From the article: Online Romance Scam
A growing epidemic in the world today is the Online Romance Scam. Generally, a victim is contacted by someone online through various social media or a legitimate dating website. The victim and the scammer create an online relationship. While the victim may become suspicious overtime, the scammer lures them in with pictures, hardships, promises, excitement, and claims of love. Eventually, the scammer will ask for help, for various reasons, involving the victim sending money. After the scammer gets all the money they can from the victim, the scammer drops communication, leaving the victim dumbfounded, hurt, confused, and out of a lot of money, which is rarely recovered. Has it happened to you? Share Your Story
- Do any body know capt john c thomas he said he station in afghistan.is he a real soldier of fake
- —Guest waitin for responded
- I meet Marvin Kirke-Peters on MEETME..he was very polite and he seem like a very nice person,next thing he asked if we can leave meetme go on yahoo chat,i thought okay this is good so we started to chat on yahoo..He said he was in Afghanstan and was a ltgen in the Airforce.Okay,he then mentioned he had a son in Accura-Ghana whose parents were killed while working with Marvin in Afghanstan,and he was in the process of filling in documents to adopt this boy,any way he said his son was starving in need of funds for food and electrity and can i send him funds.this boy was also still at school,college age,he also said he need funds for a school trip $300.00USD,and he could not send it as he has no access to fund at miltary base.I agreed to send funds,I had talked to family members and they said it is a scam..I didn't do send funds ,let him know the situation,I was called names a liar,a cheat every word you could think of i was it..I didn't send funds.
- —Guest Mere
Sgt Scott Martin
- Hi, I started chatting to a Sgt Scott Martin from the US Marine deployed to Syria…we chatted for a few days and i noticed how bad his english was despite saying that he lived in the uk till he was 12 then moved to LA. his parents were dead and he was divorced with two children. he kept talking about love and asking about me meeting his children….waaayyy too soon. Freaked me out and i just knew he was full of it. The last straw (silly really) was that he didnt know what Tacos were and he supposedly lived in LA…helloooo Did an image search on google and found his photo under two other names…Joe Martins and Rodriguez Martins…when questions he asked how i knew about Ridriguez as he hadnt mentioned that name to me. He was on a site called pig busters and was labelled as a military scammer. firstname.lastname@example.org is his email but hotmail emails are so easily made and deleted its not worth much. if there is a way to get his pics up illadd them. http://www.youreittoday.com/scammer.php
- —Guest Niki
- This soldier met on a social network.he said he was in aghestan. I was glad talk to a soldier. He told me i going to send family value home.to your house.told him that i was happy marry.he said when i seen your picture i fell in love with you.so he sent the package i was out 680.00 than1200 and than 1750 and another4,450 he said .i need that to get my stuff home.he said he love me very much over a text..never seen him just he text message me.he don't call he just said ok hon. He spell stuff different he a captain in the usa. He say.i just afool. Been scam.so here we go i'm crazy to believe.this he say if i don't sent it homeland security was going to arrest me for being a terrories.so they keep homeland securtiy seal and fbi seal they say i' m going to jail.so if i don't sent the money.i hope you learn from my story.this is it.scam will break you leave you unhappy.and your husband don't trust you.this is my story.i don't know if he real or not.they are america land that i love.
- —Guest heartbroken
How many Maupins are there
- Was fooled but not scammed... Met a "US Army" colonel via FB. His name was Ted Chandler Maupin. After talking to a family friend we discovered many Maupins in the army ranging from Robert to Morgan. All the same pictures. His profile numbers change from day to day... To see if someone is conning you on FB just search their name or surname in find friends and see how many photos match. Also check when the joined Facebook and how active they are on FB. The less activity there is the more warning bells there should be. But the real soldiers kid is being used to attract older women which is sad for that kid. However I would really like to make more people aware of this real problem with internet scams. As interneting dating is more common than people think. So be aware of any officer by the name Maupin. P.S how do contact the real soldiers...
- —Guest Zelda
I was in love!
- Well ... I was quiet on facebook until the U.S. military began asking me friendship. At first I did not give it much importance, after all were only a few foreign friends. Then one day came Scott Williem ... wow that angel of candor blew me away! I was very impressed with him, with his size, his beauty, his was all wonderful! And he was speaking words of love to me, saying was in love and wanted to come to Brazil to meet me. I thought: Wow my god finally the gates of heaven opened up for me and a beautiful angel came to my rescue. I felt on top of the world, because that cute military wanted to be my future husband. Then he set a date to come visit me, and said he needed to go before coming to Thailand sell gold that he had achieved in Afghanistan. This story struck me as somewhat strange but ... I do not give much importance because I wanted that man anyway. It was then that two days after allegedly traveling to Thailand, he wrote me asking me a thousand dollars, and explaining th
see the red flags ladies
- Talking to Broke Clayton, he has military pics, pics of two innocent boys, he's a captain in the US army. Talks broken English. Time difference always varies, said I love you like 1 week, he's hungry, the Taliban cuts off their MRE (meal rations), can't provide an apo number or unit number, or 9 digit zip code, something all US soldiers need for mail, says I can't send the money to him because the (here it goes again). Taliban, but wants me to send it to Missouri, then later wait Tennessee, then says only Western Union (as to be untrable). If someone knows a person in the FBI, please contact me, we can work a sting cause I'm still stringing him along. Oh, and he didn't know what I meant when I told him I sent the money by mail....lol. SERIOUSLY, SOMEONE HELP ME BUST THIS PERSON.....FBI PLEASE
- —Guest yvonne
- hey, I got scammed from a Chris Miller stationed in Kabul. He tried to make me buy a calling card and to send me luggage. He also found out my phone number and called. So I found out he is either from South Sudan or Egypt. He also calls himself Donald Miller. He shows pictures beeing in combat uniform and in dress code. On one site on FB he is seen in private....I believe that this soldier is used by more than one criminal to make money. I did and would never send or take anything from anywhere. But beware, they are good at what they are doing. The only thing I would like to know is, if the REAL Miller is still alive, because it would be so sick, if a serviceman of the US Army, who mayby died for his country, would be used for such a bullshit!
- —Guest sunshine
- Does anyone know of Staff Sgt. Ronald Cutler! He's stationed in Afganistan Says he has home in New York, Mother and daughter live there!! Please respond if you know this man!! He claims he needs 600$ to come home!!
- —Guest Arlene
T2 radio frequency connection
- I met frank on a dating web site and he told he live and want to here my voice . He want me to send 468 to a apartment building in Florida
Not sure and have a doubt
- Has anyone chatted to Paul Macmanus using a yahoo name email@example.com,,he said he is a captain US soldier and got deployed in Mali africa.He ask me to help him get out in Mali as soon as possible as his fianccee to apply for his leave,but he ask me to pay for his liberty passcard worth $3350 and i will send it to the agent name Noble Patrick in Nigeria,,and i have a doubt this guy im chatting with is a scammer!!
- —Guest Jaze
- Has anyone heard of Barry Steve from Perth Australia?
- —Guest Margarete
- firstname.lastname@example.org also known as Tinsel on dating website singles near you he sent an email his photo a soldier on tour of Duty as an Explosives consultant in Afghanistan emailed me daily said he was from USA came to UK 15yrs ago wife and son now Divorced 3yrs lives in Richmond Surrey when not on Tour Duty ,asked me to connect to Yahoo Messenger to chat to take our relationship to next level then to apply for a private phone connection send receipt so he could pay back my signature and bank details on it (closed now ) i believed this man emails and chat very convincing, his tour was to end in March we now in beginning he could not wait to meet me in person take our loving Honest relationship further it got blown he was asked to stay on for further 6months he needed me to write Special leave Request letter and it would cost me 3-5k to get him home to see son Desmond meet me in Person gut instinct kicked in checked phone code Nigeria he was in Afghanistan? no letter needed ??
- —Guest Guest
Chris Carbone email@example.com
- I was contacted on Facebook last December by someone calling themselves captain Chris carbone, serving US Army in Afghanistan. Said his wife died 5 years ago and he has a son of 10 called Phil, at school in the UK. He quickly started romancing me, sent me photos, and also chatted to me on AIM. He recently said that there were problems about receiving pay in Afghanistan, and I became wary of him, did some research and realised he is a scammer. I've informed the real Chris Carbone and also the US authorities., and deleted him from my Facebook and AIM buddy list. My instincts about him were correct, but I know he has many women in his Facebook friends list who may not be so wised upon these scams.
Calvin Dean/Dean Calvin
- Guy contacts me on Facebook. Messages sent back and forth. Exchanged numbers. His number is a Califronia #. 1st red flag. He says can't call from this number just text and receive. 2nd flag. Says his wife died. He's about to retire from Army. He's in Kabul, Afghanistan. Has one daughter in Paris. I knew he was up to no good, when after a week, he loves me. Ha really! Everyday sends me a message asking how my day is, etc. Then all of a sudden something is going on with him not being able to retire and come to the US. Nobody to help him. Which is probably leading up to him asking for money or something. I told him to pray and that God can. Cause if he thinks I am, he is sadly mistaken. First off, I know there's not any difficulties retiring from the military. Some one needs to find these people and put them under the prison. Oh, btw the number he texts from is 415-853-0629. I hope they catch these crooks.
- —Guest Barbanna
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