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October 30, 2009


YouTube: Scamnet – Lonely Hearts Scam Division

Tom Consul and Joe Tuesday investigate the latest scam using the internet. U.S. Embassy London also offer advice on how to avoid being a victim of a scam.

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  1. Karen Harris
    Oct 31 2010

    i have just realised that this scam is happening to me right now, so far i have not sent any money but i have been asked to. It is only because of my suspicious nature that i have been trying to check up on this man and that’s when i came across your report!

    • AmericanCitizenServices
      Nov 3 2010

      Karen – We strongly recommend that you cease all contact with the scammer and report the matter immediately to The Internet Crime Complaint Center, a partnership among the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BIA), at

  2. Evelyn
    Nov 28 2010

    I also have been emailing a man that says he is in the U.K. and e apparently has dual citizenship with the U. S. he says he from Californis and has been doing business in the U.K. he has been sicken with an infection and unable to fly at this time . he also says he would need 2200.00 in BTA to leave the U,K. can you help me in this matter. thank you for your time in this matter

    • AmericanCitizenServices
      Nov 29 2010

      Evelyn – unfortunately, this sounds very much like a scam. There is no longer any such thing as the BTA or Basic Travel Allowance, and there is no requirement that a U.S citizen carry a certain amount of money when entering the United States. We strongly recommend that you cease contact with this person and particularly that you do not send them any money.

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