps you can take – and then tell someone about. So watch the video, learn more, and pass it on.

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Along with many other scams that have been circulating over the past few years - I have several that would curl your hair. The one mentioned here - romance schemes - was perpetrated on my 89 year old dad. He was contacted and told to send $30,000 and a lady would come live with him and take care of him (this was in Dec 2017) He wired the money western union (of which we have a report filed for the western union scam) in (3) $10,000 increments - we kept asking dad where she was when she didn't show up - he shrugged his shoulders and said I guess it must have been a scam. To date he was scammed out of 2 million dollars - and now - God rest his soul - he passed on August 6 - his whole estate gone.

ok so i want to knw how can i get my money have all the proof knw where tht person lives in international country just tht im not there can i get it thru other family member whos there its 40 thousand dollar

I was scammed 2 times by people in Lagos Nigeria, sent money by Western Union and am supposed to be getting money back but only God knows when~~Sent money by Money-Gram and am due a refund but then again only God knows when~~Was notified by Western Union and Money Gram many moons ago~~are they going to issue the refunds or keep the money for themselves~~

I need to See a pick of Antoino Zapata Born in Italy mom from us. Son in college in italy. Divorced lives in LA. Over in Cyprus

Mine is living in Connecticut has a daughter in Italy and he is now working in Cyprus

i am currently chatting with the name bradley william, david william, and gorell.. i have doubts with them if it for real or scammer, how will i know that all of them are for real? one is doctor the other serve in u.s military.. Please help me i don't want to waste my time..!

When he asks you for money! You’ll know he’s a scammer!

Hi. Anyone chatting with James Watson from Louisanna now in Spain? He said that he is an estate manager and a contractor . We exchanged photos and asked me to send 200. I think I got scammed.

Hi I had Rodriguez Bentley Rogers U.S Army currently deployed in kabul Afghanistan peace keeping diesel mech Has a daughter 16yrs old lives with manny in the states. .Wife died 3yrs ago in car accident. .Met on Hi5 dating site then onto hangouts cple day's later madly in love with me..Dropped his ph needs a new one ..thinking i would fall for it ..i pretend to help him in the end with $500 to western union lol sent him receipt no it backfired on me he checked it and said it already been collected. .i called him out told him to prove me wrong. .lol still waiting

I am in Australia..nearly got caught by the oil rig scammer etc so grateful I read all of this...and lucky I had the intelligence to have bells going off in my head when I read his second email...all to good to be true however he slipped up and changed his location in the second email..goes by the name of James Snowden in Australia and claims to be from the Snowden group of mining companies....have also reported him to the company etc and also our telecommunications provider ..where his number allegedly comes from..first and last time I use internet dating..

How can I report a Romance Scam to the proper authority that can investigate & try ti get my money back?

I've been writing to a guy for two months. He said he had to go South Africa for five weeks. I have a friend that investigated this guy from his hair to his toes. He was clean totally. He even has a twitter account and his photo is all over it. Every photo he sends is him. He said he lives in Fresno from Long Beach. He's said divorced. He does have a small accent because he's from Italy. But now asked me for some money I'm skeptical but after two months talking on the phone I tend to believe him. any suggestions

Ladies I was just on here 4 hours ago racking my brain. Please don’t be me. Kennedy Stones. Super sweet My Love Queen. Super rich real photos Kennedy too blessed kik. Stuck in Dubai needs 20000. I just talk to him and lost my mind he was definitely a African. Refused to send me anything with my name on it. Please ladies he is FAKE I knew it and I am a single mother who will suffer the consequences please stand up for yourself. That little feeling is right Because even if he is the person he say he is ........a real man would never ask you to compromise yourself. You can’t save your heart ache but you can save your money Don’t do it!!!!!!!!!!!

Am now in an online romance with a man from Malta, Andy Dean George. He is 50, a very devout Christian, loves football, a building contractor, lives alone, only has a sister with own family, never been married, no kids. He says he is now in Malaysia on a building project commissioned by the Malaysian government but he didnt know there is a bond require. Now needs EUR 18k. Anyone knows anything?

All I know is that this very thing happened to me. Please discontinue all correspondence with this man, he is a con man. I'm sure none of the details of his life are true. If you do not have any mutual friends on facebook delete all contact.

This happen to me everytime I get a new phone and I don't know why

Photos of him? I think he texted to me, too.

Hi. I stopped talking to that when i saw your post. His Name is Andy Dean George. Everything you’ve had said is the same exact information he told me. But he just told me this coming Monday he will be ack to the embassy to get his traveling documents. So please be very careful. Wr never used video calls yet. So that’s why I’m a bit skeptical about him. Anyway i stoped ralking to that guy. And his last message to me was yesterday. He told me um
The one who is acting weird and the one who is fake. I didn’t told him
That i read something on the net about him. So please be careful.

I have the same thing except he says he’s bill Newman . Said he was unaware that he needed Malta insurance for him and his workers to do this job in Malta. It was going to cost $5000.00.
I told him I didn’t have it Then hours later he had some of it and could I just send $1000.00. He would pay me back as soon as he gets here. I said I couldn’t do $1000.00 so he asked for an iTunes card so he could contact his others resources but he still needed me to work on getting at least $1000.00

I recently started talking to a couple of men on the chat on a facebook yahtzee dice game. their stories were very similar, widowed, single teen child living with a nanny, and they worked on an oil rig. Contract based and be back in the states in a few months, etc. Lots of sweet words and then they asked for gift cards, itunes, amazon. So sad they friend you and then scam you.

Anyone named Ian Allen Johnson?

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