Pig Busters Scammer Awareness...The BEST Defense
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I want to send you a surprise
NEVER give your personal information right away to anyone you meet on a social networking or dating site. These days, it is just too dangerous. If you are talking to anyone who does not understand this, that should be a big red flag. Even if they want to "send you something, a surprise". This is a very common tactic used by scammers to get your information.
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Scam Victim
i guess he knows im not an easy one to get to so then he told me hes ordered me 1 doz red roses from 1800flowers.com i told him wow why would you do that and he said because he loves me
Victim Testimony
Scam Victim
he said he wanted to send flowers my florist said he ordered 5 arrangements totaling around $500. giving 5 different credit card #'s and five different phone #'s
Flowers, chocolate and teddy bears
These are the three most popular "surprises" that scammers like to send. There are two primary reasons scammers choose these items. The first is that people like romantic surprises and what is more romantic than flowers, chocolate and teddy bears from someone you just met and are "taken by" in those first few days or weeks.
The second and most important reason to a scammer is that these items are relatively inexpensive so they can purchase them online and have them delivered for very little cost compared to the dollar limit on the stolen credit card information they used and you can bet that as soon as they receive that thank you email or phone call from you verifying that the card is still good, they are already looking at how they can extract the full limit of that card before it's canceled. Many times, this is a prelude to the topic I want you to do me a favor

Try not to get so wrapped up in a picture of someone that you ignore inconsistencies, flags and warning signs