A person's stolen identity can very easily be stolen by scammers in the online dating world. It does not matter how well known or how reputable the website is. It happens on Match, Tastebuds, Zoosk, eHarmony, and many more. The innocent person searching for the love of their life, so eager to be special, is just about willing to believe anything the other party tells them after the discussion turns romantic. To the innocent seekers, the discovery that their love behind the awesome photos and even videos exchanged was not the reality is hard to accept. Who would be so cruel and mean to do this?
The scammer. The scammer can be an attractive woman or man, but more likely a person from a West African country like Ghana, Nigeria, Gabon etc. They could be from Russia. Imagine the moment you discover that the person you are texting intimately with is the same sex as you are! OMG. The scammers, if they are good, should all get Oscars. They are very well crafted to get money from you. They play upon your need for a love connection on the emotional level. This clouds all logical thinking in you when money is requested for a reason that could be valid, though it is not. The reason could be small or much larger. It's simple to wire money using Money Gram, Western Union, Ria, and others. Intimate talk is effective to get you to send money.
The problem is that time plays against the scammer because it is all a lie. The longer the lie continues, the more likely the scammer will start to lose track of the lies told and will stumble in facts. Telling the truth the is easy- just do it. Maintaining a lie over a long period of time, such as a month or more, is way hard, if the victim recalls facts previously said.
The most popular photos scammers use to lure men are from Ann Angel's collection. She is aware that her photos, identity, have been stolen, yet, powerless to change that. Even on her website she warns her readers. The problem is that even the scammer you think they are, may not be in reality. They often change her photo online or what they send to you. They may have multiple names using the same photo, which may or may not actually be them. The real person in the photo may have no clue their photos are being used by scammers until an event triggers this knowledge. So, if the scammer wants to exchange photos, think twice if you are an attractive person. The photos you send could be used by the scammer later on an online dating website under a different name. This is totally possible. Scammers send out hundreds of emails to strangers in the USA and Europe. They are from attractive men or women that you do not know. The just want to say "Hi", and just want to talk, along with an attractive photo. The scammers know that even if 5% of the 500 are replied to, it could amount to money if they work the victim smoothly. With exchange rates as they are with USD and African\Russian currency, they can live a nice life if USD are sent. If you have been scammed, your contact information may be given to other scammers in that area and the whole scenario begins again, except this time, you are much more savvy about it. You can "play" them as well because you know what they want. Even if you refuse to send money, many scammers will continue with you and every so often, try to get you to send money. They are patient. As long as you do not given any credit card data, bank numbers, you are fairly safe. If you demand to see their passport or health card ID, you can verify it with the embassy or agency or even legitimate news reporting agencies in that country. Just send an email, state the reason, and send an image of the document. They are more than willing to help.
Online romance scams can happen without you knowing about it at first. Everything seems real and valid. But over a course of weeks, you may see differences in the photos they send you and their passport photo, or just others sent. Look at the physical characteristics, not just hair color, The human eye is hard to fool if the nose or eye shape etc., are different no matter what the scammer keeps telling you. If you have sent money, all wire transfers require ID and signature to be picked up. Request to see their ID and an image of the signature on the money wire transfer receipt. You might find they refuse to do this. So, refuse to send more money. For instance, if the scammer name is Chelsea Boamah, the receipt should show this reasonably, not just some signature that could not be her.
Scammers steal another's identity from less popular online dating websites also. There are tons of them, so you never know if the person you are falling in love with is actually them! You can use FaceTime, if both have iphones, if not, Skype is good also, but videos can fool you. What you need to prove their identity is something "live" so that what you see and hear is the same as the photos you have been seeing. Many scammers post on Facebook, MySpace, Linked In and so on. The photo used is the same, yet the name is different.
My Chelsea Boamah Experience
In my own experience, I met Chelsea Boamah on Tastebuds dating site. After some research using, images.google.com, the photos she sent me had been used by many others because she had used Ann Angel photos and used some of her own (I think). She had several accounts under different names on FB and Linked In. As time went on for over a month, she or he, began to stumble on where they were born and I demanded to see proof. They had used many of Angel's photos and they did not always seem to be the same person, subtle differences were detected. They claimed to be an American, so I demanded to see the passport. They sent an image that seemed legitimate. I sent it in to the US Embassy in Accra, Ghana for verification. They told me that she was not telling the truth. Just as the scammer works you with emotion in order to get money, the victim should work and research whatever they tell you on the Internet in that city and country. If they say they lost their belongings in a fire, you can verify it by going to online news media or news agencies online. In my case, was Chelsea Boamah's identity also stolen by this scammer because she is attractive and is she even aware of it? Or, are the photos of her actually her and she is the real scammer behind the Ann Angel photos etc.?
Online romance is a house of mirrors. It is not always, you get what you see.
perrya (author) on September 09, 2020:
You can tell by the phone number and international country code, google it. Ghana maybe GH
marco kalby on September 08, 2020:
can someone help me to know the identity of this person calling me from ghana .
Bill dolan on October 17, 2019:
I have someone using nikki sims pics claiming to be jessy kate stranded in ibadan africa thanks for bringing light on subject i suspected fraud broken english cant talk on phone shes currently using hangouts as jessy kate
perrya (author) on June 04, 2019:
Yes, I have. But the video was years old, and she does appear differently as she ages. I think there is a live feed if you subscribe to her website.
Hotshot32 on June 03, 2019:
Has any one seen live video of the blond Ann Angle? She/he has represented her self with the blonde picture. Its a long story but she insist that the picture is hers all others are copies. I figure that a live feed with her is the answer. I also asked her to write on a paper what ever I say. And send me a picture of her holding the paper. She did and it looked like her. I believe a live feed is the answer.
perrya (author) on March 19, 2019:
Trust your feelings....
pompilica on March 17, 2019:
I have meet a guy on Instagram. He pretends to be in the army, so he sent my several pictures of him proving he is a soldier. But I think he is not the person he pretends. Few days ago his Instagram account disappeared. Of course he says he do not know anything about that. He told me about his family in very convenient details: widower, one child,dead mother, unknown father, so on. Why do I have the feeling that he is a scammer and everything is a big lie?
Giovanni Napolitano on May 09, 2018:
Thank you so much. This person now goes by the name of Ruth Boateng. She claims she is from Pittsburg California. She wanted money from me so she can get food. She showed me a picture on Skype of her "empty" fridge. So I did some research and looked up on google pictures of empty fridges. And behold the same 2 items in the fridge that she sent me. Be careful. Im going to keep talking to her to find out more. And have fun.
Seftonbooth on December 25, 2016:
Ann angel is an alias used by Sandra. She currenyly lives in Kumsai Ghana and is moving to the south pacific to marry me next year.
ali ba on May 09, 2016:
RedPower on October 13, 2015:
The thing is that these scammers use pictures of super-hot women to entice desperate men into these fake romances. But isn't that kind of suspicious from the start? I think most people with a tad bit of experience in life would know that incredibly good-looking women are in high demand and that they wouldn't be trolling the internet for random romances with nerds. Why don't these scammers use pictures of average-looking or even plain-looking ladies? It would be more believable, and if you're targeting desperate guys, then it doesn't really matter if she's extremely hot or just average--he'll probably just be happy for the female attention.
perrya (author) on October 10, 2015:
Incredible! Just continues to scam...
Alin on October 08, 2015:
Her new fake name is Laura Larouse and si poses as a french girl and.
perrya (author) on July 04, 2015:
Yeah, sounds like the truth hurts. Maybe it was the guy who scammed myself. You should him this blog
Canada on July 03, 2015:
Update on my family situation. After months of chatting on skype with a ghana scammer using a Ann Angel photo my brother-in-law was scammed out of a phone and some money. Once he or she got that...the chatting session was over. He was warned by us before hand that this was a scam and would not listen. We have not spoken in months and this has put a strain on the family. The ghana scammer is now on to the next victim and we are left behind with a family divided.
perrya (author) on March 23, 2015:
Interesting, well at least you know what the scammer actually looks like versus a situation where only photos are sent and no live chat has occurred. Scammers can happen with anyone, not just with online romance.
Canada on March 23, 2015:
in resposne to perrya. The scammer used skype. They started chatting and now has been going on for 2 months. The scammer randomly called and he answered.
perrya (author) on March 22, 2015:
Ann's photos are most popular. They are extensive going back 10 years and videos also. Its a hard lesson because many men have no idea who Ann is. What website did they meet on?
Canada on March 22, 2015:
Right now there is a ghana scammer using Ann Angel photo. My brother in law is has fallen into the trap. He is disabled and will not believe it's a scam.
perrya (author) on March 22, 2015:
Ann angel has so many different looks over the years.
UmbertoPMarocchi on March 22, 2015:
Plz note, the first ID card pic isn't Lia, it's always Ann Angel!
perrya (author) on March 20, 2015:
Thanks for the tips. The selfie of Ann fooled me, just did not look like her physically. Umberto, is the last photo post also of Ann ?