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Not everyone using online dating sites is looking for love. Scammers create fake online profiles using photos of other people — even stolen pictures of real military personnel. They profess their love quickly.
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And they tug at your heartstrings with made-up stories about how they need money — for emergencies, hospital bills, or travel. Why all of the tricks? The scammers transfer stolen money into the newand then tell their victims to wire the money out of the country. Here are some warning s that an online love interest might be a fake. They ask you to:.
Unfortunately, online dating scams are all too common. There may be tens of thousands of victims, and only a small fraction report it to the FTC. If this happens to you, please report it at ftc. Has anyone dealt with a man claiming be Emmanuel Andrew? Construction contractor currently "working" in Benin.
Wants me to open an to receive payment from a "business partner" and then transfer it to an there. California area code for cell phone; communicates through Google Hangouts. So I have been scammed by one person and I believe I might be again. Please help. He told me his wife died of lung cancer and had an year old son who lived with his sister in Europe.
He is originally from somewhere in Africa so he is not from the states. He was going to be getting out of the Army in September and was looking to meet someone to settle down with. At first we chatted on the Whatapp just texting back and forth he called me a couple times off the site. He would send me pictures and videos of himself, he even sent me a picture of himself along with his 2 sisters. Then out of no where said he would a gift card so he could update his system so we could keep chatting.
When I called him out on it he stated that he hated to ask me to do this, that he tried to get it on his own but his bank card declined he was having problems with it so he needed to contact the bank. He said it didn't matter what kind of gift card it just had to have 6 digits on the back. So I got the card and gave him the s but then a few days later he tried to ask for another one and I told him straight out I wasn't getting it for him that he should of had his bank taken care of by now.
He still wanted to talk to me but I ended up deleting the app. He has never been married, does not have any children but he did say he lost both his parents in a car crash in when they were on their way to see him for his birthday. Now he has not asked me for any money as of yet. He declares he loves me and thinks it is strange for how quickly it has happened.
I am very skeptical about him but I can't stop talking to him because I keep thinking what if he is real and not lieing. He told me he was from Atlanta, GA and that he has a southern accent. When I asked why he couldn't call me he stated he was worried I would make fun of his accent but I told him I wasn't that shallow, so he ended up calling me on the hangout app where we chat first I couldn't understand because we have exchanged phone but he said it was for security purposes, the the other part that got me was his accent in a way I could here the southern twang but I also could swear I heard nothing American in it but there was interference on the line so I really couldn't tell.
He sends me pictures of himself all the time when he can.
He is very knowledgeable about the military but I'm still skeptical. I'm waiting for the scam to come it just hasn't just yet. The only thing I can think that could be is he sent me a website to invest in bitcons and cryptocurrancy. I told him I would look into but I really don't think I could afford to do that and he was fine with it and never brought it up again.
Today though he did state he went to the administrative office because he states he wants me as his beneficiary and he may need some information from me when it comes times.
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There is no way I'm giving my social security or anything out so we will see how he handles this. With both of these guys I ran there pictures through the systems and found nothing on either of them. I'm glad I have been skeptical through out this, I'm sorry for those that these guys or women get to it is hard when our emotions get involved and they use it to their advantage.
Widow, 55 with a 10yr old son?? Does anyone know Ewards Maclean? He's been asking me to send him a iTunes giftcard and tonight a Apple Smartphone. I'm not doing either. Watch out people.
I've gotten a few follow requests from single d on Instagram, have chatted briefly to them, but kept a polite distance after a while. The latest is someone who says they are a military orthopaedic surgeon working in Afghanistan. According to the images he posts on Instagram, he is fit, attractive and does post pictures of him in action in the operating theatre. Widowed for 3 years and has a 10 year old daughter. Started chatting to him on a Saturday.
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By evening, told me he needed a Steam Wallet Card because his card has expired and he needed another month's worth to get through the month before retirement so can chat to me and his daughter. I told him to put his daughter first. He does like to use endearments beautiful, honey but I have told him that I am happily married and wish to keep the friendship platonic. Still persists with the endearments but I just reply by calling him buddy or by his actual name. I did buy him a steam wallet card after 4 days because I couldn't get to a supermarket to help him out, but warned him that this was the first AND last time I was going to help him.
Silly me right? I don't want to name names yet in case he is a genuine person looking for friendship. I am just a bit dubious because his language on Google Hangouts does seem a bit inconsistent with that of a medical professional. After a bit of self-education on military romance scams, I can confirm I was talking to a scammer. I have blocked him on Instagram and Hangouts and changed my personal address.
Keep your distance, ladies! Oh yes, he had asked about my pay, and made mention of purchasing leave from the military. He wanted to go to Hangouts because it would be easier to chat. I agreed but after awhile I deleted Hangouts. During this time I thought my Facebook had been compromised and changed all my passwords and names on s, contacted the 3 credit bureaus and froze everything.
JP sent me an showing me an ID with his photo and name, etc. I became very paranoid and he was the friend who assured me everything was okay.
So he suggested Hangouts again, I refused, and we became chatters in WhatsApp. I refused to pay any more money. I knew in my heart it was a scam. I had even hired a PI to investigate him. He always told me to stop having doubts and trust in him.
I became more and more in love with him, but he was about the money. He would tell me that I cared more about the money than he did. He was always twisting the words around. I was very vulnerable to him as my husband had died 3 years earlier from Alzheimer's.
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I just texted JP yesterday with the final good bye. My son in law is a police officer. I had asked him two times about different info I had trying to understand who JP was. Even after I told her, and her husband found out, I continued to give money because now the man I fell in love with was in grave danger with the militia in a war-torn country of Libya. I bit the bullet and said no more.
I had to trust my instincts and the Information I had and say NO more money.