After they form a “relationship,” they come up with reasons to ask their love interest to set up a new bank account.
The scammers transfer stolen money into the new account, and then tell their victims to wire the money out of the country.
The first excuse was his son got in the car accident, and his most recent excuse was that he had been robbed of 00 and his laptop, so now my Mom is looking at laptops. Sounds very similar to a women senior I'm trying Even his fake daughter called me and we texted for months... I also notified a woman in TX he was scamming as he had me send money through her bank acct. They has their own e-mails and they're well taken cared of by the insurance and government... Sheila - This german guy sounds alot like my scammer. My scammer's wife had leukemia and daughter's birthday was June 14. He's tried to get me to give him Itunes cards and then to transfer a large check he was going to send me and I could keep out of it like a thousand dollars and send the rest on to his sister who is taking care of his daughter for him.
He never asked me for money but would get furious because I told him I would chat with other military men.
There may be tens of thousands of victims, and only a small fraction report it to the FTC.
If this happens to you, please report it at ftc.gov/complaint — click on Scams and Rip-Offs, then select Romance Scams. He said he was interested in me and wanted to exchange mails.
Victims think they’re just helping out their soulmate, never realizing they’re aiding and abetting a crime.
Here are some warning signs that an online love interest might be a fake.