By Denise Montgomery. After a two-and-a-half-year investigation, the Department of Justice arrested fourteen people and indicted another sixty-six.
Romance scams take advantage of our best impulses. They rely on our innate human desire to trust and connect. They turn generous, kind, loving, goodhearted impulses against us.
These rings are sophisticated and they have perfected the craft. Vulnerable individuals are nearly defenseless against these tactics.
She was trusting, but she was not wrong. To protect yourself against scams, you cannot, should not, and must not cut yourself off from others; you need to become aware of how they work. She exposed how these scams work. At age 71, F. Unfortunately, Garcia did not actually exist. He explained early on why he could not speak on the phone—military regulations did not allow it. After a month of cultivating F. Garcia had been hurt, but the diamonds were safe. By the end of the scam, F. It was financially devastating, heartbreaking, embarrassing. Most people would have slunk away.
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Instead, F. Because of her willingness to go to the authorities, further scams from this ring need not happen to other seniors. The Department of Justice stood behind F. When predatory groups of individuals get together to use our own nature against us, exploit trust, and steal vast amounts of cashthe responsibility falls on them.
Not on victims. Describe your concerns and the whole situation to someone whose judgment you trust. Use the internet to see if others have been scammed by people using the same stories. If you or a loved one has fallen victim to a scammer, never be reluctant, embarrassed, or afraid to report it—especially if the scammer has threatened you.
Contact law enforcement or file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. Have you ever encountered a would-be romance scammer, either online or in the real world? How did you handle it? What would you tell other seniors about how to recognize and protect themselves against systematic emotional and financial abuse? This is the bad part of growing old,there are crooks that trying to sheat you, In romance,cable companies,telephone companies etc. We are living in a very sick society. Beware of the Grandmother scam. They call telling her grandson was in accident, bla, bla, bla.
They know a lot about him…. At last minute something told her to be careful….
Romance scams targeting seniors: how can you protect yourself?
Nothing was done, but she came close. I had one text me. After a week he wanted my cell phonewhich I refused. After several pleadings I tried to download this sight. I immediately deleted this website and blocked him.
He kept texting me asking if I liked the private site, but I never answered him. Deleted all our conversations. Afew month continoud chating have somebody me he said his my boyfreind comander. He told me to pay for airticket so my bf allow to realease in that war zone cos that area is dangerous just inform every body dont believe in this kind of scam.
Always remember if it sounds too good then it is not good.
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All Seniors should know that if anyone ask for money a red buzzer should go off in your head. Only God can send me a decent man. LOL who wants a old lady except another old man. I for one refuses to hold up a man crossing a street, unless I have been with him for years. God Bless Them that do. I have a great idea if anyone calls tell them you are broke looking for a sugar daddy, he will not call again. Take care, getting old is a privilege. Gotcha scammer! These people are suffering from confusion and then suddenly someone appears in their lives offering a bright and nurturing presence.
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This does not make them stupid, just as a person who suffers a fall is not automatically labeled careless. I agree. The lady who wrote the next post after you Ruby is her name I wanted to reply to her because the same thing has been going on with me for a year and 8months. And it feels so real that we will marry when he gets home…. I wish I could find someone else that knows him. He goes by Richard Hucker. If anyone wants to chat you can me. Just was contacted by General in Afghanistan, he said he had 2 Briefcases with 2 million dollars with a Co in Vait is closing he needs to get it out.
They tried that with me as well but when I asked which grandson, he said your favorite one. I said my favorite one is 2 years old. But I already knew it was a scam because it was tried on my 85 year old mother who told them to call me. I received a call that my grandson got in trouble in Mexico and was in jail.
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I should send the money for bail quickly. I knew it was a scam immediately.
We had a he same scam played on us. The kid on my grandmother scam was not very smart. But he used his voice. Since he was in jail, he was safe enough, and he could just experience the consequences of whatever misbehavior had landed him in jail, in New Jersey, of all places. I have had that call also. No need to chat or find love one in here they are stupid and they use his son and family to get money to some chaters.
The best! Fighting along aside the Kurds. His thing was Gold bars. Which stupid me did. Gut stuck in Bermuda.