Are you falling prey to an oil rig scam?
Are you a believer of love through social media? Have you met an oil rig engineer on the Internet?
While it is true that many people find their partners on sites, such as
- Tinder and others
there is also a terrible flip side to this picture.
The Internet is full of scammers trying to trick you into giving them money or personal details. One wrong move and you can end up with an empty bank account.
Oil rig scams are one of the most common forms of online scams today. Here, the fraud tells you that they work on an oil rig, in a bid to win your heart and steal your identity or money.
There are currently more than 1.400 oil rigs operating all over the world. Considering how often scammers use this scenario, the chances of getting to know a real oil rig engineer online are very slim.
What should you know about an oil rig scam
People, especially women, tend to prefer some professions when looking for a partner. For instance, doctors and military personnel are some of the favoured professions.
However, oil rig workers serve as a better cover as these people spend the majority of their time offshore, with no access to money or ATMs. Therefore, it is easier for scammers to ask for money under the guise of such professionals.
Before asking for funds, scammers are careful to maintain their cover. Moreover, these people initiate an online romance with you to strengthen your emotional connection with them.
Remember, each step that these people take is ultimately aimed toward acquiring your money. For that to happen, they will shower you with compliments and praises, winning your heart in the process.
How can you identify scammers?
Identifying such a scammer is trickier than it looks. However, following the steps mentioned below should allow you to determine which of your online contacts could be a scammer.
Tells you that he/she works on an oil rig
While many people truly work on oil rigs, the mention of this profession by an online contact should always be a trigger for you. When you hear this, admit to yourself that you might be facing a scam.
Uploads pictures belonging to other people
Scammers rarely show their true face on social media accounts. Most use pictures of attractive people to hook men/women to the profile.
To determine whether the picture truly belongs to the profile owner, use tools such as Google reverse image search. Doing so tells you whether the photographs exist somewhere else on the web from where your online contact downloaded it.
Avoids meeting or engaging in video chats
Since they portray themselves as someone else, scammers always make excuses when you ask them to meet you. Similarly, whenever you tell them to come on video calls, they will refuse with another excuse.
There can be a legitimate issue once or twice. However, when you notice an online contact repeating these excuses every time you tell them to meet you, it indicates a scammer.
Oil rig scammer asks you for money
No scammer directly asks for the money but instead makes up a detailed story about their need for funds. For instance, most oil-rig imposters use the excuse that they are at sea and need money to handle immediate emergencies.
Alternatively, they may ask you to transfer funds to their family members for medical emergencies. Some even dupe you by demanding payments in the form of online gift cards.
Forces you into a romantic relationship
While you may be interested in friendship with the person, the scammer always tries to initiate a romance. Furthermore, for such people, friendship blooms into romance exceptionally fast.
For these opportunistic scammers, a romantic relationship is just another way to ensure success. Watch out for people who force you into such relationships even when you are not ready.
What to do hen you suspect a person to be a scammer?
If you notice one or more of the above-mentioned signs in one of your online contacts, take necessary precautions. Listed below are some ways to avoid identity theft or financial loss.
- Limit sharing personal and financial details with people you do not know personally.
- If possible, avoid befriending people you do not know on social media platforms.
- Ask a range of questions to the suspected scammer. They often slip up and make mistakes while answering your queries.
- Verify each aspect of the individual’s profile, starting from the veracity of their profile picture.
- Arrange face to face meetings before an online friendship blooms into love. If the opposite person makes an excuse to avoid such meetings, you can be sure something is wrong.
- Never send any financial aid to people you do not know personally. Sending your online friend money can result in permanent losses.
You can never be sure when someone is targeting you for online scams. Therefore, these precautions can save your hard-earned money.
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