I never sent him any money and funny, that was the last I heard of him. I had also asked him to prove to me he is who he says he is I hope this helps anyone out there who is honestly looking for love in their life. Keep up the search just do it with eyes that are a little more wide open. Anonymous Same scam as everyone else, works on ship in Gulf of Mexico, is widowed and had 2 children killed but had one daughter who goes to boarding school.
He started chatting immediately, wanted my number, calls me dear. Says he is so comfortable talking to me and how he is feeling things he never has before since his wife died. Has been working around the clock but texts me when he needs a rest. Today he gave me the oh my room was broken into and all documents taken along with his wallet and credit cards. Sep 23, Rating Douglas Daniel by: CJ Watch out for this scammer as he is relentless and will sweet talk your face off.
He started on WWF and moved to hangouts. After ending it with him he contacts me again. Strung him along until he asked again for itune cards. My guess is he's Nigerian. Blocked him on hangoutsand and removed the app. Time to get on with my life. CJ Well this scammer got back in touch and what a relentless bugger. In less than 24 hrs he was asking for 2 itune cards. I went along with it then made a card size sign that says Don't think so scammer.
Blocked him on hang outs and uninstalled the app. Done with all of this nonsense. Sep 22, Rating My grandma was scammed by: Anonymous If she is sending money sent to her to this man, she is in danger of being arrested for being what is known as a mule.
Please tell her if she is reported by a person she got funds from for the man she is in grave danger of spending her time in jail. I too lost all of my savings to a scammer and I would not listen to anyone telling me he was a scammer. Now I am broke and barely making it each month. Then he wanted me to send other womens funds to him. When that didn't work he asked for my credit card numbers even though it was maxed out. He was going to pay it off for me.
Another scam which I refused. Then he wanted to send me funds to pay off his debt to me but he needed my bank account number. Sorry but I refused. He still contacts me asking for itunes cards but I have nothing to loan him. I am done having him fool me by all of his lies and will not be sucked in by him. I was in contact with him for 5 almost 6 years. I no longer contact him and will never send anyone money again that I have not met and know personally. I know he has wedding plans for her. Mine even had me looking for houses but he kept saying he was going to be with me in weeks, which turned into months, more money and he never showed up for Christmases while he contacted other women.
Her man is doing the same to her. I was looking for my funds to be returned with interest. Sep 22, Rating Greg Anderson by: CJ Just played with hon WWF and he has started chatting and said he is a petroleum engineer retiring at the end of year.
Glad I saw his name on here and plan to string him along for a little while. So sick of these scamming losers. Anonymous My grandma was scammed of her whole life savings.
And this guy named Aaron Johnson who says hes widowed, has 2 girls who live with a nanny, and he says he is on an oil rig on the coast of California. He sends my grandma money that comes from other woman and he wants her to send to another woman to be sent to him, its all a big circle and this guy is probably all the same guy.
A Google hangouts, and google phone number. I have talked to him personally on the phone and he is clearly not from the states. Its all a big scam and my grandma is finally listening to me as I am reading all of these stories.
Im glad I can finally show her she is not the only one thats gone through this horror of these I dont even wanna call them men. I hope someone reads my story. I'm onto these people and Im not giving up until they are done.
Im guessing theyre in with isis so Be careful ladies. Anonymous In a cargo ship headed to Australia goes by the name Harry Hamltion. Divorced now and kids only child know relatives. Sep 21, Rating Oil rig scammer. Karen Says he is a contractor on an oil rig. Asks you to talk through email. Then immediately wants to talk on Hangouts. Talked for about 5 weeks. He sweet talks the whole time, says he is in love with you. Says he has a 17 yr old son who is staying with his Auntie.
He started asking for iTunes cards. Nothing but a scammer. My daughter bought into this love scam and sent him more than 50K believing his lies. I am trying to find out if anyone else out there has had a contact by a man using this name?
Sep 20, Rating Justin Bruce by: Anonymous I thought I'd add my story. Justin said he was an independent contractor working on an oil rig in the Gulf. When we first started talking he was at home in Virginia.
Getting ready to go to work on the rig. He was widowed, 2 kids, one in college in NC, the other one at boarding school. And when they were on summer break and he was on the rig, they were looked after by a nanny! I did fall for it until my friends looked up the address he gave me and it turned out an old lady and her husband lived at that address. His phone number was a google one. We met on Instagram, and he then asked me to go to Hangouts, which I did, as I have a Gmail account anyway.
The photos he sent me I checked out on Tineye and most of them were fake. He wanted me to send him an iPhone X as his phone was playing up and he wanted to keep talking to me! Then he hit me up for the itunes cards. He was the first "stranger" I spoke to online, and, now the last.
Reading your stories there are so many parallels with what he told me! He was good, I fell for him, hook, line and sinker. And nearly lost my friends in the process. Sep 20, Rating To turn the tables and scam the scammers by: Anonymous Well done thank you for what you did. I pray the mule gets it and perhaps we all should start baiting them and leading them along so we can report them to the banks and the ICB and FBI and maybe we can trace this back to Nigeria and get them too.
Sep 19, Rating Need to Comunate by annomous by: LynnAnonymous I agree with you completely. I have written about my scammer on here a while back. He went by the name Emmanuel Steven and he used the profile of a handsome man who was bald with a beard, widower with two kids staying with a caregiver. No one to help him but me as no parents and an only child.
Same old story that he needed my help while on a rig off Aberdeen Scotland. He claims to be the same faith as me and I think that's one reason I believed in him so much. I fell deeply in love with him and it ruined my life financially but even more than that I am broken emotionally and having a real hard time getting over this. I am so thankful for this site as after my original posting I was contacted by a lady who was also being scammed by the same man and she and I have become friends and talk often and try to support and encourage one another.
Never ever send money to anyone you don't know. I am posting names of the mules: Sep 19, Rating Picture found by: Anonymous Help advice please. I have found the man whose photo my scammer has been using and he appears to be a rather well known person in USA but as I am in the UK I am unsure how to proceed whom should I contact, or should I attempt to contact this person direct??
Any advice would be welcome. Sep 19, Rating Update: Laughingindisbelief Hey everyone, Please be do not believe anything from mayerderek27 on Instagram. Has several other accounts under michealjone, Steve Dieuson variations , Paul Nicholas The images belong to an American actor!!! Report, block and run from this scammer immediately and don't look back.
Never gave them money and please whatever they say is all lies and garbage! Sep 19, Rating Larry Moore by: Anonymous Met him on Instagram and he quickly asked me to set up Hangouts so we could chat privately. He was a real charmer, sent me love songs and pictures of hearts and roses.
He had a wonderful way with words and was truly believable. So asked for ITunes cards for medical reports for his daughter who had a rare bone condition. I refused and called him a scammer. He even called me after I said I was reporting him. He bombarded me with his love texts and calls and it is so easy to get hooked.
I am still trying to get over him. They know how to mess with your head so you are vulnerable. Lesson learned, never again, closed everything down now. Ladies beware, if you think they are too good to be true - they probably are! Sep 19, Rating Oil rig contractod by: Anonymous Has any one spoken with a Ronald H. I really thought he was real.
Just googled to find out exactly what he did and this page came up like a red flag. When I told him what I found he got so defensive right away!
Have not heard another peep from him. Ashamed and Humuliated It all started in June I have no idea why I did it. They had me so convinced that I was going to be paid back. I'm such an idiot. By the time September came I was ready to take my own life, as it was the only way I could think of a way out. I felt very alone and desperate, I was in a dark place and had made up my mind and set a date for my suicide. I also met a nice young mother of 3 boys on words with friends and we became real friends on Facebook.
Two days before Sept 16 I sent her a private message only because I felt I had no one to talk to. My husband calls her "my angel" as then she reached out to him and told him how worried she was and said I needed some help. It took him only a few hours of being persistant with me, all the while I was telling him I was going to "fix" this. He got it all out of me! I am so ashamed! I'm still here today, not happy anymore though, but my husband became the rock I needed.
Please anyone reading this be careful out there, the world can be a nasty nasty place. Don't allow these bottom feeders into your life. It almost cost me mine. Sep 19, Rating Need assistance by: Anonymous Like everyone else on this site, I was also scammed. Fortunately, I never gave him a dime. Played along with him for many months. I knew he was a scammer after a few weeks of communicating because some red flags started waving and I did some research and found this site.
We haven't communicated for a long time and he is blocked. However, I saw him playing Words with Friends about a month ago. So, I decided to play a little with him. I set up a new WWF game and used a profile picture of myself that I knew he would not recognize. I made up a new user name and identity and sent him a game request.
I figured he would think it was a random challenge and he actually accepted it. Next thing I knew, he was flirting with me and then he fell madly in love. I had gotten rid of my gmail and hangouts app a long time ago so I changed the name around and got a new one. Yes, I actually did it. I cannot believe how his story played out.
The poems, the love letters, the texts. Of course he wanted my phone number, but I never gave it to him. I was afraid he would recognize my voice. One of the same stories he gave me. The same way he and all the other disgusting creatures treat all the women that they CON. I doubt it will matter to him because they have no heart, soul, feelings or conscious but I still think it will get him!!
Oh and I will not tell him who I really am. Oh, and to make it even funnier, he actually sent me a WWF game request to the real me to let me know the next day would be his birthday. Yes, I will get right on that. Ladies and any gentlemen that may be reading this , I do not feel at all bad about setting up a new identity for this purpose. I did use my own photo and only had one.
To say it feels good, is an understatement!! So, in a few hours from now as I figure out what I am going to say, I will send him an email and BOOM, maybe, just maybe, he will know how it feels to be used.
Oh and he did send me all the bank information on the agent for the supplier so I plan to report that to the bank. I did that before with him and reported his MULE. And reported her to the FTC. I hope they investigated her.
And, I am going to do the same to this one. This time it is a guy with a Nigerian name. Or maybe it is a woman. Just wanted to share this with you all. Still would love to see his reaction but not sure I wanted to hear his ugly words!! Sep 19, Rating Greg Anderson by: Anonymous I met Greg Anderson on words with friends. Biggest misof my life. Very well orchestrated scam. Said he fell in love with me and he wanted to spend the rest of my life with me.
He's after money and nothing else. Do not let him talk you out of anything. Nice looking well-built and full of bull. Sep 19, Rating We need to communicate by: Anonymous Please ladies do not be embarrassed. Talk to family, friends or any government agency who will listen. They have no honor or conscience. They know how to work you and suck you in. Do not give money to someone you do not know even if you think they are honest and would not do any thing like that.
If we can send in e-mails, wwfs user names, telephone ,s or any info. I felt like I had been raped and guilty of what happened. I hate living with this feeling everyday. I am still trying to get over this and move on. Have faith we can do this together. Sep 18, Rating Had 4 scammers so far.
Been talked to on word with friends by four scammers so far. Never sent them anything. Don't remember the fourth ones name. I did pretend I sent an iTunes card. Thought he'd give up when it didn't arrive for his son, but he didn't.
I just played with him. Here is the name he gave me to send a check too when the itune card didn't arrive. Luckily I don't buy their garbage. I did have fun jerking their chain for awhile. Please, ladies do not fall for these men. The broken English should give you a clue. Sep 18, Rating To stupid 70 by: Anonymous Oh your not alone as I am in the same position feeling stupid and used etc.
We all want to be loved and this lot know how to play us so we fall hook line and sinker! Its when reality starts creeping in the pain starts,and the realisation that you have been used so appallingly. Dont be too sad and remember that you are not alone. Sep 18, Rating Been hit by 4 scammersi by: Myers I am 71 and have had 4 scammers so far. I guess I am lucky as I don't fall for their BS.
I do string them along to see what they want. All say the same thing. Don't buy it ladies. Sep 17, Rating Philip by: Anonymous To the lady who believes this Philip is in love with you. He is the same scammer I had. As you said they do not need money to fly off the Rig. I talked to this lady that got scammed over 15 grand from him, I did not lose as much as she did.
Oh yes he wanted to get married as soon as he came home to me and he was going to give me all my money Back. I am sorry you're hurting but you need to get rid of him Fast because it will not stop. He knows how to play on Women's feelings and knows exactly what to say we want to hear.
Please for your own sake delete him, Block him. And giving him your cell number I would get that changed too for he can use that. Sad he is still at it.
Tell him Sunshine said hello he will know. Take care and God Bless. Sep 17, Rating Stupid 70 by: Anonymous Mark Gaspar is my scammer markgaspar gmail. On the oil rig Kittiwake. Met on FB then moved to Hangouts. Texted four times a day, sometimes 5, and called me once a week or so. Exchanged pix, he was my king, I was his queen, Poems, sweet talker, elaborate slide-show, extra pix of flowers, candies, etc. Daughter in Seton Catholic boarding school, Alandre even received emails from her.
Mark's agent Carol J. Weston Bay View Dr. Mark gave me his acct , ID code and password and yes it showed it all in there. Last Cashier check went to a Halifax Bank in Woolwich, London, that one was signed for at front desk, but the person it was intended for hasn't cashed it yet. I have to wait 3 months to place a STP maybe get some back?
Very elaborate, yes there were red flags, but I was so in love with him, and still am. He was so good, on point, and knew what to say no matter what the situation was. Put a tell-all out on FB so all my friends and family would not friend him and delete but they have thank God. I am so ashamed!! Sep 16, Rating Philip by: CJ To the lady that posted about Philip please realize you are being scammed big time.
Block and delete that loser, pick up the pieces of your life and move on. It happened to me too and like you I was heart broken. Now I'm angry but have moved on. I wish you the best! Anonymous Watch out for these guys they are scammers. They will tell you that they are out on a rig and having trouble with equipment and will need money. They will pay you on their return to the states.
They always need Itune cards. Then they will need money to get the crew off the platform with helicopters. Which will take thousands. These guys are smooth talkers and say all the things you would like to hear and they fall madly in love with you in no time and make promises of marriage and happily ever after. Don't fall for it ladies. It will not only cost you money but it will break your heart. I was taken in and I'm ashamed about it and I have met another nice lady that was taken by one of these guys as well and we are friends now and we want to warn everyone we can so they don't get hurt in the same manner by these scumbags.
If they want your email and phone number right away and they start to tell you how much they love you and can't live without you they are scammers. Sep 16, Rating re: Anonymous I am so sorry to say but you are being scammed. Unfortunately many of us are educated women who have fallen for these scum bags.
They know what to say to make you feel like the most special person on this earth. There are a lot of videos on You Tube out there about this. They all use the same stories, etc. I sent money to a women down in that area also. You are not alone out there. All of us following this page have fallen prey. Sep 16, Rating Clinton Anderson by: He sent me a picture of him when he was WWFs picture is more recent. Fell in love with me when he first saw me. His machine broke down and he needed money.
Sep 16, Rating Phillip by: Anonymous I have been talking to Phillip for about eight months now. He is trying to get money out of me ever since a month of us meeting. First he said that he needed money for his contract tax levy. Gave me an agents name acting as the BP oil platform safe House. I contacted her and she knew that I was supposed to be sending money. She was a realtor who used to live in Orlando area. I confronted Phillip who called me through duo and video chatted with me. He is white from Australia and he looked just like the picture he sent me.
He always asked for iTunes cards. At one point I remember saying to myself this guys on my weekly payroll. I lost that job and now I cry as I have no money. He told me to drive to Louisiana and go to the BP oil helicopter pad. He was texting me and excited he was to start his life with me. I was so excited nothing could stop me from going to pick him up.
The woman at the BP helicopter pad was so nice and looked up to see if he was scheduled to fly out that day but they could not find his name anywhere. As I started my journey back to Florida so tired so exhausted and I have had three open-heart surgeries in the past and one surgery recently in November which He knew of my health condition because we spoke about it a few times.
By that time I was texting him with no response. When I finally made it home I got a text message from Phillip stating he feel like such a bad person for putting me through that and he was sorry but he could not get to a phone because he got into a fight and was detained. I fixed up my house and was getting it ready for him to come home to me. I went out and bought a new king size bed just for us and I have not been with anyone in 10 years.
He contacted me on tinder dating website. He contacted me asking for my email Address when I first started talking to him. Yes I got the love poems every day and at the bottom of the love pomes was a link to songs every day.
He asked me for my number and we started texting and he would even call me but when I tried to call him he used a Google phone number. He has sent me pictures of him but I had to beg him for them during the 8 months of talking. He has asked me to marry him when he comes home.
I fell so deeply in love with him. I want to delete him but ever since he did a video chat with me I keep holding on just in case he will come home to me. I know deep in my heart that he may be a scammer but I keep holding on and Praying that he is real and he will come home soon.
Has anyone spoken to someone who is called Phillip. He said he was widowed and that his wife died in a car accident. He has one son who is going to school in Norway. He has an uncle who is in a coma and an aunt and his sons name he calls Alex.
He tells me he needs iTunes cards to back up his work and to call his son to check on his sick uncle and aunt who is elderly.
He told me he is a contractor on the BP oil platform in the gulf of Mexico. On tinder he says that he is 53 years old and from Naples Florida which I live 45 minutes away from Naples Florida. Anonymous Clinton Anderson sounds like my scammer. He has sent several pictures. One says he is in his 40's. Wife died, daughter died. Has custody of two young grandsons, in a boarding school in Lansing, MI. There are no boarding schools in Lansing. Says he feels in love with me the first time he saw my picture.
Wants to spend the rest of his life with me. His name is Greg Anderson, user name on wwf is Greg He is sitting on a lounge with a pool in the background. Anonymous Womanizer, liar, thief, scammer.
Stephan Michael Hunter could be Larry Hunter. Same story of wife dead only one Walisa T. To be found at 32 age and he is 65 and he says another time Been given 2 birthdays. Everything he texts I found by looking up scammers love letter samples. Its clear where he got it. In it was a hurricane which was a lie and then workers in jail.
Next broken legs and in hospital. On an on it goes. Finally leaving Texas coast and had to go Manchester UK. He is coming to US on the way to the Airport a car accident on Called me today and is still in hospital with no money to pay the bill. I just got a 'I love you letter' taken from a scam letter word for word. Wife died which was a lie.
I received a text from a number that showed her. I believe he is using it. After no money he started backing off. Ladies advise them of Romans They use God so they best be afraid. Sep 16, Rating Scammer by: Anonymous Mine is called William Morgan. His photos show a very attractive man, must admit should have gone with my gut instinct 'too good to be true' and the number I have is And yes like others I feel a total fool!
So am playing to see how long this goes on for or until I get bored. And yes I would like to know how and where they get the photos. Sep 16, Rating Oil rig 3rd party contractor by: Anonymous Gareth Richard Murphy???? Anyone heard this name? Will retire at the end of this month with million as a 3rd party contractor for LNG Olud and gas.
Of course charming, loves to sing and wants to give you the world and make you feel like a queen every day for the rest of your life. Sep 15, Rating Scammer by: Anonymous Think I have just had another who said he was a Petroleum Engineer, Widowed, one Daughter, but when I asked whom he worked for he disappeared! It was the 'I'm the only child of my parents' that alerted me as I have heard it before!
Still think I have another and have tried reverse photo to no avail. Sep 15, Rating Derico Kara confirmed scammer by: When confirmed they are indeed not the person the say they are. I add the cibfirma5tuin to this site. Sep 15, Rating How too by: Anonymous Hello think I may have one. How do I check this out? Sep 15, Rating Phone by: Anonymous Anyone heard this phone number?
Sep 15, Rating Feeling Completely Stupid by: I looked up Assured Energies and no such thing. Clicked on the address on his profile and nope. The faster you block them the faster you let them go. Mine had elements of other stories. So look out for this guy. Sep 15, Rating Clinton Anderson by: Both of them scammers. Sep 14, Rating So Tired of Scammers by: Has a daughter Cindy 7, from his second marriage, divorced because she is a drug addict. First wife was in NYC and was hit by a car.
Both parents are gone and he is an only child. I said NO I don't have it and he then hung up on me. Anonymous Everything I have read on here is what this guy has said and done. He has a daughter Cindy who is 7, he is 52 yrs. Very Handsome with beautiful blue eyes, salt and pepper hair.
If you see this number stay away. He found me on Yahtzee, talked a few days and ask me to get on WhatsApp. I knew it was to good to be true, but went along with it.
I told him NO!! He is deleted and gone. Sep 14, Rating George Meyers by: Anonymous I've just been duped by George Meyers saying these same things.
Dumb on my part is that I sent him pics of myself. Sep 14, Rating Feeling stupid by: Anonymous I started to get suspicious and I started to search this guy. Who do I contact?? Sep 13, Rating Marine Engineer Anonymous Watch out for Perry Henry Martin.
He's actually from Africa, but says he's half Bulgarian. Give him no info about your banking, credit, etc. I had fun baiting him for 3 months.
He is just a liar. Everything he says is a lie. His texting was very broken and inconsistent. He originally said he lived in Houston. Later, it was California. Wife died of breast cancer. Sep 12, Rating Oil rig engineer by: Anonymous They are all scammers, and they want your money, I tune cards, bank accounts, and we need to block and delete every one of these poor excuse for a human being, as they play with your heart, your mind, your soul, they do sexting, make you hear what you want to hear, they love you in a matter of days, you fall for them and wham they have you.
We need to fight these maggots. They are NOT the real person in the pictures. Sep 12, Rating Larry Bendt by: Anonymous Anyone dealing with Larry Bendt? Sep 12, Rating oil rig engineer manager by: CJ Anyone dealing with a guy who calls himself Daniel Douglas who is supposedly on an oil rig in Greece? Sep 10, Rating Packages by: Anonymous This is all a scam and I have a friend who was asked to accept gold bars but she had to pay for them.
This is just another way to get money from someone so ignore them and block that scammer while you can. Not in love anymore I posted here from May, through March, I had to quit because it just slowed up my healing I just had to stop at least one woman from getting caught up in these soulless scams.
After my "relationship" ended, those evil bas. Saturday I received an email from the creeps. How he got my email address I'll never know. Sep 10, Rating Many names of scam by: Moon lighter First I would like to say that they are everywhere on the internet on all social media accounts and dating sites everywhere just like Spiderman climbing in when we are unaware.
They are charming words and convincing words to move you and it is like a play that is well rehearsed. They pull you in a bit at a time brainwashing you little by little and lie after lie and we get caught up. We actually enjoy their attention and we start thinking about him and little cravings for more get started that somehow hook us.
Here are some names to watch for on Twitter and Facebook. It breaks my heart that older women on fixed income or widows get ripped off so nobody is safe.
We need to form groups to go to the Government leaders and demand justice somehow or maybe get the oil companies behind the victims and veteran groups as something HAS to get done. These are the names of known scammers he could be one man or could be group of thieves working together. I am sure many more. But I have found many victims by the same man.
Sep 10, Rating Michael Adams - con man by: Anonymous Another one to look out for is Michael Adams. He makes out that he is a drilling contractor with Siapem and says that he is from Monteca in the USA. I had a lot of fun with this one and he is the usual widower with I child etc.
After about 2 weeks I said look I need to speak to you or whats the point. We arranged a call and he rang dead on time. It was quite funny because his fake accent went from Bronx to Italian lol. After a minute he says he has to go as there is an emergency and he then sends me a google photo of oil rig on fire lol. He then messages me and says he needs to get a part and could I lend him pounds lol. He is still conning people and his email address is Michael adames gmail.
Not in love anymore I posted from June, until March, I quit hoping to start healing. After 15 months, the F. I don't feel like they can ever catch these greedy, evil scammers. But, I'd kept all my notes and tried to help. I was conned out a lot of money.
I am far from stupid. But, these are a well-oiled professionals. There were at least 3 involved and each had an intregate part. The agent I spoke with had never heard of this site. I explained how it worked and told her about you. You're welcome and thank you: Sep 09, Rating He is the one by: Wiser Now Alfred Busta came after me too please so for all of us education is the best way and so let us learn from each other.
Sep 09, Rating Packages by: Anonymous Has anyone been asked to accept packages of cash and gold bars? I was even sent a video. Sep 09, Rating Nigerian scammer by: The same scammer is using these three names. All the same scammer. Sep 08, Rating Oil rig scam by: Anonymous Contacted by georg on plenty of fish. Quickly moved to text messaging, his Just one day of texting, wife died in childbirth, son is with a nanny in those islands, he is on an oil rig in Germany, talked a lot about god, he would be home for the holidays.
Asked what I do for work, if I owned my own home. Said I ask a lot of questions. His parents died in and he's all alone. The more he talked the more I knew it was a scam.
He got my friends address through my Wi-Fi and friend requested her in facebook. Name on Facebook is Anthony Graham. I blocked him and denied a friend request. He has probably changed his name by now. But ladies please don't fall for this scamming stuff.
Anonymous He is also on FB under different names so beware as a real scammer is stealing other mans' photos and probably working from Nigeria. Anonymous What a charmer. Very good looking profile pic. Story much the same as everyone else. Works as contractor for Exon. Will retire in three weeks.
Wants a wife to settle down with. Widowed, single father, parents died when he was young. I was falling for it at first then vocabulary got too sloppy. His credit card info was stolen and he wanted the cards to finish up his work.
He would meet me in three weeks. He will retire with 12 million. Wilson you also were scammed as I have a husband. States the only way to activate the transmitters is by giving the Syrians iTunes cards. Told him "You do realize that cards purchased in the US won't work in another country?
Talk about annoying the guy off. But he keeps asking. And the answer is still NO. Sooner or later he's gonna hit one of you up--he was on Match. Just a friendly FYI for everyone. For example, a malicious attachment might masquerade as a benign linked Google doc. Alternatively users might be outraged by a fake news story, click a link and become infected.
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Smishing, also known as sms phishing, uses cell phone text messages to induce people to divulge their personal information. A phishing technique was described in detail in a paper and presentation delivered to the International HP Users Group, Interex.
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Since the symbol looked like a fish, and due to the popularity of phreaking it was adapted as 'Phishing'. AOHell , released in early , was a program designed to hack AOL users by allowing the attacker to pose as an AOL staff member, and send an instant message to a potential victim, asking him to reveal his password.
Once the victim had revealed the password, the attacker could access and use the victim's account for fraudulent purposes. Phishing became so prevalent on AOL that they added a line on all instant messages stating: In late , AOL crackers resorted to phishing for legitimate accounts after AOL brought in measures in late to prevent using fake, algorithmically generated credit card numbers to open accounts.
The shutting down of the warez scene on AOL caused most phishers to leave the service. There are anti-phishing websites which publish exact messages that have been recently circulating the internet, such as FraudWatch International and Millersmiles. Such sites often provide specific details about the particular messages. As recently as , the adoption of anti-phishing strategies by businesses needing to protect personal and financial information was low.
These techniques include steps that can be taken by individuals, as well as by organizations. Phone, web site, and email phishing can now be reported to authorities, as described below. People can be trained to recognize phishing attempts, and to deal with them through a variety of approaches. Such education can be effective, especially where training emphasises conceptual knowledge  and provides direct feedback.
Many organisations run regular simulated phishing campaigns targeting their staff to measure the effectiveness of their training. People can take steps to avoid phishing attempts by slightly modifying their browsing habits.
Alternatively, the address that the individual knows is the company's genuine website can be typed into the address bar of the browser, rather than trusting any hyperlinks in the suspected phishing message. Nearly all legitimate e-mail messages from companies to their customers contain an item of information that is not readily available to phishers. Some companies, for example PayPal , always address their customers by their username in emails, so if an email addresses the recipient in a generic fashion " Dear PayPal customer " it is likely to be an attempt at phishing.
However it is it unsafe to assume that the presence of personal information alone guarantees that a message is legitimate,  and some studies have shown that the presence of personal information does not significantly affect the success rate of phishing attacks;  which suggests that most people do not pay attention to such details. Emails from banks and credit card companies often include partial account numbers. However, recent research  has shown that the public do not typically distinguish between the first few digits and the last few digits of an account number—a significant problem since the first few digits are often the same for all clients of a financial institution.
The Anti-Phishing Working Group produces regular report on trends in phishing attacks. A wide range of technical approaches are possible to prevent phishing attacks reaching users, or to prevent them from successfully capturing sensitive information. Another popular approach to fighting phishing is to maintain a list of known phishing sites and to check websites against the list.
One such service is the Safe Browsing service. Some implementations of this approach send the visited URLs to a central service to be checked, which has raised concerns about privacy. An approach introduced in mid involves switching to a special DNS service that filters out known phishing domains: To mitigate the problem of phishing sites impersonating a victim site by embedding its images such as logos , several site owners have altered the images to send a message to the visitor that a site may be fraudulent.
The image may be moved to a new filename and the original permanently replaced, or a server can detect that the image was not requested as part of normal browsing, and instead send a warning image. The Bank of America 's website   is one of several that ask users to select a personal image marketed as SiteKey , and display this user-selected image with any forms that request a password.
Users of the bank's online services are instructed to enter a password only when they see the image they selected. However, several studies suggest that few users refrain from entering their passwords when images are absent. A similar system, in which an automatically generated "Identity Cue" consisting of a colored word within a colored box is displayed to each website user, is in use at other financial institutions. Security skins   are a related technique that involves overlaying a user-selected image onto the login form as a visual cue that the form is legitimate.
Unlike the website-based image schemes, however, the image itself is shared only between the user and the browser, and not between the user and the website. The scheme also relies on a mutual authentication protocol, which makes it less vulnerable to attacks that affect user-only authentication schemes. Still another technique relies on a dynamic grid of images that is different for each login attempt.
The user must identify the pictures that fit their pre-chosen categories such as dogs, cars and flowers. Only after they have correctly identified the pictures that fit their categories are they allowed to enter their alphanumeric password to complete the login. Unlike the static images used on the Bank of America website, a dynamic image-based authentication method creates a one-time passcode for the login, requires active participation from the user, and is very difficult for a phishing website to correctly replicate because it would need to display a different grid of randomly generated images that includes the user's secret categories.
Specialized spam filters can reduce the number of phishing emails that reach their addressees' inboxes, or provide post-delivery remediation, analyzing and removing spear phishing attacks upon delivery through email provider-level integration.
These approaches rely on machine learning  and natural language processing approaches to classify phishing emails. Several companies offer banks and other organizations likely to suffer from phishing scams round-the-clock services to monitor, analyze and assist in shutting down phishing websites.
Solutions have also emerged using the mobile phone  smartphone as a second channel for verification and authorization of banking transactions. An article in Forbes in August argues that the reason phishing problems persist even after a decade of anti-phishing technologies being sold is that phishing is "a technological medium to exploit human weaknesses" and that technology cannot fully compensate for human weaknesses. On January 26, , the U.
Federal Trade Commission filed the first lawsuit against a suspected phisher. The defendant, a Californian teenager, allegedly created a webpage designed to look like the America Online website, and used it to steal credit card information.
Secret Service Operation Firewall, which targeted notorious "carder" websites. Companies have also joined the effort to crack down on phishing. On March 31, , Microsoft filed federal lawsuits in the U. District Court for the Western District of Washington. The lawsuits accuse " John Doe " defendants of obtaining passwords and confidential information. March also saw a partnership between Microsoft and the Australian government teaching law enforcement officials how to combat various cyber crimes, including phishing.
He was found guilty of sending thousands of emails to America Online users, while posing as AOL's billing department, which prompted customers to submit personal and credit card information.
Facing a possible years in prison for the CAN-SPAM violation and ten other counts including wire fraud , the unauthorized use of credit cards, and the misuse of AOL's trademark, he was sentenced to serve 70 months. Goodin had been in custody since failing to appear for an earlier court hearing and began serving his prison term immediately.
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