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? The scammers set up dating profiles to meet potential victims. The scammers transfer stolen money into the new account, and then tell their victims to wire the money out of the country.
Here are some warning signs that an online love interest might be a fake. They ask you to:. 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. Today, I am writing to say, yes, highly educated means we are just as gullible as others.
I am out about 16, to a scammer maybe more. Sweet nothings and an occasional online playmate and what a dupe I have been. Yes, Romania, said to be involved in medical Name is dubious, cannot pin him to any locale. Cell number untraceable, sends him iTunes cards, the list goes on and my face is permanently red. Slick moves and honeyed words promises of a car?
I gave a lot to these criminals Nothing came as what promised. What a fool I am I wanted to shout over mountain tops. Do you have picturs of this man? Can we some have get in touch? Tjis adoptiv kids made some bells ring here What is wrong with us to believe these guys? I for one was rolling my eyes at the stuff coming out of his mouth after only days of messaging!
Oh and what is it with the iTunes cards? This guy even sent me his Military ID! Mine was huge money taken away from me. Im lost but thanks that I have God with me. HE is more than enough to start all over again. I gave up all my savings and retirement - communication had been going on for 1 year.
I am bankrupt, devastated and ashamed. This sounds similar to the guy I've been talking to he says he's in the U. He originally sent me a Facebook request which I accepted and within a week was telling me he loved me and wanted to but a house together. He claims he had to borrow a friends phone to talk to me. He never called me because he claimed the phone lines were terrible there due to the rebels attacks.
He had in the beginning sent me 2 pics that were older plus a pic I got from his fb request.
He never would send any others even though I asked repeatedly.. The pics I did get were of a white male dark hair wearing a shirt that says good story babe now make me a sandwhich he's in shorts that say army on them with a background which looks like a military environment. Then he sent a pic of himself supposedly The Facebook pic is of him sitting on a bench in a room with a black fitted knit hat on sunglasses on his head he's got a gun in a holster at his side.. Does any of this sound familiar. Do you happen to have a photo of this guy, sounds similar to who I'm chatting with now.
This guy sounds similar to the guy I'm talking to.
Since we can't share pics on here can you discribe the pics he sent. Describe him and the background of the pics? Your story just saved me. I've been chatting with a guy who called himself Tyler Badon for several weeks now. His story was almost identical to the one your guy gave you.
The only major difference is that I am gay, so it was an ex-boyfriend who cheated on him and treated him so badly. And now he is in Afghanistan and lonely, without family, etc. He first contacted me on Instagram and then moved our discussion to Google Hangouts. I got all the undying love crap.
He even sent me a little video of himself working out at the gym. And I had the same experience with questions. He asked me a zillion questions about all sorts of nonsense. But when I asked him for details about his previous life in the states or even his life in Afghanistan , he would just ignore them and disappear. Tonight, for the first time, he asked me if I could send him an iTunes gift card so that he could download music that reminded him of me for when he was lonely and bored.
I had never done that before, and I was searching for advice on how to send a gift card on a chat platform when I stumbled upon your story. After reading it, I went back to the chat session we were having and I told him I needed to send the gift card by postal service.
Of course, he would not give me his address. So I blocked him from Google communications services and Instagram. I feel like such an idiot. But I am eternally grateful that you shared your story. You kept me from going down what might have been a very costly path. I wish there was some way we could warn others about these schmucks. Or, even better, get law enforcement involved and rounding up all the profiles until they capture the creeps. Anyway, thanks again for sharing your story.
I'll try not to be so gullible next time. I've been talking to this Tyler Badon for a few weeks now myself. Everything identical to what you have described. Yesterday is when he asked for an ITunes card which I did not send as it immediately seemed fishy. I'm proud of myself to see the red flags when I saw them but so embarrassed that I fell for everything else. MarkD, I think I may be talking to the same guy! He followed me on Instagram and asked to chat in Google Hangouts! He says that he is in the Army and stationed in Afghanstan. This man asked me for money o blocked him then my Facebook page got hacked so I went back to hangouts to tell him off, he started out saying oh god honey iwould not do that, then he got mean, and said i know where you stay I got people watching you.
You got 3 days to buy me a ITunes card or I am going to have you kill.
kamishiro-hajime.info/voice/geolocalisation/localiser-mon-portableorg.php The Foe followed me on Instagram and later sent me a message he immediate asked me to communicate w him over Google Hangouts and then said that his exit papers for the oil rig along w money were in a parcel in Belgiumand he wanted me to be the heir to help him get his parcel - Andre Chris He also goes by Andre Cristian declared his love to me told me he wanted to marry him and I said yes!
People pls flee from these types of scammers. The same thing happened to me the same story oil rig engineer Nelson Andre. Need money for shipment. He says he is working on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico and his account has been on hold while he is away. His life is a serious of calamities. First it was money for his sick son, then his phone needed updated so I sent iTunes cards, then his son was robbed and needed a new laptop to continue his schooling.
Now he wants me to accept a package with money and precious jewels inside.
I have told him many times no he gets angry and calls me names. He has my old address, email and phone number. Should I block this guy? If I send my email to you can you send me a picture of this guy? I think he is scamming me as well. I have been chatting with a man that sounds so similar too this, I too would be intrested in finding out if these two guys were one of the same.
I could send you my email and we can exchange photos please. What is it about Portugal? I was just scammed by a guy Out of Africa saying that he had to return to Portugal as his daughter was having immediate heart surgery. He made the mistake by saying that he was staying with his mother but in previous conversations he and said she was dead. MarkD, did the video in the gym show him lifting a an 80 pound dumbbell with his mid section? He has tattoos and had a ballcap on?