Probable Scam Linktradefx

Gyster

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I was contacted on 6/10/22 by a persoon LinkedIn who’s profile listed Cosmetics and Finance as Interests. The profile is associated with Marie Gustavo. I responded to “her” connection requests and exchanged a few messages throughout the day. At the end of the day, “she” suggested we connect on whats app. I agreed, and continued the conversation Friday evening. Initially, the conversation was mainly around investing in Forex (I am only vaguely familiar with any of it), and I mentioned it to my wife, showing her the messages and profile photo. Later in the evening, “she” made a couple of sexually suggestive remarks and at this point, I was convinced this was a scam of some sort, and decided to try and figure out what it was.

By Sunday evening, I was going to divorce my wife, leave my son behind and run off to New York and marry her. :eek:) Bear in mind that I’m 63 and the photos they’re using look to be a 20 something year old. In the meanwhile, this person kept going back to urging me to invest. I made up fictitious accounts and told “her” that I needed to transfer money to keep building in delays. They wanted me to use crypto currency, and I kept telling them I didn’t want to get into that. I signed up for an account at LinkTradeFX.com and Gemini.com. In the meanwhile, I was pouring on the, “I’m in love with you” crap, and was taking some satisfaction in wasting this person’s time. They started sending me racy photos on Saturday.

By Monday 6/13, they had all but given up on getting me to use crypto, and gave me instructions on how to use cash app. Marie told me to input $millerpp2 in the To field and then tap Pay and the money would be instantly added to my account at LinkTradeFX. I told them I was going to fund my account with $,1100 but in cash app, I only put $1. When I entered $millerpp2, the name Joseph Miller came up and I asked Marie who he was. She claimed he was the account holder or something like that for the brokerage. I tapped send, and of course, nothing was added to my account, so I sent a message to their customer support and described what happened. I then told Marie what I did, and “she” started freaking out, insisting that I send her my cash app receipt. I refused repeatedly over the next couple of hours and kept changing the subject and telling her to calm down that they would get it all straightened out – not to worry. :eek:)

I expected to receive a reply telling me this was a fraud, but didn’t. In fact, I received nothing. So I went back to the website and engaged in a chat session and they told me they personally knew Marie and that this was a legitimate method for funding my account. It was then that I realized that LinkTradeFX is not reputable and appeared to be a part of the scam.

At this point, I don’t know what to do, so I sent “Marie” a text last night and told her I didn’t feel well, and have stopped communicating altogether.

When they had me set up an account at LinkTradeFX, I found very little information, but ScamDetector rated them very low. When I pointed this out to “Marie”, she was offended that I would do such a thing! Another review site rated them “moderate” or something like that, but that’s about all I could find on them. I reported this to the FTC on Monday. So, I’m out a buck, and cannot say with 100% certainty that this is a fraud, but there are so many red flags that it is screaming FRAUD! I hope you can help expose this.
 

The Punisher

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I was contacted on 6/10/22 by a persoon LinkedIn who’s profile listed Cosmetics and Finance as Interests. The profile is associated with Marie Gustavo. I responded to “her” connection requests and exchanged a few messages throughout the day. At the end of the day, “she” suggested we connect on whats app. I agreed, and continued the conversation Friday evening. Initially, the conversation was mainly around investing in Forex (I am only vaguely familiar with any of it), and I mentioned it to my wife, showing her the messages and profile photo. Later in the evening, “she” made a couple of sexually suggestive remarks and at this point, I was convinced this was a scam of some sort, and decided to try and figure out what it was.

By Sunday evening, I was going to divorce my wife, leave my son behind and run off to New York and marry her. :eek:) Bear in mind that I’m 63 and the photos they’re using look to be a 20 something year old. In the meanwhile, this person kept going back to urging me to invest. I made up fictitious accounts and told “her” that I needed to transfer money to keep building in delays. They wanted me to use crypto currency, and I kept telling them I didn’t want to get into that. I signed up for an account at LinkTradeFX.com and Gemini.com. In the meanwhile, I was pouring on the, “I’m in love with you” crap, and was taking some satisfaction in wasting this person’s time. They started sending me racy photos on Saturday.

By Monday 6/13, they had all but given up on getting me to use crypto, and gave me instructions on how to use cash app. Marie told me to input $millerpp2 in the To field and then tap Pay and the money would be instantly added to my account at LinkTradeFX. I told them I was going to fund my account with $,1100 but in cash app, I only put $1. When I entered $millerpp2, the name Joseph Miller came up and I asked Marie who he was. She claimed he was the account holder or something like that for the brokerage. I tapped send, and of course, nothing was added to my account, so I sent a message to their customer support and described what happened. I then told Marie what I did, and “she” started freaking out, insisting that I send her my cash app receipt. I refused repeatedly over the next couple of hours and kept changing the subject and telling her to calm down that they would get it all straightened out – not to worry. :eek:)

I expected to receive a reply telling me this was a fraud, but didn’t. In fact, I received nothing. So I went back to the website and engaged in a chat session and they told me they personally knew Marie and that this was a legitimate method for funding my account. It was then that I realized that LinkTradeFX is not reputable and appeared to be a part of the scam.

At this point, I don’t know what to do, so I sent “Marie” a text last night and told her I didn’t feel well, and have stopped communicating altogether.

When they had me set up an account at LinkTradeFX, I found very little information, but ScamDetector rated them very low. When I pointed this out to “Marie”, she was offended that I would do such a thing! Another review site rated them “moderate” or something like that, but that’s about all I could find on them. I reported this to the FTC on Monday. So, I’m out a buck, and cannot say with 100% certainty that this is a fraud, but there are so many red flags that it is screaming FRAUD! I hope you can help expose this.
Thanks for reporting this. Can you please post the website address they are using?
 

Gyster

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According to their website, they have an office up near Stockton, CA.

I have received about 6 more messages on whats app from "Marie" today, but I haven't replied.
 

The Punisher

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linktradefx.com/home/index.php
This is definitely a scam. The website was setup back in October and expires this October. This is on purpose as after 6 to 12 months they will then just move to a new website and continue to change their image for scamming.

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Gyster

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This is still ongoing...I received a photo of "Maire's" driver's license last night. They still think I'm falling for this. I have a phone number and some names. Last night she wanted me to wire money to a bank account so I have routing number account number address a name and home address swift number etc. I wonder if it's possible to get this investigated and may lock these people up?
 

The Punisher

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This is still ongoing...I received a photo of "Maire's" driver's license last night. They still think I'm falling for this. I have a phone number and some names. Last night she wanted me to wire money to a bank account so I have routing number account number address a name and home address swift number etc. I wonder if it's possible to get this investigated and may lock these people up?
The CFTC (commodities futures trading commission) regulates brokers and has a whistleblower program. I recommend to take all the information you have gathered and report this company to the following organizations.

1) CFTC

2) FINCEN

3) Global Anti Scam Organization (US NPO) - founded by victims of these scams who now combat all pig butchering romance scams. They have free live chat 24/7 on their website and they will further help to investigate this for you. You can tell them The Punisher sent you



When you have a few minutes, watch the video below to learn more about these scams including the top bosses and where they are located.

 
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