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. 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 set up dating profiles to meet potential victims. The scammers transfer stolen money into the new account, and then tell their victims to wire the money out of the country.
Here are some warning signs 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.
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I hate that I fell for it and started to fall for him. Now I miss talking to someone I don't know who they even were. One last part I ended up hiring a PI to get answers. I was told the number he was texting me from was an app number his e mail was a fake.
I thought it was a real military e mail. I ended up copying and pasting the trunk box story. Haven't heard from him since. May I had a guy talk me instagram and i blocked him. Proceeded follow me on facebook. I never accept friend requests I do not know. Marine, handsome and Story was wife passed away daughter and in afghanistan deployed.
We chatted about a month and he began talking about boxes freaking out what he was going to do his doctor friend had move to Syria he had get the packages out his house in Iraq. Naive me says send them to me I can care for the packages until you return home. Two weeks went by recieved confirmation of shipment to my name and address.
Two more weeks went by and I needed purchase military tags for a diplomat seal 2, Stupid me paid it and another month went by all suddent the money i paid was invalid because the account had limit and i was sent an email retrieve funds from bank. Bank showed the account was fine and no issues. On top of that in between the packages were supposively stopped by homeland security for metal pieces detected i could pay for power attorney to move them along if i verified the contents.
The sender told me what say. Money wired to an Emmanual Jack in africa.
I was receiving emails from a diplomat. Received a new one today packages were enroute and stopped by authority and large sums money were scanned and detected need pay 10 percent of the money that totals 18, to IMF.
Do not get taken.