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Image of cupid and heartNot 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? They’re looking to steal your money.

As if all that isn’t bad enough, romance scammers are now involving their victims in online bank fraud. Here’s how it works: The scammers set up dating profiles to meet potential victims. After they form a “relationship,” they come up with reasons to ask their love interest to set up a new bank account. The scammers transfer stolen money into the new account, and then tell their victims to wire the money out of the country. 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. They ask you to:

  • chat off of the dating site immediately, using personal email, text, or phone
  • wire money using Western Union or Money Gram
  • set up a new bank account

Did you know you can do an image search of your love interest’s photo in your favorite search engine? If you do an image search and the person’s photo appears under several different names, you’re probably dealing with a scammer. And if the person’s online profile disappears a few days after they meet you, that’s another tip-off.

Here’s the real deal: Don’t send money to someone you met online — for any reason. If your online sweetheart asks for money, you can expect it’s a scam.

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 ReportFraud.ftc.gov.

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Suzzie
August 07, 2020

In reply to by Eyes wide open

Will do..my guy is FAMOUS as well as rich...but begging for $$
tinac
July 27, 2020
I have been in contact with a Neurosurgeon who says that is on a mission in Yemen for almost 3 years, window died just before he went to the mission left son in dormitory school as he doesn't have anyone else. He asked me if I could help him to send a parcel to me as he was relocated to Somalia and he was afraid that something could happen. I gave my address details he sent me a receipt of posting. This delivering company name global logistics first said that the parcel is on hold in Instanbul airport with yellow label and for them to prepare the necessary documentation I will need to pay them 7700 euros but them this doctor said why you don't offer what you have and tried to see if they accepted. I only had 1300 euros so I have sent to them that amount with the agreement that they would issue that document and then I would pay the rest on the receipt of the parcel. Two days after they sent me a new email saying after a lot of negotiations with the customs they are now asking for more documents and I would need to pay them within I working days the amount of 38950 euros of the parcel to arrive safely to me. I have fallen in Love with this guy it seems very honest, but I don't know what to do? He is just messaging me crying saying that his life is finished because all his doctorate certificates are in the box and he can not access his frozen accounts in USA without them. The name of this doctor his Dr Michael Tomas Davis Jr, I met him through Facebook can anybody help me with this? Can someone tell me is the same guy that you had experience with? His Facebook account is Davis Mich Jr . Please help Urgently. Thank you
Scammed in Oklahoma
July 27, 2020
Talking to this guy who says he lives in same state as me and is a widow has a son. He to started say he loved me within a week. He said he was a engineer working in Argentina needs me to open a PayPal account or a green dot account. Anyone else think this is a scam??
Taisa
July 27, 2020
What if the man says he's a Korean actor?
Harriett
July 27, 2020
I met someone under the name oscar theodore.. apparently u.s military currently in Syria.. has a profile with pics of himself and two kids.. very believable.. i fell but not after reading this.. he has now asked me for money to send to an account to the united nations for him to go on leave so we can be together.. hes very pushy and gets rather aggressive verbally with any delays in obtaining money.. he wants a reply soon if i got bank loan.. clearly stolen identity right no one would put their own face or that of their families on their Instagram profile..
Angelica
July 29, 2020

In reply to by Harriett

OMG same! But his name is Harry D Wilson. He is in Norway, working on an oil rig with no access to bank. He offered to send $11k usd which I didn't ask him to do. At first, I have doubted him already since he mentioned he has a son and eventually changed it to an 11 yr old daughter. He said that he'd like to invest in fisheries in the Philippines, and the reason why he sent the money was to pay partially for the land, and give $5k usd to me in which I didn't ask him money. Then he sent a code via GMAX Logistics, he said that he placed the money inside a box together with his docs ( I don't totally need), then someone called me earlier an Indian guy which is demanding $400 from me to pay local charges. Then this Harry Wilson insists me to pay for the amount in which I didn't since they gave me an account number which is under a person's name and not under GMAX Logistics. I also called the courier, and the number on the website is not working. Plus the social media links are broken. Harry was being very sweet to me and offering me lots of stuff in which I don't believe. That only thing that bothers me is that I gave my true contact number. Be careful of these scammers, they are everywhere, and he added me from Linkedin. Also, not being racist here. He said that he lives in the US and works in Norway but writes in broken English. I should have believe my first gut feel. Anyway, lesson learned. Stay safe everyone.
Dalex20
July 28, 2020
I actually met a guy on Tinder named Daniel Bosch, Biomedical Ingenieure from Seattle. Originally from Belgium. Pictures from him and his son, very nice. I was talking with him over 7 weeks. No chance to meet because of Covid. I am in Canada. He told me he need to go to NY for delivering health care supplies. I really found a Daniel Bosch with a health care supply company. He called me from NY every day. Very flirty after a while but he reached my heart. The he told me he had to fly to Istanbul for a delivery of HC supplies. He called me from Turkey,( be careful I saw a number from Istanbul and when he called me in the evening while he was walking, I heard the sound of a city and the Muezin singing from a Mosque. All sounds real. After 2 days he told me about problems. They have stolen his computers and programming files, made me the first time a bit suspicious. Next day someone tried to hack his bank account and the bank closed his account. Then he told me he need money to pay the custom. But I always told him to go to the US ambassy they could help him. But he always was talking about he got a loan from his Mom and one from friends to pay the custom. I never told him, I can help. At the end he told me he need only 10.000,- and next day he was able to secure 6.000,- to another friend and now he only needs 4.000,-. I started to play with him, because I was so frustrated, how this people are playing with my feelings. Super bad. At the end, he texted me over Whats App that he is super disappointed about my behavior and it showed him, what kind of person I am..... haha. I wrote him back he should send me an aktuell Foto of him in Istanbul to prove his identity. Of course nothing. Then I told him, I don’t want to talk any longer to someone who is not real and maybe sitting in Afrika and having fun with me. Then it was over!!!!
CC
September 21, 2020

In reply to by Dalex20

This sounds a lot like charles luke who is now going by the name of Tom is Patrick white he said he lived in California he on classified gems he had to go to Istanbul Turkey to buy gemstones. Once he was there the government seized his gemstones. Then because I fell for the scam supposedly he had money the gemstones for shipped but then they were holding his passport. He had to pay some thing like $30,000. Then supposedly he ended up in the hospital and they were holding his passport because he had to pay the hospital. It was ridiculous. He is a huge scammer and liar. Watch out for charles luke, but now if you go to classify gems you can see that he’s changed his name to Thomas Patrick white White
Victim
July 28, 2020
Ladies beware of Matthew Sparks Andreas and Gorden Brooks. They will give you quite the story of loss and will be in need of money.
Don't use your…
July 28, 2020
Kentucky military base.She calls hers Ashley. Wants men to send her iTunes or other cards.
Mitzion't use …
July 28, 2020
I met man playing scrabble. I think all to men on that site are scammers. One I have been texting calls himself bryan. A vet in Ohio with one son I. The army. Wife died of cancer. He has sent several pics Some with his son. Unable to confirm. He’s ow supposedly in Sri Lanka working for the Dominican Republic. He may be real but it fits the scam-profile. He is around 62 dart graying hair, brow eyes. 6’1. Anyone else being scammed by someone with this description please let me know so we can compare photos. .
Leo080358
August 05, 2020

In reply to by Mitzion't use …

Your description sounds very much like a man I’m communicating with - drop dead gorgeous, 6’1” - said his birthday was the 3rd of this month so he would be 62. He is a widow, daughter attends university in France which is where he grew up after moving at young age for the States. Do you have photos to confirm if they are the same person please? He has not asked for $$ and I want to trust him. Well spoken, writes beautifully. Has LinkedIn profile but concerns me as the story of having to go overseas within a few weeks of us communicating, before we had the chance to meet concerns me. Now he would like me to accept a parcel for him (no money asked as of yet) as the private vault in London is laying off due to CV19 and they have requested removal of valuables. He provided letter from company. Do scammers go thru so much trouble setting up various websites, where do they find all the photos. The work ID? I want this to be real and not a scam.
VP
August 24, 2020

In reply to by Leo080358

Your guys sounds very much like my scammer charles luke and he’s now going by the name of Thomas Patrick white he’s 61 has a daughter grew up in France then moved to the states he went to the very elaborate lengths of a linked in profile his own website for his business and then about two months into the relationship he pretended to be in the hospital and even had a heart machine monitor you can clear it going in the background he went to elaborate links for the scam I don’t believe him don’t trust him if he asked you for anything he’s a scammer and if he happens to be charles luke or Thomas Patrick white is definitely a scammer.You mentioned that he was a beautiful writer charles luke sends love poems every day every single day called multiple times a day and texted multiple times a day.
Patty
September 10, 2020

In reply to by Leo080358

Beware. Package will get stuck in customs and you will be asked for money to get it released. You will get an email with a fake document showing tracking information.
CC
September 15, 2020

In reply to by Leo080358

You’re a scammer sounds exactly like my scammer Charles Luke. Charles Luke said he was half French and a half American and yet when questioned about French words he didn’t know any. His pictures were gorgeous he went to elaborate links to establish who he was. He showed a bank account and letter from the Turkish government, and other paperwork. He went to elaborate links to pull off a scam and I was dumb enough to fall for it. In my heart of hearts I knew he was a scammer but he still want me over. He would call 20 times a day text 100 times a day. He said he had a daughter that he was estranged with. He supposedly had a granddaughter. And his passport had been confiscated by the Turkish government. The story was ridiculous and there was no way it was true and yet I still fell for it. He sent left letters every day by email. And now I find he’s going by the name ofThomas Patrick white or Patrick white you can go to the classified gems website and it talks about all the different stones that he deals with and gives his contact information. Prior to using the name of Thomas Patrick white or Patrick white, the supposed owner of this site was Charles Luke a notorious scammer and that was the name he used to scam me.He is 100% a scammer.He faked illness, he faked financial need, and when I didn’t do what he wanted he question my character. If you search through all of this consumer information on these pages you will find many references to charles luke who now goes by the name of Thomas Patrick white or Patrick White
Mitzi
July 29, 2020
Anyone being scammed by a bryan russell?
Liz
July 29, 2020
William Owen is asking for $200. Dollars from me so he can Wi-Fi where he is. And I've told him no several times. Then I've blocked him but he finds his way back to me. I don't know how he does it but i would like for it to stop. I've unfriended him. But... He's comes back. He's on Messenger. Please don't use my real name. Liz Horne
Annie52
July 29, 2020
I meet a man in Instagram, then he told me to move to hangout He post many pictures , of a white man with a gray hair and he said he work in a oil rig in the united kingdom. He told me he is from Texas and have a daughterOne day he ask me about and Itunes card. He said he love me. Today July 2020 I discorver he is a scam He sent me to whastapp and I do. I told him I dont believe me, and u are not going to playing with me. . I requiere to call me by video chat and he doing. I see my pic in the my mobile, but not the picture of him. I claim him, I dont see you in the screen. i want to see you right now. He said let me turn the light on , when the light on I see him. for my surprise he was a black man, young man, never the man in the profile. I save all the pictures what he use in my mobile. He use the name of John Thomas
Pondering
July 29, 2020
I am currently talking to a Person who claims she is in the Army with the 83 Civil Services 247 somewhere in Syria as a combat medic. We met on Christian Mingle and we got talking and her profile is now gone. I have gotten multiple pics of here and a voice recording in skype. I told her alll about scamming and how I would not fall for it as I had a girl (supposedly) try for 7 days before hand. Supposedly the unit will come home end of August because of Covid 19 and being safe. Never asked for money I have made a point of telling her the Army provides everything she needs. We talk everyday and sometimes the text is broken but that could just be google chat. Name is Sharon Johnson if anybody has heard of her.
Etta
July 29, 2020
I was scammed by James William Richard so call, he persuaded me I can put in $500 as initial investment on bitcoin account.he will tempt blackmail or threaten that your profit and your account bitcoin will be lost if you don’t put in any more money in from usd 300 up to $3000 . By the time you are suppose to get my profit he asked for$ 9000 Or my profit will not be transfer . There is a gang that will non stop aping ne that they trust James and showing that they just put in for him to invest and recieved how much Profit they earned. I am a teacher I saw a post on FB saying you can be paid 300 pound sterling for a 45 min class 、then lady who posted the app will messaged me and manager will give you an interview . Then I ignore James. As I said why don’t you refer me to students but then he has his ways. I capped all his account and deposit slips and all messages. I know is my stupidity and not expecting any return of my funds . So look out everyone
Donna K
July 29, 2020
I know all about the military men snd so. I met this man on you tube. I know the picture is him. I usually donate a few bucks to you tube channels. This guy is bombarding me with Love. Sending messages every few minutes, trying to call me. Telling me he loves me. He is on all my social media. I donated $20. Now he says I should donate $50. More I said no way. I am now trying to get away from him. Wish me luck.
psyche
July 30, 2020
just had a week conversation with this certain guy named Williams Chang, he was a petroleun engineer from manchester, he first add me on my Ig account, then after we chat there he asked me if we could chat at hangout so I made a fake account..I was highly suspicious that he is fake so I ride on...then 1 day he said he brought me gift with iphone,macbook jewelries etc...and he put a money inside the package but I need to pay the clearance tax...the ff day he was persistently calling me and ask me to pay the tax right now...but I just ignored him...until I read this thread..so girls beware...be vigilant
Denise
July 30, 2020
Ladies this is my 4th comment I have written. The more of these I read,the more I wanna warn all of you. 2016-2017 I met a guy on POF. Very good looking,smooth talker,tells you what every woman wants to know,calls you his queen,falls in love after 3 weeks,wants to marry you an it goes on. I wish I knew more about these scams back then an knew about this site. This man took me for probably 100-150k. I won't go into the long story,but his name he gave me was Harlan Cecil Fred,but I have found on Facebook he may have several other names. Harlan Freddie,Harlan Frederick's,Frederick Harlan,Harlan Frederick's ,Freddie Harlan,Harlan Fredel,Fred Harland,Harlan Fredenburg so please watch out for any combination of these names. I'm penniless because of him an was clueless at the time. I had no idea this kind of thing went on. Im financially ruined an don't see how I can recover. My kids don't know,but soon I think it will have to come out. I would rather die then to tell them an see the disappointing look on their faces. Also he claims to be an independent contractor of gas an oil. Shut him down quick! The other name David Jamee Thacker or any combo of these names,bad guy. He tried a scam on me also,but I had nothing an was on to him. I met both on POF,they are also on Facebook an LinkedIn,could be other networks too. If I could get half of my money back,I would be grateful,but I don't think it's possible. I have made out a report an alerted POF. Told pof to alert the other dating sites also. Thanks for listening.
Gatorz86
July 30, 2020
I have the most involved, nefarious story ever. An older man, 57, but very handsome, started texting me via Messenger. I get come ons all the time but this was different. He paid me a compliment and I didn't hear from him for two months. Out of the blue, he contacted me again. He never asked me to go to any other app to communicate. He told me he was an architect and went to the University of NC. We spoke on the phone and texted every day. Eventually, he said he wanted to meet but could never find a free weekend. Eventually, he supposedly went to decommission an oil rig to make it a man made reef. Of course, he promised he would see me first before he left but never did. Long story short, he is totally off the grid. You cannot find him anywhere; public records, tax records, nothing. His phone number is from a VoIP service so it can't be traced. Keep away from someone that calls himself MARTIN K JUNKER (pronounced Yun-ka). This is worse than any romance scam. He offered me money before he left for his project. He was supposedly a millionaire. He had sent photos of the inside of his house. He proposed marriage. He cried a couple of times when we were talking. He isn't real. Like I said, this is serious. It has to be some internation espionage or something.
Tobbersmom
July 30, 2020
I've had 2 if them so far. And I love messing with them. They both ask for money and I don't send it. I found the real person of the second man, and sent him some pictures of what he was sending me. Asked him if her ever talked with me and he did no. So I did was give him the scammers info, and boy he got into big trouble. So he stopped texting me and hasn't talked to me since then.
Designer704
July 30, 2020
Anyone been scammed by a David Xhaka? Works on an oil rig off the coast of California? Similar story. Very sweet we’ve talked for six weeks even on the phone but no video calls. Then said he needed help with equipment and the transaction. He would give me his bank information to help him. I said absolutely not. He’s from Sweden supposedly very attractive, nice accent. But convinced he’s definitely a scammer
Nomorescammers
August 18, 2020

In reply to by Designer704

Yes, I was conversing with a David Xhaka. He stated he was working on an oil rig in California and was original from Switzerland. We met on Hinge back in May. He also asked me to transfer money into a fake bank acount. I did a reverse photo lookup and the photos are those of a guy from Spain. He is a scammer.
ans(Türkiye)
July 31, 2020
I am writing from Turkey. On Facebook, a lady sent friendship. We continued to talk from whattsapp. He is 35 years old and is a nice lady in his paintings. He said there was a military nurse in the Camp on Military American. Only we writing, I was invited to Turkey. Document was sent from the Internet for Urgent Leave from me. I sent from Msn, I asked $ 1,700 for 1 month leave, $ 3,000 for 2 months. I said it wasn't ethical. I said send a passport and ID picture, he says it is forbidden. I do not want to be defrauded, can you choose some options ...
Romnick
July 31, 2020
Can i ask If before i recieve the money from him is needed to buy a Philippines steam wallet code and he said i That the bank needed. Before to transfer in to my account?
Claws&Paws2
August 01, 2020
I met a guy on POF dating website he says his name is Gabriel Willson on a contract in Ghana and wants me to send him $500 dollars for his retirement form beware he's on the website Hangout
Frank1234#
August 01, 2020
Hi i read you can put a picture of a person to see if it comes up as a fraud. Where can i do this?
Crazycajun
August 01, 2020
Anyone know the name “Steve Randall”?
Definite scamm…
August 01, 2020
Thick Italian voice. Photos he uses have him with goatee. Says he is 55. He also says he lives in Bel Air and has USC or tells others UCLA mechanical engineering degree. He is listed here multiple times. A few responses say they met him. THEY ARE LYING. He is 45ish, lives in San Bernardino Riverside area in an apartment and has multiple alias’. Just because he knows the LA area and has a 310 area code He is nothing more than a middle aged man that takes advantage of woman for money. He even has a fake Facebook account. He can create another identity and other accounts and stories. He isn’t the first person to be fake on a dating site that I have met but fortunately figured out before getting emotionally invested. It still hurts regardless. My only advice. If they can’t video chat don’t continue If they are in another country for any reason don’t continue If they don’t have a smartphone and are under 70 don’t continued We woman and men deserve to find someone that loves us and these scammers will have to become more devious with technology today. Chris Rossi is only of scammer I met. Each time it takes a bit of my hope away. I wish only the best to everyone here that you meet a real person with a sincere interest and that these scammers see karma one day.
Leo2019
August 02, 2020
I met this person on FB only a month ago July 2020 and very quickly he asked me to change the chatting to Hangouts and so we started communicating from there. At first he seemed such a sweet caring guy with a son and photos of his house supposedly in Miami, Florida and his son was in boarding school in Houston, Texas. He says he is an independent contractor out on a oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. After a while he started saying he loves me, called me his sweetheart, his wife, despite apparently losing her to lung cancer 6 years ago and that he wants to fly to NZ where I live and get married and live happily ever after. Things were going well I thought til a week and a half ago when he said that there was a fire in the oil room and to get it fixed with a oul body program it was going to cost $3,860.00. Now I don't have any money and yet he was harassing me and sending nasty messages which got to the stage of almost committing suicide. That is how low I was feeling. He apparently wanted me to get an amazon gift card worth $200 to send to his email so he could be in touch with a colleague for assistance. Then he wanted ITunes cards which is only for music. The only thing he is interested in is Amazon cards and expects me to help him out and if I truly loved him and wanted him to be happy I would do this. What do I do? I have become so depressed and thinking of ending my life. All I want is to be loved and wanted genuinely, not be hassled like this. Please help!
Bella
August 02, 2020
If you have talked with men ,who is the “dr.in Syria, ,wife, is dead,car accident,son died from cancer,and his poor daughter is in critical condition in the hospital.Big scammer, He my chance his story.Sweetheart,honey,have you been eating ,Thats his approach .He supposed to live in Huston Texas,If anybody wants more information, or pictures ,that supposed to be him, I have included letter back and for from UN.He is using hangout and WhatsApp.Exellent layer.Let me know if you need more information.
Rosebud
August 02, 2020
Anyone know Christian Hartman or Curtis Morgan on oil rig?
Meanie 01
December 20, 2020

In reply to by Rosebud

In October 2020 began WWF exchanges with Lucas Hartman. Petrochemical engineer on Gulf of Mexico oil rig. Divorced with 16 year old daughter, Rita. Moved to email from WWF chat. Asked for Steam card after a month. I refused and one day he dropped off WWF. Continued on email for another month. Sweet and charming and handsome, but my radar told me he was also a total fake. Disconnected with him a few days ago. Talked once on the phone and accent was very not the German guy I was expecting to hear.
Shirley
September 24, 2020
Looking to see if anyone recognizes this guy I'm chatting with. Claims he saw me on FB. His profile only has 3 pictures. Looks to be a brand new FB profile. 2 friends from Turkey I think "liked" his comments. Wanted to change to Hangouts almost immediately. Says he's from Charlotte, NC. Was adopted very young. Didn't know his parents. Has a young son in boarding school. Widowed. Rich. Currently says he's working on a oil rig or ship ( never really says which) . Says he's retiring as soon as this contract is up. But won't say when that will be. Said he has traveled all over. Last contract was in Turkey & he made $4 million dollars. Asks me to please not tell anyone , including my family about him yet. Not until he is done with job. Told him right off that my family thought he was a scammer! Says he will retire when his contract is done and we can be together always. Professes to love me and calls me his queen. Wants to marry me. Hasn't asked for any money yet. Told him I have none anyway. Anytime I question him too hard he says "then I guess you don't trust me" and he's hurt. Grammar is a bit off. And every so often he'll ask me what time It is here, but we should be in the same time zone. Sends me pictures of a very handsome well to do man. But none are like a current selfie. Calls himself Benjamin Walker. 56 years old. Says he's a very private person & to please respect that. Anyone recognize this picture. facebook. com/ story. story_fbid=181466 8100 3482 5&id=10004514 5224358
Sweetpeaamc
August 02, 2020
Hi there , I came across this thread. It's not about me , but my Aunt. She is talking to a man she met on scrabble or words with friend's Patrick Joseph Greenfield. He claims he works on an oil rig out of Turkey. He can't video chat due to connection. He claims he is originally from Texas but resides in Minnesota. But that he was Born in Norway and that's where his mother is from. But that both parents are dead. He says he has an 11 year old daughter. He had my aunt get on whatsapp and he has also put something like 6 thousand dollars in her bank account , im not sure what happened afterwards or what she did with the money. But she is convinced he is real. I'm getting all red flags. I looked at his FB , she is his only friend , he has a NIGERIAN number listed on FB for crying out loud.. I've tried image reverse search , or anything to prove to her this guy is a scammer but she is saying oh he hasn't asked me for money. She feels like they are soul mate's. Help me please , what can I do??
violet
August 03, 2020
I think I'm being scammed by somebody called Scott Douglas.working on an oil rig off Holland parents dead wife dead has a twelve year old daughter up to now he's never asked me for any money or made any improper suggestions says he's fifty-six I told him from the beginning that I would never give him any personal information about me or any money he knows I'm very suspicious of him but he's still there chatting to me I think he's trying to steal much more than money from me I think he's trying to steal my heart.I met him originally on grief site does this ring any bells with anyone?
Terry
August 03, 2020
Anybody ever talk to Anthony Jim Laim or Jay Jay Anthony? Says he grew up in Belgium moved to US at 16 to New Jersey. Lived in Texas with his wife who left him and moved to Europe with his Best friend. He is an engineer and has a 12 year old daughter. Claims he has no money for food for his daughter. Met him on words with friends and now chat on Hangouts. He got 50 bucks from me via an EBay gift card. After reading all these posts i have not confronted him but will absolutely not fall for this BS ever again!!
Kc
August 03, 2020
I think I was scammed. The person met me on tinder and within 5 days telling me he loves me. Had me switch over to the Telegram app to keep in touch with me. Then three days before we were to meet, he was “deployed” on a peacekeeping mission. Said his name was Brian Britt, special forces in the army. A paratrooper. Had photos and even a video he sent to me. He was deployed less than a week when he said he was attacked and his phone and watch were damaged. He wanted a new iPhone 11 and a new Apple Watch. I did FedEx him a phone. He would always turn the conversation towards needing me to send money for a tax on the phone. I figured he was a scammer at that point and started playing along. I told him I was broke and couldn’t help with any taxes due for the phone. He would apologize and then start saying sweet things again for a few days, then start with asking for money again. He actually sent me info when I asked for a name and phone number to send it to. I never sent anything. I finally got him to call me. He had an accent that was not from where he claimed. He said he was from North Carolina. The video online he has a southern accent. He would never video chat when I asked him to (always an excuse), or send me an email through his military email (.mil). He also deleted his tinder account right after we met online. He was offended when I called him a scammer and told him his grammar was incorrect for someone born and raised in America. I saved all pics and profiles and begging texts in case it can help someone else. Thankfully I’m only out $1100. Could have been worse
Maggie57
August 03, 2020
Mine was named Adam Smith. Oil rig engineer. His WiFi was off and on on the rig. Had an emergency and sent me his banking info to order $500,000 worth of parts. I did it just fine. His bank account had millions. Then his shipment got held up in customs and he asked me to pay the customs from his account. This time his bank said I entered the wrong password and closed it down. Then he asked me to pay customs for him and he would pay me back. It was $7400! I didnt do it. I called the FBI and they said it was all a scam. He is super cute and sweet. I'm sure I would have never gotten my money back.
Mimi
November 27, 2020

In reply to by Maggie57

I had the same experience by the man named Michael Wang who says he is a Canadian geologist working in Turkey. Story sounds the same where he says he had millions but that was a bogus banking info. The bank website is very similar to the real one but it is not.
DrS
August 03, 2020
He is now going by Eric Williams... Same M.O. A surgeon...from Texas, Widowed, lives in Syria. I vet all new friend requests on FB. I could tell it was off...so did a little reserach.
Jbossiegurl
August 03, 2020
Any of you ladies met Brian from Portugal? 1/2 American 1/2 Portuguese! Very Heavy Spanish accent. Phone # 757-932-6110 It’s a Norfolk VA # Has also used a 2nd # 304-402-3793 WV #
E.R-Mex
August 03, 2020
I'm talking to someone who said he was a Navy officer deployed in Turkey, Anthony Freer, I just found out that I was, I sent him money to the hospital because he had an accident, he is Young, Cabello and Jos castaños, very handsome and very tender, I am still heartbroken and feeling like an idiot, do not believe him if you see that name, he contacted me on instagram but quickly closed his profile and talks to me through line