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Bobby Saunders mission beach ca phone number(###) ###-####scammer
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Fraud Examiner
Expert:  Zoey_JD replied 1 year ago.
Hello, A reverse search of the phone number shows that it's a VOIP. That is, although the area code traces to Hickville, New York, calls are made over the internet and that computer can be from anywhere in the world. In any case California is nowhere near New York. You cannot tell a scammer through details like those you have given me. You can identify a scammer by the things that they do, because no matter who, what or where they say they are, they always behave more or less the same way. If he's swept you off of your feet, declaring love for you at warp speed only to claim to have to leave for a foreign country for work purposes before he ever meets you, he's setting you up for a well known scam called the "stranded traveler" advance fee fraud. He'll be all set to return home when he'll have the first in a series of emergencies that will require your money to resolve. Then more of your money. And more. And more. And more. And meanwhile, he won't get an inch closer to the plane. But here are some ways that can help you spot a scammer:1) Run his photos through Google's Search by Image and see what you get. If you find that his pictures are posted all over dating sites and facebook under different names and profiles, you have your answer and know your man's a fake.2) Take some unique sentences at random from his emails and run them through Google's search feature. Sometimes you will get a hit that way too, because most scammers cut and paste their mail from previously written scam letters and don't usually reinvent the wheel. This won't work all the time, and if it doesn't he could still just be an unreported scammer. But it works enough of the time so that you ought to check it out.If you see the same love letter being used all over the web, you know you've got a scammer. No legitimate suitor is going to cut and paste a scammer's love letter to try to impress a woman.3) Trace the headers in the email you receive from him. Headers will look like gibberish but they give the route an email takes. Your server should tell you how to find them. Once you get them paste them here. It will tell you what city, country he is really emailing you from. If it doesn't correlate with where he tells you he is, he's a fraud.4) Familiarize yourself with the telltale signs of a scammer so that you can see for yourself just how well he fits the scam profile:- the scammer reaches out to you on a dating or social networking website and he falls in love with you at first sight. His profile shows an attractive, well educated man, frequently with his own business and you can't believe your luck. If you/he is middle aged, he generally claims to be a widower with a son or a daughter.- He moves in on you faster than a speeding bullet and sweeps you off your feet, rushing the relationship towards some kind of a commitment. He pulls you off the site where you met and tells you that he wants an exclusive relationship with you via webcam, skype, Yahoo messenger, etc. He talks of love, marriage, future and forever.- He is in another country, not your own, for work purposes, usually, but not always as an engineer, a geologist, an architect or a construction or mining supervisor. He says that desperately wants to meet you as soon as he can. He may even refer to you as his wife or fiancee, though you've never met.- And as soon as he sees that you return his feelings, the conversation turns from love to money and he has the first of an endless series of unfortunate events. He has an accident at work or a problem with his credit card, a theft at his hotel, or he's mugged on the street and needs you to pay his hospital bill, or his son or daughter comes down with something serious for which he needs you to pay, or he has workers he must pay or legal expenses he must clear before he can see you or he gets arrested at customs. There are dozens of excuses, no one of them truthful. You can see a whole list of these excuses on this page.The money requests generally start small, but if you send him any, the subsequent requests will be A LOT bigger. And bigger. And bigger.Despite the fact that when you first started talking to him, he claimed to be a successful, well educated, independent, self-reliant professional, suddenly he changes his spots. And so he will ask you to wire money via Western Union or MoneyGram or by some other untraceable way that gives you no consumer protection, and will promise that he will pay you back when he shows up at your door. But there will always be one more emergency. And it will always cost you. And the day of his arrival will never come. If you have pictures and documents you want me to look over, you can upload them with your reply and I'll be happy to help. If you have read all this and believe you have a scammer, however, cease all contact with him, send no money, and report the fraud to the FBI at IC3.gov, since he claims to be an American and to your Canadian Anti-Fraud Center.

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