So, if I wire this money to a person I don’t know with only a password between them receiving the money or not, what is to stop them bribing or whining their way to getting the clerk to hand it over? If Western Union didn’t have a password system in place, it wouldn’t trick otherwise savvy people from thinking this was a legitimate escrow system that they could trust. And why did the details look like a cut-and-paste job? The final red flag was when the supposed brother-in-law started asking for the transaction number of the payment before he arrived. But when I thought about it, once he had that transaction code, the only thing stopping them from having my money was a clerk I don’t know in a country I don’t know, who may or may not bother asking for a password. I’m sure a friendly clerk could look the transaction up for them.
If they can’t trust their agents worldwide to implement the password system effectively, it should be abolished. It dawned on me that I didn’t have any of their details, other than a Facebook profile and an email address.
If this is how you sent the funds, check with the company to see if they can be canceled before being picked up.
When the dating scam occurs through a dating site, make sure to report it through their website. Victims should also check out the FBI's website dedicated to online fraud called Looks Too Good To Be True, which offers scam reporting for citizens of any country, regardless of their location.
Those stupid-sounding emails promising to transfer millions of dollars into a person's bank account may raise a chuckle, but there are countless fools who are sucked into the most ludicrous sounding scams and most are too embarrassed to even report them to authorities.
Victims think they’re just helping out their soulmate, never realizing they’re aiding and abetting a crime. She's not sure if the man she is talking to is real... Her story is almost same as yours, she has sent him a lot of money already, mostly for his daughter who is going to boarding school in Africa (or something like that) she also sent her money for a birthday party. I never accept unknown requests but hit the wrong button by mistake.
Here are some warning signs that an online love interest might be a fake. he says he has no family just the family of deceased wife who is supposedly caring for girl while he is working overseas for an oil company as an engineer. I bet he told you his wife is alcoholic and has multiple affairs. My first question was why anyone would send a stranger a request. I then proceeded to respond to his request to get to know each other while I caught him in lies. Single father of a 12 yo boy whose mother died in a crash 4 years ago.
The Australian, whose identity was not revealed, said he often chatted online with “Matheson” until she became his girlfriend.
He said the suspect had convinced him to send money to the Philippines because the suspect claimed there is no one to support her financially as both her parents are dead.