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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

Micah
April 30, 2020

En respuesta a por Nancy Drew

Do you mind sharing a photo of this person? Sounds like somebody I’m talking to
Curious Georgina
May 19, 2020

En respuesta a por Nancy Drew

I met a Ortho doctor on line. Stated he was on a Peace Keeping mission in Yemen. He is a widower and has a son. Gorgeous with gray hair, asked for ITunes cards. Wanted to marry me. Lol. Said he needed money for an airline ticket.
Melissa
June 20, 2020

En respuesta a por Curious Georgina

Omg, same guy. How do I get to look at pictures on this site? He says that he is a neurosurgeon. He has a son named Jeremy. He told how his wife cheated on him in his (marriage bed). I was involved with a man from Egypt and (Kevin) told me how I was wrong to go out with this man. He helped me with another issue I had too. A problem I had had for about 20 years. He had a Grey beard. I know that he was in one of the Muslim countries bc it showed people there in the picture with him. I don't know how to not talk to him. I loved him so much and I was supposed to meet up with him this last Friday. I told my children that I needed a ride to Chicago and they found this site for me. My suitcase has still got clothes in it.
rjeanDon't use…
October 28, 2020

En respuesta a por Melissa

I would like to send pictures that I have. Talking to someone with very similar story
Got scammer
June 22, 2020

En respuesta a por Curious Georgina

I have also been talking to a handsome grey haired man working in Yemen as a doctor. He has a son Eden. His wife died of cancer 5 years ago. Met him on Instagram. He wants me to chat to him on Hangouts. He has set his account to private so I can't see his pictures anymore. He had pictures with 2 dogs. His name is Rowland Philips. He is from Santa And but originally from Spain.
Doodlebug
June 24, 2020

En respuesta a por Got scammer

I'm talking to same guy. Mathew Connie. He spells bulk a flight. And call me babe & Queen. Also spells so do.
chili
July 16, 2020

En respuesta a por Blueberry

I met a guy In MLdating he is 39 years old surgeon in yemen he had pictures but he started to ask me to send money to a parcel agency to retrieve his luggage and he said he would marry me , can we exchange photos
Grace
July 07, 2020

En respuesta a por Got scammer

I’ve been talking to a guy I met on Instagram. He goes by the name Kelly Roberts. He claims to be an Engineer work in Canada on an oil rig. He is trying to get money for his Weimreiner, Bruno to have back surgery He also want’s me to receive some boxes from Dubai but needs me to pay $47,000 to get the boxes released. Does this sound familiar to anyone?
Char804
July 18, 2020

En respuesta a por Grace

I met a man on instagram, from Spain , us stuck in turkey working in with computers . But he lives in Texas . He’s supposedly in his mid 30’s and works out a lot . He sent me a package but it’s going to take 1,500 to get it out of customs in Brazil . He always asking about sending money through gift cards
Kem
December 03, 2020

En respuesta a por Grace

It sounds very familiar. His name is Victor Filip now works on oil rig in Scotland. Son's name is Kelly who is in boarding school in TX. Been speaking for one week literally just telling me about his consignment box. Gave me an email for his son so i can communicate with him. Ive been suspicious because they both ask me the same questions and write the same way. Called me 3 times no video calls says video is not allowed on rig but sends me pictures.
Doodlebug
June 23, 2020

En respuesta a por Curious Georgina

Curious Georgia. Could u send me pictures or picture of this man. I'm getting the exactly same story. But he has a daughter. She needs playstation cards. Nice looking with silver / white hair. Wants to get married.
Winter
July 21, 2020

En respuesta a por Curious Georgina

This sounds like a guy my friend met on a positive website. He said he is a orthopedic surgeon in Somalia. His son Derick is in boarding school. And he wants to marry her
Drew Nancy
May 28, 2020

En respuesta a por Nancy Drew

Any chance you would be able to send me a picture of this man? What organization did he tell you he works with? I've been contacted in much the same way... really handsome, but something is just slightly off.
1suescammed2
June 08, 2020

En respuesta a por Nancy Drew

Sounds like the same scammer trying to collect $2700.00 yo get him home he says. When i refuse, he tries to give me a guilt trip about how i may hear that he's dead. He goes by the name Dickey Johnathon Notts.
Stay away from…
June 22, 2020

En respuesta a por Nancy Drew

The guy I met on Instagram sounds similar. He asked me to switch to What’s App, He also was an orthopedic surgeon in Jordan. He was a widow and his fake name was Karl David Ogeda. He said he was deeply in love after our third chat online! He told me his son Jerry was turning 13 and he asked me to buy a $50 Itune card, because his bank assets were frozen, he became angry when I didn’t buy it. He told me he had a home in Barcelona Spain and Paris France , but he wanted to buy a home in the US. Beware of men sending an Instagram direct message to you and they only have a few posts(all posted on the same date) and less than 5 followers and if they ask you to switch to another social media platform... They are a romance scammer!
Concerned
June 24, 2020

En respuesta a por Stay away from…

Is there some way to swap pictures. So we can see if the same guy is chatting with several women.
Julezmn03
July 12, 2020

En respuesta a por Stay away from…

I might have the same person He said he was working in Kabul Orthopaedic Surgeon Divorced with two kids Used to call me Honey Sweetheart Baby.. he’s and American but originally from Madrid Said his bank was frozen his hotel room was robbed and can’t access his money he’s in the Philippines at the moment Can you please send me a photo Oh he’s fit into fitness and has a body of a bodybuilder
To Good To Be
August 21, 2020

En respuesta a por Nancy Drew

Nancy, I to was contacted on FB by a orthopedic surgeon who yes was very handsome . He was on assignment in Yemem. Promised me all kinds of things. Said he was widowed. Wife died 5yrs ago in accident and wont talk about it. Has 15 yr old son in living & in school in china . He goes by the name Lukas Daniels and wants to mainly chat on Hangouts. Does any of this sound familiar? I have several pics of "him".
Cinnamon
January 20, 2021

En respuesta a por To Good To Be

The same story ortopedic surgeon fromUk living in Iraq with a 13 Year s old son. Contact by whatsapp hangout he doesn’t want talk to me only chat and 2 second of video call by skype because I press to see his face in real. We can share picture Gray hair
Rositsa
June 27, 2021

En respuesta a por To Good To Be

Hi. Has anybody been contacted by an Indian orthopedic surgeon named Husen Karthik serving in NATO?
helen
April 09, 2021

En respuesta a por Nancy Drew

hey nancy..i met him before 3 weeks..HE found me in tweeter..same ..doctor surgeon in Yemen under the UN..he uses different names..Mark derrick in tweeter he gave me..there you can find me..because he retweeted a message i send him that i thought was private ..cause im new in tweeter.. He has already told me to come at 7 months at my country and marry me..im sure he knows somebody from inside the Un ..cause he send me photos of the camp that arent allowed to..or maby their from a reporter..i didnt search it so much.. he has grey hair..blue eyes ..but with photoshop they could be whatever..extremely handsome..i told him i wanna meet him to see if hes real and telling the truth and he finds 1000 excuses of course..i will report him..please send me a photo
Annj
May 19, 2020

En respuesta a por Dva316

Could you please send me a photo of the guy? I'll send my email address to you. I have someone on to me for the last 7 weeks who has just asked for money for work purposes. Saying his bank in America has a problem be ause of skeletal crew during covid and due to ank restrictions he needs to appear in person. Yes, I've set him money and he has asked for more to pay his workers in Cyprus
Lukanette
May 24, 2020

En respuesta a por Annj

Hello! I am afraid this story is way too familiar to me too. I am here on behalf of my grandmother. I heard that she has been messaging with a man (Mike Roberts or something like that) who is a head surgeon on an UN peacekeeping process in Yemen. This couldn't look more like a scam to me, but my grandmother is completely oblivious and easily fooled. The man is a handsome, older man whose wife died of cancer some years ago. The man also has a son, apparently called Alex. I am trying to prove my grandmother this is a scam, but the man seems to be a professional scammer and I cannot find him on any of my grandmother's social medias. My grandmother seems to be keen on keeping this a secret too and I suspect the man has told her to keep it so. My grandmother has apparently signed a paper to the UN for him to be freed from his service before scheduled time, but I know for a fact this is not how it works... I am planning to go visit my grandmother next week and try to get a hold of the source where he is talking with my grandmother and stop this scam before my grandmother sends him money.
nevada 2-2
January 04, 2021

En respuesta a por Lukanette

hello Luka I am encounter the same so u mean people just cant retired early from his service in UN is it?
Mardyis
February 16, 2021

En respuesta a por Lukanette

My friend has the same story. He has a son in boarding school. She can't be convinced and is out of alot of money already
Aurion
March 30, 2021

En respuesta a por Annj

I have hsd similar experience. 57 year old, gray hair, black rim glasses. 16 yo daughter, on an oil rig in china, wife died 5 years ago. Cant pay workers due to finance fallung through because of covid. Though has spoken to me on phone many times. Foriegn accent. Wont send pics as says phone wasnt allowed on rig.
Landy
June 16, 2020

En respuesta a por Concerned

I am talking to a man who says he is a petroleum engineer woking in Dubai. Sent me 3 pictures. One with a small dog next to a table. Sound familiar to anyone? He has not asked for money yet. He called me and had a strong nigerian accent.
Suspicious
July 18, 2020

En respuesta a por Landy

Sounds familiar but this petroleum engineer is working at the North Sea in Norway. One of his pictures has a small dog with himself wearing sunglasses and a cap. He also called and is quite soft spoken. He asked for money not long after he “went” to the North Sea. Be careful.
cattail22
August 01, 2020

En respuesta a por Landy

That sounds like a guy that is talking to me. He is a very handsome 50 yrs old white man from Pa. with a 18 yrs old son and he calls me his Queen and Baby a lot and he got mad at me when I questioned his profiles on facebook. He said that I was an idiot because people steal his image all of the time. he goes by Garry J Harrison, or Garry Harrison.
Eileen Bickford
July 12, 2020

En respuesta a por Don't use your…

There is this Richard Nicole from Auburn Indiana along with several others with same name place of birth and state. He found me on fb which alerted me from some dating app which I wasn't on. All dearie, honey love, trust trust. Was a petroleum engineer with bp. Fake contract in Nova Scotia =50 million. Wanted to get married. Lost his wallet and wanted me to buy 2 ebay cards copy code on back and down load it to him. Which I refused kept asking if I trust him please do it from your heart. I just how utterly stupid. He used this very good looking guy from a christian singles vip app. That guy has a romance pitch out on Facebook. This guy sounds African his language use make him so. I feel bad for the guy he used. I've several pictures of him that he down loaded. Well I've told him he is a scammer. He this I'm influenced by my friends . Whatevever but he keeps trying.
Don't do it
June 07, 2021

En respuesta a por Don't use your…

How were you able to get him to stay in contact with you after you refused to send money?
Penny Bonnie
February 16, 2020

En respuesta a por Gabriellalani

Hello everyone,first let me tell you that I had to learn a very painful lesson about online romance.first of all I was very stupid.my story I had been talking to what I thought was a military man for a few years.not only was he a big liar but he stole my identity.the thing I think everyone needs to learn about online romance is if something seems to good to be true.trust me it is.and always go with your gut feeling.I tell you something else that I have learned and that is online scammers get upset with you very easily once they know that you won't let them use you anymore.
Anna D
May 29, 2020

En respuesta a por Penny Bonnie

Hi Penny. I am talking to a military guy called Emmanuel McKee. Just wonder if it s same guy??
Sari
August 06, 2020

En respuesta a por Penny Bonnie

Exact same thing happened to me. I am concerned because he has my photo and information about my children. Please help. What should I do? How did you find out about the identity theft?
Don'Bettyt use…
October 19, 2020

En respuesta a por Penny Bonnie

I've noticed from reading these messages that these scammers get irritated easily. I wish there was a page that would show everyone's photos who are scammers.
annnymous
April 26, 2020

En respuesta a por Gabriellalani

Many men are scammers in Cyprus careful Engineer Jeffery Lawrence cant even spell his name right .
Lyn
June 14, 2020

En respuesta a por annnymous

Sounds like this guy iam chatting with a son wife passed away . Works as engineer in Cypress big a mall .Name is to be Albert Matthew ...Ya somethings sound found funny...same guys different names ...
Bea
March 06, 2021

En respuesta a por Gabriellalani

how can we send pictures and contact others I have video and pictures of this guy who claims to be a navy pilot and a minister as well he said he had a 18 year old son and when we chatted on whatsapp he said he had NO children his name is William but the tag ob his shirt say Gabriel he said he is in affrica and wants to visit me he has not asked for money
Kialli
July 11, 2019

En respuesta a por Loulou2934

I am working with an elderly lady who is planning on wiring a lot of money to this guy tomorrow. . I need to get some type of evidence to show her so she doesn't lose her money
Libra
November 29, 2019

En respuesta a por Kialli

I was scammed a few years ago and I'm still paying off that debt. Anyone that takes you to Hangouts is a scam insist they do a video call or Skype and have them hold up a sign with your name or having wave to you. Wben I mention that they all hang up and I lose them right away.