Senior internet dating scams
Add in the overseas element and the situation becomes even more challenging.The one agency that tries to track down and prosecute cyber criminals is the FBI.It's almost impossible to do, of course, and trying to "out" the con artist is equally difficult since they can simply change their user name, swipe someone else's photo and be back in business in no time.
Simply put, the scale of the problem is huge but the perpetrators are mostly individuals or, at the most, small groups.
It's like trying to enforce speed limits -- so many people break the law that they overwhelm enforcement efforts.
Likewise, complaints to police departments accomplish little since local law enforcement agencies lack the resources to go after bandits operating outside their jurisdiction and, in many cases, outside the country."I sent them names of the contacts at the banks I sent the money through hoping they would be interested in at least nabbing some of the people in the rings in this country," one 70-year-old dating scam victim told us. They said they get several calls a day about this kind of thing just in my city of 100,000."Many scammed consumers think the law will make them whole."My question to you is: Can you please recommend an attorney that would help me recover my losses because of this crime?
" said one senior."These rings are very shrewd and sophisticated.
Today's major websites do little or noting to filter content and, rather than taking pride in their role as publishers, see themselves as mere pipelines through which sludge flows onto the Internet.
Google has a news page that is totally assembled by an algorithm (and looks like it).How could they have missed him when he was just reported?"The official explanation for why seniors so often fall victim to dating and other scams is that they are trusting, lonely and perhaps naive.It was relatively easy to call someone at the local TV station or newspaper and get a response to a complaint about a news story or an advertisement.Broadcasters lived in fear of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and newspapers valued their reputation as upright and respectable sources of information.An emailed complaint to a dating website is mixed in with thousands of other emails, most of them spam.