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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

Unfortunately recovering money sent in these schemes is usually impossible to recover. Much may depend on the method it was transferred by.

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.

Yes! It’s a scam. Usually start with small amount, then more and more! Stop now!

Do you have a pic of him so we could compare? I will really appreciate if you'd send me one.

Hi. Did y9u get a photo? How do I do that? Thanks!!

Do you also have same experience with name Pedro Mirac? Oil Rig based on Germany but lives in Wisconsin

Please advise race, height and weight. I believe he is attempting this scam again in FL.

This David William is a real sweet talker. Wants money to move barrels of oil! Stop all correspondence now! It’s a fake ! Look for obvious signs - bad grammar, fake email address ( the military will not have .org email address ) nor would a person in the military be involved in any get rich quick scheme.

Do you have a photo of David William?...I think it's the same guy I've been chatting with. I have photos if you want to talk.

Anyone have a picture of William david. Been getting pictures and messages. A skn in Italy in school. Needing money. Dr. From LA

I have lots of pictures of dr david Williams and other name but same pictures

Honey, he is a scammer. Do NOT send him anything

I think I too am have the same David william he just sent me a present yesterday talks about his oil but hasn’t ask for anything from me. Do you have a picture want to compare notes I really want to just him out


David William.. Posing as Military personnel. Have been chatting with him and it seems that we all have the Oil thing in common! He got way to personal way to quick! Has been professing love and wanting to send packages. I have photos as well if anyone wants to chat and confirm info!

I was scammed by a guy named David William too. Said he is working as a sub contractor on a oil rig in the Mediterranean. Has a boy and a girl in a boarding school. I have pictures but I don’t know how to add them to this comment. Does anybody knows how to do that?

I would love to see photos. Sounds like my William

Yeah his name is John Williams, also George, oh don't forget Howard they will take what ever you give them he wanted me too sale my car he needs 4,000 so he can fix his Machine selfie can come home It's laking

Do you have a picture of him

Hi all, just found out my Wife has the same experience right now... after 10 years our Relationship is in bad times... but just found you she is writting whole this year with Oliver Williams and his 13 yo son in Italy... already sent him over 1000 eur and asking from her friends more and more... she completely felt in love with this scammer... she do not believe me when I am telling her this is all fraud. Unfortunately do not have pictures but all money are sent to some Nigerian name Maxwell Eguavoen Otamere - first transaction to account in Germany and second in Italy... do you have experiance with the same guy? Need to help her but how if she do not believe me? We have 3yo daughter and the whole situation is freaking me out...

David miller is a scammer , he's also a little off in the head. Always a son. Always in military.

Do you have a picture of David Miller...I am talking to someone named Dave Miller. Would like to compare pics This one is not in military, claims he's on an oil rig

I’m talking to a guy on an oil rig too . Let’s chat !

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

Anyone else chatting with someone who goes by the name Mike Jonathan Jordan ...from St
Paul, Minnesota but currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin with 14 year old son Jerry. Says he is an Army Commander (Special Forces) currently deployed in Kabul, Afghanistan due to come home in July. Wife died of cancer 7 years ago.... says last relationship was 4 years ago, this girlfriend supposedly lied, cheated on him with best friend AND stole his money!! Lots of tragedy!! Said he loved me after only chatting 12 days!! ( I just laughed...never said it back)...most chats seemed harmless because I told him from the start I wasn't looking for a husband or a BF or even a hookup... wasn't interested, but just chatting was fine. All was well (except for his poor grammar!)... but then in less than 3 weeks in, he asked for $4500...said he would pay me back ...he promised. Said needed money for his son's school excursion in Colorado. I told him sorry, I couldn't help. Next day he said he was able to gather 3k, but wanted to know if I could help with the last $1500...this time I actually did think about it, but my gut said "Dont do it!".... I didn't lose any money, but I want to know if he stole someone's profile and is using their photos because he sent me several pictures and they looked legit. Added note, he reached out on Instagram, but quickly asked me to download WhatsApp because he says that's how he communicates with his son everyday.

Hi I've been talking to the same person but he's been using a different name, you're the 4th persin I've come accoss who've got the same story about him, but he uses different names, jobs & locations, can we chat please Thank you

I think I am being scammed from a guy on a rig in the North Sea ... Scotland . We have been talking for months falling madly in love .. he asked me for money today ... his bank is frozen . He has a 15 year old daughter ... with nanny in Wisconsin .. he lost his wife 6 years ago to cancer and had a gf that cheated and was an alcoholic 3 years ago...

He’s very professional , soft spoken , romantic , poetic .. has asked me to be his wife ... Richard Anderson is the name he’s going by ... I have pics

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..

Hi just wondering if there is anyway that I can get in contact with you. I’m worried that I’m in the same position with the exact same person.

I think I am being scammed by an oil rig contractor.. his name is Eric Stephen... he has a daughter in the uk going to school and his wife died 10 yrs ago... I’m in Australia .... he’s apparently working in the Gulf of Mexico

I've made contact with an oil rig contractor working in an il rig in northern Europe. He's a widower and has got a daughter at boarding school in Germany. After a week he said a machine had broken and he needed money to ship a new one.
His name is Pablo (54 years old) and he is supposed to be from Germany.

OMG l think l have been chatting with the same guy Robert Pablo

Do you have the picture of this guy? I can send the picture of this guy who is an oil rig business owner.

Do you have a picture of this guy please? Think it could be the same as one that has contacted me

OMG do you have a photo... same here needs 250,000 for new machine...hell no! If you have a picture would appreciate it

I have one from Germany too, says he is 56. I have pictures but has a different name.

Can we exchange photos? I've got a guy on an oil rig that I think may be a scammer. Different name but sure sounds like him.

I was friended on FB by a very attractive man with a beard who says he is 50 and widowed with a 14 year old son. He is German and lives in LA and says he is in the Gulf of Mexico on an oil rig. I’ve only been talking to him via google hangouts for a couple days. He asks a lot of questions even about what my favorite color is, do I do drugs, etc. just have a weird feeling. What do you think?

I think we may be talking to the same guy! Goes by James Kane Peters. On an oil rig and needs new equipment so he can come back home! Had a package set to be delivered to me, needed paperwork for the package ($4500) and once that went through via Bitcoin...there was “money” found in the package and we owed 10% tax (should have been $40,000 but the “lawyer” got it down to $10,000). He’s still begging for money for the broken equipment on the rig... anyone else as stupid as me??

Tcat me too. 56 from Germany. Now in Cyprus. States he live in long beach.

Do you have a photo?

Me too, his name Michael Pathim, wife and sin killed in auto accident years ago, raising his only grandson. Out on oil rig right now, needs 35000. Lol

Am also talking to someone on a oil rig in the gulf of Mexico. Goes by Antonio. He he tell you what company he works for.

Mine is William Antonio Linwood. He’s from Cuba but has duel citizenship. On oil rig in Gulf and needs 6500 to fix drill so he can fly here to treat me like a queen and pamper me like a baby. Knows all the romantic phrases. Handsome photos that I now hope are not this guy. Has started calling me


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