I thought I'd smell as scammer easily but alas have not. Ladies be warned, they're aplenty on this site as they are on all sites.
Being a new member here perhaps made me vulnerable but I have now had some intensive training in scammers. Over the last few days have had to involve the police, suspend my bank accounts and generally get smart really fast.
DO NOT and I repeat, DO NOT engage in online chatting as I believe this is how they get into your computer.
If there is someone on LF who contacts you or you are interested in, first, do some internet checking. Had I done this I would have learned a few things. Check out scammers busting websites such as Pigbusters; two of the men were on there. I googled the other one and he had several profiles, or stolen them, either way, not legitimate.
The photos on Pigbusters are not the real scammers, but stolen. Worth checking to see if you recognise someone so that they can be warned or if photo of your scammer.
Appalled and shocked at how prevalent the scammers are I share this information in the hope that others will take this seriously.
Review/google/do all you can to check out someone before having any direct interaction;
Do not use live chats - these are where they may infect your computer;
Do not give out your email address. Even though it takes longer to go through LF, worth using this until you are sure you can trust the person (but then how do you really know?);
Stay cautious. When you check Pigbusters you will see the language they use; the poor English even though they will often tell you English is their first language;
Try and get as much information about them as possible and look for inconsistencies. My alarm bells rang when one had two star signs but couldn't tell me which one was real. Idiot. Every question they ask you, turn it into a question back to them without answering;
Once more - do not give out personal information. Get their phone number first and call from a blocked number. If they are not prepared to talk then get suspicious;
If you must email directly (please don't), then set up a fake ID account and follow all security measures within the site;
Have a top of the range Antivirus and firewall and check every day - although if the US government can be hacked, how vulnerable are we?
Good luck being your own advocate and investigator.
They all pretty much follow the same script: They, right out of the gate tell you ur the most beautiful woman they've ever seen. They start by saying they're very new to all of this online dating. They will give u their e-mail address right away to start communicating with u off the site because they know their days on any site are numbered before someone reports them & they're deleted.
Many usually have hard luck stories, their wife & kids died in a car accident. They're out of the country on business need money & promise to pay u back when they return to the states.
They don't talk like we do, they use phrases like "I want to know u more better", they'll end with "cheers". Those that speak another language know that when translating from the other language to english isn't how we would say it in English. Sometimes they will begin, "I'm Joe from NY in the United States of America" If Joe really lived in the USA, he would know it isn't necessary to explain to another American where NY is. Pay attention to the little weird stuff like that.
If their profile says they live in your town or a town near yours, ask them questions that only someone who really lived there would know. Just ask alot of questions in general. Keep track of the answers, ask again at a later time. It's a good strategy to use when trying to tell of anyone is telling the truth or not. Always follow your gut intuition, it never lies.
As was already stated DO NOT EVER, EVER GIVE MONEY TO ANYONE ONLINE ANYWHERE! DO NOT CASH ANY CHECKS FOR ANYONE, NO MATTER HOW CONVINCING THEY SOUND.
Sometimes, another sign that gives them away they will state their height & weight in meters & kilos, not how we do in inches & pounds. Another scammer give away is when they cut & paste their profile info in a message to u.
If they give you a phone number, there are sites like Intelius & Spokeo where, for under $5, you can have a reverse phone look up done to see who the number belongs to BEFORE YOU ACTUALLY DIAL IT. To me, it's worth it.
I use Google Chrome as my internet browser. I learned this from the show "Catfish" about people who've been scammed online. If you right click a picture, if it's on other places on the internet it will tell you. Alot of time it will show u if the picture is on Pigbusters, scammers online, other scam collecting sites or just stolen from some other unfortunate person, model or celebrity. If the picture looks like it's out of a magazine or too professional, it's usually a scammer. Models' portfilios are hit hard for pictures.
BUT BEWARE, JUST BECAUSE THE PICTURE DOESN'T COME UP AS ANYWHERE ELSE DOESN'T MEAN THE PERSON ISN'T A SCAMMER. Bottom line, if they sound weird run in the other direction as fast as u can, better to be safe than sorry! GOOD LUCK & BE SAFE!
I don't know how this site works, but if there is a way to comment to my comment, I'd be happy to answer questions. I've been on & off date sites for 8 yrs, I've encountered quite a few scammers in that time. At times, I've played along to gain insight as to how they operate. Some of them are really good at scamming!
I hope women have taken note of my advice. I have asked LargeFriends in several emails to find a way to make this site safer. Every man who made contact with me, or who I have contacted, has been found to be a scammer. There are clear indicators for most although some are a little more intelligent than many and can make you think they are the real thing. But I have had enough of wasting my time trying to filter out the good from the bad. I have asked LF to offer a list of confirmed scammers so others will know. They have not. As scammers will be grooming more than one of us at a time even if they have their profile taken down you won't necessarily know the truth. IF YOU WANT TO ASK ME the usernames of the ones I know please email me and ask. I have also asked LF to take down my profile as a result of the scammers. But at least this will stay in the forum for others to see. Sisters need to help each other...if there are any real mean out there feel free to make comment or contact.
Glad you are looking after yourself. Thanks for posting and I hope other women are taking note. Had a female member contact me today and each username she provided for review came up scammer worthy.
Take a good look at each word they write and each question they answer - the clues are there.
Let's out the beasts. Largefriends staff - again I request that you make the usernames of scammers available for member review.
I am a new member on here and I would like to take the time to thank you for warning me want might happen on here If there was more people like you on all sites it would be great its stopping vunrable honest people from having there lives destroyed thank you xx
I hope women have taken note of my advice. I have asked LargeFriends in several emails to find a way to make this site safer.
Every man who made contact with me, or who I have contacted, has been found to be a scammer. There are clear indicators for most although some are a little more intelligent than many and can make you think they are the real thing.
But I have had enough of wasting my time trying to filter out the good from the bad.
I have asked LF to offer a list of confirmed scammers so others will know. They have not. As scammers will be grooming more than one of us at a time even if they have their profile taken down you won't necessarily know the truth.
IF YOU WANT TO ASK ME the usernames of the ones I know please email me and ask.
I have also asked LF to take down my profile as a result of the scammers. But at least this will stay in the forum for others to see.
Sisters need to help each other...if there are any real mean out there feel free to make comment or contact.