Dating Scams From Turkey

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Dating Scams From Turkey

Romance Scam Information Alert

Romance Information Alert

Turkey Is Now A Hub Of

It is logical that this will flow into all of the fringe countries of Europe!

Turkey  are a growing problem and international investigators say it is perhaps one of the fastest growing countries in the world for fraud, ranking with Malaysia and the UAE. Law enforcement and private investigators say it is essencial to use extra caution when communicating with people in these countries, and understand there is an increase risk online.

A Prime Example

Reprinted from an email of a victim from TurkeyCentral

I don’t know if he is for real or scamming me.  I dated someone from Morocco a few years back and I know that men from other countries can be a lot more expressive and romantic.  This “turk” I’ve met seems a lot like my ex.  Very romantic, moving very fast, etc..  He has sent me multiple photos and I did quiz him on the area we both live in and he seems to know the area.  He sounds like he is from Turkey and does speak and type in broken English.  I am not disputing he’s from Turkey as that seems on the up and up.  What is odd is that he can’t call much and he is out of town all of a sudden.

He claims he will be back into town this weekend and even sent me the airline confirmation email from the airline.  I felt better then because that showed me he is where he said he was and he is coming back home to where he says home is.  Another thing that concerns me is that he has a LA phone number.  He claimed he had to come in through LA to get all his paperwork in order when coming into the country from Turkey.  I checked and there are only 4 Turkish consulates in the US and LA is one of them.  I live in the Midwest.  He said he moved to my area because a Turkish friend of his lives here, but has now moved to Texas.  I live in a bigger city and he claims to be living in a small town right outside the city.  Unless you are familiar with the area, you wouldn’t come up with this small town.. He has information about it and seems to know about the area…  The phone number does throw me off.  I did some searching online and found a Facebook page that matches what he says.  

I am thinking it is too good to be true.  He is good looking and is very romantic and seems anxious to meet me.  It could be that he is out of town for a job and has some phone issues as he is on a yacht if he is to be believed. 

I could not figure out what possible angle he’s have for lying until last night.  I already know from him he has a son still living in Turkey.  He says he is bringing his son to the US before the end of the year because his ex-wife has died.  Here’s when things went wrong.  He said his son was in an accident.  The hospital needed money.  He said his son is in boarding school in Turkey and lives with a Guardian.  The Guardian had some of the money but not all.  I played along and asked how much.  He only said 450 dollars and that he would pay me back when he was in town this weekend, but he had no way of getting any money there being on the ocean on this yacht.  I refused.  I said I just couldn’t do that because I had not met him yet.  He seemed upset at first that I didn’t trust him.  I was fine ending things right there. 

He then said he understood.  He didn’t want that to be something that ended things with us and he would talk to me later.  He said he felt bad for asking.  I made it clear I had to meet him before I could trust him.  I don’t know if he was just not thinking straight because he was upset over his son (if he has one) or if he is scamming me.

 The scams don’t change, only the location. Tragic.

Background Checks Are The Key

If you need to investigate someone in Turkey or elsewhere, here is a resource:


A Related Scam:

Turkish Airlines Time Change Scam

They have a scam going for International flights that have layovers in Istanbul. If you book several months ahead of time they will show flights with very short layover times and decent arrival times at your destination. Eventually, after they sell the seats on the plane, they will change the layover times and add several hours and you end up with horrible arrival and departure times at your destination.

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  1. Khalilah Roberson October 5, 2018 at 3:03 pm - Reply

    OMG Help me! I have not been scammed but he sure as hell is trying. I keep catching him in lies. He lives in Istanbul, Turkey. He is handsome. He asked if I could send him an Amazon card. LOl I told him heck no, you got me messed up!! I have pictures of him ( even naked pictures) However when I do an image search, nothing come up not even his name. He yells at me convinced I am insecure. No homeboy, I am not desperate. I don’t give men money. OMG Please help me. Why did he ask me for an Amazon card? He did mention something about his phone.

    • Romance Scams Now Editorial Team October 5, 2018 at 5:12 pm - Reply

      This is very simple. You are being scammed. No question. You now need to report him here on our website or on, then block him completely. Do not accept messages, emails, or phone calls. He is a scammer – it is that simple.

  2. Marybeth August 2, 2018 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    There is a man named Anthony (Tony) James who claims to be from the United States, New Zealand Originally., very very sexy! He is the biggest scammer every. His tactics follow that of a typical scammer but he is so smooth and a sweet talker that it seems ok. I even talked to him several times about how he seems like a scammer and he had so many answers. STAY AWAY FROM THIS MAN! He will rob you blind and steal your heart. I did the google image and all his images come up selfies. I tried to catch him in lies and never good until he never got off the plane after 17,000 worth of borrowing money.

  3. Joseph June 12, 2018 at 6:33 pm - Reply

    Has anyone been scammed by woman named Serena Petersen?

  4. Lola July 21, 2017 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    A guy claimin to be from Sweden gave me a long run story being a milioner but got in to some Financial trouble on a construction site, from then it when on lying more and more keep on asking for money, said to be living in usa san francisco all description of places where wrong very romantic and sweet but a constant request for funds, if you fall for the lying you will be broke in your heart and walllet, do not trust the pictures he use are not his as he continues to change who he is from person to person .
    Be careful … :(

    • Marybeth August 3, 2018 at 10:51 am - Reply

      What was your guys name? Do you have pic?

    • rose August 5, 2018 at 6:32 pm - Reply

      I also have be en contacted by a guy claiming to be from sweden an airline pilot working for turkish airlines going by the name of Oscar Karlsson his message seem to be scripted and his whole family have died ? Straight away wanted me to come off dating site.Inoticed a lady who had used the same site had been scammed 2 weeks earlier by a david oscar karlsson she had reported this .

      • Meme January 30, 2019 at 12:11 am - Reply

        That sounds like the guy Im talking to too! He is working for the turkish airlines for pilot training. He goes by the name Oscar Lundberg. We have video chatted and voice chatted. Keeps asking for money he says for a flight simulator. Tries to act very romantic and says he has a 5 year old daughter in sweden but hes stuck in turkey because he lost all of his credentials and needs help to buy a flight simulator asap so he can leave turkey for my love and his daughter.

  5. Joanne September 23, 2016 at 6:37 pm - Reply

    I also am a victim of a scam between Turkey and U.K. London

    • Romance Scams Now Editorial Team September 29, 2016 at 9:59 pm - Reply

      Are you on Facebook? Do a search for RSN on facebook and look for our Support Groups

  6. Anonymous August 10, 2016 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    ı receive too many friendship offers from ghana, from girls. they all go the same way to send a photo, chat abit than say dont hv money for internet, webcam, even for buying food. If you are a caring person it really hurts for being unable to help money vise or teacing them how much it will hurt the scamed person

  7. Anonymous May 15, 2016 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    Please be very cautious. I did my due diligence and found out it was a scam. The only thing that I regret is that I confronted the person. I then turned it around and played the part so that the scammer would trust that I would not go to the authorities. Remember if u are texting and emailing them. They can find your location if your settings for your navigations are on. Unfortunately, I was not aware of that until much correspondence was pursued. Once I realized that, I turned off all my locations on all my devices, iPad, laptop and phone. Also do not give out info about the town in which u live in and especially not your last name. I found upon researching my name that my name and address sowed up on Spokeo, white pages and some other sites. And do not give them your Facebook! For as cautious as I was I found after much research that they can easily find u if given them even a bit of information. Since this is such big business for them, I have no doubt that any legal action or investigations threatened by u will put your life in danger. My advice is play it and eventually stop communicating showing no more interest. Hope this post is helpful to all that come across this situation.

    • Romance Scams Now Editorial Team May 15, 2016 at 11:44 pm - Reply

      All you did by confronting the scammer was teach them to be a better scammer. They have no fear of you.

  8. Stella May 12, 2016 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    I have definitely been scammed by someone saying they were Australian and working in Turkey. What a bloody fool am I !!

  9. Anonymous May 12, 2016 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    I believe I have been a victim of a Turkish scam :(

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