Health & medical products; Mobile premium services; Online shopping scams; Overpayment scams Real scam victims have shared their experiences to help warn others about scams. · At least 56 Albertans have been targets of online dating scams this year — a number the RCMP believes could be much higher. As the internet becomes the method of Scam Scenarios: Counterfeit money orders and checks sent in the mail from the scammer to be deposited in the victim bank account and send back the cash by Western Union or Money If you believe you are being scammed, stop all communications immediately. Main Signs You’ve Been Swindled By A Romance Scammer. 1: Stock Profile Photos. 2: You’ve Assisted Romance Scam Survivor: the whole sordid story. Jan believed she was ‘in love’. She accepted a proposal of marriage, and then sent money - ALL her money - to a professional scammer. ... read more
In these stories we ask you to find the signs that it was a scam, and consider how similar scams could be avoided. People from all walks of life can fall victim if the timing is right and the story is convincing.
You need to have a clearly defined process for verifying and paying accounts and invoices to protect your business against false billing scams. Calls, emails and other approaches claiming that you have won an unexpected prize or a competition you did not enter are almost always scams. Inheritance scams can be quite elaborate to convince you that a fortune awaits.
Remember there are no get-rich-quick schemes: if it sounds too good to be true it probably is. As the internet becomes the method of choice for finding love, romance scammers are on the rise, RCMP warn. Scott Noseworthy in a news release. Perpetrators of the scams pretend to be madly in love with their victims, and then, without ever having met face-to-face, convince them to send large sums of money, often using fake reasons such as medical emergencies or a sick relative.
Because victims of online romance scams often suffer from intense shame and embarrassment that prevent them from coming forward, the RCMP believes the number of actual victims is likely much higher. I do not do Facebook and have never been on a dating site either. But I am a professional, so am on LinkedIn. Out of the blue, one day, a nice man contacted me, via email, stating that he had run across my profile while searching for someone else, thought I had an interesting profile, and politely asked if we might get to know each other via friendly correspondence.
My profile does list my email address, so that was not a flag for me. I was having a really stressful day at work, so this was a bit of a sidetrack from the stress, so I thought what the heck, and replied. So began a world win on-line romance. The pictures he sent were of the most handsome Italian man I have ever seen in pictures. From email exchanges, we seemed to have enough common interests that sparked my interest.
He was charming, intriguing, and romantic. He sent me many romantic music videos. We talked on the phone as well as emails and texts. He completely knocked me off my feet and I feel hard for him in no time.
He said all the right things I needed to hear, but had not heard in a long time. I had not been in a relationship in well over 10 yrs. How could I possibly fall in love with someone before I actually met them face to face is what I kept asking myself, but I did fall in love with him. He was able to reel me in like a big fish.
And it moved very fast. Within a week we were expressing our love for each other, and talking about meeting. It was very exciting and he made me feel young, and special, and oh so happy. He also started talking about his business more. He had been working on a huge Wine Contract for months, with a client in South Africa.
The deal finally came through and he left for South Africa that following week-end to finalize the deal. It was all very exciting to me. And, we continued to email and talk the entire time. All the while, I was falling more and more in love with him. He kept saying we would have a beautiful life together after this deal, made plans for him to fly to Houston as soon as he got paid. We even planned where we would go on our honeymoon. Yep, it went very fast. Then, on Day 18 of our romance, I got hit directly in the face with the most devastating surprise of my life.
He texted me and said it was urgent and needed to talk to me. I was totally blindsided since I never thought for a second that everything he had said to me was all part of a scam. After I caught my breathe, I finally told him I did not have that kind of money to give to him. In the end, he called or emailed me over the course of the next few days asking for the money, saying that if I truly loved him, I would help him, even if I had to get a loan on my home.
Fortunately for me, I kept my wits and did not give in to sending him any money. Even though he still swears he has been honest and truthful with me, and it was not a scam. After reading about all the stories on this site, I feel very fortunate that I did not give into him. However, I am still a wreck emotionally. I felt that I was in love with him and wanted to be with him the rest of my life. I still have the urge to call him to make sure he is O.
I know, that is sick. I guess I am still a victim too……. If it makes you feel any better, I just received an email yesterday from the very same Jim Beckmann, and your post has helped to save me from a possibly similar fate.
Wine Merchant, contacted me via LinkedIn, etc etc. I noticed a few indiscrepancies with the email address so have been scouring the internet for information and am so grateful to find your post! All the best and I hope you find the real love that you truly deserve. In the meantime, stay suspicious of all online characters sad truth. Hi MAC, I am glad that my post kept another person from getting hurt the way I did. I am just curious, did he ever send you any pictures?
I just wonder if he is still using the same pictures he used with me. And than you for letting me know that he is still on the prowl. Oh my word! I got an email today, 20 Feb, from Jim Beckmann. Also the whole story how I caught his attention while searching for an acquaintance on LinkedIn and would like to get to know each other more etc.
I am so Greatful to have found this website. It is just sad, and I am so sorry, that this person had to break your heart like this. At first I thought it hilarious that he thinks I am pretty, and I have to admit it is very flattering to read this.
But, something was bugging me from the start, and this got worse during the day. And more and more things did not make sense. First, he said we are connected on LinkedIn…. not the case. Also, there is a spelling error in his surname for the name appearing in the email, and a few other things….. fortunately I am a very sceptical person.
Thank you too, for letting me know about your encounter with the infamous Mr. Now I know it was definitely a scam. Hi Pat A. I am afraid that I have been scammed as well. My story is very much like yours, but my romance has been going on much longer. I would be very interested to get in touch with you to compare notes. Please look for my name at Linked In.
Regards, Ingrid Hastad, living in Stockholm Sweden. My friend is being scammed. She has fallen head over heals in love with a man who wants to marry her. She thinks they are going to get married as soon as her divorce is final. It was a cash parcel because that is how they were paid. He is a widower from UK, has a son in boarding school and is an engineer on a ship in?? She has no idea where he is due to security.
She is supposed to pick him up at LAX along with his son, after the cash is delivered by a diplomat. She has been receiving emails from the diplomat and the cash is supposed to be delivered on Thursday. As hard as I try to convince her that this is a scam, she is still texting him and accepting all the emails from the so called diplomat. Sebastian Howard was his name. He must really believe women are stupid. I decided to play with him a bit. I asked him when he went to the War College in Jacksonville, Fl.
He said a long time ago. I asked him how he like Jacksonville and did he get a chance to enjoy the mountains. He said that he was originally from an area that had no mountains so he loved them. By this time I was about ready to wet my pants I was laughing so hard. First, the War College is in Montgomery, Alabama. Jacksonville, Florida has NO mountains-they have beaches.
And the best….. you cannot be a General in the Navy. You are an Admiral. I finally told him, look goof. If you want to scaam someone atleast get your info correct. I happen to be the wife of a Naval Aviator so I do know a bit about how the military works. The second guy sends me a message saying that I am the most elegant, beautiful woman he has ever seen and he wants to have a relationship with me.
I was too tired to play around with him but the next one will get my full attention. We do constantly get the phone calls supoosedly from the IRS saying we will be arrested at once if wwe do not comply with them. I just tell them to come get me. Watch the terminology. Do they speak like the area they are supposed to be from. The first guy that contacted, I knew at once that English was not his first language. Do anything you can to trip them up.
Ona positive note though. My sister did meet a man on the internet that did turn out to be a millionaire. He actually is the CEO of an International Company and makes a million a year.
They married about 3 years ago and he has given her the most wonderful life. She was married before to such a jerk. Men should always offer to help you, not the other way around. Good luck! My story is not all that unlike others. I am a male I was scammed by a woman posing to be an army sergeant to come home soon. She sent pictures of her young beautiful self and yes I am a year-old typical mail.
I have been to a recent break up or is recovering from that 15 year relationship. Already been treated for depression taking meds and going to group therapy weekly. But successfully employed for over 20 years, homeowner wear some savings and retirement and everything I own paid for. So when this luscious sweet talking affectionate woman proposes to me I guess I went into some sort of zone.
She presented a certificate that looked official to me and I looked up the company online and they did exist. I am beside myself and she acts as if she is to although still declaring her deep love and blah blah blah for me. She says she will talk to her army commander and ask him if he can help.
Her and Army commanders plan after talking to a banker friend is having me run around buying iPhones and Mac Pro book charging them to credit cards 5 of which after I gave over my identity this Commanders friend created. I am to ship them overseas for sales with the proceeds going back on credit cards to wire money to get this shipment to me so my love and money then come home. Well my last wire went out Nov. Most of which is credit card.
I cry everyday. Some days it is very hard to focus. I live in Texas and from what I can tell unless the credit cards companies come at me real real hard I can keep my homesteader home , most of my things but will have to make a No credit for 10 years. And if I get real lucky the credit card debit would be released. Not sure on any of this but from reading and talking to people this is what I gather.
It would be very difficult. So I go to my group therapy weekly, take my meds, attend church weekly. Pray and write letters to God. I try to hope for some sort of do able future without so much suffering and isolation. Hope is not easy to have in the midst of this. But I know NO MONEY TO STRANGERS. Most days I go around with a big knot in my stomach until I can cry it all out. Then I feel better for a while until the fear, anger and shame return.
If your a praying person reading this , I ask that you stop for 30 seconds and ask God to send me relief and help for as long as I need it to get through this horrible ordeal.
I believe my roommate is being scammed. He contacted her on either Facebook or POF. He is in Dubai as an engineer. He flew there after sweeping her off her feet in less than 10 days. They talk on the phone all hours. She sent sexy pics and he sent flowery poetry. She has fallen in love. She could have come up with it in time but he needed it then. He yelled and berrated her horribly. Then he threatened to blackmail her to her son as well as on Facebook. She was heart broken. Not angry just so hurt.
They broke up but he is contacting her again. Apologizing for everything and again proclaiming his love. I made a copy of this site and I plan to show it to her. Hi Cristin, yes a familiar story.
Please show her my site and my book. All the details of what happened to me are there… let me know how it goes. Every second of every minute of every hour of every day, I wonder how was it possible?
I was a victim too.. Nowadays i just told him off bluntly that i know the truth and he is just an evil scammer. He kept saying he is a good person and love me bla bla.. and i replied i am broke and its because of you.. he kept asking me to send him pics of me pointing 3 fingers into the cam or doing Certain stuff. why must you tag Nigeria, early this year Cambodian police arrested Chinese suspected of extorting money from people in China via a telecommunications scam, police in Phnom Penh say.
This has been SUCH an enlightening blog! com where we met and on the FTC complaint page. This guy was good, knew all the jargon and terminology, had a website until recently , tragic family story and all of that. Fortunately I did not send him any money, but the request was the reason I ended things so abruptly.
I was suspicious when he declared his undying love for me after only 2 weeks, but decided to let it go and see how things developed. Met a guy from FB, declaring unconditional love after 2 weeks talking red flag 1. He claimed he has a son living with his parents in Taiwan, he is working alone in a the lottery department of HK government.
After 3 months, suddenly he was excited to show me the secret contract from his employer. The contract must be signed by an overseas residence who is not working for this company. The person signed this contract can win half of the lottery money under-table deal.
I pointed out immediately that he is the scammer and that is his real purpose. He then disappeared from FB. But the next day, another scammer with similar profile put malicious comments on my FB post of my son.
I blocked and reported both of them and disabled my FB account immediately. I found most of the scammers are either working in military or working as an independent engineer for projects.
Raising your alarm if you meet someone like that. Recently I met another guy online who is also too good to be true and too quick to get connected. So far we only knew each other for 2 weeks. Today, he is signing a contract in Philippine. But suddenly he asked me a favor that he wanted to give me his bank account details and password so that I can help him transferring his money to philippine for his contract, because he said his bank IP was blocked in Philippine.
Probably it will only work from Australia. Could that be some sort of scam or simply a trust to me? Though he will provide his own bank account details, not asking mine. Hi Noyellowrose, as you have already thought, this is most likely a scam too. A passport can be photoshopped and faked. why would he give you his bank account details? He is expecting to get you to move money to him, and will make out he is giving you money, but his money never arrives and you are left out of pocket.
IT IS A SCAM! Be very careful. I am one of them too, I was fleeced completely yet I miss him. I am an amazing soul that truly loves only gets manipulated and abused. Strange but maybe one day I will fall in love with another survivor and we shall heal each other. Pardon me for the idea, I just want to wipe your tears as you wipe mine. We are not stupid, we are people who loved till it pained. Sunshine, Please stop that, stop talking to him. Your life could be ruined… Soon.
Hi Diana, I highly warn against contact with other victims via this site, as I cannot guarantee its not a scammer asking for a personal contact.
Please do not request contact. I have been scared. I have been crushed. I met this man ¨George¨ from U. We started texting and then talking over the phone.
He sent me a lot of pictures and videos. Its obvious that the man on the photos and the videos is from U. The man I talked to also had a American accent.
I did the reverse picture search on google when we started texting. I did the check up on the phone and it was registered in Newark, New Jersey where he said he lived. He had stories about his life, his friends life, about his dog Milo Mirlo. About his background.
His family. It did made sense to me because I know how a Jack Russell can be and they do destroy things. And my mom hade a iPhone4 and she couldn´t either FaceTime or Skype. It all made sense to me. Then he had to work in U. K and the plan was that he will come to visit me in Sweden after that. But now the problems started. That is who I am: I always help the people I care about and love.
Every time he was supposed to finish the work something happened and he needed more money. I felt like I was a hostige. ALL i wanted was to meet him! I understand now it is manipulation. They use my our desire and love against us. I lost all of my savings. I even took a loan that I now have to pay back. I have done the reverse picture search on all of the pictures. Who is he? What is his name? Where does he live? Because the man on the pictures does exist.
Maybe he has been scammed too? No one understand me. My family and friends understand that I have been hurt. The man on the pictures is the only thing that is real in this story. He does have a dog. He loves NY Giants. And he does go to the gym. I want to live my life like I did before I met this ¨man¨. I am a strong, beautiful and intelligent women with a big heart. I have no problems finding men but all I want is to found that true love and that is why I have been scammed. I believe in love.
This year, I thought I found a woman online and what ended up happening is that I lost almost , in American dollars and I not only had to take out four loans and against my k, but this person claimed to be a Marine and had even better excuses for me to fall the trap. The true person whose photo was used is now married, and there are times I worry how it will affect my job. Oh honey I completely understand. There is a hold that controls me.
well to what you have shared. What is it that keeps us so encaptured by these cruel. They are an addiction that is really hard to break free from even knowing that they are fraudulent. This site has been an enormous help. I am still in the middle of a huge scam and I know the person I am desperately in love with and who has offered me a new life in USA is not real. His photos are stolen. I knew as soon as he rang me that he was a black man.
I say things to test him and I get no response. He is definately not American. I suffer from confirmation bias. If I finish this, I will alway wonder if I threw away the opportunity of a lifetime of a new life with my new love.
Please someone tell me what to do. Hi Roberta: rule number one: trust your intuition. You already know it is a scam. Your heart has been manipulated by skilled and deliberate fraudsters who lie and act as your lover so they can part you from your money, without compunction.
The dream is not real. It will be much harder to recover the longer you believe the false dream they have enticed you with. Change any passwords you have and copy any messages or emails onto a separate drive such as a USB stick.
Otherwise, they may go missing. You may want these later to take to the police. Rule number three: Beware of them continuing to contact you, or of others trying to scam you called secondary scams. They may be saying they can catch the scammer or get your money back. it is just another way of sucking you in. Rule number four: Share your experience with trusted others so learnings are shared. I know I have been very blunt here Roberta. Sorry you have also been caught like this. Please stop contacting him.
Giving up all the imaginations of the scammer. He is a skilled expert who knows to do scam successfully. Cut him off. He is using you for money. He does not care about your feelings. Take care and put yourself first! Roberta I am in situation similar to yours.
When I learned about it and confronted him, he claimed to be a victim too. The pictures are his and others are using them. I had noticed inconsistencies since we began texting in FitBit but he had an answer for everything. Home he means the town I live at and I have confirmed it asking- where is home?
I wonder why he calls home my town since it is far from Florida. I also wonder and has asked, why he go see his son first since he has not seen him for longer than a year. He is Danish, from Copenhagen. The FBI agent and the nanny have the same writing style that he has. So I am pretty sure that he is the ones sending the emails. He has an accent but I am pretty sure is not Danish. Knowing all that, I am still cannot get rid of him. I am a smart woman, educated, have friends and I have been in a relationship for years.
I guess, I feel emotionally lonely and I a dreamer. I am too embarrassed to tell. I never planned seriously to leave my current relationship unless the scammer showed up and proved he was for real.
Could you believe that sometimes I avoid looking at his texts because I am afraid that he puts pressure on me to send him money? Hi Bonnie, I have to add a comment here. What you are describing is definitely a scam. It is another tactic of scammers to say they are the victim who has had their photos stolen.
This is a LIE! I encourage you to break contact with this person, as he will eventually ask you for money again. Take care. I experienced the same.. I am so sorry it happened to you. We all make mistake and learn from it. And I am moving on forward. We lost lots of money from bad guys but we must move on without trap from past.
what we can do? I only thankful that we still here and alive. I will never do any online dating ever again. God bless your heart, we are not stupid we just nice people. You are a most nice and brave person. What a story. I understand that those scammers are quite sophisticated… and real sociopaths. But you are not alone: I have been scammed big time too. It makes us 2 stupid and naive folks. They all find you the Vulnerable from Social Media sites—example Facebook, in particular, Zuckerberg is currently addressing more security levels—learn to not just accept everyone just because they ask for your friendship I know it makes us feel important but stick with a smaller group of people nobody needs friends I have only business contacts on mine and do not accept any more regardless of requests.
Never answer surveys if your phone rings immediately hang up this is an old trick to hold you on the line whilst trying to get into your Network if you have a computer so that when you open your computer you may find Malware or emails that have Malware this measure is used to see if you do Internet banking. Now you may be wondering did I get scammed they tried unsuccessfully so many times over these last 10 years that I now recognize most of what they throw at me and have never lost a cent I kept a Scammer in the loop for 3 months around 3 years ago where I was able to lead him on full well knowing he was a Scammer boy did that make me laugh when I told him he immediately closed his Fake Facebook account.
You judge… Some people, like me, are very vulnerable. In my case, I was recovering from cancer, alone since and this scammer got me right. Very smart, convincing and manipulative. It was the first time in my life that I was on a dating site. I wont trust anyone in the future. In addition, I cant talk about this the money aspect to no one, too ashamed. I did report to all the authorities, including the FBI. But it seems that no one really investigate.
They dont care. I know that I will never see my money back, but I cross my fingers to stop this insanity, somehow. I also think that there are a lot of those f… scammers networks. What a shame for humanity.
Scam victims tell us their stories Real scam victims have shared their experiences to help warn others about scams. In these stories we ask you to find the signs that it was a scam, and consider how similar scams could be avoided. People from all walks of life can fall victim if the timing is right and the story is convincing. You need to have a clearly defined process for verifying and paying accounts and invoices to protect your business against false billing scams.
Calls, emails and other approaches claiming that you have won an unexpected prize or a competition you did not enter are almost always scams. Inheritance scams can be quite elaborate to convince you that a fortune awaits.
Remember there are no get-rich-quick schemes: if it sounds too good to be true it probably is. Scammers are highly skilled at deceiving their victims, and may even impersonate someone you know. Australians love a bet and sports betting scammers are quick to capitalise on this. They will say anything to draw you in. Skip to content Skip to navigation Skip to search. Breadcrumb Home Get help Listen. Real life stories. Scam victims tell us their stories.
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· At least 56 Albertans have been targets of online dating scams this year — a number the RCMP believes could be much higher. As the internet becomes the method of Scam Scenarios: Counterfeit money orders and checks sent in the mail from the scammer to be deposited in the victim bank account and send back the cash by Western Union or Money Romance Scam Survivor: the whole sordid story. Jan believed she was ‘in love’. She accepted a proposal of marriage, and then sent money - ALL her money - to a professional scammer. · Scammers targeting online daters are breaking hearts and draining bank accounts from bases in Russia, Eastern Europe, America, the UK and elsewhere in the world. The If you believe you are being scammed, stop all communications immediately. Main Signs You’ve Been Swindled By A Romance Scammer. 1: Stock Profile Photos. 2: You’ve Assisted Online-dating gives infinite possibilities for looking for your soulmate and it becomes a good background for the Internet dating scam stories because scammers and marriage swindlers ... read more
I would be very interested to get in touch with you to compare notes. He sent me for the second time another picture of him photoshopped, By then I was very disappointed, sad, angry, feeling like a fool, embarrassed of being so naive, so stupid that this time I did it right. I know that I will never see my money back, but I cross my fingers to stop this insanity, somehow. Online dating scams not for the faint of heart, RCMP say CBC News Loaded. His expressions of tenderness and care melted my heart…along with the most loving of poetry…and before I knew it I was as much in love with him as he was with me.The song that he dedicated to me, We talked about many things, his family, the love for his granddaughter, etc. Five months of therapy has not given me near what you have given me. I said that I even have not money to buy food for myself. As I planned earlier in that year, I had to go to France in August to visit my best online dating scam story hospital equipment for her birthday. Couple of days later I received this beautiful bouquet of flowers, with a very nice vase. When I read of two US soldiers killed in an ambush on a Friday mid of March, I got crazy with anxiety and concern, online dating scam story hospital equipment. I was contacted by a handsome 65 year old man calling himself Jeff Thomas.