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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

Concerned99
September 17, 2021

En respuesta a por Jursey86

Hi . Do you maybe have any pictures of this man. I was also talking to a doc from Syria, who worked for the UN. And he has just asked me money so that he can get his clearance certificate to go on holiday
Rachel Pham
February 22, 2021

En respuesta a por Scammed by UNI…

Similar to here, a doctor working in Yemen with contract 5 year, want to marry me, but first need to get the certificate bill to get approval from UN. He asked me to pay it first then he will pay me back wjen je back home.
Don't use your…
June 02, 2020

En respuesta a por karen davis

I have been scammed out of thousands of dollars by a scammer claiming to work for Exxon I have his picture. Someone please contact 3
Absolutely Sick
July 01, 2020

En respuesta a por Don't use your…

Only once it was too late, I’ve realized I’ve been scammed. I’ve lost thousands of dollars. And now going to be homeless. Met a man on Zoosk, he claimed to be on a project for Exxon in Alaska. He stated he was widowed. The worksite lost internet connection and he asked me to wire money to his supplier from dis bank account. I made one wire transfer. The next time I tried to wire money for him the site locked me out. He stated the bank required him to go to bank I. Person to unfreeze the account. This guy told me he was not allowed to leave the job site. I immediately felt responsible and horrible for locking his account. He needed to pay for freight fees for the supplies for his project. He had his accountant email me a copy of a wire made towards the freight fee, from this guy’s account. The combination of feeling responsible for preventing him from being successful and what I thought was proof of this guy using his own money towards the freight fee, caught me with My guard down. I actually panicked to make it right and wired thousands of dollars to an account located tiny Turkey. I feel so stupid because , obviously not thinking, the supplier was supposedly located in China. This guy is very smooth, we Skyped twice, constantly rings and texts me. Has had his “friends” show proof of helping his cause towards the freight fee. Has a dummy Bank website that makes it look like I was making a wire transfer, with his credentials, from his Bank account. This has all happened in a matter of 5 weeks. Does this sound familiar to anyone?
No me sucker
August 17, 2020

En respuesta a por Absolutely Sick

A month ago widow surgeon contacted me while working in Yemen...skipping the love stuff...had me in account and sent orders for medical equipment...then needed me to send another but bank would not let transfer funds shipping that was at the dock...he begged to help with $8,500 and would pay me double...I am disabled but even if I had it would not happen...I have lots pictures would like to see if the match others ...
Love betrayal?
August 29, 2020

En respuesta a por No me sucker

I have a man claiming to be a doctor stationed in Yemen. He is asking for $1000 to bring him home to my place so we can be married. I have pics we can compare. Please contact me
Nena
September 03, 2020

En respuesta a por Love betrayal?

My sister is being scammed by a so called doctor in Yemen has a young daughter wants to marry her she was dealing with him earlier this summer and I know she sent money even after we had pictures of men from Nigeria who were doing this. Sorry but I am looking for the picture of Giovani I dumped everything after I thought she came to her senses but I guess not. He has hooked her again!!!!
Don't use your…
October 21, 2020

En respuesta a por Nena

Hi I like to send you pictures of the man I have lots of pictures of him he like to send the money for replacement for card to took to my
MissSuiDon't
January 17, 2021

En respuesta a por Nena

I hot contacted by a Doctor, who said he was in Yemen for work. He was a very handsome Korean man, who was grow up in US. He ask for money too. I never pay.
Drobe
February 12, 2021

En respuesta a por Nena

Can you send me a picture of the doctor in Yemen. I think he is the one trying to scam me to send money for a leave to get back to US.
Thinkiamthick
March 10, 2021

En respuesta a por Drobe

I am fed up of being approached by these men. All doctors, all widowed, all with kids in boarding school and they all love me and want to marry me in 10 seconds. I even had the same guy contact me twice with a different name but same picture. I would love to just string them along and waste their precious time!!
Roberts
October 08, 2020

En respuesta a por Love betrayal?

My sister in law may be scammed by the same “doctor” in Yemen. Pls provide a pic do we can compare.
odatdeb
February 13, 2021

En respuesta a por Roberts

Please send me pics. I have one claiming to be a dr in yemen and how we were meant to be
Goldenfish 102320
January 03, 2021

En respuesta a por TL

Yes I have the same scenario a doctor in Yemen wants to come to my place to marry me but needs money
XenADon't use …
December 25, 2020

En respuesta a por Love betrayal?

Please send me pictures, and l will send you mine. I had the same scenario
Mary
January 29, 2021

En respuesta a por Goldenfish 102320

Gee I texting to a Dr that blonde and suppose to be in love with me want money too can we pass pic seen if my real or not
DMona
January 06, 2021

En respuesta a por Love betrayal?

Been talking to a man who claims to be a Orthopedic Surgeon stationed in Yemen with the UN Peacekeeping Mission. Sent me lots of photos and a State Id and United Nations ID..Said had a son in Boarding School. Always needing money he says to talk to me via WhatsApp.
Elizabeth
January 19, 2021

En respuesta a por DMona

I think my friend is being scammed by the same person claiming he's a Dr over seas contracted by the US Army Born in germany and has a kid I think in boarding school. Send love emails daily. They have been talking for about 6 months she said. She also claims he hasn't asked for money. He says he is 62 apparently she used the name Dr. John Williams. They started talking because out of the blue he sent her a private message via Facebook. Anyone know anything similar
Theresa Green
July 27, 2021

En respuesta a por Elizabeth

Oh Darn. I have been talking to Dr John Williams for the last 10 months. Born in Germany, parents deceased, widower, lost son in car accident with wife. Has a 13 yr old daughter in boarding school. Contracted with UN serving in Somalia. Needs money to get out of contract to come home to me. Quotes scripture regularly. Would love to exchange pictures.
Don't use your…
January 23, 2021

En respuesta a por DMona

Steven Wrightvsays he is an ortho doctor in Yemen. Classic scammer.
Sweden66
February 03, 2021

En respuesta a por DMona

Hey, I have ben contacted by a orthopedic surgeon also stationed in Yemen and has a 13 year old son in boarding school. Everything you writes is very like my case except he hasn’t asked for any money yet. I have pictures off him it souldrottningen be very intresting to se if it’s the same person. He contacted me on FaceBook Dating.
Jaded28
May 04, 2021

En respuesta a por Sweden66

I have also been talking to a man I met on the Facebook Dating site. The profile says he's a 53-year-old orthopedic doctor from Morrow, Louisiana, working for the U.N. in South Sudan. He's not been very specific about what he's doing there (if he's there at all...which, to be honest, I'm skeptical about). He asked me to chat with him through Google Hangouts. The profile photos are of a blondish man with a nice set of teeth. He has not asked for money, but he has been saying things like "You're in my heart" and calling me "dear." Does this sound familiar to anyone else?
Saorie40
May 05, 2021

En respuesta a por Jaded28

Oh my! Same story here. Someone sent me a message thru FB, He said he is a Neurologist and now based in NATO sudan, He said he has a 13 yr old son and his wife died 5 years ago.
Jaded28
May 04, 2021

En respuesta a por Sweden66

Oh! This guy's name on the dating site is Henry Jasper.
mabraxd
July 01, 2021

En respuesta a por Sweden66

same as i Please send pic to me as well
Coco
February 05, 2021

En respuesta a por DMona

Hi I have the same story, doctor from Yemen. Working for the UN, and want to send me a parcel and I have to pay for it....
Donna
February 09, 2021

En respuesta a por DMona

Talking to a man claiming to be a dr in Yemen missionary.Sent me lots of photos as a dr ,his bank account has been frozen ,his wife and daughter has been killed in a car accident and has a boy at 14 in boarding school ,the killing that’s bad he has to get out and needs 14000 dollars or he won’t live ,seems to have away with words
kitkat
February 22, 2021

En respuesta a por Donna

hi there , can you show me pictures ? Is he a UN doctor in Yemen ? Greyish hair ,loves dogs . Sent me pics of a bulldog and him.