If you are involved in an online dating relationship and sent your so-called partner money, you must not chase that money and realize that the next part of the fraud is the chase.
Let's step back a moment and say your chatting partner is an engineer working a large project in Kyiv, Abu Dhabi, or Manitoba. He tells you production has halted because a part broke on the machine and he needs to order a new piece for ten thousand euros. However, he has a dilemma, the company has yet to pay him, but they will pay him in two weeks. He will then make his problem your problem.
Mr. Romeo Scammer will casually ask you for a loan. He will swear up and down that he will pay you back in two weeks. He will send you a certificate stating he has a multimillion-euro contract with the government of Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, Monaco, or even Xanadu; either way, it is fake.
You who are smitten by the fraudster agrees to help him and sends the money via bank transfer, TransferWise, Money Gram or Western Union. Ironically Mr. Romeo Scammer will not receive the money directly; he will tell you to send it to a third party. The name could be Russian, Turkish, or Nigerian. Copy and paste the name into Google, check out where that name originates. Think about this, if he is ordering a new piece for his machine, shouldn't the money be paid by a credit card to a company, one that has a legitimate website. Not a bank account located in Turkey, Mongolia, or Nigeria? Would a machine company pick up payment via Western Union?
If you fell for the scam, be aware the second part is coming, chasing the money. The scammer will tell you that some government froze his funds because of money laundering, terrorism, or natural disaster. Even worse, the part he ordered is not ten-thousand but twenty thousand. Guess what; he needs another ten thousand from you to pay for the machinery, do the work, and get paid. Once paid, he will send you back your twenty-thousand dollars, euros, Swiss franc, whatever.
Privacy Expert, Frank M. Ahearn explains how to identify a romance scammer.
Frank M. Ahearn educates victims on romance scams.
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