Woodland Hills, CA (PRWEB) May 26, 2011
FreePRF.com knows officials are concerned that scam artists are taking advantage of senior adults who seek companionship through online social media sites and dating websites. Scam artists are taking advantage of technologies, and seniors tend to be a target because of their wealth bracket. This latest financial scam plays on the emotions of their victims.
Unfortunately the Internet allows for the anonymity of con artists to hide their true goals when creating relationships that indicate romantic feelings, allowing for the weakening of defenses. After meeting a potential victim online, on a dating website, the scammer introduces himself as a successful business man. The relationship blossoms, and the two finally meet in person. After a time the victim is presented with a “business opportunity” that they are told will bring them a great return. Soon after the “investment” is made the con artist breaks off the contact. Sometimes scammers present themselves to be in the tax business and offer to help the senior victim with their taxes. After collecting personal data, the fraudster disappears and can proceed by selling the information on the black market.
FreePRF.com warns seniors in the dating market to watch for the following red flags when considering a potential partner:
1. Someone is interested too quickly - If the online relationship just began and the person is trying to encourage a meet-up immediately, this could indicate a potential problem. Let the relationship take a slow and steady course. Take at least a month for online conversation. Remember that when giving out a phone number it is possible to be giving out an address as well if they choose to do a reverse phone search. When it is time to move the relationship to a phone level, be the first to receive a number, be sure to get the first and last name of the person, and use FreePRF.com’s reverse phone look-up to authenticate their identity.
2. Someone wants to meet up alone - If the relationship progresses to the meet up stage, be sure to ask for a full name, and inform them a friend or family member will be joining. If they have an issue with this or get angry it is a sure reason for caution. Use FreePRF.com’s public records search to research their first and last name, and any records associated with them.
3. Personal Information is requested - Never give out banking information, the value of a home, or net worth numbers. Scammers are quite good at appearing to be trustworthy people. Do not give money, even in the case of an emergency.
The majority of people participating on dating sites have genuine reason, but FreePRF.com offers resources that should be used when embarking on an attempt to find love online. Dating sites on the Internet are a perfect place for con artists to hide their real intentions while trying to entrap their victims under the guise of romantic interest.
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