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YAHOO BOYS FORMAT: How Romance Scams Work (All You Need To Know)

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YAHOO BOYS FORMAT: How Romance Scams Work (All You Need To Know)

I want to expose and cast some Yahoo Boys format today. Don’t feed these scammers.

How It Works:

You receive a message from a man whose photos show he’s a handsome, macho man: he’s in the military, on a ship, or in a gym.

Hello pretty,” he might say. “Am Williams Fred by name. How are you doing dear?” He says he messaged you because your pictures drew him to you and he’s looking for the right woman. His soulmate. A “long time” relationship. In reality, he messaged you because he wants you to fall for his con.

He’ll ask you questions about yourself: “Are you married?” and pretend he wants to get to know you. He might share that he is stationed on a “peacekeeping mission” in a far-off land for the military. He’s almost always a widower and usually claims to be a single father. The more sympathy he has from you, the more he can draw you in.

He asks you to switch to Kik or Google hangouts because he doesn’t like to talk on InstagramFacebook or those dating apps. He feigns interest, sharing deep thoughts about what he wants in a woman; how he has been lonely after he lost his wife. “Since I loss my wife I haven’t seen a beautiful woman like you.” You overlook the grammatical errors because he says such sweet things and his story is just so tragic.

He will shower you with love, sending images of flowers or quotes, stolen poems. He’ll show concern for your well-being, making sure you’re taking care of yourself. “Have you eaten today baby?” He’s hoping you will be so taken by his many compliments (“you are very beautiful and you got pretty eyeballs”) that you will overlook all the little inconsistencies.

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Through all the terms of endearment, you might miss that it’s not normal conversation to ask someone that you’ve just met “do you live alone?” Or say that they live in California “USA.” You might forget that US servicemen don’t have access to Internet, phones and computers while on base. Or that most people do not fall deeply in love, sight unseen, in a matter of hours.

This scenario happens more often than you’d expect: The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center received 15,000 romance scam complaints in 2016. Losses to romance scammers topped $230 million, but the FBI believes that number is much higher, estimating that about only 15% of the crimes are being reported.

Once the romance scammers, sometimes called Yahoo boys, believe they have you hooked, they see a fountain of cash coming from America. The scammer may start by asking for small amounts, such as money for a leave pass, a visa, travel, or equipment.

The asks get bigger when a “crisis” ensues. There’s a dire need for equipment, or payment on a hospital bill; maybe even a legal predicament. The victims fear if they don’t pay for the crisis, they won’t be able to meet their beloved. Visits are promised but there is always another “crisis” and reason for the victims to send money. This cycle continues until the victim loses everything or figures out the scam. When that happens, the scammer will either disappear or convince the victim to launder money for him.

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Payment Method

Scammers use different ways of taking payment, from having the victim send the money via Western Union or MoneyGram to purchasing gift cards and sending the information on them.

The Bait/Format

Yahoo boys will set up accounts on social media sites like Facebook or Instagram, and dating sites like OKCupidMatch and EHarmony.

They always say they are military, civil engineer, “sailor seaman,” or work on an offshore oil rig. Most of them will say they lost their wife in a terrible accident or some sort, like a car crash or childbirth.

They are just yearning to love again and are ready to open up their hearts to the right woman.They say they are single fathers and feign concern for their child, whom they never see.

The Bottom Line

If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. People don’t just fall in love within the first few hours or days of meeting each other online.

Military men don’t need you to send them money for phones, passes or anything else; they have access to their own bank accounts anywhere in the world and leave passes are not for sale. Anyone asking for money is very likely a scammer.

Hope you find this helpful.


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