Online dating has been a staple for a really long time, but it's become even more popular since COVID has put us in a position where we needed to stay home more. A lot of people have turned to the internet to the internet looking to meet some new people. I think that's something we can all relate to.
The pandemic magnified loneliness and isolation, especially for older adults and caregivers. It's a situation ripe for bad actors to build relationships online with unsuspecting people. We're in a situation that is ideal for romance scammers who want to take advantage of us. We all think romance scams and other fraudulent acts happen to someone else, but unfortunately, nobody is immune and we should all be on guard.
If you want to know what to look for, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you are a victim, this episode is for you.
My guest for this episode is Kim Casci-Palangio. Kim is the Program Managing Director for the Cyber Crime Support Network. You might remember we had Kim's colleague Mark Batchelor with us back in episode 28 of season one. Cybercrime Support Network is definitely something you'll want to learn more about. So go back to that episode, if you haven't heard it or see the blog post here.
What We Covered
We covered sooo much in this episode. What do scammers look for? How do they identify and befriend targets? What are the red flags to look for in your loved one and what should you do if you or your loved one are victimized? Where can you find support for recovery? This episode is worth listening to!
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