My name is Frank M. Ahearn, and I have been skip tracing (finding people) for over twenty-five years. There are no geographical limitations to my skip tracing services. I can locate romance scammers in Africa, online dating frauds in Paris, military swindlers in Toronto and other types of scammers in most parts of the world. For me finding people is merely finding people, and language is not a barrier.
For the past year, I have been aggressive in identifying and locating online dating frauds for clients. When it comes to romance scams, it is a three-part process first proving the scammer is a fake and then identifying and locating them.
The hard part for most clients is coming to terms with the fact that the person they are emotionally involved with or were involved with is a fraud. Once it is proven, the person is a fraud one must if they decide if it is best to cut ties or try to recoup funds.
Ask yourself, have you seen this person on video? If not, it is a huge red flag.
Much of the times, there is no face-to-face video with online dating scammers. When there is video, it is dark, and their voice is muffled to avoid an accent. Scammers are filled with excuses for why they cannot call you, video you or meet you. If the reasons are piling up, it is a red flag.
If the person you are involved with has asked for money, under no circumstance send. They excuses many scammers offer is they are waiting on a loan or payment for their business. They will even send you a bogus contract award. Some claim they or a family member are ill, or they need the funds to visit you.
A scammer will have you Western union money, and much of the time it is to a different person's name. Or they will provide a bank account number, most likely an IBAN which is typically in another country. Type the first four digits of the IBAN/bank account number into a search engine, and it will identify what country the bank is located. There is no reason you should ever send money to a person you have never seen.
What I do for you is determine if the subject is who they claim to be and then work to identify their actual identity. If you know you have been scammed, I search for the identity and whereabouts of the scammer.
The fee for this search is $125.00.
Let me mention; I am the author of The New York Times Best Seller, How To Disappear and an expert at disappearing people. Therefore, I know what to look for when a person has vanished voluntarily or not.
After you prepay search, send me as much information on the subject.
Name - Emails - Numbers - Photos - Backstory - FA@FrankAhearn.com
The past year, I have spent a lot of time identifying and skip tracing online dating scams, also known as romance scams, military scams and Romeo scams. Most of my clients have one thing in common; they have never had a face-to-face video with the supposed significant other. Many of the excuses are lousy service area; they do not like to video, they are working at sea, their mobile camera is broke, etc.
In this day and age, there is no reason not to video, considering we have Skype, Whatsapp, and Google hangouts. I believe it is essential to hold the line of no face-to-face, then no relationship and immediately stop corresponding and block them on all social media. Be aware; some scammers will contact potential targets as different people and start the relationship over. So while you are picking through the potential mates on Match, POF, Tinder, and Jdate, be cautious and note it could be the person you cut off.
Another item clients have reported at times is they felt they were talking or texting with a different person. It is not uncommon for these fraudsters to work in teams and pass off potential marks.
If you are dating online, do not be shy to ask questions. If they tell you they are in a hotel in Dubai, or Chicago asks them to take a photo of themselves with a local newspaper, or open the drawer and take a pic of the phone book. Sure it sounds silly but if they are reluctant, question why?
Some scammers will work the long con and stay in a relationship for years before they hit the victim up for money. The request for cash ranges from a quick business loan, an emergency occurred, they need help in financing their trip to visit the victim. Sometimes the money goes Western Union, have seen the money funneled through a different victim and on to the criminal. If your mate asks for money, ask for a video call. No call no money, well actually never send money.
The first step in protecting yourself is uploading the person you met photos to a site like Tineye.com which will scan the net for the same face or picture. Always consider your online date a potential scammer until proven otherwise.
Items To Consider
1. You searched for the person's photos online.
2. You have a working phone number and have spoken to the person on that number.
3. You have done a face-to-face video where the person's face was unobstructed.
4. The voice accent accurate?
5. Time Zone, are they communicating from the correct timezone. Meaning, the person told you they live in Monaco but always contacts in the daytime in a different time zone.
If you need help determining if your online other half is a scammer, I can be of help.
Frank M. Ahearn