Do you know what a faker is?
A faker, or catfish is an imposter using photos and/or videos they found online to scam someone.
These fakers collect photos and video from instagram, twitter and sometimes, the model’s website to create false social profiles, dating profiles, falsified skype video calls.
In this short video, you will see a male from Acura, Ghana, Africa telling a reporter why he scams people and how he scams people.
If you’d rather not watch the video – this is a transcript, word for word of what he says. Some makes sense, some does not. I will put my translation in (italics beside a sentence) trying to explain it better if that helps.
Okay, well, the reason I am doing this.. I am not well educated and my background too is very poor.
I am the first child of my parents to and have to have enemies to get money and keep up for myself and my family. This is what can get me money to get up for myself is what I have to do. I know it’s wrong but it gives me a lot of money and you have to know that, it involves police and anytime too, you can be arrest at any time and point so you have to be aware of police.
Before I have somebody for my client, or lets me be, he or she is not having money.
(Before I have a victim I am about to scam, I decide if I am going to be a male or female and then I pretend to have no money so I can get money from my victim or client.)
As you can see here… the man wants to see me on cam, so that is what I am showing him right now here.
(using old stolen webcam footage of Briana Lee in this example)
He sees it as if I am real, but, I am not real. You see the way she is talking, the man will never hear her voice, we will mute. We will mute her talking so he will only see her movement without hearing her voice.
I will tell, I will tell the man my microphone is not well and stuff so in case of meeting the man next time he will be able to hear my voice.
(no idea what this means because of course if you’re being scammed and all of a sudden you hear a guy on the other end you know you’re being scammed so I am assuming the microphone will always be broken and that’s yet another reason they ask for money)
The Romance Scam.
The faker or scammer/catfish etc will randomly message you on a dating site, a social media site such as Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. They will send you images, they will get you hooked and then they will ask for your phone number so you can text.
They do this for two reasons
- If they have your phone number, they have more control over you.
- The fake profile they are using, often gets removed/deleted when reported for being a fake profile.
Skype offers a service for a low price, that allows anyone to sign up and get a phone number that you can use with your cell phone or computer. They allow you to choose the country, state, and location of the area code so it is possible for someone in Ghana, Africa to look like they are in Los Angeles, California, or anywhere in the world they choose to be. With this in mind, you can see how it’s easier to trick people that may not be very good on computers are know if this technology.
One of the popular places for scam artists is Google HangOuts. Models do not use Google Hangouts. EVER.
Bryci and I receive 5-10 reports of fakers per week.
Here are some basic guidelines:
- Someone a from third world country (usually Ghana or Lagos, Africa but sometimes, the Philippines) steals photos of a pretty girl, usually a model, from her website (if she has one) or her social media profiles like instagram etc.
- The faker then creates a fake profile on various platforms using a made up name. He populates the profile with stolen photos, with watermark cropped off usually.
- Faker starts randomly messaging older guys, very rarely does the faker go after younger guys because younger guys usually know better. Older guys have money, younger guys don’t usually have money.
- So now the faker asks for your cell number so he can start txting you. This can be a short con where they are after an itunes gift card or the longer game where they try and get $200 here, $500 there. We have seen people scammed for $1000, we have seen people scammed for $25,000. We have seen one guy lose his home.
- All the lies are similar and they all have the guy thinking she is going to marry him, she is going to come to live with him etc. Of course, it is never true.
One of the more popular lies we see recently..
I used to model but I quit. That is all old content from 3 or 4 years ago.
That lie might actually work when it’s a model that has quit the online industry or is not active on her social media etc. Bryci and I are on our youtube channel 1-3 times every single week and we often say the date in our videos. https://youtube.com/ourbellalife
When confronted with this answer – the faker responds – THAT IS OLD VIDEO. I am no longer married to James. He is a bad man.
Bryci and I are still married of course, we’re active on instagram, twitter, youtube and our website bryci.com and here (ourbellalife.com). I’m not a bad man, but I don’t like mushrooms so, I guess there’s that.
The videos we post on youtube, mentions the date as I just pointed out. I often show my cell phone with that same date I said. Youtube lists the date the video was uploaded, which also matches the date I say in the video… and we’re often using new tech, that wasn’t released 3-4 years ago.
Example.. recently we have been shooting some videos with the DJI Osmo Pocket which is a video camera that was released Dec 2018. (google it)
How do they fake videos in Skype calls?
Well, that is shown above in the video, but there are also other methods.
Almost all models have videos in their websites, some are outright videos, some are webcam shows. So think of how easy it would be to grab a video, remove the audio.. .play it back to a guy and say your sound is broken so there’s no audio. Dude is still going to believe it because he wants to believe it.
For those times where the scam victim asks the girl to wave etc… there is actually software the scammer can use to emulate this.
Watch this video – be amazed/horrified.
So now that you sort of know what a faker is..
How can you protect yourself? How do you KNOW if you are dealing with the faker or the real girl?
A few basic things that you’d tell your best friend but for some reason you forget when it’s you yourself involved…
Is the “girl” falling in love with you really fast? if yes: FAKER.
Is the “girl” asking you for money? if yes: FAKER
Is the girl talking about getting married when you have never met face to face? if yes: FAKER
Here’s an easier one…
Did a super hot girl just randomly message you? if yes: FAKER.
Guys – hot women don’t need to find guys, you know this.
As the saying goes, if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
What can you do?
REPORT THE FAKER TO US! –> https://ourbellalife.com/report/
Learn how to use Google Reverse Image Search.
https://reverse.photos/ if you’re on cell phone or mobile. Upload photo, click show matches.
It works usually, but if a girl isn’t shown on this IT DOES NOT MEAN SHE’S REAL
Official Google Reverse Search:
https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/1325808 for the desktop version.
If you have some friends that are between the ages of 18-40 – show them the photo of the girl.
Often Fakers use model’s that have quit or are no longer active.. that way they don’t run into assholes like me blowing up their game. 🙂
Above all, listen to common sense.
More info on Romance Scams.
Here’s FBI Special Agent Christine Beining talking about the topic:
I know we’re not going to stop it, but hopefully if I publish the name of every single faker I come across trying to scam people with our photos, Google will pick it up and in time.. when someone named April Larry contacts you and you google “her” – you’ll find us pointing out you’re about to get scammed.
We on occasion do youtube videos about these fakers as well.