In the event you do lose money, be warned that your chances of getting it back are almost nil. Furthermore, this type of crime is not a priority for local police and it is difficult to prosecute these cases. The Embassy can offer a sympathetic ear, share information on protecting yourself against such scams, and help you determine if your situation is real or fraudulent, but cannot do much else.
Victims can report the scam to the FBI at www. The anonymity of the internet means that the U. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
If you suspect you may be the victim of a scam, please read through our information on Resources for Victims of International Financial Scams. In the aftermath of a scam, some people have also found support and camaraderie at the following sites started by and for scam victims.
Participants have reported that the groups help underscore the breadth of the problem and allow people to see they are not alone. Ask them to take a photo holding a unique phrase or their own name on it and send it to you. Ask to have a live video talk using Skype or Facetime. Professional photos are a red flag.
Look for amateur photos — and more than one. Look for detail in photos — wedding rings, locations, activities, time of day, how they are dressed — to see if it matches.
U.S. citizens should be alert to attempts at fraud by persons who profess friendship or romantic interest over the Internet, especially those claiming to be U.S. Africa · Ghana · Greater Accra · Accra · Accra Travel Forum · Browse all Introductory letters on dating websites are often copied by catfish scammers. See if the.
Someone claiming that a photo is from a July 4th fireworks party, who is dressed in a fur coat, in daylight, might be a dead giveaway that someone is lying. Using a free inspection service that shows the location and time that a photo was originally taken can shed light on a photo liar. Introductory letters on dating websites are often copied by catfish scammers.
See if the same information appears in other places or has been copied from someone else by searching for it online. For example, someone claiming to be from St. Hear the words when you read their writing, and check their spelling and grammar. A line that sounds like it could be from someone in a far-off country but portraying themselves to be in your same city will usually have a local dialect misfire.
Red flags should be raised if, right off the bat, they want to get you to instant message or email, taking you off of the dating site where you originally met. Always create and use a unique email address that is different than your personal and professional addresses when setting up a dating website profile. Watch out for someone rushing things. They play on your sympathy and strike when you are the most vulnerable — caught up in the romance and emotional. Inquire about where they are from, and verify landmarks and spellings of cities online.
Catfishers like to ask you a lot of questions, but seldom let you go deep into their lives, coming up with excuses about why they are reluctant to offer more personal information about themselves.
If they ask for money, lock them out of your life. Shut off communication immediately, and close all open doors if you have a hint that it is a sympathy scam.
Although most catfishers are not after money, this one should be a wake-up call to a scam. At this point, if someone has no Facebook page, but they are sophisticated enough to create an online dating profile, be warned. Also look out for potential fake Facebook pages. Signs of a fake Facebook profile can include the fact that the Facebook page was started near the same time that a dating profile elsewhere was established, if few photos are posted, or if there are no people tagged in their photos to show a connection in a relationship.
If they are on Twitter, read through historic tweets to see if the story they tell matches up to the same the person you are prospectively dating. Like Facebook, Twitter accounts created around the same time as dating profiles should be treated with caution. Im in love with an us young lady 29 years old. We exchange all sort of pics even private ones for eyes only she wants to get married in kumasi but she said to me that i suppose to send euros that i find to much for a ghana register.
She does not have skype and she just message me everyday. Im in doubt about her thru identity because she just speak on the telephone fwice and her voice sound like a very young girl. What should i do ask an agency to check on her or just forget about this dream of a woman? My dear registering marriage in Ghana needs both parties to be present which cost less than euros, unless its under special liences which is also less than euros.