Hello, my name is ***** ***** I am the Fraud Examiner who will be assisting you today.
It is not possible for me to verify a person's identity just based on their name, address and contact information provided. This kind of information can easily be fabricated by a romance scammer.
I can tell you that the request of money or other gifts by someone who you have never actually met in person is the #1 sign of a romance scammer. Therefore, based on the information you provided, I can confidently say the person claiming to be Paulio Ista IS A ROMANCE SCAMMER. I say this because she has requested that you send her Walmart gift cards and iPhone gift cards which are becoming some of the most commonly requested payment methods by scammers. The reason that scammers like to request gift cards is because there is no identity associated with them. It is basically a way of sending cash electronically but with no name attached to it. Once you send the gift card number and codes to the scammer, it is almost impossible to recover any of the money. It is also extremely difficult or impossible for law enforcement to track scammers down if you have paid them through gift cards.
In addition, the fact that she now claims to be living with someone new is another common excuse given by scammers so the new name can be used to send money through Western Union.
The golden rule with dating online is that you should never send money or anything of value to a stranger that you have only met online, no matter what the reasons or who they say they are. Therefore, I recommend that you DO NOT SEND ANY MONEY, GIFT CARDS OR OTHER ITEMS OF VALUE to this person. They are scamming you and any money you send will not be able to be recovered. I also recommend that you cut all communication with this person because they are not interested in a romantic relationship but rather only in stealing your hard earned money.
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