Sounds like you had a little fun at the scammer's expense. Good for you! When we get a scammer and if we have a little time to spare, I think we should lead them on...keep them busy and with less time to harrass someone more naive.
There is a site called "Pig Busters" where all scammers should be reported. You can type in a portion of their conversation and/or photo and their name so others will know they are in it for money. Has happened to me also, only a fell for it at first, found out he was a scammer before he asked for money. One lady has made it her life long job to keep these people on the hook as long as she can and reports them on the page mentioned. Good luck. You would be shocked how many women fall in love only to send money and then have committed sucide due to their embarrassment and shame and heart break.
This is exactly what happened to me aswell. This scamers know how to BS woman too. They take a overage picture of handsome man most of them are athletic looking with good hair style, clean and pleasunt face who dressed with good tast. And they begine to brain wash you from the moment they sent a first email.
I recognise them very fast. They usualy write a long letter with the romantic dreams, they avoid skype with you face to face, and their IP address tells me they from Africa.
There a lot of business companies in Africa who trained people how to sit on computer and scam everyone of us. So, it's your job to use your imagination how to make everything look clear. If he/she gets upsad for not trusting, her is another proof.
I work on websites and am on-line all the time. The best method I have come across is that the company i.e. www.millionares..com as a requirement and ask you to take a photo with a newspaper today's date and also a licence or passport to match your details and then can be be approved by the owner of the website. There has to be a website that will implement this!! so there is more trust from consumers to use their more secure website. Searc Engine Optimiser and female on MM xx
You want to give people a chance and the benefit of the doubt. But at the same time you want to be cautious as well. There are scammers out their looking to unload you of your money. As soon as they start with the 'poor me story', a red flag should go up, because there is a good chance the 'poor me story' is going to lead to asking you for money. The answer should always be an emphatic, "No!" Once they ask, kick him or her to the curb. They are not interested in you. They are interested in your pocket book.
I'm not a millionairess, but I work hard for money and take care of myself. I am not going hand over my hard earned money to some loser, no matter where in the world they're from.
Well, I've just joined, literally 24 hours ago and had my concerns which this blog's confirming...
However, would not let myself being put off and guess - particularly judging on some comments here - this happening to many others including myself also fairly often offline or online elsewhere.
Guess the key to prevention or minimising scamming/fraud/crime risk is of course cautiousness, being on alert, listening to gut feeling and letting own and others experience play its part in deciding what to follow up and how to go ahead. All mentioned being an ongoing learning process, I'd very much appreciate helpful input, already posted and hopefully some more to come or to find on other blogs...
As a starter i'll guess some changes/add-ons on my profile would be good, verifications etc.
Hopefully I dont need to disguise myself with a frightful "Mr Burns" mask - Hahaha, joke aside, there is sure some nice, interesting and genuine people here whom I hope to get to know, possibly make friends with or more...
Any further help/suggestions very much appreciated, if its concerning my profile I'd be very grateful for comments but like to ask to post me directly rather than public - which I hope is understandable.
Ill be happy to share my experience here once I am a bit more of a "pro" (;
Good luck to all and hope this "duck and dive" situation still leaves enough time to get on with genuine personalities.
There are a few things that concern me on this site, enough to encourage me to make this post.
Though there are some very legitimate people here online, cutting through the scammers has been like wading in a mud bog. It is significant enough that IMO something must be done by the web site to ensure certain requirements. I believe one way would be (and it may already exist) to allow members to see exactly how long a profile has been signed up.
I have communicated with some very nice people here so I know not everyone is scamming. But how many people are going to contact me from out of the blue that have my same name, claim they've read about me & not give specifics about the town they claim to live in?
If I've not travelled to a particular city, I have friends all over the country to help find out specifics about certain places. How can you claim to be from (enter city of your choice) and know less about it than I do? Especially if you've lived there for x years? lol
I think I've uncovered enough scanners to get gold status comped (lol), but that's not my intent. I will report suspicions very quickly bc I don't want to deal with such crappie nor do I want anyone else to have to suffer the trouble of wading through the muck & the mire. In my line of work I have to do due diligence: and I would expect the same of people if actually interested in me. I have the resources & capacity to do ip trace through my PIs....and much more.
I would respectfully ask the admins of this site to do something more about this. The danger is not only trouble for members (whom are my primary concern), but if allowed to run rampant will ultimately reduce (even more) the integrity of the site & result in a non-believable, non-viable site...
I've run into more scammers than "real" guys on here. They ever use other member's pictures.......I actually let someone on this site know that someone was using his picture. I had someone use General Casey's picture - twice! I don't live under a rock. I'm getting good at figuring them out when just reading their profiles. I try and set them up and then turn them in. I am no longer a paying member on this site.......who needs it. I will say that the men I have met are definitely who they say they are, but it's a shopping site........shop until you drop......and then move on. (: Better things to do. It's too bad for the good people out there. Definitely makes you look at everyone through distrusting eyes - but maybe that's not all bad. Keeps you on your toes. Good luck to everyone.
Try only meeting people who live a certain distance from you and no further. Say within driving distance. Don't waste your valuable time chatting with people you will never meet unless you are only interested in being penpals. BTW Penpals never last long. Never answer unsolicited emails or IMs online. Never date anyone you meet online unless you have your top ten questions already answered prior. Oh and you get to determine what those top ten questions will be. But if you need some help try finding out the basics first.
Where they live
religion or church
plans for relationship or marraige or future with you
financial status or history (debt or BK)
mutual friend referrals
If they cant be straight up with these basic questions then just move on.
Not sure then do a background check on them prior to dating them. We live in a new online dating world. And don't always rely on a Church singles group to safeguard yourself. Some of the most messed up disfunctional people are picked over and left there...lol I know
Just to let the men know it works both ways. Perhaps the men aren't from Africa but they are hiding in their mommies basement looking for a place to live. They "work" from home but really their biggest job is to go to the mail each month to get their cheque, selling stuff on ebay. Gawdddd the list goes on and on.
I use to be a paying member on here, but it became pointless as most men's profiles (and probably vice versa) are full of bull. Age, height, weight allot of shrinking and growing going on between the email, the chat and then the meet. Its hilarious.
The lengths they will go to. I have received an email of ppl who actually claim to be well known ppl or sometimes even ur friends who are in another country and need help. Example...a man who i know by the name of rick scot, who lives at east street conton ground, sends me an email saying he is stuck in africa how he was robbed and needs to get home desperately. (mind u the name and address of the person are real and i actually knew someone by that name... but it wasnt the person). We just have to be careful and always do a background check if its a company. I always try to get a phone number and call in the morning and still in the night(they tend to answer different in the night lol, of course duhhhh its a personal phone and not a company lol
Hey i was just about to post something about scam and i saw urs. Everyday i receive mail from scammers especially from NIGERIA. Anyone who wants you to send money, ur name, address, bank account etc. BE AWARE IT IS A SCAM. No matter how it sounds, they also play on ur emotions by telling u that they are a sick christian who is dying and want u to have their money because they do not trust their family members to use it constructively. HA HA. I can go on and on about the online lottery who wants you to send money to claim ur price...i usually have a good time with them by telling them take it out of the money i win and just send it to be i wont be vex lol olo ha ha. DONT BE FOOLED PEOPLE. I have also called the numbers and know it is not a business or company.
I must have been approached by 30 to 40 'scammers' on this site in 6 months. Most make enough 'mistakes' in their profile to be identified very quickly. Such things as eye and hair colour not matching the photographs is an obvious 'give-away', as is a predeliction for starting sentances wit "Am", rather than "I am". Most, with few exceptions, will ask you to correspond through a private email address from first contact, which makes the task of identifying them very easy. It is very easy to track the registered location of the sending computer, and there are many sites that will do this for free. Most can be traced to Ghana or Nigeria, and the 'contact' has a hard time explaining why, for example, when she lives in the US and is temporarily on business in Indonesia, she's using a computer in Warri! It does provide a little fun diversion on a rainy day, but I would rather be communicating with someone real.
I have been talking to this "female" who went to Africa on business to do some consulting work...
Sounded fishy from the start, but I enjoy a good game every now and then, so I have played along.
Even talked to them on the phone a few times. Well, they were supposed to fly back to the States today, and just like clockwork comes the hook.
They were supposed to be paid in part cash and part check. But when they actually got paid, it was all check and no cash, and low and behold, their credit cards are max'd out...
To validate their story, they even sent me the flight schedule! The daytime contact phone number is listed on there.
It is very odd, that when I goo_gle the phone number of the hotel where the arrangement were made, the only hit I get is for someone selling "a wide variety of ipods and digitall cameras"
When I asked them if they had a digital camera or could get one to take some pictures of Africa for me, they told me that there was very little technology there!!!
I figure if they are scamming me, there might be a possibility that they are scamming some other MM members too.
STORY SOUND FAMILIAR TO ANYONE??? You don't have to post back, but you do have to BE AWARE and BEWARE !!!!
Yes very familiar except mine was slightly different. Very "beautiful" woman from Down Under. She was stuck with an inherited computer that was not capable of doing much of what I asked. She was in a "remote" par of the country and the only way we could talk was via "Relay Phone" (similar to a phone for the hearing impaired). "She" even sent flowers to me. Then the hook. . . I had to adopt her son before we could meet in person and she needed 10 grand to start the process!
Oh, i LOVE these scammers, especially the one from the lady taking care of her sick mom in Africa, but is trying to get back to the states, and really wants to meet you....
I just follow suit, I'll be like yah, I'm in africa too, taking care of my sick dad. If you want we should meet up for coffee, and see what we can do to get back to the states......trust me there will be no second or third email......lol!
I have had more women from the USA - really be in Africa contact me it isnt even funny ! But I still laugh! They just want to tell you how in love with you they are in the third or forth email, I am sure it is the same for you women out there. Not on this site have I ran into more than 1 maybe 2 but you may think MM site is bad - go try a few other date web sites - they are full of Scammers just looking to prey on the internet date novice.
RULE 1) NEVER - I mean NEVER - send anyone money no matter what these Scammers have cooked up.
Realize - They are professionals. This is their Job. They have been practicing for years. Some are really good at it. I almost sent a woman money, she was in South Africa. Then sure enough, I found her photo, her emails, her phone number ona scammer web site. To those of you men and woman who are fresh from divorce or single and feeling lonely - just be very aware that these Scammers are Professionals and this is their job, this is how they make a living.
I even had a woman email me a photo of her nude to entice me into sending her the money she needed to get from somewhere to Moscow to catch her flight to the USA, before that she even emailed me a copy of her passport. Sometimes they work in groups and are very organized.
Think about this for one minute, they know 9 out of 10 of us will figure out the scam, so they are working everyday, in touch with maybe 40/50 - 100 / people at a time just waiting for that 10% or 5% who will wire them the funds the need so badly for some sad story reason.
One of the latest woman who tried to scam me on was from the UK. Her name is Katherine Cole. Her email is :email@example.com - she needed money for her son who suddenly got ill. When I told her to ask family , not me, the emails stopped. Then I got an email from her 4/5 days later in BIG BOLD Text saying: THANK YOU. - She is actually from another web site I tried and my membership there has not run out yet. She is not on MM web, guys. But she and 1000s like her are out there.
Its all funny stuff, but when you get anyone asking for money, BUT- ITS a SCAM.
Just delete them from your address book and move on.