Sunday, 7 September 2008

Internet romance scams

It is absolute insanity that someone can be so victimized by the illusion of a fantasy fulfilled that all their common sense disappears. This weekend it has come to light that my mother, a senior citizen over 70 years old, let herself be swayed by promises of caring and romance with a stranger she met online.

It is not that we did not caution her because we did many times -
DO NOT SEND ANY MONEY TO ANYONE YOU MEET ONLINE,
DO NOT GIVE ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION TO ANYONE YOU MEET ONLINE,
DO NOT TRUST WHAT ANYONE YOU MEET ONLINE TELLS YOU TO BE THE TRUTH !!!! Obviously the words she read on screen and listened to on the long distance calls collect were those she wanted to hear far more than our words of caution.

So now, this little lady pensioner owes a finance company thousands of dollars and nearly remortgaged her home because she trusted this man.

BEWARE, ASSUME THAT EVERY PROMISE MADE ONLINE IS TO BE TREATED WITH SKEPTICISM, TRUST NO-ONE!!!

To protect myself I will not place any identifying information on this man but suffice it to say, he can tug at the heartstrings, unleash full compassion, and truly make someone believe that there will be love, affection, companionship and hope if you just send him some money to help him ........

He is out there, and there are many more like him, stealing money from lonely women, young and old alike.

Now my 70+ mother has to pay off a loan to a finance company from her monthly widow's pension; all the while she was worrying how she can afford new hearing aids, orthotics and home repairs.

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