THE ROMANCE SCAMMERS
The Articles Are In The Following Order:
The AFRICAN ROMANCE SCAMMERS
The RUSSIAN ROMANCE SCAMMERS
The SOCIAL MEDIA ROMANCE SCAMMERS
THE AFRICAN SCAMMERS
The African Romance Scammers are usually guys sitting in an Internet Cafe, somewhere in Ghana, Nigeria or Senegal and other countries as well, They usually operate in gangs of 6 to 12 guys, who relay each other all the time, and even get themselves locked in certain Internet Cafes for the whole night, with the help of the Cafe Owner, who also makes money from these Romance Scammers
They will usually contact you via Skype, using a Girls Profile Picture (These pictures have always been stolen from elsewhere, so don't get fooled by that!)
They will, at the start, usually tell you a sob story, pretending that they are Americans, who had to leave the States to take care of their sick grandmother in Nigeria, Ghana, or elsewhere in Africa.....These Romance Scammers will also probably tell you that one or both of their parents were killed in an a car accident in the United States, and that their relatives blamed them for that, and so they had to go back to their respective countries in Africa. Of course NONE of this is true.
Anyhow, after a week or so of chatting with you, and testing you to see if you are an easy Target, and that you have probably fallen in love with them, these Scammers will then declare their undying LOVE for you, and proably after a few days, will say they do not have any cash to pay for their INTERNET CONNECTION, and so willl start asking you for MONEY! So, either pretend that you are going to send them cash, or cut off all contact with these people, because if you start sending money, thinking that you are investing in your future happiness, it will be VERY HARD to stop sending money....I know this from my personal experience...and you will end up with an EMPTY BANK ACCOUNT!, and probably a BROKEN HEART as well, and all the trauma that goes with that.
Also. in the past these Romance Scammers always used to say that they did NOT HAVE A WEBCAM, when most Internet Cafes in Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal or elsewhere DO HAVE WEBCAMS. But be very careful, because these scammers are not only scammers, but many of them are COMPUTER EXPERTS, and they know how to fix a the webcam on SKYPE, with a PRE-RECORDED GIRLS WEBCAM SESSION, and they do it in such a way as to make it look as real as possible, and it seems that you are actually talking to that person.....You could even ask the person to raise their right or left arm, and they would do it.....I have no idea how they manage this, but there is no doubt at all, that it is done! But in any case, whether you are chatting with a girl on webcam or not, it does NOT PROVE ANYTHING...It could be a Scammers Girlfriend or Wife, or just some Girl that they have HIRED to talk with you.....Same thing applies if a girl says she can call you on the phone to prove she is a girl...So, it is very hard to trust anything like this, even in REAL-LIFE, when you think about it!
A Ghanaian Romance Scammer At Work
The Above Photo Is A Real Image Of An Actual Romance Scammer,Taken On Skype In 2010. I Took The Pic Myself When We Were Having A Skype Chat Session, And She Is Using A High-Quality Webcam, Which I Paid For, And Sent To Her! We Had Skype Contact For Approximately 10 Months, And She Is VERY VERY PROFESSIONAL. She Cost Me A Lot Of Money!
I can definitely assure you that, if you arecontacted by anyone in Africa, that they are ROMANCE SCAMMERS, so never follow-up, unless you want to have a little fun and bait them, by sending them fake Western Union Money Transfer Control Numbers,so as to waste their time, because while they are on their way to pick up any potential money, well, they will not be scamming other potential victims during that time period
So, Never Ever Start Chatting with ANY GIRL from WEST AFRICA or even ANYWHERE in Africa for that matter.
NEVER EVER SEND MONEY
If you have a full name (usually not their real name of course) Google it, All photos Check them out with www.scamdigger.com against the database. Google her Email Address. Even if you do not find anything bad about the person, that does not mean a thing. Perhaps her photo (stolen photos usually) have not yet been used, or reported to the Anti-Scam Sites.
BEST OF ALL: NEVER GET INVOLVED WITH ANYONE WHO CONTACTS YOU FROM AFRICA.
IF THE PERSON IS GENUINELY INTERESTED IN YOU, THEY WILL NEVER, NEVER ASK YOU FOR MONEY. IF THEY DO, THEN THEY ARE SCAMMERS!
THE RUSSIAN SCAMMERS
RUSSIAN SCAMMERS have an entirely different approach. They always use the AIRFARE/VISA TECHNIQUE.
This also can be a long drawn-out process as it could be quite a few e-mail exchanges before they fall so madly in love with you. You can also tell when that is about to happen!
They will usually contact you through a DATING SITE.
You do not have to be paid or signed up or even be a premium member on these sites, because the Russian Scammers will give you an e-mail address, asking you to e-mail them, so that they can send you their photos.
You can be SURE FROM THE START that these people are SCAMMERS, but follow up anyway, if you want to have some fun!!!
They, as usual, are usually guys, and not girls, but you never can tell, even though it does not really matter.
These Girls will send you quite a few photos (if they have them available). Sometimes, you might only receive one photo with each e-mail that they send. (That is when you can be sure it is a guy, who has not many photos at his disposal, so he cannot send too many at the same time otherwise he will run out!
You will receive beautiful photos, including photos of their family etc., etc. (NEVER FORGET THAT THESE PHOTOS HAVE BEEN STOLEN!)
When you ask questions to RUSSIAN SCAMMERS, some will reply to your questions. some will not, and just content themselves with telling you all about the city where they live and how they pass their time, and what kind of work they do etc., etc., and etcetera!
But THEY will ask you many questions and expect replies to their questions, They might even ask you for a phone number so as they can hear your voice. But even if they phone you and it is a woman, that proves nothing. You can have a woman phoning you or on webcam on skype etc.,but it doesn't prove anything. These guys hire women to phone you, and also, if they have to, will hire a woman to contact you via webcam. (could even be their wife or girlfriend!).
The last 3 contacts that I had with Russian Scammers were very different however, because it was obvious they were not even reading my e-mails. These Scammers were probably using a bot to send out e-mails to 100's of people at the same time. Even if they seem to read your e-mails, they are still probably e-mailing about ten people at the same time, so to be sure to make some money somewhere.
This is where these Guys make MISTAKES.
They are mailing so many people, that they do not know which letters they have sent out to different people and what they have not sent. Usually the letters would have been written in advance.
You might find, then, that you are receiving e-mails (letters) that you have already received a week, two weeks ago, and wonder why they are repeating their e-mails. One Girl/Guy told me she only repeated her letter to check out whether I was reading her mails or not!!!. Great excuse, but I accepted it the first time around. BUT NOT WHEN IT HAPPENED THREE TIMES!.
One of these girls I actually managed to get on chat (They will not chat normally, because they claim, they cannot download Skype or MSN, which of course is a load of BS!). They do not want to chat, because it takes too much of their time up, when they need that time to email a lot of people. Anyhow, I got this one girl on chat, after a lot of trying, and she gave me the excuse as written above, but when she had done it 3 times, I spent almost two hours on chat with her/him and she could not give me an answer or excuse this time.
I had thought about this beforehand and knew that it was a guy who had gotten his letters and contacts mixed-up, and did not know who he had sent his mails to and to whom he had not. THAT WAS THE ONLY PLAUSIBLE EXPLANATION POSSIBLE!
Anyway, the exchange of e-mails can continue, if you really want to wait until they start asking for money. This will happen when they have declared their love for you.
They will usually say, that they have an aunt, or friend who works in a Travel Agency, and who has helped out a friend of hers before, and they can get all the details, fix up the flight, and get all the Visa details fixed up by the Travel Agency. They will even give you a BREAK-DOWN of how much each individual thing costs. Then they will say, that they do not have enough money, and will tell you exactly how much more money they need so they can travel and come and see you.
In my country, this could never work anyway. You would have to prove to the Embassy that you had enough money to visit the country where you are heading before they would even issue you a visa. In the country where I live, they would also have to be invited by someone living here, who would also have to guarantee 15,000 or 20,000 US Dollars, just in case!
These Scammers have no intention of applying for a visa nor for an airticket. They say they have half the money etc., but obviously none of that is true.
If the Russian Scammers (which are mainly from the Republic of Mari-El, coming through a server at Yoshkar-Ola) ask only 200 US Dollars to 10 People, and only ONE PERSON SENDS THEM 200 DOLLARS, then that is the equivalent of TWO MONTHS SALARY IN THAT REPUBLIC, AND IN MANY OTHER REPUBLICS OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION!!!!!!
So, as you can see, it is worth their time and effort!
TO SUM IT UP | ONCE AGAIN, YOU HAVE TO KNOW THAT HONEST RUSSIAN GIRLS/WOMEN YOU CAN ONLY FIND ON A DATING SITE (A RELIABLE DATING SITE, SUCH AS ELENA'S MODELS, WHICH YOU WILL FIND LISTED BY CLICKING ON THE "NEWS TAB" ON THIS SITE).
There will always be a few scammers getting through anyway, as they are getting more and more advanced, and evolving ALL THE TIME.
Always take the time to report the scammers and upload their photos, e-mail addresses, etc., to ANTI-SCAM SITES, such as www.romancescam.com Etc., as by doing this you will be helping other people who are being scammed, and who are checking out photos etc against their DataBase!
ROMANCE SCAMMERS IN THE WORLD
These Scammers do not only operate from RUSSIA or GHANA or NIGERIA. THEY OPERATE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD, FROM THE PHILIPPINES, MALAYSIA, INDONESIA, EVERYWHERE, SO BE PREPARED!!!!
SOCIAL MEDIA ROMANCE SCAMMERS
There are also many people who do not have any PRIVACY SETTINGS on their Facebook or other Social Media Accounts.....which means ANYONE can see all your pics, all your contact details, etc etc etc.... because there are many many ROMANCE SCAMMERS scouring Social Media Accounts who are looking for High-Quality Photos, and where there is ONLY ONE PERSON in the pic, and where there are many pics of that ONE PERSON.
These Scammers then DOWNLOAD them and use those pics to SCAM people, and you then become a victim, because the people who are scammed, will really think that YOU ARE A SCAMMER, even though, you don't even know that your pics are being stolen and used for this purpose......
Even if a person knows it is a stolen pic, they will still think of you as a SCAMMER....You should ALL put privacy settings on your Social Media Accounts. No need to make friend request if we want to see your pics on Facebook, for example, and why publish your E-Mail Addresses, and IM Names???
If people want to send u an email etc..well, then they will ask you for that info....Also, by not sharing your email address, you can also avoid getting a lot of spam.
Anyhow, ROMANCE SCAMMERS need a lot of High-Quality Photos of someone who is ALONE in their pics, so it is best if you do not post many individual pictures of yourselves, especially High-Quality Photos, because these will DEFINITELY be downloaded by SCAMMERS
DATING SITE SCAMS
A lot of DATING SITES will also scam you out of your money by indicating and sending you contacts that supposedly live in the country where you are living, just to get you to become a premium member and sign up and PAY!