I met someone on an online dating sight. They say they are from Louisiana and are in the antiques business left to them by a dead parent. They went to South Africa to collect some antiques for a new client. After they arrived, they realized they are short funds to pay customs and want me to lend $1500.00 to assist til next week. I have an email address, a louisana phone # XXXXX them which I have spoken to her on (I think), the phone # XXXXX her in South Africa & a link to a Fidelity Bank website that states she has a trust fund of $2,300,000.00 in her name. She says she has a limit that she can spend at a time and has reached that limit. She gave me a # XXXXX call for the customs agent and a reference # XXXXX her "goods" and the name "ralph shipping company". I have seen her on webcam several times. I tried a reverse phone lookup but they could not provide the information
I tried intellus reverse phone lookup but they couldn't provide info. I tried to look up her name but they are originally from italy so I don't know if she is a us citizen. She is supposed to be 41 born Nov 25, 1971. Her mother died at age 3. Her father died recently his name is Heinrich. I am going to ask her to show me her passport on webcam and see what happens
Hello and thank you for entrusting me to answer your question. My goal is to answer your question completely and thoroughly and to provide excellent service. Can you please provide the web address for Fidelity that this woman gave you to verify her funds? Also can you please provide the number for the customs agent she gave you, being sure not to include any spaces or dashes between any of the numbers?I very much look forward to assisting you regarding this matter.
Andy,Thank you very much for your reply.Regretfully this is a scam. The Fidelity web address you were given is not an official Fidelity web page but rather a fake page set up by this scammer to support the web of lies they are telling you.The web page is easily revealed as fake by attempting to go to the root domain--http://fidelity-trust.co.de. That should take you to the main Fidelity website, as it is the root domain hosting the page. However, it instead takes you to a broken index page--clearly because the page is unrelated to the actual fidelity website. Fidelity's website is hosted at "fidelity.com," not fidelity-trust.co.de." This is a common ploy of scammers--to set up mock websites of real businesses and make them seem legitimate by using some variation of their name in a web address. Do not be fooled by this tactic. Anyone can register fidelity-trust.co.de and that site has no affiliation with Fidelity.This is a common version of a "romance scam." The basic idea is simple: to develop a romantic relationship with someone online using fake pictures and a fake story and then convince them to transfer money in response to a tragedy, to come visit, or some other reason.These scammers operate on a mass scale and contact hundreds of victims a week. Consequently, they follow certain cut-and-paste scripts that are very predictable and easy to recognize if you see enough of them. What you have described--a traveling antiques dealer who gets stranded in Africa and requires a short term loan--is one of the most common stories.Everything you think you know about this person is unfortunately false. The video chats you believed you were having were pre-recorded video, likely with substantial delay and/or of poor quality to mask the fact that you were not interacting with the person you actually were seeing. This woman's pictures are fake--typically lifted from a legitimate dating profile--and the story is a work of pure fiction.As noted, these scams are surprisingly common, and while it may seem hard to believe from your perspective, from mine it's an open-and-shut case, as I handle dozens of inquiries from individuals in the same circumstance every week.I am very sorry to deliver this news to you, as I can imagine you have developed an attachment to the person you thought you knew. However, I trust that you will appreciate knowing the truth now so that you do not lose unnecessary money to this scam.Since this fraud occurred through use of the internet, an individual in your circumstance can report it to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (a division of the FBI that specifically handles internet fraud) at the following address: http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspxYou can also submit a claim with the Federal Trade Commission's bureau of consumer protection here: https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/ I sincerely XXXXX XXXXX this information helps you and I wish you the best.If you do not have any further concerns, I would be very grateful if you would give my answer a positive rating and click submit, as this is the only way I will receive credit for assisting you. If you have any additional concerns that you would like me to address, please feel free to let me know by hitting the REPLY or CONTINUE CONVERSATION button and I will be more than happy to continue assisting you. Finally, please bear in mind that none of the above constitutes legal advice nor is any attorney client relationship created between us.Thank you and very kindest regards.
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