Romantic scammers beware: Google has a tool that can blow your plans to take advantage of an innocent person looking for love faster than you can say "upload image."
Because that's exactly what someone being harassed by a lovesick Lothario can now do, thanks to internet technology. The system works like this, and can be used not only on strangers sending friend requests on Facebook, but also on cheating wives and husbands.
First let's say you have a Facebook friend request from someone you don't know. That person may look nice and say nice things. Unaware to you, he or she may also be making plans to scam you.
Once you're on the Google Images page, drag and drop the photo of the person into the box under the big Google logo. In a few seconds you'll be given a list of every site that has that same image used. A lot of these sites say "romantic scammer" or "identify theft-fraud."
In the past three weeks, I've exposed five romantic scammers through their photographs alone.
I've purposely chosen the military scam page because a lot of scammer's try to tug at the heartstrings of those wishing a long distance relationship with someone in the military. In reality, these romantic scammers are Africans from Nigeria and Ghana.
While many romantic scammers only want to project what they see as a more perfect image than what they see in the mirror, others are out for money. Most usually start out with well written love letters or small gifts. This escalates to being asked to hand over money. To write or accept a check that is anything but legit.
The photos of your perfect mate have been stolen from Facebook profiles or modeling pages. That's why it's also important to run a photo of yourself through Google on occasion, just in case someone is pretending to be you.
There's also the possibility of this happening when you're in a relationship with a low-life. That's why it's a good idea to throw your "significant other's" photo onto Google Image occasionally-just in case.
The idea of romantic scammers may create discord among couples. Well-no more than shows like "Cheaters" do, where camera crews sneak up on cheaters as they're out doing their thing.
Let me tell you, there's a certain satisfaction in checking out a person before you make what could be the biggest mistake of your life. Because even nice looking people who want to be your friend on Facebook may in reality be someone wanting to part you from your hard earned money. Or worse.
Once way to protect yourself is to be selective as to what you post online about yourself. Even innocent posts about what books you've read, what bands you like and your preference in TV shows can be used against you by a scammer.
Comments anyone? Have any of you ever caught a romantic scammer using Google Image or a similar method.