The scammer will offer to fly to the victim's country to prove they are a real person so the victim will send money for the flight. However, the scammer never arrives.
The victim will contact the scammer to ask what happened, and the scammer will provide an excuse such as not being able to get an exit visa, or an illness, theirs or a family member. Scammers are very adept at knowing how to "play" their victims - sending love poems, sex games in emails, building up a "loving relationship" with many promises of "one day we will be married". Often photos of unknown African actresses will be used to lure the victim into believing they are talking to that person.
Victims may be invited to travel to the scammer's country; in some cases the victims arrive with asked-for gift money for family members or bribes for corrupt officials, only to be beaten and robbed or murdered. A rapidly growing technique scammers are using is to impersonate American military personnel. Scammers prefer to use the images, names and profiles of soldiers as this usually inspires confidence, trust and admiration in their female victims. These scammers tell their victims they are lonely, or supporting an orphanage with their own money, or needing financial assistance because they can not access their own money in a combat zone, etc.
The money is always sent to a third party to be collected for the scammer. Sometimes the third party is real, sometimes fictitious. Funds sent by Western Union and MoneyGram do not have to be claimed by showing identification if the sender sends money using a secret pass phrase and response. The money and can be picked up anywhere in the world.
Some scammers may request Bitcoin as an alternative payment method. Sensitive people are more vulnerable to online dating scams, based on a study conducted by the British Psychological Society. Per their results, sensitive and less emotionally intelligent people are more likely to be vulnerable to online dating scams.
The site provides information about current scams, warning signs and staying safe online. Many romance scams, money payment, Nigerian advance fee scam, blackmail and extortionist scams occur in the West African, Russian, Ukrainian, American and Trinidad and Tobago sites that rip off vulnerable westerners as of to according to Ukrainian authorities and the FBI. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Criminal justice portal Sociology portal. Beware of Online Dating Scams". Archived from the original on 8 December Retrieved 20 February Moscow Russia Insider's guide.
Archived from the original on The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 6 December Retrieved July 11, The New York Times. Happy Mutants , LLC. Archived from the original on April 25, Retrieved September 10, He was from USA but assigned in Sudan. I forgot much info about him but I remember he is so sweet which this stuffs can surely make me doubt. Okay we never get to the point where he asked me money because after he sent me email of letter format to send to his USA army leave department I get alarmed.
I would never give any information especially our address to him. Below is the letter. And after i said No he said goodbye and sound upset that i don't trust him. Well I'm not that desperate in love so sorry for him. Your City, State, Zip Code Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Sudan.
I humbly request for the leave of absence of my fiancee Lieutenant Thomas Moore, who serves in the Djibouti,Sudan, for an official military assignment and he has been there for a period of 6 months now. I'm Lieutenant Thomas Moore's wife to be, and i'm applying for his leave request for three 3 months based on confidential family issue.. He will perform [active duty] with the United States Coast Guard beginning soon.
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However, I want to let you know these details regarding his military absence. Yours Sincerely Signature Name. Luckily I was not able to do so I was stopped by Wetern U staff not to send money over to him unless i know him. And also he email me a minitary leave form saying that i must register my particular in it in order for him to get out from his mission ground in Afica and will go back to states and will visit me in Singapore I than felt is so wired to heard all these.
I felt he is a scammer. So what can I do? The 2nd experience I am very cautious. Because in my 1st experience I don't know that he is a scam, it's just I need to end our conversation because he is asking too much information. And my guy friend jokingly told me that maybe the guy behind the picture is from Nigeria. And so for this 2nd experience I use my head and do some research and that's the reason I bump in to this site because I was searching so hard to know if it's real because the photo being used is very handsome. LOL I can't find the name in the search engine and he is as well using an ordinary email.
Okay the handsome guy is named Edward Martin.
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I feel pity of the guy in the photo being used to bait victims. I think he was a victim before who sent photos to the scammer because the scammer will end his email with "send me your current photo, ok? My names is Edward i just came across your profile on skout. I want to tell you more about myself.
I was born on 5th of March Am single never married and have no kids and am a Christian. My father and Mother has passed away,they are no longer alive He was originated from United State of America,. I was born and grew up in NY. I am the only son and child of my family. I live here in Poland. My late father and Mother was are wonderful and kind people, also they are philanthropists.
Furthermore, I am a fun loving man who cares for the need of others.
I love traveling and shopping. I like listening to music. On the weekends, I use to go out for fun, going to the sea side having relaxing mind and seeing the nice fresh air from the sea. Love shopping on weekends too and if got chance, I use to travel around. I do cook sometimes as I like cooking, Being happy always makes me feel young everyday.
I am so glad for my life and really thank God for all His blessing upon my family. I would like to tell you that to make a relationship last for ever and be stable we need trust,love,understanding,devotion,and motivation in heart, In my own intention,i promise to be faithful, honest, and most caring to you and be the man you have always dream of, and pray always that God will bless and make our love grow, thank you so much..
I hope to hear from you again. Since i saw your profile i cant stop thinking of you, i don't really know why, but i think i am begin to fall in love with you, not because of much thing, but just because of your sincerity and honesty towards our relationship, i wish us to build a nice and good relationship together that can lead us into marriage and make our life happier and brighter I hope that this is the relationship we are looking for in a million of years, that can bring happiness and smiles in our life,i will love to know more about your, personality and your family more, so that we can be more concentrate with each other and have a nice relationship together with love and happiness, thanks and take care dear Based on my research, i found this exact messages in a website who is also helping to stop this scam issue.
So it's obviously a scam. True love doesn't need to be always sweet and sugar coating.
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A guy who loves you will find ways to come to you, you don't need to pay for them. Let him make an effort. And besides, God loves you, and will surely give what's best for you. Wait for the best.. And don't settle for less than you deserve. It sounds very much like mine he said his son's name was Edward. Discovered his Pic was stolen off someone's Instagram. The very same love language too. Sounds like my Adams Edward, been talking to him for 3 weeks. Dr and wet drilling engineer. In Malaysia now for three weeks, parents dead, home address not real, when talk to his phone its only on whatsapp, text on a California number cell phone, from America , lived in Sweden.
Asked for no money Glad I found this website. What a crappy day to find these things out. Has anyone actually met a scammer in person? Yes, I caught several guys. I convinced one of them that I was on his side and understood why they do what they do. Eventually, he finally sent me a picture of he and his cohorts in a room where they all sit at computers and try to scam women in different countries. He got nothing from me and I turned him in. It is your choice whether to submit a comment. If you do, you must create a user name, or we will not post your comment. The Federal Trade Commission Act authorizes this information collection for purposes of managing online comments.
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Did you get a name from ohenry? RainorShine December 31, reply. With Love Edward 2nd email my heart Thanks for you lovely message, i want you to know that love is always here to make our life full of smiles and happiness, this moment i cherish your interest and care towards our relationship, i hope it will bring the moment of joy,happiness,smiles and best of our moments, i never feel this way before in my life, you seems so interesting and caring, i am so much happy and full of smiles that i met with someone like you Mimi June 5, reply. Show me his picture? ScammedToo September 21, reply.