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Are you using online dating websites?

If you have been a victim of an online scamScam A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. anytime in the last 5 years, you should never use online dating – EVER AGAIN.

Why?

Because scam victims are more likely to be scammed again and again.

You may not think that, but you are a believer. You want to believe in others, and that makes you vulnerable.
 
It not only makes you vulnerable to a better crafted romance scam,. but also to other types of scamsScams A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost..
 
In another anti-scam group, a woman was telling members that she was making multiple trips to Ghana, finding the scammers and performing witchcraft to get revenge. She wanted the members to help finance her trips to Ghana, she only needed $1,000 from them to help pay for it. Oh and, of course, don’t tell anybody that she is doing this! This is a variation of a RECOVERY SCAMRecovery Scam If you've already fallen for a scam, another scammer may call you and offer to get you your money back for a fee. Their goal is to double-dip and steal more of your money. Unfortunately, in most cases, only real law enforcement or your government can get your money back. There are exceptions, but you are safer to avoid all recovery options..
 
Once you have been scammed, you are desperate to get your money back or get revenge, and if someone comes along and offers a solution you are predisposed to grab it. DO NOT!
 
You need to understand that for a very long time you ARE going to be vulnerable to being a victim again. You should trust NO ONE – NOT EVEN US! You don’t know us, we are just words on a screen. If you see someone useful to you great, if not that is ok too. But never accept anything that asks you for money.

Be careful! Be smart.

Oh and please send us $1,000 – Just joking!

Are you going to be smart?

Are you going to be a victim again and again?
 
Your life and future are in your hands, no one else can keep you safe – only you can do that!
 
So remember. Be safe, be smart, be selfish, be untrusting.
 
And remember to help others remember this too! Especially your friends and family members. They are vulnerable too!
 
You may be embarrassed, but just think. Imagine you were not paying attention when crossing a street and you were hit by a car. You could have prevented it, it was your fault. But would you keep your mouth shut if you saw another person doing the same thing?
 
So why are you keeping your mouth shut now? You are the most power weapon against scammers. If everyone told 10 other people about that scammers really do, in a year everyone would know and the scammers would be out of business. But scammers exist because YOU are silent. Think about that!
 
Bad people get away with it because good people say nothing!