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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.
I am posting another scam warning for all potential victims as I was another one just recently. I was approached on Skype a month ago by a 'David Hef' posing as a Latino-American looking for love. The first day we chatted on Skype he sent me a photo which I will attach and only discovered today this photo is being used regularly to scam women around the world.
I thought he was so handsome and sexy and truly sounded genuine and very interested in wanting to be with me. He told me last week he was Crazy about Me and in Love with me I really wanted to believe him until yesterday when the lies started. He told me he sold Gold to the Church in Rome to be used for their ornaments. The church had managed to send funds owed to him to the value of nearly $1 million U.S. but because he is not in the country he gave a delivery agent my address without my consent. Apparently he wanted me to accept delivery of luggage full of cash. He wanted to use this cash supposedly to purchase a house in my country so we could live 'Happily Ever After'.
I could not believe the audacity of this man. He assumed I was so far into him that I would agree to this ridiculous story and take the money. This bloke hurt me very badly and I now feel I will never trust another male again.
What a jerk and then I discover today after running a Google Image Search that photo he sent me is used quite a lot. He even called me His Fiancee just last night but without a marriage proposal.
I only know for sure that the Devil has a place for him when his time comes.
I am new to this website but I felt it was my duty to pre warn other potential scam victims. Unfortunately I was bit again by the Scam Bug this week by an absolute jerk who goes by the name of David Hef. I met this person through Skype a month ago and thought he was great. I really felt a connection to him and thought we had something good until yesterday when he started to tell a huge amount of lies.
He said in the beginning he was Latino-American and was an orphan but raised by a Spanish family. He also claimed to be divorced with a 16 year-old adopted son by the name of Mike. He almost had me convinced he was the real thing even after he video chatted twice. Yesterday he told me a bizarre tale of selling Gold to the Church in Rome and the church has finally repaid him. Because he is not in the U.S. right now he gave a delivery agent my address to send cash in suitcases to the value of nearly $1 million U.S. Dollars.
I was absolutely stunned he had the audacity to do this and then to think I was okay with the whole story. I told him he was lying and nothing more than a scammer and he tried to turn the whole thing around on me by blaming my past.
I am still very hurt and angry by his deception but I am also extremely grateful for the Google Image Search which makes things easier to verify photos. I was finally able to confirm what I suspected from the beginning.
He had the nerve to call me his Fiancee last night without even a marriage proposal.
This guy is a huge son of a bitch and I know he will get his punishment.
Hello Bluebird thanks for posting!
Scammers are bold and tries with whatever kind of tricks and it is actually unbelievable things they are trying to do to people. Try to keep in mind that any strangers that starts to talk about money are not serious and are scammers. Even if you are confronting the truth the scammer will not admit that he is a scammer and do whatever to even proof it with whatever lies to just make the victims to feel guilt. This is just brainwashing from the scammers side and the chance that victims will fall for these kind of lies is greater as scammers has nothing to lose in this case. I do hope you have no more contact with the scammer.
@Ojas, Thanks for the link! These recommendations below here is to avoid fraudsters get hold on your private info and they are actually nothing that is really complicated and will keep these malicious scammers away.
Limit the amount of personal information you give away on social networking sites. Your real friends know where you live and know your birthday
Update your computer's firewall, anti-virus and anti-spyware programmes. Up to 80% of cyber threats can be removed by doing this
Never share passwords or PINs (personal identification numbers) with others and do not write them down
Use strong passwords and PINs - don't use your date of birth or your child's name, include a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers and punctuation marks. Aim for a minimum of 10 characters in a password
Do not use the same password or PIN for more than one account
Shred all your financial documents before you throw them away
Miss Marple from United States
Some fun stuff to read ...
My Three-Month Facebook Dialogue With A Scammer From Malaysia Pretending To Be A Beautiful Woman
by Teddy Wayne December 6, 2011
I've met a guy on the internet who claims he is Lucas Borchard, an owner of the construction company L&JB Construction. His letters are identical to the letters posted on your website (with very small variations)... The guy was very convincing and consistent with his story, but I got suspicious... And your website proves that I was right....Thank you so very much!!!
anonymous from Australia
Does anyone know a Frederick Horace White, who is in Dubai.
OJAS from United States
Try reverse image searches with tineye and google.
Trace IP. Does it lead to Nigeria / Ghana? If so, there are NO Caucasians / Hispanics / Asians in West Africa seeking dates!
Miss Marple from United States
I have seen this mans photos in scams before but cannot find the thread it is posted in. As previous poster 'OJAS' mentions to try with a tracing of IP can be revealing if it is a scammer you are communicating with. Also other signs of scams is asking for money from strangers is one, bad grammar, templates copied and pasted online that scammers uses with victims. The one thing that made my alarm bells ringing is that your connection is from Dubai as it is a very common scam scenario among scammers that originates from Nigeria, and are mainly operating from Malaysia. I have some search results you could look at in some links that I will add for you here. Please post more photos and introduction mail that you have received from your online contact as that will give an clue for sure of what you are dealing with. Another thing if you feel uncomfortable with your contact I advice you to cease the connection and to be careful when talking with strangers online is necessary as far too many people gets scammed by Nigerian scammers online that goes under stolen photos. Please do not send money to strangers online.