Not everyone using online dating sites is looking for love. Scammers create fake online profiles using photos of other people — even stolen pictures of real military personnel. They profess their love quickly. And they tug at your heartstrings with made-up stories about how they need money — for emergencies, hospital bills, or travel.
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That was when Ortiz-Rodeghero discovered a website called seniorpeoplemeet. Soon after, a man claiming to be an Army major general named Wayne Jackson contacted her. He sent her a picture of a dashing, dark-haired man in fatigues. The man featured Sweet housewives seeking nsa Kirkwood the photo saw his image being used in online news reports and subsequently contacted ABCNews.
The year military veteran, who retired last year, said his picture had been stolen from his former MySpace. I don't. Certainly not in this venue.
In the scammer's initial messages to Ortiz-Rodeghero, he reportedly said he was stationed in Iraq, but he claimed he was going to retire and come home to the United States. He also claimed his sister had told him about the website and "convinced" him to use it, she said.
Of course, that was impossible, she said he told her, because he was in Iraq. By he claimed to have left Iraq for Japan where he was meeting with potential business partners, because he "had lined up Naughty woman want sex tonight Morrisville cars to be shipped to the states and that they had to go through some sort of quarantine and he needed money for that to be covered," Ortiz-Rodeghero said.
I'll take care of you, don't worry. But that day never came. She kept sending more and more money, until she had tapped out her k and personal savings.
I have been had,'" Ortiz-Rodeghero said. His last IM was about two and a half weeks ago and even then, he was still asking me for money. Ortiz-Rodeghero is sharing her story now, she said, in the hopes of educating others who could fall prey to a similar imposter.
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The fraudster had tricked Joan Romano of Lynbrook, N. She later found out the picture of the "soldier" she had been corresponding with had been stolen from MySpace. It belonged to a lieutenant in the U. Army who had no idea his photo was being used in that way.
Detecting online romance scams
The Internet Crime Complaint Center IC3a government organization that refers cyber crime complaints to law enforcement agencies, says people 40 and older who are divorced, widowed, or disabled are most likely to fall prey to online dating scams. There are several warning s that indicate your online Naughty woman want sex tonight Clarks Summit may be nothing but smoke and mirrors. Often scammers will use gifts, such as poetry or flowers, to entice victims.
They are abnormally quick to announce their "love" for the victim, and they also use sob stories about their own personal hardships to gain sympathy. Oftentimes they reveal they aren't located in the United States. As the "relationship" progresses, the con artist will eventually ask for money.
They may seek cash, money orders or wire transfers. Even more subtle, the crooks sometimes also ask victims to ship packages for them. The website lookstoogoodtobetrue. Other resources include PigBusters.
If you believe you're the victim of online fraud, the FBI suggests filing a complaint with the National White Collar Crime Center by calling For Ortiz-Rodeghero, after being scammed out of nearly half a million dollars, her first experience with online dating will also be her last. LOG IN.
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