About this scam list: it was created as an extension to my online dating community Dating 'n More: a small, absolutely free, privately owned, dating website, which I do my best to maintain scam free. I am not some "company", as well as my Dating 'n More site doesn't belong to any company. It is maintained by a Russian woman, currently living in the US (that would be me!) who is greatly concerned about the situation in the dating industry. I've been "hunting" the romance scammers for 8 years now. The Romancescam website is a biggest listing of Nigerian scammers, was mentioned on several TV programs, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Tonight with Trevor McDonald and Canadian Global TV.
The online scams come in many forms and shapes, but there is one particularly nasty form: romance scams, when the scammers approach you on a dating service, a social network, skype or IM. They play with their victims feelings, send them lovely messages, call them on the phone, send them presents, make them believe that they finally met their "one and only", and after they build some degree of trust, here comes the scam part. The most common online dating scams are Nigerian scams and Russian scams.
Since these type of scams involve some romantic foreplay and physical attraction, the major weapon of the romance scammers is PHOTOS. More attractive the better! The scammers almost never use their own photos and show their own ugly faces. They use photos of other people: attractive, good and decent. In many cases, they steal photos from celebrities and online modeling agencies. But they also steal pictures from the ordinary people, form their Facebook and Myspace profiles, which they are doing more and more often recently.
IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: All pictures that you see on this site are used by scammers to deceit their victims, but people portrayed on these pictures are not scammers themselves! You are NOT looking at the actual faces of people who are scamming you. People on the pictures have nothing to do with scammers, their pictures are used by scammers without their knowledge and permission. Most people on the photos are models and will probably never contact you on any dating service or through any IM. If you are approached by anybody who claims to be a person on the pictures listed here, you are most likely being scammed. This scam list merely gives you an idea which photos scammers use, so you can detect and avoid scams, but unfortunately not showing you the real faces of scammers. Nobody knows their real faces.
In case with Russian scams, there may be a few exceptions, when girls on the pictures are involved in scams, but most pictures are either of Russian celebrities, or stolen from the modeling sites, or from the .ru websites where honest Russian people store their photoalbums (thus, the variety of "family" pictures).
I don't accept scam reports via e-mail. This site is basically a public forum. If you wish to report a scammer, please post your information on the board.
If you found your own picture listed here: like I said above, scammers are using pictures of innocent people, so it doesn't mean YOU are listed. I am not listing people. I am merely listing pictures used in scams, and unfortunately yours is also being used as a criminal tool. This is how 99% of victims find out they are being scammed: by browsing or googling pictures used by scammers. I always try to locate the real owners of pictures and place appropriate disclaimers, but it is not always possible.
If you are looking for more information on the dating scams, I have some articles about scams on my Dating 'n More site that you may find useful:
- Tactics of Russian scammers
- How to detect Russian scams
- Why Russian scammers use The Bat!
- Signs you may be dealing with a Russian scammer
- Signs you may be dealing with a Nigerian scammer
- Mailing addresses and names used by Nigerian scammers