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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.
The potential victim of a Nigerian scam receives a letter via spam, fax, or mail. The letter requests the recipient to aid in laundering money out of the country or another illegal job in return for a huge sum of money. Many variations of the Nigerian scam letter exists, but most request a small amount of money to help transfer an incredible amount of wealth in return for a substantial monetary award.
However, if the recipient chooses to pay the upfront fee to help transfer the money. The recipient will often receive another request for a transfer fee with a promise of even more cash. This continues until the recipient runs out of money or the scammer moves on to fresh bait.
Some scammers may even request your personal information, like your bank account or credit card number, so they can transfer the non-existent cash award to you, making it important to know that whenever you give your personal information online or over the phone you open yourself to the possibilities of falling victim to identity theft, credit card fraud, insurance fraud, internet fraud, and more scams. So, take the extra step to protect your personal information and discard Nigerian scam letters and other unsolicited emails, services, and requests.
An insidious and heartless crime is perpetrated when a lothario-style con artist worms his way into the heart of a victim using romance as the hook rather than financial gain. These robbing Romeos scour church groups, social clubs and any other venue where financially well-off widows congregate.
Some are just gigolos after gifts, support and the obligatory nookie, while others have a well- rehearsed plan to deplete the victim's financial reserves.
They do this by a convincing ritual of courting the emotions of someone who, perhaps not aware of their need for love, has not had such flattering attention since their own heady youth. Everyone wants to be loved, and their egos are naturally inflated when a younger, attractive man shows a gentlemanly interest. Their friends become jealous and this only stokes the fire of romance.
Whatever forces create the aura of romance, these guys exude it. Imagine though, you have lost your husband of many years and, even though he wasn't a saint, his passing created a void in your life. You are alone. Years have passed since his death and you are starting to become more independent. You don't rely on your grown children for advice as much as when you were first bereaved. In fact, you started to secretly resent their treating you like a child, as well-meaning and considerate as they might have been.
You get chocolates and flowers and invites for romantic candlelit dinners. You are torn between guilt and hope. You can't really believe that someone could still fall for you, wrinkles and all. People forget that our internal emotions do not change even though our bodies wear down. We thankfully subdue some of them out of practicality and decreasing hormonal levels, otherwise teenagers wouldn't be the only ones making out at the mall. But love, and the need to feel loved is timeless and vulnerable.
Hooked on this new drug, and still insecure, you find yourself subconsciously wishing to hold on to this arrangement by whatever means possible. Bedroom antics may play a part or not. It is the emotional dependence that is important for the cons to establish with you. This is easy when a relationship is actually one-sided though appearing otherwise. They have nothing to lose so naturally they are the dominant force.
You buy them gifts to compensate for your lack of desire for physical loving. They in turn, continue to act just like the suave and debonair men you read about in your romance novels, never burping or farting.
Your children, feeling a combination of resentment that you are cheating on their dead father mixed with guilt for depriving you of happiness, are wary and awkward. They may not openly oppose such a union but talk amongst themselves about their reservations. They wish to be protective but it comes off as meddling in something you feel they could not possibly understand. Their distrust of your judgment is a personal affront. You become more secretive and stop discussing your personal actions with them.
They may live at a distance, making intervention difficult. Regardless, the scammer knows just how to deal with them by breeding mistrust after attempts to ingratiate himself with the family have failed. It becomes an us against them battle. After all, he says, they don't care about your happiness, just their inheritance.
Soon the Casanova con will want to take you out of your rut by proposing exciting new ventures. You have lost your friends and family so what could be better than starting a business, owning horses or investing in some sure-fire winner. You have to, in fact you want to, show your support and trust for his financial acumen. Anything to keep them around and that feeling alive.
You sign loan documents on your assets with just your signature, not his. He doesn't want your money, just your trust. Well, if you insist, he couldn't insult you by not taking some. Just a short-term loan mind you, with his verbal guarantee.
How long before both he and your money are gone? No telling. But they are sure to occur at the same time. Will the family ever get back together? Barring a suicide we can only hope.
Rather than forcing the victim to return to you and admit their foolishness simply let them know you understand they are the victim without rubbing it in with the 'I told you so'. Imagine if you went through a marriage and divorce where your spouses only motive for marrying you was to have children and then run away with them. Then imagine that your mother warned you about the no good so and so from day one. How would you feel about being reminded? It's not like you have forgotten or ever will.
Get over it so they can as well. So what? The money is gone. Pretend it never existed at least as far as guilt is concerned.
Your efforts to seek justice are hampered by the victims inability to act. They are immobilized by shame and lingering disbelief. They can not physically recount to authorities how they were duped. Every action they took was seemingly of their own accord. After all, they signed for a loan and gave monetary gifts. How do you prove deception or fraud?
About the only way to avoid this crime is to do a background check of lover-boy before he gets his hooks too deeply into the emotions of the impending victim. This has to be before he alienates the family. Red flags should be raised when he is from out of town, has no actual employment or means of support, is in your opinion too young or good for you or your parent, lives in a dump or rents below his attire and attitude, or has no other circle of friends.
The cost of a police check is minimal compared to the potential losses, both emotional and financial.
I should properly note that while the example above paints men in a bad light, just as many men are defrauded by money-grubbing female cons. Human nature relating to vulnerabilities or avarice are not gender specific.
Thank you Dirk ! Very informative article ...the only thing to avoid to get scammed is to get informed how the scam works out ,,,and an background check ....
Here is an mail from an scammer i found on the internet..please read and you maybe have recieved an mail like this one?? ..this mail contains all the signs of an scammer in action!
Wow, what a letter! I wasn’t sure if I’d hear from you. I’m so glad I did. First, thank you for the compliments. I really appreciate all the nice things you said and the fact that you’re still willing to give me a try.It’s really hard to find a person that is interested in a possible long term relationship and not just a one night stand. I am looking for a best friend and partner. I don’t hang out in bars or date just anyone. I never thought I’d try online dating but here I am. ..Linda , I already let you know that you’re a truly genuine and open person…I am very open, honest and caring….My late Mom was from Kansas and My dad was from, West Africa cos he was brought up from Nigeria … they both meet in Rome , ITALY , where i grow up and they instilled many wonderful values in me.My Late mom raised me to be fighter and always come out on top and that is what i plan on doing.I would be 39 years by Jan 28th . My Dear Linda , am still having Difficult with my laptop for me to send more Pictures of me to you , hope this wont stop us from talking here and carrying the conversation to High level ..I am also a happy, outgoing person..I love to laugh and spend time with friends..Can you tell me how your day went?? what do you normally do at your Leisure time ??? .my favorite activities are basically anything to do with being outdoors..camping is one of my favorite things to do and also trying my hand at new things and I want you to know more about me ..first of all,I have now lost my mother and only have my father. my Late mother and father were married for 43 years and I think that is truly wonderful thing and I want to let you Know that i relocate from Elsmore ,Kansas to Powell St, San Francisco anytime from now which I let you know that i just got a 1story 10 home yesterday .I want this also very much..although my life is full of love , there is the most important element of life that is missing from mine..my life companion.this person must be sincere, honest, understanding and family oriented.I also want someone that is always serious all the time…that is able to just “have fun” and balance this with responsibility..someone that is adventurous,loves the outdoors and laughing…I want someone that can appreciate quality in life but also the most simplistic things in life., but I want to share my life with someone..I do not date a lot because I do not enjoy going out with so many different people….when I do go out on a date it is only because I am quite attracted to that person (in all aspects…not just physically), I think it is of extreme importance to be on the same levels with someone you are to share your life with.i.e intellect, sense of humor and also similar goals in life.these things all add up to admiration, loyalty and friendship..I would like to find this so that I may begin the second journey of my life in which i let you know i my profile so please ask me whatever you would like…I think you are someone that is seeking the same as I and so I would love to pursue this friendship with you to see what happens…only if, at the very least, we would both have gained a great love.of course, hopefully more…;-)..Linda , Let’s I forget , I wanna let you Know That I would be Living the state for Now cos i heard a Called from The Dr that’s in charge of My dad sickness from The Hospital there In Nigeria That My dad is not really good that he want to see me ..I was so shock when I heard That My dad is not good and Been The Only child of My dad i think i need to see Him cos he’s the one left for me now ..To cut this short ,I am On My way to Nigeria Probably In the next 8 – 12hrs cos I have book my plane . so don’t hesitate to mail me and I will reply you back …..But Most especially i will soon be back to state soon I look forward to hearing from you again soon..Please feel free to say anything and I would Like to know know thing about you like :
What are you doing for Living ??
What do you seek for in a relationship?
What sort of relationship you seek for?
What are the basic qualities you seek for in a man?
What interests you to me ?
What do you do for fun?
Do you like public intimacy?
How long have you been single?
What’s being single like?
How do you treat your man?
Why do you need a man?
Can you love this me even though you continue talking to me ???
What is love to you?Would you hit your man for any reasons?
Some facts about scams you maybe did not know.........
Fraudulent Profiles on Dating Web sites
Scam profiles can be broken down in the following way:
-45 % female profiles- created mostly by scam organizations with the single aim of financial fraud. Very few women scam independently.
-25% male profiles - created exclusively by the Nigerian scam organization with the single aim of financial fraud
-30% untrue male profiles, usually partially true and partially very misleading - created by dishonest unscrupulous men usually in order to take sexual advantage of women
How do they manage to cheat people?
Most part of the scam on the Internet is done by the 2 major scam organizations, the one in Russia, near Kazan, in the republic of Mery El and the African scam group, operating in Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana, Cote d'Ivore, etc. The following examples are the basis upon which most scam organizations run:
The infamous “Russian bride” scam, run by the Mery El organisation, is probably the best known and is simply done by creating lots of fake female profiles with pictures of Russian celebrities or pictures harvested from the internet and then writing to a lot of unsuspecting men. The fake profile then “falls in love” with all these men and starts asking them to send money for any of a number of reasons. If the man becomes suspicious the “lady” just disappears.
The Nigerian scam is very similar to the Russians. Obvious differences are that they will have profiles of black ladies as well as white. They also have many profiles of men. They use many different approaches and they constantly devise new ways - www.nigerianscams org An unfortunate fact is that Nigeria is known as the capital of the scam industry and the ways and means that are used are to numerous to mention
70% - American men
28% - men from western europe or other locations
2% - women
Why American men fall victim to scam more often? - America is relatively far from Russia and Africa in both geographical and cultural sense, and that makes it a bit easier to make an american man believe that although he is 54 this young, gorgeous goddess, is falling so madly in love with him after seeing just 1 photo of him and knowing absolutely nothing about him
This is also very common thing what african scammers pretending to be ...soldiers..to lure many women that they are soldiers from the US army in mission in Afghanistan for example...
Army Impersonators Scam Women on Dating, Social-Networking Sites
The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command has received frequent reports of scams involving individuals pretending to be U.S. soldiers, who get romantically involved on the Internet with female victims and then steal their money.
“We are seeing a number of scams being perpetrated on the Internet, especially on social, dating-type websites where females are the main target,” said Chris Grey, Army CID’s spokesman.
The fraudsters are pretending to be U.S. servicemen, often serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. They will often take the true rank and name of a soldier and then combine that with photographs of a soldier found on the Internet to build a false identity to lure victims.
The scams often involve requests for money from the victim to purchase laptops, international phones and transportation fees to be used by the “deployed soldier,” so their fictitious relationship can continue. Victims of these scams have been duped to send money, often thousands of dollars at a time, to a third-party address so the phone or laptop can be purchased for the soldier.
“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.
Army CID is warning people to be very suspicious if they begin an online relationship with someone claiming to be an American soldier who within a matter of weeks is asking for money or marriage. Many of these cases have a distinct pattern to them, explained Grey.
“These are not soldiers, they are thieves,” he said.
The perpetrators often tell the victims that their units do not have telephones or they are not allowed to make calls or they need money to “help keep the Army Internet running.”
“We’ve even seen where the crooks said that the Army won’t allow the soldier to access their personal bank accounts or credit cards,” Grey said.
All lies, according to CID officials.
“These perpetrators, often from other countries, most notably from Ghana, Angola and Nigeria, are good at what they do and quite familiar with American culture, but the claims about the Army and its regulations are ridiculous,” Grey said.
To date, there have been no reports to Army CID indicating any U.S. servicemembers have suffered any financial loss as a result of these scams. Photographs and actual names of servicemembers have been the only thing used. On the contrary, the victims have lost thousands.
I just found your profile from craigslist and thought i would write you. I will like to tell you more about myself. I'm Jeff, I'm 46yrs old,I'm 5'9' Ft Tall, I'm currently serving the US Army and i had been in the service for 18yrs. I'm divorced with no kids and currently on my deployment term in Iraq. I own an apt at Jacksonville Florida. I'm new to this online dating scene. I was introduced to the site by my friend who is a British Army.Am a caring, passionate and affectionate, I treat my woman with love and respect. I do hope to find my soul mate on here soon.
I want you to know am a man of one woman, i treat my woman with respect and care. Am an affectionate and passionate man. I love children and pets.. What do you seek in your idea man? Am a caring man, who show my woman what true love means, i work according to word of God. I'm a romantic man, I love going to the beach, listen to music, love taking a walk, love going to the movies. I would describe myself as very caring a gentle and positive person Very generous and like life and like meeting people. Have a good sense of humor. Do not like dull moody people. Life is too short not to be happy and enjoy.
My friends would describe me as outgoing, caring, loyal, and (I hope) funny.I'm a 'what see is what you get' kind of man. Not a fan of unnecessary drama, I'm content to go along and enjoy life. The important things in my life are my friends, family, good health, etc. I love to make people smile and laugh...even when it's at my expense (which, let's face it, is more often that not!).I may appear quiet and shy but my friends know the funny, sarcastic side of me. One of my favorite things to do in my down time is watch movies: comedy, adventure or drama, old or new, it doesn’t matter. I enjoy loosing myself in the story. I like cooking and sewing. I enjoy the creative process and the satisfaction of a finished product. On the weekend I’m up for anything, a drive up the coast or to the mountains or the desert. Hiking and biking or being a tourist in my own city.I’m basically a down to earth, easy going person with strong values and morals.My values are probably a little old fashion.Lol!!!One of the most important things I’ve learned in life is to treat people the way you want to be treated, but sometimes it may be necessary to teach people how you want to be treated. I also try to be the same person in every part of my life, be it professional or social. I enjoy the simple things in life, like a walk on the beach or just sitting by a fire. I can’t wait to see the world through.Okay, now that I've rambled on and on, I better sign off and stop boring you. lol. Write soon I do hope to read from you and know more about you.
Ps. I have lot of pics to share but i will send them when i hear from you
The New Military Dating Scam
October 28th, 2009 by CJ
WELCOME 101DATE.COM READERS!
As you know, I've tackled the issue of all these Nigerian and foreign scams for quite some time. I get emails and comments almost weekly from people who read one of my posts while doing research about a possible scammer. These people have become quite sophisticated in their methods. They've gone from the old 'you've won a multi-trillion dollar lottery! Just send me $2500 and we can send it to you' to 'I'm a Soldier in Iraq who found millions of illegal money Saddam was hording and I need your to bring it back.' The latest trend involves trolling internet dating sites and convincing women that they are honorable Soldiers who have fallen in love and would do anything to communicate with the object of their affection. But, because they are deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq, they need you to sign up for an expensive telecommunications service like 'Military TELEX' in order to make that happen. They profess unending love as their motivator and, unfortunately, many women have fallen for it.
I'm happy that you are able to release your email to me and i will like to share with you more information about me that will help us to start knowing each other better ….
I was giving birth to a wonderful family 49yrs ago. My dad was an American man that married a Malaysian woman due to his service and work in malaysia when he was younger, he was in the marine until he left and become civil engineer. I was their only son and child. I'm very simple, caring, honest and self independent..
I got married and enjoyed my matrimonial home. I and my then wife gave birth to a girl and she's so beautiful and I love her wholeheartedly. Well, I and my wife lived happily and I worked as an Engineer before I later joined the Army 23yrs ago. I fix and inspects Cars and trucks, but I have special interest for the Military because my dad was once in the Military before He retired and started His Civil Engineer Career.
My late wife was dead 5yrs ago due to lungs cancer and I became a widow. Since then, it has been one bad experience after another; I also lost my dad last year. I really loved my wife and dad because of the relationship between us.. …She had loved me with all her heart and she had loved me for me. She was so caring and possessed all of the qualities a woman should possess. She was so much an angel that I treasured her so much but God knows why that happened to me. I also give thanks to God that she gave me a beautiful daughter Monica…
I just need someone that can love me for me and we will love each other for the rest of our lifes, because i know life is too short to play with…
I have learnt to leave my past behind and move forward to the future, though my past makes part of my life and I need to plan for my future. I need love again in my life. I had love once in my life and I need a woman that can be mine on a longterm goal. I hope I will still find love someday soon, that’s all I believe and I'm so optimistic about it.
I am ready to date from any part of the globe. I need to meet my true love, because we don't know where our love is at the moment and we have to keep searching for it anywhere, any time and any way we can.
Presently, I'm active in the Army and been stationed at Fort Lewis, Barrack Washington State . I live alone on base, while my girl ives with my Mom in Malaysia ….though I planned to retire from the Army soon in order to start a family life
I really need a woman to come up to and be when I will be back to the state, a woman that will be mine forever and that will cherish me for me….
Thank you for spending your time in reading this long note/essay about me….if you think we are still on the same looking page let me know so we can know the waay forward…
I found this article on ANTI-FRAUD INTERNATIONAL....
WHY MILITARY EMAILS ARE ALWAYFAKE
Assumiuming that you actually get here to this part, here's some reasons that military emails are fake, aside from the fact that they are ALWAYS a scam.
If you have read about how to identify a scam email (which is here) then in addition to things like bad grammar, poor spelling, even poorer punctuation, the use of free email servers, etc. these are some other things that make a next of kin scam format completely bogus.
What's the scam?
The military scam format is a form of the so-called 'Advanced fee fraud'. You would keep paying money for a bunch of fake documents and so on that will cost you money but you will never get that money. The soldier will say the money has been transfered, fees are needed for transportation, safekeeping in a warehouse, customs releases etc.
1. I am am American solider.
No they are not. They are never American soldiers. Real American soldiers do not behave this way.
2. I am in Iraq.
No they aren't. You're dealing with a scammer criminal and Iraq is probably the last place he is located. He is more likely to be close to if not exactly in Nigeria. They almost always are.
3. I found some money in Iraq.
Cool. Even if they did, you can't keep this kind of thing secret in the military. Everyone will know and everyone will talk. You cannot hide money.
4. This is completely legal.
So is being arrested and imprisoned at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, which is the main U.S. military prison. Every single member of the military knows that if they tried something like moving stolen money around like this they would end up here, for many, many years. This is explained to them on day 1 in the military
5. '...I am in the Engineering Unit of US Military here in [name of place]....
No they aren't. The unit they mention may or may not be currently deployed in Iraq. In any case you got an email from a scammer.
If you have contact with someone that uses forged ore fake documnets as passports ore visas please report that to the nearest police- authority in your home country,if someone uses fake passports ore visa from an USA citizen report that to FBI: http://www.ic3.gov/..ault.aspx
Where do they get these passports. They look s real. Is there anyway to tell who he is. And d they us their own pictures. I know I have alot of question but this is my first time for anythig like this.
The South African news exposes a little known fact; that there is an expansive, lucrative underground black market in forged and faked passports.
Even legal passports can go astray. In 1998, the Samoan Government announced 150 of its official passports simply had been 'lost.' Since then thousands of official passports have been stolen or lost in France, Australia, Finland and Belgium. In 2005 the United Kingdom admitted that in the prior year over 10,000 of their passports has been lost, stolen or disappeared.
In 2008 U.S. government security agencies uncovered a criminal ring in Thailand that produced counterfeit passports and other travel documents, including hundreds of fake U.S. passports sold on the black market.
A few years ago a U.S. State Department official was indicted for fraudulently helping foreigners obtain preferential treatment under a program that admits wealthy investors to the United States.
A variation of identity theft which has recently become more common is synthetic identity theft, in which identities are completely or partially fabricated. The most common technique is combining a real social security number with a name and birthdate other than the ones associated with the number. Synthetic identity theft is more difficult to track, as it doesn't show on either person's credit report directly, but may appear as an entirely new file in the credit bureau or as a subfile on one of the victim's credit reports. Synthetic identity theft primarily harms the creditors that unwittingly grant the fraudsters credit. Consumers can be affected if their names become confused with the synthetic identities, or if negative information in their subfiles impacts their credit.
Getting US Passport? Child's Play
Investigator uses phony documents to get passports
By Eileen Sullivan, AP | Mar 15, 2009
WASHINGTON – Using phony documents and the identities of a dead man and a 5-year-old boy, a government investigator obtained U.S. passports in a test of post-9/11 security. Despite efforts to boost passport security since the 2001 terror attacks, the investigator fooled passport and postal service employees four out of four times, according to a new report made public Friday.
The report by the Government Accountability Office, Congress' investigative arm, details the ruses:
_One investigator used the Social Security number of a man who died in 1965, a fake New York birth certificate and a fake Florida driver's license. He received a passport four days later.
_A second attempt had the investigator using a 5-year-old boy's information but identifying himself as 53 years old on the passport application. He received that passport seven days later.
_In another test, an investigator used fake documents to get a genuine Washington, D.C., identification card, which he then used to apply for a passport. He received it the same day.
_A fourth investigator used a fake New York birth certificate and a fake West Virginia driver's license and got the passport eight days later.
Criminals and terrorists place a high value on illegally obtained travel documents, U.S. intelligence officials have said. Currently, poorly faked passports are sold on the black market for $300, while top-notch fakes go for around $5,000, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigations.
The State Department has known about this vulnerability for years. On February 26, the State Department's deputy assistant secretary of passport services issued a memo to Passport Services directors across the country stating that the agency is reviewing its processes for issuing passports because of 'recent events regarding several passport applications that were approved and issued in error.'
In the memo, obtained by The Associated Press, Brenda Sprague said that in 2009 passport services would focus on the quality, not the quantity, of its passport issuance decisions. Typically, passport services officials are evaluated on how many passports they issue. Instead, Sprague said, the specialists should focus all their efforts on improving the integrity of the process, including 'a renewed emphasis for Passport Specialists on recognizing authentic documents and fraud indicators on applications.'
Over the past seven years, U.S. officials have tried to increase passport security and make it more difficult to apply with fake documents.
But these tests show the State Department — which processes applications and issues passports — does not have the ability to ensure that supporting documents are legitimate, said Janice Kephart, an expert on travel document security who worked on the 9/11 Commission report.
Kephart said this is the same problem that enabled some of the 9/11 hijackers to use fake documents to get Virginia driver's licenses, which they used to board airplanes. Since 2001, states have taken measures to make driver's licenses more secure.
'We have to address the ... document issue in a very big way, and we have yet to do that across the board,' Kephart said.
State Department spokesman Richard Aker said the agency regrets that it issued these four passports.
'The truth is that this was human error,' Aker said.
He said the State Department plans to have facial recognition screening for all applicants in six months. The agency is also talking to states to see if passport officials can check states' electronic databases to verify licenses and identification cards.
Two members of the Senate Judiciary's terrorism and homeland security subcommittee requested the investigation.
'It's very troubling that in the years since the September 11 attacks someone could use fraudulent documents to obtain a U.S. passport,' Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., said in a statement.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said the report confirmed her fears that U.S. passports aren't secure.
'These passports can be used to purchase a weapon, fly overseas, or open a fraudulent bank account,' Feinstein said. 'This puts our nation in grave danger.'
More of passports....remember that never give out any personal information as security numbers,creditcardsnumbers,your homeadress,telephonenumbers,,,and do not send money!!to whom you never have met in person ore do not know ...here is 2 good questions i found on an site that many people wonders about ....
Q: They haven't asked me for money. Just a photocopy of my passport.
A: Not yet. And don't send it.
Q: But they say they need the passport photo to process my visa.
A: Visas are issued by embassies. They want the passport image to mock up other fake passports to scam other people. Or they want to clutter your brain with extraneous details. Or both.