How to spot a romance scam

While the Four Corners team is filming, Kweiku returns a missed video call from the woman and blocks his webcam with his finger so she can't see him. The conversation switches gears between declarations of love, sex talk and insistent requests for gifts and money. It's really hard times here baby," he tells her.

Sometimes I feel like, wow, this lady, she's really in some misery or pain because she really wants to see me and she can't see me. Kweiku's friend 'Skidoo' introduced him to the scamming business. He believes he knows the way to a woman's heart and her bank account. I wanted to check on you. Have you eaten all the stuffs? Maybe it's been long since she met someone like that, it's been a long time since someone pampered her.

It's been long since someone told her sweet things, you understand. In a packed internet cafe in a commercial town west of Accra, we find teenage boys and young men in front of every screen, logged in on dating sites under names like Jessica, Mary and Jennifer. The teenagers, known in Ghana as 'cafe boys' or 'browsers', are searching for middle-aged and elderly men in the US, Australia and Canada, and luring them to chat on Google Hangouts. I'm horny," the Australian man writes to him. And I will make sure to make him happy, like he will fall in love with me. Mohamed tells Four Corners he has been doing this since he was 16 to make a living, or sometimes just to earn credit for his phone.

Each time they "play", Mohamed tells his targets his webcam is broken and instead sends videos of the woman he claims to be. The Australian man has been sending webcam equipment to Ghana so he can finally see and hear her live. I thought we were in the beginning of something long term. Ghana has more phones than people. With high youth unemployment and cheap internet, online fraud is booming. At a shrine on the outskirts of Accra, businesswoman and celebrity fetish priestess Nana Agradaa casts spells for her customers to help them make money. We watch as Nana Agraada invokes her spirits in front of a wooden idol, covered in photos of westerners which have been brought to her by cafe boys.

She chants, spits schnapps and pours talcum powder on her idols, as she demonstrates one of her most popular incantations with an assistant. Cafe boys like Mohamed, Kweiku and Skidoo are the bottom feeders in a global enterprise which has spread from nearby Nigeria. The FBI reports formidable crime organisations which originated in Nigeria have spread to more than 80 countries and are making billions of dollars a year from scams alone.

This is how, in some cases, victims of romance scams are traded among criminals to be used in much larger crimes, including drug trafficking and money laundering.

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No money is exchanging here. This sounds like an Antonio Rodriguez. He claims to be an orthopedic surgeon in the army, widowed, 13 year old going to school in Turkey. First he was running out of minutes and could I get a gift card that he could use for minutes. Then calm for a couple of weeks. Then said he was on a mission, got shot and was awarded money by the Iranian Govt, 2. Then it was their camp had been discovered and shot up but he escaped and needed to get him out ASAP.

Now luckily I kept saying no, and never sent him anything. Could we exchange emails?? Adrian Rodriguez is what he went by, orthopaedic surgeon in Yemen Yeah, this orthopedic doctor in Africa telling me he lost wife to Cancer. His Name was Mark David. Googled and found this guy looked nothing like any Mark David and no one by that name an orthooedic doctor. Mine goes by David Mark but a contractor in oil and gas living in Detroit and has an offshore oil pipeline project in Sarawak Malaysia. He uses photos of a Brazilian broadcast journalist by the name of Dony De Nuccio when I did reverse image search on Google with the most recent photo he sent to me on WhatsApp.

Wife died 5 yrs ago while on a business trip, has son 11 yrs old. Owen just had birthday April 26th and Wilson's bday is May 4th!!

Frank Williams is without a doubt a scam artist. Tried it with me but I love to investigate things I have been approached by the same one, I guess.. How can I share a photo with you for reassurance? I know what you mean. I met a guy online.

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He is in Afghanistan working. He is an orthopedic doctor. A widow with a daughter. He asked for an iTunes card to upgrade an Apple computer. I probable talked to the same guy So far no money but I quit talking to him because he was 19 yrs. Red flag A lot of these "same" guys are working from a call room with the same script. It's a job, they leave at the end of their shift. Sometimes the feds can work with foreign gov't to stop this but most often not - the call room just moves. Beware of anyone that you don't know personally asking for money and even those that you do know be weary.

His name is Nicolas Hamson except now he is in solmia his daughter sonia isboarding school in cleveland because. His wife died in a horrible car accident while carrying his second child to bad he couldn't remember her name. Hes been texting me for the better part of 3 months and I am suppose to send him He told me that he lived in Rochester, NY.

Travis had 2 sons Bryan and James that were left without a mother and had to stay with their grandmother until he could come home. I started digging some more and found out the pic he used for his profile was stolen. I confronted him and called him a scammer and a liar. Travis also got very upset when I called him that. I also had his cell number traced and it lead right to Nigeria. He actually threatened me after I told him I had his cell number tracked.

There were lots of fake documents in my scam story as well and Hangouts is where he hung out. One day I decided to enter his cell number on WhatsApp just to see if he used it as well. Not only did he use it, a real picture of him came up and I saved it. I have a big binder bursting at the seams with information on this scammer Travis Gary. I think we are all getting the same person or group of scammers. I cannot believe how similar our stories are. If only we could all put our documents together and share with the FTC and FBI they could open up 1 big case and apprehend these scammers.

I would be happy with catching one scammer at a time just to make a small dent into this big problem. My case involved fraud and money laundering and 3 mules in the US knowingly or unknowingly aided and abetted these thieves. I have been taking w Nicholas Hansen too. I have pictures. Said he was Divorced with two children in California. The difference here is, 1. He has sent gifts to both my daughter and me and at times we get into big arguments about different things.

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I have sent him gift cards but I am not sure what is going on with him, I have over 25 pictures of him, I have been chatting with him since Thanksgiving of last year and he is divorced with a 6 yo son and his name is Allan. I will share pictures if anyone has this type of senecio. I too was talking to a so called orthopedic Dr. I sent no money. He went by Freddy Starks.

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Comments submitted to this blog become part of the public domain. Also, do not use this blog to report fraud; instead, file a complaint. Get Email Updates. Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information. Search form Search. Romance scams will cost you. Share this page Facebook Twitter Linked-In. February 12, by Lisa Weintraub Schifferle. How can you avoid romance scams? Take it slowly. Ask questions and look for inconsistent answers.

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Talk to someone about this new love interest. And pay attention if your friends or family are concerned. If you suspect a romance scam, cut off contact right away. Then, report to the scam to the FTC at ftc. Notify the dating site where you met the scammer, too. Tagged with: imposter , online dating , scam. Blog Topics:. Maurice Asola Fadola charmed vulnerable lonely women during his 'Rom Con' scam, sending flowers on their birthdays and bombarding them with flattering messages and poetry.

But he would soon claim to be in some sort of financial difficulty and ask the often widowed pensioners to send cash his way - which he used to pay for a lavish gold-plated mansion in his home country. The conman, believed to be in his 40s, has now been unmasked as one of the world's most prolific online dating fraudsters as his callous crimes left some victims penniless and even HOMELESS. At least 19 British victims were spun an elaborate web of lies as Fadola used pictures of US Army servicemen plundered from the web to claim he was serving in Iraq and needed cash for emergency medical treatment, customs charges or even to buy his way out of the army.

After almost three years of heartache and accusations, Fadola has now been sentenced in his native country to five years in prison and ordered to repay his victims in full. One victim, year-old grandmother Katherine Clark from Southsea, Hampshire, travelled to Ghana to give evidence against Fadola. She had lost her husband 30 years previously and was charmed by the conman, who this time claimed to be a British builder named Bruce living in London. Speaking to Sky News in , she said: "He made feel great, he made me feel wanted and that he was genuine.

It was a nice feeling. Fadola soon told Ms Clark he was moving to Ghana and encouraged her to send money to him to invest in a mining company. She even travelled to the West African country at one point to meet 'Bruce' and encountered Fadola - who was pretending to be Bruce's driver.