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Watch for Online Scammers and Swindlers

By Conversation Exchange
Last updated on Feb 18, 2020

Conversation Exchange is a large community with people from all over the world. Unfortunately, this also attracts individuals interested in making money using any sort of illegal scams.

Please do not trust any user unless you built a long relationship. And even though be on the watch as some of them take their time to build trust and then make a fraudulent request.

Usually a scammer will make a fake identity to trick you. Even though he will offer to help by claiming to be from an English-speaking country you might notice some major errors in his English.

Some of the most common stories a scammer might use are:

  • very dramatic stories like major accidents and deaths in his family, like he is a widow or lost a child in a car/plane accident or needs money because of a major illness.
  • claim to have rich family members that left him a huge amount of money and he is willing to share it with you and needs your bank info.
  • he is an engineer, or a sailor and want to move to your country but his luggage is stuck at customs and ask you to pay to release it. He will send you a fake customs email and website requesting the payment.
  • he is an investor and wants to invest in a business in your country and needs to send you some of his belongings. He might send you a fake passport picture.
  • He is flying to your country and wants to meet with you to exchange and later will ask for a favor, like releasing his luggage. He might even send a (fake) travel document.
  • He/she is a soldier stuck in Syria or other battlefield for some peace-making mission and needs your help to go back home.
  • He/she is a general or soldier in the US military and wants to practice your language. He might send you fake pictures of a guy in a uniform.
  • He/she is a very busy medical doctor and needs your help.
  • He/she works the Red Cross or a military doctor and needs money to escape from the battlefield.
  • He/she is in another country and his credit card stopped working.
  • He/she promises to pay you for a service using a Bank Transfer or mailing you "cashier's", "certified", or "verified" check which is fake. Do not provide bank information to people you do not know. Always ask your bank to verify a check before depositing it.

These are all made up stories to trick you and build compassion, trust and interest in order to then request a favor which in most cases requires a payment of some sort. If you want an additional list of made up stories please check this link.

In most cases he will immediately ask you not to use Conversation Exchange and move to personal e-mail or other chat applications like hangout, skype, etc. Conversation Exchange messaging is more secure as it won’t reveal your email or chat IDs. Other signs that the person is a scammer are listed here.

Please be careful and DO NOT SEND ANY MONEY to people you do not know. Do NOT offer help to pay for medicines, NATO, Red Cross, luggage stuck at customs, or other things to be mailed to you. Do not disclose bank information.

If you think the person you are exchanging is suspicious or making strange requests let us know so we can check their profile and verify he is legit.

If this happened to you already, please report it at ftc.gov/complaint - click on Scams and Rip-Offs, then select Romance Scams.

We want Conversation Exchange to be a safe community and educate our users to practice a safe exchange.

If you have questions please contact us. Thanks.

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