I would like to share my story to the newbies on the dating site...I have a bad experience
I have been on one of the Match site few months ago and learn my lesson...and I just read the similiar story from the forum here. my last experience that there is a handsome fellow claim he lives in US for 5 yrs. and original from Australia n his native is born in Spain. So he has heavy Australian accent and speak some Spanish...He left the dating site asa I start communicate
w/him and want to docus only on me...the game...So he said he in Paris then to London doing his Auction business to buy gemstones. I realize later he lies about his age, like 41 then later
he is 47, he claim on his profile he lives in Manhattan, then he send me his home add is
Albany. ..more interesting is , he never able to skype w/me and able to see his face...the phone # he gave me is always re-direct service through one of the "go as u pay" basic phone service in UK...So during the beginning of email, phone calls and send me flowers, chocolate, teddy bear, love songs from youtube, love poem etc. is so intenses...and make u melt w/his poem & sweet talks...then after a a month & half, he start some story about his Mom is dying 'cos of all trauma, he lost his wife from the car accident 1-1/2 yrs ago, his father die etc. he has a restaurant business in Australia & has to close up etc. So come to point he has financial problem and need help to pay a border tax for his gems stones..all money tie down to pay his mother health care and no money to get home to US...he ask me from $6000.- down to $2500.- and beg me book him an airline ticket to bring him home...I start suspicious and hire a private investigator in UK and check on all the address & phone # he gave me..and found out there is a large group of Nigerian dating scammer to go around all the dating site in US & London and scam the innocent people.....they have ability to stole your pictures to put on other site pretend they are the person of the photos that u communicate with, but actually u might talking to a scammer they hire from who might be an Australian or Nigerian....They make phony passport & Govt document and scan it to u, so unless u give it to a lawyer, law enforcement or PI, otherwise u will get fool...
This is call Romance Scammers, "honey-trap", u can find it more stories n learn from
so everyday we learn something whether good or bad...but I just want to share w/u, 'cos there is many nice innocent people on the dating site too!
I just had a guy from the east coast contact me, I am on the west coast. He said he was a software developer and for the right woman could live anywhere. He said he was born in the US, was of American/Hungarian descent. He had just moved back to the states from his native roots of Hungary. He lost his mom and dad in his teens and recently lost his wife of 19 years. So he was widowed. He was working on a job in California and would try to come by and see me. But before that, I planned a trip to the east coast and offered to see him. That didn't work out because of his travels for work. He ended up going to Africa for a job interview. He dropped his laptop and was communicating by someone else's phone and weak internet service of the hotel. He asked me to buy him a new computer, phone and external memory and ship to him right away so he could give his presentation. It was pushing $3K. I wised up to him and called him a scammer. He contacted me a couple times saying I crushed him that I didn't believe who he was. I asked for multiple ID records, received none. Haven't heard from him since. Seemed like a great guy. Too bad he wasn't for real. Yes, back away if your gut tells you to. Be safe ladies. I did all the wrong things by offering my personal email and phone number. This is my first time on internet dating after 20 years of marriage. I am so being educated.
wow thank you! This will help me be more cautious and will help me to recognize all these red flags!! I appreciate this so much. I am new at this but im open minded and hopeful that I will find love here but now I am scared after hearing your story. I have seen this kind of scam on Oprah but you think that would never happen to you until you're so involved that you dont realize it. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I can find someone honest here.
This is very typical of the stories that a scammer will tell you. They are usually widowed, have a child, sell gemstones or are engineers, say they live in one place and work in another. Some important things to remember (especially you new members).....
1) Always stay on this site when chatting with someone. A scammer will want you to leave the site ASAP and talk on Yahoo or another site. He/she will say their membership is running out or this site is too slow, etc. Talking in Private chat or email (on here) will give you documentation of your conversations.
2) NEVER give someone your real name, address, phone number or email address. There are several good investigative sites on the internet to help you verify someone. Giving someone you have never met this information gives them info for identity fraud!!
3) NEVER EVER send anyone money. No respectable man or woman will ask you for money.
4) Follow your gut feeling.........if you suspect a scammer......copy your emails or conversations and forward them to MMcounselor@millionairematch.com. They do a wonderful job checking people out and removing this kind of trash from this site.
Check out the chat room on this site.....it is a great place to meet nice people. You are here to meet Mr or Ms wonderful so don't let slime (like scammers) deter you. Be cautious and follow your gut instinct. Good luck!!
Thanks for sharing that.......I have had several men in the past do the same sort of thing to me. They are US citizens so they say.....and they are out of the country on business and haven't gotten a check yet and some emergency or something has come up and they need money to get home! Don't buy into that!