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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!

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

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.

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

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

Do you have a photo?

What’s the deal with this oil rig scammers and why do they always have daughters? Have you seen them through FaceTime? My friend is talking to a guy and they FaceTime and he claims he works on an oil rig. They have been talking for 3 months or more and he hasn’t asked for money but now he’s having money troubles so I feel like it’s about to happen.

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

good luck! I lost $75,000 to one...Yet authorities won’t bother trying to prosecute because of the whole “relationship“ element

Message to Rosie
what is his name, age & possible photo
I think I might be chatting with same man

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

I hope you didn't give him anything. RUN!!!

this sounds very similar to the guy i'm talking to. is his name Alexander?

I am also talking with a man name Alexander , what’s his last name? Do you have any pictures?
Thank you

Alexander Clifford
Two children ??
Beard ?

how long does it take to get a reply?
I asked about the man's name ...a possible
photo, how old is this man?

still waiting on a response

Rosie, do not send money to anyone you do not know in person!! If this guy is legit, he will have plenty of other people who can loan him money, people he knows in person, family. Not you.

Is his name Collins Scott?

Please post pic? I 've been chatting with a similar man, Collins Hughes. He's on a oil rig on North Sea in Denmark. Has a daughter in Germany whos staying with his mother. Hes 51 who suppose to live in Jacksonville FL or Los Angeles.

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!!!!!!!!!!!

I’ve lost close to $10,000 to a man who calls himself Chris Gregor, an only child of Italian parents and whose wife died four years ago. I’ve actually had a brief video call with him and he looked like his pictures. He also told me he loved me, called me his queen, and is supposedly trying to pay me back. I just discovered that the two lovely emails he sent me were copied, one from a romance scam blog. He also wanted to use Hangouts. He is a govt contractor working in Dubai. He’s supposedly finished his job there and is going to leave the company he’s been working for and start his own business.

do you have a picture of him? sounds like someone i am chatting with who says he is building a bridge. a widower whose wife passed away 4 years ago and has 2 kids. sends me tons of photos of himself and his family and is super sweet.

EXACTLY what is happening to me!! The guy said he is building a bridge, that he will receive a large amount of money at the end, that it should be in a month. Wife passed 4 yrs ago, he has one daughter, who is living with her godmother. Now, he said his cellphone was damaged. And he needed a new one. And since his daughter is far from him and without a phone, If I could buy them 2 phones. But would be easier if I just transfer the ammount to a guy he knows in the US that could buy the phones and send to him. He says he is italian american, lost his parents when he was 17 yrs old and moved to the US. I said I couldnt send money to anyone. And, if he wants, I could send a spare used phone for him directly, on his name, at the bridge sworking site. He says the type of job he is doing requires a better type of phone, it has to be the new samsung galaxy. I managed to say I would send only the phone if he gives me an specif address to deliver it. He did. In a city 6 hours distant from where he said he is. He says a person he knows through some contact will receive it for him. The person is a nigerian guy whose first name is Ugheighele. So i am just wasting his time as much as I can.

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.

Hi. Really want to share photos with you so we can compare and have closure. Still communicating with him. Can you please tell me how we communicate further? Thanks

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

It sounds like the same people I got scammed. You will never get money back. You not texting just one person they take turns texting you I don't know how many of them texted me. some of them are not very good English. I wish we can do something about romance scam fro online dating site or waring all the women in the world about this.

I’m talking with a guy now with name David Neumann and vest friend is William. Wife and parents died, has a daughter and now in Scotland doing construction contract. “My iPhone is in the blink can u help me?” Says he lives in San Francisco- anything familiar?? Gave me an email and chats w me on Hangout.

Does he use Thomas Bruno photo ( on twitter) photo. Nobody should ask you for money online .

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