In 2006 I launched a site called HurtienneSurvivors.org to help the victims of Paul W. Hurtienne get restitution for the scams he pulled on many people including me. I got my restitution mostly just by helping the other victims get their restitution and by sicking the IRS on him. I never actually got any money or property out of that myself, but the IRS cut me some slack and went after him instead on me for taxes I didn’t actually owe. I eventually took the actual site down and now have the domain name redirected to the MySpace I also created for that; he threatened to sue me many times, but never could. I still have the old site on my external hard drive.
I also do aromatherapy and around 2010, a guy tried to scam me when ordering an expensive essential oil from me; then accused me of mail fraud and various other things. So I went after him like a Pit Bull. There were some other scams going on around me at that time; so about that time I bought this domain name and started a social network for “We The People” to band together, educate and combat these scammers. It never took off, so I took it down.
In 2012 I lost a love of my life to a scam artist / home wrecker / womanizer, (John Rodriguez). Who used her and destroyed everything we worked on for se7en years. Now there is zero trust between her and I; she also hooked up with yet another criminal, got pregnant by him and now he is in prison for the rest of his life for murder leaving her to raise the child alone. After the affair and separation in 2012, I myself landed in the lap of another scammer that took me for over ten thousand dollars; talk about being kicked while you’re down. Jeff DeTrick, Parties and Land Contract; I am still going after him for that one and I will get restitution. Luckily I bought into the land, documented and paper trailed most everything! If I didn’t buy into the land, I would have less chances of restitution. As that was happening, I got scammed three times over with my house in Kansas City that I turned into a rental after my divorce… Once by a tenant, then by the property management company, then by the manager of the Oxford House… after that, I just gave the house back to the bank and moved on.
I was about to let the domain name go until April 2015, when I decided to do something new. I own and run a few date lines; I have been seeing scammers and spammers pop up on my sites (date lines, social networks) and other sites with the traditional, “here is my phone number or email address, contact me for pix or etc”. We delete them from our sites immediately and report them on other sites ASAP. But recently I contacted a woman off OKC that appeared to be real. I didn’t pick up on any red flags for approximately 24 hours. Since then, red flags had been popping up all over the place. Maybe because I am now looking for them or because I asked God to reveal them to me, or C. all of the above. I still don’t know yet that this person is 100% a “romance scammer” or not, but all the signs are there. So I am now working with the FBI and my local law enforcement to paper trail everything and get to the bottom of it. They are also teaching me new I.T. skills to research scammers and document evidence. I was hoping she was real, I was starting to like her; but the evidence says she is a fake. If you are a scammer and you are on my site, you picked the wrong site to be on because I am building my own Cyber Scammer Squad. I don’t see that any other date lines are doing this, I only see some date lines and/or social networks give warnings and disclaimers just as I was doing before myself; so I may be the first to actually incorporate this.
The Anti Criminal Club is going to be my own Anti Cyber Criminal team to help you. To help educate you on what to look for and how to paper trail the suspect properly. To help get the necessary information to the proper authorities so that we may bring these criminals to justice. My personal Romance Scammer Department aka Catfish Hunters, will not only be focusing on scammers within my sites, but will be available to help people who are outside of our network as well. So if the date line or social network you are on does not have their own scammer squad division, if we have the man power and the funds; we will be here to assist you in hunting these people down. You can also report them directly to the Authorities via these links below. Our services will be supported by donations and by funds raided through my date lines and/or social networks; so if you want to help in that way, we will have donation tabs on various sites for that purpose. I have donation tabs on my date lines and I will have one here as well. I am also looking for I.T. guys and galls in the South Western part of Missouri for this new task force. You can apply for this position by registering in the top right corner of this site. Members of this site will only be members of our Squad and Law Enforcement, no exceptions.
Learn what to watch for and how to protect yourself. Here are a few links to point you in the right direction:
I found this on woman’s OKCupid profile and she endorses this 100% and checks out every guy using that site before communicating with them, so I thought I would share this with you: http://dontdateaplayer.com/Pages/busted/busted-profiles-okcupid.aspx. Not sure if this is all real or just a place to slam people, but it is worth looking into.
AGE VERIFICATION SITES = REAL or Scams
www.TinEye.com – This last one is one of my favorites! If you are using FireFox Browser, you can do a TinEye Ad-On and then just right click pictures to see how many hits this picture gets. It is not only a good way to check to see if this photo is being used by scammers, but a good way to check and see if your photo is being used by scammers!
If you find that you are being scammed by someone, document EVERYTHING! Then go to the FBI website ic3.gov to report this activity. I hope and pray this doesn’t happen to you and please spread this message and help protect your friends and family.
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) = www.ic3.gov
What is a dating scam?
On a dating website, a scammer is someone who builds a relationship with you, pretending to be a legitimate user of a dating website then uses fraudulent claims to defraud you. Scammers will ask you for money, personal or financial information or try to redirect you to websites that require payment or download malicious software onto your computer.
Scams of this sort can be very sophisticated and scammers will go to great lengths to build a relationship with you, spending a lot of time communicating with you and perhaps even telling you they love you and sending you gifts.
Scammers will often ask you to send money via a wire transfer service – you will usually be unable to recover money sent this way. You should also never share personal information, such as bank account or credit card details as you risk falling victim to fraud and identity theft.
The key rule is that you should never send money to anyone you meet online and should reconsider your relationship with anyone who asks you for money or who you otherwise suspect may be a scammer.
How can I spot a scammer?
Any of the following behaviours should raise concerns that the person you are interacting with is a scammer:
- they ask you to send them money or provide your personal or financial details
- they quickly profess strong feelings or love for you
- they ask you to transfer money via a wire transfer service
- they claim to be stationed in or travel frequently to Africa or elsewhere overseas
- they do not answer your questions or their responses are formulaic, nonsensical or repetitive
- they are vague about their interests, or what they want in a partner
- they claim to be of mixed African and US, Australian, European or Canadian descent and travel to meet relatives in Africa
- their profile, or their communications with you display poor spelling or grammar
You should carefully consider your relationship with anyone who asks you to move communications with them away from the dating website onto email, instant messaging, the phone, voice over IP or some other medium after only a few contacts. Scammers will often ask you to do this so that you will be communicating only with them, are more likely to reveal personal information and will not receive safety warnings.
You should never respond to a request for money, personal information or banking details, no matter the reason given.
If you are suspicious about any members on the retreat then block them by clicking on the Block icon on their profile.
Want to learn more?
You can find a lot more information about scams at SCAMWatch.
SCAMwatch is a website owned and maintained by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and provides a wealth of useful information on this topic
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