Something to share with the ladies out there… I hope to bring awareness to all women out there… especially in Singapore… Theses scammers are residing in Malaysia, KL or even Penang…
I personally met with one recently… but glad that I managed to pull away fast before it got worse… So ladies, please read and passed the message to all your female friends out there…
What is a Romance Scam
How The Scams Work
Scammers are on dating sites, and social networks setting up fake profiles. Scammers will pose under the disguise of beautiful pictures as either male or female claiming to be from the United States. The scammer weaves a story of a successful business person working over seas, having no family; they present themselves as a thoughtful, caring and loving individual who is looking for their soul mate. The scammers are good at what they do; they ask lots of questions of the victim regarding what they want in their lives.
The scammer then takes the information and turns it into a dream that becomes a reality to the victim. They use words we all like to hear to woo our hearts so they can burn our souls. They use psychology to hold you in their spell. Once they have established a relationship then the scamming begins. In all cases the plea for Financial assistance is the key to the scam. This can be for assistance in cashing a check that they are unable to cash themselves and also asking for financial assistance to help them out of a difficulty they are having. They have landed in a hotel and now cannot pay the bill so the hotel is holding all their papers so they cannot leave. They are desperate to come to you but need your help with the money to manage that. They were mugged and are in the hospital and need you to pay their hospital bill as they are being held hostage until it is paid.
Steps to Take
Steps To Take When You Have Been Scammed
1.Immediately cease all contact with the scammer! Block their email address, ignore their instant messages, ignore their phone calls.
2.Contact Western Union to see if the payment has not been picked up yet.
3.Make copies if your email conversations, and instant messages. Keep originals for yourself, give copies to the various reporting agencies, and keep all receipts and envelopes, anything that can be used as evidence.
4.Report scammer to dating site you were contacted on, Yahoo Profiles, the FBI IC3 , police department (make a report) and our Database.
5.Contact the bank fraud department and make payment arraignments if a check/money order has been found fraudulent and you owe money to them.
6.Contact your Postal Carrier/Post Office and ask that no packages to be delivered at your home/ work. Also bring checks and Money orders that you received to the Post Office to make a report and turned them over.
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To be continued in next article : Blackmail with Webcam