- There are other times they are gone from the conversation for a length of time and will sometimes come back at you with a different name, they're usually conversing with more than one person at a time - They typically ask you to get on your webcam yet they never seem to have a webcam of their own - They like to send you poems or love letters, most of which can be traced back to lovingyou.com, sometimes they even forget to change the name in the poem or letter to match your name - They claim it was destiny or fate and you are meant to be together - They immediately want your address so as to send you flowers, candy, and teddy bears, often purchased with stolen credit cards - They claim to love you either immediately or within 24-48 hours - They ask for your phone # but when they call you can barely understand a word - They may give you a phone # but it's typically a calling card or a call center, you can rarely get them on the phone - They are so in love with you that they cannot live without you BUT they need you to send them some money so they can come to you - They typically claim to be from the US (or your local region) but they are overseas, or going overseas mainly to Nigeria, sometimes the UK for business or family matters - They often do not know the correct time difference between where you are and where they claim to be - They often claim to have one parent that is of African descent - A majority of them claim to have lost a spouse/child/parent in a horrific traffic accident or airplane accident or any of the above are sick or in the hospital - They have no close family or friend or business associates to turn to, even the US embassy, instead they can only rely on a stranger they picked off the internet - They tend to ask you to send them cell phones and laptops - They would like to mail you packages or letters and have you forward them on for them, sometimes to Africa, sometimes to another US address - To them love equals financial assistance: if you do not send them money or help them out with what they ask, you do not love them - They will ask you to open a bank account for them in your name, often in Wells Fargo bank - They will ask you for your bank account information - They will send you a check or money order and ask you to cash it for them and wire the money to them via Western Union - They frequently send fraudulent checks via - They often claim they are in the hospital and the doctor will not perform the necessary operation unless you send the money - Even when they are in the hospital they can IM with you because the doctor has a laptop and is so very generous to let them use it - They claim they've been mugged and have no money and are being held hostage in the hotel and are not being allowed to leave until the bill is paid, often they will let you talk to the "hotel manager" who will verify the story - They also claim they've somehow "lost" the company money and cannot pay his employees: there is always some desperate story as to why you have to send money - If you deny them or question them they become verbally abusive and will resort to threats - Above all, if you call them a scammer they are highly offended and some will start throwing words at you in their native language.
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These types of scams have been around as long as the Internet, and maybe longer. The scam is sometimes called catfishing and its victims are said to have been catfished. The victim is usually a user of social media or a member of an online dating site.The scammer will reach out to the victim with offers of friendship that very quickly evolve into declarations of love.The scammer will ask you a lot of questions about yourself, knowing that the more information they know about you, the easier you will be to manipulate.The scammer will spin a tale about him or herself as well. This romance stage can last sometime - weeks and months even.You can report romance scams and any other scams you become aware of to the BBB Scam Tracker at bbb.org/scamtracker.If the scam occurred on an online dating site or some other online forum, report the individual’s user-name to the site moderators, who can take steps to prevent the scammer from targeting anyone else using the same website.If you give in, they’ll keep hooking you as long as you keep sending the money. This type of scam is especially insidious because the scammer is manipulating and abusing the victim’s emotions.It’s a big red flag if they ask you to put the money on a prepaid debit card or to wire it to them directly because these are both untraceable and once the money is sent it cannot be recovered. It plays on the need we all have for love and companionship and many people fall victim every year.If you’ve been scammed, tell your story to other people.You may prevent someone else from being victimized in the same way.