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Welcome To The Horrible World Of Scams!

Cybercrimes, Scams, and Socially Engineered Fraud!

Relationship scams and fraud are corrupting almost all aspects of our daily life, including virtually every social media platform and dating website today.

In fact, on some social media and dating & romance websites, almost 90% of all profiles are now scammers from Africa, Asia, Latin America or from behind the former Iron Curtain. scammers are usually easy to spot, but some are adapting, so always watch for the tell-tale clues, and when in doubt don’t respond – if she or he looks too good to be true, they probably are!

The most important thing to remember is that victims of these crimes did not consent to be victimized. It is NOT their fault! Criminals exploited their vulnerabilities, lured them in then groomed and manipulated them, all to be able to control them so they could steal their money!

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7 Comments

  1. Molly October 8, 2019 at 1:20 am - Reply

    It took a lot of digging but I finally got the proof that I was being scammed. How do I post a picture of the victim used by the scammers?

  2. aldo n. salvato August 6, 2018 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    I think that what makes victims unwilling to report the people who scam them is because their enjoy having the relationship even when they suspect it is not real. I , personally went to Phoenix,AZ. to wait at the airport for a person who was scamming me but at the time I did not know it.I had some doubts but I really believe the person who was scamming me was a real person of the feminime genre.She was very convincing and I was being very stupid but I kept the liason going just to find out how far it would get. \\\i sent a little money from time to time but I was very careful in notying some errors which were made by the scammers. Like going to the US embassy to apply for a visa when everybody real knows the visas are ussued by a US consulate.Things like that..After na while you begin to feel close to this people and decide…..what the heck! Live anlet live..Scammers bank on that.

  3. aldo n. salvato August 6, 2018 at 11:18 pm - Reply

    i THINK THAT TRYING TO WIN THE WAR AGAINST SCAMMERS IS A LOSING PROPOSITION.lIKE DRUGS DEALERS THEY HAVE TOO MUCH POWER AND TOO MANY PEOPLE WHO ARE SUPPOSED TO FIGHT THEM,ON THEIR SIDE,GETTING CASH FROM THEM.nOBODY IS WILLING TO REPORT THEM BECAUSE IT IS HARD TO KNOW WHO IS BEING REPORTED.sCAMMERS ARE LIKE SHADOWS,THEY ARE THERE BUT NOBODY CAN REALLY SEE THEM.tHEY USE FAKE NAMES AND PHOTOS OF BEAUTIFUL WOMEN,VERY TEMPTING AND REAL IN THEIR CONTACTS WITH VICTIMS.tHEY ARE TOO EASY TO MAKE THEMSELVES REAL AND VERY BELIVEBLE.lONELY OR OLDER MEN ARE TEMPTED,THEY WANT to be scammed because they dream of having their lives changed foer the better.>they enjoy the platonic relationship because it is like having a real relationship with the scammer and they find it hard to stop that dream.This will be going on for ever……

  4. Carl Prill June 4, 2018 at 10:46 pm - Reply

    I want to retract my complaint I reported the wrong person and Dzefa Alku is the the person I was reporting so I want this scam report on this site removed please

  5. Romance Scams Now Publisher November 9, 2015 at 3:14 am - Reply

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