Internet Romantic Scammers and Catfishers
There are basically two types of scammers that you need to know about. The first is the “homegrown” scammer who is a real person and with whom you have an opportunity to meet face to face. Now this type of scammer can also be catfishing you, but the actual person is real and could possibly meet you.
The second type of scammer is the professional international criminal scammer with you will never have an opportunity to meet because the catfishing that he uses is not real.
When you are lonely you set yourself up for being a victim of scammers who promise you a way out of your loneliness by providing you with a relationship. However, scammers just want your money and what they do to you is terrible for your health. Not only is it terrible for your financial health, but it is also terrible for your emotional health, your mental health, and your physical health.
This is what I see to be a significant problem on the internet with respect to internet dating. Hundreds of thousands of victims (“scamees”) are being robbed everyday of their savings, retirement accounts, and money that they need to live on by these predator criminals preying on lonely individuals who are looking for a relationship.
Scamming is defined as a fraudulent scheme perpetrated by a dishonest individual or group of individuals in an attempt to obtain money or something else of value. Scams traditionally resided in confidence tricks in which an individual would misrepresent themselves. Synonyms include swindle, cheat, deceive, trick, dupe, hoodwink, double cross, gull, ripoff, con, fleece, shaft, hose, sting, bilk, diddle, rook, gyp, finagle, bamboozle, flimflam, put one over on, pull a fast one, sticker, horn swaddle and stiff. The estimated annual loss in people’s monies from scamming of all types is in the billions of dollars.
The most common type of romantic scam these days makes use of “catfishing”. Catfishing is defined as pretending to be someone you are not by the use of fraudulent biographical information and/or fraudulent pictures. Catfished pictures can be stolen from another individual on the internet or be the result of a private photography shoot.
One of the easiest ways to quickly escape this trap is to ask for a picture of your love interest and compare it with catfished photographs which you can obtain with a reverse image search. Some of these criminals are master scammers (called bosses) with hundreds or more scams in their experience portfolio.
Don’t interact with them because they will win and you will lose.
If you hear or read this, It’s a scam. Bail out, block, and report the scammer!
If there is a 30 +/- year difference between your ages and the person says to you, “No worry, age is just a number or age is timeless when you are with someone special.”
The scammer makes protestations of love (“I love you so much, baby”) very early on in the relationship. Perhaps as early as the 3rd text message and repeats this protestation often in their messages.
The scammer tells you a lie and then continues one after another.
You get the scammer on a telephone call and the connection sounds like it’s coming from deepest Africa. Calls are often dropped for no reason and you can often hear other people talking in the background or background barnyard animals.
If you hear yourself saying, “This is too good to be true.” It is.
African scammers often drop the “I” in their correspondence or ignore capitalization rules. (“i don’t go to clubs.”), (“am gonna be honest with you, alright”). They often finish a sentence with “as you say” or will say, “you okay with that, right?” They like to say, “Sure i do or sure i will.” If their syntax has a lot of, “really?”, “okay, thanks for that,” “that’s really good to hear,” and “as well” at the end of sentences you are probably talking to an African scammer. They often end a word with an “s” that shouldn’t be there (for example: “whiles i am waiting for you.”)
They often ask, “Do you have IM by chance? I only use messenger when I want to chat. It will be much easier if we get to talk on there also since due to security reason’s I can’t call you for now”.
Scammers from Africa have poor telephone connections and don’t want you to hear their real voice. They can physically alter their voice to sound like a woman or a man, and some have electronic voice changing assistance devises.
Scammers will bring up in your conversation on a frequent basis the issue of trust: “Why don’t you trust me?” or “I would never lie to you baby,” or “If you don’t trust me baby we might as well end our relationship.”
Remember all scammers are con men or women and their early goal is to gain your confidence and trust. If they are unable to do this they don’t get a payday. Look for the trust issue be brought up frequently if you’re dealing with a scammer.
And remember: Sooner or later every scammer will ask for money or something of value.