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Name: How you recognize male scammers.
Other Comments: I am Miss Marple and a contributor at this site, I have met many victims here at this site and I wanted to create an thread for those who are interested to find out how you recognize African male scammers. I met an scammer while ago, and he came from Nigeria and he tried to scam me, that’s why I created this thread so you can save some time and hopefully your Money by reading this general information I have written here.
I have made studies of African scammers in general and collected some stuff. I will represent here some basic information and some good advices what you can think about when you are out on the dating sites and online, which are the best ways to avoid scammers and learn how to spot them.
Are you an woman and have met the most wonderful, good looking and to good to be true man on the internet? He is also very smart, well educated, working probably as an constructor or engineer and travels a lot in his job, He tells you that he is an widower and has raised his child all alone, and he is now looking for true love. He falls in love very quickly and wants to marry you and wants to meet you soon. Suddenly he must travel to Africa. To Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory coast or another west African country for work and he will come back soon to meet you soon as possible. During his visit he gets in lot of trouble, he gets sick or have accidents. And he suddenly needs money, his credit card is not good enough or he’s has trouble to get his money from his account. Then he begins to ask for money.
Is this something you recognize?? You have probably met an scammer from Africa. Nigeria, Ghana and Ivory coast, Senegal and Dakar is the most common countries where scammers comes from, but they do operate with accomplices from European countries also as Germany, Holland and United Kingdom. Malaysia and China has also reported more scammers activities the latest time.
There is lot of different scams, Lottery scams, Charity scams, credit card scams and spams (Variation from the 419 scam)and other different types of scams, But this is page is only about ROMANCE SCAMMERS or DATING SCAMMERS
1.Scammers use templates before they starts to ask for money and there is variations in time in that also before they do that from 2 weeks until 2-3 years. Scammers use templates because they scam many people at the same time and have no time to write personal mails.
2.Look for the language, scammers has often very bad grammar and their skills in European language is bad, the templates are often translated by GOOGLE
3.They fell in love very quickly and talk about endless and undying LOVE
4.Avoiding your questions in the mails (typical for scammers who use templates) but variations do exist in this also.
5. Asking money from strangers is a scam, African, Russian, man,woman makes NO DIFFERENCE! http://ladies-russia.net/Scam.php 6.The scammer tells you to end your dating site account because you are the only true love for him (this is the way he can control the victim)
7.Scammers uses an +44 as an UK number to confuse victims with that they are in UK but they are in fact in Nigeria . ID Spoofing
8.If it sounds to good to be true it is often that also.
What can you do to protect yourself?
You must protect yourself even if it is not an scammer you are talking to. Never give out any personal information to somebody that you don’t know such your home address, telephone numbers no bank account/credit card numbers or other sensitive information as log in to your email addys or other accounts .Scammers asks for telephone numbers so they can convince people with their undying love as they asks for money, so don’t give out any phone numbers to foreigners. As scammers are criminal in the cyber world their knowledge in computers are very good .Get yourself an good Antivirus program to protect you from malware and spams, never click on links that unknown people sends you in mails, there could be an trojan waiting for you. As trojan is an malware and is created to steal and copy information from other computers.
How do scammers work out and how do you recognize them??
Maybe you are talking for the moment with an scammer but nothing is not what it appears to be as the wonderful man you talking to is an criminal sitting in a internet cafe and knows exactly what he is doing ,because he has done this so many times before that you can’t even imagine that your lovely man is only an criminal and wants to have your money, they are trained to be psychological and knows exactly what to talk and uses your weaknesses to get you into the trap. They send you gifts and talks poetry to you to get you really fall in love. And when you are enough in love then they starts to ask for money. They suddenly gets in to trouble and get into accidents and make up fake stories and involves other scammers also pretending to be doctors and lawyers or barristers that the story sound so real as possible, so that the victim feels empathy and open up the wallet to the scammer. They ask money for anything, from food to hospital bills, they can even send you fake documents that you have to sign your personal information that you suddenly can get involved in the crimes to without any knowledge of what you have really got involved into. As scammers are criminals they are involved in money laundry and drugs. They use most Western union to transfers to receive money from victims, but money gram is also more common now. Scammers uses stolen identities from other victims from another earlier scams or stolen from internet also. So the names they use to collect your money in are not their own names. So catch theses scammers are very difficult because of this.
The grammar is very bad as their skills are not good in English so they use templates translated by some translator and many time the scammers uses GOOGLE to translate their letters, so look for the language in the letters you receive from the scammers. Scammers uses much religion also in their scams they talk many times that they are GOD fearing and pretend to be very religious. http://www.delphifaq.com/faq/male_scammers/f3269.shtml?p=11#comments often the scammers has children and they are widowers also, because in this way they can affect the victims in a emotionally way to the single mothers, everybody can be scammed but they often seek for single women with kids and in the age of 40, as people has generally made carrier and has an stabile economic situation as that attract scammers of course.
What can you do if you suspect you talking to an scammer?
If you suspect that the person you are talking to on the internet is an scammer, there is sites where you can seek for photographs, as I have put an link in the beginning of this information, but there is others you can do also, if you have contact with an scammer through email, you can look up the IP address, that the person uses and see if the person uses forged IP or has been reported to an scammer site. If the IP address is forged it is absolutely an scam, no real and honest person uses forged IP address, and if they begin to start talking about Africa that they are travelling to Nigeria or Ghana for business or work it is an scam also. Even if they have not asked for money yet it can be an scammers as well, as they can wait with that question a long time. Look for information on the internet what your love is doing and report scammers to sites because only by reporting scammers you reduce the scammers to operate and scam other people. Talk to other people about scamming and inform your friends who you also are talking to on the internet. If you have been scammed you must of course report this crime to the nearest authorities in your hometown and country. And here I have some links where you can find also information what you can do if you have been scammed, but I must put out an warning if you want to report scammers to authorities in Africa be careful who you are talking to, and also find out if it is real people you have contact with, as scammers abuses also this and goes under fake persons and scams people by saying the helping scammed people, there is a lot of fake detectives, so be careful who you are talking to and who you leave your personal information to.
Romance scams are emotionally devastating forms of fraud - fraudsters make an individual believe they have feelings for them - before taking cash or personal information
Where other scams, such as the lottery scam, recruitment scam or 419 scam, are somehow less personal, romance scams attack and play on a victim's feelings directly. Typically, the fraudster will gain their victim's trust and affection before committing fraud, which can include asking for money or gaining access to their bank account directly. It could be in the form of taking personal documentation, including passports and credit cards, or requesting the social security or national insurance number of the victim. The fraudsters may even get their victims to commit fraud on their behalf.
Types of Romance Fraud
Romance scams have been known to take a number of forms. Victims may receive a letter through the post. As the victim responds and starts to trust the letter-writing scammer, the fraudster inevitably finds an urgent reason to request money.
Newspaper adverts in dating columns have also been linked to the fraud. This type of scam is even more targeted because the fraudster knows their victim is looking for romance, so can trap them more easily prior to committing the fraud. One such scam was known to be in operation in the USA in the 1980s. Prisoners in Louisiana State Penitentiary operated a version of advance fee fraud by advertising in the 'men seeking men' singles column of a newspaper.
Nowadays, however, most romance frauds take place online.
Scammers will often target their victims by trawling dating websites in search for victims. Again, this is a more specific approach because the fraudsters know their victims are more likely to accept their advances.
As with any scam, it just takes a small number of responses from thousands of emails sent out by scammers to make the fraud lucrative for them. This is why the scams still exist and by playing on victims' vulnerabilities, scammers continue to experience 'success'.
Reasons Romance Scammers Use:
There are a number of widely used excuses that romance scammers use to gain money or personal information from their victims. These include:
•The scammer says they need money for a passport or for flights to the victim's country for any number of reasons, such as that they are leaving their spouse or that they want to leave their country. The excuse they give when they don't arrive is that they are being held by immigration officials, or suchlike.
•The fraudster says they are sponsoring an orphanage or other charitable cause and need some money to help.
•They might say they need money to pay for phone call to the victim.
•Scammers have been known to request money to pay for medical bills.
•They may say that their employer has paid them in money orders and they need help converting it to cash. If the victim converts the fake money orders at their bank, the victim and/or bank gets charged for the fraud and the victim may also face a criminal investigation.
British National Kidnapped After Romance Fraud
The most recent romance fraud took a twist that hasn't been seen before. A British person travelled to west Africa to meet someone they had become friends with online. In fact, the person did not exist but was the invention of an organised criminal group. When the victim arrived in Africa, they were kidnapped, assaulted and kept prisoner for four days until a ransom was paid for their release.
Incidences of romance or dating scams have been on the rise since it came to public knowledge not too long ago.Yet,many people in the Western world are yet to grasp the reality of the fact that this scam seems to be on the increase.Perhaps, because most of the people who lose money to these scams do not talk about their losses.Many people prefer to bear the financial losses in silence, rather than disclose to any other party.
On the other hand, in Nigeria and other places where the scammers operate from, large amounts of dollars are being received on a daily basis from the scams.In the third week of March,for instance, a 20 year old young man,just seeking admission into the university, scammed 5000 British Pounds from a middle aged woman in the United Kingdom.He is not the only one collecting such amounts from dating or romance scams.Daily,in thousands of cafes all over Nigeria,especially the SouthWest, and other West African countries,tens of thousands of young people are actively working at the scams,looking for such victims.
But then, the question arises --whom do the scammers target for their activities? Do they just pick on anyone anywhere, or do they have a particular set of people that they focus on to defraud them of their money?
From what I could gather in my research, here are the main types of people that the scams are focused on:
1. Elderly people and other lonely groups: Elderly women and men looking for companionship are believed to be especially vulnerable to the scams.They are believed to be soft at heart,and willing to part with their money in return for romantic affection and attention.
Other lonely groups of people are also a prime target. Their loneliness makes them to be in need of some form of company,which may not be readily available around them in their immediate environment and which the scammers readily provide.
2. Separated women,recently divorced women and the like are easy targets of the scammers. The trauma of their divorce or separation makes them vulnerable to online scams. The scammers hunt on various dating sites for women like these.
3. Overweight people:these set of people are about the easiest to target and to scam,according to the scammers.
It appears some overweight people need someone to admire them and to love them the way they are.
And it also appears that a number of them are insecure emotionally.
And it appears that as a result of this, some overweight women seem to do anything to hold on to a man,even if they do not know if he is for real.
It appears that it is their sense of insecurity and their need for acceptance that is often exploited to get money of them.
4. People Looking For Sex: Many adult websites are a special target of the scammers.The scammers show nude pictures of themselves and engage in sexual acts with the persons they meet on the site.
Usually,the people scammed through adult sites never disclose that they were scammed or keep their losses to themselves.
All those interviewed and who lost money to scams through this means declined to give figures of how much they were scammed of
People living with AIDS, and differently-abled people are also a target of the scams.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of those being targetted by the scams.These happen to be the most popular ones the scammers target.
The best way to deal with the dating or romance scams is to know how the scammers operate and be wise as to their ways.
Educating yourself about these scams helps you to know how to prevent it from happening to you.
I'm a single parent. I work as a building contructor. I'm a Man that knows what I want and how to get it. I'm very intelligent and can hold a decent conversation
* Who I Want to Meet:
I'm looking for a Woman that knows what she wants and can get it. I'm looking for a Woman that know respect, honesty and truth. I'm looking for not just a Good Woman, God fearing but the Best Woman. A Woman that wants to find true love and wants to be in love
anonymous from United States
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Regards //Miss Marple//
Miss Marple from United States
Dating Site Scams Rise In Australia......
ABC - Mar 1 - Australians reported losses of ~$70M to fraud and swindling to the consumer watchdog last year, but real losses could be much higher. Scams linked to dating sites were up by 30%. More than 12,000 people lost between $1 and $10,000. Two Australians lost more than $10M
By Nonee Walsh
Updated Mon Mar 1, 2010 3:47pm AEDT
Australians reported losses of more than $70 million to fraud and swindling to the consumer watchdog last year, but real losses could be much higher.
The deputy chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Peter Kell, says the loss estimate is based on the 20,000 people who contacted the commission in 2009.
'We think actually there are many more victims out there,' he said.
'When complaints to other agencies are taken into account, the Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates that annual losses to fraud and scams could be up to $1 billion annually.'
Mr Kell says successful frauds, particularly online, are continuing to increase.
'We've seen it now over several years,' he said.
'Realistically this figure is likely to be the tip of the iceberg, because many people are embarrassed about reporting they've been victims of scams.'
Complaints to the commission were 16 per cent higher than the previous year.
Advance payment schemes dominate the 20,000 complaints, followed by online auctions, shopping and lotteries.
Banking and online fraud was up by 38 per cent. Mr Kell says that reflects increased uptake of online banking services.
Fifty-four per cent of fraud involved mass online marketed, advance fee deals.
He says such scams often do not ask for large deposits, and hence go unreported, but they deliver big returns to the fraudsters.
Dating site scams rise
Scams linked to dating sites were up by 30 per cent.
'People are typically more vulnerable when they are in that emotional decision-making mode,' he said.
'Whether it's around dating sites or health scams, they're not necessarily thinking rationally about what's actually behind the offer.'
Across the board, more than 12,000 people lost between $1 and $10,000. Two Australians lost more than $10 million.
Mr Kell says the people who lost the large amounts usually had been tricked into forming a trust relationship with the fraudsters, and believed they were contributing to helping or assisting others in illness or poverty.
'Some people have lost entire inheritances,' he said.
There is some bright news for those over 65. Apart from young non-wage earners, they are the least like to fall victim to fraud.
However, the deputy commissioner has put a dampener on that.
'We expect that as older people increasingly take up use of the internet, that figure will rise,' he said.
By The Messenger-Gazette
April 17, 2010, 6:17PM
Nigerian Internet dating scam
A Somerville resident told police he was defrauded of more than $2,000 in what probably was an Internet dating scam originating in Nigeria.
According to investigators, the man reported to police on April 8 that he had been in contact with a woman, who said she lived in Nigeria, via an Internet dating service. The woman indicated she wanted to travel to the United States and requested money.
The man, police said, was suspicious and declined. The man then received and deposited a check dated March 31, 2010 for $2450 for the woman’s travel expenses. Believing the check was real and after receiving a flight itinerary indicating the woman would be traveling to the U.S., the man withdrew money on April 1 and wired $1,951 to a location provided for the woman. He wired an additional $429 on April 2.
One April 4, the man received correspondence from Bank of America that the $2450 check was fraudulent, authorities said
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Miss Marple from United States
ARMY WARNS OF INTERNET ROMANCE SCAMS
March 25, 2010
In Family Matters, we often focus on issues relating to already established military families, but today we’d like to draw attention to what started it all: dating, and the new dangers that poses. With more and more singles looking to the Internet to find that “special someone,” the U.S. Army is now urging the public to beware of romance scams perpetrated by criminals pretending to be U.S. soldiers.
The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command on Fort Belvoir, Va., has received so many reports of Internet romance scams involving criminals posing as soldiers that it is now warning that many Internet romance sites that promise true love “only end up breaking hearts and bank accounts.”
The CID issued its warning in an Army News article “CID Warns of Internet Romance Scams” that describes the scams that typically focus on female victims and prey on their emotions and patriotism.
“We are seeing a number of scams being perpetrated on the Internet, especially on social, dating-type Web sites where females are the main target,” said Chris Grey, CID spokesman.
In particular, women should be suspicious if they begin a relationship on the Internet with someone claiming to be an American soldier and find that within a matter of weeks, the alleged soldier is asking for money or marriage, said Grey.
The criminals frequently pretend to be U.S. servicemen and usually claim to be serving in Iraq or Afghanistan, said Grey. The perpetrators often will take the true rank and name of a soldier who is honorably serving his country somewhere in the world, marry that up with some photographs of a soldier pulled off of the Internet, and then build a false identity before starting to prowl the Internet for victims.
“We’ve even seen instances where the perpetrators are asking the victims for money to ‘purchase leave papers’ from the Army or help pay for their flight home so they can leave the war zone,” Grey said.
To date, there have been no reports to CID indicating that any U.S. servicemembers themselves have suffered any financial loss as a result of these impersonators, but the agency notes it is a form of identity theft.
CID offers up these suggestions on what to look out for:
– If you do start an Internet-based relationship with someone, check them out, research what they are telling you with someone who would know, such as a current or former servicemember;
– Be very suspicious if you never get to actually speak with the person on the phone or are told you cannot write or receive letters in the mail. Servicemen serving overseas will often have an APO or FPO mailing address. Internet or not, servicemembers always appreciate a letter in the mail;
– Be extremely suspicious if you are asked for money for transportation costs, communication fees or marriage processing and medical fees;
– Many of the negative claims made about the military and the supposed lack of support and services provided to troops overseas are far from reality — check the facts.
– Be aware of common spelling, grammatical or language errors in the e-mails.
For more information on Internet romance scams please visit the Federal Trade Commission’s “Fighting Identity Theft” Web site, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command’s Web site, and the Internet Crime Complaint Center.
If you think you might be a victim of an Internet romance scam or other types of identity theft, report it to the Federal Trade Commission by calling 1-877-ID-THEFT (438-4338) or contacting the FTC online
Posted in Family Matters.
Tagged with AFPS, American Forces Press Service, Elaine Wilson.
Today a victim has posted that she has been threatned by an scammer ,scammers can be very aggressive and ugly to the victims when they do not get what they want,but offen it is empty threats and it is just to block the scammer and not reply ore answer any mails ore phone calls,the scammer will give up becuase they are only intrested in to earn money ,but it can be very unpleasent and sometimes scary for the victims...when they threath with psychical violence ore that something bad will happend...
CAN YOU HELP ME IN A SCAMMER...WHO IS RECORDED ME IN HIS VIDEO WITHOUT MY KNOWLEDGE.... HE SAY THAT IF I DON'T FOLLOW HIS ORDERS...HE WILL SELL MY NAUGHTY VIDEO TO THE WORLD AND MAKES ME A OUTLAW TO MY COUNTRY.....I FEAR THAT IS IF I PAY HIM , HE WOULD ALSO EXPOSE MY VIDEO TO THE WORLD.
I NEED HELP.........i HAVE INFORMED TO FBI ONLINE BUT SOMEHOW IT HAS NO EFFECTS.
HIS NAME THAT HE USED IS MICHAEL RUBINS AND HIS PHONE NUMBER +447031836857 HIS E-MAIL IS MICHAEL_RUBINS@YAHOO.COM........AND HE GIVES ME TILL THIS FRIDAY TO PAY HIM ABOUT $1,255.
a new scammer i found..a new scammer i found again my space.com, and he's the meanest one ever i have seen...
his name is Micheal rubins....
he threatens me if i don't sent him money to him for to pay taxes for the money he sent to to me....he says that he wants to expose my video camera that he took when he videod me and show my privacy to the cubyer world.....just beacuse i didnt want to sent him money....
is it possible that the web cam can be a recoded.......
his voice was almost the same as my preivous bf that was a scammer too....
If you are threatned by an scammer here is some good advices:
What to do:
1.The fastest way to get rid of threatening phone calls is to get yourself a whistle, a plastic one from a discount toy store will do, and blow it loudly into the telephone. The calls will stop immediately.
2.Please do not alter your entire life because of the threats; remember that so long as you refuse to send any money or any more money, they will go away. You are useless to them and of no importance whatsoever to them if they cannot get any money out of you.
3.Do not bother telling the scammers, either by phone or email, that you have reported them to the authorities. They simply don't care. This will not make them stop contacting you. They will continue to contact you so long as you are responsive. STOP talking to them and stop writing to them. Keep in mind that every time you open one of their emails they know about it because they get a notice stating that their letter has been opened (email receipt), and you are also opening your hard drive to them.
Go back to #1: Blowing that whistle in their ear will make you feel very, very good.
What's really going on: It's important that you understand that scammers are in the business of making money from their victims - not in the business of spending money on them when there is no possible profit. Yes, it's true: one occasionally reads of a scam victim being killed by a fraudster; however, that is extremely rare and occurs when there is a long-term close, personal, face-to-face relationship between the scammer and his or her victim. That is not the case in the variety of scams we are discussing here.
Sending a fraud ring member or hired goon to beat up or kill an uncooperative scam victim is very expensive. The costs are twofold: 1. The travel and job expenses; and 2. The risk of exposure to and arrest by local law enforcement.
Remember I said that scammers are in the business of making money, not spending money on uncooperative victims. 'Uncooperative' is the key word. While a determined scammer may try to squeeze more money out of a victim by using threats, if none is forthcoming they move on to their other targets.
As for the risk of exposure to local law enforcement, financial scams do not carry the same weight as violent crimes. Once scammers begin resorting to violent crimes, they will be hunted down by international law enforcement with vigor. This is not what the scammers want. They are quite happy with their low profile, which is far more profitable.
Help Fraud Aid report to law enforcement: If you have received or are receiving threatening emails, please Forward them to Fraud Aid following the instructions you will find here: www.fraudaid.com/find_headers.htm. The emails will be entered into our research database.
Most threat emails are form letters. Some have been slightly altered, but they are all sent out by the thousands. Common variations may be entered into our online database, but not until all recipient information has been removed. Your personal information is never compromised.
We never post threat emails that are obscene or very personal. We send those directly to law enforcement.
If we have the time a Source Report will be added to the posted sample email, letting viewers know where the scammer was generally located at the time the email was written.
Today i see this GOOD NEWS!!! the modell agency FOCUS INTERNATIONAL HAWAII are taking ACTIONS also now, against the scammers that are abusing theire modells photograps to scam women and men with!! This thing warms in my heart now........
FOCUS AGENCY is 'not' a dating site, and does 'not' provide models and/or talent for any such service, and does not allow images to be used on any site for the use of dating or any similar activity. Models, talent, clients and all others are informed FOCUS AGENCY is a part of the solution to stop the use of a legitimate professional model agency roster by scam persons and organization and gives access to the Federal Bureau of Investigation of any activity on the FOCUS website including your computer IP address which is being tracked to use for reporting purposes only to any legitimate government agency which may require this information to pursue persons for criminal use of the Internet.