Victims think they’re just helping out their soulmate, never realizing they’re aiding and abetting a crime.
Here are some warning signs that an online love interest might be a fake.
He didn't want to because he had moved to Ohio as a two year old with his mom. The phone line went dead the poof, his FB account disappeared also. Made a speech on safety on rigs and two small oil companies awarded him 3 million for his speech. I told him for the safety of never meeting him for my family I wouldn't do it.
I asked if that's where he got his Nigerian accent. While we were talking I snapped the picture he used but I didn't get a picture of the girl he claimed was his daughter. This man and this girl, whomever they are are being used like this. He wasn't a very good scammer but I probably didn't play his game correctly either. One more thing, he asked me many times if I ever talked to anyone else I didn't know on FB. It was definitely creepy how he (or someone) always knew the minute I got on FB. In 2 weeks they start saying they are in love with you. Needed to get it out of his hands ASAP before company found out. Your story is similar to mine except I sent money through Western Union and Moneygram.
There may be tens of thousands of victims, and only a small fraction report it to the FTC. also said his wife died of cancer 2 yrs ago and is looking to be loved again. He is widowed with a daughter who is in boarding school.
If this happens to you, please report it at ftc.gov/complaint — click on Scams and Rip-Offs, then select Romance Scams. He said he was interested in me and wanted to exchange mails. Mechanical engineer dealing with corrosion control, Raised in Germany. Sheila - This german guy sounds alot like my scammer. My scammer's wife had leukemia and daughter's birthday was June 14. he sends all these romantic love letters I hve bf from usa los Angeles for 2months he said he send a box for me inside the box hve 2 jewelry he said until he ask my full adress and showing some prove that he really send a luggage box to me after 4days the company message me to i need a pay the dilivery charge worth of 0usd maybe this is scam too I feel very foolish that I fell for this scam. Because I refused to send money to Dubai or Nigeria, he requested I send it to one of his agents. I found his 'agent' on Facebook and discovered that Clark Gibson was shown as her friend but as Huffman Albert Gibson.
Scammers create fake online profiles using photos of other people — even stolen pictures of real military personnel. And they tug at your heartstrings with made-up stories about how they need money — for emergencies, hospital bills, or travel. Here’s how it works: The scammers set up dating profiles to meet potential victims.
When I found out who he was I bluntly asked him, who am I speaking with today, Aaron, John, Sam, or James. LOL This German guy befriended me on face book says his wife is decreased daughter in an accident but just had a birthday, send money for her present. I want this man caught and I don;t want him to do this to another woman again. I met the same guy, he used a Chinese profile with name Ritchie Cheung.
He's working for a company drilling oil as a engineer I know this must be a scam also. He said he had both lived in mountain view, ca and Jacksonville, Florida . Lost everything cause he needed an app for his project which cost 200 dolllars.
Actually I like the profile he stole, who can tell me how I can find my real dream man in that picture? Claims he lives in Florida and works on an oil rig. He just sent me a long love letter stating his wife died from cancer three years ago and he is claiming his true love for me. Lesson learned is when a man from match claims his account is ending soon and he's a widower, just delete or contact match right away. He want to send me money so I can order a part for his job. His wife had died 5 years ago and his daughter Lisa was in a boarding school in Florida. I can see all the signs of a scam but because I fell inlove with him I don't want to believe that my guy is a scammer.
I started talking to a guy says he works overseas in a oil company has a daughter in boarding school. He lived in Ohio but worked for a company in Texas on an oil well out in the Gulf. They are evil in reality once they got the money they want they will stop talking and chatting with you. They are all scammers with an ugly faces behind the pictures he is sending to you. to the point that I have to cut off some of my bills and luxuries in life.