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Scams That Prey On the Lonely
#1
Romance scam

The scammer is often a male posing as a female, though there are also women scammers and women are targeted also. They will send you a PM or an email telling you how they came across your profile/post and it stirred something in them. These messages frequently have an email address where you can contact them for their picture and to talk, which you are encouraged to do. At the same time dozens of other people are receiving an identical PM/mail. If you respond, they fall in love quickly and almost as quickly, have money problems in which it is hoped that you will help out with.

Africa is one of the areas from which many of these scammers operate. As one example, it has become so common that the Embassy of the United States in Ghana even has a web page with a "partial list of indicators" that you are dealing with a scammer from there, of this type.

*You met a friend/fiancé online
*You've never met face to face
*Your correspondent professed love at warp speed
*Your friend/fiancé is plagued with medical problems requiring loans from you
*You are promised repayment upon the inheritance of alluvial gold or gems
*You've sent large sums for visas or plane tickets but the person cannot seem to make it out of Ghana
*When your friend does try to leave the country, h/she is detained by immigration officials demanding payment or bribes
*Your correspondent consistently uses lower case "i's" and/or grammar not in-keeping with their supposed life station or education level


This forum has been hit by a few people running this scam.

Internet Love Scams
Romance$cam dot com
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#2
Ban them all!

Any suspicious PMs I immediately put on ignore. Big Grin
"The hero is commonly the simplest and obscurest..."
- Henry David Thoreau

Like a pundit, I offer my advice uncensored and completely from gut feeling.

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#3
BEWARE OF BOARD SCAM CONTACTS!

Somebody tried this on with me, less than a fortnight ago! Right here!

A large part of what this post contains is likely to be already well known about, by you, or will have already been experienced by you. I cannot deny that the essence of this is directed at caveats for male board members and I apologise, unreservedly, if that comes across as sexism in some form. There could well be a threat on just about any message board you visit, and part of the role of a message board's Crew is in keeping the peace and protecting the board's members from questionable intention and on-board threats. One of those potential threats that should be discussed is the very subtle tactics of...

MARRIAGE SCAMMERS

...usually available in a variety of...types and ordinarily from outside your own country.

NET BOARDS ARE BECOMING THEIR MOST FRUITFUL (AND, OCCASIONALLY, MOST PROFITABLE) HAUNTS!

NET BOARDS WHOSE MEMBERSHIP INCLUDES LONELY (?) MALES ALL OVER THE WESTERN WORLD ARE LIKE A SOCIAL OR CULTURAL WET-DREAM, FOR THEM!

I'm talking about foreign (usually female) individuals who approach you on ANY message board.

They may want love. They may want marriage. They may have been brought up with some form of instilled instinct to seek those out at any cost, hitting some form of jackpot at the earliest possible age they (or the guy they target) are permitted to. Nothing, there, is actually referring to a scam - just to a possible bad life move for the guy who is merely incidental in a foreign national female simply upgrading her life-plan by using him as a springboard. No guy, I imagine, would want to be loved by, and later hitched to, a bride, only because she was really only in love with his nationality, bank account and, oh-yeah...that amazing car from the photographs!

SHE NOT LOVE YOU LONG-TIME!

SHE NOT LOVE YOU AT-ALL-TIME!

ONCE IN YOUR COUNTRY, IT'LL BE 'SO-LONG' TIME, INSTEAD!


Some of the approaches made to you, GUYS, will be utterly sincere...genuine and trustable. The girls may be perfectly innocent in wanting, and in striving for, both of those - we might look upon that as being something personal to them, or pressed into their minds as a cultural component.

But, in among those genuine ladies will also be those whose sole intention is to get themselves maritally airlifted right out of their country - wherever that may be - and situated firmly in a house, maintaining their marital home and living a family life, in other countries, mostly involving the Western world! That, alone, is still not something the average male board member should outrightly fear, if his heart is bullet-proof to ugly truths later, or unconcerned by the concept of outright financial ruin and heartbreak. But, huge numbers of men who have followed on to marry these girls/women, after having been approached and after having "holidayed" in the ladies' countries, later taking their new wives back home to their "hubby" countries, have found themselves dumped, pretty soon after, having just "legitimised" the arrival and residency of a foreign national who just stopped being a foreign national, elsewhere.

THERE'S NO FOOL LIKE A FLATTERED OLD FOOL, keen to show the world that there's 'life in the old dog yet'!

On any message board, during any connection with females who ask certain questions and seem keen to discuss a to-do list of subjects such as: "How do you feel about marriage?"; "Do you have any children?"; "Do you feel like you want to go on a nice 'lil' holiday?" etc...(add your own incoming queries into the imagination mix that leaves you able to self-protect the most efficiently, or to at least tread with great caution about how you answer such questions) you need to be even just reasonably alert to other likely motivations.

America, Canada, Australia and Western Europe are the areas in which the most likely male victims will reside, and it is board members in those areas who should be vigilant, to protect themselves from such scams, the most.

NOT ONE OF THEM IS WORTH THE HEARTBREAK!

ALSO, MESSAGE BOARDS THAT INCLUDE LONELY GUYS ARE A FEEDING GROUND, TO THEM!

Beware of those females who post private messages to you and who seem to have fallen in love with either you, or in love with some aspect of you, your writing or what personality/tastes appear to have been illustrated in your posts. Some of these females are actually taught how to do this and then encouraged by their local culture and elders to go on to actually doing it!

Quite apart from the heartbreak, there is the legal position and the implications regarding possible prosecution (immigration issues, for example) if some loose end was not tied up, along the way, because you didn't even know that it was there!

Being made to look an absolute idiot is probably far worse in the opinions of a lot of men, however.

SO, IT'S WISE TO FAMILIARISE YOURSELVES WITH YOUR OWN COUNTRY'S IMMIGRATION LAWS AND PROVISIONS, ALTHOUGH, WITH CAUTION, YOU'LL NEVER NEED TO CONCERN YOURSELF WITH THOSE!

ALSO: LOOK OUT FOR ANY AND ALL SIGNS THAT COULD POINT TO YOU HAVING BEEN CONTACTED BY ONE OF THESE GIRLS!

What you do next is up to you, but you should really report this to the Moderators of the board...or, at least, to somebody, somewhere!?

Here are some links to other Net locations whereat information is available for any who might care to become a little more scam aware and learn more about the degree of damage to a man's life such a scam can be. Be aware that one or two of the guys you'll be reading about were operating an illegal immigration fake marriage scam, themselves, and then fell foul of their own country's laws, as well they should have.


America...

1 http://www.immigrationfraudvictims.com/

Canada...

2 http://www.canada-city.ca/canada-immigration/index.php

Australia...

3 http://www.romancescam.com/forum/viewtop...13&t=33231

I was unfortunately unable to locate any worthwhile UK (my own country) similar sites to the above, but, if I do come across one, I'll post it as a follow-up to this thread, once in place.


Ian.
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#4
Very good info, guys.
“Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’”
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#5
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#6
I don't believe you! Honeybabe263934 really DOES love me! And once she receives all the payments I've been sending to get her dog out of the dog hospital we're gonna be together!!!!
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#7

Further alert!

That dog is her previous partner, and tomorrow's lunch!

I wonder where she stashes all those sons-of-b____es!
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#8
Haha, scams are so easy to spot, they usually have horrible grammar, and ridiculous stories, pretty much if someone says theyve fallen in love with you 5 minutes after you reply tgen ask for money for some problem they have, promising repayment from some inheritence, youve got a scammer
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#9

I used to tutor the English Language.

The one who wrote to me, recently, had English that appeared effortlessly equal to mine.

Maybe, that's part of their preparation and that, too, could still be merely a cultural thing.

But, yes...their questions (and discussion subject leanings) are their most obvious mistakes. I suppose that some of them are simply in too much of a hurry to get hitched, and leave some poor guy ditched!

It's always wise to respect a prospective enemy!
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#10
(No) just (no)

ppl that take advantage of other ppl lonelyness,


and HAY i am from africa and i am no scamer (cool)
naw just joking,but i am from africa Toungue

and never get to atatched to online relasionships....

(10-17-2011, 12:25 PM)Fvantom Wrote: Haha, scams are so easy to spot, they usually have horrible grammar, and ridiculous stories, pretty much if someone says theyve fallen in love with you 5 minutes after you reply tgen ask for money for some problem they have, promising repayment from some inheritence, youve got a scammer
my grammar is bad...
life :/
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