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Are You Still Doing The Same High-Risk Things That Got You Scammed?

  • You Wanted To Believe
  • You Did Not See What Was There
  • You Made False Assumptions
  • You Did Not Question Anything

PROBLEM IS THAT MOST VICTIMS ARE STILL DOING THAT!

ARE YOU?

Why Were You Scammed?

Why Were You Scammed?

Are You Still Doing The Same Things?

  • Are you still doing that in the Social Media Friends you accept online?
  • Are you still doing that in the Facebook Groups you join?
  • Are you still doing that in the Social Media Pages & Websites you believe?

It Is Time To Stop!

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Remember That Understanding Your Own Psychology And Why You Do Things Is Critical Is Preventing ScamsScams A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. In Your Future!

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It is essential that law enforcement knows about scams & scammers, even though there is nothing (in most cases) that they can do.

Always report scams involving money lost or where you received money to:

  1. Local Police – ask them to take an “informational” police report – say you need it for your insurance
  2. Your National Police or FBIFBI FBI - Federal Bureau of Investigation The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States and its principal federal law enforcement agency. Operating under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Justice, the FBI is also a member of the U.S. Intelligence Community and reports to both the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence. A leading U.S. counter-terrorism, counterintelligence, and criminal investigative organization, the FBI has jurisdiction over violations of more than 200 categories of federal crimes, including financial fraud. « www.IC3.gov »
  3. The SCARS|CDN™ Cybercriminal Data Network – Worldwide Reporting Network « HERE » or on « www.Anyscam.com »

This helps your government understand the problem, and allows law enforcement to add scammers on watch lists worldwide.


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12 Comments

  1. Lisa Ann Okoniewski March 28, 2018 at 10:06 am - Reply

    I have been talking to a Sargent Mario Fordham for more than four years now. I have no idea if he is fake due to the fact he states he is in a small town northeast of Toronto Canada. He states he is an electrical engineer who trains other including the Canadians at the base and at one off the base. He states he is not allowed to chat in person via Skype or other forms. We usually talk and text via Viber. He stated to me he has a side business of selling electrical parts to a contractor and had me accept money into my bank accounts from one and then send to another. He states he has no idea when he is coming home. He gets upset with me when I tell him it is hard for me at times to believe he is the military, especially just recently when he told me his commanding officer is seeing a woman but he told me I could not see him. I asked him how come he can and we could not. His response was that he is dating a Canadian woman he sees on their day off and he is his commanding officer. He tells me he is not a scammerScammer A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer. cause he has never asked for money but I tell him, no but you have had me send money via MoneyGram or western union for you to Nigeria or Egypt. He tells me that is where his suppliers are located. The one guy I sent money to Nigeria for also has a bank account I have put money into. I am really wondering if I am being paranoid and I lost a real guy or if he is a really good scammer.

    • Romance Scams Now Editorial Team March 29, 2018 at 9:04 pm - Reply

      Because you received money and forwarded it, you will need to go to your local police to files report about this. If you do not and they come to you you may be in problems for money launderingMoney laundering Money laundering is the illegal process of concealing the origins of money obtained illegally by passing it through a complex sequence of banking transfers or commercial transactions. Money laundering can be done through various mediums, leveraging a variety of payment vehicles, people and institutions..

      • Lisa Ann Okoniewski March 30, 2018 at 1:30 am - Reply

        what if it has been a while since I have done it? He states it is all legit and he tells me he is not afraid of any investigation cause he did nothing wrong and has the proof. I did have my one bank account frozen due to this and when I told him about it he told me it was all legit and not to worry about it. I am still worried and wondering. He told me recently he has stopped having me help him due to the fact of me. My question is if he is right and it is legit and I do a police report what happens after?

        • Romance Scams Now Editorial Team March 30, 2018 at 11:32 pm - Reply

          In our opinion you are living in denialDenial Denial is a refusal or unwillingness to accept something or to accept reality. Refusal to admit the truth or reality of something, refusal to acknowledge something unpleasant; And as a term of Psychology: denial is a defense mechanism in which confrontation with a personal problem or with reality is avoided by denying the existence of the problem or reality.. There is almost no chance that he is anything but a scammerScammer A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer..

      • Lisa Ann Okoniewski March 30, 2018 at 1:53 am - Reply

        What if I sent the money from about four years ago and maybe the last time a couple years ago? I had one account frozen at my bank due to me sending large amounts of money and I was mad due to this fact. When I asked him about it he told me to let them investigate cause they would find nothing wrong. He always encouraged me to turn in people when my bank accounts were hacked and I told him if he did know them then I would press charges and he told me to do it. Due to this it made it hard for me to believe he was a scammerScammer A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer.. Especially since I told him I would turn him in also and he said if he was a scammer then I should but he was not. Can I still file a police report and if he is not a scammer can that affect him?

        • Romance Scams Now Editorial Team March 30, 2018 at 11:31 pm - Reply

          It is not up to us to say what you can or cannot report. Talk with your local police. However, if you live in the U.S. you may be able to take a deduction form your taxes for the casualty loss, we suggest you talk with your tax professional.

  2. MANUEL ROMERO March 23, 2018 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    I thought I had found the perfect person. My marriage was dead, little did I know that like any fantasy reality sets in. Nothing coinsided and was logical. She was not the person she said she was. Then I rented a house, paid for everything. Gifts, money, favors ensued. I wanted more than anything for this to be real, but it wasn’t. Now I can’t trust anyone, even myself. I am ashamed, scarred, and worse have no recourse. In my culture I’m considered stupid for falling for this. When does it end???

    • Romance Scams Now Editorial Team March 25, 2018 at 9:30 pm - Reply

      You are not stupid, you did a stupid thing! You understand the difference? It takes time for the pain to go away, but it will. For most it takes between 6 months and a year.

  3. sandra cid March 19, 2018 at 11:51 am - Reply

    to explain this better my husband and I were married for 11 years was some kind of a scammerScammer A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer. and it was not a cybercrimeCybercrime Cybercrime is a crime related to technology, computers, and the Internet. Typical cybercrime are performed by a computer against a computer, or by a hacker using software to attack computers or networks..

    I think I like some kind of people, those who talk well and touch our heart with words so I believe in everything they said. no, I am not able to see what is behind those words even when I don’t know who is behind those beautiful sentences empty of value. Mos of the times, I don’t I don’t ask but when I start to ask, the things are prey hugely.

    yes, I have a lot of social media groups and some of my friends come from there but never bored me but I believe that scammer studied his lessons pretty well although some of them seem to like to give a shot in the dark. It’s easier to read the reaction directly with my answers nice at the beginning, from cold to ice when they start to say that their heart beats for me

    I have to pages of my own one for photography works, other for the wright. when I refer to social media groups I was talking about pages from Poetry and Photography

    • Frances Gallagher March 22, 2018 at 5:38 am - Reply

      I just think I was trusting and lonely simple as that really. I had divorced after thirty five years of marriage and suddenly there he was.I had led a secluded life in the country. Falling for a scamScam A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. taught me a lot about opportunists and the ways in which they operate and also about many people in general. Now I mostly make myself scarce and not even begin to entertain them for these insidious people can sink their hooks in and it can get difficult to extract yourself, its their job after all just like a used car salesman but worse for the targets involved

      • Sandra cid March 22, 2018 at 2:18 pm - Reply

        I agree with you scammers are opportunists, they can be also murders. Idirectly they can kill someone who gives to much or eho belives to much. They can be salesmen, docters, militaries…. what ever they want. Friends of a passed way military saying that you are beneath his nees.
        They can say you are the love of of their lifes and you belive and when you saw they try to transform you on money muleMoney Mule A money mule sometimes called a "smurfer," is a person who transfers money acquired illegally (e.g., stolen) in person, through a courier service, or electronically, on behalf of others (usually criminals that they are knowingly or unknowingly affiliated). Typically, the mule is paid for services with a small part of the money transferred - but not always. Mules may or may not be aware that they are performing these actions. Money mules are often dupes recruited online for what they think is legitimate employment, not aware that the money they are transferring is the product of crime. The money is transferred from the mule's account to the scam operator, typically in another country. Similar techniques are used to transfer illegal merchandise. Mules can be prosecuted for numerous crimes. or on is privet bank.

      • sandra cid March 22, 2018 at 3:35 pm - Reply

        we always need to trust someone and loneliness help a lot. It’s so good to hear what we forgor during years of marriage. It’s so easy to fall in love with a scammerScammer A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer., they promise to a new life full of perfection and where everything is happy. My first scammer, when I gave him the money I told him that I would not give him more. of course, he tried but no more. At this time I didn’t what a scammer is and I didn’t know for at least 2 years.

        The big problem with fraudsters and scammer is that if they are used car salesman they are trying to sell the car and you are not seeing and you will never see it. their profession is thievery.

        But if read with attention all the articles published here I think you will understand the world of the scammers

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