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.I will lose my home and will be destitute," said Janet, a Virginia woman who wrote to us recently and whose story was featured recently in The New York Times.
"The official explanation for why seniors so often fall victim to dating and other scams is that they are trusting, lonely and perhaps naive.
Read Full Bio→It used to be parents who worried about their children being picked up by unsavory types in bars and other seedy hang-outs.
Now children are worried about their parents being hoodwinked by the scam artists who haunt online dating sites."I am a bit past age 50 --- well educated lady; (I thought that I was so smart that it couldn't happen to me --- my college education is no match for a professional criminal)," said one of a seemingly endless stream of scam victims who have written to Consumer Affairs after losing thousands of dollars.
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.