Scammers Share dating advice and safety tips

  • View author's info Author posted on Aug 11, 2008 00:59

    To all who are genuinely looking for love and romance, or like-minded genuine people.
    Please be very careful when chatting online to strangers. It is very easy for people to get away with scamming etc. I have just come across a scammer from this website, posing to be an American man, claiming to be working in Nigeria, whose money has just run out.
    They seem to be very clever, and know how to play on the heart strings. Please, never ever agree to give money to a stranger... Luckily, I didn't.

    I really am beginning to become disillusioned with the internet as a medium for meeting a potential partner.

    I wish all of those of us who are genuine in our search the best of luck xxxx
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  • View author's info posted on Aug 21, 2012 06:45

    Why are we not posting the usernames of these horrid people?  I have suggested to Largefriends more than once that this is what they should be doing - but haven't. How is it that every man who has contacted me or who I have contacted (except for one and I'm not convinced he's not a scammer) is a scammer?  To name a few gentleheart4040, submissivepearl, garry12. 
    Some women ahve contacted me from the forums and I have reviewed and offered my assessment of their contacts; and most, I believe, are scammers.  
    Largefriends need to step up their support for members who are genuine and provide evidence of scammers.
  • View author's info posted on Aug 19, 2012 20:22

    Wow after reading some of the comments, I'm really discouraged and I've only tried this online dating thing for less than one month.  Has anyone found a meaningful relationship on these sites??  I thought I was being a bit too paranoid since some guys seemed to be coming on so strong so soon (especially with anyone living more than 3 - 5 hrs away from me) but now I'm thankful I didn't continue chatting with them.  It just makes me feel even more paranoid now... sheeshes!!!
  • View author's info posted on Jun 24, 2012 20:36

    Just wondering if we women should share details of scammers we find and report to LargeFriends.  LF have been good at taking down each one I report but they can continue to stay in touch with the women.  One said to me that he had taken down his profile because he had found me...seriously!  This was Gentleheart4040 so if you are still talking to him watch out.
    I wish there was a way LF could monitor this better.  I have reviewed many profiles and suspect there are so many that we need to be very cautious.
    I don't think us disclosing the usernames of these guys is a breach considering they are the scammers and or hackers.  Knowledge is power; what say you girls?
  • View author's info posted on Jun 10, 2012 07:31

    These scammers are a pain! This person sent infected links to my family/friends and they were upset, understandably, when because they trusted me, their computers were infected with viruses. I stopped Instant Messages and Chatting online at all.
    That being said, I'm so tired of these dating site scammers with the same old tired stories: widower, working overseas usually Nigeria; stuck in the country, robbed, need money etc. Because of the scammers it's hard for me to trust contact from ANY man who's located too far outside of my location. It's hard enough to trust a local man but someone living elsewhere who wants to rely on phone calls and on line chat as a relationship-no not anymore-the scammers have discouraged me. Not to mention getting my hopes up on a long distance potential lover only for him to disappear, or after the anticipation, email me saying that he's met someone local.
     I like to exchange a few emails, talk by phone with a man within 2/3 hrs max driving distance of my location--and meet/greet for coffee/light meal as soon as possible. In that way: we both can base our friendship on up close/personal reality and see each other often instead of online/email/phone anticipation and infrequent visits.
  • View author's info posted on Jun 09, 2012 23:22

    Just feeling a bit sick in the stomach at all the possibilities of being attacked.   Think I might sense a 'scammer' but it's the hacking that bothers me.  So someone has warned about IMs  - what can happen when we are IMing?
  • View author's info posted on Dec 19, 2010 05:16

    I have found the same man...different view of his photo on different dating sites...REPORT it.  Then the profile disappears.  We have to monitor this fiasco.

  • View author's info posted on Sep 20, 2009 08:17

    I have been on many sights and found a few warning signs that tip me off to scammers. Read their profile carefully. They change their picture but the profile doesn't change so they say the have "Dark Blond" hair but clearly in the picture its brown. And yes the grammer is usually really bad broken english or isn't grammatically correct in their profile. My first tip off is the almost never choose any characteristics for their mate. 18 - 90 come on everyone has some range they want to be in especially men. I had an experience last year with a man and all the while we were talking he was trying to hack into my computer. If he/she wants to IM you right away that is a key indication he is a scammer too. Don't give anyone access to your personal informaion via IM.

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  • View author's info posted on Aug 31, 2008 23:29

    I do not know if he had a picture or not, but if you spot the same picture make a report. It is so easy to change names but most of the times they forget to change pictures. Also quite a few men are looking for citizenship. God bless.
  • View author's info posted on Aug 20, 2008 12:00

    Hi Onthebeach,
    I have now. But I'm not sure if I've done it the right way?
    I replied to an email from largefriends, which I hoped would go to customer services.
    Do you know if there is another way in which I should report him?
    His profile is no longer available, or hidden.
  • View author's info posted on Aug 14, 2008 22:20

    I just hope that you reported him.
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