(Consumer Reports)--In mid December the Department of Justice announced that seven men—six from Nigeria and one from South Africa—pled guilty to conning tens of millions of dollars from Americans via online dating sites.
While the case was remarkable for its magnitude, when it comes to so-called “romance scams,” it still represents just the tip of the iceberg.
This makes it hard for the victim to do due diligence.
The scammer might say that an immediate family member has a medical emergency and needs money for treatment, or that he has been wrongly arrested and needs help with bail money and legal support. It Pays to Be Paranoid The CR survey found that 35 percent of respondents who’ve tried online dating felt they had been grossly misled by someone’s online profile, and 12 percent said they’d been scammed.
Fun is definitely the name of the game in Orlando, where theme parks are about as plentiful as Starbucks in downtown.
From Disney World to Universal Studios, Sea World to Wet ‘n Wild Water Park, Orlando is one of the hottest locations for vacation simply because it offers so much to a very diverse group of people.
Honestly, it’s amazing that the entire world knows about this city–tourism is huge, but the locals are fantastic, aren’t they?
There are natural and man-made parks all over the place, spreading their green fingers of happiness over the landscape.According to the FBI, romance scams and similar confidence scams cost consumers more money than any other kind of Internet fraud.In 2015, the last year for which data is available, consumers lost more than 0 million this way.“That big investment gives victims a false sense that the relationship must be real.” Eventually a pitch for money comes.Often the scammer will say an emergency situation has arisen and money is needed fast to avoid dire consequences.Choose a friend or someone from your church or community who is less emotionally invested than you are. And remember: If the request for funds is indeed a scam, it may be difficult if not impossible to ever recover the money.