Thursday, March 16, 2006

"Some time ago I thought
You had run out of fools...
But I was so wrong
You got one that you'll never lose..."

I read this article about romance fraud.
Do these Lotharios and Philanderettes get away with murder?
It doesn't sound like Tracy Lynn Sargent got what she deserved.

But then, I imagine that with romance fraud, it's a little harder to pin down since the victim gives of their own free will, through love.

Sociopaths like Sargent are all over the place, like love landmines.

A colleague of mine was taken a couple of years ago by a smooth talking Nigerian man who lived in Germany. They met online and had an online/telephone/vacation relationship for over three years.
When he moved in with her during the fourth year, it didn't take long for her to figure out that something was wrong.
When he showed up with a new car, but with no job, and no apparent source of income other than her...she started her own investigation.
Within two months she had unravelled his ball of lies and found that he was stringing at least four other women along and taking money from them.
Was he punished by law?
She was embarrassed to be taken as a fool, and he slithered under some other rock of a woman/women who fell in love with his smooth talkin' ways.
This site is a listing of known scammers (male & female), and it's pretty much like a turbo version of Don't Date Him Girl, the difference being that the first sites' scammers are known to police.
Don't Date Him Girl is about angry women warning each other
Here's another site that Combats romance fraud by decribing a POTT (Person On The Take), and the warning signs.

It seems like an epidemic that is thriving with the internet, but people are also getting caught through the internet.
The whole double edged sword thing...

Either way, it's a con with ostensibly few repercussions.