At Social Catfish, we spoke to a woman named Patty who was scammed out of $25,000 by a man she met on Facebook Dating named Jeremy. Jeremy claimed that he was looking for a business partner and a romantic love interest which made Patty interested in him. She was persuaded into sending Jeremy thousands of dollars in Bitcoin and Bitcoin mining devices. She was even given a website where she can track her investments. We investigated this case after watching a video message from Patty to see if this business was legitimate or if he was just another romance scammer. Keep scrolling and watch the video below to learn more.
How Did Patty’s Relationship Start With Her Romance Scammer?
Patty built a fake relationship with a man named Jeremy after meeting him on Facebook dating. Their relationship grew stronger as she fell fast for this man. Then, they turned into business partners as he told Patty how she had the opportunity to make money through Bitcoin. Because of this, she ended up spending thousands of dollars on Bitcoin and a Bitcoin mining machine. Sent it to his wallet directly but had no idea she was doing this. She thought she was tracking her investments on a fake website, even though it was actually created by the scammer.
She found out that Bitcoin was a scam when she found out that Bitcoin had crashed from $50,000 to $20,000. She looked at her account expecting to see her investments drop but saw her Bitcoin was going up. That’s when she realized he was fixing the numbers to make it look like she was making all this money but she wasn’t. She went to go pull the money out, but he told her no. He stated that she needed to buy an additional machine to pull the money out.
It was good that Patty pulled out of the business deal when she did because she was legitimately going to start a corporation with him. She had an EIN number that she was waiting for and even came up with the name JP Investments.
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After running through many clues, we found out that Jeremy was indeed a scammer. We also did some digging into Jeremy’s so-called investment business to find out that this business was also a scam.
Here is all the evidence we found:
The Romance Scammer Created a Fake Website
We started scrolling through the website that scammed Patty out of thousands of dollars. We figured out that it was fake due to a variety of clues. First, we searched everywhere for customer reviews and couldn’t find anything that reviewed this website. This proved that no one used the website other than Patty which would mean that it was made just for her and other scam victims. Second, we looked through the photos that were posted on the website and found that they were stolen off various stock photo websites and social media profiles.
Fake Driver’s License
There were many clues that led us to the conclusion that Jeremy’s driver’s license was fake. First, we took a look at the birthday that was presented on the driver’s license and saw that the format on Jeremy’s license did not match the example of a real South Wales, Australia driver’s license.
Second, we took a look at the image and noticed it was photoshopped onto the license since it doesn’t blend into the license. We also noticed that the license was a lot darker than pictured in the example and the signature doesn’t match the name “Jeremy.”
We investigated the metadata behind the contract that he sent to Patty. The metadata is the information that gets saved with every photo that is taken with a digital photo. The metadata will tell you if an image is photoshopped, when it was taken, the location where it was taken, the device used, and other information that comes with the photo. However, when someone uploads an image on social media, this metadata is stripped to protect that person’s privacy. This gives scammers the advantage to pretend to be whoever they want and come up with whatever story they want.
With the above contract, the metadata was still attached to the photo so we were able to see when it was taken and what was done with it. The metadata told us that the image was photoshopped, meaning that the scammer put this contract into Photoshop and edited whatever he wanted to. The metadata also told us the date that this image was taken, which was in 2007, showing that this was not a recent contract. With this information, we were able to conclude that the contract was fake.
The Romance Scammer Stole Wilbert’s Images
When we reverse searched the images that Jeremy was using, we found out that the man in the photos wasn’t named Jeremy. The man in the photos is actually a real estate agent named Wilbert. We were able to confirm his identity through his many social media profiles and his website. He goes back and forth between Cuba and the United States to take care of family, and is not from Australia as the fake driver’s license claimed.
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