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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

SC LADY
April 28, 2021

En respuesta a por Concerneddaughter

I've been talking with this guy for 2 weeks. Met him on Facebook. Post said he lived in Gaston, SC and last night told me he lived in Summerville, SC. Claimed to want a lasting relationship and a future together. Same story about family and grandkids. I confronted him with your post and haven't heard from him since.
Liz
April 20, 2021
I just got Facebook dating app and a man saying he is Dr David Derrick but he is Yemen and a surgeon he showed his credentials but looking here I knew he was a scammer said he had 31 year old son on drugs and adopted and 8 year old girl from Turkey she is smart and beautiful watch out for him ladies
Mama bear
April 21, 2021
Anyone deal with William Gary?. Supposed to be a doctor in Yemen
Bhill
April 30, 2021
Where can I locate pics of scammers in Yemen?
Scammer
May 03, 2021
How about orthopedic surgeon from Dallas Texas originally from Puerto Rico. Widowed with 16 year old son at boarding school. On a mission for a friend in Gaza . He friend requested me on Facebook I accepted and said let's text on WhatsApp I said sure. something seems strange after the second quick text and I said let's talk via video and he said he can't because of security that's when I googled him and I noticed his name information now with a different picture. I asked more questions a lot of nonsense back I reported it and I blocked him. I told him that he was a hacker and he got very upset so I knew that was a red flag.
Turkey guy
May 04, 2021
Met this guy yesterday who is claiming to have sent me something today,I gev him my post address, what should I expect next from him?He says he's a Dr in Istanbul, Turkey, Dr Fred Lowell, anyone who knows him?
Nancy418
May 11, 2021
I also was texting someone who claimed to be an Orthopedic Surgeon deployed to Yemen He kept changing his name-Dean Morgan Travis Sent some very handsome pics and and texted me very flattering remarks Said his wife died 6 years ago in a car accident When he started asking me to send a gift card to Yemen to buy food stuff I knew it was a scam I immediately deleted a d blocked everything!!
Mel
May 24, 2021
I just ended a two week romance with an orthopedic surgeon in Iraq. He did the same thing to me. Till today when he wanted out of his two year contract with the United Nations and needed me to contact a lawyer so he could get an early retirement. Goes by Gabriel Bloom. He’s on Instagram and Twitter. I would love to compare pictures.
SuzM
June 05, 2021
Hi, strangely I was contacted by a man who says being a doctor in Syria. Lost his wife and 2 daughters and has a son of 12 years old that's in the Marines Academy in Turkey. First contact in Facebook by the name Libertino Nelson, an orphan in the USA. Strangely disappeared that profile, and still talks through WhatsApp. Sendend a photo that I looked and it's different from his photo on the profile Facebook. This new photo seems like someone similar to an American actor.
Michele
June 06, 2021
I’ve been talking with a so called surgeon working at the UN in Yemen, He’s Asian and said he lost his wife in labor, and has a 12 yr old Son named Kelvin. I know it’s a scam, but yet I keep talking with him.. He hasn’t asked for any money .... YET, but he is in for a big surprise... I don’t have any money....
Angel
September 07, 2021

En respuesta a por Michele

He also told me he has a son named Kelvin home with nanny.lost wife 4 years ago in accident and always used the can't video or call for security reasons .orthopedic surgeon first in Syria then just in Iran. Sent pictures of lot people hurt in attack including one of a man and 2 children dead with numbers on thier foreheads.used name Dennis williams.sent 2 photos of son that is obviously the son of the pictures that suspose to be him and he suspose to be real short.i got my heart broke and I was a widow.before him I had contact with a name of Mark watson. I wonder if the 2 are the same person even Theo mark watson claim to live in Florida and overseas working on oil platforms out to see.
Ellie14
June 07, 2021
Has anyone recently met a man Mark on tinder. Profile pictures include one of him.and a dog. Quite an attractive looking guy. Said he's from Spain but lives most in the UK Same story: UN orthopedic dr in Yemen. Not able to take pictures bla bla bla .... I asked him yesterday if it was a scam and told him to Google yemen dr tinder scam. He's adamant he's not a scammer. I'm just playing along for the minute.
P
June 25, 2021
Smb contacted me by the name of Carlos Pendo from Brasil working in Yemen for UN. 3 days of brainwashing me! Iv got in seach for him on google- found lists of UN Dr and he wasnt there. Plus, iv contacted ppl from his fb list- they never met him! Found other woman who he lied to! He said he is single parent with daughter Sonia!
Sally
June 27, 2021
I have been talking with a man for about 3 months. He says he is a doctor working for the UN in China. He does not have access to his bank accounts in the states. He is about to get paid the first half of his contract and wants me to have it deposited in my account. I said no. Now he wants my full name, address, and email. He says a government official will deliver me a Diplomatic Briefcase containing the money. It's $277,000. Who gives a stranger that kind of money? I am not giving him my information
Midwest
June 28, 2021
Anyone talking to a Russell Antonio, orthopedic surgeon in Yemen, widowed with a 13 yr old daughter going to school in Italy? I was contacted by him.
Bellac
June 30, 2021
Been contacted by an Anthony Grey .. orthopedic doctor from Florida and currently posted in Yemen with the UN … anywhere I can send the pictures I’ve got of him to check if he’s what you’re mentioning above.
Sunny
July 12, 2021
I am talking to a Orthopedic Doctor in Damascus.He says his name is Robert Charles and has a 15 yr old son. Named Kelly .Anyone else talking to him?
BREE 77
July 13, 2021
Orthopedic Surgeon in Yemen for Who, widower with 9 year old girl in LA contacted me on Facebook then whatsapp. He claimed to have graduated at Stanford. Everything seemed very strange and his FB profile was not convincing. I googled his name, Michael Ainsley, and nothing came out. I googled "Orthopedic surgeon in Yemen" and I found this page and many others. Blocked him. Soo glad I made my research...
Nadia
July 13, 2021
I got invitation from Doctor Douglas Carter on Facebook. He was deployed in Yemen. He is divorced with 11-year old son David. He told he is from Canada. He promises to marry when come to me but I need to send big money for his vacation request (first 1800$, then iTunes Card, then 19800$ for replacing doctors). He cooperates with Ricky Jr Gaban, the general. Please help me. Is it a scammer?
Suspicious
July 20, 2021
So I was contacted on FB dating by Alec saying he's an orthopedic surgeon for the UN in Iraq. Sound familiar to anyone. He said he's Greek, 2 daughters in the states, divorced
Tammy
July 22, 2021
Dr. In UK. Has 14 year old son who wants to call me mom. Sent check and wanted me purchase phone cards for the Dr's to call home. Wanted to deposit in ATM not at bank. Over 6000.00 dollars. Went to bank teller and she said the check was not good and I would have to pay the bank for the bad check
chelle74
August 01, 2021
Has anyone been contacted via POF from a Anthony Gilmour, doctor from US working in Australia? quite similar story to what i've been reading on here, widowed father of young son
chelle74
August 02, 2021
Stay clear of a Dr Anthony Gilmour. He contacted me via POF and we have spoken for a couple of months - apparently he is working in Australia. Alarm bells rang when he needed to send me a parcel and I had to pay the delivery. I did extensive research into the courier he was wanting to use and used reverse image search and finally found out the real identity of the photos. So glad I did my research before losing any money! He initially said that his wife died in childbirth and he has a 3 year old son. Be careful ladies
Turkish
August 03, 2021
Hi I met this guy who said he works on a platform rig. His name is Alex stefano ,wife died he has an 11yr old son In boarding in Turkey. He communicate on hangouts. I confronted him once .and he send me lots of pics of him which seems real.but he said there are still honest man in this world. He works for agip oil company. In the caspian sea.so far hasn't asked for anything but still can't get enough proof to confront him .if any of you can help please
Tanya Logan
September 20, 2021

En respuesta a por Turkish

I met someone similar he goes by the name Brookens Morgan Similar story Asked me for money to pick up emergency replacement parts for the rig Will pay me back once he gets home from this contract!
Bev
August 03, 2021
I’m talking to a UN surgeon working in Syria claiming he wants to come back to see me. His name is Dr Scott Mogford. He wants £1500 for flight.
JessicaL101
August 05, 2021
Was scammed by fabian Hernández who claimed to be a orthopedic surgeon working for the UN in Iraq. Asked for money, and said lots of lies. Be careful. He says he has an 11 year old daughter Maria in boarding school I San Francisco. Claims he lives in Beverly Hills. Complete scam artist.
Butterfly
August 11, 2021
Is there a Rismah Kane in Yemen? He said his an orthopedic surgeon for civilians and military there.... Robert William Kane or ??
suspiciousinma
August 11, 2021
Hi everyone I was just curious if anybody had heard this story. A family member of mine was on OkCupid and met somebody who said they were from the local area but has never given any information to prove that is true then when they were about to meet they said that their mother had to go to the hospital and then after that they had to go to Turkey. Very attentive constantly texting all hours of the night and then after a month asks for banking information to deposit a check then says his debit card doesn't work in Turkey and needs have someone to mail the card to and then take the cash out and send it to him. They said no to all of this. We then looked him up and found out that his two phone numbers that he's used are listed under complete strangers names and when my family member asked where she should send his mother's get well card he said an address and when we checked it it's also listed under a stranger's name. He's still trying to claim that we looked it up wrong but there's no way around it the information is giving isn't true. We also have noticed that he has not sent her any more pictures but keeps asking her for more even when she was upset with him and telling him that she wants to know the truth he randomly asked her for pictures. One of his first thing she did was ask her to delete the OKCupid app and go to WhatsApp and text with her. We have since discovered that her number is listed so he could have gotten any kind of personal information about her. His name is Chris Shepherd has anybody encountered this person?
Guds
August 15, 2021
I have been emailing a man called Leonard Dyson for the past week. He is working in Yemen as an orthopaedic surgeon. Based in the Sana’a hospital. Reckons he’s coming home at the end of the month. Says he has a dog called Fred. Lives in Crawley. Half English/Denmark… hasn’t asked for money yet. Sound familiar to anyone?
newburg1959
August 16, 2021
has anyone had contact with a Jeffrey Aurel from Smith Falls Ontario Canada? He claims to live there, and says he is of Hungarian decent yet, sounds like he is from Africa. Says he is self employed in finance.
Help me
August 22, 2021
I'm going through the same my Dr name is Andrew Sargent and he is a orthopedic surgeon currently in Turkey African American can anyone share pictures please
Sandrine
August 23, 2021
I was contacted by a man who says in an orthopedic surgeon in South Sudan. He contacted me a few days ago. I had lots of doubts and I'm glad I came across the website, I blocked him. His name is Matthew Otse alias Richard Harper!
Steve
August 27, 2021
I want to report on a scammer named Lee John Kelvin. He claims to be an Orthopedic Surgeon who joined the American soldiers in Hargeisa Somalia.He has been chatting and communicating with my wife via watsap and messenger on FB. My wife knew this person through FB when my wife added him as a friend of a friend on FB. He said that his wife had died and his son lived in a boarding school in America. He said he wanted to find a partner for my wife, maybe his intention was to cheat. But his intentions did not succeed. I'm sorry if my English isn't that good .. Tq
Dablao
August 31, 2021
Is there a guy by the name of Kenneth Davidson. He states, he is in Yemen until November. He states he is a doctor surgeon for NATO and working with NATO for 10 years. He says he is an othropedic surgeon by profession. He says he is 55 and has twin children both 17.
GiGi
August 31, 2021
This guy named Joe Behrendt keeps texting me with photos now on google hang out. Says he is in Afghanistan as an intelligent a gentleman . Has not asked for anything yet. Says he’s a widow. Says he’s co I g to visit me in October!
anotherscam
September 01, 2021
Hi. I'm wondering if anyone has been contacted by "Matthew Hale," another one of the self-proclaimed orthopedic surgeons working on contract with UN in Afghanistan. My grandma has sent him $26k in ONE MONTH and is pushing all of us away because she won't believe us. I'm trying to source any stories to crosscheck so I can prove this.
Confused
September 09, 2021

En respuesta a por anotherscam

Mine is also orthopaedic surgeon claims he medic for US army in Libya after 3 days claims he fallen in love with me he a widower and a 10 yr old son who lives with teacher in LA California and today said he won't be able to talk anymore unless a get stream card for 200 euros he said he wants to marry me he said he'd pay back with interest so said give me money and I get card but he then told me he can't access his account in states its frozen he think I'm stupid sent selfies and a pic of his home in america very lavish with pool his victims must have paid for it his name he going by is David Maxwell
LDS
September 06, 2021
Hi, I think I’m currently talking to the same guy. Met him on Scrabble. Only just started talking but it’s the same story, he works as a doctor for the UN in India. Wife has passed away and his daughter is in a boarding school in the US. Has anyone else got photos?
Ms. SassyLady
September 06, 2021
I play Yahtzee with friends and a guy calling himself Dr. Smith reached out while we were playing a game. Said he is from Chicago but currently contracted in Yemen through the UN. He said he is taking care of soldiers because there is a war. Doesn't mention the COVID pandemic running rampant in Yemen...
Angel
September 07, 2021
Did he say he has 4 officers with him at all time and recently been several attacks, he refers to where he stays as camp not base.i have photos and he has 12 year old son.home suspose to be cleavland ohio.been in contact since April this year till couple days ago.he got to me .
TennesseeGal
September 07, 2021
I met a lovely man on Words with friends who said he's an orthopedic surgeon in Iraq. After talking to this man Dr. Mark Marcus fora tiny bit in there he asked to move to hangouts where he then began asking for itunes cards to update his phone. He claimed to be a widower with a sickly son named David. Before I realized what he really was I sent over 300 dollars in itunes cards.
TennesseeGal
September 07, 2021
Anyone deal with A Dr Mark Marcus? Claims to be an Orthopedic Surgeon in Iraq. He met me on Words with friends and then asked to move to hangouts and then started asking for itunes cards and money to help his sick son David.
sassy
September 08, 2021
Michael M Edward from Houston, claiming to be with U N Syria, UN peacekeeping force is a scam/fraud. Kid in boarding school, widow, a doctor. 99% he is a fraud. Do your own research
Kb
September 13, 2021
I have a new one — Lars Johansen, a UN orthopedic surgeon in Somalia. I never responded to his multiple attempts to DM me, but he can’t be found on Google and many of his Instagram posts do not read like anything a 40+ year old would ever post. I smell a scam.
Ann Marie
September 16, 2021
Why are we letting this man get away with scammer ladies it’s really getting out of hand now how can we put a stop to it ,playing with peoples heads They are all good in what they do please ladies wake up don’t invite anybody you don’t know because there all scammers using different names and all there want is money to live there luxury life style.Block and report them for your own good .
So Sad
September 17, 2021
I found this article today and was very surprised and sad. I met this wonderful guy in a language exchange app. He said he is a surgeon woking for military in Syria in Peace Keeping Mission. I lnew it sounded a bit strange because surgeons are usually very busy and not wordy but he was so chatty. His parents died in a plane crash long time ago and grew up in an orphanage and he lost his wife to cancer and his daughter is in a boarding school. I felt really sorry that he had to go through such an ordeal. I believed his story anyway because he was really sweet and religious. But after reading this article and the comments, I realized that I was fooled by a scammer. A widowed surgeon story is almost a classic scammer story!!!
Mary Magee
September 17, 2021
Has anyone ever been scammed by a Walter Benjamin claiming to be a Captain in the US Army and on a peace keeping mission in Yemen? Says hes a widower with a 10 year old son whose teacher is looking after him. Also claims that he lived in Paris until he was 8 years old and returned to the USA. At the age of 8 ( allegedly) his parents were killed in a fire. In later years he got married and had his son years into the marriage. Again (allegedly) his wife died in child birth along with the child. He has asked me for a steam gift card, asked me to accept a package at my home address containing a lot of money but l would have to pay the fee of the cost to get it from London to where l live at a cost off £4, 000. Then he asked me to request leave for him from the Department of Defense in the UN. This of course stinks of a SCAM. Has anyone come across him?
USA immigrant
September 22, 2021
A man by the name of David Roland is portraying to be an American , working for the UN in Afghanistan as a Chiropractic Surgeon . He has fake credentials and is attempting to have a romance with me , and asking me for money . Please be aware