Do they work in a foreign country?
Did they make an excuse about a video?
Did you send money?
Frank M. Ahearn is a privacy expert, and global skip tracer who identifies romance scammers locates dating fraud and helps recover funds sent to romance fakes.
I have been identifying online dating scams and locating romance frauds for several years now, and what I have learned is anyone can become a victim. It is easy to fall into the trap of dating fraud because most think it will never happen to them; no one chooses the become a victim.
For starters, if you have not had a five-minute face-to-face video, where you saw the lips move and eyes blink you have a PROBLEM. It does not matter if they claim their mobile phone is broke, on an oil rig, deployed in a combat zone or any other excuse. The FACT is you have no idea if the person you are chatting with is the person in the photos or who they claim to be. In the real world, you are dating an UNIDENTIFIED STRANGER.
You can make up all the excuses in the world as to why the person you are dating cannot chat on video. However, the truth is, you have placed yourself in a situation in a vulnerable position where a stranger you met online can defraud you.
The question to ask yourself now is are you dating a fraud?
Many victims want me to identify the romance scammer as well as locate them. Unfortunately, finding and identifying is very difficult. To start with, they know how to cover their tracks by using prepaid phones, virtual private networks, dump emails, socializing on sites like hangouts, and other mobile apps. They are professional criminals!
Another problem is scammers typically work in groups. Which means you have more than likely been chatting with more than one person. Therefore, the search is not for one individual but could be for multiple.
If you lost money in a romance scam, I suggest you do not spend time or money searching for the scammer. It is best to focus on what matters most, which is the recovery of your funds. If you want me to search for the subject, understand it is not guaranteed.
This payment form is to identify if you are dating a romance scammer, identify a romance scammer, or locate a romance scammer.
Please state if you request A or B.
A. To identify if you are dating fraud, send me their name, mobile number, email address, photos, and their background story.
Within 24 hours, I will determine if they are a fraud or not.
B. To locate the identity of a scammer or their whereabouts send me, the name they use, email address, and mobile number.
This search takes several days.
Send all information to Frank@netScammer.com
Sometimes curiosity comes alive after a dating scam, and some want to know the identity of the person in the photo. I can search and try to identify/locate the person. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee.
Email photos to FA@FrankAhearn.com.
The only truth in a romance scam is you sent money, and someone received. A recipient could also be a victim, and their online love told them the transfer is from a business deal. The receiver could also be a money mule who earns money by accepting and forwarding funds. Most victims do not think about going after these people. I find them to be the most critical targets since they have seen your money last.
Part of fund recovery is convincing receiving banks to open a case; not an easy task. Most banks will blow you off, stating they cannot disclose information, or they will tell you the account is closed. Other times the bank will claim there are no funds in the account. True or not, who knows.
Many times victims will wire transfer money to common names like Eric Kelly, Ekrem Demir or Prince Adebayo. However, it is possible the bank account is not in the same name you sent on the transfer, a situation the receiving bank does not want to face. If such is the case, the bank should never have accepted your money.
It is difficult to get law enforcement to open a case involving a romance scam. Dating scams are global, where the victim can reside in the US or Canada and sent money to Turkey, Nigeria, or China. Where does such a case begin? Most online information suggests contacting the various` national reporting services, which will result in a file number for your case.
As a skip tracer (finds people) with over thirty years of locating people worldwide, I have developed excellent international research skills.
Money recovery is not about tracing the fund or hiring a hacker to hack. Fund recovery is about getting the right people involved.
LAW: I have discovered that the only way to get the law involved is by reaching out to the local, state, national police, prosecutors, and immigration officials in the country of loss. These are the ones who can take action, subpoena bank records, and question the receivers of your money.
BANKS: It is vital to get a bank employee on board and recognize that you are a victim, and you need help. I locate the bank branches, relevant departments, and at times, internal investigators.
RECEIVERS: I search for the individuals you sent funds to, and if I locate, we demand your money.
YOUR BANK: A key strategy is getting your bank involved, first by requesting the bank recalls the transfers. If not possible, then ask that the name you listed on your wire transfer is the name on the receiving bank account.
MONEY SERVICES: You can file a claim with Western Union and Money Gram using theses links.
My actions have helped many clients recover thousands of dollars, euros, and francs from various entities. Unfortunately, I am unable to determine in advance who will be successful. So, think of me as the loud voice that gets you heard by those who need to listen.