How do you know if youre in a relationship with a con artist?
Its easy to spot a con artist if you know what to look for: He immediately calls, emails and texts you throughout the day and night. He works hard to impress you, sending you cards and flowers and giving you gifts and trinkets. He talks about love, intimacy and commitment early on.
Why do con artists do what they do?
By definition, a con artist is a manipulator who cheats, or tricks, others through persuading them to believe something that is not true. Through deception, they fool people into believing they can make easy money when, in fact, it is the con artist who ends up taking the victims money.
Can a scammer do anything with your name and address?
How your name and address can lead to identity theft. This can include details like Social Security number, birthdate, or name and address. Depending on what identity thieves find, they can do things like open new credit accounts, steal from existing accounts or commit other crimes using a fake identity.
What to do if a family member is being scammed?
Scams are fraud, which is illegal, so your next step should be to contact law enforcement. Start by contacting your local police department and file a police report. The police will usually assign an officer to the case who will help you fill out the police report.
Can someone steal my identity with just my name?
Identity theft begins when someone takes your personally identifiable information such as your name, Social Security Number, date of birth, your mothers maiden name, and your address to use it, without your knowledge or permission, for their personal financial gain.
What can a scammer do with your name and address?
With a name and address, a thief can change your address via U.S. Postal Service and redirect mail to their address of choice, Velasquez says. With access to your financial mail, the thief may intercept bank statements and credit card offers or bills, then order new checks and credit cards.
Can you recover money from a scammer?
If the scammers are caught and brought up on charges, you may be able to get some or all of your money back through criminal restitution. Youll only be able to get back the money you can prove you paid to the scammers, so make sure you keep all receipts, bank or credit card statements, and other documentation.