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HOW TO AVOID BEING SCAMMED

  1. Never transfer or wire money to anyone, especially to a stranger who lives overseas, or who you've never met in person.
  2. Keep in touch with family. Share your new social interests and friendships with them. They can be trusted to provide honest advice and guidance.
  3. Use common sense, in any interactions with strangers, both online and in-person, to avoid becoming another victim.

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This woman decided to use an online dating service, which after much pain, resulted in the loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars.


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One of the most important red flags was when the scammer asked for money for a flight to Malaysia for work and then more to travel to the United States.


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After all was said and done, the victim had lost over $400,000 to this Sweetheart Swindler.


The Internet offers singles in search of romance many wonderful opportunities to meet people. But criminals are also out there, trolling for an easy mark. In the prison pen pal money order scam you saw in this episode, prisoners alter postal money orders to take advantage of people searching for romance or companionship. If you write letters to a prisoner who begins to send you money orders to cash, there’s a good chance it’s altered and part of his scheme. You’ll eventually be responsible for the value of the cashed money orders. It's been said that love is blind. But be sure to keep your eyes open for scammers. Don't send money to someone you really don't know.