Dear friends and followers, it is sad enough that I have to have this article on my website. Over the past four years with the help of my followers, we have reported more than 400 fake “Captain Joe” accounts on Instagram, Facebook, Google Hangouts, Tinder, WhatsApp, WeChat, etc.
The tactic of these scammers is always the same. They screenshot my pictures on Instagram, Instagram Stories and Youtube Videos, open up an account with an imaginary name like “captainJoeprivate”, “Captain_Joe_123”, “CaptainCharles”, etc., add the screenshot photos of mine and then start following countless female accounts.
They then try to engage in a conversation with the girl, tell them that I am single, divorced with kids or of similar nature.
They will then send you a contact number to write them via Whatsapp, WeChat or similar. After a few casual/flirty messages they will ask you to send them money for whatever reason.
If you ask them to have a phone call with them, they will always back out of it and have a weird reason why they can’t talk to you.
If you ask them to send a private picture, again they have a reason why they can’t.
Best way to confront them is via video chat, they will never answer your call!
How to identify a scammer profile
The pictures on Instagram rarely have a description text, only a few likes, hardly any comments and all pictures have been uploaded within the last couple of days or hours.
The account only has a few followers, somewhere in between 50 – 1000. They primarily only follow female accounts.
You’ll never see an Instagram story unless it is screen recorded and reuploaded on their account.
Help me reporting scammers
Please send us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have either unintentionally engaged in a chat with a potential scammer, or discovered a suspicious profile. We need the name of his account to take further action and we will file a police report against these people!