This is probably the only site on the Internet where the Content has been written by someone who has actually been scammed. DO NOT ASK YOURSELF WHETHER THEY ARE ROMANCE SCAMMERS OR NOT....BECAUSE, THEY ALL ARE. EVERYONE WHO CONTACTS YOU VIA SKYPE, OR GIVES YOU AN E-MAIL ADDRESS VIA A DATING SITE IS A ROMANCE SCAMMER... Please click the "links" tab to see links to Romance Scam Sites, which have e-mail databases etc., as this is a small site, so you can use it as a "Springboard" to jump to the bigger ones....
THE ROMANCE SCAMMERS
THE AFRICAN SCAMMERS.
The typical African Scammers (Nigerian/Ghanaian and others) will almost always tell you that they are originally from the United States, and they have lost their father, or both their parents in a car accident or whatever, and that they had to leave the States to take care of their sick Grandmother in Africa. They have no job, and are mainly guys pretending to be girls, using emails starting with a girls name. If they have contacted you via an Instant Messenger (Skype etc) they will obviously put a nice photo of a sweet-looking girl as their profile photo.
You will see that girl as your DREAM GIRL. You will probably ask her to send you a few more photos over, and she will ask you for some as well. If you are dealing with someone who is highly professional, you will fall into the trap. After a few days, you will fall in love with the girl, she (after a little hesitation) will declare her undying love for you. This kind of chat could last a week or more, but the girl has to pay her Internet Connection, she needs money to buy medecine for her mother or grandmother (they usually have no insurance systems).
As you do not want to lose the LOVE OF YOUR LIFE you will send her a few hundred dollars. You will get more and more attached to her, and you will think she is getting more and more attached to you. She will probably tell you she has found a job which pays really well, but she needs more money so she can make it until she receives her first pay check. She will NEVER RECEIVE HER FIRST PAY CHECK BECAUSE SHE IS LYING TO YOU. She will ALWAYS lie to you, there will always be problems, where she will need more cash. This can last for months and months.
I have experienced this personally. These people are very professional, they put themselves in your place, in your mind, I asked a girl for a copy of her birth certificate and told her if she was scamming me I would destroy her entire life, and I told her that in about 100 lines of chat (with a little "my love" or "sweetheart" here or there). At the end she agreed immediately, without any hesitation, to send me the birth certificate (I told her not to send a forged one, because I would get it verified by the authorities). After thinking about it for about 12 hours, I thought to myself, that as she had agreed without any hesitation to send me that birth certificate, that she could not have anything to fear, so when I was next online with her, I told her she need not bother sending it.
These people must study psychology, they put themselves in your place, they tell themselves that you are going to think in a certain way, and that is exactly what you do. In the end, things drag on and on, one starts talking about marriage, visas, etc., etc., and of course money. Once you have sent a certain amount of cash to the girl, and she always needs more, you tell yourself "to hell with it , what difference does another 1000 dollars or more make", because by this time you have sent so much, and you want that girl so desperately, that as long as you still have the cash, you will keep sending money.
I was ripped off of 28000 dollars over an 8 month period. The girl disappeared from my life, but only for about 6 weeks, because I actually managed to get her on webcam (they never have a webcam, by the way, since usually they are guys). Fortunately it was on Skype, so I managed to take a couple of snapshots. To let her know that I was very serious and that I would make a full report to the FBI and about 10 other places, I gave her a shot over the bows and posted that photo on Twitpic with the caption "A SCAMMER AT WORK". I got an immediate reaction from the girl, who promised to send me some cash over (I asked her to send me 20,000 dollars back, and I would not make a report).
After checking her photos with Scamdigger.com (which you will find under "links" on this site) I found quite a few of the photos that she had sent me, and they were not of her, but looked like her. They were of Raven Riley, an american porn star (Nigerians use her photo a lot, because she has a lot of photos up on her site, and on Google Images). She is not too well known, so they can get away with it. On the site www.romancescam.com there is also a forum. I did not know she was a porn star, but other people did.
There are literally hundreds (if not thousands) of people scamming out of Nigeria and Ghana using this girls photos, so all the photos she ever sent me were of this porn star. But the snapshot that I took when she was a short moment on webcam is definitely of the girl concerned and she can definitely not hide. She knows I will track her down, she knows I will destroy her entire life. Now we are negotiating, and having contact again. She might be trying to buy time, but it would be better for her to send me over 20,000 dollars than me destroying her ENTIRE LIFE.
I would NEVER try and destroy someones life anyway, but the scammers have to believe that I would. I could not do that, because I am not like that!
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.
THIS IS ALSO TRUE FOR ANY GIRL OR WOMAN THAT CONTACTS YOU FROM ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.
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!!!!
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!
WWW.AMATEURMATCH.COM is a SEX-DATING SITE. I was signed up as a free member, and was receiving 8 to 10 messages a day from women, who were only looking for sex. This went on for about 2 or 3 months (could have gone on longer). In that time I had received messages from about 600 women supposedly living in the country where I am living. I done a search eventually, using their search feature and found only SIX repeat SIX women registered on that site in the whole of this country. AMATEURMATCH.COM said these women lived in my country (the women did NOT). THE SITE SAID THAT!!!
ZOOSK DATING SITE = SAME STORY
CANDYTWIST DATING SITE (CANADIAN DATING SITE) = SAME STORY, although there are a few people who have contacted me via that site: ALMOST 99 PERCENT FROM THE STATE OF ALASKA, WHICH IS VERY STRANGE!