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Nunca es demasiado tarde para encontrar el amor, y hay muchos sitios web y aplicaciones de citas útiles para esto. Pero también hay estafadores con intenciones de robarte el corazón... y luego tu dinero.

En este Mes de los Estadounidenses de Edad Avanzada, hablemos de las estafas de romance. Esto puede ocurrir cuando alguien crea un perfil falso en sitios web y aplicaciones de citas y en las redes sociales. Entonces te envían mensajes para establecer una relación, ganarse tu confianza y vincularse.

Y a continuación, te piden dinero. “Amorcito, quiero ir a verte, pero estoy corto de dinero. ¿Me puedes enviar $500 para pagar el boleto?”, o, “te amo cariño. Pero tal vez no podamos seguir hablando porque están a punto de cortarme el servicio de teléfono. Necesito $300 para pagar la factura…” ¿Te das cuenta?

En nombre del amor, tú le envías dinero. Y vuelve con otras mentiras para conseguir más dinero. Y entonces no hay más mensajes. No te puedes comunicar más. Ha desaparecido con un trozo de tu corazón y un buen mordisco a tu cartera.

En 2020, la gente reportó pérdidas por $304 millones de dólares con estafas de romance. Esto es lo que puedes hacer para evitar a estos impostores sin corazón:

  • Si alguien a quien nunca viste en persona te pide dinero, es una estafa. Sin importar la historia que te cuente. Nunca le envíes dinero ni regalos a alguien que no conozcas personalmente — ni siquiera si esa persona te envía dinero primero.
  • Únicamente los estafadores te dicen que compres tarjetas de regalo, hagas transferencias de dinero o les envíes criptomonedas. Y una vez que envíes ese dinero, no podrás recuperarlo.
  • Haz una búsqueda inversa de imágenes con la foto de perfil de esa persona. Fíjate si esa foto está relacionada con otro nombre o con detalles que no corresponden. Esos son signos de una estafa.

Habla con alguien de tu confianza sobre este nuevo amor y presta atención si se preocupa por ti. Aprende más sobre este tema mirando este video en ftc.gov/estafasderomance. Y si un estafador trata de engañarte para que le envíes dinero, repórtalo a la FTC.

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16 Comments

jobe (no verificado)
May 12, 2021
It's pretty sad so many people fall for this scam.
Got it goinon (no verificado)
May 12, 2021
Keep up the rightous work!
Noah and James… (no verificado)
May 12, 2021
A friend of mine got sucked into this very scheme over six years ago. He was a "retiring captain" in the service but was stationed overseas. They couldn't talk on the phone because the enemy might have been listening. He asked her to send a computer. She sent a computer that included all the bells and whistles to the tune of over $2,000. When it arrived overseas, the scammer was now the government saying she sent gold bars and had to pay up or her captain would be held in captivity. At that moment, she realized she had been scammed for weeks. The captain ended up being a 21 year old from NY. Please women and men - be careful. This person preyed on her loneliness and took full advantage of that. This lady who was scammed is a very intelligent lady and truly believed this captain loved her.
Bogiebear (no verificado)
May 12, 2021
It’s too late. This should have come out a year ago. Is there any way to catch these guys and have them arrested?
checkin it out (no verificado)
May 15, 2021

En respuesta a por Bogiebear (no verificado)

Me too..I heard of catfish but never knew how they sucked you in..to late for me too..waiting to be sure before I turn him in!
dmbpersonDon't… (no verificado)
May 12, 2021
very informative !!!!!!
MeDon't use yo… (no verificado)
May 12, 2021
It's happens twice to me But never again
Rainbow (no verificado)
May 12, 2021
I never knew that it's a first time for everything
Broken (no verificado)
May 24, 2021
I have been scammed by a person who states he’s a independent contractor who I met on an online dating site. After a few emails he states he’s got a contract to fix a pipeline ion a rig in the gulf. Equipment brakes down and needs $5,000 because he doesn’t have enough money. Next comes another$9,500 to pick up at dock. Needed money again to fly home. The day he was to leave he is arrested due to explosions at rig. Now in prison and needs $150,000 to pay for the damages. I am out $45,000 and told him I could not send any more money. He also claims to love me after a few emails and dents bible quotes all the time. He says he lives in Arizona but there is no record of him on the internet. When I asked him what his nationality is because of the way he writes he avoids the question and laughs and says United States. He goes by the name of David. Has anyone been scammed by this man.
Cookie (no verificado)
June 06, 2021

En respuesta a por Broken (no verificado)

Sure sounds the present guy david wellingham petroleum engineers who says scammed by Russian and all his bank accounts are lock up on oil rig l
Ug-lnWI (no verificado)
August 25, 2021

En respuesta a por Broken (no verificado)

I met this guy when he asked me to be his friend on BigFish…. Don’t know why I did….but he was also saying that he was an oil engineer working on the last 4 weeks of his contract…. Was very smooth and loving (practically screaming SCAM, because things don’t that fast …started 8/4/21, and on 8/16…the clincher: he needs $13,000 because he has to fix his leased crane in order to complete his contract….. I couldn’t /wouldn’t help, so a couple of days later he said he could not understand that I would not help him… put the guilt on me…. Well, I did not answer to that statement….and I am not about to. Trust your gut, ladies…. if it sounds too good to be real, it usually is. This is my first scammer experience…. Watch any game apps, they will get the players as patsies….as I said BF is a slots/casino app… and he is the first and LAST friend I’ll accept…. Language was showing also up as maybe second language….
Oil rig (no verificado)
September 01, 2021

En respuesta a por Broken (no verificado)

Yes, I just fell for this scam to the tune of $50k. This site has good info, but you probably arent looking on here until you've been scammed. Then it's too late. It would be nice if the dating sites posted things to watch out for. They prey on old people who arent always savvy about such things. This scum has my whole savings.
M. 2021 (no verificado)
August 02, 2021
My mother in law has a new online love interest. Says they’ve face timed and even talked with his 10 year old ‘daughter’ who showed her their nice house and pool they have out in L.A. yet my M.I. L. Has had to send him money while he was ‘working’ in Turkey? I can’t seem to get her to open her eyes and have him checked out before she sells her house to go live with him. How do I help or even have this person verified… My gut tells me it’s a scammer….
Scammed (no verificado)
August 10, 2021

En respuesta a por M. 2021 (no verificado)

I met someone with the same story, however he was in Turkey working on a job, and ran out of money. He needed $12,000, and supposedly the company he worked for wouldn’t give him anymore money. He never asked me for money, but I knew where it was headed. He barked up the wrong tree as I had no money at the time. I stopped talking to him shortly thereafter as I realized he was a scammer.
BABE (no verificado)
August 13, 2021
HAS ANYONE KNOW OF ANDREW SMITH AND SMITH DOUGLAS THEY BOTH ARE SCAMMERS
Honey (no verificado)
September 22, 2021
I was in an almost 5 month relationship with a person who called himself Donald Daniel Duke, from UK living in Ca and and Orthopedic Surgeon in Sudan. He had a wife died in Childbirth one daughter Sidney living in the UK at a Boarding school. He also went by the Name of Dr. David King, also in one post found he was a Plastic Surgeon, so beware. Very Good looking but you never know if they use their own pictures....