New Internet Trend Turns Lovers of Love Into Fools

internet scammersAre you in a great mood because it's Christmas and you're about to have a wonderful day with your family? Let me go ahead and snap you right out of your sugar cookie bliss and tell you a quick, depressing little story that will make you hate love and the Internet.

So we all know that there are scammers out there and poor people who fall for their tricks and wire them thousands of dollars, but I don't think any of us really realized how rampant the problem is. According to Western Union, they had a 30 percent increase in complaints last month, mostly to due to the fact that people had fallen for emotional swindlers.

If you've ever wired your online boyfriend $2,000 so he can fly to meet you, only for him to never show up, you might be a victim of this latest Internet trend.

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And we may be able to accuse you of believing too strongly in love ... but really, that's not such a bad thing. Anyone who's getting scammed by these professionals are being tricked to think they're in a loving relationship. There are weeks or even months-worth of calls and emails leading the victom on, making them think they're the luckiest person on the planet for having found someone who's so great on the world wide web.

I bet a lot of the unfortunate folks who have fallen for a prank like this are called fools, or are embarrassed to share their experience. But the thing is, all they're really guilty of is wanting to find love, trusting someone, and being generous. Those are wonderful qualities to possess, and it's horrible that such great people are being taken advantage of.

I guess the only thing we can do is beware of anyone asking us for money. That sounds easy enough. The only "loved ones" that should ever hit usup for cash are family members. So unless these Internet boyfriends are somehow also our brothers, which would really take the story to the next level, we should all keep our hard earned dough to ourselves.

Has this ever happened to you or anyone you know?

 

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