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Scams That Prey On the Lonely
#31
I'd say most any of those internet dating sites qualify as well.

I have already lost count of the number of human disaster stories I can site that started with the words "Hey I just met this great guy/girl online"...

Lets face it, match.com, eharmoney.com chemistry.com are all actually whatsleft.com.

Like the lottery they are peddling false hope.

My most humble two cents. -LY
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#32
Every one should stay away from emails that says something with "contact me" unless it was someone you intend to contact
You cant help a man who cant help him self !
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#33
We should totally use this thread to draft our own fake scams.

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Hi there, sexy. I'm a 19 year old girl (actually 30 year man), and I've been interested in you a long time. Please give me a email back at tinagrummer@yahoo.com (redirects to progdownload@malware.net)
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#34
There was a teenage Korean girl that kept trying to have cyber sex with me on MSN. She turned out to be a 25 year old guy from the US military. Big Grin
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#35
The worst case I have heard was a woman handed over around a total of 300,000 Sing dollars to a guy she had talked to for over a year on the net.

Initial reactions 'foolish' but understand how the scammers suck people in.
''It takes a greater person to admit their mistakes, than one who never made any'' Author- the university of life
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#36
I got scammed last year. Lost some money. The lessons learned were:

1. Don't just play along for a laugh or to see what happens
2. Don't start to believe there is a real person writing to you
3. never send money
4. and most important : NEVER SEND MONEY
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#37
(12-04-2012, 05:28 AM)duff Wrote: I got scammed last year. Lost some money. The lessons learned were:

1. Don't just play along for a laugh or to see what happens
2. Don't start to believe there is a real person writing to you
3. never send money
4. and most important : NEVER SEND MONEY

I agree, I hope it wasnt too expensive lesson - same happened to us via a fake item we wanted to purchase.

You can never be too careful.

Tips for dating on line

Ask repeated questions (see if you get same answers in a later conversation)

To check photo is of person - ask them to send a photo of themselves holding up a note of your name . Genuine people won't take offence of this.

Look for discrepancies in information given.

Never give your address or personal details

Always meet in a public place and inform people of where you are and what time you will return.

Never accept a lift home and if possible arrange someone you know to meet at the end of the date.
''It takes a greater person to admit their mistakes, than one who never made any'' Author- the university of life
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#38
(12-04-2012, 05:59 AM)monkeysocks Wrote:
(12-04-2012, 05:28 AM)duff Wrote: I got scammed last year. Lost some money. The lessons learned were:

1. Don't just play along for a laugh or to see what happens
2. Don't start to believe there is a real person writing to you
3. never send money
4. and most important : NEVER SEND MONEY

I agree, I hope it wasnt too expensive lesson - same happened to us via a fake item we wanted to purchase.

You can never be too careful.

Tips for dating on line

Ask repeated questions (see if you get same answers in a later conversation)

To check photo is of person - ask them to send a photo of themselves holding up a note of your name . Genuine people won't take offence of this.

Look for discrepancies in information given.

Never give your address or personal details

Always meet in a public place and inform people of where you are and what time you will return.

Never accept a lift home and if possible arrange someone you know to meet at the end of the date.

all good info. I lost £860 which was bloody stupid of me. I wasn't hard enough with my questioning. And I told people at work and they encouraged me to carry on writing to her because it was a 'laugh'

The £860 was for travel expenses. Two days before she was due to visit, she asked for another £2,700 to help with her visa. I didn't send that, wasn't daft enough. Never heard from her again. She wrote 80 letters to me as well, roughly one a day for 3 months. All different, not a copy and paste type deal. Very detailed, very clever.
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#39
That's why they say: "Try before you buy" Smile

haha oh well.
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#40
all good info. I lost £860 which was bloody stupid of me. I wasn't hard enough with my questioning. And I told people at work and they encouraged me to carry on writing to her because it was a 'laugh'

The £860 was for travel expenses. Two days before she was due to visit, she asked for another £2,700 to help with her visa. I didn't send that, wasn't daft enough. Never heard from her again. She wrote 80 letters to me as well, roughly one a day for 3 months. All different, not a copy and paste type deal. Very detailed, very clever.
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I am glad you sussed her, I think anyone after that much correspondence - would believe the person. I bet you felt violated.

Don't let it put you off though.

There are genuine people, I was naive initially, but luckily I met someone who told me how the scams work and to be honest I would never have believed it or protected myself so well had I not been warned.

We also lost £800 but that was for a purchase that turned out to be a con. Now I doubt the item for sale even existed.
''It takes a greater person to admit their mistakes, than one who never made any'' Author- the university of life
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