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The Latest Romance Scam

June 16, 2019 Posted by Pamela M

Scammers target online dating for money

 

Dating is difficult, especially if you are no longer in your twenties. Online dating is the way most relationships start these days, but it’s also a way in which daters can be scammed. People that have lost money through online dating schemes are often reluctant to report the fraud for several reasons: they are embarrassed, heartbroken, and think there is no chance of getting the money back.

Big Money

Scammers reply on their new partners being blinded by love, so they don’t ask many questions. Savvy people fall pretty to dating scams all the time, simply because the scammers are often very smart. That’s why online romance scams are the biggest form of fraud online. Marketwatch reports that online dating fraud has quadrupled over the past four years, going from $33 million to $143 million. The money is always sent through gift cards, wire transfers, cash apps or in bitcoins, so it is impossible to trace the scammer.

Getting Verified

The latest romance scam involves verification of your identity so that the other person feels safe. Some dating sites offer verification services, which can be a great help in weeding out the scammers. Many legitimate verification sites exist and are a great tool. Scammers have created sites similar to the real sites to trick people into giving information such as social security numbers.

How it Works

The scammer asks the other person to click on a link to a real verification site, such as BeenVerified. The link is to a third party site that steals information and uses it or sells it to other scammers.

Detecting a Money Scam

People looking for love online often have common factors that make them good targets. Scammers can pick up on those traits and move in for the kill. They include:

An Addictive personality. People with addictive personalities tend to get attached to other people quickly. If you have this type of behavior, be extra careful with strangers who profess their love right away.

Impulse-driven. If you act on impulse without thinking things through, you could be a big target for a romance scam.

Trusting. Trusting people isn’t a bad thing. But people who trust others immediately can be tricked into giving up money before they know the real story.

Middle-aged. Most scammers target people who are middle-aged. It may be that the daters have come out of a long term relationship and are lonely. Females are also the most targeted, although men can also be victims.

Protect Yourself

You can protect yourself from scams by meeting the person before giving any information. If you exchange phone numbers, use a reverse phone search to find out if the number is real. If the other person makes an excuse about his or her identity, don’t believe it. You should also be suspicious if s/he is out of the country for any reason, even if it’s for work. Lastly, never send money for any reason. Scammers can be persuasive, even threatening. If that happens, end communication immediately.

Tips For Free Phone Look-ups

February 23, 2019 Posted by Pamela M

 Searching for phone numbers

Savvy tech people often use phone look-ups to find out who is calling or texting them. They are valuable tools for tracking the activity of children, as well. Finding a phone number for an existing person may not be difficult with websites like the White Pages, but doing a reverse lookup can be tricky, especially with a reverse lookup app. Many sites cannot search cell phone numbers. Those that claim to have access to the numbers are outdated. Others lead you to premium sites offering background information as well as phone numbers. There are apps, however that do as they promise and deliver the information. Some offer a trial, per use fee or monthly subscription. Popular sites include CallerSmart, Spokeo, and BeenVerified.

Disadvantages of Free Phone Apps

  • Outdated Information
  • No Address
  • No Cell Phone Number
  • Links to Premium Pay Sites
  • No Reverse Lookup

Why Do I Have to Pay?

Phone number sites gather information from other websites. They make no effort in verifying the information, they simply share a database. Sites that give accurate information must pay to make sure the information is up to date. The end user must pay the website for that cost. However, it does increase the likelihood that the information is accurate. If you are searching for a phone number, it is important to be as accurate as possible. Use a full name, birthdate and address if you know it.

Reverse Search

If you need to search for a phone number, then using a reverse phone search app is the best way. Users input the phone number into the app and receive information on the caller, including the name of the person or business, carrier and location. This is helpful if you have received a call from an unknown number or suspect that the call is related to a scam.

Reasons for a Reverse Search

Missed Calls

We’ve all had missed calls from phone numbers we don’t recognize. Should you call the number back? Is it a telemarketer? Bill collector? Wrong number? Emergency call? Unknown numbers are puzzling, particularly when they are local numbers. If you use a reverse phone number search, the mystery could be solved without making an embarrassing call.

Child Safety

Parents want to ensure their children are safe. If you notice unfamiliar numbers on your phone or phone bill, search to find out who is talking to your child.

Repeated Calls

Telemarketers and scammers are ruthless when it comes to making repeated calls. Sadly, it’s almost impossible to get them to stop, especially if you don’t know their identity. Tracing the number can help. If you are receiving repeated calls, you can report them to the authorities. You can also block the number on your phone.