Be very careful this Christmas season!
People that you know are going to be lonely.
That makes them vulnerable to relationship attachments online.
That makes them vulnerable to relationship scamsRelationship Scam A Relationship Scam is a one-to-one criminal act that involves a trust relationship and uses deception & manipulation to get a victim to give to the criminal something of value, such as money! Click here to learn more: What Is A Relationship Scam?. Scammers understand this and work extra hard during the holidays to exploit this.
You probably know friends or family members who are alone and isolated. They lack day to day contact in their lives. Everyone wants and needs someone to talk to and relate to daily.
Even a scammerScammer A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer. is someone to talk to when there is no one else. And the scammers know this, which is why they will use social media especially to exploit this loneliness to form connections with prospect victims. Once the scammer gets a foothold with a lonely person, the 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. is almost assured success.
But you can save them!
What is the one thing YOU can do to help save someone from being scammed?
TALK TO THEM!
TALK TO THEM FREQUENTLY!
Reconnect with your vulnerable friends and family. Talk to them about life and listen carefully for clues about any scammers in their lives before it is too late.
Be sure to alert them to the dangers that scammers present too! Force this into your conversation. Talk to them about what you have learned and examples about other victims you have read about. Tell them this happens to everyone, so they don’t think it could never happen to them. If you are a victim too, share that with them – being open and honest about your own experience is the best way to help others stay safe.