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One of the women – a 60-year-old artist from the West Country – was duped by a person calling himself Martin Peterson, a 58-year-old Danish-American widower. Steve has since increased his security settings on his social media posts but says he needs to have an active public profile because of his job as a public speaker.
It was her first attempt at internet dating since she was widowed three years ago and said she ‘felt like a total idiot’ after thinking she had met Prince Charming. Zoosk told uk: ‘We take incidents like this very seriously.
‘Photo verification makes it hard for con artists to impersonate someone whose photographs they stole online.’ Elite Singles and Sussex Police have been contacted for comment.
Not everyone using online dating sites is looking for love. As if all that isn’t bad enough, romance scammers are now involving their victims in online bank fraud.
If you open a bank account, you tell the bank your name and your social security number. If this is a scam, the man might transfer stolen money into the account. I don't know which dating site u met this General on, but be aware that I have been sent 2-3 friend requests on Tango with this same name. These guys say the most beautiful things n tell u they love adore n want to spend the rest of their lives with you. They are scammers that do not care about u whatsoever. Most of them pose as widowed engineers with a child. They will try to transfer money into this acct, with ur name on it, via check. Thank God my bank caught the check which had been altered. Sure he scammed me for money but in the interim I learned a very valuable lesson. Im pretty sure this romance scam is happening too me his name is richard lance says hes a sgt stationed in africa hes got 2 kids wife died 2 years ago etc hes nevet asked for money but asked me to send a gift card to his sone i told him no hes basically made me fall in love anywsys he offered to give me money to help with my kids since my health is so bad i ignorantly gave him my login info he tried depositing a check into it but the check is in someone elses name my bank held it saying itd been altered but then said it will be available on the 21st im not exactly sure what to do or if i should say its fraud If you tell someone your bank account number they can take money out of your account.
A scammer might trick you into helping him transfer stolen money. After 2 months of texting, he asked me for 0 in ITunes cards. I had already covered myself by saying I lived strictly on my social security. When I turned him down, I didn't expect him to come back but a few days later, he was back romancing again but in 2 weeks he was asking for the money again. I did a reverse phone search and this guy has 10 addresses in California.
If you get involved in a scheme, you could lose money or personal information and get in legal trouble. There should be something they can do to investigate.And Steve was completely stunned by the news – because he is happily married to his husband and has never visited the dating sites.Steve said he went public to ‘devalue’ the stolen photos because so many from his professional and personal life had been stolen by the con artists and it would hopefully stop them for good. ”‘ Another woman, who used the name Isobel online, had been conned by ‘Christian Hansen’, a divorced Danish-American on Elite Singles.Completely unbeknownst to him, the imposters were using the photos to set up fake profiles of men called Martin, Christian and Sebastian on Zoosk, Elite Singles and Facebook.But the first he heard of the scam was when a woman called Birgit Hebibi, 54, contacted him on social media after ‘Sebastian’, 50, had been chatting to her and claimed to be a Brit working in Thailand before asking for money.