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    Sweetheart Scammer or did this really hot person pick me above all others?

    The other day on Facebook someone posted a question about another profile and a few things occurred to me:

    1. Not everyone truly knows how to research a potential scam/scammer.
    2. Other than scammers preying on get rich types, there are scammers preying on people who are lonely or want to fall in love.
    3. A lot of these scammers are currently using pictures of military personal in their scams which is distasteful on several fronts.
    4. Ribshaw due to his own case of mistaken identity has 40 extra hours a week to fill. (I did not know I was flirting with the bosses daughter )

    Since I am absent minded, attention seeking, and absent minded, please join in and help out if you come across anything of interest. My plan is to add things that come across my Facebook News feed, in that they may be the more current pictures going around. There are several sites I will link as they come up if anyone wants to look for other photos that have been used in the past.

    AS A GENERAL RULE, if someone you barely know is asking you for money to invest, cover medical expenses, their trip to visit you or some other "expense" YOU ARE BEING SCAMMED!!!

    Disclaimer: The photos posted are of people who in almost all cases have had their image and/or identity stolen. The person you see in the picture is almost certainly NOT the person you have been chatting with. (Nancy Jo Frazier and Brad Kamanski excluded, they are in fact real scammers.) You are however dealing with a criminal, so please be careful.


    Quick Visual Clues:

    Gifting Scammer Photo:
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    Sweetheart Scammer Photo:
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    Ponzi Scammer Photo:
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    Sweetheart Scammer Photo:
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    Someone with photo shop skills worse than mine:

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    Re: Sweetheart Scammer or did this really hot person pick me above all others?

    This was the question that got me thinking.

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    Dumping the photo in to https://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi yields right away this picture belongs to someone else.

    For those who do not know how to do a screen shot you can use the Snip It tool and save as a Jpeg. I just learned, and if I can do it anyone can.
    Use Snipping Tool to capture screen shots

    This picture reveals a person real person who had their identity stolen. The image appears to be well known in the anti scam community.

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    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scamm...ocation=stream

    Sorry ladies it is a scammer using this photo.
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    Re: Sweetheart Scammer or did this really hot person pick me above all others?

    Second picture that Ribshaw had to do much more research on.

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    https://www.facebook.com/romance419

    It seems our friend is not only a Alice Berman from Ghana, but a school girl in the Midwest named Jewel. Color me skeptical but I am suspecting she is neither.

    Sorry gentlemen it is a scammer using this photo who probably looks more like this.
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    "When you get something for nothing, you just haven't been billed for it yet." - Franklin P. Jones
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    Re: Sweetheart Scammer or did this really hot person pick me above all others?

    The number of photos and scammers floating around on the web is huge, and a good chunk of those scams unfortunately involve pictures from people in the military. One ready check is a military email ends in ".mil". This does not mean that someone in the military can't have a yahoo or gmail address. However a sound suggestion is to get an official military email address to ensure you are at least communicating with someone in the military. One easy check is to copy an email in to a search engine like Google and see if it has been used before. As always if they are asking for money it is very likely a scam, as seen below.

    How to Avoid Online Dating Scams | Reader's Digest

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    Re: Sweetheart Scammer or did this really hot person pick me above all others?

    Fake Profile of the Day. The pictures are of a real solider. The underling story is what falls apart. The first set are from a fake Facebook profile.

    https://www.facebook.com/romance419?hc_location=stream

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    Below are other pictures I found other places on the web. One location is a site that tracks sweetheart scammers.
    Romance Scam • Close Terry, closeterry@ymail.com

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    Two quick things jump out in the beach photo it is claimed that he is 46, but the Facebook page claims he graduated high school in 1988. This would put him closer to 43, unless he was held back two or three times. Or he is lying about his age, or there are two different people that have stolen this photo. No idea, but no way to start a relationship.

    On the other page there is an email which is very poorly written claiming to be from Terry (Not Raymond). Poor grammar and multiple names for the same picture is almost always a dead giveaway you are dealing with a scammer.

    Not sure who this soldier really is, but thank you for your service.
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    Re: Sweetheart Scammer or did this really hot person pick me above all others?

    This doesn't happen with only those you can 'see' online. They have many other ways of 'getting' to you.

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    Re: Sweetheart Scammer or did this really hot person pick me above all others?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nancetta View Post
    This doesn't happen with only those you can 'see' online. They have many other ways of 'getting' to you.
    Thanks Nancetta please add anything you come across, I found an article on a lady that lost $1,000,000 in a Sweetheart scam, but that is for tomorrow. Tomorrow is a girl scammers photo, so I am narrowing down the contenders.
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    Re: Sweetheart Scammer or did this really hot person pick me above all others?

    Quote Originally Posted by ribshaw View Post
    Thanks Nancetta please add anything you come across, I found an article on a lady that lost $1,000,000 in a Sweetheart scam, but that is for tomorrow. Tomorrow is a girl scammers photo, so I am narrowing down the contenders.
    ribshaw,

    It isn't always those who are so 'blatant'. Sometimes it is those you least expect. Especially when you are involved with Hyips. Sometimes it's the 'scammers'...sometimes it's the 'others'. Sometimes it's not 'money' they are after. Sometimes it's the ones you least expect who are the 'sociopaths'.

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    Re: Sweetheart Scammer or did this really hot person pick me above all others?

    Today's Sweetheart appears to have three names and a twist. One thing about scammers is many are lazy, or they would not be scammers. In this case it seems two of the profiles Stacey and Timessa share the same friend, imagine my shock. Seems the "friend" has a similar identity crisis to our three name friend.

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    No telling who these pretty picture belongs to, but you may be chatting with this fella.

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    Re: Sweetheart Scammer or did this really hot person pick me above all others?

    Quote Originally Posted by ribshaw View Post
    Today's Sweetheart appears to have three names and a twist. One thing about scammers is many are lazy, or they would not be scammers. In this case it seems two of the profiles Stacey and Timessa share the same friend, imagine my shock. Seems the "friend" has a similar identity crisis to our three name friend.

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    No telling who these pretty picture belongs to, but you may be chatting with this fella.

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    And, I bet 'he/she' always has some 'excuse' why they can't talk to you, why they can't Skype with you, why they can't 'show' themselves. Yep, I bet there is ALWAYS some sort of 'drama' going on...so much 'tragedy in one person's life....Oh dear...

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    Re: Sweetheart Scammer or did this really hot person pick me above all others?

    Ribshaw, thank you for starting this. I had been trying to find a way to put it in here as a friend of mine told me about it from my own group and we try to warn people about scams. It is a closed group and you have to be invited.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/StopRomanceScams/

    If people think that others should know better than this read, what was just posted today:



    From a Romance Scam Victim

    I know that the group will be very disappointed in me but I let my scammer David Nickson back in because he told me he was still in love with me. He said he wanted to talk to me again; so we talked tonight. He wanted me to send him money and a credit card in my name; so he could put the money on it and withdraw off it. All he cared about was money and a credit card. He called me every bad name in the book he could think of.

    I wanted to believe that he was who he says he was, and not a scammer; but now I have learned that he is not David Nickson. He is truly a scammer. I did not want to say anything to the group about this because, I was so stupid, and dumb to think he really loved me. He is nothing but a liar who got back into my heart, and broke it again and hurt me.

    Please learn from me, never ever let your scammer back into your life like I did. I have blocked him, and deleted him from my yahoo; I will never let him back in again. All those sweet words he would say to
    me were just lies but I wanted to believe he was who he says he was.

    You are so right when you say people are looking for love (in all the wrong places, of course!) but they believe this trash these people say. Men want to hear how sexy they are, etc. Women want to be told they are beautiful and loved. This group has done a good job of singling out the fakers and trying to keep members informed.
    Don't get ripped off!! Stay informed!

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    Re: Sweetheart Scammer or did this really hot person pick me above all others?

    Thanks Scratchy, would love to join the group, if put in a good word for me.

    Last night I chatted with the person that maintains the page below. It is the right mix of very poorly written ads along with profiles used by scammers. She also shared a few good links that I hope to work in. I am having some fun putting the pieces together on a few of the profiles, in addition to pestering the ponzi pimps. I also have an idea I would like share with you or any other certified scam buster , that may slow a few of these folks down. PM me for details, I hate to share where prying scammer eyes may see.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scamm...ocation=stream. She seems to know her scammers pretty well.
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    Re: Sweetheart Scammer or did this really hot person pick me above all others?

    Lexington woman loses $1 million to sweetheart scam
    Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 10:22 a.m.
    Last Modified: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 10:22 a.m.

    A Lexington woman was the victim of a sweetheart scam that cost her $1 million, and Attorney General Roy Cooper is warning North Carolina consumers to beware of these scams.

    Con artists are using technology to update an old scam where they use the promise of love to win victims' trust and steal their money, Cooper said in a press release.

    "These days many people look for companionship online, and con artists know it," Cooper said. "Sweetheart scammers are using websites to meet, woo and romance their victims out of their money."

    The Lexington senior citizen lost more than $1 million to a man who befriended her on Facebook. He led her to believe he was originally from Charlotte but was working in Africa. He conned her into repeatedly sending him money overseas, supposedly to cover expenses until he was paid for his contract work and could return to North Carolina to marry her.

    The Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division heard from 25 victims of sweetheart scams last year who lost a combined total of more than $2 million. That's up from 2011, when Cooper's office heard from 17 victims who lost approximately $700,000 total to sweetheart scams.

    Sweetheart scams first operated in person with con artists pretending to fall in love with lonely people in order to gain their trust and then exploit them financially. The scam has now moved to dating and social media websites such as match.com, seniorpeoplemeet.com, christianmingle.com and Facebook.

    According to complaints filed with the Consumer Protection Division, a sweetheart scammer usually approaches a victim by sending messages expressing an interest in getting to know him or her. This is often followed by long online conversations designed to convince the victim that the new romance is real. Once the relationship is established, the con artist claims to experience an emergency while traveling or working overseas and asks the victim to wire them money.

    Some victims lose hundreds or even tens of thousands of dollars to the scam. Many repeatedly wire money to their so-called beloved and only realize they've been scammed once the wire company or their bank becomes suspicious.

    Sweetheart scams can strike men and women of any age, but seniors can be special targets, Cooper warned, especially if they post information online about a recent tragedy such as the death of a spouse. Of the 25 consumers who complained about sweetheart scams to Cooper's office last year, 10 were senior citizens.

    Perpetrators of online sweetheart scams are usually located overseas, and Cooper's office works with international authorities to investigate them. Fraud experts with the Consumer Protection Division have helped intercept thousands of dollars sent overseas by victims of sweetheart scams, and last year thwarted three attempts by seniors to fly to other countries and hand-deliver cash to con artists.

    "If someone you meet online starts asking you for money, even a small amount, that's a good sign you're dealing with a scammer," Cooper said. "Contact my office if you or a loved one may be caught up in a sweetheart scam."

    To avoid sweetheart scams, Cooper offered the following tips:

    • Remember, people aren't always who they claim to be online.

    • Never send or wire money to a stranger you meet online. Once the money has been wired, it is highly unlikely you will ever get it back.

    • Never give out your personal information to someone you meet online, no matter what the circumstance or why they say they need it.

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    Re: Sweetheart Scammer or did this really hot person pick me above all others?

    Today's piece of work Eric Roberts/ James Johnson/ Kaiser Soze? This is nice in that there are two live links to Facebook so that the scam can be played out in real time or he could be reported to Facebook, who seems to be asleep at the wheel. I sure do hope he accepts my friend request.

    https://www.facebook.com/eric.robert.1044
    https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005329472231

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    You can't imagine how I was to find that they both caught the same boy trying to steal their motorcycles. And the boy in the picture, where did we see him before? Come to think of it everything on these two pages is identical. Real Headscratcher!! Do not send this person money. You will never see it again.

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    These nice folks were good enough to share some of his ever so touching emails. Touching I tell you.

    Romance Scam • Johnson James, johnson.james654@yahoo.com

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    Maybe with all this exposure these people will finally at least be slowed down a bit. They will try anything!! All they want is your money and more of your money... Thanks for joining the group, Ribshaw.
    Don't get ripped off!! Stay informed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by scratchycat View Post
    Maybe with all this exposure these people will finally at least be slowed down a bit. They will try anything!! All they want is your money and more of your money... Thanks for joining the group, Ribshaw.
    Thanks Scratchy. Its a good diversion from the normal hucksters, although I got a good dressing down from Facebook for the trick I played yesterday to expose a one of these scammers. LOL.
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    Re: Sweetheart Scammer or did this really hot person pick me above all others?

    Today's scammer profile was already had a good work up, so I am just posting and linking which I like. The scammer using the profile is a live link as of today. Facebook seems sort of lax about closing profiles of hucksters. Although they were plenty happy to warn me about losing my profile if I pulled another stunt like I did with yesterday's scammer. So it is, if you have a minute please stop by and report these profiles as being fake. There is a downward facing arrow next to the message button, takes 10 seconds tops.

    https://www.facebook.com/mamie.williams.902

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    Here is some of his/her handywork and common pictures used.

    Romance Scam • Mamie Williams, mamiewilliams23@yahoo.com

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    Be safe out there, never send money to someone on line that you don't know and remember you never know who is on the other side of the keyboard.

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    Hello Ribshaw. This is interesting stuff.

    Here in the UK, we often read in the "red top" newspapers sad stories about women of a certain age meeting someone online who starts out, seemingly convincing, and then starts spinning them a line. Sooner or later thay start asking for money. Or sometimes they meet handsome toyboys on foreigh holidays and fall in love, but sadly the young men only want a UK passport (which is a different topic, I know)

    What I don't get is why people send money to people they honestly don't know! You wouldn't give it to a stranger in the street, why give it to someone you have met online?

    I am on Facebook and when I was newly on it, someone I didn't know - an American, actually! - said I had a "cute photo" and would I like to chat with him? Er.....no. I didn't respond and cnahged my settings so I was not visible to the world. That put paid to that sharpish, and I would never respond to anyone I didn't know anyway.

    But I am puzzled. What makes sensible men and women lose their common sense and their grip on reality?

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    Re: Sweetheart Scammer or did this really hot person pick me above all others?

    Thanks Della, I am actually having some fun researching it and have met some great people in this part of the scam community. Some I suspect were victims and others hobbyists like ourselves or some combination thereof. I remember years back, pre-interwebs, signing up for a dating service in the mail, a month later I got a letter that said "sorry no matches in your area, we will extend your membership". For all I know I am still a member, never did hear from them again.
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    Re: Sweetheart Scammer or did this really hot person pick me above all others?

    Today's scammer goes by the name of James Gerrad, except when he uses the name Nicholas Evans. Once again Facebook appears to be asleep at the wheel on this one, but is plenty awake when trying to warn folks about scammers. Got another stern warning, for warning. Makes sense.

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    https://www.facebook.com/people/Jame...00005123263449
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    https://www.facebook.com/nicholas.evan.31

    The most common photos are uploaded below, please do stop by and report Mr Gerrard-Nichols, he is obviously crying out for attention and wants to be stopped.

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    But who's the clone and who's the real thing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kschang View Post
    But who's the clone and who's the real thing?
    My Spidey senses tell me that none are the real thing. Every profile has almost identical details with a separate list of friends. However, thorough the miracles of modern technology they have ALL been invited to meet this fellow in hopes of sorting out any confusion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ribshaw View Post
    Thanks Scratchy. Its a good diversion from the normal hucksters, although I got a good dressing down from Facebook for the trick I played yesterday to expose a one of these scammers. LOL.
    Sorry to hear that!! On the group I am in, they are always playing games with the 'lovers' - I hope they don't get really hurt doing that. Those people are ruthless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Della Cate View Post
    Hello Ribshaw. This is interesting stuff.

    Here in the UK, we often read in the "red top" newspapers sad stories about women of a certain age meeting someone online who starts out, seemingly convincing, and then starts spinning them a line. Sooner or later thay start asking for money. Or sometimes they meet handsome toyboys on foreigh holidays and fall in love, but sadly the young men only want a UK passport (which is a different topic, I know)

    What I don't get is why people send money to people they honestly don't know! You wouldn't give it to a stranger in the street, why give it to someone you have met online?

    I am on Facebook and when I was newly on it, someone I didn't know - an American, actually! - said I had a "cute photo" and would I like to chat with him? Er.....no. I didn't respond and cnahged my settings so I was not visible to the world. That put paid to that sharpish, and I would never respond to anyone I didn't know anyway.

    But I am puzzled. What makes sensible men and women lose their common sense and their grip on reality?
    It puzzles me also Della but they actually do it. When I first joined a group relating to this scheme, the person who started that group do so because she had been scammed over a period of years. She has MS and disabilities, so I feel sure she was longing for attention and she found it but not what she wanted. It was a Nigerian scheme and she had no idea. They had this online relationship for a period before he wanted to come visit her but needed money for tickets, etc. She sent it, then something else came up and he could not make the trip because his mom died or something. As told by her, she wound up spending some $3,000 before she realized it was a scam and reported it but her money was gone. I have seen this same person actually falling for other scams. Do people ever learn??
    Don't get ripped off!! Stay informed!

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