I haven't read through all these comment so forgive me if I am repeating what has already been said. One way that can help you spot a scammer is to ask them to e-mail you a photo of themselves and then use google image search to see if they have taken that photo from someone else.
This is sad, and very bad. It actually makes some of us look very bad. I joined this site three weeks ago and I have not received much activity all because I am from Africa. I am a genuine person looking to connect with a genuine person too. I am not a scammer and would not ask anyone for money. I am independent and pay my own bills.
Ladies and gentlemen, there are some good people here in Africa. Do not treat all of us the same. Give others a chance and you will see what I am taking about.
Familiar? Very... as stated, an Beverly Hills electrical engineer after leaving the South African International Airport on his way to the capital to closed a 10.2 million dollar contract with the SA government was ambushed by the local natives when out of the bushes they jumped and took everything on his person. His urgency was to make this meeting through any means necessary or lose his 10.2 million dollar contract that would literally light up South Africa. (pun intended) In the end-I suppose he was boiled alive and eaten by the locals. Poor fellow. :>)
Anyone who has been to Africa know that they are 100% safer there then NYC, or LA. Go figure...
Wow..I see ladies have a tendency getting attacked by the scammers more than we men. This last one ( caGrl4y) was an educational one. I joined 3 weeks ago, and have been approached by 4 scammers..!!
What I have learned, if it's too good to be true, Then it is "definitely" too good to be true! At the moment I am corresponding with one scammer. She is walking with a yellow line on her back and I am just having some fun with her. I have already sent her to the Western Union twice to pick up the money she asked for.
This time, I am going to tell her, I had a phone call from the Western Union, that they will not proceed unless they have a scanned copy of her driver license. Let see what she responds...!!?..LOL
oh yes! very popular scam. They can be male or female. They wont skype you and they do everything they can to charm you. Suddenly they are in love with you, cant wait to be with you, send you love letters and call you in the middle of the night. The phone number may be from your local area code or from where ever they claim to be from. "Whatsapp" is a common phone service where they can mask their real location and there are others too. Then they suddenly have to leave on a trip to some foreign place. And days or weeks later they get stuck and desperatley need your help to buy them aa ticket, or pay for a customs problem, you name it. Dont fall for it. No mattwr how wonderful they sound. I have been hit by 3 scammers on this site in the 3 weeks I have been on this: Martin Blue eyes, Chelseafun, handsome Jim. Get them to send you photos. Run them through Google image search or a site called Pig Busters" they may be there. There are monster romance con rings primarily in Nigeria and in Turkey. They scam people for billions. I had hoped this site would be better but so many are not certified or verified but there seem to be a multitude of liars and fakes here too.
My father 76 married his 30 year old South African dating scam she has been trying to get over from South Africa ripping him off with payouts for flights, legal proceedings, failed visa applications, electricity cut off bills you name it he has sent money to her for over two years it began in a similar way. He sends her money all the time and mobile phones and laptops which she sells for cash and when I tell him to stop he says "But we are married" She actually married in her sisters name so the marriage certificate is a fake but that doesn't deter him either because he went over there to marry her and slept with her once. He is living a poor life here and sending every penny he has there. The area where she lives is on a postal red list with the postoffice and well known for prostitutes ripping people off online in the UK. When he went over he was kidnapped and met another man who was a prisoner too who's credit cards and debit cards had been removed from him by the people who took him saying they would get him a taxi to the place he wanted to go, he was too caught up in a dating online South African woman scam but in her failing to get a visa he was going there to join her, I expect he is dead now. My father escaped luckily and kept his cards in his shoe and got home to the UK. He still refuses to accept this was all part of the scam. My sister and I now give up trying to get him to stop. He has nothing left here, eventually when drained dry he will go over there and probably end up like that other fella.
I've wasted 9-months trying to figure out real vs fake. I thought I developed a system but after reading some of the post the system won't solved all of the issues. Needless to say that i am annpoyed having spent the entire month of April on a merry-go-round with about 100 views each week... finding none that has been real so far.
There are 3-things right off the cuff that can quickly spot a fraud... anyone interested just email me. Don't want to give up what appears to be woking for me on a public forum so theses scammer can design an andoidote.
To make one more point... so far the only real people have been those living in other contries. Go figure...
The same with me. I have almost never been contacted by "real" men. Very boring and actually frustrating. The only good thing about it is I recognize scams very fast now. Besides "schmaltzy" stories another important sign is that scammers very often provide contradictory information. Guess, a man usually knows whether he is "widowed" or "divorced"! So watch out for such mistakes.
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...