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Name: How you recognize male scammers.
Other Comments: I am Miss Marple and a contributor at this site, I have met many victims here at this site and I wanted to create an thread for those who are interested to find out how you recognize African male scammers. I met an scammer while ago, and he came from Nigeria and he tried to scam me, that’s why I created this thread so you can save some time and hopefully your Money by reading this general information I have written here.
I have made studies of African scammers in general and collected some stuff. I will represent here some basic information and some good advices what you can think about when you are out on the dating sites and online, which are the best ways to avoid scammers and learn how to spot them.
Are you an woman and have met the most wonderful, good looking and to good to be true man on the internet? He is also very smart, well educated, working probably as an constructor or engineer and travels a lot in his job, He tells you that he is an widower and has raised his child all alone, and he is now looking for true love. He falls in love very quickly and wants to marry you and wants to meet you soon. Suddenly he must travel to Africa. To Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory coast or another west African country for work and he will come back soon to meet you soon as possible. During his visit he gets in lot of trouble, he gets sick or have accidents. And he suddenly needs money, his credit card is not good enough or he’s has trouble to get his money from his account. Then he begins to ask for money.
Is this something you recognize?? You have probably met an scammer from Africa. Nigeria, Ghana and Ivory coast, Senegal and Dakar is the most common countries where scammers comes from, but they do operate with accomplices from European countries also as Germany, Holland and United Kingdom. Malaysia and China has also reported more scammers activities the latest time.
There is lot of different scams, Lottery scams, Charity scams, credit card scams and spams (Variation from the 419 scam)and other different types of scams, But this is page is only about ROMANCE SCAMMERS or DATING SCAMMERS
1.Scammers use templates before they starts to ask for money and there is variations in time in that also before they do that from 2 weeks until 2-3 years. Scammers use templates because they scam many people at the same time and have no time to write personal mails.
2.Look for the language, scammers has often very bad grammar and their skills in European language is bad, the templates are often translated by GOOGLE
3.They fell in love very quickly and talk about endless and undying LOVE
4.Avoiding your questions in the mails (typical for scammers who use templates) but variations do exist in this also.
5. Asking money from strangers is a scam, African, Russian, man,woman makes NO DIFFERENCE! http://ladies-russia.net/Scam.php 6.The scammer tells you to end your dating site account because you are the only true love for him (this is the way he can control the victim)
7.Scammers uses an +44 as an UK number to confuse victims with that they are in UK but they are in fact in Nigeria . ID Spoofing
8.If it sounds to good to be true it is often that also.
What can you do to protect yourself?
You must protect yourself even if it is not an scammer you are talking to. Never give out any personal information to somebody that you don’t know such your home address, telephone numbers no bank account/credit card numbers or other sensitive information as log in to your email addys or other accounts .Scammers asks for telephone numbers so they can convince people with their undying love as they asks for money, so don’t give out any phone numbers to foreigners. As scammers are criminal in the cyber world their knowledge in computers are very good .Get yourself an good Antivirus program to protect you from malware and spams, never click on links that unknown people sends you in mails, there could be an trojan waiting for you. As trojan is an malware and is created to steal and copy information from other computers.
How do scammers work out and how do you recognize them??
Maybe you are talking for the moment with an scammer but nothing is not what it appears to be as the wonderful man you talking to is an criminal sitting in a internet cafe and knows exactly what he is doing ,because he has done this so many times before that you can’t even imagine that your lovely man is only an criminal and wants to have your money, they are trained to be psychological and knows exactly what to talk and uses your weaknesses to get you into the trap. They send you gifts and talks poetry to you to get you really fall in love. And when you are enough in love then they starts to ask for money. They suddenly gets in to trouble and get into accidents and make up fake stories and involves other scammers also pretending to be doctors and lawyers or barristers that the story sound so real as possible, so that the victim feels empathy and open up the wallet to the scammer. They ask money for anything, from food to hospital bills, they can even send you fake documents that you have to sign your personal information that you suddenly can get involved in the crimes to without any knowledge of what you have really got involved into. As scammers are criminals they are involved in money laundry and drugs. They use most Western union to transfers to receive money from victims, but money gram is also more common now. Scammers uses stolen identities from other victims from another earlier scams or stolen from internet also. So the names they use to collect your money in are not their own names. So catch theses scammers are very difficult because of this.
The grammar is very bad as their skills are not good in English so they use templates translated by some translator and many time the scammers uses GOOGLE to translate their letters, so look for the language in the letters you receive from the scammers. Scammers uses much religion also in their scams they talk many times that they are GOD fearing and pretend to be very religious. http://www.delphifaq.com/faq/male_scammers/f3269.shtml?p=11#comments often the scammers has children and they are widowers also, because in this way they can affect the victims in a emotionally way to the single mothers, everybody can be scammed but they often seek for single women with kids and in the age of 40, as people has generally made carrier and has an stabile economic situation as that attract scammers of course.
What can you do if you suspect you talking to an scammer?
If you suspect that the person you are talking to on the internet is an scammer, there is sites where you can seek for photographs, as I have put an link in the beginning of this information, but there is others you can do also, if you have contact with an scammer through email, you can look up the IP address, that the person uses and see if the person uses forged IP or has been reported to an scammer site. If the IP address is forged it is absolutely an scam, no real and honest person uses forged IP address, and if they begin to start talking about Africa that they are travelling to Nigeria or Ghana for business or work it is an scam also. Even if they have not asked for money yet it can be an scammers as well, as they can wait with that question a long time. Look for information on the internet what your love is doing and report scammers to sites because only by reporting scammers you reduce the scammers to operate and scam other people. Talk to other people about scamming and inform your friends who you also are talking to on the internet. If you have been scammed you must of course report this crime to the nearest authorities in your hometown and country. And here I have some links where you can find also information what you can do if you have been scammed, but I must put out an warning if you want to report scammers to authorities in Africa be careful who you are talking to, and also find out if it is real people you have contact with, as scammers abuses also this and goes under fake persons and scams people by saying the helping scammed people, there is a lot of fake detectives, so be careful who you are talking to and who you leave your personal information to.
Enviado: Domingo 30 de septiembre de 2012 13:51
Asunto: YOU LOOKS GOOD.
It is really nice to hear from you,how are you and your family doing hope the are in good health? meanwhile i hope you didn't feel bad or embarrass from my first mail to you?truly i must say that i felt very happy seeing your mail this morning as i wake up.In fact i am a little bit short of words as i see this friendship moving on nicely,truly i have nothing much to say for i believe that i have said much of my self in the site and i believe as we move on as friends we will get to share ideals and thoughts together and as well get to know each other very well.Truly i want to have the real feelings in this friendship my dear friend,i am just giving it a trail and i can see that it is moving nicely after seeing your mail today.Let me say thank you once more for making out time to writ to me,i can see we two are in need of good friendship and i want both of us to know that we can't do or archive it alone rather we need to come together as two good friends and you will see that the sky will be our limit.But let me ask you what makes a good friendship to stand?to my believe it is understanding,love and honesty that makes it work nicely.That is truly why i deleted my profile immediately i contacted you cos i want to concentrate on you alone and don't want any other person to contact me from that site anymore. My dear friend,i want you to know that i am a man who goes out with one woman and i would want my woman friend to be an opposite sex of having only one man in her life.I can take care of my woman in any way so i don't see the reason why a woman in my life will be looking else where,i don't want to share anything about my woman friend with another man.I just mate you,and we haven't met each other face to face but we can start it from here.I will want you to think about this and tell me if i am your type or not.One more thing i am a kind of person who follows my heart and i believe that i am in the right place with you,what do you think about that? Please send me your photo. I will stop here while looking forward to hear from you soon. Yours new friend, Andy.
Fecha: sábado, 6 de octubre, 2012 12:31
How are you doing today my dear i can see that your always happy and in good health?
Really i don't know how to explain things to you,on how i feel for this relationship but i believe you should understand by now.For the past two days now that we have been communicating i have opened up to my family things about you and i have gotten all their support,but one thing they asked me was when will i be going to see your people.While for me i don't want to rush things,rather i want to take my time so as to know you very well before coming to see them.So please i will want you to make me understand you very well and please don't hide anything from me okay.Here i am with a good intention towards you and i strongly believe that you have a good intention towards me as well.I want you to know that it is not all about one being pretty or handsome,rather it is the understanding and the truthfulness in one.In that case there are few things i will want to disclose to you now as they are things i wish to do and share with you at some point in this lifetime as we try our possible best to make this a better place for both of us.(1)is that i will be your best friend,(2)Be more proud of you than i already am at this very moment,(3)Spend the rest of my life with you,(4)Accept you totally and completely,(5)spend my life making you happy and lastly spend my life making our family happy forever.For now all i ask from you is to give me the chance in your life and watch me as i bring all this to you in our life time together tell me when will you be free i really want to chat with you it will help us to get to know each other do tell me when you will be free or you can call me when your free.Take care for now and please do send my regards to your family here is my mobile number 00447924004874. Hope to hear from you soon. Sincerely yours, Andy.
Miss Marple from United States
Thank you so much for these mail,you will save other women from this scammer as when they do researches online they will find the mails here....when i read the mails ,there are so many signs you have been in contact with a scammer...
1.He is an engineer..typical scammer occupation
3.Scammers ask a bunch of questions to the coming victim ,to find the vulnerable side in the victim ,the scammers will notice here if the victim is something you can manipulate too..
4.Scammers are very loving ,caring ,knows exactly what to persuade the victim with ..
That is truly why i deleted my profile immediately i contacted you cos i want to concentrate on you alone and don't want any other person to contact me from that site anymore.
Scammers deletes accounts when they have a potential victim on the hook ..
@ Miss Marple
Thank you so much also for giving a time to read my post here im glad that other ladies can read this its not easy to forget if you have a victim before. thanks so much in this site you can save much people to be a victim of bad people only want to get easy money.
Miss Marple from United States
You are brave to post your information on this site to warn others,but there is still so many people out there who do not report or even tell any living soul that they have been scammed by these scumbags .Thats why i created this thread,so this can function as a tool for you victims and for people who just want to be sure if they are talking to an scammer or not.
Thank you !
anonymous from United States
I have been on a few 'love connection' web sites looking for a match sort of thing. Can scammers copy your picture on there and use it for their benefit somewhere else to scamm others? If they do how do u get your picture so they will stop using it for scamming other people?
and can you find out anything from a persons phone number that they are scammers like u can with the ip from emails?
Miss Marple from United States
anonymous from United States
Can scammers copy your picture on there and use it for their benefit somewhere else to scamm others? If they do how do u get your picture so they will stop using it for scamming other people?
Yes scammers steels photos from dating sites,just save them in the computer and rename them .Watermark photos do not prevent scammers either to steel them and abuse the pictures in scams,so the answer is if you load up pictures where ever online whether it is Facebook,my space or a dating site it is always considered with a risk.So basically do not load up pictures no where online ,but life can get really boring of course for who wants to be social and especially if you are active on the dating sites you will probably get less interested for people .If scammers steels your photos there is not much you can do to prevent them to abuse your stolen photos,it is very sad facts for people when they discover them self to abused by scammers online it depends also what scammers see the value in the stolen photos to scam with,if it is selling pictures in scams of course they will continue to use them in the scams.Scammers uses basically photos on celebrities ,models but they use also pictures on regular women and men ,probably stolen from earlier victims (Photos that victims has sent to scammers)
Here is a link to useful information on ID theft;
Use google picture search to find information on a specific photo
but then there Apps that you can download to your computer depending what internet browser you are using IE or Firefox or Google Chrome
and can you find out anything from a persons phone number that they are scammers like u can with the ip from emails?
Yes if the information is available online,but as thumbrules when it comes to phone numbers used by scammers ,i posted earlier in this thread about scam phone numbers that people should avoid and recognize as scam,scammers are very tricky as they spoof phone numbers (Landline numbers in USA) they are also using Magic Jack ,which do not cost nothing for them to use ,scammers use also to call through skype..you have to see the whole picture when it comes to scams in general..see the whole scenario how everything started..learn to see the signs already on the dating sites before you even exchange emailaddress or start to chat with eachother,do not give the scammer any chance to enter your private life at all.
Miss Marple from United States
Phone numbers used by scammers or not do not consider to call the numbers at all.
Phone numbers that scammers uses:
+4470 numbers are a major red flag when it comes to scams!
Personal forwarding phone numbers (also called 'UK global redirects') are easily recognized, and they are a major red flag when it comes to identifying scams or scammers. The number is often given in the format +447024013818. The country code, (the +44) seemingly indicates that the number is UK-based number. The 70 prefix, however, identifies it as a personal forwarding number.
UK 070 'personal telephone numbers'* often appear in Internet fraud mail. Criminals use these numbers to support scams in which they claim to represent the UK national lottery and other British institutions
Overseas scammers make most of fake local area codes
June 8, 2012|By Lisa J. Huriash and Barbara Hijek, Sun Sentinel
HOLLYWOOD Scammers from overseas could try to con you out of money using a new trick — calling from what you think is a local area code, prosecutors warn.
It happened to Stuart Brisgel, 41, a financial adviser, who planned to sell his four-bedroom house in an upscale Hollywood neighborhood, when a scammer in Nigeria had plans of his own.
The scammer, possibly using legitimate information Brisgel posted online, was trying to rent the house for $800 a month to unsuspecting victims who didn't know the house wasn't actually for rent.
Brisgel learned about the plan after a pregnant woman who had seen the rental posting on Craigslist came to check out the house and, perplexed by the 'for sale' sign, called the real estate agent.
The scammer had set up a fake email address using Brisgel's name to correspond with potential victims. Using the IP address, Brisgel found out the scammer was in Nigeria. But the phone number provided had an Alabama area code.
Angry, Brisgel called the number, introduced himself, and made a vague threat — 'disappear or see what happens.'
He said the man argued at first, telling him: 'You Americans, you have all the money, we're starving over here, I have to feed my family.' He said he was a mining engineer, Brisgell said, and couldn't find any work. 'His English was nearly flawless.'
Last winter, the attorney general in Mississippi warned consumers there about overseas fraud from callers in India using local area codes in attempts to extort money from Americans. And a woman in Santa Fe told police she had been swindled out of nearly $100,000 she had wired to someone in exchange for collecting millions of dollars in prizes that never came. The caller had a New Mexico area code but the calls originated from Jamaica.
In all of the cases, the callers were using magicJack, a telephone device made by a company with corporate headquarters in West Palm Beach. The device can be plugged into overseas phones so calls can be made using a U.S. area code. It is intended to allow somebody abroad — such as an American student in Europe — to make calls to the U.S. at a local rate.
When Brisgel searched the phone number with the Alabama area code on Google, he found an alarming post: 'owner of this number is a scammer, cheat and a fraud — performing rental scams via Craigslist using this number!'
A further Internet search revealed that the owner of that number was magicJack.
He took his complaints directly to the company, which is also known as YMax Communications Corp.
A representative at magicJack, who said she did not want to be identified, said the Brisgel case was an 'unfortunate' situation but there are 'millions of customers who use it in good faith.'
She also said in an email response that 'we have a great track record of working with law enforcement. In fact, many police officers and law enforcement use magicJacks to call snitches and others where they don't want to leave their cell or office numbers behind.
Am I the Face of a Nigerian Online Romance Scam?
If it hasn't happened already, it's likely that somewhere down the line each of us will have been the mark of an attempted online scam of one kind or another. You may imagine some shadowy cabal of Nigerian gangsters targeting naïve senior citizens unschooled in Internet security, or anonymous-style hackers trolling for credit card information, and you probably wouldn't be too far off. But what does it mean when the face on the other end of the scam looks a bit more familiar? What if it's your own?
That's a question I confronted recently when I was contacted out of the blue by a recently divorced German woman on Facebook claiming to have been involved in a months-long burgeoning romance with a man she had never met. That man was me. Sort of. Her broken English only served to heighten the sense of disconnect from reality as she explained the details of her affair.
normally it is not my way to contact an absolut strange man at facebook, but it might be, that this i want you to tell is a little bit interresting for you. first sorry, because of my bad english, but i am a german and not otfen using english words. so, now the little story i want you to tell. you are not really a stranger for me, okay only your fotos are not strange, because a few month ago i got a friendship request from a man at facebook. i was a little bit curious to know more about this man, he sent me some fotos, fotos from you. now, four month later i found out the real identity of the man showing at this fotos are you and i found out that the man, who uses your fotos is an nigerian scammer.
My initial reaction to reading this was one of bemusement. Naturally someone would use a photo of me in a situation like this, I thought. Aren't I the handsome fellow.
But after going back and forth with the woman over Facebook, it started to occur to me that maybe I was actually the mark of a meta-scam wherein the scammer is falsely claiming to have been scammed herself by someone claiming to look like me in order to affect the type of sympathy that these sorts of romance scams rely on. Although none of the Internet security experts I asked had ever heard of that approach in particular, there was a perverted sort of logic to it. The role of the scammer in these romance type ploys is to engender sympathy from the victim in order to convince them to send money. What better way to inspire sympathy than through personal guilt? After all, wasn't it my fault in a way, for making this woman fall in love? Here was this poor heartbroken woman who had convinced herself she was in love with a man -- a man that looked exactly like me. Did that implicate me in her predicament? And isn't it vanity, after all, that makes any of us susceptible to these crimes in the first place? What else besides that, and loneliness, would compel us to believe that someone from across the world who we'd never met before would fall head over heels in love with us over email?
Romance gambits are one of the fastest growing, and, sadly, most effective scams on the Internet, responsible for well over $50 million in losses in the United States alone in 2011 as reported to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center. And those are just the 5,663 crimes that were reported. The ensuing shame that can result from realizing you were a victim of such a crime, or the stubbornly romantic nature of the broken-hearted dupes, ensures that many more instances go unreported. In other countries like Australia investigations have found some $10 million a month lost to online dating scammers.
As the ICC explains, the nature of the scam preys upon the loneliness of online singles, the majority of whom are over 40, divorced or widowed, in order to lure them into a complicated scheme that begins with declarations of love, but soon shifts to requests for money to help overcome financial emergencies.
It's an offshoot of the classic Nigerian prince gambit, where many of these schemes are still believed to originate from. Even the least Internet savvy among us have grown wise to the unrealistic nature of that con by this point, but love, that greatest con of them all, seems to be too hard to resist. That's what makes them particularly sinister. As a study presented this year at the University of Leicester on the psychology of online romance scams points out 'victims of the romance scam receive a 'double hit' from this crime: the loss of money as well as the loss of a relationship.'
Romance scams, however, still pale in comparison numbers-wise to jobs scams in frequency (17,000 reports in 2011), if not financially (only $20 million in losses reported). It may or may not be surprising that the only thing more of us are in desperate need of than a boyfriend is a job.
One of the easiest ways to affect this sort of scam has been through Facebook, where, despite constant reminders to the contrary, many of us still operate on an all-are-welcome approach when it comes to who we invite into our social circles. Enabling this is the vast number of phony Facebook profiles in circulation. In June the company said that 'of its 855 million active users, 8.7 percent, or 83 million, were duplicates, false or 'undesirable,' for instance, because they spread spam.'
That's where my convoluted brush with this scam began, in a vertigo-inducing sort of online existential crisis. In my case, however, it wasn't my information that was being stolen, or my identity, in the traditional sense of the crime, but rather my image being used to hypothetically steal others' identities.
Here I was confronted with evidence of my vanity, quite literally, at work -- I'm the equivalent of one of those bikini babes you see on fake Facebook profiles used to lure horny dudes to accept their friend requests! Then again, a really savvy criminal probably wouldn't want to assume the image of someone too good-looking, so, wait, does that mean I'm only average-looking after all? You can see how this played havoc with my sense of self. Not anywhere near as much, however, as it did for her.
I mentioned the story as a curiosity to my friends, many of whom reacted with a laugh, but cautioned me against taking the woman at face value -- a face I never actually saw. Something about her story convinced me, nonetheless, that what she said was true, even as she subtly massaged my ego, dropping references to my writing, and insinuating me into a big 'isn't this whole thing funny' in-joke.
Was she, in fact, scamming me? I asked