Not everyone using online dating sites is looking for love. As if all that isn’t bad enough, romance scammers are now involving their victims in online bank fraud.
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.gov/complaint — click on Scams and Rip-Offs, then select Romance Scams.I’ve done reverse searches on all pictures and nothing(which is good because he’s not stealing them from others) Hi, Debbie.I, too, was scammed by a man with almost the identical information - on an oil rig, drills broke, wanted i Tune cards, on and on, how much he loved me and wanted us to meet, travel the world together when he retired from the oil rig business, sent pictures and gifts, on and on.The information you give will go into a secure database that law enforcement uses for investigations . He’s sweet and has an accent that is not African but has 5 out of the 7 red flags of a scammer.
I’ve tried to do a background check and couldn’t find him.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: Did you know you can do an image search of your love interest’s photo in your favorite search engine?