The Dangers Behind a ChatLine

Your dream bride to be? Maybe not so beautiful!
Your dream bride to be? Maybe not so beautiful! | Source
Ersulova Anna, International dating scammer
Ersulova Anna, International dating scammer | Source

A "free" Chatline that started it all..

We wrote a hub about how to get the IP from an email, and boy, we've really got so many surprises. We started surfing the Chatlines back in 2004, and it was a cool hobby for a divorced dude. Nothing bad talking to someone on the other side. "A/l/s" and "LOL" became the new lingo or jargon along with LMAO! What they didn't know is that we had an advantage in computers and html coding. Suddenly, we started getting emails from dating websites and even lotto winners from the other side of the world. Some were these deposed kings that wanted to share some money, and the rest became history.

The senders mostly were from some areas in Africa and Europe. Don't want to mention any nation in particular, but seems that these rotten apple and scumbags from those hard working countries wanted to get hold of your savings by any "cyber" means necessary.

Signing in

You get into a new world of chatters, from the average bored housewife to Internet bots that offer online sex. You will never find your dream date in there, unless you were born blessed. Some are there just to stay away from a harsh reality. Actually the reality behind your screen is scarier than letting your child treat-or-trick by themselves and capable of bumping into people with the weirdest costume for Halloween.

Tatyana, oh my!
Tatyana, oh my! | Source

The dangers by getting hooked up

Once you fell for a "woman" from the net, they quickly drop the bad news on you. Family was really sick and maybe their finances reached rock bottom. Maybe they were about to get evicted, or in a few days they would have to make decisions, and they swore that you just came into the picture like an angel from heaven.

Now, Here are some quick things you must consider if you think you are getting involved with a dream "too good to be true":

  • Some premade letters will be copied and pasted in blocks as needed. They are too busy to get other victims.
  • Their capital "I" most of the time will be misspelled as a lower case "i"
  • Most have these prewritten letters that will appeal to your sensitivity
  • Just remember that most love scammers work from set up Cyber sweatshops, or run down cyber cafes. You won't hear them, but they will be in a computer room with other 20 scammers.
  • If they ask you to wire cash because a loved one is in need, beware. You decide and ponder what to do from here on.


Is this a desperate way to pay their college? Nothing against the race, just creating awareness..!
Is this a desperate way to pay their college? Nothing against the race, just creating awareness..! | Source
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Still hooked up and Want to Travel?

They will ask for money for a "Visa" and fair enough they will "try" to come to see you. That's like a red alert, because the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Manila or Accra won't let anyone apply for a Visa unless is for petitioning, business or because of a relative. But just because they want to come to see you? Not even a tourist Visa will qualify!! Close any contact immediately!

You fell so much in Love and is hard to let go...

You fell like booking up a flight to go to see them. The pics are neat and enticing; they sent you those sexy photos and you want to go against the world's common sense and rescue them if you have to, but just think about this:

There is an international black market for human organs. If "she" ever asked you for your blood type, just come to read us again. These black markets hire young beauties and know how to get you by the balls literally. You never heard of people disappearing overseas? Just dust yourself up and "cut off" the links.

Yikes!!
Yikes!! | Source

Interviewing a Real Love-Scammer (2007)

Her name was Irene, then changed to Juan after certain persuasion and psychology.

Why do you do it?

I cannot find another job. I was scammed as well by an International Online College that promised me a degree in 18 months and never happened.

Where do you work?

I work 35 miles from my house, which is in the countryside . I take the early 6 a.m. train and by 8 a.m. I get into my own computer that my boss has set up for 24 of us.

Do you get any kind of bonus? I mean...

Not really. We are forced to fill a daily quota, and if not, our salary will be lower. Lunch won't be free! And coworkers will make fun of us! That's why you see lots of chicks asking you desperately to rate them... or just begging you to go to their websites. We are mostly men at work, and we just see it as a job.

Do you think this is fair for us?

You guys have the money and eat. We don't have the money, but need to eat. So, how do you survive?

Now I get it Juan. For your help and honesty I will wire you 20 bucks as promised.

Thanks!. I'm sorry for disturbing you. Never wanted to do this thing..!

Don't worry. I know your Country and where you are by now.

Really? Well, I will give you my brother's name if you want to send some money.

So, all along you were in Manila and not in Minsk-Belarus?

We have connections Lord! We fill the gap due to time zoning...

Unbelievable! Have a good day Juan!

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

It is a sick, depraved world, and yet once warned, it should be no problem for the average citizen. You did a wonderful job of bringing this out into the light of day. It is a while other culture that lurks just below the surface, just waiting for the unsuspecting and gullible. Wonderful message here Joseph!


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

It always comes back to the saying, "If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably isn't".

We had a story on the news a while ago that some poor Texas man was convinced he was going to get the deposed king's money from one of those countries you mention. He spent thousands of dollars wiring the 'processing fees' or 'help me' fees, whatever they were. His family tried to stop him, but could not. He devastated their savings by doing this.

So, people need to really be aware of what is going on! Dressing up an email, building a fake web site, getting your phone number and harassing you is a real possibility for scammers and phishers.

Be extremely cautious about these things!


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Scary Stuff for sure! There is so much good and so much realllly bad stuff out there in the ethernet! You really have to watch yourself to keep from being scammed. Good one Lord!


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kj force 4 years ago from Florida

LordDeCross...Saddest part of this hubis that it is still happening...scam day can be any day of the week, at any age, and anywhere on Mother Earth..I know of the ones from Nigeria, as a very dear colleague was widowed and lost his whole life savings to a person who didn't appear to exist..funny but these still exist today and there is nothing our gov't can do...great hub..thank you for bringing this to light...


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Thanks Billybuc, like they always say, there is always someone who will fall for these scams, and we wanted to warn the average folk. Is still out there, and happening daily. Even Western Union has issued some advice on the matter. Thanks again Billy!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Austinstar, you did add important things to think about. The video is clear, and the danger is just one click away, or one password away. Your comment is valuable and thanks for stopping by!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Xstatic, these people reinvent the wheel every year. As AustinStar said, they open fake websites and even know how to get into your email address, just to cause havoc. Stories abound, and is a shame how so many families lost their savings to international crooks! Have a nice one Jim!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

KJ, people has to be reminded of the activities of these cyber thugs and their smart modus operandi. The government has a problem of its own and worries about raising our taxes than policing the world, for now anyway! Thanks my friend!


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

A wonderful share Lord and yes we have to be so careful when meeting people from the internet but the other side is that some have met their true loves and life happily forever more.

Wonderful and I vote up;interesting and useful

Eddy.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Thank's for the warning. I guess scammers are everywhere. I am on a no call list, ( Telephone ) but one gets through occasionally. Cheers


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Hi Eddy, yeah some people have found their love of their lives on the net, and that is so awesome! Hope your day is fruitful as always!

Always exploring, that is so irritating, getting a call or recieving junk mail. No matter what we do, we get them through. Thanks for the delightful surprise!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

So many poor kings who have lost their fortune! I mean, really? How gullible can people be? Need a girlfriend or boyfriend? There must be some out there in the good old U.S.

You did a great job here including that interview and your video fit right in. If only those who need it would read it!

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

I can't believe people are still calling these things, but oddly enough.. My son who is over 6' tall, 280 lbs. with a rocker looks wears a t-shirt that says, "I am that hot chick you talked to online last night." LOL..


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

Hi Lord,

I am so glad I use my country girl brain and stayed away from talking to people online.

When I joined HubPages I almost terminated my account when I found I was suppose to communicate with Hubbers. I could not see me doing that--and now I cannot shut up it is so much fun.

However, I am glad I stayed and I still enjoy meeting all the talented and nice Hubbers.

Bobbi


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Mary, these scams are still catching some babyboomers off guard. Hope these hub can be read before it causes so much harm to our citizens. Thanks for the visit!

tammyswallow, your son should be hired by an international agency and take care of some cyber thugs! Thanks for checking on us! Yeah! We are still alive and kicking!

Bobbi, you are so right! Interacting with avatars and people behind the screen was not really the intended idea when we all signed up, but today is a common thing between bloggers and FB. Thanks for the fun commenting!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

heard a lot of people - both men and women- fall for this scam..


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

What a great subject Lord. Joseph you did some magnificent writing here . this is A real problem . makes one scared to talk to anyone ...you hear of this every day .. so sad. what s terrible world we live in.. many blessings ..

Debbie


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

unknown spy, youy are so right! These things are still happening. Crooks and cyber thieves reinvent the wheel in order to get the most from their victims. Thanks!

Deborah Brooks, there are so many untold stories is pathetic! Glad to see you with us!

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