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¿Estás buscando comenzar una nueva relación? Para algunas personas, eso puede significar el propósito de conocer un nuevo enamorado en internet. A buen entendedor, pocas palabras: es mejor dejarse llevar por la cabeza que por el corazón.

Millones de estadounidenses usan sitios web de citas, sitios de redes sociales y salas de chateo para conocer gente. Y muchos llegan a forjar relaciones exitosas. Pero los estafadores también usan estos sitios para conocer a sus posibles víctimas. Crean perfiles falsos para establecer relaciones en internet, y con el tiempo, convencen a la gente para que les envíen dinero en nombre del amor.

La Comisión Federal de Comercio (FTC, por su sigla en inglés) recibe miles de reportes por año sobre estafadores "románticos" que crean relaciones falsas en línea con el único propósito de robarles dinero a sus víctimas.

Lamentablemente, es casi seguro que un enamorado virtual que pide dinero sea un estafador oportunista.

En la nueva infografía de la FTC, desarrollada junto con la American Bankers Association Foundation, se listan los signos más comunes de las estafas de citas en internet y qué es lo que tienes que hacer si alguien que conoces en internet te pide dinero.

A continuación, te ofrecemos algunas recomendaciones para que identifiques las diferencias entre un romance verdadero y un estafador que anda a la pesca de una víctima.

Por favor, comparte esta información con otras personas. Es posible que a las víctimas les dé vergüenza hablar sobre sus experiencias, pero tú puedes ayudar. Una simple llamada, email o mensaje de texto para decir “Mira lo que acabo de encontrar” y compartir esta información puede marcar una diferencia en la vida de otra persona.

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Don't use sick…
February 19, 2021

En respuesta a por Bigdog

Yes the guy I am talking to is on a ship tho. His daughter also calls me mom. His name is Gordon Smith. Says his wife passed away. Good looking guy 55 gray hair. He is asking for iTunes cards and money to get out of his contract. Also now he wants $3400 to get his lock box that has his "life savings" in it because the company is closing down. Supposedly the box has 3 mil in cash and gold! Not falling for that one!!
Hanni1956
April 16, 2021

En respuesta a por Bigdog

Talking to this guy right now. Probably not the same one, but similar MO. Daughter calling me 'Mom'. Asked for me to send her Steam Wallet gift cards. On an oil rig in the Gulf. Claims he's a mechanical engineer. Name given Mark Schmidt.
Burned by Tinder
April 20, 2020

En respuesta a por Itzmecb

I have a guy from Finland in Turkey who is a architect . He is telling me he has a big job and wants me to send him iTunes cards. Same person?
Architect in Turkey
June 10, 2020

En respuesta a por Burned by Tinder

I am in contact with a man from Italy who also had a big architect job in Turkey (in March)...what name does he use? We met in Christian Mingle.
Judy
July 14, 2020

En respuesta a por Burned by Tinder

I am korean i met him online dating tinder Feb.2020 He lives in LA and his name is wang robert He was born and raised denmark and told me korean but i am not sure April 2020 he needed redeem card(i phone) I bought twice reedem card I didn't doubt him and he showed me his accnt , asked me transfer money because of unstable WiFi He went to kuwait for work about oil He told me works crane company so he had trouble with mud pump He demanded to send money because his bank black i sent 300$ money Then i still contact me ..like final game He told me he sent me package My family know about him it's hurt to me and my family I really want to catch him but it really difficult so my heart is broken down Watch out •wang robert (1979.july.5) korean His instageam @ wangrobertson
Scammed
August 16, 2020

En respuesta a por Judy

Repot the Instagram account, as scammer so he doesn’t not trick anyone else , I was in the same position he send me a present for my birthday
Tashy10108
September 22, 2020

En respuesta a por Judy

I have a guy right now texting me from a Michigan number can we compare notes?
Emmy
June 11, 2020

En respuesta a por Itzmecb

Same here. He contacted me on LinkedIn under the name Stephen Alexander. Said he was an architect and going to Turkey but the pandemic stopped him. First he needed money for his business then for the hospital. I did not give him any.
XX
December 21, 2020

En respuesta a por Itzmecb

Hi! A man messaged me via twitter Oct 25, 2020. We went on with our conversations via whatsapp. He says he’s from the US, is separated from his wife and has a daughter who’s staying with her teacher. He’s a marine engineer and is in a ship right now somewhere in Italy. After about a month into our chatting (Nov.21), he informed me that he actually applied for a new job in our country and that the contract has been signed by the person concerned but he needs at least 400USD (converted to our currency) for the contract to be processed and he really wants to keep the contract. Wanting to help, I didn’t think twice and sent the amount to a name he gave me. The name is supposed to be someone who’s really from our country. He told me that the company he’s working for at present in Italy has been having financial problems since the pandemic started and what kept him holding on was the promise that by the end of this year, they would be given their salaries and he could finally leave. 3 days after I "paid" for his contract (Nov. 24), he presented another problem and this time, it concerns his daughter. Told me the last time he sent her money was on Sept and he promised to send her 600 USD for food and other stuff. Being a mom myself, my heart went out to the poor girl so I told him that I can send money but only 300 USD. Then he gave me the name of a man who’s supposedly living in another state. I asked him who’s the man and why is he in another state and not the same address with his daughter. His answer was that the man is the husband of her daughter’s teacher and that he’s working in that state, thus the address. After sending 300 USD, the daughter supposedly sent me an email thanking me and that she’s happy that she finally has someone whom she can call mom. Told me that her birthday is on Dec. 7 and she’s expecting a gift. I wasn’t sure though if the email really came from the daughter. On Dec. 6, the man got another problem. Said he promised to send money to his daughter for her birthday celebration ‘cause she wanted to have it in the orphanage and give something to the kids there. That he doesn’t want to disappoint her daughter. I even argued with him that her daughter would understand if she won’t be able to celebrate this year but he was insistent. The kind that makes you look bad if you don’t give in to his wishes. He even mentioned that they were promised their salaries on Dec. 15 so long story short, I sent the daughter 200 USD through that same person. Then after a week (Dec 13), he got another problem again. Said he needs at least 250 USD for his sustenance while in the ship. After a long argument, I finally sent 250 USD for his supposed sustenance. What I noticed was that he becomes extra sweet before asking for money and when the money has been sent already, he’s less sweeter haha! I thought that would be the last but I was wrong. Just yesterday (Dec. 21), he informed me that her daughter is confined in a hospital in one of the hospitals in the US and he needs at least 400 USD for hospital payments. I don’t believe him anymore. I’m tired of him asking me for money. What should I do?
Don't use your…
March 08, 2021

En respuesta a por Itzmecb

Yes oil rig worker..different name, but part of something fealt organized
Oliver Lindstr…
January 14, 2020

En respuesta a por stupid widow

This man, Oliver Lindstrom73 has Tried to scam me out of $4,350.00 To pay for Helicopter service to take him off an Oil Rig out in the ocean! Gave me the link to email this company. I received their prices for different fares!!!!!! What he wanted to do, was cut his contract short, and fly from the "Ill Rig. To Houston, and take his money out and fly here to marry me right away!! Intuition kicked In, And I had all these red flags!! I flat turned him down. On every Thing he wanted to do. Which were all lies! He was going to get that money and run like a Jack rabbit!! He got nothing from these old's country girl! Once he could get the money, he went into a rage, calling me names, ugly ugly names! Bye, Oliver ! Lover Boy!
Bet I have the…
April 09, 2020

En respuesta a por Oliver Lindstr…

I have a very affectionate follower who is on an oil rig as we speak! What a coincidence! My guy is Julian. We should compare notes! Too bad we can't bust him,
TigerT
July 14, 2020

En respuesta a por Bet I have the…

Yes wish we could compare notes and pictures
Cara
August 31, 2021

En respuesta a por Bet I have the…

Talking to oil rig guy, Scott Smith. Wife left him. Needs money.
Scamming my Mother
April 23, 2020

En respuesta a por Oliver Lindstr…

This sounds just like the guy my mother is talking to. He's going by ths name Mark Edeh. He's asked her for 6,600, then 3,500. Told her to borrow from family, sell her car, home. Wants her credit score, bank info. He uses pictures taken off another person's website. Says he is stuck on a ship in the Persian Gulf, he's from Germany, has a daughter Pamela in boarding school in the UK. That he's a widower. Owns a 5 bedroom home in Chicago and many cars. His bank account is blocked and he needs my mother to send him money to reactivate it so he can hire a private jet to leave where he is. When she told him she hasn't any way to get that much money, he has suggested and insisted she buy Amazon cards for him to pay his bank with. But he also told her to give him her bank info so he can transfer money to her, then she can send it to him. And she's falling for it and trying to come up with it. Help if you can possibly give me advice on how to get rid of this person before he takes what little she has. She can't even afford food or her rent but he doesn't care.
Deedee1013
June 02, 2020

En respuesta a por Scamming my Mother

You tell your Mom it sounds like we are talking to the same guy except this time he is from NJ . Does he talk romantic and send lots of poems. He now in Turkey on a ship working as a Mechanic . He has 2 children boy and girl they are inboarding school his wife died 3 years ago. He was asking for 5 grand because he is sick. I did not send him money, I got a text from the nurse on the boat he had a seizure they needed me to send them money so they could fly him in for treatment and test. Met him on Scrabble now on WhatsApp. If you want to share pictures gladly send one. Yea he told me to take out a loan.
OverlyConcerned
July 01, 2020

En respuesta a por Deedee1013

I met someone from ScrabbleGo. I wonder if it's the same guy with a different scenario. I met this guy through ScrabbleGo. We just started chatting last week through WhatsApp. He's supposed to be a doctor who's lived in LA since age 7, and now in a Third World Country due to the Pandemic. He said his daughter is in a boarding school, and wife died 5 years ago giving birth to their second child. He wants me to send him iTunes voucher with instructions on how to send it to him. I haven't sent him anything, cause I had a feeling he's a scammer. I always ask him to send me selfies when we're texting, and he keeps sending me theses handsome pictures. I finally asked to talk or video chat instead of texting, he said it's not allowed where he's at. I told him I had my doubts that I'm being scammed, so he called, we spoke for a few minutes, and we got disconnected. For somebody who grew up in LA, this guy had a very heavy accent. I insisted on a video chat. He agreed, and on the screen is the handsome guy on the photos moving his lips so fast, and all he said to me was Hi, how are you?, and got cut off. I'm convinced that he is not the guy on the photos. These scammers have every way of doing things on computers, including that video call, just to lure us. I also told him to buy his iTunes card since he's a doctor. Don't fall for it.
Fools-R-Us
July 16, 2020

En respuesta a por OverlyConcerned

I met this guy too on Scrabble Go, name of John Williams, but he wanted to send me money 80,000USD. Money laundering sprung to mind. Handsome doctor with daughter Princess in boarding school in Dubai. Could be same.
Online dating …
August 02, 2020

En respuesta a por Fools-R-Us

I have been chatting with a John Williams also, for the past 4 months. I believe he has stolen someone's identity and personal information. Would you have a photo?
Online site
October 26, 2020

En respuesta a por Online dating …

I'm also chatting a guy now for almost a month and have the same name. And he's asking money for his son. Can you show me the photo maybe it's the same guy
Scammed
August 16, 2020

En respuesta a por OverlyConcerned

Sounds exactly as the one I talked to , super handsome go to Social Catfish and put a picture of him , my result was a very handsome Italian actor , you just have to pay 5 dlls be careful he is a pro !!
Scammed
August 16, 2020

En respuesta a por OverlyConcerned

Is the guy he sends with blue eyes ? Super handsome ? Go to social catfish and put his picture , I found out the real guy !!!
Blucher12
September 05, 2020

En respuesta a por Scammed

Do you have a photo of this blue eyed man? I think I’m being scammed too.
Lu
November 14, 2020

En respuesta a por Deedee1013

Sounds almost identical to someone I was talking to. He wrote poetry, but only had one son. This man went under 3 different names. Kept coming up with excuses as to why. He gave up in the end as I wouldn’t send money.
Mzr194i
September 21, 2021

En respuesta a por Deedee1013

This sounds like someone i used to talk to.went by the name Tommy Harrison he was contractor on rig tried his bet to scam me out of 22,000.but did not fall for it
Mrm
July 07, 2020

En respuesta a por Scamming my Mother

I had the same thing happen with a man named Harvey Benjamin but I caught on very early and warned him about my thoughts he was scamming but he just kept going at me. Until I flat refused to give in. All of a sudden I was a disgusting women but he slipped up and expressed that in Nigerian. Tell your mom to walk away right now!
Jamie
April 16, 2021

En respuesta a por Mrm

Yeah he is something else I met him.... Well not met but he wanted me to be his wife but is a very foul man
Weary one
October 06, 2020

En respuesta a por Scamming my Mother

Anyone asks you for iTunes cards, google play cards, Amazon, money or anything else like say a laptop, there is only one thing you should do BLOCK them straight away and never keep talking to them look after yourself you are number one not them. If your gut and head is saying something is wrong listen to it these so call scammers live high and well on your money, there’s only one way to deal with these low life’s dump them without a word block from all contact . You can’t be sure if any of these photos are the real person I had one photo was a white man on a dating site spoke off on what’s app his big mistake was showing the real self on cam He wasn’t that man in the picture i off the cam and blocked he never saw me or my expression in shock
Bet I have the…
April 09, 2020

En respuesta a por stupid widow

No, I have a polish guy, who can't read Polish. Lol
Concerned in US
June 03, 2020

En respuesta a por Bet I have the…

I also met a Polish guy. Who had me real fooled & I was suspicious, then he asked for money for his I phone. Can't believe it, these lies they. Said he lives in US &works overseas. Anyone with similar experience recently?
Bedfordrene comja
May 19, 2021

En respuesta a por Concerned in US

Mark Graham lives in Los Angeles, divorced,oil rig, Kuwait
Cec59
April 15, 2020

En respuesta a por stupid widow

Stephan Speaks German on a Oil Rig off south US coast . needed 1000 to get his materials to finish his contract . was a engeneer. NY telephone . said he just moved to OR in a town near mine . I did get him Itunes card but knew better then sending 1000$
Lan
June 15, 2020

En respuesta a por Cec59

Is his last name Duff and does he say he is a petroleum engineer?
JanetteOhio
November 14, 2021

En respuesta a por Lan

Does the name James Hinton sound familiar? Supposed to be a marine engineer off-shore in the Gulf; from Pittsburgh, but from Ireland before that . . . . wife died being hit by a car in a shopping center ?
Been there 202…
June 11, 2020

En respuesta a por stupid widow

How about Mike Conner. scott Kufus. Or Scott Stapley
Naive girl
September 01, 2020

En respuesta a por stupid widow

No but I was contacted by Maximillan Jacob Walber of Walber inc German man from Berlin who lost his wife 9 years ago. Asking me for money . We met on mindful meeting. Feeling stupid n sad!
Gullible girl
November 19, 2021

En respuesta a por Naive girl

This sounds exactly like a German guy my mum met… his son was called Maximilian. His name Heinrich. What did he need money for? My mum paid for his “cancer” treatment
Anne
March 03, 2021

En respuesta a por stupid widow

Unfortunately, an occupation such as: anything to do with oil industry, especially works on an oil rig, military stationed overseas, dr working overseas... are scammers favourites. I'm guessing they use these because there's a lot of money in those & they think it will attract women & because they're overseas, they say they can't video chat. They do that because they steal photos off of other profiles & websites (in uniform, scrubs...). They don't want to video chat because you would immediately know they are not who they depicted I avoid any profiles that list any of those occupations & if they lost anything that could be connected such as engineer, contractor... I ask if they work on an oil rig. They usually say yes because they think it's a good thing. I block immediately.
Unwanted hurt
June 09, 2021

En respuesta a por stupid widow

Meet this Man on Facebook last year and he asked me to download this app called hangout,so I did. I never heard of this app before meeting him. He said he was a widow of 5yrs and has a 16yr old daughter that lives with him in North Carolina. He said he was a SP Contractor and was ready for retirement after his last Contract he has in Germany. Before he claims he went to Germany he said he was robbed by what he called thugs and they took his wallet and credit and bank cards . But he went to Germany and claim he had know time to take care of his bank information before he left because his helicopter arrived that his company sent for him. He said he was $7000 short to pay for his crane because all he had was $9000 and $35000 from his bmw car he used as a collateral loan. I lost my Son in January and had other family emergency situation and still insist that I help him out with the $7000 because he was getting his retirement check from 17yrs. Of work. Every week he was always asking for me to purchase a Google play card and he would pay the money back. I did help him out a couple of times and then things just wasn't adding up. I asked why we only talk on this hang out app and not video call.then he started sending me pictures of his supposed house of his but you can tell it was homes he got of Internet. And constantly asking for monetary gifts. So He then said someone hacked his Facebook account,and I looked him up on Facebook,there he was with 4 different Facebook accounts with each one have his place of residence in all the places he claims he been. He told me he was the only child and he was alone all his life when parents and his uncle that brought him from Portuguese.there was just to many red flags. The Name he goes by is Anthony Maras with a daughter Named Evelyn.
Vonnie
November 24, 2019

En respuesta a por Yvelyse

Scam! Is his name Paul? I called the card company and they told me DONT DO IT. YOUR BEING SCAMMED. I STILL HAVE JIS PICTURE
Lovejenesis
January 06, 2020

En respuesta a por Vonnie

Yes! Paul Collins Bujar with a florida license! Same story.
MITTENS
May 21, 2020

En respuesta a por Lovejenesis

I think I am being Scamed by a guy who was on a rig in Hawaii. I paid him back to Denmark. Now he wants money to go back to Hawaii to sell his Company. His Name is JUSTIN Robert
WLH
January 07, 2020

En respuesta a por Vonnie

Hi do you have the photos of him as I think he has tried to scam me too and it would be interesting to compare pictures
Pettersenlinda…
March 06, 2020

En respuesta a por WLH

I have pics of him he has 2 younger children and his wife died 3 years ago from cancer
Dotty
March 22, 2020

En respuesta a por Pettersenlinda…

I am talking to someone, who told me the same story. Do you have a photo of him. I want to know if his is the scammer.
Deedee1013
June 03, 2020

En respuesta a por Pettersenlinda…

Oh my gosh this is the same thing I heard except he lives in NJ he is on a ship in Turkey his name is Sammy Joe. I would love to see his picture
Bbc969802 use …
March 29, 2021

En respuesta a por Deedee1013

Does the guy say lives in NJ and has a mom and a little dog and his name Chris