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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.
Age 56 Marital Status Widow(er)
Gender Man Has Children One
Location Alexandria, VA Birth Date December 14th
Height 5'9'' Sexual Orientation Heterosexual
BodyType Perfect Would you date someone with children? Maybe
Ethnicity / Race: White / Caucasian Religion: Christian
Occupation: Other Looking for: A long-term relationship
Sign: It's not important Color of eyes: Blue
Color of hair: Brown Style of hair: Medium straight hair
Looks: Average Live in: House
Lives: With children always Education level: PhD
Annual income: It’s not important Sense of humor: Sometimes I'm funny
In shape? I’m in very good shape Importance of religion: Very religious
Goes out: Once or twice a week Longest relationship: More than 5 years
Sex is: Important Drinks? Occasionally
Gender Woman Age 45-55
Who lives up to 1000 miles away Marital Status Single, Separated, Divorced, Widow(er)
BodyType It's not important Height It's not important
I am active, very optimistic, kind, life-loving, hard-working, caring, romantic and energetic person. Self-development and healthy way of life are very important to me. I don’t smoke. I am flexible and I am not afraid of changes in my life.
She lost $40000 in an internet scam
June 07th, 2013 –
In a magazine I read about a Danish woman who lost 250000 kr (about $40000) when she thought that she had found the love of her life. She created a profile on an internet dating site and she got in touch with a man who said that he was from the UK. He was very handsome, and he told her that his wife had died in an accident, and he wrote that he was looking a reliable and honest women to spend the rest of his life with. They chatted, talked on the phone and exchanged text messages. He sent her hundreds of sweet text messages.
He told her that he would come to Denmark when he had finished his job in Nigeria and then they would get married and spend the rest of their lives together. After some time he started telling her about the bad things that happened in Nigeria. He told her that he was mugged, that he needed money for hospital bills, bribe and many other things. One day he told her that he was going to arrive and she went to the airport to pick him up, but he never showed up. He called her and told her that he had been involved in an accident on the way to the airport and that he needed more money for the hospital bills. She sent the money to him. Now she knows that he was scammer, and she has reported him to the police. She hopes to get the money back one day.
GIFTS SEIZED BY CUSTOMS’: Foreigners held in raid on syndicate in Kepong
KUALA LUMPUR: POLICE arrested 60 foreigners during a mass raid on an Internet love scam syndicate in Kepong here yesterday
The operation, codenamed Ops Tiong, was carried out on an apartment complex by officers from federal police Commercial Crime Department (CCD) and four agencies.
CCD deputy director 2 Datuk Mohd Rodwan Mohd Yusof said the operation was to cripple the syndicate, which had been using the apartment units there as its base.
He said there were 332 Internet scam cases reported from January to April, involving losses of RM51.3 million.
Last year, there were 967 cases with RM40.9 million losses.
'The cases involving Africans here are rampant. We are increasing our efforts to stop them.'
The three-hour raid at 2am saw police arresting 52 men and eight women from Nigeria (49 men, three women), South Africa (three men), the Philippines (three women), Uganda (one woman) and Thailand (one woman).
Five of them tested positive for drug abuse, while 28 did not have travel documents when arrested.
The raiding party seized 30 laptops and 68 cellular phones.
Rodwan said the syndicate's modus operandi was to court women through social media, before promising to shower them with expensive gifts as proof of their love.
'The syndicate members will tell their victims that the items sent were seized by the Customs Department, and that they needed money to release them.
'The victims will be coaxed into transferring money several times.'
During the raid, several suspects had jumped from the apartment units, while some hid under their beds, in closets and in the ceiling.
There were even those who tried to fool officers into believing that they were not in the units, forcing the raiding party to break open the doors.
The operation saw officers from the CCD, Immigration Department, General Operations Force, Religious Department officers and Higher Education Ministry divided into 20 teams to allow a simultaneous raid on the apartment units.
MELBOURNE, June 17 (Bernama) -- Online romance with fraudsters in Africa might sound appealing but it is one of many scams that cost Australians more than A$93 million last year, with dating scams among the most lucrative, the Australian Associated Press (AAP) said, citing a new report.
More than 2,440 jilted lovers reported a tryst - with a worker supposedly from the United Nations, an engineer working in the Persian Gulf, or a serving US soldier - that quickly escalated to a financial disaster, a report by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) shows.
More than 84,000 Australians who contacted the ACCC lost A$93 million to scammers who wanted an advanced fee for a service, offered online shopping promotions, lottery tickets or were involved in computer hacking, the report showed.
The average age of victims was between 33 and 45.
Of the online dating victims, 30 per cent reported a loss of more than A$100,000 after they were duped into sending money to help ''build a new orphanage'', start a business together, travel together or for illness.
Victims of romance scams lost an average of A$21,000, the report said.
'They are not only breaking people's wallets, they are also breaking their hearts,' deputy ACCC chairwoman Delia Rickard is quoted by AAP as saying.
Despite the relatively small number of victims, dating website scams became the second highest category for losses, totalling more than A$23 million. Investment scams recorded a loss of more than A$30 million, asking victims for 'up-front payment'.
Australians' losses to online dating scams are up by A$8 million on 2010.
The fake relationships would often start on a legitimate dating website, and were generally conducted by scammers in Nigeria or eastern Europe, Rickard said.
For months, the new love interest would 'groom' their victim, sending them flowers, presents or long love letters.
Romance victims who earnestly believed they were in a serious relationship would become defiant when police suggested their love affair had been a sham, Rickard said.
EFCC Press Release: Court Jails Undergraduate 3 Years For Love Scam
Justice Akintunde Abass on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at the Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State, convicted and sentenced Akinluyi Akintunde, a 24 years old Agronomy undergraduate of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso to 3 years imprisonment without an option of fine.
Akintunde was arraigned before the court on March 13, 2013 on a two count charge bordering on obtaining money under false pretence. Specifically, he allegedly obtained the sum of $450.00 from one Robert Jackson (an American) via Western Union Money Transfer under a false pretence that he was a lady. In his judgment, Justice Abass ordered that the sum of $450 recovered from the convict be returned to the victim, Robert Jackson through the United States Consulate as restitution.
Also, he also ordered that the laptop recovered from the convict in the course of his arrest be forfeited to the Federal Government.
hi miss marple this is my image posted on here you were looking for the date and time on them is 2013-6-11 @21-56-22 and 2013-6-11@22-2-25 I tried to mail the address you put on your post for the site admin but it came back to me so I hope you can sort this out for me here thanks for all your help in seeing through these scammers all I want to do is get on with life and clear my name. once again thanks for everything. David Hailes.. ps IF YOU NEED ANY MORE INFO ABOUT HOW I WAS SCAMMED LET ME KNOW!!
anonymous from United Kingdom
HI THE POSTS THAT WERE PUT ON HERE ABOUT ME ARE ON PAGE 74/75 TIME 2013.6.11@21-56-22 AND 22-2-25 I TRIED MAILING THE ADDRESS YOU GAVE HERE TO EXPLANE EVERYTHING BUT IT JUST BOUNCE BACK TO ME. HERE ARE MORE PICKS AND THE MAIL ADDRESSES USED IN MY SCAM . HARRIET_ANZ90@HOTMAIL.CO.UK AND HARRIET_219@YAHOO.COM AND HERE AREE THE PICTURES YOU ASKED FOR . Thanks for sorting this mess all out!!!!! IF YOU NEED ANYTHING MORE MAIL ME !!! This image was also posted here: Dating scammer Nicholas Smith Georgas
anonymous from United States
Add some more information on this posted military guy .I am sure the man on the photo is innocent but abused by scammers to target people online with .has he asked for money? Do you have more photos ? Do not send money to strangers online!
anonymous from Croatia/Hrvatska
His identiy now is Alex Farber. Faked website : www. Sanylree.com, this time without foto.
Tells he is a widower since 2008, one son Frederich in California, wants to reside in Zurich.
Miss Marple from United States
anonymous from Croatia/Hrvatska
Please post emailaddress the scammer is using ,where did you met this scammer? Do you have more photos ? Yes the company stinks ,the website looks like a scammer has created as the 2 different phone numbers,the logo they are using on this website belongs to a another company called Ucore...
Norfolk woman bilked of $739,000 in online scam pa1
NORFOLK COUNTY - The fraud was sophisticated, elaborate, and clever, and started out small.
A Norfolk County woman was asked to wire $3,800 to a bank in Spain, a small amount of money for a well-to-do retiree to lose if she was wrong about the man she had just met on the Internet.
But by the time it was over, the woman was out her life savings of $739,000, still single, and with a story to tell that is so complicated, police are still trying to piece it together.
The scam involved multiple players working in tandem across at least three continents. It sent the victim to Heathrow Airport, where she sat for three-and-a-half days waiting in vain for her “fiancé” to show, and to a parking lot in Montreal where strangers showed her a car trunk full of shrink-wrapped money that was hers if she did what they asked.
The victim was so entrenched in the story the fraudsters had concocted for her that even after the full scam was exposed, and police had explained it to her, she still believed one of the men emailing her wanted to marry her. She also thought she was out only a fraction of the money she had been taken for.
Investigators say they’ll probably never make an arrest. A lot of the email addresses and cellphone numbers used to contact the victim can’t be traced (although police say the scam appears to have originated in Nigeria).
In the meantime, the woman, a widow in her 70s, lost everything. She has had to borrow money just to pay her everyday bills. (Police said the woman did not want to be interviewed for this story, but wanted her story to be told to warn others about Internet scams).
The fraud, which took place over several months in 2012, was your standard Nigerian-style scam. The victim was asked to pose as an heir to an unclaimed 3.6 million Euro estate the alleged Spanish lawyer she met online was handling.
She agreed to play along, but various surprise roadblocks were set up along the way, such as requests for taxes and fees that had to be paid to allow huge sums to cross international borders. She was asked to send thousands of dollars to cover these costs with the promise she would be reimbursed later. Each time, the amount needed was upped and she complied until her fortune was cleaned out.
The charade was pulled off, police say, through the creation of a number of online “characters.” They include a bank investigator, a lawyer, and a diplomatic courier who was to hand deliver a suitcase of money to her and who also became her fiancé.
The fraudsters even created a daughter for the fiancé, who conveniently emailed the victim when it looked as if she was about to give up the chase for the money and warned her dad was suicidal over the decision.
They were so clever they also came up with a bank inspector who emailed the woman to inform her she was the victim of a Nigerian online scam and needed to co-operate to get her money back.
In some ways, it’s not hard to see how someone could fall for such a fraud, says Norfolk OPP Det. Liz Jolly, who is handling the case.
The victim was sent numerous authentic-looking documents such as a death certificate for the woman with no heirs, banking statements with official letterheads and legal language, and letters from government agencies, including one supposedly from the U.N.
But there were other glaring signs something was not right that were ignored.
Documents from Spain were written in a mix of English and Spanish rather than just Spanish. The photos the lawyer sent of himself to the victim were of well-known television actor Corbin Bernsen.
The dead giveaway of a Nigerian scam was there as well: the blatantly bad grammar and spelling used in the emails. A supposed document from an insurance company in Atlanta, Georgia, spelled the state’s name as “Geogia” in big black letters while her suitor emailed her to say: “I can’t wait to sweep you off your foot.”
After she sent the first couple of money orders, Western Union refused to do business with her again, warning her she was being taken in a scam.
The victim, however, refused to believe them and used a friend to front for her so she could continue to wire out money.
Her bank also caught on to what was happening and made phone calls on her behalf to check out some of the international government bodies she was supposedly dealing with — and told her they didn’t exist.
Towards the end of the fraud, police say, she “deceived” her own financial adviser in order to get the funds needed to finish the job of releasing the 3.6 million Euros to her.
In the meantime, her adult children were kept in the dark.
So how could all this possibly happen, especially to a woman police describe as smart and well-travelled?
The victim, it turns out, was not motivated by greed. She got hooked on the story presented to her by her sense of wanting to do good.
The Spanish lawyer said he needed her help so he could carry out his client’s final wishes: that her fortune be used to set up a series of orphanages.
Norfolk woman bilked of $739,000 in onlinescam pa2
The fraud became more confusing and deeper as it went along.
The victim was “snowballed” with emails and was continually being introduced to new people, new banks, and new organizations, leaving her in a state of confusion, police say.
The original story was that the money was to be transferred electronically into her bank account and later a new bank account set up for her in Europe.
When that didn’t work, Helen the bank inspector comes on board. She tells the victim she is entitled to $250,000 in “victim” compensation because she’s been taken in a scam.
That money, however, must be delivered to her in cash and that’s when the diplomatic courier is introduced.
The courier in turn gets held up at the airport in Calgary, and says he needs fees covered to bring the money into Canada, and instead flies to Detroit where more fees need to be paid.
The victim and the courier, a man named Blake, spend hours talking to each other over the phone. They fall in love and he says he plans to join her in Canada.
She agrees to meet him at Heathrow Airport to sign some documents to release the $250,000 and flies there. He doesn’t show and the victim is later given a story of how he had to fly to New York at the last minute to sign papers to release the money and then got hit by a car on his way to catch his flight.
She returns to Canada and suddenly out of the blue is told the 3.6 million Euros have been freed up and are back in play, but she must pick it up in cash from some contacts in Montreal.
The victim meets three people in a restaurant. They take her to a parking lot and show her the Euros, which have been exchanged for millions in U.S. cash, in the car trunk. (Police think a handful of bills were real U.S. dollars and the rest were probably photocopied.)
There’s yet another catch: $120,000 is needed to purchase a special powder to break up the money, which has been vacuum-packed and sealed in clear plastic.
The victim stays in a Montreal hotel room and drives around the city with another woman over the next few days gathering money from various bank machines until she has almost had enough.
The victim also remains in touch with Blake. He tells her he’s super-rich and wants to transfer his life savings of $28 million to her and then join her.
It isn’t that easy, though. There’s more transfer fees involved to get the $28 million into her bank account, and she sends thousands to a bank in Singapore — money never to be seen again.
Then she returns to Montreal and meets the same woman to give the final installment to secure the 3.6 million Euros that started the whole thing.
She hands over her money and is promptly informed an anti-corruption agency (it is an actual organization, by the way) has seized the cash believing it might be part of a money-laundering scheme.
There is a way out, however, says the mystery woman from Montreal. She knows a guy who works for the organization and can be bribed to release the cash.
When the victim hesitates, the woman blackmails her, telling her she’s going to report her to the RCMP for money laundering. The victim wires $30,000 to a place in London, England. That’s not enough, she’s told, so she sends another $65,000.
By now, the victim has run out of money and options. Frightened, she calls police.
The woman nearly bailed out of the scam a number of times. The fraudsters always started with outlandishly high amounts for fees and taxes just to see how much they could get.
When the victim said she didn’t have that much, the amount would magically come down. The characters she met online suddenly offered to cover some of the cost. One said he would sell some of his jewelry just to make the deal go through. This only increased her trust in them.
The scam also couldn’t have come off without the people the victim met in Montreal as well as the people who picked up the money wires she sent to banks in Spain, Singapore, Hong Kong, Michigan, and Maryland.
Those players, says Det. Jolly, are what’s called “money mules.” They answer the ads you see on the Internet promising big money by staying at home and working online. They collect the money in the scams, keep a commission, and pass the rest on.
In some police investigations, the mules are now being targeted and prosecuted, but in many cases they too are victims and have been led to believe they are engaging in legitimate work, says Jolly