You can answer a few easy questions and find out if you might be talking to a scammer.You DO NOT have to take this test if a) you never met them in person AND b) one of the following applies: 1) they directly asked you for money, for whatever reason, including for visa and ticket to come visit you.If you identify with at least two of the below scenarios, Knutsson says you could be falling prey to a scam artist. Dumb Date Data Physical descriptions need to be proportional.
It’s easy for some of the smartest people to lose all sight of common sense when they’re being reeled in by a catfish: an online imposter who tries to win your sympathy — and your love — by creating an elaborate scheme.
Award-winning technology reporter Kurt Knutsson, known around the country as Kurt the Cyber Guy, shares his top ten reality checks to see if you’re being baited by a catfish.
Many individuals have lost their life savings due to this type of fraud.
They’ll have a thick Indian accent, and an improbably Anglicized name, like “Richard Smith” or something.
2) they sent you a check or money order and asked to cash it for them.
3) they sent you a package and asked to re-ship it for them.
Then, they’ll hit you up for an eye-watering sum of cash. You’ve just given your money – and access to your computer – to someone sitting in a boiler room somewhere in Bangalore.
They use the same behaviour patterns over and over again.
In this case, it is a SCAM, you don't even have to take the test!
We recommend you stop all contacts with them, don't send money, don't cash checks and don't re-ship packages.
The objectives of baiting are, in no particular order: The idea is that when a scammer is preoccupied with a baiter who has no intention of falling victim to the scam, it prevents the scammer in question from conning genuine victims out of their money.