In this day and age, it seems as though you can’t trust many folks, especially strangers. Back in the good ‘ole days, you could leave your car and home unlocked without giving a second thought to the matter. Now, we take every precaution to protect ourselves and our families to every extent possible.
With the rise of technology, life has become even more convenient for our day-to-day lives. With one click of the mouse, we can chat with our long-lost high school friends, check the weather on the other side of the world, or catch up on the latest hit T.V. show. When you’re safely tucked inside the comfort of your home, the thought of being attacked is far from your mind. Sadly, this has become quite common and can easily happen to anyone if you aren’t aware of the circumstances.
A woman named Patricia Meister, unfortunately, knows this situation far too well. While perusing on her Facebook, as many of us do on a daily basis, she found herself neck-deep in a sticky situation. Patricia received a friend request on Facebook from a man she didn’t know.
Patricia had never been on dating websites before and, as many would assume, thought a Facebook friendship was seeming harmless. She accepted the request from a gentleman named Carlos and, before long, the two struck up a friendship. They had a great deal in common and began talking on a daily basis.
His charming character and openness to her quickly won her over. Their relationship evolved from messaging on Facebook to phone calls. She felt as though she had met her special someone.
After talking for a couple of months, Carlos told her about a financial situation he was in. He was a businessman and his credit cards were not working properly. He needed some cash and asked her to borrow a bit. She felt a little hesitant to dole over money to him and felt that the situation might be a tad fishy, but soon obliged to his request of $7,000. After he received that money, he soon asked for the same amount once more.
The requests continued to come, and Patricia’s uneasiness grew with each passing day. Carlos promised to repay her the money she had lent him and alerted her of the day in which the money should arrive. On the day it was scheduled, she got a phone call telling her that Carlos had been in a terrible accident. It was at that very moment she realized she had been scammed. She was heartbroken, confused, humiliated, and incredibly angry.
“People think you’re stupid but they’re not walking in our shoes. It’s not a matter of being stupid. Even the most intelligent, educated women are getting scammed,” Patricia told Daily Mail U.K. She went on to say, “I know I’ll never get my money back but all you can do is raise awareness. There’s a lot of lonely people out there, and the dating websites are full of scammers.” It’s scenarios like this that remind us that cyber-attacks are as real as ever, and we must always be on guard for situations such as this.