Probable Scam Linktradefx

FxMaster

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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.
Let's start with adding your story as a review https://www.forexpeacearmy.com/forex-reviews/20148/Linktradefx.com and then follow the below suggestions.

Now, follow this, invite the company by using the invite company option on your thread. And if you are unable to locate the option then follow this thread " Tutorial: How to Invite a company to your thread. " Will help you to find out.

Note 1: The invitation button will be enabled when your first post reaches 4 days old.
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Note 3: Make sure to share your account number (Only account number). Many time this help companies to find out whether you are genuine or not.
Note 4: Make sure to follow the suggestions correctly, when you do it correctly you will get the below message in your thread automatically.

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Gyster

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"Marie" is now texting my number from another cell phone. Still claiming to be Marie, she said, "How do you mean, I'm not who I am? How on earth will I claim to be someone else?" She reminded me that I have her nudes and that I promised her sincerity. My only response was, "You're not who you claim to be and I found out." I have blocked them from my device.
 

Pharaoh

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Ask her to prove who she is by appearing in video live (wearing as much as in the photos ;)). Of course, your computer's camera just broke yesterday.

Basically, if you've got time, waste as much of her time as possible. Every minute of her's you tie up is one minute less for her to try to pry cash out of someone else.
 

Gyster

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Ask her to prove who she is by appearing in video live (wearing as much as in the photos ;)). Of course, your computer's camera just broke yesterday.

Basically, if you've got time, waste as much of her time as possible. Every minute of her's you tie up is one minute less for her to try to pry cash out of someone else.
LOL...that's what I had in mind nearly the entire time I engaged with her...that's a great idea!
 

Gyster

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Yup...broke her phone and alternates between being angry and heartbroken that I insist on a video chat. I received this from a friend yesterday. I told her we should introduce him to this scammer. lol Shes much nicer than I am. :eek:)
 

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Gyster

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Let's start with adding your story as a review https://www.forexpeacearmy.com/forex-reviews/20148/Linktradefx.com and then follow the below suggestions.

Now, follow this, invite the company by using the invite company option on your thread. And if you are unable to locate the option then follow this thread " Tutorial: How to Invite a company to your thread. " Will help you to find out.

Note 1: The invitation button will be enabled when your first post reaches 4 days old.
Note: 2 You need to make a second post in this thread to enable the official invitation option.
Note 3: Make sure to share your account number (Only account number). Many time this help companies to find out whether you are genuine or not.
Note 4: Make sure to follow the suggestions correctly, when you do it correctly you will get the below message in your thread automatically.

OP Screen shot.jpg
How can I find my review to see if the invitation link is available?
 

Gyster

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Yup...broke her phone and alternates between being angry and heartbroken that I insist on a video chat. I received this from a friend yesterday. I told her we should introduce him to this scammer. lol Shes much nicer than I am. :eek:)
Now, Marie has turned to pity...she's confessed to me that she's a drug addict and probably because she's so attached to me.
 
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