Monday, May 21, 2018

The Love Scam That Preys on Your Fears by Vivienne Diane Neal

Just when you think you have heard all of the scams out there, there is always another one waiting in the wings.  And this particular scam does not occur on the Internet but through the postal service.

It begins with an official-looking typed letter sent to couples, pretending that someone has been discovered cheating, and that affair will be exposed unless you pay to keep it hidden, but you already know you and your spouse have been faithful throughout the marriage. But if you haven’t been faithful, you’re probably wondering how this individual knew you committed adultery.  

In a third of all marriages, one or both partners have admitted to cheating. The scammer will capitalize on those numbers by mailing official-looking letters, as bait, to get your attention, and most likely you will open the mail and read its content. The odds that a couple will receive this type of letter through snail mail are pretty low and are done by process of elimination. Therefore, if the con artist sends out that official-looking letter to ten people, chances are two to three people receiving that letter have actually cheated on his or her spouse. The scammer will then threaten to expose the affair by demanding a hefty amount of money and if the person doesn’t pay, that individual will suffer the consequences.

Because that cheater may feel guilty and doesn’t want his or her debauchery to be out in the open, he or she will pay and will be asked to send the money through Bitcoin, which is done anonymously. This means you may never be able to track this person and report him or her to the proper law enforcement agency because the process is done in complete secrecy.

If you ever receive this type of letter, whether you cheated or not, forward it to the FBI because blackmail, a form of extortion, is a criminal act.


Source: CBS News, April 6, 2018

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