A reader contacted me to tell me his story of meeting a scammer on ICQ. He realised she wasn’t genuine when she asked him for money.
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This romance scam took me by surprise. It’s more serious than most of the ones I’ve personally been involved with here on Keep Safe On The Net. But it matches the experience of many of my readers over the years – readers who have been taken in by these romance scammers and lost thousands of dollars or pounds.
My sister just forwarded me this email:
If you own a domain name – for your business or for personal use, perhaps so you can have a personalised email address, you might receive one of these scam messages, which I’ve copied and pasted below (and removed the links).
These are scams and do not come from your domain registrar. This is a scammer who wants to steal your money and possibly your credit card details.
I’ve made a video about it, which you can view below.
Over the years, several people have contacted Keep Safe On The Net to tell us how they have fallen victim to romance scammers.
If you join a dating group you become vulnerable to these predators, because you are looking for a relationship with someone who is kind to you, says nice things to you and claims to want to send you presents.
Someone messaged Keep Safe On The Net to tell me that they had “been ripped off” by one of the cheap clothing ads here on Facebook. You know the ones – expensive looking clothes at apparently bargain prices.
All the photos they use are stolen from the real sellers’ websites. What you receive will probably have little or no resemblance to the stolen photos.
So I made another video about these fake clothing companies.
This fake Lotto was sent to me by a reader, who told me :
“I am a 55y/o, widow from the Philippines, I write here to make you know that I’ve just recently received a letter from Mrs. Tina Brown as you can see and read her letter that I forwarded through e-mail. Hoping you can get rid of this kind of scam.”
A friend just received this email:She forwarded it to me and I did what I always tell people not to do – I clicked on the link.This is where it took me:A page pretending to be BT (British Telecom). Look at the web address in the address bar at the top of the screenshot – […]
There seems to be a spate of fake store pages being set up on Facebook. In this post we’re going to look at a fake Morrisons supermarket giveaway. The theme is common – the store will give £35 plus a bag of goodies to everyone who likes and shares the post by midnight.
This fake email was sent to a friend and claims to come from the UK TV Licencing authority. It claims to have been sent from firstname.lastname@example.org, which isn’t the email address of the TV Licencing.It claims your bank has declined your last payment and sweetly asks if you’d “like to pay now”.Clicking on the link […]
This isn’t a scam, as such, more a word of caution. It was brought to my attention yesterday by a client who was nearly taken in but realised in time that he was being asked to pay for something that should be free. My client is over 70 and in the UK that means you […]