Our latest scam alert comes to us from our reader Debra. What happened to Debra is an important reminder to everyone to never give money to anyone you meet online, and particularly someone you have never met in person:
I met a man on Match.com and loaned him $5,000 to purchase hardwood flooring with a promise to pay me back in 2 days when he received the P.O.for payment.
This was in April 2007 and he took out bankruptcy, but promised to pay me back in an email. Because of the bankruptcy I can no longer call him or ask about the money he owes me!!!!
Scams such as these are rampant in online communites like Match.com. If you are presented with a request for money from someone you met online, be very wary of their intentions. If you do give your money away, be sure you understand that you may lose it, and make sure that you can afford to lose it. Chances are it is a scam.
Thanks again Debra for the scam alert!