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 website Scamalytics maintains a blacklist of scammers who use false pictures. You might not be able to surface information like criminal records, but from their social media profiles, Linked In page, and other information you find, you should be able to get a sense of whether what they are telling you comports with the facts. For example, if a person you met online claims to run a business abroad, call the U. Choose a friend or someone from your church or community who is less emotionally invested than you are. And remember: If the request for funds is indeed a scam, it may be difficult, if not impossible, to ever recover the money.
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.
Unfortunately, online dating scams are all too common. He says he is a marine engineer working in Egypt and for weeks he told me he was coming home on March 20, now he has asked for an i Tunes card which I got for 60 bucks, and now it's a new i Phone, with a sum card, he claims the phone he has got dropped and doesn't work well, then he asked for 200dollars , and it went from that to 300, and now 400, and just Las night on the phone he told me he has to pay 150 for his paper work for his vacation leave by the 17th.
There may be tens of thousands of victims, and only a small fraction report it to the FTC. He's real smooth operator and the way that he went on ask me about my family and my job and my life, and told me about his freelee sharing information about his life and his kids and his parents and his uncles and where he grew up and etcetera etcetera.
Here’s the real deal: Don’t send money to someone you met online — for any reason. I have been talking to a guy who goes by Thomas M Brooks at first he just wanted friendship and within a couple weeks she says he's in love with me , want a to marry me, etc, etc.
If your online sweetheart asks for money, you can expect it’s a scam. Supposedly he lives in or is from Dallas Texas says he has one daughter named Cindy who is 21, a son named Alexander who is 17 and a mother who all live with him in his house in Texas.
So it’s up to you to determine how truthful a person is being in his or her profile.
To recognize and avoid romance scams, follow these tips. Copy the images your online correspondent has posted to his or her profile, then run them through a reverse-image search engine, such as Tin Eye or Google Images.
He did confide in me that his son was going to a school and that he had no way to transfer funds to the headmistress to keep his son there at the school. He did not stop talking to me and has said he loves me. What ever u do don't give him any money report him i too was taken in his voice sounded too young for his age i also did some research on this man's so called job, he started out being a gentleman within a few days he was telling me he loved me and proposed marriage, then came the desperation of needing money and asked me to buy him an i Tunes card for one of his machines i cut the relationship off right there Melanie, It's been awhile since your comment posted but I just wanted to add obey your thoughts not your heart especially on this. TIL I GOT A PICTURE OF HIM PUTTING A CARDBOARD UP WITH I LOVE YOU RENEE. I am now becoming very skeptical of him and I do not believe that he is coming home from Egypt I feel like he thinks that he's going to get all these things for me which I have not given him yet and then all the sudden going to cut off complete communication or make up some excuse not to be able to come home and try to keep prodding me for money.
I can relate because some lovely lady (supposedly from the pics) got to my heart online and told me she wanted to be my wife. I'm frustrated because I cannot find any information anywhere on any of these sites regarding this guy but I do believe that he is a scam artist. And part of me wants to believe that he is genuine because most of the things he says seem very genuine so right now I am at a loss as to what to do does anybody here I have any information regarding this guy has he ever contacted you under the name of Thomas M Brooks.
(The FBI says it may be embarrassing for victims to report this type of fraud scheme because of the personal relationships that are developed, so the real numbers are probably higher.) As one result, fear of a horrible first date is just one of the things a would-be online dater has to worry about. “Most people think the victims are middle-aged women who can’t get a date, but I have worked with men and women of all ages—doctors and lawyers, CEOs of companies, people from the entertainment industry—who you’d never think in a million years would fall for these scams but do,” says Barb Sluppick, who runs Romance Scams, a watchdog site and online support group.