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Avoid Being Lured By a Schemer’s Affection

Avoid Being Lured By a Schemer's Affection - The Beacon

05-2011

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By: Beth

Avoid Being Lured By a Schemer’s Affection

I spoke with a woman recently who told me how she is cultivating multiple online romances. She had met them all either through dating or social media websites.  Some of her suitors are in other countries, and a few had recently asked her to send them money. 

This is when she decided to call us: she told me that some of her online beaus had sent her gifts and promised to arrange face-to-face visits in the near future. But when more than one of them shared stories of personal tragedy and asked her to help by wire transferring hundreds of dollars, she became worried that it wasn’t just a coincidence.

We have written here before about these kinds of schemes via online dating sites.  (See Related Posts.) But the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) wants us to know the threat is still very real. Just last month they issued a press release.  Here’s what they know:

If you still have questions, read the IC3 press release and read our Related Posts:

Stay Safe While Looking for Love Online

Be Cautious When Using Online Dating Sites

BBB Warns of Rising Dating Service Complaints

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Beth

Beth was Director of BBB Services and wrote for the consumer education blog from 2008 to 2011. Beth also managed projects of the Tri-State Better Business Bureau Foundation, including the Student of Integrity Scholarship and senior citizen education programs, and she worked with local charities as a part of our charity reporting service.