Many people, after getting a divorce, eventually want to have a relationship again. But the dilemma they face is often one of maturity and availability. The college bar scene is pretty much out of the question, and when you have kids and work commitments, you have far less time to waste on relationships that aren’t going anywhere. What to do…?
Internet dating is now so commonplace, and so standardized, that most people now turn to their computers in search of a mate before using any other method. There are certainly benefits to this – you can quickly and easily single out likely candidates from the masses. Also, you can do away with anyone who doesn’t meet your criteria without having to endure a single drink in their company. But with this handy tool comes other issues that you need to be aware of: Internet dating scams!
Google the phrase and you can read hundreds of horror stories from people who got conned, cheated, and even taken for all they had. But you don’t have to be one of them! With a little caution and attention to detail, you can avoid becoming a post-divorce dating scam statistic. Here’s how:
1. One Way Traffic:
If you’ve met someone online, and they’re interested in getting to know you, that’s usually a good sign. After all, who wants to spend time with someone who only wants to talk about themselves? However, exercise a little caution here! This issue can swing both ways. Watch out for someone who shares little to nothing about themselves, and brushes off your questions about them, or seems good at changing the subject back to you. This can indicate someone is setting up a scam.
2. Sob Story:
If, shortly after you begin an online dialogue with someone, they experience a personal tragedy or become involved in a family or legal crisis that they seem to need rescuing from, beware! Especially if this rescue request comes in the form of asking for money! It’s an almost iron-clad certainty that you’re being scammed if your new online friend has a tragic sob story to tell and you are the only one they can go to for help. Do not be swayed by begging, threats, or attempts to manipulate your feelings through guilt. If you don’t know them well and in person, and they want your money, run away!
3. Check It Out:
If your new online relationship partner asks you to cash a check for them, or cash a money order, you are being scammed! This scam is as old as the hills and comes in a myriad of forms. But whatever form it takes, or how plausible their explanation, or how earnest their promises of honesty… JUST SAY NO!!! Seriously, we cannot stress this enough!
Stop by next time for the rest of the list – you won’t be sorry, we promise. Until then, if you or a loved one need help with your divorce, or with any other family law issue, like custody, paternity or even personal protection orders, call The Kronzek Firm at 866 766 5245. Our skilled family law attorneys can help you prepare for your future, today!