Information on romance scams and scammers.
#1045 by RMx Tue Jul 31, 2007 10:37 am
I like the format Emma used to post a scammer, so I'm going to follow suit in the hopes that we can start a most wanted list of these scam artists.

Beware of anyone using the email address, [email protected]; and the Yahoo Messenger address, coollinda_jones.
Other known member names: slimlinda01
Beware of anyone using any of these photographs:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/963095220/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/963272488/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/963272514/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/963272496/

Some URLs where she appears:
http://www.myspace.com/coollinda001
http://www.mylot.com/coollinda
http://www.datingforrichpeople.com/index.php?page=view_profile&id=836

"Linda" or "Cool Linda" is an internet scammer preying on the vulnerable and those looking for love. She signs up at dating sites, and has a myspace page, and pretends to be a 27-year-old US citizen from Auburn, WA. She says she works for an NGO (non-governmental organization), under UNAIDS. On other sites she's claimed to be in the travel/hotel industry. It's all lies.

She sweet-talks her victim by professing her love, and once she has her victim hooked she asks for money. In my case, Linda wouldn't talk by telephone (a technique to use if a potential victim has any doubt about who they're talking to). She claimed she couldn't afford one, but wouldn't accept delivery of one. She would, on the other hand, accept money sent to her via Western Union to go out and buy one herself.

Linda is not fussy when she is looking for 'love'. She is exceedingly patient, but it's obvious she is conducting several chat conversations at the same time. Potential victims are cautioned to watch for extended response times between messages, and the usual "what do you mean?" which is her way of hooking back into the conversation she's having with you.

This scammer is on hold now because I gave her a pretty hard time. Hopefully, she will pursue another line of work, but her sites are still active, even though I've reported her.

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#1088 by LadyinRed Wed Aug 01, 2007 11:11 am
In this case offer a 'voice chat' on Yahoo or Skype.

The 'female' in this case is very likely a man and is why 'she' didn't want to talk by phone. It's pretty much been shown that men fall more often for the 'love scams' than women. Sorry guys! But it's true. So the lads take on a female profile, complete with photos they glean from other websites.

Ask for a photo holdong up a sign with a saying or name of your designation. Although many times they will photo chop them, it is usually easy to spot.

it's to late to worry about yesterday and to soon to worry about tomorrow

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