Romancing The E-Scam
from the lots-of-suckers-in-this-world dept
It’s fairly impressive what scammers can trick people out of. A man in Minnesota has been arrested for tricking two women out of over $300,000. He met them both in “romantic” online chat rooms, and convinced them to give him money to invest in various real estate deals that apparently didn’t exist. One woman was scammed out of $36,000, but the other forked over $280,000 before she realized that the real estate deals didn’t exist. So, here’s the question: you meet someone in an online “romance” chat room and they start asking you for money. At what point do you stop and do a little due diligence before just sending them checks? I would think that most people wouldn’t even bother to speak to the guy again, but if you can get past that, you’d at least try to find out a little more about what you were investing in. Some people apparently have too much money on their hands and don’t seem to care what happens to it.