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Is Mark R Antonio located in Africa a scammer?

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Is Mark R Antonio located in Africa a scammer?
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Fraud Examiner
Expert:  Zoey_JD replied 5 months ago.
Hello, All romance scammers come on to their victims in a way that is somewhat "off." So the very fact that you are asking this question means that your instincts are telling you he's not for real. Unfortunately, however, you can't tell a scammer by just a name. Scammers give fake contact information, so even if there is a Mark R Antonio somewhere in Africa, he still may not be the person you're communicating with. You have to look instead at how the course of the relationship goes, because no matter who, what or where this person says he is, all romance scams follow a very predictable course: There is first the dizzying rush into a full blown romance. Scammers fall in love with their victims at unnatural speed and start talking future, forever and happily ever after right from the beginning. They don't reveal too much about themselves but try to make themselves seem like everything you always wanted in a relationship. They sweep you off of your feet, but before you can meet them, they end up in a foreign country -- typically somewhere in Africa -- where they have an emergency for which only your money will do. Once talk of love switches to talk of money and he claims you're the only one he's got to help you with his financial problem, you are ALWAYS being scammed. The money request from an online stranger you have never met in person is the #1 sign of a fraud. Wire the money that he asks for and you might as well throw it away. Instead of helping him, you find he only ends up with more problems and needs more of your money. And more, and more, and more and more. He promises to pay you back as soon as he sees you because he says he's quite wealthy and you'll get it when he comes home. But he's lying and he'll never get anywhere near a plane. He will just keep on needing your financial support until you catch wise or run out of funds, whichever comes first. If this sounds familiar, you've got a scammer. If you're still not sure, please send me additional information beyond his name and I will look into it for you. It would be especially useful if you have photos of him that you can upload to this question thread with your reply. You can also upload any documents he has sent you, as I can look into their legitimacy. But if this already sounds uncomfortably familiar, then you want to cease contact with him. If you've sent him money, you need to report him to your police and the FBI at

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