FOR THE RECORD:the scammer is going by the name of RICK DENNIS, posing as a 37 year old foreign-born Caucasian US citizen living in Los Angeles, Ca. THIS is his True Beginnings profile name:"rickseekstruelove".
THIS is his YAHOO email address:"[email protected]" THIS is what he claims to look like:5'9", slender, sandy-haired, hazel-eyed, high cheekboned, attractive Caucasian male approx. I would insert a PICTURE of him here, but unfortunately don't know HOW!
Even after the police officer left a message on their answer machine they still never got back to the officer OR me with any information that could be useful to actually investigating this scammer!
They even refused to provide me with the scammer's credit card info that he'd used to set up his bogus account with TRUE!
Darrell Foxworth wrote a detailed article for the FBI website that showed that the “most common targets are women over 40 who are divorced, widowed, and/or disabled, but every age group and demographic is at risk.” This is a startling fact because really no one is safe from being victimized on the online dating sites and it is unfortunate that the people most likely to be taken advantage of are the most vulnerable and already had to overcome a loss in their lives.
The Mental Healthy website includes an article by Liz Lockhart in which she outlines the severity of this problem.
Instead there are people out there lurking and ready to take advantage of the hopeless romantic’s feelings by gaining their trust and deceiving them, which ultimately breaks their heart, wastes their time, and puts them in a financial bind.
This goes against the golden rule of treating others the way you would like to be treated.
There are some reputable sites that already have a plan of action in place.
For example, “drops 2,000 of its 12 million members a month, mostly from reports of ‘unwelcomed and inappropriate’ communication” and forces subscribers to have a background check done when registering and the site has deleted about 10 percent of its 300,000 members after the screening was complete (Setoodeh.) If this doesn’t say security then I don’t know what does.