Not everyone using online dating sites is looking for love. As if all that isn’t bad enough, romance scammers are now involving their victims in online bank fraud.
Scammers create fake online profiles using photos of other people — even stolen pictures of real military personnel. And they tug at your heartstrings with made-up stories about how they need money — for emergencies, hospital bills, or travel. Here’s how it works: The scammers set up dating profiles to meet potential victims.
The information you give will go into a secure database that law enforcement uses for investigations . He’s sweet and has an accent that is not African but has 5 out of the 7 red flags of a scammer.
I’ve tried to do a background check and couldn’t find him.
Yes, I sent money because sometimes people are truthful, but he was not.
The impact this all had on my spirits and heart have been awful and painful. We have been ABUSED and it seems like we don't have any recourse except to report it to the police who hear this stuff all the time. I was just taken by someone on Instagram and I thought I was someone that this would NEVER happen to. Name is Ralph Williams claiming to be a military intelligence officer on assignment with the army in Dallas Texas. Mom and dad are deceased and his brother that was also in the army was shot and killed.
I’m so sorry the outcome wasn’t what I wanted Debbie and Nancy, I have been talki g to Jack who lives in Alabama. Jack says he works on a rig and is on Alaska right now. I heard also about itunecards, school exam, bday, and coat of vacation. I got the "do you mind if we share photos through email?
My husband asked me for a divorce Last year so I thought why not talk to this guy he was nice looking my husband moved on why shouldn’nt I and yes I fall heads of heels for him I was heartbroken and still am. There’s s lot of people out there trying to take advantage of other people especially women! last night rd him I can t find him anywhere and if he wants the money give me his social security number and my cousin in fbi will verify and when they happens I 'll send the money. An engineer in uk, widow, has 14 yold daughter, ask me he need vacation so he can visit me here, i was falling in love with him alread will still talking.
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.
The "guys" start off as sweet and kind, gaining your trust but sometimes months after, needing money from you.
Common qualities that should put up red flags: -A son or daughter in boarding school. Key words that bother me: itunes cards to buy software, engineer, oil, young daughter, wife that passed away, bank funds tied up.