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FTC: Americans lose $143 million in romance scams last year

Editor’s note: Here’s a press release from the Federal Trade Commission, February 12, 2019:

New FTC Data Spotlight details big jump in losses, complaints about romance scams

Scammers who use love to target consumers not only take an emotional toll on their victims, but can also take a financial one as well. New complaint data released today by the Federal Trade Commission shows romance scams generated more reported losses than any other consumer fraud type reported to the agency in 2018.

In the last three years, many more consumers have reported romance scams to the FTC’s Consumer Sentinel database, with much higher total reported losses from those scams, according to the Commission’s latest Consumer Protection Data SpotlightRead more

Australian woman loses $305,000 in romance scam

Scammers continue to pose as American soldiers. In a terrible recent romance scam, a 34-year-old woman from Brisbane, Australia lost AU$305,000 (US$220,210) to a man posing as a US soldier.

The con man, Cosmos Emeh, 32, claimed to be deployed in Syria, but he was actually also living in Brisbane, with his Australian partner. He convinced the target to send him $200,000 via a money transfer service. Then, in a highly unusual twist, he actually showed up at the woman’s home, claiming to be a “fixer” for the soldier, and collected and additional $105,000.

Finally, the woman called the police. The cops conducted a sting operation and caught the guy. This was also highly unusual — usually, Internet … Read more

If you’ve met a U.S. Army officer online, he might be in this lineup

10 Nigerian love fraud scammers were arrested for posing as U.S. Army officers.

Thousands of scammers are online, posing as U.S. military, trying to entice unsuspecting victims into sending them money. Authorities in Nigeria just arrested 10 men who were doing just that. Here’s the news:

Love scam: 10 Nigerians pose as U.S. Army officers, on NewTelegraphng.com.

In romance scams, con artists may spend two to three months grooming their targets (that would be you). They slowly gain the target’s trust, proclaim love, and promise to be together. Then they start asking for money. If you hear any of the following, it is a scam:

  • “I need money for a satellite phone.”
  • “I need to pay for official
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Asian cops bust S$19 million love scam syndicate

Devices and ATM cards seized in operation (Commercial Crime Investigation Dept. Royal Malaysia Police).

Cops in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong take Internet romance scams seriously — which is more than I can say for U.S. and European authorities. Asian cops just busted a love scam crime ring that had swindled victims out of more than Singapore $19.45 million (US$14.08 million).

Officers arrested 19 suspects in the same syndicate: 15 Malaysian women, 1 Malaysian man, 2 Nigerian men and 1 Chinese woman. Did you catch that? The people doing the scamming were mostly women!

These suspects swindled 146 people. Eight of the victims in Singapore lost more than $450,000.

Love scam syndicate worth nearly S$20 million crippled by Read more

Hong Kong businesswoman loses almost $3 million in online love scam

Online love scams are running rampant in Asia. A 66-year-old widow and businesswoman from Hong Kong sent HK$23 million (US$ 2.9 million) to a man she met online, but never met in person. The con artist posed as a British engineer who needed money for his projects. The woman sent him the money in more than 200 transactions between April 2014 and July 2018.

Hong Kong lonely heart loses $23 million to an online love scam, on InkStoneNews.com.

In the meantime, 280 cases of Internet love scams were reported in Singapore over the first half of 2018. The victims lost a total of SG$ 12 million (US$ 8.7 million).

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Yahoo Boys swindle $12.7 million from Hong Kong women in four months

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The Yahoo Boys of Africa are expanding their romance scam empires. At least two crime syndicates from Africa are preying on women in Hong Kong. In the first four months of this year, 159 Hongkongers lost US$12.7 million (HK$100 million) in romance scams. The number of fraud causes is up 200%.

The biggest loser was a 56-year-old woman living in public housing who lost US$3.4 million (HK$26.4 million) in 18 months.

Police believe the African gangs recruit local residents in Asian countries to open bank accounts, collect payments and find online targets.

Romance scams triple in Hong Kong as African masterminds recruit in Asia, on SCMP.com.

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Looking for love online? Watch out for the Yahoo Boys!

Yahoo Boys were arrested for love scams.

In Nigeria, perpetrators of online fraud are called “Yahoo Boys.” They do very well for themselves.

Three men who specialized in love scams were arrested Monday by the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). They were found with cars, laptops, mobile phones, and other property, all purchased with the money they scammed from unwitting romantic partners.

And a couple of weeks ago, a group of Yahoo boys abandoned their exotic cars at a nightclub to escape a raid by the EFCC.

If you still want to try online dating, know that the Internet is infested with predators, and be very careful.

NEVER SEND MONEY TO SOMEONE YOU MEET ONLINE.

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Gambling wife cons £3.5 million from her British husband and his family

Christopher Forte and his con artist wife, Juliana Posman.

Chris Forte of the United Kingdom fell in love with a woman he met at work, Juliana Posman, who was born in Indonesia. She told his family she needed to borrow £130,000 for immigration issues, and Forte’s parents gladly helped.

That was the beginning of the money drain. It turned out that Posman was a gambling addict and a con artist who lost £3.5 million.

My Indonesian bride, the £3.5m con artist: Forte hotel dynasty member reveals how he was left homeless and penniless after being bewitched into ‘lending’ his exotic wife his family’s ENTIRE savings, on DailyMail.co.uk.

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When white-collar criminals commit fraud, unknowing wives are devastated

Romance scamMy ex-husband, James Montgomery, was a white-collar criminal. He pretended to be a businessman, but in reality I, and the other women from whom he took more than $1 million, were his business. Federal prosecutors couldn’t be bothered going after him.

Other white-collar criminals, who are likely sociopaths like my husband, commit fraud with their employers. This gets the attention of law enforcement. When they are prosecuted, the casualties include their wives.

In an article for the New York Times, Abby Ellin describes the devastation suffered by women who had no idea what their husbands were doing. They find that other people don’t believe that they were unaware, but I do. I know what it’s like to be … Read more

The Atlantic tells the story of serial con man Derek Alldred and his multiple romance scams

Derek Alldred as a fake Navy SEAL

For several years, Lovefraud posted articles about Derek Alldred, a con man who scammed women in Minnesota, Texas and other states. He posed as a war hero, physician, investment banker and more, scamming about a dozen women out of more than $1 million.

The creep is finally in jail. And The Atlantic has written a comprehensive story of his exploits — and how his victims banded together to stop him.

The perfect man who wasn’t, on TheAtlantic.com.

My comments on the article:

  • Not once did the author mention any personality disorder. She made the statement that “America loves a con man.”
  • Because Alldred impersonated a Navy SEAL, he was investigated by
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