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And while everyone is at risk, seniors can be a major target.
Whether their purpose is dangerous or just desperate, you want to steer clear of both of these.
It’s no secret that I’m an introverted person who is forced into a pretty extroverted world most of the time. I, on the other hand, find complete comfort in 32 quiet minutes reading my new favorite book or even just chilling in front of the latest episode of When I started my own business I went from working in retail (aka: constantly surrounded by people) with an entire company full of new BFFs to all on my own in my cozy home office. You mean I can just sit here and write and do my thing online and help my clients and never have to interact with another human directly?
But over time I found that even us introverts get lonely when left to our own devises.
In 2011, the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center received 5,600 complaints from victims of so-called "romance scammers" -- criminals who scan online dating sites, chat rooms and social networking sites for potential victims.
In a typical con, the perpetrator will spend weeks or even months building up a romantic relationship with a victim through e-mails, texts or phone calls, before eventually asking for money.
And many of the scammers aren't even in the United States.
And if the person’s online profile disappears a few days after they meet you, that’s another tip-off. According to the text I got last night Fred said we have till Friday to sent the 0 to the lawyer or we both die.
Here’s the real deal: Don’t send money to someone you met online — for any reason. I don't have a crystal ball so I can't find out where they really are or what is real and what isn't.