Thursday, April 11, 2013

Mr. Perfect Wasn’t So Perfect

Single male looking for his soul mate, tall, dark, and handsome with a great smile.  Special talents include scamming people out of lots of money.  Scams may be presented in a couple of different ways, but one thing that is consistent is the way scammers try to pull at the heartstrings or play on their victims’ emotions.

The dating service scam is one you might not have heard about, and it’s completely worth mentioning.  The victims in this scam are looking for their Mr. (or Miss) Perfect and Mr. (or Miss) Perfect is looking for a fast payday.  Our suspect takes the time to enter a profile onto a dating website.  They are patient, they are kind.  They are willing to wait for the big payout.  They carry on conversations with their victims by email and, after numerous contacts, they start asking for money.  They give a variety of different reasons, medical bills, work expenses, travel expense so their victims can meet Mr. (or Miss) Perfect, you name it, they come up with it.  In the end, our victims end up giving away money and their heart.

The FBI has a section on their website about scams. You can find it at http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/e-scams.  Another website that covers internet fraud is http://www.lookstoogoodtobetrue.com/fraud.aspx.  On one page of their site they write, “Education, good judgment, and a healthy dose of skepticism are the best defenses against becoming a victim. Remember, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!”  Yup, we totally agree!