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Top 10 Internet Romance Scam WARNING SIGNS

by Dana Young, Detective

  1. You Are New to an Internet Dating Site
  2. Recent Widow or Widower (prime target)
  3. Middle Class to Wealthy
  4. Mid 30's + 
  5. Never Met or Seen Them in Person 
  6. They Live Abroad or in Another City
  7. Whirlwind Romance, Poems, Sexting, LOVE
  8. Business, Financial or Health Problems Arise They Don't Ask for Money
  9. You Offer to Send Money To Help
  10. They Have an Accent 



Often these scams are initiated through contact from dating sites you have registered with, usually within a few days to a few weeks of joining.

The scammers use your dating profile as a template.  It is the perfect fraud because you provide all your wants and needs and they can just swoop in and be the  PERFECT MATCH.  They create a whirlwind romance and you will not have time to think.  They get you off of the dating site quickly and onto yahoo or another free e-mail exchange and exchange phone numbers to call & text.  They will text and call morning noon and night, send poetry, have a favorite song, If you are sexual they will want to exchange pictures or videos of each other.    If you ask them to Skype they will always have an excuse as to why they have no access to use it.

 This fraud is done on men, women, straight, gay.  Prime targets are widowed and new to a dating site. 

The above pictures are of actual YAHOO BOYS that work the internet dating scams primarily from Nigeria and Northern Africa.  They rake in the money from targets in western countries.  

They use their girlfriends to talk to men but most of the computer messages, money direction, and poems come from the boys. They have been known to use voice altering devices to change gender and to not have an accent.  

The other people pictures are nice generic pictures of the type they take from the internet or off of stolen phones of westerners on vacation to portray the person romancing you.  You fall for a .  vision of what they think you will like based on your profile and make you fall in love with an idea they promote.

This type of scam can come from Russia/eastern block, Gypsy's, and most frequently Nigerians operating worldwide.  

Some of this money is used for terrorism, laundered worldwide though other scams and of course the scammers get a good cut and live large in their country.

Discovery can investigate and confirm it is fraud, and if not out of country may be able to help effect prosecution and/or asset recovery.

However, most of the time the assets are already laundered and spent and for prosecution out of the country, for the past two years the FBI and Secret Service have had their hands tied in regards to Prosecution of these crimes.  They have been putting all resources to anti-terrorism.  Because of this, even if we have information for arrests they are not cooperating in carrying them out.  WE keep a close eye on this and it can change with a new administration. 

Call and consult with Detective Dana Young. 480-946-7173.  She has over twenty years as an expert in fraud rings.

Help and additional information for victims

A great book on this topic written by a savvy business woman and victim is The Real Man Behind the Screen to order the book by D L Garren.

​A great victim support groupSilent No More for more info and to join.

Dana Young at Discovery 480-946-7173 is a fraud ring expert investigator with over twenty years experience. 

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Top 10 Romance Internet Scam WARNING SIGNS

by Dana Young, Detective

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