Faking it — scammers’ tricks to steal your heart and money

Image of cupid and heartNot everyone using online dating sites is looking for love. Scammers create fake online profiles using photos of other people — even stolen pictures of real military personnel. They profess their love quickly. And they tug at your heartstrings with made-up stories about how they need money — for emergencies, hospital bills, or travel. Why all of the tricks? They’re looking to steal your money.

As if all that isn’t bad enough, romance scammers are now involving their victims in online bank fraud. Here’s how it works: The scammers set up dating profiles to meet potential victims. After they form a “relationship,” they come up with reasons to ask their love interest to set up a new bank account. The scammers transfer stolen money into the new account, and then tell their victims to wire the money out of the country. Victims think they’re just helping out their soulmate, never realizing they’re aiding and abetting a crime.  

Here are some warning signs that an online love interest might be a fake. They ask you to:

  • chat off of the dating site immediately, using personal email, text, or phone
  • wire money using Western Union or Money Gram
  • set up a new bank account

Did you know you can do an image search of your love interest’s photo in your favorite search engine? If you do an image search and the person’s photo appears under several different names, you’re probably dealing with a scammer. And if the person’s online profile disappears a few days after they meet you, that’s another tip-off.

Here’s the real deal: Don’t send money to someone you met online — for any reason. If your online sweetheart asks for money, you can expect it’s a scam.

Unfortunately, online dating scams are all too common. There may be tens of thousands of victims, and only a small fraction report it to the FTC. If this happens to you, please report it at ftc.gov/complaint — click on Scams and Rip-Offs, then select Romance Scams.

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I have seen this a couple of times. I can tell by their english. One guy, when I asked what he did for a living, he said I sell metal canned food. No salesman in the US would ever say that. This man was supposable from California.

Helen Christiana Terry is a name a scammer has stolen and is using it to extort money from men saying shes a nurse in Nigeria with UNICEF when I contacted UNICEF after she emailed me and I noticed poor english for a nursing student they told me she was a fraud she or whom ever is still using the emails to commit fraud

Please, I think my so called boyfriend is a Nigerian scammer. Someone help me. My heart is to invested. I don't wanna leave him .but I found out he is saying the same thing to other woman. I called him out n he . I need to know y they disappear on the week end please someone any one.

Hello Melanie, I feel what ur going thru, I met someone in EH and his voice didn't match the pic but to find out neither was the pic..in which came clean with but I still believed n him until he asked for my financial support..At that time everything about him I was Leary..I didn't send money and that changed the relationship.He is an African man who lived n LA but was doing "business" n Australia.. Even at time if connecting I tried to do research in him but hit a brick wall..he has a Facebook(I don't) but there is more of story and yes I totally understand how u feel but wanted to say u r not alone..keep ur head up,don't do ANYTHING u don't feel comfortable n doing

Hi Ladies:

I'm so sorry for your pain. These online scammers have no sense of decency. If you notice only one pic or this person escalates his emotions quickly - even before meeting! Then chances are he's a scammer. True love comes from meeting the person face to face, learning about each other in broad daylight - not over the internet!! Don't let yourselves be tricked into thinking these con artists are sincere.

Recently, I was scam by someone from a online dating for money. What do i do? I am lost and don't know how to get out of this situation.

If you gave the scammer your bank or credit card account numbers, contact your bank or credit card company and ask how to protect your accounts.

Please report this to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint. The details you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations. If you sent money by wire transfer service, you can report the scammer to the company.

i am tera 22 reporting the name of LT.GEN.BEN HODGES i am talking to him every day and share a sweet words always and he is very sweet man i know a General can be.

he ask me to open an account to transfer money bank to bank a very large amount of money.and i refuse to do it he still talking to and ask to marry him and sending sweet image of heart all the time it sense like a real one

i meet him in accidentally i did not look for him at all the small message start.he give me email that i have been looking in fake email's and i cant till if they are fake because it is very privet and think it's real but i don't think it is.his profile is Government Army please respond the answer mam Bridget Small i need the answer Please..

Your story shows many signs of a scam.

  1. A person you do not know sends a message.
  2. He uses many kind words. Very soon he wants to marry you. 
  3. He asks you to open a bank account. He asks you to help him transfer money.

If you open a bank account, you tell the bank your name and your social security number. You will be responsible for the account.  

If this is a scam, the man might transfer stolen money into the account. He might ask you to send money to another account. He might ask you to wire the money out of the country. If you do these things, you are helping to commit a crime involving stolen money.  

You could tell him you will not open the account. You can stop sending messages if you don't want to talk.

Thank you so very much :Mam: Bridget Small that's i need it to know about i don't have any experience of any of this.your reply is so helpful to me.i thank you

I have been in same situation. His name used was duhon donald lee jr. Stated he was sgt in Us army. Widowed with a daughter. Stated wife died when stationed in SA and that his daughter is there in boarding school. Said did not have access to money. Asked if i could send money to nanny sister as she was going there. So stupidly sent money to new york for his daughter birthday.

Than he began asking for bank info. Stated he wanted to make a trasfer from his bank. He tried to get my ss number and acct number. Bank said he only neede swift code number. He transferred money. Bank said it cleared. Than two days later bank wanted money back. Stated dep. Made from stolen checks. He said it must of been an error and he would clear it up.

Please all beware of anyone asking for bank info. His English was very good when texting and no accent when talking on phone. I trusted him and awaited for him to get the bank straightened out. He than asked for more money for his daughter. At this point asked for his military email. He gave me an email with different name. At this point i blocked him.

Hi. My mother is going through a similar experience. She's not sure if the man she is talking to is real... robyn leigh steadman. Her story is almost same as yours, she has sent him a lot of money already, mostly for his daughter who is going to boarding school in Africa (or something like that) she also sent her money for a birthday party. he says he has no family just the family of deceased wife who is supposedly caring for girl while he is working overseas for an oil company as an engineer. When you say SA do you mean San Antonio or something else? Because this man states that he lives in houston but hasnt been home for a while. But I wanted to know if they sent you pictures of the girls party like they did my mom? They sure do make everything seem believable and I just want to protect my mom.

If your mother met someone online, and he is asking her for money, there's a good chance it is a scam.

Scammers often make up stories about their work and families and ask for money for emergenices, or to care for their children. Often the scammer claims he has money, but can't get to it right now because of a problem with his bank or business.

Here are some warning signs that an online love interest might be a fake. They ask you to:

  • chat off of the dating site immediately, using personal email, text, or phone
  • wire money using Western Union or Money Gram
  • set up a new bank account and help them by depositing checks or transferring money

Wow your moms story sounds identical to mine, the only difference he told me he had no family his wife passed away in a car accident and had a son in boarding school in the UK . And he was an engineer in Dubai LOL.I picked up on what he was up too from the very beginning but I played along with him. He would tell me how much he loved me and hoods God brought us together blah blah blah. just two days ago he tomb me her had received an email from Stanley's teacher telling him he was very sick and needed medical attention and he couldn't leave the ship of course so he needed to borrow money and not to worry he would pay me back as soon as he got off that ship I think he said he had 5 wks left. Ha I asked for the name of the school -no response then he told me he would send me his phone # that never happened,we were chatting on messenger so if he was in Dubai his time would be different then mine of course he didn't know maybe it's in the settings same BS I asked huge much it is that he needed the amount was $1625.00 I simply said I'm sorry I don't work I can't help you out wish I could by the way the name was Ken Ovoke sharp looking man if indeed it was him.I would try to call him on messenger but he couldn't answer the phone was not allowed to ha ha ha we spoke a few more times once again asked if I can help I said no and that was the end of Mr.Ovoke

Omg Is the same guy I'm talking to him he said the same except he is a Dr and work for the UN omg and his son in bording school is Kely and his birthday is soon and he is upset because daddy is not with him he ask me for pictures of me and my son I send him fake one

I think we have the same guy! Heis a doctor that works in the huminatarian service in United nation base in Syria He scammed me thousands of dollars. What is his name? did you use viber with him He is a liar and to not talk to him. I am a nurse and he even does not know terms in medical vocabulary . He told me about his son"s birthday and I have to sent his son 2 i phones in Uk and i have to pay even Uk taxes to pay for his sons i phone . I reported him to FBI today.I hope they catch him.His mame is Wilhelm gerhard Krumwiede do not talk to this guy!

I think we have the same guy.He claimed he is a doctor working for the UN. He was in Syria the first 2 months we corresponded and now he is in Belgium.He Asked me to opened a chase account for him using my name.He told me his son who is in UK boarding school lost his phone and inhaler and need to get a new one.

Sounds familiar but not exact. My scammer sent me a message from Match. Dylan Carson claimed he is originally from Austin, Texas but lived in Sydney Australia for the past 15 year with his daughter Ruby after the passing of his beloved Sue who died in a car crash while 3 month pregnant. He claimed he moved to Kitchner, Ontario, Canada while his daughter moved to Texas with his parents to attend university. Says he is a technical engineer with Estisilat in Dubai and travels constantly for work. He said he just got back from Dorset in UK and will have to go back in to complete the job. Long story short and too many facets to this story, I wired him over $300K and never got back a penny. I lost my house and all my savings and trying to build back my life. I never met him, but I will leave him in the hands of the good Lord!

I know how you feel. I was scammed by a guy Wilhelm Gerhard Krumwiede They have different stories some times the same person. All of them are liars. Ireported him to FBI already and to the police . This person is in the USA but use the address of foreign Countries. Maybe if you can share his pictures to me we might have the same guy. He uses Wells fargo and Bank of America so i have all the records of the transactions and the address of his contact here in the US maybe the police can raid that house and maybe the police can catch them.

I am writing for 8 months with a doctor who works for UN in Syria an his so. Is in Norway in school his name is Dr Michael Wooden don't know know if he is the same person.

I've been talking to a stunning looking young woman I met online. She said she was a student working on a project with WHO and got stranded in Nigeria. She needed money to get out and continued to say things like the money she had was stolen or the money was scammed from her. Her name is Elizabeth (Betty) Pugh.

It's the same kind of situation i am in. This woman named Alina Baura she told me she makes 230,000 a year as an engineer and she needs me to help her with antiques crafts and paintings the shipping cost is 941.00 dollars and i ask her how much she haves she said she has 46,000 on her right now. She was playing me along too.

I am so sorry from the story you told seems who your mom met is a scammer. Hope your mom realize and not keep sending money for any reason he gave before meet someone in real and know well.

This German guy befriended me on face book says his wife is decreased daughter in an accident but just had a birthday, send money for her present. He's working for a company drilling oil as a engineer I know this must be a scam also. .

Hi. Please don't trust. I just found out the guy I have been sending money to is 100% fraud. His name is Shawn Piere Cazier. Can someone tell me if the police or FBI can do something? I want this man caught and I don;t want him to do this to another woman again. I am emotionally and financially distraught. I want this man caught. Please Federal Trade Commission respond to this. I am also afraid to report if this is a big ring operation. I fear that he might come after me and my family. I completely got fooled by this man. Even his fake daughter called me and we texted for months...I thought I had a future with this man. I never given money to anyone like this before. I am also fearful I will be in trouble with the police...I did not know until July it was a scam. Please let me know if it is safe to report. Thanks.

If you think you're talking to a scammer, please report it to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint.

Sheila - This german guy sounds alot like my scammer. What's his name? My scammer's wife had leukemia and daughter's birthday was June 14. The name he used was Clark Gibson but I've seen him use the name Huffman Alfred Gibson. Same guy??

Did they send pic of daughter with her name on birthday cake?

No, one of the pictures I got was with him and his daughter in the car making what he called "Kissy Faces like fishes".

I had the same thing only i new from the jump i google picture search the firat day i let him work for me for 6 weeks lmao hahaha i had him in tears i had to school him buffalo dont play that will be the day i pay any man to come to me haha on what planet is a man ask a women for money okay in the end i really enjoyed the attention lonley house wife my hes im house lol now i had crying i even got his real identity pics and much more jackson Williams 1988 oh yes what a sexy accent and a picture to dye for well guess what he ia no oil rig bull cant get off the ship unless you pay his 30 thousand dollara to his barrister lol wow not sure i would pay that even if he was real lol

Hi. How is it possible to find his real ID? Please answer.

I feel very foolish that I fell for this scam. My scammer's name was Clark Huffman Gibson. His pictures are of a very handsome man. He is widowed with a daughter who is in boarding school. Because I refused to send money to Dubai or Nigeria, he requested I send it to one of his agents. I found out they would then send it to Nigeria. I found his 'agent' on Facebook and discovered that Clark Gibson was shown as her friend but as Huffman Albert Gibson. On any given day, there are approximately 20 men named Huffman Albert Gibson listed on facebook! Almost all are either widowed or divorced, approximately 50 years old and in the oil or gas exploration business. Out of all of them, only one shows friends - the rest have their friend list blocked.

Robert Derrickson is the name this scammer used. He claims to live in Florida and works in Dubai . He found me on match.com. Got me off the website quickly and began romancing the stone in his third email to me . His email is drrkbrt        Claims his wife died 8 years ago and his son is in Califormia in an institution. I could smell the scam when I couldn't find him living in Lauderdale in his house he owned. I asked him so many questions and got little answers. His email address is with gmail which makes his IP address appear to come from Mountain View, California . I'm sure he or she is in Nigeria. Just today, after not hearing from him in a week, he emailed me the bombshell. He wants $3,500 to get his paperwork ready to leave Dubai. No way Jose. Advice to ladies on match is not to give your email address so easily and check out him name thoroughly.

I met the same guy, he used a Chinese profile with name Ritchie Cheung. He said he had both lived in mountain view, ca and Jacksonville, Florida . He even shown his family pictures, his son with him, I'm sure he used other people's. Key words: pipeline, self employee, mechanical engineer, Thai land, have you eaten, how was your day, never call you name...  I'm luck I knew he gonna ask me money since he mentioned his dad died in Hong Kong and left him 11M, hahaha. I played with him couple of weeks util he asked money 3000 from his Thailand project, which he was granted a couple days after we met online, a multimillion, hahaha. Actually I like the profile he stole, who can tell me how I can find my real dream man in that picture?

im in a mess. i cant belive how dumb i am. i fell in love with a man i know hes not real but god he makes me feel alive, i have never talked to him only by email, hes very good of convincing his love for me. i feel like he is my missng piece of my heart, and he says the same thing. i have sent him money. i just keep praying he is real. how do i find out for sure he is a scammer. i know he has all the sighns i dont want to believe it. i love him. im such a fool.

I wish I could believe you WERE A FOOL! Your story is almost identical to mine. I am crying now as I reply. My heart is so fragile as it is. I believed too that he is my perfect match, directly from God Himself! Part of me wishes I'd NOT find this site. I want him to be real with all my being. I'VE spoken with him via skype WITH video so I know his real face. I thought I knew his real heart. I've not sent any money - I don't have any! But I have still be very much scammed as far as it sounds from this site. I"m going to bed now so I can cry myself to sleep. I really thought I had my guard up enough to catch such a game. :( If you have read enough stories on this site, you have no option BUT to believe he is a scammer. Tis clear we are not the only ones.

We have the same situation and I understand how you feel. I was just recently scammed by a fake US Army soldier Name Frank Edward base in Syria. I lost a total of $14,000 US dollars part of it was applied for the loan and the rest are my savings money. I can see all the signs of a scam but because I fell inlove with him I don't want to believe that my guy is a scammer. They are evil in reality once they got the money they want they will stop talking and chatting with you. Right now I don't know how to pay off the loan with a high interest rate. and I lost all my savings from the bank. Don't let him fool you again. They are all scammers with an ugly faces behind the pictures he is sending to you. Im totally broken hearted and broke. to the point that I have to cut off some of my bills and luxuries in life. I am so dumb I trusted my life with this man and promised me of getting married once he came back to US but he never show up they are not gonna show up but they will just keep their facebook accpount opened no emails and nothing. Don't let him fool you again and don't send money anymiore.

What if they ask you to wire money for their own account to another account for say a plane ticket home.

If someone you don't know asks you to wire money, he might be trying to get your bank account number. Or, he might be trying to get you to help with a crime.

A scammer could transfer stolen money into an account, and then tell ask you to wire the money. If you don't really know the person, you can't know where the money comes from or where it is going.

Bridget - I met someone on Match a few months ago. He says he's a pipeline engineer recently moved from the UK to the USA. He says he is a widower with a daughter. He has professed his love and everything seemed above board until today when he told me he is short $38K to pay for shipping on supplies he needs for a job he is working in Alaska. He has had me helping him work with his supplier in China, his banker in the UK and I have seen his passport. The red flags went up this morning after the request to help. How do you know if someone is real? I have a copy of his passport, but how do you even know if that is real?

Unfortunately, when you communicate with someone online, you can't know who he (or she) really is. You might get texts or see pictures, but you can't know who is sending them.

You spotted one big red flag: your 'sweetheart' asked for money because of an emergency. If someone you don't know -  and never met - asks for your money,  it's probably a scam. If you send money, you're probably going to lose it.

What name is he using and what's his daughters name

My friend, my story is similar. The guy is from Facebook. He messaged me first. Says he is a widow, wife died having another child that died.he has an 11 year old daughter. Everything was wonderful until he went to turkey for a job.he supposedly owned a business & had money.he sent me tons of.pics of him & the daughter.he is supposedly coming to visit me in august when he returns from his job.when he got to the job his credit card didn't work.he asked me for thousands of dollars. So I decided to play him.i sent a very.small amount. Before he got very angry at me & was a different man. Then after I sent him a small amount, then he needs more money for his hotel room where he is staying while working. He claims he is a pipeline engineer. He want get anything else from me.not only did he get a small amount of.money but he has broken my heart. But when he calls again I will ignore him in the future. I am done!!! Ladies & gentleman please don't send anything to anyone.

This story sounds very similar to one a friend of mine is getting from a man that contacted her on FB. He lives in Houston, owns a building company, widower with a daughter (has a pic), going to China. Did your scammer have an 83 year old father?

what sort of passport was it? what was the china supplier's name if you can tell me, sounds similar to what im dealing with.

I reported Shawn Pierre Cazier (most likely not his real name) to the police department. I have given the police department all the information I had on this scammer. I hope the police and FBI catch and stop him from doing this to anyone else.

hello, the same thing happen to me, a person had stolen the name and bio of LTG Fredrick B H Luckily, he did not get any money from me and when I challenged him, he blocked me.

i also fall inlove with a nigerian man,but when he start to ask me told him its over.most of them want south african papers and i dont fall for tht crab

I have him too,he needs 48,550 British ponds for his retirement certificate,i have played him for weeks,just to get info.i now have the bank details as to where to send the money.Result,report him now

He's a scammer...you need to stop talking w this person immediately. I have been scammed by smaller amounts like 50$ a month, but always there were excuses and not being a blessed to talk on Skype. If they say for security reasons, ect log off immediately no matter what their pictures look like. I was even asked for my bank account numbers....trust me their out to hurt you using LOVE as a pretence

Me too by a woman supposedly from Russia, menlysena for users out there...asks for personal email right away, sends a lot of pictures, tries to get info about me and my family and what I own...she just wants you to send her money, and take advantage of...

I know it's difficult. Break it off he is not the person for you. Trust me my scammer broke it off yesterday cause I never gave him any money. I must say I was a bit relieved but yet heartbroken because we started relationship. November 20th of 2015 and it ended yesterday January 28th. I just knew all along that something wasn't right if I had fallen for him I would have by now given him at least $8,000 counting all the different request that he asked me for thank God that I didn't do that. Please run while u have the chance. It will be worse off for you later if you don't cut it off now.

What was his story... I just start talking to someone on the 28th and he is asking me for things as well.

Be very careful don't disclose your bank account or credit card pin,be very careful maybe he is a potential scammer xxxxx

Please I am also in love the worse is I haven't been able yo talk yo him a soldier deployed in west Africa he can't call now he needs 300 for his leave form to come live here he's says he is not on mos code so they don't pay for him I called a scammer he upset I said I don't care who u r I love u u need money bi will still send it he still professing his love for me and he's coning home how can I know for sure. Anyone help please I feel like I can't get away like I am brain washed

US soldiers do not have to pay for leave forms. The US Army has many warnings about scammers who pretend to be soldiers.

If you never talked to the person on the phone or saw him in person, you can't be sure who he really is.  You take a risk when you send money to someone you don't know, or tell them about yourself. If you tell him your bank account number or credit card number, he could take money from you.

Do not send $$. I am a 49 year old single man been had 3 times, I am sorry but you will never meet him, his leave will be suspended because an "escalation in security measures" code orange or some rap like that, he got reprimanded because his bunk was not made properly, boots not shiny enough or he got into a fight...

All boo hoo stories, "how unfair our love has to wait". Please don't fall for it because he will change the subject every time you mention the money and a week later some catastrophic happenstance will bring him to ask you for more, larger amounts, and you end up with a dent if not no savings or defaulted on important payments.

First one only got me for $70 before I found her photos on(use the site, run his images), second got me just under a grand before I found her and third one $2500 for a plane ticket+ other. Look for words like " babe", "food stuff", " have you eaten today ". I beg you, do some searching, don't send anything or disclose anything personal and if you don't comply, knuckle under, watch his messages demeanor change to near violent but only a couple because he doesn't want to scare you all the way off, he just wants you to think you could lose him.

Believe, he has already psych profiled you and he will twist you up, wring you dry and you will not only feel betrayed by the entire male gender those heart aches take along, long, time to fade and then because of Your suspicions you might miss out on the real deal when he opens a door, meets you in a store, offers you a hand with something, we do those little things when we are interested or attracted (boys are wired differently than girls) nice guys are very subtle and cautious because we don't like getting hurt either. Please, search, report and forward everything he sent you to the FTC, FORWARD HIM A LINK TO THIS SITE and CUT OFF ALL COMMUNICATIONS, change your email, phone number. I am SO SORRY.

As I read your post I realized just how severe myself son was taken,he not only believed everything this person told him but alienated all his friends and his family.

The person that took advantage of him was a random "friend" request on FB....which turned into "I love you, I want to be your wife, send me money, barrow money, pawn or sell everything you have and I will come to you foe the rest of myself life", money for airline tickets x at least 5....after every dime sent he was sent excuse after excuse as to why she didn't show up, or pay my bills so I can keep in communication with you (lights and Internet $500 a month), I'm starving and have no money for food so I have to sell my blood....on and on the stories go.

I warned him from the second I heard that this was a scam but he totally believed literally everything she said. I checked and found I think 5 different profiles with the same name, from the same city in the same country... Quito,Ecuador! She has been "red flagged" through Western Union and then changed the name to send money to.... he has had messages forwarded to him that were emails to a different guy saying he was sending her money and the amounts with tracking info...he believed her "hacked" story and sent more money.

She has told him she has "raw gold" she will smuggle into the country sell it and they will live off that....also she has told him she needs all the money to prove that she can make it in this country, but they will refund it when she gets here. She threatened that if he fails her she will kill herself, and so on which gets even worse....he believed it all. My son was taken by this crook or group of crooks for more than $20,000.00 which is insane since he sent her the money she demanded without taking responsibility for his own bills. Anyway, I just wanted to throw this out there in hopes it will help someone that's not as trusting and gullible as my son.....

I did have enough and sent her an email stating I was reporting her and her scam to every official I could with all documentation, demands, promises, etc....to this she sent my son a message saying I threatened to "kill her"...absolutely pathetic....her name is Cho Marie, Marie Misseh, Cho Marie Misseh....and the new name she had him send money to is Berroa Perez Mabel....and another A Soh Virgine???? I'm so glad you caught on before being totally taken....

Hi!My name is L., I have almost the same experience:on the 11 of April, 2016 I "met" a man, Major A.M., from one camp base in Iraq who in 3 weeks proposed me, but asked for a request of early retirement because the situation became dangerous in their camp base. I was asked to pay 2,700 dollars for his form of that "early retirement"...of course, my heart is broken now but I saved my money. Thanks to my friends, they helped me to "recognise" the scammer.

I met a man wanting the same amount of money. I am sure it is a scam!

I met a guy name David Robertson I need to know if he's a soldier or not cause he says he loves me and miss me and his son so can I please get some help here please soon he said he be home before Septembe

The US Army has warned people about scammers. Scammers pretend to be soldiers and tell all kinds of stories about themselves to get people to send money. Sometimes they say they have children who need money.

Don't send money to someone you never met.

The US Army says:

  • If you never talk to the person on the phone, or he says he can't send letters or get letters, it could be a scam. Even when soldiers are outside the US, they have an APO or FPO mailing address.
  • Military members have an email address that end in ".mil." If the person you're talking to won't send you even one email from an address that ends in ".mil," he probably is not in the military. The ".mil" will be the last part of the address with nothing after it.
  • If he says the military won't let him use his bank accounts or credit cards, it's a lie.

Look I am former military and military people NEVER I repeat NEVER have to pay to leave or any of the other BS these con guys are trying to pull. The military get's them there and get's them home... They issue their gear etc. Don't fall for these loser guys whining stories.

This is happening right now to me. I met this person online claiming that he is in Military station in Kabul Afghanistan he goes under the name of Dave Soto and told me he has a daughter and widowed.

Long story short we started chatting and and get into relationship Im so fallen for him. Now his asking for money because he said his daughter has broken her legs while she was in the park with friends. In the very moments I stand with what I believe is right I told him I will not send any money to him and now he is not replying back on my messages so its clear now that it was a SCAM! Ladies please be guarded your heart and money.

What is the soldier's name? I have a soldier telling me the same thing

I have a guy saying similar stuff. His name is Reynolds Wood. He is supposedly in Kabul Afghanistan. Wanted me to send underwear, game controls for ps4 and Fifa Soccer, tank tops and some other items for his birthday. When asked his address it was to Ghana to courier because no one can come in or out of base except the courier.

Could you please help me. I have also been talking to a man who friended me on fb back the first of JAN. HE SAID HIS NAME WAS GILLIAM WOODLAND AND THAT HE WAS FROM LONDON' I HAVE 3 PICTURES HE TEXTED TO ME. I HAVE NEVER CONFIRMED A REQUEST FROM FB BEFORE UNLESS THEY WERE SOMEONE I KNEW. I FEEL SO DUMB AND STUPID. HE HAS BEEN BOTHERING ME TO SEND HIM MONEY TO. HE SAID HE HAD TALK A SHIPMENT OF GOOD TO SOUTH AFRICA AND DON'T HAVE THE MONEY FOR THE SEAPORT TAXES. HE HAS BEEN CALLING ME TO AND I KNOW HE IS NOT WHO HE SAYS HE IS CAUSE HIS SOUNDS LIKE HE IS FROM AFRICA. THE PHONE NO HE IS CALLING FROM IS NIGARIA. I'M ASKING FOR SOME ADVICE BECAUSE IM VERY AFRAID. ANY ADVISE WOULD BE APPRECIATED. THANK YOU

It is very simple. The guy is a fraud. there is no investment on his part, so you have nothing to lose. Just block him. I had something similar on EH. A woman was 29 (I am late 40s) and she was telling me that she was instantly falling in love with me and that age is just a number. Then she asked me for money for almost the same reasons you listed above. I immediately cut it off because I knew it was a scam. Don't feel bad. It is actually kind of funny on how blatantly clumsy they are in their scams.

Call me 912 xxx xxxx I have been investigating this group for several months. They are from the United States

As stated in the FTC's blog commenting policy, we do not publish personal information, like phone numbers, in blog comments.

I do have on victim to this scam. I met this young man on Facebook tennis age was 41 very good looking very clean-cut we struck conversation and one thing led to another after that I'm sixty years old I like the attention I was getting and unfortunately it was all a scam I didn't know that at first until my daughter made me see the light and understand what I was going to she literally had to put his picture up online you tell me that the person that I've been talking to is a good person PTI asked me if I could send him money for the papers to come home and be with me fortunately I did not send him any money but now I don't know how to get out of the situation too and I need everyone's help please help me in this matter thank you.

Hi.i guess i am a victim too of these scumbags.. i met this guy on FB.. he gave me a name FRANCIS DARREN. we started chatting sin feb 22.. i was skeptical but i continued to talk to him coz he seems so nice and gentle and sweet. an american guy from texas he said but currently in Ghana to claim a " nanny Will" to cut it short.. we chatted and eventually fell for each other even by not seeing each other yet. now , he wanted to marry me and get the nanny will so we could start a life. the problem is he couldnt process the nanny will from Barclays bank coz the bank is askin for money to process it.. so last nite it came to a point where he asked my help.. hahaha voila. i knew it.. when i refused.. he said i broke his heart. and made him sad. . the funny silly thing i did back then was i sent nude pics of me.. but latter part last nite .. he wasnt able to pesuade me to send him cash.. now i blocked him on FB..

Oh mine did you ever see him? Is he a young black guy? I guess he wants to marry everyone he chats with LOL. And of course it all is because he is madly in love with you and needs help. THEY ALWAYS DO. When he said he was sad - and you broke his heart - well he might be the same guy that scammed me - did he ever mention a brother? Where was he going to get married? Did he ever say in Ghana?

Be careful! Search the internet and check to make sure he didn't post your nude pics anywhere.

I did not have any nude pics from when I was there - he did though was low enough to give it to someone else there and then claimed he hadn't at the beginning so he has already done that from the beginning. But all I can expect is someone saying: Oh .. is that my friend.... And if they ask me then I will explain to my friends they know me and they can only see the scammer through his actions. And since you are answering to this how would you suggest I would disseminate this information all over the web and other places? Somebody suggested renting a billboard in each city. That would be expensive though.

i give someone i met from fb he is from turkey ,5000 usd by western union and then he bloc me..what should i do to get my moeny back???

When you send money by wire transfer like Western Union, it is very difficult to get it back.

When you send money by wire transfer, it is like giving cash. After the money is gone, the company cannot get it back. You can report the person to law enforcment in your area, and report him to the wire transfer company.

Are they only U.S. or are they a mix of Ghana and US?

How can we talk? It could be beneficial for both if it is the same people / group. Im on fb also -

What group is it that you've been investigating ? If the phone number I call os a real Nigerian number that person is truly n Nigeria .. yes ?

No - when I was in Ghana I observed that getting a phone in Nigeria somehow it keeps on showing from Nigeria even if you are in Ghana - the thing is that those scammers have not only one phone. I used to communicate through whatsapp and he would put my picture on the "DP" - well that is because they have various numbers and I guess there is a way of opening various kinds of accounts with whatsapp also (or something like that) in order to fit a lot of women's pictures and convince them that their pictures are going everywhere because each of them (us) is the only one they are romancing and they want the entire world to know you (and me) are their true love. So coming from Nigeria it could be any place in Africa I imagine that's possible. They have a lot of contact so they can have people still have their accounts in different parts of Africa. They can even make the phone appear from the U.S. The only thing is that sometimes when you call then you will hear that is a service phone of Google or some other internet provider.

I know. they are from United States because their phone no. are from United states and their bank accounts are from here they Use BOA and Wells fargo Bank. I now becauseI was scammed by the person by thousands of the dollars. The person who says you break my heart and I am sad uses the name Wilhelm Gerhard Krumwiede and now he is using the name Frances Daren. Do not give him money.

I met on date site. Good looking man, with 19yr. old son. Wife died when son was 1yrs. old. He said he's 68 , says has no family. Got off site. Email an texting only. Said in Dubai now working. Will be there for a few months. Supposedly has home in Florida. I'm not sure but I think he's in Ohio, working a scam. How do I find out if he's real? I am elderly lady.

When you communicate with someone online, you can't be sure who he really is. You can look for information about the photo he's using, but you don't know if the photo is really him.

One sign of a scam is when the person wants you to get off the dating site and use email or texts to communicate. Many people have written comments about scammers who say they are:

  • Americans working overseas on construction, oil rigs or other large projects
  • widows or widowers, with children who need money, gifts, computers or cell phones
  • coming back to the U.S. soon and want to see you.

Don't send money to someone you 'met' online, and don't do favors like let him use your bank account to transfer money, or open a bank account for him.

I think I have been communicating with the same guy. Says he's 68 and from match. Wants to communicate by email. Claims he's working in Dubai and will be back to Florida in a few weeks. He writes me love letters about us being a couple when he returns. Claims he lost his wife in a car accident and his son is permanently injured and living in a medical facility in Ca. He goes by the name of Robert Derrickson.
Just waiting for him to ask me for money. I researched him and couldn't find anything.

I sure would like to no more about this one they are a big ring of them in the states and Nigeria and Ghana I sure wouldn't mind seeing pictures if available.

Your story is exact as mine...he's from London and he went to nigeria to work, needed money due to goods at seaport.we been talking since aug.2015 I sent him up to 4000 and recently I was sent a check for 1,780. I cashed it and western union contacted me to get money back that I was check scammed I put money back in bank and all turned out ok thank god. we still talk and tonight he ask for 1000. To help him renew travel papers to come be wth me

Sounds EXACTLY like the guy I met online. He was "short on Goods Customs" in Lagos Nigeria. He went by name of Charles?? Just curious. He also asked for various other amounts because his son who was only five years old whose name was Dave supposedly was in the hospital. When I Googled the name and nothing came up anywhere which right there told me scam and he just recently broke up with me February 28,2016 because I wouldn't send him money or give him my bank account information. We met end of Aug 2016.

What phone number does he use ?

what's his phone ?1 402-892-1309

I would love to see the pictures of this man. I believe I may have the same thing going on for a shipment but it seemed so real it's freaking me out. His story really checks out! If it's easier to email the pictures to me oh good lord please don't think this is a scam... My email address is:

I am literally sitting outside of the store about to do a MoneyGram second-guessing myself..

We don't publish personal information like emails.

If someone you don't know contacts you out of the blue, wants to be your friend and then wants your money, there's a good chance he's a scammer. If you send money, you probably won't get it back.

I think you and I have the same Facebook friend. Only a couple pics on Facebook and has sent a few "from Nigeria" to keep me hooked. But voice and the person in the photos just can't be the same person for various reason. But it looks like they keep track of the details they tell you. Three small details mentioned in our first (so far) phone conversation. Seemed on purpose almost. I wish some of the "fake pictures" there out there that we could browse to see .

You can look up photos on Google to find where else the image has been used/posted. You need to use a computer and from Google you select Images and in the search bar select the camera icon and upload your image and it will search for that image. I have done this and it works. It has helped to confirm a scammer who is using the same photo setting up other profiles.

Don't do it. I have been scammed a few times. One was supposedly a marine captain in Afghanistan and got $3000 and an expensive iphone.

I met a guy on Christian dating site and we communicated every day and I then started texting - he even had. "Daughter" email me as she was concerned I was going to hurt her father . His story was he had a job in Dubai with a big payoff but his tools were stolen and he needed 14,500 but he had most of it only needed 2000 from me - I blocked him and put his email to spam . Quoted bible verses wrote poetry for me ., his name was Henry Dailey but it was more likely a fake using mr Dailey picture and name . Sad

I feel I may be communicating with the same person. His name is Paul Smith and is working in Nigeria. His daughters name is Mary. Lived in Jacksonville Fl. but originally from Ireland. Sound familiar?

this sounds like adam ledet or ledet adam has a daughter name lisa who will text you about concern over her father suppose to be from irland this man man has a kind smile gray and black beard friendly face I think its adam ledet beware

What's his name and description?

Omg was his name John field Micall ?

Right....u fall in love with someone who dont exists ...false photo...fake profile...sharing their problems they r from uk or us and stay in south east africa following tourism programme. ...ha haha.
they have no foodstuffs and ask u if u know about western union etc...

Don't send money again,go to your bank and complain if possible change your phone no,email and any ways you think he can still get access to you ,

I had one and reported it to the police now there looking into the scammer I had

Hi there can you tell me more about this situation?

Which information do you know about the person.contact me and lets track him down

I'm in the same boat he keeps texting he needs money now it's $1,500 . I also need help

I feel the same way how do you get out of it

Barry Nolly is the name of the person that tried to scam me but I got him told him that he was a lie and that the police was on to him and his friends and that they will be arrested in a matter of days so he never called back again.

I am curious if you have a picture of this person, I am talking to guy claiming to be from UT but is on business in Australia as well and am wondering if same person

Wow this sounds famiar. Nick juarez sound famikia?

Same here but says he's in Malaysia needing money for A shipment to get through customs. He even sent Me a customs tax form etc via e-mail. I know he's fake It's very evident. Wish I could share a pic on here.

i meet some guy he had his daughter and son email that he was working in Maylasia name is George Smith.. he told me he lived in AZ but he was going Maylasia for work. That He need me to send Laptop Because His broke..And That he couldn't get any money for air fair and now that he need money pay the taxes

Mendez27:do you have a picture of this george smith .. cause my mom has been talking to a george smith that says he is from the army and he is in dubai and he separated from his wife and he told my mom he was 40.:( i dont want my mom to be heart broken cause it sucks...he also gave my mom an email that says soldiers-off-duty.gov@consultant.___ and he told her that if she needed to contact him to email him there.

If you meet someone online and they ask you to send money or gifts, that's a sign they might be trying to scam you. The US military warns people about scammers who pretend to be soldiers.

Scammers tell many different stories to try and sound legitimate. They might say they're in the military, or travelling for business, or have kids who need financial help. They ask for money, or gifts, and promise they'll see you soon. If you send money or gifts to someone you never met in person, you probably can't get them back.

 

You and every other victim are dealing with the fraudulent governments of Nigeria, ECOWAS Economic Communities of West Africa and South Africa. They are the rich "entrepreneurs/traders" and mainly the Igbo from Nigeria. Don't also be deceived by such as "Italian/American/British" accents because these SOB's are from the rich royal families/kingdoms in Nigeria that send their brats to the best universities in the US and UK to become scamming doctors, lawyers, engineers etc. They are greedy filth living overseas in expensive properties, cars etc and huge bank accounts

I was scam by this new Yorker to he was a romantic he spoke every word that was kind to me he respectfully talk to me over Five months in states he was a enterpuer in treated me that he was taking me to court after he scame me he place money in a banking account in then he scam me he states he was a widower in he has a daughter she was a 16invade was living with family in how he wanted to come in live in my state and have a life with me women don't be decieve!

Hi. I having been talking to a guy who says he is from New York (Long Island) and he is on a business trip in Turkey. I just found I out from the bank that the money he transferred was fraud. He has a daughter who is 14 now. She left me a message to thank me for the Itunes gift card. I fell for him and he was a sweet talker. There was always something wrong after the first month. His business needed a new piece for his drilling machine, hospital stays and not having money for food. I feel ashamed and I feel like a fool. I saw the signs and somehow he promised it will be fixed. He says he is French and has an accent. He told me his wife died from cancer. I texted with his daughter or God knows who fro months until her phone broke. That's so funny. Once I got a call from the bank I texted him and told him never to contact me again and I blocked and deleted all of his information. I am wondering if anyone else had a similar experience talking to this scammer. My family knew and told me to stay away;but I didn't want to believe it. I feel relieved it's over and hurt and sad by this gruesome experience. I would like to communicate with anyone with this similar experience. I believe nothing he told me was true.

Sounds like mine.. three days in, he supposedly lived near me, moved here from Texas 4 years ago, is 58 and an engineer. Had a wife named Jane who passed away, a son John (19) and daughter Marcella (23). He is using the name James Rollings. But when I do a search on him, or his company, or any of these names, I find nothing. I even pulled a report on him and couldn't find strong evidence, so Spidey senses are going off. I've insisted we need to meet, but magically, he's working overseas as well in Turkey and will be coming home in 2 weeks. Told him great, when he's back in the states, we'll meet up, but until then, not doing anything more. Wish he was real, but oh well, the dude got nothing from me except my real name, and I'm putting lifelock all over that now... Daters beware.

I started talking to a Man who sent me a friend request on Facebook. I called him out immediately and he sent me a copy of "his" passport. We continued to communicate via Facebook , emails and phone. After a month of talking it happened. He was a Maritime Security expert pulling into port and this was his last mission , flew to Port of Cyprus which he has called me from a Cyprus number said he was being detained due to a large sum of money(client paid in cash) and a firearm he used for his job. He stated he was from the UK and had even called me from a number listed in the UK. I sent him money and he then asked for a larger amount , which some how I've managed to resist sending. His name was Axel Gate, anyone heard of him. I can't find any of his pics on the internet but have managed to locate his email address with limited info...            . I have been in contact with "his attorney" via email.He has went to great legnths to carry this out. A website for the attorney and for Axels business. Part of me still wants to believe.

The situation you describe sounds like a romance scam:

  • someone you don't know contacts you out of the blue
  • he asks to be your friend
  • he claims to work overseas and to be in several different countries
  • he wants you to send money

If you send more money, you probably won't get it back. Scammers usually ask you to send money by a wire transfer or bank transfer, because the transfer happens quickly.

Guy on plenty of fish, using name George Willy except george is spelled incorrectly.... He set it up from beginning, he was trying for a big contract, day we were going to meet, he had to pack because he was leaving in 2 days time to go to Cyprus.... His daughter lives with family in New York/George is supposedly Dutch... This guy is calling me from a local number... He has a health condition which will require a special medical flight home...$6000. But he only needs $1500. I have called him a liar, I have told him GOD may strike him for swearing he will pay me back. I even asked him how long was he going to continue this farce ? Today I shall tell him I will loan him the money. So, I will begin recon on this house to figure out, just how they are involved. I have an ear for accents and dialects This person is Nigerian. So whomever is writing responses from the FTC on this site, better contact me before I get to these people.......

The guy I was talking to is also located in Cyprus or near Cyprus. The number he called me from originally was New York and then business took him to Turkey. I am wondering if he is the same person using a different name. Is he bald, blue eyes and has a possible french accent. He sent me pictures of him wearing a cross. I also got a picture of him and his daughter. I would like to communicate with you because I think we might have the same guy. From what I'm reading regarding scammers they change some information out and are even able to get overseas phone numbers. I also feel the same way, he is still denying the truth and parts of me still wants to believe he is telling the truth. However, all the red flags are there. I asked to see a copy of his U.S. passport he did not respond. I told him that this is another sign that he is a scammer. I don't know if we are allowed to talk to each other via email or phone. I will hopefully, get the response via this comment if we can communicate if it is O.K. with you. Take care.

I was talking to a guy for the last 45 days, goes by the name Chris Morgan. Says his daughter is in the hospital and needs surgery right away. He has asked me for $10,000, then $5,000 then said his secretary came up with $3,500 and all he need now was $1,500.00. He has sent me pics of himself and his 2 children, several times.

I would like to know if he has a daughter and son. The guy that I have been talking to in the last 4 months has tattoo on one of his arms saying Daddy loves you Taylor his son's name is Blayne tattooed on the other arm, a tattoo above his belly button and the name Jenni tattooed on his right rib cage. Please contact me at . Just to see if it's the same guy. Do u have any pics?

I think I have the same friend. I know he is a scammer as I've done much research on him. Says he is from Utah. Traveling now to Malaysia on business. I'm just waiting on the "send me money" request. I did a image identity search and that came up as someone else and when I checked his fb page, there was a comment about his photos were being used by someone else. The person who I'm talking to goes by Robert L Neufeld. I have 3 phone numbers he gave me. Claims he lives in Salt Lake City. Has a 8 year old daughter. Has sent me pics of him and daughter, but they are pics of the person and daughter whose pics were stolen. Do you think this may be the same person?

Update on Neufeld. This was very interesting. When I would not give him money, he closed his FB account. I have been watching for him to come on as a new person and sure enough, yesterday, he started building a account. He is now, Neufeld Robert and is the CEO of Philanthropy. Guess what, that is what I am. He is raising money for the Indonesian Red Cross. Today that has changed and he is raising money for Asia, Manchester and Jamaica. I'm amazed at how many identities this man has, however, most of them have the same city, state. Utahn, Utah. He also goes by the name of Neufeld Robert L, a US Lieutenant General, living in Fallujah, Iraq, but from - Utahn, Utah. There is also another Robert Neufeldl, who claims to be in Ramadi, Iraq and from Utahn, Utah. Upon doing a google image search, these photos were stolen according to      There is also another Robert Neufeld, who says he works for some lottery. I just got an invitation to connect with a Scott Williams, that when you google his name, is also a known scammer. Suddenly that request has been taken down. I'm wondering if they are not all connected. Please be careful. You can always copy their photo and do a google image search. Beware of those named Robert L Neufeld. I find they have used different variations of the name. Neufeld Robert L, Neufeld RobertL, Robert Neufeld, Robert L Neufeld. Thank goodness I did my research.

Roxie, thank you for the tip to look for the scammer by copying photo in Google. It work. I found my scam there and I was surprise to read how many names he has: Evans Benito, Steven Carlos, Frank Griffson, Tomas Dijoux. I was in one piece. He is a great lover. Say he lives in San Francisco, CA, but now I dont know. He has the same story: flight for business to London for and then flight to Ghana to complete the business and one day he needs money...... He is a huge scammer.

I got a friend request on Facebook and accepted it. We started messaging back n forth for 2 days. He said he lives in New York, but will not say where. He says he is in business in London. He had his friend call me on private number and in a threatening manner. Both asked for bank acct, didn't give them one because I don't have one. The one that called wanted PayPal passwords. I didn't give it to him. Threats of hurting my family and the guy said he knows where I live. I blocked the guy on Facebook and phone number. I do not know what to do.

My dear Susan, they no nothing about you. Its just a mere threat . Be strong okay.

Hello im in the same situation I met a guy in a dating site saying he is deployed in nigeria and looking for a wife...I gave him my email and yes he sent photos there and I gave my whatsapp number ..later he was asking me to send money thru money gram I said I dont have cash im going home next month..he said if I can send money cuz his internet is about to expired....I said I will send when I go home...then it came to my mind why not I search in google about this guy and his name is john diemel I did search and found out he is using alot of facebook accounts....but I gave my bank name..is it possible that he can steal my money? Pls help I need answer

If you give someone your name, your bank's name and your account number, it is possible for him to take your money.

If someone asks for your bank account number and says he will put money in your account, he might take your money instead.

Yes dear,I had the same thing happen to me.You ask about help. I am looking at photos on the internet. You can do a photo search that will pull this man's pic up for you. I'm doing it mainly to let this man know his I.D. and pictures are being used. It would how ever be such a remarkable thing if I could end up meeting with the real man and him not be married but if he is, So be it. I'll still be happy. Thanks

Can you tell me what site you use to do a photo search. I became Facebook friends with someone who started messaging me. His Facebook is sketchy with few pics and only a couple likes from other single females spread throughout US. He also sent me a couple pics from there but no way to tell for sure if it is him or someone else's pictures from Facebook. Would love to do a photo search.

Just curious what this guys name is that friended you on Facebook? It sounds exactly like the guy that I've been emailing and messaging..! A few pics from him, but he has no friends on Facebook and never posts anything.. Very skeptical..

Yep me too I have figured out the same thing u can tell how established they are by lots photos and friends but not always I had a supposed to be military had two accounts . He also said his dad died in Army and mother killed in auto accident on her way for vacation to Italy and he was an only child. On the other account last name was different same guy posing with his brother in military uniforms with last name different he goes by Nicholas Johnston on one and Nick Millinger on other claims he's in Afghanistan working as civil engineer making $30,000 a month but could not get access to his account to apply for a leave which raised a red flag I knew that was not true because I had brothers who got their checks and sent them home to save,0.

He never asked for money because he knew I was on to him. I really liked him and much older so I said he could be my Godson and so it was we discussed the Bible and he told me how much he loved me an wanted to meet me and be a part of my family. I texted him fb and told him I found out he has lied to me haven't heard from him since I outsmarted him and some others who were scammers and now I won't accept friends unless I know of them or know them especially men all this fairytale love at first sight is bogus as I have always said u have to meet and spend time together to find out about them so don't let go of ur money if they need money u don't need them

Where do you go to a photo search to check out the guy that started chatting with me from the online dating website I was on. He only had 1 pic on the website but when I asked for more pics of him...he sent them to my email and they are the same person. well b4 we could meet in person he had a got a job in Malaysia to build a bridge and he has sent me pics of that also.. so if you could please tell me where I can go to do that photo search. Thanks

Ya the samething is happening to me i met this Nigerian on this dateing sites but what i found weird was that when i want back to the dateing site her profile was gone

Please think about yourself..and shut the door and run..U will find real love in time

This is what I'm dealing with....what name is he using

he is using the name "James Bongani" and owner of "Construct It" is using the Viber app as a way to communicate away from the EH website..I hope this helps you in search

Please, please, please, take the time to enter a complaint in the IC3 web site at https://www.ic3.gov/complaint/default.aspx This is the main site where international police can work together to get these rings and stop these types of gangs. If we all pool our information, we can help law enforcement find these people and stop them. The other thing we can do is share all the names, phone numbers, email addresses FaceBook profiles and other identifiers here and other Romance Scam sites on line to warn others. It is not only helpful to yourself, but it might save someone else from losing a lot of money. I am with you. I have lost a lot--including my self respect, but I am determined to DO SOMETHING NOW. 2016 is OUR YEAR to FIGHT BACK.

I agree, please enter a complaint with the IC3 website. Also file a complaint with the FTC. Forget about the embarrassment, the shame and the guilt. Do it for yourself, your loved ones and friends. Don't let these criminals get away with stealing another dime.

I have been talking to a man from brikama Africa. He started asking for 500.00 and now he is down to 100.00 I feel it is a scam but he tells me his family has no food or money for food. I haven't sent any yet but he sure is trying toake me feel sorry for him. His name is lamin darboe he has a facebook account and I found out recently he has several Facebook accounts.

I was taken by a man Ugoeze Marvelous from Ghana..what a fool I was

Accra maybe? Do you have a picture of the real man?

I been preyed on by a so called RUSSIAN woman I met online.I haven't sent no money yet, but am being pressured to send for a tourist visa. She says she has no phone or computer I guess I'm being scammed???

I was married to a legitimate Russian woman that I met. I have been through the visa process for a K1 visa and I dont think I ever sent her money for that. But I had met her in person flying over there previous. You do not need someone if they cannot find a way to even pay for basic filing fees. Do not let yourself get sucked in. I have these people try and scam me all the time and I just play with them till the inevitable comes. Be careful...there are real people out there but a lot of scammers.

I agree in that there's scammers,but yet not every man or woman is.Sad to have to say that Ive so far already been approached by 2 different men that contacted me by using Facebook-both sending "friend requests"&messaging me.1st one went by the name Hilary-though I cant recall the full name unfortunately.The 2nd &most recent one is Wilson Joshua Charles who showed on his profile that he is from Arlington,TX which w/just sticking to chatting, he'd also said he was from Texas,but w/work he's currently in W.Africa.Then came the jump to saying things like hopes to see me in person,quickly saying words of love&being together.Followed by the same general things the 1st guy Hilary said.Asking if there's either a Money Gram or Western Union near me because if his Uncle could send me the money he's needing.Because of course his Debit Credit Card has a limit on how many times he can pull money out,or use!So if I could just give him my information to have his Uncle send me the money,&then I send it to him using either Money Gram or Western Union if I could.I of course told him that neither one is something Im able to do.He definitely is looking for any way possible to get me to do this,because he asked if I have a PayPal account.I write this,in hoping that others read this &recognizes the names,maybe remembers them & is of some help.I feel bad for those of which had unfortunately gotten scammed of your money,along w/got your heart involved as well:(...

Be careful, if they ask for money right away, they are scamming you, I just went through it my self and wished that I would have been more thorough. Check ip addresses, I had one from mountain view California that claimed to be from Russia. She sent beautiful pictures and professed her love within a week, she then proceeded to ask for money for a visa, sent 300, then she asked for airfare, 760, she did not plan on visiting she just wanted the money wired to her in Russia, she went by the name Ekaterina Bybina. From Salsk, there is no person with that name when searched, she uses the email address menlysena it's a gmail account as well as a yahoo account. I went through this site and had seen there was another user on here also scammed by her. Never send money! They are looking for people to prey upon, do your research, I wish I had.

Can you handle this website this blog because my friend my best friend she is being skinny see how he has been for the last month he did not bring it to my attention for approximately 3 weeks she started saying that she would need to help the family the family needed help they were little and she started asking for money collecting money and stuff and I kept saying okay I can't help thinking it was your family thenIt started escalating further were two weeks later she comes to me and tells me she needs $10,000 I'm like what's wrong so she starts telling me and being honest about it she met a man named Henry Clement. Off of FacebookHe befriended her and offered her a job first looking for homes saying that you to buy homes in the town that she lives in so she said all I got a job and as a friend on Facebook alright I know this person was a recommendation from somebody else so that she started looking around next thing you know he started going out on a romantic all even though my best friend is married he started saying things about helping her family giving her family lots of money and stuff like that she's started feeling like maybe this guy really careObviously he does not and that was the skin okay so we found a way to get to her and then he started feeling well I sent you a package the package is in Malia got all your information stuff and she said she told him don't send me anything I don't want anything from you I don't know you I'm married and he said he's too late is too late it's already on its way I need your information because I spent all my all the stuff in a jewelry iPad money he didn't tell her Money at first when he told her earlier so she got panicky and she sent over all the information her birth records or passport driversLicense ID the whole shebang little bit you know that they were getting information so they could run the scan on herThen a few days later a company called euro British global courier service based out of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia said they received the package in customs took itWhen they scanned it through the scanner they found money in the package so they said that it was against the law of course it's against the law and my friend does not did not know that there was money she didn't even know about the what was in the package they emailed her a true blue looking contract and they have a website the whole works they have it all set up for it to look it up OK and they said this is your tracking number this is where its at butThe customer says you need to pay so much such and such amount of money and you need to pay it now they said this is how you do it and she started panicking because they told her that she could get in trouble the police international police to custom the whole world of course they're going to work on things like that especially when you're not even you don't understand what's going on in OKSo of course she started panicking animals a lot of money she did not have the money she could not tell her husband because her husband would just basically disowned her we do not want that guy she's happily married okay but now this is the thing that she said they said one of mouth so she sends at him out and they say okay I will give it to customs now the Customs has the package will take the money to the package in the package will be released to an agent and the agent will bring the package to you in the United StatesThat seems very fishy already She did not tell me any of this because she was scared and embarrassed okay so finally they started extorting more money from her he said that he sent his drivers license his credit card in the package so she has to pay for it she he's working on her and she's like okay okay okay well I do hes like here's my friends you can call see if they can help out of course they're all the same group of people it's a big scam she didn't know when she finally told me I'm like oh my god what have you done we have got to find it I investigated and new was a scam my shoulder everything about what was going on she still didn't believe me she wanted to believe this person online did not even know the person never seen his face he said they Skype but she never seen what I look like ok the picture and in the website does not look like him his name is Henry Clement locate on skype it's Henry Clement when I put him in Skype he has over 20 different Skype addressOn facebook it is Henry Clement 9256 / 52 or Facebook / 9256 what is Henry Clement he says he's from New York City he is not okay I'm telling you its not the same people.I am sorry because I am very angry because she has spent over $15,000 and they still keep harassing her to this day I have reported it to the IC 3 international crime for the FBI that's got a report we're waiting on something we've got so much evidence and they still keep calling me that so many phone numbers I've tracked this guy all over the place. Sometimes they truly think that they are above everybody else and they think they're smarter than everybody else because they can keep harassing and keep forcing the way they do it is they force you to get mad and and and beat on you a little bit then all the sudden a nice and then they beat on you all the text in the emails that my friend has is really bad and it makes me upset that people go through thisI just want to say watch out they're out there international fraud parcel package. Thank you I'm sorry for I talk so much.

Hi Georgia,
I was too a victim of these dating online fraud. I met this girl from OKCupid.com on December 2015 name Brittney Retorick, (she's in the Army) and she said she's in Nigeria. She sent me picture of her couple of times...so I google her name and came up on Facebook with same picture (looks pretty legit to me). We exchange private email as we chatted. To make the story short, she started saying she's a single mom and her daughter is being taking care of by her Aunt in New York. Things are not doing so well on her end she said and telling me sad stories like how her dad died in Army and her mom died of cancer. And she started asking me for money this and that....So, on December 23 2015, she ask me to send her money of $2,000 to help her fly back to the US from Nigeria as she was stuck there. She as if I could send it to her Aunt in New York name Christine Kara and send the money through Western Union which I have never done before in my life sending money thru those means. As I tried to send money to her with WU....Western Union keeps rejecting the money I was trying to send as they told me I never met this woman. So she asked me to try MoneyGram...with MoneyGram it went throuh....I decided to email Brittney Retorick on Facebook and not through personal email....it turns out that the real Brittney Retorick was being used by this fraudster. The real Brittney doesn't know she was being impersonated by someone from Nigeria. A day later my bank called me about fraud that my $2,000 was taken away.Please beware of sending money to this person: Christine Kara 65 Lincoln Blvd East Moriches, NY 11940

Hi Georgia, I agree this is our time to fight back, I was almost a victim of this, I met a man online and he has has asked me for for money more than 3 times, his story is that he lives and works in dubai, he is Nigerian, and he has filed a complaint against the company he works for because of bad conditions they have let him go because of this and now he is running out of money, he has a Facebook page but only a few pics I have not and will not send him any money, I want others to aware of him his name is Moses ganfo or Moses Ebikepiri Ganfo

U can tell they are fake a man named Dennis veiri freinded me an after a week he loves me an wants to come to my hometown hes in the middle of the sea for two weeks an of course he can't get to his bank account so he wants me to send his nanny in north Carolina three Hundred for his daughters party its really sad people can't tell when they are fake they always use am here am going to work thisan has called me I called the number. Back an of course he doesn't answer he is an American but has a very solid accent his excuse he's been over seas for years but is ready to retire an marry me so me an my cousin are playing along just to see how many times he falls for my excuse of not sending the money

I have a David that is in love with me after a few weeks, and is in the middle of the sea. He cant get to his account and wants me to send $700 to his daughter for a school trip she needs. I said I couldnt, he just keeps insisting I try!

Please dont let yourself get scammed , it took 3 times before I relized what was going after getting a man passwords that he gave me minus. Some numbers I logged onto his account there was a number of women he is scamming he meets them on Facebook, I was scammed for thousands of dollars , they prey on women who are down,it took Finding the letters he was sending to other woman and pictures for me to turn away they learn your soft spot and play it , there are to many eeal men out there

please tell me his last name isn't Gillespie

I met a guy name Delroy Jack in 2014 whow started off asking me for money. For his son for a school trip. He claims he was a widow and work for Exxon Mobile I said no then he started out asking for small amounts. He always claim it would.be the last time and he was coming to marry me. I was ready to give up everything and live this fabulous life with him. It never happened I quit my job and got my retirement out and gave him 8000 dollars and after that he ask for even more for this that and the other. I finally decided after giving him 16,000 total that he was scamming me. After he didn't show up this year. He ask me for money last December. That was the final straw with him. All the talk of a business deal,marriage, I love you and I coming to the US, was just a pipe dream he.sold me. He ask me to ask my family members for.money I would never do that. I did borow from a loan company once for.him $5000 and again he ask me for.more.money. when I first met him people tried to tell me that is.all he wanted which turned out to be true. We talked for.2 years. I would call him. He changed numbers frequently. He was supposed to have retired and living in London until he return to Albany NY. He.claimed his son.was sick one time. They will they you anything to get money except the truth.

I meet a man very similar story but he was a ships engineer who was from Dubai. Widower with a son. I feel your pain. Almost lost my home over the whole situation trying to help him. Needless to say lessons learned. Never send money to you have never meet face to face. He and I did video chat and call each other so I know he was a real person. Now I see him on google with the same name looking for new women to scam. He has blocked me cause I posted that he was a scammer and I Contacted a few of the people on his contact list

Don't send him anything. I just ended a "relationship" with a Freddy who was madly in love with me before ever meeting, said he was in a military mission, asked for money. I denied, and he tried to manipulate me. I looked up his IP address and his pictures, and found out he is a scammer. Thank God I never sent anything to him. He broke my heart ...

How do you look up the ip address and image search?

How do you find IP

I'm getting similar from someone called Stephen who asked for 700 dollars as his daughter was burgled in college in Canada - he is New York - gold broker currently in Qatar - you any pics

Please tell me is he name David harris cropt from Liverpool and he is from instanbul turkey he has his own company he is strangle in Ghana with his son

I met the same guy, the same story... He broke with me when I didn't send him money to can fly back in England from Ghana. That was 2 years ago..

I was contacted through FB on Jan 27, 2016 by a David and he has been messaging me since. He claims to be an Stuff Sergeant stationed in Kabul, Afghanistan, widowed and has 6 year old son in Indiana staying with maid from Canada and he has no family. Claims account has been frozen by US due to terrorist and I believed him. Now he has been needing money for son. I have been stupid and wired money through Western Union to Ghana and to Indiana and now he is requesting more which I will not send, I keep making excuses. I have requested a military eemail address and he says he will get in trouble if he gives it out and I have read up and this is a lie. I ask him to call so I could hear voice and have asked Jim to take selfie in his camp to send me and every time an excuse as to why he cannot. I asked why would money go to Ghana and he bad other reasons for this such as diplomats take care of this. We may be dealing with same guy. Funny how you were contacted same day by a David. I am not sending anymore money but still playing all g with his game. He has even ask me to marry him when he comes home in May when he is retired. I am not holding my breath. I K ow he has to be a scanner.

I met guy online dating site 3month ago before xmas2015. I totally crush him so much loving but several time ask him APO yes he told me deployment since last on summer(he said Augast) and he been to there almost 5,6 month when I stared chat time. He said he in Iraq but and sent me pic too .

He had divorced and has one daughter whom take care caregiver in long beach CA. Last month he asked me suddenly" my mom jewelry designer have shop but she went in Germany. But she want to take jewelry stone but something trouble Germany charge her before left Germany. But I'm in base outside USA I can't use money here help me send her money which she gonna use buy fright ticket back to state" when I hard first I after became suspicious then asked him mil email and his hometown his mom name. All he answered but but something I felt whatever I was stupid so I wired transfer then sent $1400 but when currency higher than £they recived might be less than it.

after he told me when he was night patrol got shot then winded few days ago he wasn't come to talked me he said he was coma.during time his Capt talked me what's happened there. I felt so nice and kind to act for me even I felt something .when he woke up he told me what's happened his mom denuded couldn't on board so if she can't comeback state she can't sign on his name and contact mil then he want leave there that he said.

After asked me against need money when his mom at airport she fought with his stepdad he said mom pay to him take carring him his stepdad can't do anything even their. That's so strange stories for me.after fought their mom damaged something German autolitize charge her pay this all damage before she leave. That's cost about$10000. That's he asked me help again. This is too big money for me. I'm single mom have one son and not full time job so nobody can't rent me money like state women.

Only dark dangerous money shop will help me if I tell him he said agree. Each despise send me he said like $3000, $4000. $3000. I couldn't belived he speaks big money number then ok to rent money kind dangerous loan shop? Then I realized this is something behind .last night I asked him tell me APO or BPO. Usually we chatting by skype he never tell me mil address. But he told me BPO. Then soon delete cause told me if use skype then leave any ID another ISIS trace this.... He works ISAF in Iraq somewhere. Wesley that his name. Well I can't make kind big money so I just thinking how he show me up next attitude.

My mother has been scammed over a 2 year period.I have recently seen how much he has scammed out of her(Tens of Thousands of Pounds). I had to make her see sense (The Lie sounds far better than the truth which has broken her heart).It was a supposed USA soldier named David.She is devastated when confronted with the truth & I wish I had sorted this ages ago ..She was brainwashed & in denial.It hurt's so much to see someone take advantage of her on a "Nuclear Level).Now I have proven to her it's all a scam it hurts to see her so unhappy.She feels Ashamed,Gullible, Stupid Etc but I suppose you can't help who you fall in love with..The authorities who deal with fraud have explained there zero chance of getting any cash back,as all done thru Western Union. I have her corresponding with Action Fraud UK at the moment.So Hopefully they can help her see sense

Hi,I believe that we have encountered the same David. He's working as an architect out in the sea in Texas but he lives in Florida and his son lives in North Carolina & his needs $2000 to get his car fixed. And like you he does take no for an answer & he keeps insisting that I try to get the money. So, instead of going in circles I blocked him from all means of conversing with me.

Sounds like the same David that calls me! His daughter always needs something.

Dennis who? Do you have a middle name and last name?

I also got scammed from a Man in Dabai I met him on a dating site 12 months later and a lot of lies I have found out to late. I sent money gram to him money he said he had caught malaria over there and was really sick. He needed money to get back to the states for medical treatment

I just told this guy (James ) I had no money and would not send him any so don't ask. He said he was from USA and was In Nigeria watching over his crew mine jewels then he could not cash this check yesterday I said well it's a holiday being American he should have known this. Then the day goes on he said he just got out of customs and he needed money now. I told him no I'd never send out money so he replies bye I replied liar and erased all communication with him if he was even a man.

Ann, I met the same man with the same story. That was 3 years ago. I just thought about wondering if he was still there or did he get home. He's a scammer. He lives in Texas. He has 2 boys and a daughter. He must have a computer that will alarm when any of his women he preys on. He sent me a picture of supposedly his family. You never really know who you are talking to online. Hope this helps you to know someone else was scammed to.

Was his name James Odom?

Wondering if this the same idiot I'm talking to now. Every time I tell him I'm not sending money he says "okay bye"

this is the website Rodney White uses and he wants money from me to get his passport to come see me. I am not dumb he is on facebook. No friends works supposedly on exxon oil rig

Ok, now I'm awake.. I am at the end of a lengthy divorce and been chatting with a girl in Ghana, South Africa, and she wants to move here to be with me. Great, she is gorgeous but there have been some money things come up in terms of buying her an iPhone and medical expenses for her mother etc... Many photos have followed but haven't sent a dime. Probably is a fake but would like to think differently. Probably cause I'm coming out of a really bad divorce. She texts me even after I say I have no money to give. Every day it's just seeing how I am. Told her I wouldn't send anything and she appears to be ok with it. Any advice is appreciated..

I met a woman kind of same story. She has money due her and will deposit it in my account. I will send her money for a plane ticket. I don't think this is fake we text and have been on skype for over 6 months.

If someone you have never met in person wants to use your bank account, or wants you to open a new bank account for them to use, it could well be a scam.

Some scammers create dating profiles, and after they spend time forming a “relationship,” they come up a reason to ask for your help. A scammer can transfer stolen money into an account that has your name, and then ask you to send them some of the money. It may seem like you're helping out, but you could be helping with a crime. When the bank investigates, it will find the account is in your name.

AWESOME! I appreciate you saying that...I HAVENT read ANYWHERE someone saying they ask to deposit money into your account....AND IT is STOLEN.....HOW come all these dishonest people, seem to find the honest ones... is there a hidden mark on my face? haha

I think that girl could be a man - or the wife of a scammer. They will keep on working you - the phone request is a giveaway. They want the best phone and they I bet want an iPhone 7 or a Samsung (probably edge) - Ghana, West Africa - they work you and work you and until the end when they will start telling you all the catastrophes they are having, they get sick with malaria, typhoid, and everything else in the book and then they will tell you what about me I need medicine to survive and then probably their house burns down (that's what they say) and in the end you will end up giving them (or her) thousands of dollars - you will kick yourself for it at the end because you won't even know how all of this happened - how could you give in, but they are really good at it. They play you like a guitar, they play your compassionate feelings, will send you pictures of little boys that have been burnt in a fire telling you that is their / her brother and you will give in. And then comes the regrets. They also will start asking you to lend them the money, is not like they are asking they say to give to them, is just a loan. You never see your money again.

Those gorgeous pics of her probably belong to someone else. She is just priming you and stringing you along for awhile until she can get closer to you and then drop the guilt/ money thing on you. DO NOT SEND HER MONEY OR SHIP HER GOODS!

Never send money until you see them on cam...no excuses...also some scammers use video loops of other people too so be careful.

I would not trust the cam thing either. I lot of these scammers now are "independent contractors. Not always a big boiler room operation anymore. It only takes one or two Americans to make them rich in the countries like the Philippines, or Brazil... where the monthly income is less than $200 for an average worked.

They know how to do the scams just like the "professionals" Except they have cams, cell phones, and are real people. They will carry on a long distance love affair, it becomes their job to chat you up a few times a week.

I would suggest you NEVER send money until you have actually met the person (and be careful about that too) and you "feel" the love and sincerity like you would any relationship.

I also had this guy wanting me to send him money because he said his daughter needed a phone he said she is 19 years old and in college this army guy is out. Of California fake pictures of him his house suppose to own a boat plane wants to spend the rest of his life with me and he will be home for Christmas of this year nope not gonna happen
Calls his self capt

This guy is the same one who is asking me for money but in this case he is using diferenthe name cuthber b stillinger.he already with his lías got money from me until I find out that . He was a scammed .

Hi.. Im from the philippines this was long ago but just sharing that even people from Philippines are bictims of scammers too.. Met a CEO from eh.. Not much attraction and falling in love with him is not yet much.. He later ask me to assist him buy an expensive gadget amounting to 600 to 800 dollars for her daughters birthday. Poor english is there i noticed he doesn't show of on camera and all those stuffs.. Yes you are right minimum salary in our country is 200 to 300 usd.. But even us whose earning big wants to find love too.. And even people like us experienced being scammed as well.. Its all over global

Hampton hasn't asked for money he wanted me to send a letter to the army to get to talk to him. Hampton said for me to buy a calling card that cost $191.00.

Look, the bottom line is the US military takes care of their own. A real soldier or airman will NEVER, and I repeat, NEVER ask you for money for housing, food, clothes, or transportation. We get our troops to their duty assignments and unless they are MIA or POW, we get the back the exact same way. We don't need to use other peoples bank accounts!! Prior to shipping out or being deployed, we must prove our banking situation is squared away. Do not ever believe any one who says they are military and stuck and need money. We have our chain of command and in emergencies, we have the Red Cross. Hopes this helps!! God bless our troops!

i have one just broke up with me today. because i didn't send him money for his dying Mother i,am not giving him money that he keep asking me to send his Mother in Istambul Turkey.his Name is SGT James Rogers US Army from Maimi Florida.i meet him in face book last Feb 2 2016.i never meet him yet but? i do not agree that man well ask help from the woman if he had shame him self.if you guy's know's how to make them realize that not all woman can be stupid.Please... don't let then full you.do.not give then money.if they are a real military they have chain of command and they can also ask help with their command post for help.especially family problems.i have a picture of him that i keep in case.

Emergency leave , the army will still pay for this up to 3 month leave ? Also , will there always be an army plane , or commercial flight ? I have so many questions to ask.

I was also scammed by someone with the name of Mike Bobby an engineer from Bristol UK .He claimed to have sent me a parcel from UK .He even WhatsApp me the stuff he sent me even the copy of his Courier Service which was Global Access Courier Service. I sent the first money because apparently my parcel was in South Africa and I'm from Namibia .So he claimed that apparently he put 10000 pounds in the parcel which was unlawful so I have to pay $4000 to have it cleared. That's when I knew immediately it was a scam and I refuse to pay so he disappeared from my Facebook account and even on my WhatsApp.

The cam scam is that you see someone quickly but then the connection is lost or they don't have sound. They will claim their computer is malfunctioning etc.
Oh I think by this point I have encountered just about every scam type they pull but I have not lost a penny as there is one cardinal rule --- I will NEVER send money to anyone online. Now the new policy is if we don't meet in person for coffee and you are pumping me for everything you can to qualify me (to see how much you can con me out of ) then I rapidly am aware of their game. I turn them and their fake profiles in. At this point it's almost become an olympic sport - just how many nigerians can be uncovered in a day.

I received a friends request for a Lieutiant General Baca Lawrence I accepted him as a friend it started 1-25-2016 an I fell hook line an sinker he made me feel like a woman again my husband died 6 years ago an did he woo me we text each other until the end he was coming here he was on a peace keeping mission in Ugraine I checked all this out an Canada was there I even seen the picture on one of the Canadian sites (army) I honestly believe it was a picture was stolen the man looks to real to be a fake his uniform look real an I know they make great copies but this guy had a 18 year old son an divorced so please be careful he does have a romantic side to him but if some guy tells you he can't leave his camp or no way to get money please don't believe him an if he mention sending money to NATO it is a scam I sent 1550.00 an l got an other e-mail wanting more money this time 3000.00 I told him I didn't have that kind of money he wrote an they reply back saying 1300. With in 48 hours an he would be on his way I did not send it I blocked him an then he blocked me long story know who you know if you are lonely an if you are a senior citizen please go to senior center in your county do not look at face book for romance or friends I thought I was helping someone out being a good person I fell for a picture an when he said he was divorced he did not beat up on his wife an that was my first mistake swallowing that he is going to tell you how special you are an how lonely he is he said he had been divorced in 2009 his son is in military school an there is no one but his son an him also he is going to start wanting you to marry him an perform the cermony he will read out of palms he is are has find him another victim please check. Things out an run he is very smooth

I have been talking to a Barry Stuart Perlman. He says he lives in New York but is stuck in india without funds. I knew what he was the minute he friended me on facebook and said hello so I have had over two months of enjoyment making up stories for him. every time I go to send him money - some tragedy befalls me and I couldn't get there. He thinks I am a wealthy widow who travels the world giving to charity. Makes him upset that I give so much to the poor and he and his daughter are starving. He is very smart but I am smarter.

@ red alert with cam please don't even send money xxxx okay

Don't trust cams, either. Scammers can try to lure you in by using 3rd party software that actually uploads a pre-recorded video & projects it through skype. They'll say "my microphone is broken," I'm going to buy a new one, and encourage you to communication via the keyboard/text messaging application....

But they are not really live on camera, though you may be!!!

Melanie, I feel your pain. I fell for a scammer and sent him money. I mean I fell hard. When I found out he wasn't real I attempted to hurt myself. I spent two weeks in the hospital and missed Christmas with my family. Our "relationship " went on for several months. He had all kinds of photos of him and his little girl. He went by Michael, and he called her Jenny. He was good.. We even prayed together every night and then he would sing to me.. I am still recovering. I don't know if I'll ever get over all of this mess.. Please, run!!

Josie: That is so sad but you are not alone. I fell for a scammer too and he sent many pics of himself and his 2 daughters. He also sang on phone to me and I still hear from him after I ended it a long time ago. I figured out what he was. Its devastating but you will overcome the pain.

Debb0420, what was your scammer's name, what was his profession, and where was he from?

My scammer name is Michael Barry. His daughter's name Jane. His mother lives in Sweden. His ex-wife in Ireland. Independent contractor working for British Petroleum in Alaska. Called me at 2 AM every day. Wanted 75,000 to buy a part for a broken pump. Already filed a complaint with IC3.

I have been dealing with a guy named Michael Been. Says he is from Denmark has a Son Ben.living with his Mom in Denmark. SAD stories that his ex wife cheated on him. He says he works for BP...then went on an assignment in Alaska to refurbish an oil rig. Once he supposingly gets to the Oil Rig he tells me the Internet was down and he needed to order pipe from China to finish his prodject. He asked me to pick up his emails and correspond with a company in China to order pipes. I stupidity do this for him. I was so astounded that he would trust me so much. Then he said he would call his bank for the payment for the ordered pipes....keep in mind he is romancing me the entire time ..calling me texting me that he has fallen in love and wants to marry me etc. Says all the things a girl wants to hear. He also sends me lots of pictures of himself. He looks like a gorgeous man with such a sweet honest face. I even did a light background check and found his Linkedin account matched his story..also a Facebook account. ..only little slip up was he had a different birthday than he told me...little tip off I feel so stupid for falling for it!. He then tells me that his bank will not wire the funds to China that they tell him he has to do it in person or simply do it on line...and of course he can't because the Internet is not working on the rig. He sweetly asks me to do it for him and gives me all of his banking information for Standard Bank. .again I can't believe how trusting he is with me and it completely sucks me in. I do it...over 900.000. I'm freaking out because it is so much money! He also has millions in this account! Then we received everything confirming that the the funds wire transfer is complete to China and the pipes have been ordered but he would need another 150,000 to ship the pipes. He asks me to wire that money as well and I can't log into his bank account anymore. It says I've been block..but strangely the bank link keeps bumping me over to facebook. I then see an email come through on his email from Standard bank saying that a fraudulent attempt was made on his bank account and it has been frozen. I give him the message and he freaks out...says he will call the bank. Then he calls me back saying that the bank has frozen his account and he has to come in in person to reopen the account. But be can't leave the Oil rig..he is almost in tears panicking (an Academy award act!) I'm completely sucked in at this point and feel terrible. He then tells me he is calling all his friends to loan him some money temporarily so he can get the shipment to complete the job and come back home to me..to live happily ever after... calls me back again that day and says he only has part of the money ....then he asks me for the rest of the funds to help him out so he can come home. THAT is when I knew I was being scammed. ..
I told him no..I spent all day yesterday doing a thorough background check...discovered catfish or romance scams.. called his 15 linkedin contacts and no one knew him or had ever done business with him.I did a reverse photo search on him and all kinds of things came up with his picture on several romance scam sites with different names but similar wild stories with need to wire cash. Also about 15 different profiles with his picture on linkedin and some on facebook....somehow I found the real guy that really matched the picture my scammer used. He use to be a male model years ago. ( that is usually where scammers get their photo identities from...modeling websites) I call the guys business listed on linkedin and they give me his cell number. I call him and tell him how I found him and that I believe my scammer is using his photos. At first he wasn't that concerned but I walked him through how to do a reverse photo search. He did it and called me back right away! He was blown away that so many of his photos were attached to so many different profiles all over the internet! He immediately contacted a friend that is a private investigator. He said that they Believe that my scammer is from Nigeria. ..several clues. I gave him all the phone numbers I had on my scammer. Also other big clues are that they don't sound like the nationality that they say they are. He said he was from Denmark yet he sounded black or from South Africa to me. They refer you as dear..or my love. ..they use babe, sweetheart and many terms of endearment. They have poor grammer...they use am for I'm..his profile said he went to Oxford. I MET THIS GUY ON MATCH.COM!!!Never saw him in person...never video chatted with him..yet I got so sucked into a 6 week virtual online relationship. I think I'm an intelligent woman and I started to fall in love with someone that I never met in person!!! I feel so stupid. This went pretty far. The scammer is still trying to contact me and convince me that Im wrong and that his information has been hacked and he is a victim. I really didn't want to believe that he was a scammer. I am now picking up my broken pride and moving on. I emailed the bank and the company in China with the copy of the fabricated invoice so they were aware of the fraud transaction. But most importantly I wanted to warn everyone to do complete background checks on anyone you out meet online. Take your time. Before you meet them in person...and don't have anything to do with someone that keeps making excuses as to why they can't meet you in person after you have been corresponding with them for a reasonable amount of time. Beware if they come on strong romantically too fast and say they are in love and want to marry you within a couple of weeks!! .stay safe!!

Please help I think I may be involved with the same person do you have a picture

We can't post pictures on the blog. Scammers often use pictures of other people without their permission. If you're dealing with a scammer, seeing a picture won't tell you who the person really is.

If you think you might be talking to a scammer, look for warning signs like this:

  • wants to chat off of the dating site immediately
  • uses a personal email, text, or phone instead of the dating site
  • asks you to wire money using Western Union or Money Gram
  • asks you to set up a new bank account

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I think i been talking to the same guy lives in reading met him on match .com
worked on oil rigs and jobs in south africa how do u check there photo please

do you have apicture or a name

i think the man who is contacting me is the same person, do you have a pic or can i send you one?

hI,

i HOPE YOU CAN HELP ME WITH THIS, I READ WHAT HAD HAPPENED WITH THE SCAMMER, I TO PUT A STOP TO SOMEONE, THAT I HAD NOT MET YET BUT SPOKE TO QUITE A LOT,

TOLD ME HE WAS WORKING IN GERMANY, BUT FROM SANTA MONICA, I TOLD HIM STRAIGHT AWAY YOU ARE FROM AFRICA... HE GOT OFFENDED. SO HE HAS A FB, I AM NOT ON IT, HE HAS ODD FRIENDS, HIS LINKEDIN HAS ONLY 4 PEOPLE BUT HAS HAD HIS COMPANY FOR A WHILE..ODD..

I GOT QITE A FEW PICTURES, AND HE SENT ME A VIDEO OF HIMSELF... BUT I LOOKED UP HIS NUMBER AND THERE HAS BEEN COMPLAINTS. HOW DO I FIND THE REAL PERSON TO LET THEM KNOW? HOW DID YOU DO THE REVERSE LOOK UP FOR PHOTOS? THANK YOU.

I had the same scenario as you have describe. He claims he is from Long Beach and gave me specific address. He had given me access to his bank account to wire money for his contracts in China, as he said he can not access his account from China, I followed his instructions and transferred funds in his behalf to contractors in CHINA. Then he ask me to wire $5MIllion into my account so that we can buy a dream house with Ocean View. Then ,all of a sudden his "lawyer" said that there are anti money laundering fees clearances to be paid to the British Govt, and Tax clearances and so that the funds can be cleared and transferred to my account in his behalf. All the clearances had been provided but they needed money from me to help to pay the fee,which they have instructed me to wire to them for immediate release of funds. I sent over $10K as instructed by his lawyer and they said that is it. Then all of a sudden lawyer send me another demand from the INterpol asking for another $13,200 for Interpol before the funds are release. Till today his lawyer and him keep asking me to send help in the amount of $5,000 then the funds will be released . I believed, I have fooled and stupid by falling into this trap. It appears to be so real though. What do you think?

It's possible that you are involved in bank fraud.

A scammer may pretend to be interested in romance, but really he wants your help to transfer money. A scammer can transfer stolen money into an account, and then tell you to wire the money out of the country. You might think you are helping a romantic partner, but you are actually aiding and abetting a crime.

If you show you are willing to send your own money, a scammer will keep asking you to send more. He might have other people contact you and make up stories to convince you to send money.

I have a scammer to but could you please email me and walk me thru how to do a background check and I have pictures I would like to find the poor man the scammer is using . need your help

This sounds like a guy I meant on EH worked on a oil rig for Reef Oil and Gas uses the name of Greg Van Hoof. From Netherlands. Needed money to get his gold bar shippment over here. Write's poems all the time. Uses terms like Hey babe... how is your day? Was working on oil rig In gulf then retired on 7/8 and then had to go to africa to get a treasure.

Hi. I hope you stopped talking to him. I search google image using the name and it seems he has different names/company with the same picture. I just want to help since I was also scammed and I learned a lot of researching everything and not to believe everything what they say. Please research....Take care.

THIS SOUNDS LIKE LEDET OR LADET ADAM SAME STYLE SAYS ALL THE SWEET WORDS YOU SAID BABE/DEAR/SWEETHEART/AM INSTEAD OF I'M VERY SWEET FACE BLACK AND WHITE BEARD FRIEDLY SMILE THIS MAN CAME OFF FACEBOOK SAYS HE FROM DUPLIN LIVES IN RICHMOND CALIF WORK AT EXXON NOW HAS HIS OWN BUSNESS HAS A DAUGHTER NAME LISA ALSO SAYS I ADORE YOU A LOT BEWARE NOT GOOD

I got one saying he is John Mellencamp (private messages). He even has a John Mellencamp FB page but its not the verified one, it looks like the real one but it doesn't have the blue check mark where FB verifies them.

Josie, I am in the same situation you were in. I met a guy and he said all the right things! I have had a bad childhood as well as into adulthood even now. I was lucky in that I was "aware" of scammers because of dealing with them in the past. I felt horribe finding out this guy wasn't real. I had even prayed about it with family. But I know now what to look for and so do you! I was just writing this to tell you that you aren't alone. We can all be too trusting at times. That makes us good people! Just be secure in yourself and don't dwell on it. Best of luck in the future. I will be praying for you and hope you do the same for me. We DESERVE to find love someday and we will! Best wishes..... Laurie

Was his voice a black man's voice - kind of young? Very religious? It sounds kind of familiar - did you ever see him in person or skype and being sure that it was not a tape but he himself? Could you please tell me?

Josie, I think I met the same scammer!
Is he bald, very good looking, little blond girl? Says he is widower?

I Think I met the same guy. What name did he give you? Did he tell you he went on a business trip? He told me his girl turned 14 in April of this year. Thanks

His Name is Shawn Cazier and his daughter is Rachel. Did anyone else get this name? Thanks.

What was his last name? I met a Michael and his daughter was Jenna hmm

I too have been talking to a scammer. Of he dusapeats on the weekend he is enjoying his friends. Mine has actually said he was a scammer when I would not send money. He says he fell in love. Dusapeats all the time. Know he has another life. He says he wants to come be 27th me. Could it be true? I hope but know it is not for real. Get out now you will only get more attached and just worse.

I don't know what dusapeats means - is it disappears? I met with a real scammer after he convinced me - I went half around the world to Ghana and I think those people are very relax about what they do. Of course he never admitted but I think there is a woman involved with that in the U.S. because she gave me the best references about him but he is nothing but a scammer. He scammed me for a lot of money. So be careful the fact that that man showed his face doesn't mean he is not a scammer - I think that some of those scammers are becoming more aggressive because of the laws in their countries.

i had the same problem with this girl and she asked for money she was stranded in egypt wanted to get home to chicago said i can meet her soon.sucked bad.just hang on better person will come along.take care melanie

Do you have pictures? I been experiencing the same.

Hi Melanie...What are the red flags you have noticed and what is going on with your relationship with him right now.

what names did he use?

What is this guys name. Is it gilbert Walter.

I do understand what you are going through but the thing is "does he love you as you do to him " if not Melanie then find another heartthrob.

Please do not contact this man again. Be careful. He is going to get your money.

They tell more than one woman that they love them and need money for their kid in board ing school or for equipment for an oil rt IG - they live in Nigeria and can't get here until you send them money - they are cheaters and scammer - don't believe them - quit texting and all communication - got scammed and I was in love with my scammer - found his photo on reverse image lookup -

do one thing start your life again , leave it , its past now

My guess that it's his job, you [ and no doubt many others] are his 9 to 5 ,monday to friday money maker. He takes the weekends off , just like everybody else...I'm sorry.

I just got scammed out of a bunch of money Melanie and part of me is still heart broken because I literally LOVE this guy. But he's not that guy. You have to realize as I do that the feelings we have are only there because of lies.

Melanie I have been talking wih someone whom knew exactly the right words to steal my heart and I was so hurt. I still feel it and it stinks...it takes everything away from you and hard to trust the next person. Sister you are not alone

Does anyone encounter a John Joseph ? That guy in reality a Nigerian guy

Did u send him money ? I encountered a John Joseph also.

yes he is a scammer you need to stop communicating with him if you keep talking all he is going to do is say the things you want to hear i ran in to a few scammers i imaged searched there pics and found out the were stolen pics so i stopped talking to them i advise you if you want to meet your soul mate then check in your area were you live that way you can go on dates in public places and find out what kind of person hes is that is the best way stay away from online dating its full of scammers a lot of people have had there heart broken and money stolen from them so please stay away

I too, have been scammer and it was heartbreaking. The man in the pictures is also a victim. The scammer used the name Josh Cohn, Architect from California. I chatted with form for 8 months until he scammed me out of $1500.00. They laugh at our tears, they a vile, evil creatures.

Is his name John Joseph ?

Hello, Scammer use pics and videos to lye people,

I almost was steal money. be strong and protect your hearth.

I'm in the same situation now. My asked to s me money for a laptop and I said no and he was ok. We continued talking for a week and the issue came up I said I'd send him my laptop to borrow for the month until he came home.

I hear form him every day 3 sometimes 3 times a day. Including weekends. Yes the English is a little off I attributed that to him being from Canada prior to the US. I was worri d last night when I didn't hear form him and searched online for over seas incidents and on a military Facebook site I saw a post to bewatre of dating scams.

I checked them out and now I feel foolish. Some of the signs were there but not all of them. When confringed he semester visibly upset and send he'd send the package back to me. And prove he was for real when he returned next month.

I don't want to believe it's a scam cause I care for him, but at the same time Im have no way to prove its a scam. I don't want to potentially ruin a good thing if I'm wrong. I can't intcrept the package either as I've already tried that. Even after talking about my concerns he still says he loves me and wants to come home to me. Someone please help.

If you meet someone online and they ask you to send money or gifts, that's a sign they might be trying to scam you. The US military warns people about scammers who pretend to be soldiers.

Scammers tell many different stories to try and sound legitimate. They might say they're in the military, or travelling for business, or have kids who need financial help. They ask for money, or gifts, and promise they'll see you soon. If you send money or gifts to someone you never met in person, you probably can't get them back.

Let him give you whatever you sent him back. If he is real he will understand why you are concerned. Don't offend him with words, just don't trust. I had someone scammed me for a lot of money - money he promised to pay but I have received nothing back and he wanted more money - since I was sick and had to go for surgery, I did not send him any more money, so he finally doesn't call me anymore because he knows he is not going to get anymore. After one year I finally opened my eyes. I even went and met him. They work in groups, and you could never imagine the things they do to convince you. Don't work against yourself. He asked me for a phone, a laptop, but when I went to meet him I only gave him a tablet. He had already gotten an iPhone 6 plus (over one thousand dollars), and thousands of dollars out of me. Don't do anything without thinking that over, and make sure that if you send him something when reality hits you you will not feel bad about it. If you feel that you can give what you give him to any other person that might be trying to fool you (but if you know about it) then go for it, because when regrets come, then you will say - it's okay because I would do it all over again without expecting anything back. If what you expect is love, then actions (from him) speak louder than words.

Did he return? Did you meet him? Or did he never come home and you are still waiting?

He probably is have sent money to him and does he always come up with excuse won't take a selfie or call u I think dealing with one to she is from Nigeria saying she need Money for blood test and yellow card

Don't talk to him , please , I was scammed , they will take u for everything u got , stop please

Anytime you hear the word NIGERIA or GHANA. Block them and never speak to them. Rule number one, A man is not a man if he has to ask for money. If he does he is a scam artist. Don't be fooled by their smiles and I love you's. If they can get anhything then they will go for everything

Same thing am getting from this girl in Turkish,its all B.S. I Told her F.B.I came around asking questions and she took off right away to turkey,and when I tell her buy phone and then excuses start,and she wants money to help her grandma. But no more she's B.S.ME AND I did cash couple checks,but I told her am not falling for her S##t again?

Ladies/Gents: Please, please if u r romanced like u've never been romanced in ur life with flowery love language complete w love songs.. run, I mean as fast as u can. I was finessed like a violin. I am intelligent, trained in psychology but my heart strings were tugging pretty hard. It came to a screeching end when I asked Craig/James when he goofed & signed one of his many sonnets James & I challenged it, if he was going to next ask me for money to get him home from Australia where he was supposedly working, or for taxes .. he got violently angry, said he had been "wasting his time sitting on his ass writing to someone who didn't trust him." The upshot was that I had found him out! He blocked me, in fear. You see, I am clairvoyant & told him so in an earlier convo. Must have scared him too.

Yeah I've had 3 girls in like 2 weeks say they were working for Unicef and that they're managing properties in Nigeria if they need money for their phone for a ticket out of there. But I have gotten girls to give me their address and full name a way to call them and actually talk to them but I keep telling myself that it's a scam that It could never work, then again I know some people who have been very successful if you actually talk to them on the phone and you send things in the mail back and forth that's pretty cool you gotta start off as a pen pal. The reason I'm on here is because there is a Russian that's where she loves me send me a new picture everyday and all I have to do is pay for her passport she can afford her ticket we have spoken on the phone with a few times plenty of email I just don't know if it's possible

Is it a way to get your money back after such actions

Another is Rosemary Cremona , she is active and n Facebook and hangout Her email is itsaroselove

Back in July, I had a friend request of some lady. The profile Pic was just a picture of a boat and words about Jesus. But looked through friends list and couldn't see any mutual friends. So thought I'd accept request to see if I could find out more. Eventually saw a picture of her, and well let's say I was pleased I accepted her, she was quite pretty. But I never got in touch.

Then one day out the blue, just had a 'Hi' so messaged her back about HR later asking how we know each other and said is she from west of England or Midlands. And she didn't reply, just sent another hello. And I vaguely remember, during EU referendum I was posting comments in forums about wanting to leave and think She liked one of the comments. So I asked her if it was through that, and said yes and it's shame we left. I asked why she sent me a request when I'm glad to leave.

But started telling me how she lost both parents, but dad died in Plane crash in Labos, but she now gotta travel there to collect $52 million. But just kept Chatting n having laugh for quite a while.

And then one day asked If I could send £100 to pay for final papers to get this inheritance. Why would you travel so far without money to collect it? And why can't they deduct it off the inheritance. But after I said I couldn't afford to and we've not known each other online long and never met. I don't want to.

And she stopped messaging me. And eventually after asking why she not talking she said what's point being friends if I can't help. So I said, so you befriend me just for money. And said no. But when I said see it from my point of view. She avoids answering. I said if I'd known her in person, I may have her a small amount as tester. And if she did move to uk, I'd like to meet up. But now all of sudden today, she's in a new relationship. How' she manage that with guy in US when she meant to Be in Nigeria. Elizabeth M Cowell is the name

look what this guys said to me , he don't even say my name ,, he call me as baby or honey nothing like personal name calling each other ,, I met him and in one week he want me to open a bank account ,and want o send me 4000k and want me to wire the money for his company ,, and also its from army and from affrica .. so careful u guys ,,,
here is what he want me to do look what he said to me ,,,
Hi baby, how are you doing? and how was your day?? I already sent the money earlier yesterday, i have been busy i couldn't reply you on time, you know i'm always busy baby, I couldn't get a western union or moneygram office around here but i did send it through Unlimited Cash Money Transfer. I think that is the one they use around here, everything about this South America sucks... so all you need to do now is to go to their website on a computer. enter the payment details and the information will be sent to your email address.

What is his name? I must now, please. Coz I knew a man that used the same text.

What name did he use?

I met someone online he's in the army he said his name is captain chris McKnight. he wants me to use my bank acct so he can have Houston finance co.take money from his acc and put it in mine.he says they need all my bank infoplus my password and security questions and answers

Did you go through with it? What happened? I'm going through the something now and I'm terrified. The money is suppose to be in my account today. I've got myself into a horrible mess and now can't stop it. Help me someone, please

AngelsHalo ~ there is a women on facebook I let omn my friends list, the pixs she has are of a very pretty women, now, in 5 days she wants to married me, saying her granddad with into a lot of gold and died, he wanted her to have a good man, even sent me pixs of him with gold, is going to give her a lot of money to the man she marrieds, this is the catch, she wants me to send her laywer my bank account so, she can put the money in my bank and she can come to American when I sent it to her and get a visa to married me, and married me. she is 33 on her profile and I am 54, what would a women want to married a man she has never met in 5 days? I looked it up and she said' she lives in Ghana, she/him has even called me and when I looked up the 419 scam on Google about her laywers name, he is in there on the scam, I hope you did not sent anymoney to him,they will show you very pretty pixs of them, they talk about how you are the one and I have not known this person but 6 days, she said' she came on FB to find a good man, well, it is a scam, be very carefull to now give out any of your bank anncounts.they talk very good to you and try to pull you in and get your money.very EVIL people.

Do not give him $ he is not in the army! Why would a total stranger ask you for your password! He is a scum sucking sscammer!!

Has anyone herd of a Frank Kennedy....

Has anyone dealt with a very good looking service man in Homs Syria Needing money for a ticket to get home...he goes by James Boyer...Patrick boyer...James Patrick boyer....he is a real trick!!!

His phone (859)777-0198

I joined Our Time online dating. He asked for my phone # . He fell in love right away. His voice did not match his picture. When I asked for us to meet he said he was going to Turkey to build a building. He sent me a # from there. Then asked for a cell phone & for me to checks to check his bank account. When I said no he became angry & never heard from him. He has a picture on Linkin.com for working people say he attempted UCLA & lives in Hollywood. Help me report him lupedukes

I think I've been scammed by the same person--same story! What was his name?

I think I may be the latest. I didn't send any money thank god. He claims to be from Boston, went over to Turkey to build something. Asked me for money...his name is Chase...anyone else dealing with this guy? Really handsome looking.

i think the person i meeet in facebook is a scammer please help me to find out if is real o lie

I have been talking to this man for three years

I all so have been talking to someone for all most two yrs on Facebook. His name is mike Smith profile Smith Mike suppose to be an engineer is he the same one you talk to?

Hello, My name is Karen. I was asked to accept a friend request on FB. I accepted by mistake and he started mesg me. Since I didn't not know hiim and didn't not respond to his messages for quite a while. Then he tells me he knows a distant friend of mine so I replied with" who are you?" . After a convincing answer I started chatting with him. Started out to be casual chat, gave me his phone number, email address, chatted on the phone and then BOOM! He's telling me he wants a relationship with me. I chatted a bit more to see where this would go until he said he was falling in love with me. Good Grief! We never met. He's in New York, so he says. I'm live in CA. I dropped him and told him you are phony. His calls himself Gary Michael Smith. His email address is coolnewyorkdog . Com, his phone # is (925)xxx xxxx and he even has a post of his company listed on Manta website called G&R Environmental Services Inc. New Rochelle, New York along with his name Gary Smith. Gary, who I do not believe tells the truth and scams women into believing he is truly interested is a fake. There is a voice to Gary, he has a very strong India accent, which I barely understood his English. All I'm saying is his likes are from a few women who live in different countries and he never hits like...humm, red flag. Ladies out there be aware. He knows the right things to say and I'm sure if I would have not been wise he was either looking for money or lives in a love fantasy world. Please be careful ladies. Gary Michael Smith almost fooled me.

which dating sites do the scammers uses..........

Bryan Anderson asking for leave money

And since I reported Gary Michael Smith to FB because of his threats to me FB has removed his page and VoIP has blocked his ph number (925-xxx-xxxx) from sending and receiving calls and IM. I'm so glad I did my research and kept his IM mesgs so FB and the phone company could make his scammer life a bit more frustrating.                  was his email address. That's all you need to do is save their IM and report them. Works so easy.

Hi, I just read your post re: Mike Smith. Wow, 2 yrs. is a long time to chat on FB. But, I understand how smooth they can talk. I googled the phone # he gave me and some weird college pops up in a forgien language. Yes, Gary Michael Smith, good looking man, says he is 50 yrs old, has dark hair, looks like a normal white man but when I forced him to talk on the phone I could hardly understand is broken English. He sounded like he was Arabic or from India. I insisted he give me his address so I sent him a 10$ gift card for Starbucks just to see how he would reply. He really couldn't give me a straight answer and kept changing the subject. Most of our communicate was on line so he could pause to come up a believable answer. I finally got sick of his game and blocked him on FB. Phone and email. Oh, the gift card was sent to a city called Killfish, New York. I googled that and found out a woman with this Arbic name lives at that address. I've never been scammed before and I wanted to see/understand how a true scammer opperates. Hope my reply helps you and anyone else that is contacted from a fool.

He is using the name Gary Michael Smith. His page is still up. He is 50yrs old had, dark hair and very good looking almost Middle Eastern looking. shows no friends and he never comments on his posts. His post says he graduated from Pasdena college. He's disgusting and try to encourage me into having phone ---. Omg!

Been speaking for about a month now. An Contractor. Has a contract with the government of Dubia. But, Raymond Smith

Has anyone been approached by a man going by Raymond Smith? Independent Contractor working in Dubia? Also a contract for 5 million dollars that was sent via Viber to me?? Anyone know this name? Please reply. From Denmark, but passport which I have, New Mexico?

I have been talking to Raymond Smith for 2 months. Started asking for money the fifth day. He is a Engineer in Dubia. Has one Daughter. Widowed for 2 years. I've been playing him from the beginning. Will never send money to him. But, I'm making him hope and giving him a lot of stress.

ask for more photo of him and search in the web below. possibility he uses the same photo over and over for all his victims

Sent me pictures of u.s.navy officer said he has a daughter whose mother is dead says his cell phone he gave a way because a person needed help also asked if I could borrow him.1000 because his goods have been detained also false documents

Regarding your post, I have been talking to someone thru Yahoo emails since 1/11/16, he didn't say he's a navy officer but an antiques collector and he is supposedly from Boston but went to Nigeria on business with an 8 yr old daughter, who's mom abandoned when she took off with his friend. Now his goods have been ceased by customs because of some tax clearance certificate he needs and he's out of money and can't access his account. Of course he only trusts me and has me to help him because his parents both died of cancer and he has no siblings. So he is asking for me to trust him with my bank details so he can transfer money and then wants me to send it to him thru Western Union. He also claims he sold his phone so he and his daughter could " feed", and so he calls me from a Nigeria # with a cheap phone that he can't Skype from. His supposed name is Simpson Lincoln, and he is American and Italian but on the phone he has a thick accent which I can't decide if it's Nigerian or Italian. He has sent me thru email some good looking pictures of a white man with a spec on his left eye but yet I asked him to send me a picture of his passport and it was blurry and seemed altered, also the picture looked like the same man but the spec was on his left eye! Hmmm he has romanced me like no other and now I'm so broken hearted because my instincts are telling me I'm being played. Thanks for sharing all these stories. Hope mine helps someone too!

I talked to a guy from Ghana,,, said he was a sound engineer,,, he loved me after 2 month,,, a bit slow,, he is egar that i go to Ghana so i could see for my self he is a real person,,, wich i doubt of course,,,, no plans what so ever to go to Ghana

I actually went to Ghana and met with a black guy and I went there because he had convinced me to marry him. A woman from the U.S. had told me he was a wonderful man and very well educated - but after a little while he asked me for phone (iPhone - over a thousand dollars), then he started needing things, and you know you fall into that trap, he would be sick, or he would needed something for an emergency, he had a brother, but I think these guys actually work in groups.

I am happy I never married him, but I met with him in Ghana and he was a scammer. So beware there are some guys in Ghana that actually meet with you and keep on asking you for money. And it sounds so familiar because actually those are the words he used, asked me to go and see who he was and what kind of a person he was, so that I could see how wonderful he was.

Does he tell you he is going to love you till the end of time? And his love is pure love? These are young guys that convince you, but I think there is also other people involved in this. They actually have places that they say they live in and they show a lot of poverty. They show you how much they suffer, and you of course want to save the world. Be careful, these people don't really even need the money. Their families have house(s), nice cars that they don't show you. But in FaceBook they show a lot of riches. These men are just lazy and they are hustlers.

These Ghana guys who are anxious to meet you, and will even marry you, are only after one thing. Or, maybe two. A permanent payday they never have to work for, and / or a visa to, and future residence in, your country.

I was due to go to Ghana to marry my 'fiance' last May. When I saw how glibly my future husband was proposing to spend my money when I arrived, having already had a small fortune from me to help him keep his business running, I broke the engagement. There's more, but I don't need to write a novel. Lol

Did this guy ever sent you his real picture? I did the same last year - I went to Ghana and there were plan to marry him but we never did get married. Is this a black young guy that plays soccer? What kind of business did he have? Something like special woods business? (which of course doesn't exist) - did a woman from the U.S. talked to you about how good he was and how lucky you were to have this guy? Did he say he was the son of a king (chief in his village)? Did he get a lot of money from you? He got a lot of money from me and he said he would pay it back - till today nothing (of course). Please let me know - it maybe the same guy. Does he have a brother and did he tell you in case something would happen to him his brother was supposed to take care of you and protect you?

Yes, Angel,I had a million and one photos of him, his small son, his family, his friends, all his usual locations, his home, his father's home, funerals he attended, weddings and all sorts of occasions. We also Skyped. He was using his real name, not hiding behind a fake identity. However, although there are many similarities with your story, ie, he wanted me to believe the business I had funded and helped him set up (an electrical goods store) had burned down, he often used stories about what his son needed to get me to send money, he had a very great deal of money out of me, over an 18 month period, some of it borrowed, which is clear I will never see again, (yet, after the 'fire', he was able to build a house from the previous proceeds), he's definitely not the same guy. My guy is in Tamale, he's nearly 40, he's Muslim, his father is a retired driver and, although he does have brothers, one of which I got to know, there was never talk of him protecting me, should anything happen to my darstardly cheeky chappie. Also, his name doesn't begin with an 'E'. Playing the 'marriage game' is becoming more and more common amongst young guys in Ghana. They have everything to gain and little to lose. Their foreign wives, however, have everything to lose and often do, with extremely little to gain.

The guy I went to see in Ghana took me to the house he was supposedly building. He has two girls though - not son, but then again he could have been lying. His house also burnt, his other tribal like name starts with A and his last name sounds like something we have most everyday. He took a lot of money - with sad stories out of me and the funny thing is that when I was there he said he was going to Tamale to find a job. He was young though (plays soccer).

Tell me if his name started with "E" - he probably wanted to marry you and me. Was it in Accra? Did you meet his father and mother? What kind of business he had? I was there in the middle of September. Wouldn't that be something if it was the same guy. Did he have a brother? Was his father a chief of one of the villages?

Now using gen james mitsuhashi
On skype beware

James Bongani - was on NZ Dating site, be careful ladies, very charming, calls you sweetly, photo shops his photo, says he works for a dredging company, or construction Company... He's Dodgy.....

I've been dealing with a man for over 4 years with the same writing style as above and says babe, sweets, honey, my wife etc. The name doesn't matter as it changes for every victim. Anyway I've been doing my own research/investigations into the gang as I have kept all emails for IP's, phone numbers, names of money recipients etc. I was dragged through his crap from Nigeria, Malaysia, Dubai, UK, South Africa, America and recently he contacted again and yep demanding more money and believe it into bank accounts in Estonia and the Czech Republic and the account holders behind the business accounts are Nigerian as I checked company records for these countries. Anyway in summary these despicable Nigerian are all over the world working in gangs. I think in most cases the police just give up as there are just too many complaints but I'm surely going to shut down the big guys behind my gang very soon ie PRISON where they belong! Any man asking for money overseas is a scammer especially if you picked him up from a dating site and if they are genuinely stranded with problems in another country well then their Embassy/Consulate office will help. DO NOT SEND MONEY!

What the name he used with u? Do I have a pic ??

That's how they start the conversation. Hello Baby and how was you day. I finally told him I know what you are doing. He has threatened me and my family. He s so stupid he wrote it in an IM. I reported it to FB. Waiting for FB reply. His name is Gary Michael Smith. Lives in New York. Has a business called G&R Environmental Services with his name and phone number the same when he calls me. Ph # 1-925-xxx-xxxx.

I had the same kind of scammer talking to me. We even talked on the phone. And let me tell you, his voice could melt icebergs. Fortunately I didn't fall for it, although I came close. You know, I have met more scammers wanting money for some reason or other than I have met legitimate men. It's really sad but I think I have heard them all now. I'm very discouraged.

I am nearing 10 total that have tried scamming me. But, after losing my only child. Then my mother, husband leaving me as if I were some sort of freak...I found myself extremely lonely and turned to the computer for something exiting. The family that I was actually blood kin to - left me in a time of need unlike any Mother should ever have to endure. Let alone aimlessly looking for someone to share an ordinary but good life with someone that could be GENUINE for once. Anyhow, I was not in my right mind to say the least, not an excuse - unfortunately, a very hard fact!

I sent so much money that Money Gram and Western Union have redflagged me as an extremely high risk. Thank you for sharing here and letting this all too horrible crime that is going on and on. And yet nothing or nobody really care enough to help those of us like myself seek and fine real answers.

The same thing happened to me. At time when felt lonely, I fell for the guy who only called me love, honey, darling and my beloved wife as he never called me by my personal name. The most annoying of all is I fell for him who contacted through Skype. He was Skyping me every day twice a day for several hours. Made me convinced that I am his wife and he is my husband. The second day I started talking to me he sent his son's photo. As I had a daughter who was 1 years younger than his son. He told me to email him, was very determined that he would be happy to hear from me. I stared to send considerable amount of money by Western Union and Money Gram for emergency medical for his son and then for his doment ATM card. I thought that would be the end but as he had my phone he/someone called and said that they need more money gave me their names and text me the details through to me. That's when I realised the person I spoke to sounded like the same person with his writing style. Alarm bells started ringing and I blocked and reported him on Skype and blocked the phone calls as well. However like the lady said there is not a lot of websites where you can search for email address and nobody to help. I felt so vulnerable even though I search on Internet there are no way to find whether someone is real or not. I strongly feel that there should be helpline or something of that sort to help people. Even people who are educated can fall victims because of the romance and love they bistore on their victims. As love can be blind. Another important thing ladies be aware they would even sound like genuine people and would assurance and saying they are Godly and quoting from the bible to convince you that they are religious.

My scammer operates under three names, so far. Jeremy Gulliver,(FB) Garrett Davidson (LinkedIn)and Shawn Thomas Lyons (FB). Scenario and tricks very similar. I hope you will get out of this hell. Be brave.

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