Manila dating scam
These con artists often use the real rank and name of an active (or even deceased) service member and go on to ask for money to buy items like laptop computers or international cellphones.The really worrisome thing, though, is that organized crime syndicates, chiefly in Russia or the Philippines, run many of the latest sweetheart scams.It may not be any more dangerous than any other third world city but still nonetheless dangerous. I read a newspaper article recently which was about how to identify an illegal police road block. Many, if not most of the traffic lights are out of use because intersections have been closed down with U-turn slots created further down the road.The traffic lights will usually still operate but they mean nothing. If you are on one and in the middle of crossing a road, cars will pass straight by you within inches on either side. A friendly, well dressed Filipino, male or female, will start a conversation, sometimes under the pretext of asking you to translate a letter written in your language, or maybe he has relatives in your country; anything to engage you.
Other tricks include scammers creating a false identity when they’re already married, or simply trying to get information from you that may eventually lead to identity theft.They play on emotional triggers to get you to provide money, gifts or personal details.Dating and romance scams often take place through online dating websites, but scammers may also use social media or email to make contact.No one will let you cross but they will not try to deliberately hit you either. Then, out of thanks or something like that, he/she will buy you a drink. Any of the guide books will tell you this is the number one scam. Be totally paranoid if a Filipino wants to buy you a drink.The drink will be laced with the drug, Ativan, a sedative that will render you unconscious. There is no need to be worried about friendly Filipinos, they comprise most of the population.