The rate at which the scams are happening is high, according to observers."Well, Americans, over the last six months of 2014 amazingly enough, lost over million," Gufferman answered.
While that is a lot of money, it may not be the true total, she said."That's what's been reported," Gufferman said.
There may be tens of thousands of victims, and only a small fraction report it to the FTC. One guy, when I asked what he did for a living, he said I sell metal canned food. He is an African man who lived n LA but was doing "business" n Australia..
Here are some warning signs that an online love interest might be a fake.
They ask you to: Did you know you can do an image search of your love interest’s photo in your favorite search engine?
If you open a bank account, you tell the bank your name and your social security number. If this is a scam, the man might transfer stolen money into the account. I don't know which dating site u met this General on, but be aware that I have been sent 2-3 friend requests on Tango with this same name. These guys say the most beautiful things n tell u they love adore n want to spend the rest of their lives with you. They are scammers that do not care about u whatsoever. Most of them pose as widowed engineers with a child. They will try to transfer money into this acct, with ur name on it, via check. Thank God my bank caught the check which had been altered. Sure he scammed me for money but in the interim I learned a very valuable lesson. Im pretty sure this romance scam is happening too me his name is richard lance says hes a sgt stationed in africa hes got 2 kids wife died 2 years ago etc hes nevet asked for money but asked me to send a gift card to his sone i told him no hes basically made me fall in love anywsys he offered to give me money to help with my kids since my health is so bad i ignorantly gave him my login info he tried depositing a check into it but the check is in someone elses name my bank held it saying itd been altered but then said it will be available on the 21st im not exactly sure what to do or if i should say its fraud If you tell someone your bank account number they can take money out of your account.
A scammer might trick you into helping him transfer stolen money. After 2 months of texting, he asked me for 0 in ITunes cards. I had already covered myself by saying I lived strictly on my social security. When I turned him down, I didn't expect him to come back but a few days later, he was back romancing again but in 2 weeks he was asking for the money again. I did a reverse phone search and this guy has 10 addresses in California.