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Q. Is a Barry James Hilton on a list of scammers, said to

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Q. Is a Barry James Hilton on a list of scammers, said to live in Alexandria, VA. currently living in Cairo, Egypt.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Fraud Examiner
Expert:  Zoey_JD replied 11 months ago.
Do you have a photo of him that you can upload to this question thread?
Expert:  Zoey_JD replied 11 months ago.
Hello, There's no such thing as an up to date list of scammers, because scammers change their names all the time. However, we do not have any reports in our archives here for a Barry James Hilton, and I don't find any scam reports on the web for that name. Again, that is meaningless because it may mean he just hasn't been reported yet. Of course he'll say he's not a scammer. Would you expect him to say, "Yes, I'm a thief and only want your money?" He wouldn't be a very good thief if he did that. Scammers never confess to their victims. They get angry and/or walk away. But if he rushed you into a relationship then, before he met you had to go abroad for business purpsoes and once there has had emergencies requiring your money, he is absolutely a scammer. That story -- which we hear dozens of times every day -- is a very popular verion of the romance scam known as the "stranded traveler" scam. NEVER send money to an internet date that you have never met on real time and established an actual committed in-person dating relationship with. The money request is the #1 sign of a romance fraud, and it is NEVER legitimate. The email address traces to a Picasa account with this photo, but there is nothing more about the person on the account, which was created in 2013. A reverse search of all US public records show that nobody named Barry James Hilton ever lived in Alexandria Virginia. ***** *****sts 3 Barry Hiltons, two males and a female. Nobody, however, has the middle name of James. What businessman goes abroad to do business without what he needs in order to get that business done and then has to ask someone he has never met to solve his problem? NOBODY REAL, that's who. A real businessman would have credit and insurance and money in the bank that he can access from anywhere in the world. And he can go to his own embassy, which can be of far more use to him than some stranger back in the States. It's their job, and not yours, to help Americans in difficulty abroad. Here's the general pattern of how the scam goes: - 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 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 has to go off to another country, not your own and not his own, for work purposes. Most often he claims to be an engineer, a geologist, an architect or a construction or mining supervisor. He says he 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 trust him enough to return his so-called 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/daughter comes down with something serious for which he needs your money for the medical bills, or he has workers he must pay or equipment malfunctions or supplies held up at customs, or legal expenses he must clear before he can see you. There are dozens of excuses, no one of them truthful. You can see a whole list of these excuses on this page. http://www.romancescams.org/TypesOfScams.html The money requests generally start off reasonably small, but if you send him any, the subsequent requests will be A LOT bigger. And 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 kind of guy, suddenly he changes his spots. And so he will ask you to wire money via Western Union and will say 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 he will never get a millllimiter closer to the plane. If this sounds familiar to you, send no money. You will lose it forever. Cease all contact with him, block him from all possible means of contacting you and report him to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at IC3.gov. These frauds frequently come with phony contracts, false passports, phony so-called barristers and customs officials. Feel free to upload to this question thread any photos of him that you have and any documents you want me to see along with your reply, and I'll be happy to show you just how fake they are.