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Es el Día de los Enamorados y el amor se respira en el aire. Tal vez pienses que gastas mucho en flores o chocolates, pero perder dinero con una estafa de romance te podría costar aún más. El año pasado, la gente reportó pérdidas por $143 millones de dólares con las estafas de romances – el total de pérdidas más alto que con cualquier otro tipo de estafa reportada a la FTC. Y según un nuevo Dato Destacado de la FTC, los reportes de las estafas de romances están en aumento.

 

¿Qué queremos decir con estafas de romances? No estamos hablando de la persona que pensaste que era "la indicada" pero terminó siendo un fiasco. Estamos hablando sobre las personas que conoces en internet, que se deshacen en atenciones contigo… y que luego te piden dinero. Habitualmente quieren el dinero a través de una transferencia de dinero o una tarjeta de regalo. Podrían decirte que lo necesitan para una emergencia médica o para ir a visitarte. Luego se quedan con tu dinero, pero no hay ni cirugía ni viaje.

 

Los estafadores de romances trabajan arduamente para cortejar a la gente en aplicaciones de citas y medios sociales. Pueden retocar fotos para crear un perfil atractivo o incluso pueden robarle la identidad a una persona real. Al igual que en los verdaderos romances, llegar a ganarse tu confianza puede tomarles algo de tiempo, pero la recompensa del estafador puede ser considerable. El año pasado, la gente reportó una pérdida promedio de $2,600 en estafas de romances.

 

¿Cómo puedes evitar las estafas de romance?

  • Nunca le envíes dinero ni regalos a un enamorado que no hayas conocido personalmente.
  • Tómalo con calma. Pregunta y está atento a las respuestas incongruentes. Verifica la foto de la persona usando la función “buscar por imagen” del motor de búsqueda. Si esa misma foto aparece con un nombre diferente, tómalo como una bandera roja de alerta.
  • Habla con alguien sobre este nuevo interés amoroso. Y presta atención si tus amigos o familiares se muestran preocupados.
  • Si sospechas que se trata de una estafa de romance, corta el contacto de inmediato. Luego, reporta la estafa a la FTC en ftc.gov/queja. También notifica al sitio de citas donde conociste al estafador.

Para más información, lee Estafas de citas por internet o mira este video:

 

1,405 Comments

Frankie (no verificado)
February 12, 2019
Just playing Words with Friends, this guy starts a conversation. I was suspicious right away. After a bit he says he is a widower with 3 kids. He messed up big. Next he says he has 2 kids, just barely making it. I told him he was a moron.
hispacol2 (no verificado)
March 28, 2019
Como podria conseguir ese video ? en Junio 29, 2019 tendremos un seminario/almuerzo gratis para personas mayores y formaria parte de la prevencion para ellos ya que son muy abusados y usados.
vanessa6297 (no verificado)
February 12, 2019

En respuesta a por Frankie (no verificado)

that seems to be the big story or that they are divorced with children. For a while, i was getting a number of messages via social media. Most of them claimed to be men in the military or doctors working abroad. It's crazy the lengths people go to scam others. I even had someone request an iTunes gift card so their sick daughter could sell it to go to the hospital.
Loulou2934 (no verificado)
May 25, 2019

En respuesta a por vanessa6297 (no verificado)

Ladies/Gentlemen all I can say be very careful of these internet romance. Especially those International ones. I met one on tagged from Cyprus, Turkey. He was white man first then after 8 months I found out he was an African. They all scammer and I fall victim and lost Thousands of USD. Be careful of all those dating Apps. When I found out he was an African I still talk to him because he shows like he was loving and caring but he was a real scammer. He scam me for 3 yrs but I have learned my lessons. Hes Still scamming women in the USA so you all be careful. Hes not bad looking, speak with a soft voice and only call u baby. Easily get mad and always want large sum of money. He cries at all times and said he have High Blood Pressure. I start curse him out when I really realized that hes nothing but a scammer to supply him self and his families. I was gathering so much evidence on him and he don't know all what I found out. So I'm going to start work with the FBI and EFCC in Africa to get him. So please be careful of these International romance scammers.
Gabriellalani (no verificado)
June 15, 2019

En respuesta a por Loulou2934 (no verificado)

Hi your story sounds very similar to mine and the person is also from Cyprus but sounds like an African man. Do you mind emailing me to compare evidence?
** Ana (no verificado)
July 24, 2019

En respuesta a por Gabriellalani (no verificado)

Same here, can we email to exchange information ?
karenjanem7 (no verificado)
April 28, 2020

En respuesta a por ** Ana (no verificado)

I think this guy has been trying to get money out of me
Pippa (no verificado)
April 16, 2021

En respuesta a por karenjanem7 (no verificado)

Hi can some send me pictures of this guy please as my mother in law has just been scammed out of £1000 from a guy who said he was a doctor in turkey who has now blocked my mother in law of everyting can someone help me please
Xxx (no verificado)
August 22, 2021

En respuesta a por Pippa (no verificado)

Do you have the picture of this man? So I can compare with mine. i also met online claiming he is a doctor in turkey.
Gratia (no verificado)
September 21, 2021

En respuesta a por Xxx (no verificado)

Can you send me his picture. I also talking to a doctor in Turkey . Just to compare
Mary Jane love… (no verificado)
July 04, 2021

En respuesta a por karenjanem7 (no verificado)

Dr David Williams been talking for months asking me to be his wife asking for money all the time l done know nothing about him only he works i Yemen don’t think he does sweet talking
Mary Lou (no verificado)
August 05, 2021

En respuesta a por Mary Jane love… (no verificado)

Dear Mary Jane, where did Dr. David williams say he was from? Is he originally from Argentina. Gave you a list of his credentials. Very nice man. He has not asked me for money or cards of any sort. Very polite. He is General Surgeon in Yemen... Thanks,
Katie (no verificado)
August 23, 2021

En respuesta a por Mary Lou (no verificado)

Dr David Williams is a big scammer he scammed me for thousands of dollars. He told me he wanted me as his wife. He was a doctor in Syria and head of surgery.. he is nothing b but evil.
Angel (no verificado)
September 07, 2021

En respuesta a por Katie (no verificado)

Katie he told me his name was Dennis Williams, orthopedic surgeon in Syria with a son named Kelvin who at the time was 11.i have pictures. Sounds like same guy and he was texting me asking to be his wife since may this year.
Aveline (no verificado)
October 22, 2021

En respuesta a por Angel (no verificado)

He told me his name was Christopher. Orthopedic surgeon in Syria with the UN Has son Kelvin now aged 12 who is at boarding school in the UK. Said he was a widower his wife was killed in a car crash 4 years ago. Was looking for gift cards.
EdR (no verificado)
August 20, 2021

En respuesta a por Mary Jane love… (no verificado)

My mother gave 30000euro to a military doctor in Yemen who needed to leave and was wounded . She spoke to him and his general. He needed her to be his wife. She was grieving the loss of her parent when he came on the scene. This is now in the hands of court. I can only be grateful the banks blocked her accounts when they did! The man has different profiles on Instagram- no real name. Mothers, sisters, daughters, friends love shouldn't be bought! People on the internet are not real.
Don't use your… (no verificado)
June 02, 2020

En respuesta a por ** Ana (no verificado)

The man's name is Derek Bendon I want to show you his pic. Text me
Don’t (no verificado)
July 18, 2020

En respuesta a por Don't use your… (no verificado)

Hey I got someone going by Neal Rogers says he’s working in fahti instanbul turkey someone let me know let’s send pictures this guy messaged me for a friend looking for my grandma the guy was talking To her and she was in the hospital dying and he never went away said He is working left the state’s 3 weeks into our talks.
Juleeob (no verificado)
July 20, 2020

En respuesta a por Don't use your… (no verificado)

Has any of you heard of a James erkan, whose deployed in iraq? He did sent me pics of him at home and of his dog and son. He only asked for money once, he knows I'm broke but we keep talking. Real or fake?
Same (no verificado)
December 03, 2020

En respuesta a por Juleeob (no verificado)

I got same pics! This guy contacted me first on fitbit app and then on WhatsApp. Goes by Mark W now
JexWixx (no verificado)
December 31, 2020

En respuesta a por Same (no verificado)

Orthopedic Surgeon in Yemen with 16 year old girl in Africa boarding school contacted me on Facebook then whatsapp then google Hangouts. Went by Walter Anthony from Texas. I confronted him about this and he couldn't answer or wouldn't. Blocked him. Soo glad I saw these.
NA (no verificado)
January 05, 2021

En respuesta a por JexWixx (no verificado)

i was laso found on FB by a doctor working abroad, he asked me to talk to him on wats up then on hangouts, he sais he lived in Huston TX and working by contract untill april. Can I send you his pictures? I have a lot of his
Angeleyes (no verificado)
January 22, 2021

En respuesta a por NA (no verificado)

Please post pics. i have a friend that I believe is being scammed and I need to show her . I am not registered on here. I dont know if you need to register.
Johnmac (no verificado)
January 26, 2021

En respuesta a por NA (no verificado)

Wondering if you could share pic of orthopedic surgeon from Yemen I been talking to guy for a month he lived in TX as a child but now lives in NY with daughter once hus vontract is over in Syria
Eager80 (no verificado)
August 06, 2021

En respuesta a por Johnmac (no verificado)

I talked to a guy Harry Logan from Canada, his parents died when he was 10, then he lived in a orphanage, his wife died and now he is in Yemen as a orthopedic surgeon. He asked me for a ITunes card. His name does not come up when I looked us the UN Doctor list for Yemen, and his ID badge picture he sent me is like many out there that’s is fake. I asked him about a fake doctor scammer that I found and he said he knew him, even though he was fake. They can never show pictures, they have sad stories, they are pushy, be aware, stay safe.
Alice 52 (no verificado)
September 19, 2021

En respuesta a por Eager80 (no verificado)

If am talking to a guy who says he is an orthopedic surgeon in Yemen. From Chicago. Very romantic and says he wants me as his wife. Name Stephenson Richard Christopher. Does anyone know if he is a scammer
jeeta (no verificado)
September 28, 2021

En respuesta a por Eager80 (no verificado)

oh wow... this similar to my story.. i knew him from fb name dell zaman ben.. strory exactly same... i cant afford of the money he requested even if usd3000.. after almost 1 mnth chatted with him.. and couldnt get the money.. he threated to kill me as i have already gave him my address. but i just ignored him. really wasted time talking to this man...
Dredre (no verificado)
January 28, 2021

En respuesta a por NA (no verificado)

I met a guy too saying he is a doctor. Wanna exchange pics of this guy. He is white but sounds African lol
Holy (no verificado)
February 01, 2021

En respuesta a por NA (no verificado)

Same here! He found me on Facebook, he goes by Alex Roberts neurosurgeon working in Iraq for UN and has 5year contract. He has a daughter who's underage. He's lost his wife one year ago and is so lonely. Now he asks my help, he wants to send me huge amount of money because he can't keep it there in baghdad.
Jaded28 (no verificado)
May 04, 2021

En respuesta a por Holy (no verificado)

This guy I've been talking to says he's a widow with a 6-year-old son, and lost the wife and child during childbirth.
mabraxd (no verificado)
July 01, 2021

En respuesta a por Jaded28 (no verificado)

Im talking to someone right now that has said the same thing only his child is 11
chelle74 (no verificado)
August 01, 2021

En respuesta a por Jaded28 (no verificado)

Could you tell me more about this guy? like what he says he's doing for work
Nanette. (no verificado)
May 06, 2021

En respuesta a por Holy (no verificado)

I meet a person he says was orthopedic Dr. From USA but actually is in Iran through United Nation. Widow with a girl 13 year old. First he ask me for a Google gift card I say not. Than yesterday he told me that his daughter felt from stairs and broke her neck need help for surgery. I have some photos he took from labs, but I believe he is using other people photos.
Felessa.Don't … (no verificado)
June 05, 2021

En respuesta a por Holy (no verificado)

Don't take his money . It's a money laundry scam. You can get into trouble with the law
Meg21 (no verificado)
February 08, 2021

En respuesta a por NA (no verificado)

Can you send some pictures? I think the same guy got to my mom
Jacqui (no verificado)
February 20, 2021

En respuesta a por Meg21 (no verificado)

This sounds like a “doctor “ calling himself Dania I’ve just been speeding to, he says he’s in Liverpool now leaving on Wednesday for Yemen till April. He says he’s being sent by UN government. Says he has an 11?year old daughter he’s not seen for 8 months.
Di (no verificado)
May 05, 2021

En respuesta a por Fightforall (no verificado)

Dr. Frank James, orthopedic surgeon working in Afghanistan, leaving in December. Asked me to purchase steam or apple cards. Says he is from NY, widowed and has a 11 year old son named Charles. I hate being scammed and I want my money back. I'm with you about getting him arrested.
Cl389463 (no verificado)
August 17, 2021

En respuesta a por odatdeb (no verificado)

Hi do u have a picture of this james hawkins, he has been messaging me
scruffydosrios (no verificado)
February 19, 2021

En respuesta a por NA (no verificado)

i am quite sure my mom is being scammed. her guy says he is from north carolina, has a couple of younger kids, is a doctor working independently acquiring ventilators in foreign countrys . he says his name is doctor perry or somthing
pammi0710 (no verificado)
September 28, 2021

En respuesta a por scruffydosrios (no verificado)

and he wants you to transfer money out of an account
Vanesa (no verificado)
February 25, 2021

En respuesta a por NA (no verificado)

I started to online date with a Dr. Surgeon in Yemen who is under contract who is also widow has a 15 years old child. He asked me for my mailing address to send me his valuable things.
Dee123 (no verificado)
March 08, 2021

En respuesta a por Vanesa (no verificado)

Hi, could you please share his photo. He sounds like the same Guy, my moms been talking to. He address his name as Dr Ganesh Prasad - Heart Surgeon. From USA, But currently staying in yemen - sanaa. He spoke with my mom for a month. He wanted to visit India to marry my mom. Then asked us are addresse to send his belongings. Later He wanted her to pay for some valuable belongings that he sent via Cargo. Please share his photoss. Thanks would help a lottt.
Lara (no verificado)
March 12, 2021

En respuesta a por Vanesa (no verificado)

I happen to have met the same person, he says he is an orthopedic military surgon from the US and based in Yemen. He is an orphan his wife died and has a 15 year old daughter alone in the US because she has no relatives. He is a man of faith....I would be interested in his picture seems to be the same guy
Stella5 (no verificado)
April 15, 2021

En respuesta a por Lara (no verificado)

Me too! Orthopedic surgeon in lebanon, wants to marry after three days!! How stupid does he think I am? Would love to share picture...
juju (no verificado)
September 16, 2021

En respuesta a por Stella5 (no verificado)

I would like to know more about this person. And pictures. thanks
Mak Is (no verificado)
June 05, 2021

En respuesta a por Lara (no verificado)

It sounds like what I’ve experiencing right now, will you please send me a copy if his picture?
Missy321 (no verificado)
June 09, 2021

En respuesta a por Lara (no verificado)

Hi my neighbor is speaking to a man with same story. She has given him $15k in the year I’ve known her she is 78. Can we exchange pics. It has to stop. Thank u