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  • Romance Scams Tips

    Conversations with a Scammer Tip Sheet

    The Scam

    Scammers are on dating sites and social networks setting up fake profiles. Scammers will pose under the guise of beautiful photos as either men or women claiming to be from the United States. The scammer weaves a story of a successful business person working overseas, 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, 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 they are unable to cash themselves or 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.

    When you talk with a scammer, you are talking to a team of scammers, not just one person. The photo you see on IM or in email are of models or other victims. The pictures below are of real scammers.

    scammerRounded Rectangular Callout: hello baby how are u doing today

    scammerRounded Rectangular Callout: i have a feelings for u when i first saw ur profile

    scammerRounded Rectangular Callout: Im so much in love with u baby. And cant wait to hold u in my Arms. Where have u been all my life

    scammerRounded Rectangular Callout: sweetie I need you to help me out.. Can you plz Get me about 14k and will pay Back when i get home

    scammerRounded Rectangular Callout: I Love you Babe I want to spend the Rest of My Life with you- thank u for the help


    After being scammed you are put on a “contact” list by the scammers. You will be receiving random instant messages and emails from people you do not know. These are scammers trying to scam you again. Please do not respond. Immediately block them. You will usually know within 5 minutes if it is a scammer by looking at the profile, how they write/speak, their photo, they state they live in Nigeria, they confess their love in the first meeting, they claim God brought you to them, etc. After you keep blocking them, they will stop and you will be placed on a “NO” contact list.

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